Oh, my goodness. It's THAT episode tonight? I've been bracing myself all season for it. To paraphrase the great Betty Davis, "Fasten your seatbelts, it's going to be an emotional ride."
As for the love triangle of Daisy/Alfred/Ivy, I wonder if part of the reason Daisy has a crush on Alfred is because he has an aura of sophistication and/or glamour. I know he's a footman, but think about it. In the premiere episode, his aunt O'Brien said he had been a waiter in a hotel in London. Then he had that fling with the visiting American lady's maid. Obviously, he is not the conventional type of servant that Downton is used to. It's certainly foreign to Daisy's sheltered life.
This will sound funny, but I liked that scene last week of Edith having breakfast with the guys and planning how she's going to make a new life for herself. I guess it's because I'm a tomboy myself. I always preferred playing with boys, because girls were just too catty for my taste. Like Sybil and Edith, I wouldn't fit in with the whole "wealthy lady who barely lifts a finger" life, either. I've quite enjoyed watching the younger girls try to break free. Now, if only Edith could really embarrass Robert by speaking at a suffragette rally.
I also liked how Matthew supported Edith. I read in a blog that it's a shame, because Matthew is actually better suited for Edith. It's kind of true, isn't it? I mean, they're both outsiders who in their own ways are trying to push against the system. Oh, well. As long as Matthew continues to be Edith's friend, I guess I'll be happy.