You guys know how much I love an English Country House Weekend Party, but while my Platonic ideal of such involves time travel, bad marriages, hats, and Matthew Lewis, the Downton version involves Lord Grantham making predictably terrible money choices, a less-cute British version of Chris Messina, and SOMETHING REALLY AWFUL HAPPENING.

A NOTE ABOUT SPOILERS: I know you lovely people who live in the UK (and you lovely people who have been watching by less than legal means) have already seen this season. I trust that you will continue to be lovely and considerate and you will not spoil those of us here in the US as to what we have in front of us. Please keep the comments spoiler-free. We all sincerely, sincerely, really appreciate it. Thank you! (It goes without saying, I hope, that if you have NOT caught up through season three, then this will have spoilers for seasons one through three.) And now…to the terrible things that I am not happy about even though I am well aware this is a soap opera and these things happen.