In the dark, Lord Grantham admits he can't sleep and then he turns on the light and admits he's a bit stunned that Matthew would summon Murray without asking him first. Cora points out that he keeps telling everyone that Downton is a dual monarchy now. "I never realized you didn't mean it." Apparently after midnight, you can reliably expect your wifely commentary to be sugar-free around here. Lord Grantham is like, let's see, you're now against me on the subjects of Matthew, Edith and the christening -- does that cover everything? Cora takes things one at a time and points out that even the Dowager Countess took the other side on the subject of Edith, but Lord Grantham, while admitting that was a shock, immediately adds that she'll have had some ulterior motive for that. Cora asks if she's really so Machiavellian, to which Lord Grantham makes up for a lot of bullshit by simply replying, "Yes." Hee.
In a restaurant, Edith arrives and apologizes for her tardiness, explaining that the errand was a family matter. He notes that she's very family-oriented, with talk then turning to Mary's wedding, at which Gregson says Mary looked glamorous. (Edith: "People say so.") Edith then gets it over with and tells Gregson about being left at the altar, but while he apologizes for bringing up the subject, she tells him it's actually a relief that the news didn't spread all over the globe. She then accepts the job, which is great, except I hope she knows that if she gets jilted again, her position will make the news rather likelier to have an extended reach.
Murray has made it to Downton and he asks Lord Grantham if he questions Matthew's goal to make Downton self-sufficient. Lord Grantham says no, of course not, but he wonders if things can't evolve more slowly, as they did in the past? Murray, however, details the checkered financial history of the previous and current Earls of Grantham and while Lord Grantham sighs that when he told Murray to speak his mind, he didn't mean him to be quite so frank. He does, however, seem much more inclined to listen to Murray, probably because he can't very well lecture Murray on the halcyon days of yore when he's as old as Nebuchadnezzar. However, when Matthew mentions how "wastefully" the estate has been run, Jarvis stands and protests being accused of, according to him, "malfeasance and corruption," and even though Lord Grantham himself tells Jarvis that they have to concede some measure of progress, Jarvis tells him he's no longer the man for his job before "I SAID GOOD DAY"-ing his way out of there. When he's gone, Matthew gets that awkward look on his face that appears when he's offended someone, which is moving closer and closer to being his default setting.