Not the best day for a white wedding, Lady Edith.

Not the best day for a white wedding, Lady Edith. (Carnival Film & Television Limited 2012 for Masterpiece / January 13, 2013)

Edith: "A different life."

See, Edith. This is why people don't like you. I mean, we all feel bad about about your marriage and, well, bad about your attitude and general being, but still, come on.

And in the end, she calls herself a spinster. "And spinsters get up for breakfast."

Well, at least she's getting out of bed. Maybe she can become the dowager's bridge partner for life?


There's nothing Matthew can do about the Edith situation because even he isn't charming enough. But he's still fighting with Mary about what to do with Reggie's money — and it's getting a bit tedious.

While the ill-fated wedding's being planned, the family talks about moving to one of their other properties. Perhaps they'll name it Downton Place! They talk as though it's going to be some slum, but we know better.

Matthew tells Mary that Reggie Swire's lawyer is visiting to hand over the death certificate and a letter. But he remains unmoved when it comes to accepting the money. "So this is the moment that you receive a huge fortune that could save Downton and you choose to give it away!" Mary repeats.

So we visit this other home. And it's huge. Not "Downton"-huge (because what is?) but, like, a mansion. Mary calls the whole thing "torture for the family," which is laughable, but I guess if you're used to 234 bedrooms it makes sense.

Stubborn Matthew refuses to read the letter from Swire. So Mary takes it upon herself to read it, and then tells Matthew that Lavinia must have written to her father on her last day because she told him all about her urging him to cancel the wedding and Reggie says he knows about Matthew's "sacrifice" of his own happiness and to take the money, you fool!

Matthew all out accuses someone of forging the letter, which is mean, but seems like something Mary might do. Still, it won't change his mind.

Eventually he does (which you must have seen coming, because what would "Downton Abbey" be without Downton), because Mary discovers that it was Daisy who mailed the letter for Lavinia.

After the wedding fiasco, Matthew breaks it to Grantham that he's going to accept Reggie's money and give it to his father-in-law.

Grantham accepts but under the condition that it's an "investment" in the property and that they become "joint masters." So Matthew went from wanting to move somewhere small and not even have a valet to co-owning one of the largest homes in England.

I'm sure he's going to love this.


While Mrs. Hughes nervously anticipates her cancer test results, Carson overhears her talking to Mrs. Patmore about it (because he's nosy like that). He goes to talk to Dr. Clarkson who confirms that Hughes is sick, but he later sneakily gets Mrs. Patmore to reveal that it may or may not be cancer.

You can basically see Carson's heart breaking, which is cute/sad all at once. Carson suddenly professes his worry that Mrs. Hughes will get tired, which instantly tells Mrs. Hughes that he knows even though he doesn't outright say so.

Carson then decides to tell Cora about Mrs. Hughes. "Mrs. Hughes is very tired. I wonder if you can divert some of her work my way.

Cora: "I don't understand. What do you mean ... tired?" Oh Cora. Yes, servants get tired.