In the dining room, Branson's happily holding his daughter when Edna enters and offers to take her to the nursery. Before she goes, though, she requests leave to ask him something and when it's granted, she wonders if he's ashamed of who he was or who he is. Is that why he won't eat with them? This question looks like it hits him hard, but he tells her that's not the reason. When she's gone, though, he looks terribly haunted. He really is kind of lost without Matthew around, which... I'm not going to say it. Sigh.
At Duneagle, Bates and Anna are out for a walk, noting how light it stays up there in the evening and they chat about having a picnic the next day before. Then, under the great stone bridge that leads to the main entrance to the estate, they come across Rose who is distraught enough at her mother's ill treatment of her that she's sobbing and having a cigarette. When Bates announces their presence, she smiles through her tears and asks them not to tell her mother she was smoking. She then seems genuinely touched by Bates' offer of a peppermint before apologizing for the state of her, saying that her mother has been "unusually impossible" that evening. Bates tries to tell her she'll survive before, from above, Susan's voice rings out for her to come inside. Rose heads off, but turns to thank Bates again for the mint and if this show has a weakness, it isn't in the area of effective character turnarounds.
Dr. Clarkson is back at Crawley House and he tells her he should probably go, but she asks him to stay for a bit. After a bit of chat, he tells her that he sometimes forgets, "when we meet in the splendor of the Abbey," that she was a doctor's wife and as such understands his life. She agrees that it's nice to be able to shorthand things and know the other person will get them. He expresses the hope that they can do this again soon and Isobel's face gives nothing away, but if she were thinking "Yup, still got it," it would be well-deserved.
Back at Duneagle, Gregson declares his intention to go shooting with Matthew the next day, but Edith asks him to please tell her the truth -- why is he there? He hesitantly says he hoped for her family to like him, which would make it easier for them to be on his side, but Edith knows he's talking about. Despite the extenuating circumstances, what everyone will see is an affair between two people who are not only disdainful of marriage, but also uncaring enough to take advantage of a woman unable to care for herself. Edith -- with her face going in about twenty different directions -- says as much, telling him that whatever they may think of him personally "won't change the basic facts," but he informs her he's in love with her. Some part of her is thrilled to hear it, but she still tells him she doesn't see a happy ending here and then the Dowager Countess calls her over to round out a bridge foursome, meaning it's still to be determined exactly how star-crossed they're going to ask to be.