Word. Especially since Anna is normally the smart one and the obvious conclusion, which I would assume (without having been spoiled on this point) is going to be the real story, doesn't seem to have really occurred to her at least until now. Though actually the reference to Vera making the cakes and scrubbing her fingers makes me wonder if what I THOUGHT was the obvious solution (
Originally Posted by Alixana
) isn't it, and in fact the REAL solution might be
Vera poisoned herself as a final frame-up of Bates
At this point, though, I'm really tired of the Bates-in-prison plot as it all seems rather contrived: angry cell mate for no reason, other guy helping him for no reason, Bates puts the same skills used with Thomas, O'Brien and the snuffbox to use again...OMG JUST GET HIM OUT OF PRISON. Though I suppose him returning to Downton ought to wait until it's just somehow icing on the cake of Thomas's inevitable humiliation conga. (Honestly, Carson ought to at some point just flat-out tell his lordship if he wants to solve half the staffing issues, they need to fire Thomas and O'Brien yesterday.)
she was planning to poison Bates with the cakes, and accidentally poisoned herself. Admittedly it would take a HECK of a lot of accidental ingestion of arsenic, which needs pretty high doses to be instantly fatal, but it could happen.