Mrs. Patmore has returned and Carson comes rushing up to her for the news, which is that the lump is benign. He looks out of his mind with joy for a second, but recovers to instruct Mrs. Patmore not to say anything to Mrs. Hughes, as "she doesn't know I know." Sounds like Carson's audition for Friends. Mrs. Patmore assures him she won't say a word, but as soon as he's gone, Mrs. Hughes sneaks in and asks if she told him. Mrs. Patmore: "I would prefer to say I put him out of his misery." Aww. The women smile and part ways, but soon Mrs. Hughes is shocked to hear a most unfamiliar sound -- Carson is singing as he polishes a silver tray. Mrs. Hughes laughs joyfully, both at the spectacle and what it represents and with her being touched at the kindness people have shown her at Downton once more, we go to credits. This ep was a letdown in some ways, particularly the Edith stuff, but this Mrs. Hughes mini-storyline has been both stirring and satisfying, so I'm not surprised they closed this episode with it again. See you next week!
John Ramos is a writer and film producer living in Los Angeles. His new film, a documentary on online privacy and the sale of personal data called Terms And Conditions May Apply, will premiere at the Slamdance Film Festival in January. You can get news on it from the film's Twitter account. Also, you can email John at email@example.com, follow him on Twitter at https://twitter.com/couchbaron, or check out his blog, "Pull Up A Chair," which he'd just love for you to stop by.
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