Downton Abbey recap: Spinsters Get Up For Breakfast

It's full steam ahead on Edith's wedding preparations, while the servants cause their usual mischief in the bowels of the Abbey
Ep. 02 | Aired Jan 13, 2013

WHY SO SERIOUS? Edith's wedding to Sir Anthony Strallan is upon us. Will there be a happily ever after for the maligned Crawley daughter?

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In the land down under, a war is being waged between Thomas and O'Brien. After O'Brien hid Lord Grantham's shirts last episode, Thomas gets even by telling Molesley that O'Brien plans to leave Downton. Molesley, being the ever-so-helpful gent that he is, wants Lady Grantham to hire his friend's daughter. He asks her ladyship for a private word, and informs her of O'Brien's plans to leave. Of course, Cora had no idea and is hurt that O'Brien would abandon her like this. Even when Cora learns the truth -- that her ladysmaid was a victim of a prank -- she is not amused, and is still angry with O'Brien.

Meanwhile, Mrs. Hughes awaits the results of her biopsy. Mrs. Patmore accidentally blabs the news to Carson, who tells Cora that her housekeeper might have cancer. Although Mrs. Hughes is upset that practically everyone knows, she is touched by Cora's offer to stay with the family even if she is sick. Luckily for Mrs. Hughes, she receives good news -- the lump was benign. She will live to quietly hate the Crawleys another day.

As for Anna and Bates, Anna visits a friend of Vera, hoping to find information of her husband's innocence. The trip does not go as planned.

And Daisy flirts with Alfred, who is cute, but not as cute as her dead-husband William. Apparently, there's no accounting for taste.

Here are the Dowager's best quotes:

"At my age, one must ration one's excitement."

"Aren't you a wild thing?"

"Vulgarity is no substitute for wit."

"Edith is beginning her life as an old man's drudge. I should not have thought a large drawing room much compensation."

"He looks as if he's waiting for a beating from the headmaster."

What did you think of tonight's episode? How does Edith ever recover? Will Thomas and O'Brien make up? Are you glad that  the Crawleys get to stay at Downton?

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