Back at Duneagle, Mary, it seems, was able to help herself no longer and is dancing with her husband as even O'Brien joins in. Pretty much everyone of note is up and about at this point save the Dowager Countess, but soon, Mary puts a hand to her stomach and heads to a nearby chair. Matthew chases her and she confesses she probably shouldn't have given in to the allure of the dance. She then quickly assures him everything's fine, but says that she should leave the next day with Anna, although he should stay. He protests, of course, but she tells him if he leaves, her parents will think they have to go home also and that will ruin things for Susan and Shrimpie, which she doesn't want. Matthew pulls that hilarious grumpy face of his, but Mary breaks it by using Molesley -- who else -- for a last bit of comic relief.
The next day, Carson comes in to announce that Mary and Anna are returning that day, so Mrs. Hughes asks Edna to air out the room and make up the bed. Edna asks if she must, at which point Mrs. Hughes and Carson both turn back to look at her, with Mrs. Hughes especially looking like she just sprouted a second and third head. Edna confesses that she's supposed to meet "Tom Branson" for lunch, which sends Mrs. Hughes and Carson out to the hall for a little confab. Mrs. Hughes says that before Carson starts, it may not be Branson's fault, but Carson says that either way, Edna's got to go. Mrs. Hughes wholeheartedly agrees with that part of the equation. She asks who will tell Branson and Carson says she'd better do it. "I'd only be rude, which wouldn't help anyone." But you're so close with the man's daughter!
Cora's still in bed with her tray when Susan comes in and asks if she's heard about Mary. Cora tells her she has, from Anna via O'Brien and hopes she doesn't think Mary rude, as she knows Susan hasn't always approved of her. Susan, however, thinks Mary having a baby merits some leeway, "and as for the other business, I'm not as harsh as I was. Rose is proving quite an education." Hmm, I guess Mary's scandal with Mr. Pamuk made it this far north? I hadn't thought about it, but I don't suppose it's that surprising. Susan confesses that she worries about Rose in every waking moment and Cora tells her she understands that better than anyone else there could. Susan then brings up the fact that Shrimpie wants Rose to live at Downton while they're abroad and Cora says she already told Lord Grantham she'd never agree to that against Susan's wishes, but while Susan thanks her for that, she admits now she thinks he's right. She echoes the Dowager Countess in smiling that she can't bring Rose out from Bombay, but wonders if Cora is prepared for all that? She is, but asks what will happen with Susan and Shrimpie, so Susan tells her they'll forge ahead as their sort never accepts defeat. She stands, but in a slightly more remorseful tone of voice, adds, "Even if I wish we could." Susan makes one final request that Cora speak well of her while Rose is at Downton, and Cora tells her to go to hell. Oh come on... of course she says she will.