Low in emotional intelligence and social status, middle child in the Crawley family Edith could do the unthinkable: become a journalist. For aristocrats that just wasn't done in England back then. The Earl isn't for it at all. He assumed the media will make a fool of Edith, after using her name.
But last episode his wife and daughters defied him when he ordered them out of a house in which a former prostitute was the cook. Edith, who had lost out on her push to be married, has been offered a column at the newspaper. She got its attention when she composed and mailed in a letter on women's rights which it published.
Meanwhile, as Edith might take a job, former butler Mr. Bates might not get his back. The guilty verdict for murdering his wife has been overturned and he will be released from prison. However, Matthew who married Mary and invested in the country estate is imposing modern financial management on the business. The coming attractions show that he does not want to re-absorb the expense of Mr. Bates' salary.