Amidst some very nice Vaughn Williams–type music, one of the tenants is buried in the churchyard. When his son asks Robert if he can take over ("My family have been farming Yew Tree since the Napoleonic Wars"), Robert regretfully declines because Mary has said his dad was too far behind on the rent. Back at the Abbey, the afternoon post comes (yes, folks, it was delivered twice a day then), but there's nothing for Edith from her wandering swain. Do we see a tear in Mary's eye as she writes to congratulate Tony on his upcoming nuptials? Doubtless that's why she's snippy to poor Edith (who is dressed becomingly in rust, as she was in last week's midnight assignation with her beau, who has supposedly arrived in Germany).
Isobel Crawley is very patient with Violet, who puts her through the mill before grudgingly agreeing to take on Isabel's protege Mr Pegg as under-gardener. I imagine Violet's life would be much poorer without Isobel as a sparring partner. I think she vastly enjoys harrumphing at Isobel and thinking up put downs. ("I wonder your halo doesn't grow heavy. It must be like wearing a tiara round the clock.") Isobel is so used to it she doesn't even react, just carries on with her agenda. Violet suspects Mr Pegg of lifting her swanky paper opener, a gift from the King of Sweden. Please! Would he be that stupid? I do believe Violet's prune face is going to have egg on it when it turns up.
|"Nothing like a glass of o.j. supplied by my thoughtful new maid to start the day off right. What's that you say, the other two were hellions? Third time's the charm, my dear!"|
|Mrs Patmore and her kitchen minions. Would she ever like to off that corset!|
Bates finds Anna alone in the boot room, and tries to get her to open up. “It’s strange, standing here next to you in silence. Because I love you, and I want to find out why you don’t love me any more. You’d think we could talk about it, but apparently not.” But she just says she's going to Rippon and splits. Bates solicits a tête–à–tête with Mrs Hughes (a.k.a., Everybody's Confidante) and pressures her into saying what happened to Anna. She finally caves, but even though he suspects Mr Green, she invents an unknown assailant who lurked downstairs. Poor Mrs H—he really puts her on the spot, making her swear on her mother's grave and all. He leaves her office and stands in a corner, sobbing.
Upstairs, Mr Pamuk’s friend Evelyn Napier (from Season 1) surprises Mary in the library and announces that he will be in the neighborhood to assess the damage of the war years on various landed estates. She seems quite thrilled at the prospect and insists that he and his boss, Charles Blake, stay with them at Downton. She obviously digs Napier, acting rather googly (for her).