The female staff (and Thomas) when Jimmy walked in
Daisy is finally ready to stop being a punk and admit her feelings for Alfred but, as usual, things don't go as planned. Right as she was about to spit it out, Mrs. Patmore interrupts and announces she's hired a new kitchen maid. Considering that this is what Daisy was waiting on so she could finally be promoted to assistant cook, this should have been a happy moment for Daisy but not so. Alfred had to go and ruin it by flirting with the new chick as soon as she is introduced. After Daisy is done dogging her out, Ivy Stuart will regret the day she accepted a job at Downton.
Isobel is still into helping ladies of the night and Ethel Parks decides to take her up on her offer to help but not in the way that she thought she would. She asks her to get a letter she's written to Mrs. Hughes and Isobel obliges.
Mrs. Hughes had no idea what had become of Ethel after she left Downton and can't even bring herself to tell Mr. Carson about Ethel's new occupation. Ethel wants to meet with Mrs. Hughes but refuses to come to Downton. Honestly, who can blame her? During their meeting at Isobel's, Ethel asks Mrs. Hughes if she will write to the Bryant's on her behalf. After what happened during Ethel's last encounter with the Bryant's, Mrs. Hughes is reluctant but agrees, in the end.
Poor Anna doesn't know what to do with herself. She hasn't received a letter from Bates in weeks and he hasn't been allowed to have visitors. She's beginning to think this is his way of freeing her to move on with her life. Thankfully, Mrs. Hughes is there to remind her that Bates would never do such a thing.
Made on Mrs. Hughes' new toaster:
Lord & Lady Grantham have decided to host a dinner for a priest, even though Robert is straight up and down anti-Catholic.
Even though he really doesn't want to, Robert agrees to go to London on Tom's behalf for Sybil's sake. Eventually, Sybil shows up unharmed, to everyones relief. In spite of her family's protests, she defends their decision to leave Ireland the way they did and Tom's belief in the cause that he stands for.
With all the talk about the ratification of the 19th Amendment in the United States and the fact that those types of strides aren't being made on that side of the pond, Edith's wheels begin to turn. She decides that she is going to write to the newspaper and no one takes her seriously. Her own father even has the nerve to tell her, in front of everyone, that she will not get published.
Until next time...