There was always something faintly silly about the union, since we were being asked to believe that the couple were madly in love with no real evidence to support it (and suspicions that Edith just wanted to catch up with her sisters were hardly assuaged when she sent them out of her grieving room for daring to be married and pregnant and all that kind of thing).
But going back to the church, it was clear something was up - Sir Anthony was standing at the altar all clammy and pained ("He looks as if he's waiting for a beating from the headmaster," Violet snarked, pursed lips and everything.) I'll be fair to Downton - I was convinced we were in for an Ugly Betty-style heart attack.
Instead, Sir Anthony got a serious case of word vomit and barely allowed poor Mr Travis to get through "dearly beloved" before frantically burbling "I can't do this" in actual horror. He's doing the right thing, you see, because Lady Edith is too much of an idiot to know what she's getting into by marrying him (the possibility that she'd thought it all through doesn't seem to enter into anyone's mind in the various complaints about the nuptials). Anyway, Edith begs him not to go; Violet begs her to let him; and Sir Anthony genuinely legs it out of the church like he's fleeing a bear.
Surely there were a few suppressed giggles at Sir Anthony's race to get the hell out of there and Lady Edith's petulant flinging of the veil as she stomped up to her bedroom like a stroppy teenager. To be fair to Downton, it suddenly got genuinely emotional when Edith sobbed on her bed, sent out her sisters, and got a bit of motherly comfort. Just ignore the moment when Anna asked if she could bring anything and Edith sulked: "A different life".
That wasn't the only absurdity which popped up in this episode of Downton Abbey, which finally and totally predictably brought together the handy coincidence that Matthew came into some money just as Downton was in danger. The outcome was inevitable from the very first episode - was there really any other way for things to work themselves out?
But Downton still had to introduce a little tension, so originally Matthew refused to accept the cash out of guilt for his treatment of Lavinia. This was resolved this week, though, as a useful letter appeared, which explained that Lavinia's father knew all about Matthew's love for Mary and still wanted to give him the money.
Even this wasn't initially enough; we had yet more dragging-things-out as Mary tried to find out who had sent the letter Lavinia wrote to her father, filling him in. It turned out to be Daisy, though even then she wasn't originally in the room as Mary began her inquiries.
Still, the upshot is that Downton is saved and Mary will have to find something else to relentlessly nag her husband about. However, Robert refused to take the money outright and instead asked Matthew to invest in the estate, becoming a joint master of the house. This strikes me as a pretty bad investment, considering that just one episode ago the family were planning to pack their suitcases.
We should probably be happy that everyone's able to stay up the Abbey, though it's a little hard to care since earlier in the episode the family went for a happy picnic at the home they were all planning to decamp to once they sold their mansion. If you're imagining a cramped hovel, think again; while the usual suspects did their expected muttering, 'Downton Place' was actually a stunning house with lovely gardens.
Yep, Downton Abbey is true recession television - I'm sure we can all relate to having to move to our second home and downsize to just eight servants. Luckily for the Crawleys, they still own most of the village, but I'm almost disappointed that they're not going to have to sell up now since we'll never see Violet's idea to open a shop apparently selling "good manners and decent conversation" come to fruition (if Julian Fellowes decides against this whole "prequel" idea, maybe we could get a sitcom spinoff with Maggie Smith's adventures in customer service).
There were obviously plenty of other things going on in the episode too, whether it was Daisy showing her interest in Alfred again, Ethel returning to Isobel's 'fallen women' scheme and then running right out again, or Thomas spreading the poison (and dropping poor hard-done-by Molesley in it) by stirring rumours that O'Brien was planning to leave the family. Even when O'Brien explained that this wasn't true, Cora was doing her best hurt face and harshly saying she felt "let down". You want to feel let down, Cora? Try finding out about that whole soapy miscarriage.
The prospect of Thomas vs O'Brien is quite tantalising, though, and we're clearly in for more goodness - one of the best lines of the episode came as O'Brien hissed at her new nemesis: "Everything's alright with me but it'll be all wrong with you before too long, mark my words." This is one of the worst comebacks that has ever been uttered, but there's really something quite charming about it.
Elsewhere, Anna is still playing detective - though disappointingly, she's still failing to wear a trenchcoat and carry around a notebook. Still, she did at least actually go somewhere this week, visiting Mrs Bates's friend Mrs Bartlett and getting called a "trollop". She didn't really find out much, because Mrs Bartlett was first actively hostile and then just drifted into reminiscences about Vera's death (including the weird recollection that the drizzle in the lamp light made a halo around her as she walked away. "Halo? Really?" Anna snorted, brilliantly).
You better hurry things up, Anna, because Bates is still in prison narrowly avoiding being framed and muttering threateningly about how there are a lot of "bastards" there (well, that is a surprise).
But yet again, the warmest part of the show was about Mrs Hughes's health. She's anxiously awaiting her test results (though not as nervously as Mrs Patmore), and Carson's got wind of it. Nicely, he tricks Mrs Patmore into telling him - way to make her feel guilty, Carson.
But he redeems himself, because at the end of the episode - after Mrs Hughes has been touched by Cora's offer of help and has discovered that she's okay after all (because really, you can't kill off Mrs Hughes, can you?) - Carson's so thrilled by the good news that he has a secret little singsong. It's a quiet little moment, but all the more touching for it.
But it would still be weird if we ended up with a Carson-Hughes romance - it will hopefully remain a cute friendship. Mind you, the way Downton Abbey goes about things, we should probably be buying a hat now - and expecting a surprise baby by the end of the series.
Downton Abbey airs Sundays on ITV1.