The next day, Carson is taking stock of who among the staff will be playing cricket, and when Molesley tells him he knows all there is to know about cricket, Carson replies, "You make me quite nervous." Hee. That wipes the smile off Molesley's face in the old familiar way and after Bates offers to keep score, Carson counts up the numbers and comes up with ten, including Branson, Matthew and Lord Grantham. Ivy asks Thomas if he won't be playing and Thomas fights to keep his voice under control as he supposes he'll be gone by then. Speaking of overplaying hands, Jimmy James pipes up that Thomas will, which NICE TO DRAW ATTENTION TO IT, and Bates takes note of O'Brien's smirk. Obviously, he missed the whole falling out between the two, not that it was completely public knowledge anyway, but the wheels are spinning now.
Lord Grantham asks Cora where Mary is, but Cora tells her she won't be back until the next day. She declines to elaborate, so Lord Grantham asks if everything's all right between Mary and Matthew and adds that he finds himself anxious to get the succession settled. Cora reminds him that it's early yet and then Carson enters to announce the luncheon. They talk about cricket, with Carson putting his nose in the air when he hears Branson won't play and Cora rolling her whole body in response. Even Lord Grantham suggests that maybe Carson confine his comments about the house's honor vis-à-vis cricket to conversations not involving his wife. She's a patient woman, but this season has shown that even she has her limits.
Ah, the London group has arrived at Rosamund's and she excitedly greets them, adding that she knows they all have things to do, but she thought they could all have dinner together? Matthew and Edith are all too happy to accept, but it sounds like Rose is going to make another suggestion; expectedly yet happily, Rosamund pays her no mind and tells everyone that "a good family gossip will be my payment in kind." Any wonder I love this woman? Everyone scatters from the foyer, leaving Rose alone, who heads into an adjoining room, picks up the phone, and then whispers a Knightsbridge number to the operator. Well, at least whoever she's calling has a pound or two to his name.
Ethel finds Isobel and says she doesn't think any of the replies compare favorably to her current situation. She goes on, though, that there was one interesting one from a "Mrs. Watson," but the problem is that she lives near Cheadle, which just so happens to where the Bryants and young Charlie reside. Isobel notes that that would probably defeat the purpose of starting over, but does lament the coincidence, while Ethel, looking sad, apologizes if her staying on makes trouble between her and the Dowager Countess, but Isobel is basically like, that's the one bright spot in all this?