Mrs. Hughes is after Carson again about the fair and apparently he's given everyone permission to go, but Mrs. Hughes wants Carson to say he'll attend as well. Carson, however, after checking for eavesdroppers -- everyone else around here could take notes -- tells Mrs. Hughes that if he goes, none of the staff will have a good time. Mrs. Hughes tells him she's going whether it interferes with anyone's good time or not, but Carson thinks it's different with him -- he's their leader. "Uneasy lies the head that wears the crown." Mrs. Hughes manages to keep a straight face, but I think Mrs. Patmore's going to have heard about this one before I'm finished typing this sentence.
At Duneagle, there are two parties heading out -- Matthew and Gregson are going stalking in one group, while Shrimpie and Lord Grantham will be in another. After some words about the ladies' luncheon that only give Susan her morning opportunity to demonstrate her contempt for her husband, the men head out...
...while at Downton, Daisy wonders if she should afford the expense of the fair, leading to a discussion that ends with Jimmy James saying, "I can always get money." I don't know if Thomas is still holding out hope, but lines like that aren't going to discourage him. Mrs. Hughes then enters and Mrs. Patmore grabs a box and hustles her into a secluded area, whereupon Ivy tells Daisy, Thomas and Alfred that whatever's in it is from some dress shop in Ripon, and she guesses Mrs. Patmore has a "fancy man." Alfred's surprised, but Daisy says why not -- she's a woman, isn't she? Thomas: "Only technically." Thomas, RUDE! And you were doing so well!
Rose pops in to tell Mary they're off to the luncheon, only to have Anna inform her that she's already gone down. Rose starts to head that way herself, but turns back to smile to Anna that she was kind to cheer her up the day before. Anna tells her it's quite all right, but when Rose says to let her know if she can return the favor, Anna tells her there is, in fact, something she can help her with. If it's to get a less boring husband, Anna, that may be beyond Rose's powers.
Led by that crusty Scotsman who was working with Matthew earlier, Lord Grantham and Shrimpie creep up on some deer, but Lord Grantham fails to take a shot when it's there, which Crusty Scotsman says is good, since they don't rush things around there. Given that I've written about six thousand words without anything really having happened, I'm starting to get that.