Here we are again, still no chance of being bored yet. We jump into the preparations for Edith’s wedding, yet it is sadly shadowed by the inevitable sale of Downton which, even with Mary and the Dowager Countess’ plotting can’t avoid. Anna goes on searching for information in hope to free innocent Bates, coming across one of Vera’s friends who doesn’t think very much of Bates, while the man himself has his own problems when his cell mate stitches him up with what i guess is some sort of drug, but Bates finds it just in time to save his neck.
Back at the house Thomas gets back at O’Brien for hiding the shirts with a lie that she intends to leave Lady Cora, who at this news is really disappointed. O’Brien finds out eventually and declares war on Thomas while Mrs Hughes is still waiting for the news, is it cancer? Mr Carson sniffs out her troubles and informs Lady Cora, worried that her job may be too much stress for her. Lady Cora informs Mrs Hughes that, no matter what, she will always have a home at Downton, sick or not, which greatly touches Mrs Hughes. Upstairs Matthew and Mary are having their own drama when he is certain to get the money and will not read a letter that Reggie Swire has left him, which turns out not to matter because Mary reads it for him, telling him that he knows everything that went on just before Lavinia died and still wants to give him the money because he’s a great guy. Matthew being completely stubborn won’t except this and things someone faked the letter.
In the end it turns out Lavinia did post a letter and Daisy did it for her, causing great relief for Mary who tell Matthew if he doesn’t except the money she will batter him over the head. They agree that they shouldn’t steal Edith’s thunder and will tell everyone later. Edith’s joy is unparalleled and it brings the sisters closer together, with even Mary wishing her good luck. But sadly (and i actually cried when i watched it…. and swore) Edith’s happiness wasn’t meant to be, Sir Anthony looks like he has cold feet while sitting in the church and at the alter changes his mind, leaving Edith standing there in dismay and the Dowager Countess has to step in, telling him to leave and agreeing with him that he is to old for Edith. Its all very sad when they take down the flowers and hide all the food, while the servants are a bit bemused as what to eat first among it all, with Alfred much preferring cheese.
This episode end on a bitter sweet tone, Mrs Hughes doesn’t have cancer and Robert excepts Matthews money only on the condition if he is a partner at Downton. I’m hoping this sadness for Edith will lead on to something greater and perhaps she will be the one who surprises them all? But for know the drama of the next episode seems to solely be with Sybil and Branson who looks like he has got himself into trouble in Ireland. (I can’t seem to find the preview, but when i do i will post it).