A brewery worker brings a 15-year-old co-worker in, both scalded. Finn shows up to spend only one night in London before a trip to France, and Robert explains to Eleanor why he can't stay at their house.
Robert enjoys a weekend of shooting at Mrs. Costigan's country estate, although he recognizes another guest, noted physician Aubrey Savier, as an entrenched rival for Mrs. Costigan's affections. Joe Marsham considers a new position. Mrs. Costigan's infant nephew becomes ill, and she refuses Robert's recommendation of surgery. Instead, she insists on calling in Dr. Savier, who says inflation will be adequate, which Robert considers too dangerous.
An abusive husband sends his wife to the Thrift yet again. Finn returns with news that breaks Eleanor's heart. The Thrift hosts a Jubilee party. When the beaten wife takes action to protect herself, she must run away to prevent her arrest. Eleanor confronts Emmaline O'Neill at the Jubilee Ball.
During Eleanor's absence the Thrift staff is overworked. At the suggestion of Mrs. Costigan Robert takes on a young woman who hopes to be a medical student, thinking she could help out. Dr. Marsham is not impressed. Nurse Carr is finding it more and more difficult to take care of her demented old mother.
Eleanor continues her slow recovery at the home of her best friend Isobel and her husband. While visiting the poor village school, Eleanor discovers an outbreak of measles. One of those stricken is the teacher's assistant and Kilshaws' under-nanny, 15-year-old Sarah, who is expecting and refuses to name the father.
Robert serves on the Re-Vaccination Committee. When Emmaline comes to the Bramwells' house for help, they suspect she may have a reaction to Finn's vaccination experiments. Finn gives Eleanor another reason to be done with him.