After last night's episode of Downton Abbey, I don't want to work at your show anymore!
Oh all right, I'll come back.
Spoiler Alert: If you haven't watched S3:E5, you should probably stop reading this.
Just when I was about to give up on this show and its easily-solved problems (Robert lost all the money! Matthew inherits money unexpectedly! etc.), something like this happens. It was fascinating how there was so much going on--the dynamics between husband and wife, between high class (Sir Phillip Tapsel) and low (Doctor Carlson), between men and women.
Look at Cora's helplessness in this episode. She had no say in how her daughter was treated. And Robert acted like an ass (and a snob of the worst kind) and trusted Sir Phillip instead of Doctor Carlson. Even though Dr. Carlson misdiagnosed Matthew (because he didn't want to give them false hope) and also Lavinia (but the flu changed in an instant, as Cora said).
Someone else pointed out in a blog post (Tom and Lorenzo) that it was interesting how the only people who were outwardly distraught were the two "foreigners" -- the Irishman and the American. The rest of the British were either turning their backs to avoid the sight or were pressed against the wall.
In the other story line, I was impressed with Isobel. She hired Ethel and didn't flinch when Mrs. Bird resigned in a huff.