Carson is going over young Mr. Kent's last position and if you read between the lines, sounds like he was kind of a houseboy to a Dowager of a Certain Age. He tells Carson he knows what women are like, and Carson -- measuring each syllable twice before biting them off once -- replies that he probably doesn't quite as well as Mr. Kent does. Jimmy shifts uncomfortably, and sorry, kid, women's rights may be on the move, but it'll be a while before you'll have a female interviewer you can charm for a footman job. You'd be better off hoping Thomas becomes a butler one day.
Oh, dear, here's Ethel leading little Charlie along, who's actually not quite so little anymore -- he can walk and talk and be generally adorable as Ethel stops for a moment to fix his hat. They then resume walking...
...and then we're back at Crawley House, with Isobel and Mrs. Hughes in attendance as we're reunited with the odious Mr. Bryant and his long-suffering wife. Bryant wastes no time in sneering that they're well aware of what Ethel is now and how far she's fallen, so she can save any righteous speeches about a mother's love. Ethel's shocked to learn that Bryant has had her followed, but Bryant tells her of course they were going to keep tabs on her. If that's the case, I wonder why we hadn't heard from them earlier -- if he did this out of concern for the boy, wouldn't his mother turning tricks have stirred him to action? When her husband takes a moment to recharge his horrible batteries, Mrs. Bryant gently tells Ethel that they've decided to offer her some money so that she won't have to, um, work such a heavy schedule. Isobel, obviously hoping this means Ethel will change her mind, smiles that that's very generous, but Ethel's face remains rigid and Isobel's face falls before she hears Mrs. Byrd outside with the tea. She asks Ethel if she wouldn't mind helping her, so Ethel puts Charlie down and as terrible as he has been, Bryant lights up, becoming a completely different person as he presents Charlie with a teddy bear. If he's that big a fan, I wish he'd learn to speak softly.
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.