Much as I enjoy this series, I didn't like this particular episode. I guess it's because of what happened to poor Edith and although I do feel they were mismatched, he was a cad for waiting until the last minute. For those of you keeping score, that's three daughters and three weddings we didn't get to see (and BTW, what WAS that bitchy dig from Mary as they were going into the church? What THAT really necessary?).
The letter from Swire absolving Matthew of his guilty conscience was just a tad too convenient, but I'd be curious to see how this "co-master" thing works out within the household.
As for Thomas and O'Brien, I'm with the reviewer--shoot each other and leave the rest of us in peace. Sooner or later their little shenanigans are gonna make Cora and/or Robert look stupid and they'll both end up with permanent footprints on their butts.
As for the big mystery surrounding Ethel, out with it already.
And REALLY Mrs. H--you really have NO idea that it was Mrs. P who (inadvertently) told Carson? Have you MET Mrs. P?
Matthew inherits at Robert's death (because of the entail). However, there is no money attached to the property because of Robert's bad investments. So, the family has no liquid capital... only the land and the house, so they have no money to run it. Matthew's inheritance is the liquid capital the family needs to keep the estate running. He is not really a "co-master." Legally. That is Robert's way of respecting Matthew's decision to save Downton. He can have a say in how the estate is run since the only reason it is still running is because he put ALL of his money into it as opposed to taking Mary away for a new life, etc.
Matthew inherits at Robert's death, but I do not understand what Robert means by co- masters. Any ideas?
Oh Edith. She finally got her moment and was crushed. I was really hoping she would get her happiness finally. I was glad to see Mary and Sybil go to her aide, but I understand why Edith sent them away. They're just a reminder of what she doesn't have and what she doesn't think she will ever have. I do hope they have something amazing in store for her.
While I understand Matthew's reluctance, although both Mary and my roommate did not, I'm glad that it worked itself out correctly instead of Mary forcing him to do something he didn't want to. I like how it was pointed out that the smaller house was still huge.
I find Thomas and O'Brien's little war to be funny considering how they conspired against everyone at the beginning. However I'm wondering what the big deal with Ethel is. What does she need help with?
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