Anna has being doing her best Miss Marple impression throughout this series as she tries to free Mr Bates and she finally uncovers some crucial evidence. But, alas, back in prison Bates isn’t helping himself and his actions threaten any chance he might have of being released. However, the couple finally get some welcome news which means he will be released.
Meanwhile, Branson has some pretty radical ideas about how to run the estate, but he runs into opposition from Lord Grantham.
Ethel enlists Mrs Patmore’s help as she prepares a luncheon for the Crawley women and it goes well until Lord Grantham stops it because of Ethel’s past.
And Alfred pays a lot of attention to Ivy, which angers Daisy.