Rory has gone to visit Emily and Richard in the middle of the day? Maybe after school? Oh, who knows. Rory's in her school uniform, though. Rory thanks Emily for seeing her on such short notice. Emily hugs her and says she's thrilled to see Rory on no notice. My, Emily's rather boisterous this visit. Maybe Emily's picking up a drug habit. This entire scene is acted very strangely. Emily's all happy and asking these questions like she's drunk, and Rory's all quiet and mumbly.
Emily has set the dining-room table for an English High Tea. I've never seen one before, but there's tons of food involved. Emily says that this is one of the advantages to their having an English maid. Emily adds that she also appreciates that the maid actually speaks English. You know what, Emily? It doesn't take a linguist to know that the reason you lose maids isn't because of their native tongue; it's because of your bitchy one. Rory says that Emily didn't have to do this. Emily starts explaining that this is what you should do at tea time (so I guess it's the next day, after school), but she interrupts herself to yell at the new maid for not putting doilies on the plates. The new maid, Beatrice, immediately comes out to drop doilies.
Richard enters, out of breath, to join them. He says he ran from the office because he knew whatever Rory's going to say must be important if she's asked them to get together with her like this. Where's Richard's office that he can run home? This house is in the middle of nowhere. They sit at the table on Emily's request. Emily tells Beatrice to pour the tea.