During Sunday's episode, in the aftermath of Lady Sybil's shocking death, Downton was a dreary place. The episode opened at the close of Sybil's funeral, with a distraught Tom saying he was beyond help and Cora shunning her husband.
While Mary and Matthew took time to tell each other how much they loved each other, Cora and Robert were doing the opposite. Still refusing to let him sleep in their bed, a tearful Cora wanted as little to do with her husband as possible.
As the episode went on, Robert quickly marched on from one faux pas to the next, insulting Tom's "ghoulish" choice of name for the baby (Sybil, after her mother) and aggravating even Mary by disagreeing with Branson's decision to have the newest Crawley christened Catholic.
Down the road, Ethel's presence caused something of a controversy. With the help of kindly Mrs Patmore, the ex-prostitute actually managed to cook a palatable dinner for the ladies of Downton Abbey in spite of her lack of flair in the kitchen. But the success was soon marred by the arrival of a self righteous Robert who insisted the women left the house at once. Embarrasingly for him, they refused, leaving him and Carson the only two who were concerned by Ethel's peppered past.
In an attempt to recover, Robert went in search of Violet's marital advice. She first suggested Cora go to New York and visit "that woman" but soon decided that emotionally blackmailing Dr Clarkson into saying he could never have saved Sybil was the way to go.
Meanwhile, Matthew and Robert sparred about the future of Downton while Edith took tentative steps towards a career in journalism. And while Anna's plan to free Bates seemed to fall apart at the seams, the newly violent inmate took matters into his own hands and soon got his release secured...
So what's next? We've got pictures of the drama to come this Sunday, so as usual we've made some spurious predictions...