Bates gives Anna the notes she requested, once again saying that he can't see what she's going to do with them, so Anna explains that she finds it hard to believe that Vera could have planned and executed this idea of killing herself without telling anyone. Bates wonders why she's so sure it was suicide given that there was no note, to which Anna basically tells him that a thief breaking in and forcing her to eat arsenic isn't exactly the most likely scenario. Maybe I should give Bates a break being that he's in the clink and all, but the men are coming off even thicker than usual in this episode. Bates is like, since you mention it, you can see why I was convicted, but Anna tells him she's going to write to everyone in the book and see if Vera might have said, or even better, written anything that might have suggested a desire to die. Bates asks how long it will take and Anna replies, "Why? Are you going somewhere?" In fairness, Bates, your setup made that kind of obligatory.
Presumably concerned about his performance as a footman so far, Alfred laments the fact that he didn't go into cooking -- he used to watch the food being prepared at the hotel. Thinking about how a male kitchen helper would hit the spot right about now, Daisy asks why he didn't, but O'Brien tells her it's a hard ladder for a man to climb and for every success story, there are a thousand grunts "taking orders from a cross and red-faced old woman." As it happens, a cross and red-faced old woman is standing in the doorway at the moment, and she asks about whom O'Brien might have been speaking; when that's been pleasantly settled, Alfred goes on that it's been suggested to him that he'd do better as a butler, so that's what he's going for. Daisy tells him he's right and on her way out of the room shoots in Mrs. Patmore's direction, "I'd rather be giving the orders." Mrs. Patmore calls that she's sure she would, "to a cross and red-faced old woman! Yes... we know, we know." I am such a bigger fan of Mrs. Patmore now that, instead of abusing Daisy, she patronizes her.