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Stephen continues to see Kate, causing some staff resentment, especially when Marcus makes her assistant housekeeper. Mrs. Harvey walks out and Kate copes well with a chaotic evening. Clive persuades Mrs. Harvey to return and Kate finally gets her to crack when she admits that Mr. Harvey has left her and she has been defrauding small sums of money to keep herself. Edith comes to the Grand and gets a job as a chamber-maid to be near her baby. Esmee is concerned that her 'girls' are at risk and so Marcus uses five rooms in the Grand for them and their clients. Jacob is appalled and also gets one over on Marcus for offending a lady guest of whom he is fond. He gets drunk and discovers Edith, whom Ruth has paid to go away, leaving the hotel. She confides in him who she really is, causing Jacob to be even more displeased with the Bannermans.
Stephen and Kate's relationship is now in the open and she has dinner with the Bannermans in the family quarters. The whole arrangement creates a stir downstairs and ill-feeling on the part of several. Marcus Bannerman makes things worse when he appoints Kate Assistant Housekeeper without first consulting Mrs. Harvey. Feeling she is not appreciated, Mrs. Harvey walks out leaving Kate in charge. The hotel is packed due to the announcement of a royal engagement and Kate is left on her own to cope. A jealous Lynne does her best to sabotage Kate on her first evening in charge. Marcus decides to set aside some rooms in the hotel for the use of the prostitutes from the club, much to Jacob Collins' disgust. Ruth Bannerman is shocked when her child's birth mother, Mrs. Collins, suddenly appears at the hotel asking to him. When Jacob hears who she is, he drinks in despair.
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