Joe travels up to Manchester to try and see his wife Liz, from whom he is separated but not divorced. He is able to get in touch with her through her business, and they both go back to Liz's house. The following morning Liz leaves for a meeting, Joe promising to be there on her return. Trouble has been brewing in London in his absence: Du Plooy's shipment of mortars blocked by the union at the airport, and news of it leaked to the press. Jeremy Windsor reaches Joe by telephone, telling him Walpole Gibb will only speak to him personally, leaving him no option but to fly back to London. He is furious to be told the export licence has now been revoked, and threatens to expose Gibb in the press or, within the trade, as someone who doesn't keep his word.