Outside, Mrs. Byrd is just coming up with the tea and asks Isobel if she shouldn't take it in. Ethel offers to do it, and you probably don't need me to tell you that Mrs. Byrd doesn't trip over herself to agree; nonetheless, she leaves the tray once Isobel dismisses her. Isobel then says her piece about Ethel not having to do this, but Ethel wonders if she seriously thinks she should take money from Bryant, adding that it won't be much. Isobel is of the opinion that even if Charlie doesn't go to a famous school or university, Ethel will be there to give him love, but Ethel wonders if Matthew went to a famous school or university. Check and mate! Isobel looks as abashed as she gets as she can't find a response and Ethel thanks her before they head back in.
We're in the prison dining hall and it seems, from their conversation, that Bates and his friend have hatched a plan to take care of Craig; once they sort out a few details of who to bring in on it, Bates asks the guy why he's helping him, so the guy tells him, venom in his voice, that he can't stand Craig. Well, that's good news for Bates. Revenge isn't capriciously abandoned, which is also great news for ABC's ratings.
Back at tea, Mrs. Bryant compliments Ethel on her serving ability, and she in turn praises Mrs. Hughes for her training. Mrs. Hughes pipes up that Ethel was a good worker, even though things haven't gone so well for her lately and Bryant at least has the decency to keep silent instead of talking about the level of satisfaction among her customers. Mrs. Bryant eagerly tells Ethel she hopes she can accept their offer, because they both wish her well, and even Bryant -- with Charlie still in his lap -- concedes that he doesn't wish Ethel ill, which, as awful as he still may be, is a far cry from his attitude when we first met him. Ethel, however, steels herself and says she can't accept their offer and they won't be friends. Mrs. Bryant asks if she won't even try for Charlie's sake, but Ethel fixes her eyes on Bryant and tells him he may not be a kind man, but she believes he loves Charlie. "So you'll be pleased by what I've come here to say." I give Bryant credit for not breaking into a big smile, because you don't need second sight to call where she's going with this.