...which prompts Jimmy James to wonder downstairs what's up Carson's ass. Mrs. Patmore tells him never to mind -- as well she might -- before wondering what's up with Ivy's color, not realizing that she's wearing makeup. After Alfred asks how Daisy's day off was and she tells him it was lovely, Ivy asks Jimmy James what he'll be doing for his day off, and he smiles that he'll be going somewhere on his own, as usual. He then turns and almost runs smack into Thomas and there's the most deliciously awkward pause before Jimmy James continues on by; Mrs. Patmore then tells Ivy to give it a rest, as Jimmy James isn't interested. Ivy thinks someone as young as Jimmy James must be interested in someone, but Thomas tells her that someone isn't she and he'd be wise not to overplay this hand, given that O'Brien dealt it specifically for him. Mrs. Patmore then asks after Mr. Mason and Daisy tells her he was lovely as usual, but Mrs. Patmore notices the tone in her voice and asks what's up, so Daisy tells her about his offer. Mrs. Patmore notes how generous it is and Daisy confesses that Mr. Mason is rather generous and kind. Mrs. Patmore says nothing further, but it seems evident that she'd miss Daisy. What a long way we've all traveled since Season 1.
Incredibly, the five ladies are having a nice lunch without Crawley House having been transformed into a bordello, and Cora even compliments the cooking, an assessment with which Isobel agrees both heartily and disbelievingly. Hee. Edith wonders if she should learn to cook, as it might come in handy one day and she's going to have to do something. Isobel asks what Edith said to the editor who offered her the job, but Edith says she hasn't given an answer and guesses that her window of opportunity has passed. Isobel pointedly recalls Matthew telling her that Lord Grantham was against it -- which isn't quite what he said but I'll still allow it -- and Cora continues to be awesome: "What difference does that make?" The Dowager Countess mildly reproves her, but Cora replies that she's not saying it out of spite. "I'm just saying that [Lord Grantham] frequently makes decisions based on values that have no relevance anymore." Emboldened, Edith asks Isobel if she thinks she should do it and when Isobel says she wouldn't countermand Lord Grantham, the Dowager Countess wonders why she even brought it up. Come on, old Lady Grantham, I know you have a fractious relationship with Isobel and are protective of your son, especially at the moment, but it still would be the height of hypocrisy for you to begrudge anyone else a little shit-stirring. And also, she's hardly alone, as Mary pipes up that she and Matthew both think Edith should do it and the virtue of Mary and Edith not getting along historically is that when one says something nice about the other, you know she means it. Lord Grantham then bursts in and, having heard the last comment about Matthew, wonders what else Matthew has decided for the family before announcing that all his women are leaving because of who prepared their meal.