An exciting offer for Edith divides opinion, Isobel throws Ethel a lifeline, and new maid Ivy is attracting attention below stairs. Meanwhile, Anna's perseverance finally pays off, and Matthew's concerns about the estate grow.
Branson's political views land him in hot water, and Sybil's loyalty is tested to the limit. Meanwhile, Ethel is torn between head and heart as she makes a difficult decision about her son's future. Elsewhere, Anna is dispirited at Bates' silence.
Branson has a strong supporter in his corner after making a tough decision, and Robert and Cora's relationship is under greater pressure.