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Agnes gets her younger brother George work in the warehouse at the store but the siblings get a nasty shock when their brutish, drunken father Reg turns up and they reluctantly let him stay. Feeling alienated from her husband's business Rose goes to the National Gallery and strikers up a friendship with handsome young artist Roddy, though she is taken aback when he makes a pass at her. The store is not doing as well as Harry had hoped and he needs a gimmick to attract trade. He therefore approaches the cross-Channel aviator Louis Bleriot and display Bleriot's plane at Selfridge's. This is a huge success with Ellen Page sitting in the cockpit modelling flying scarves - which sell out as a result. Lady Mae asks for a free suit for her young lover Tony, reminding Harry of his debt to her whilst Harry himself, though determined to give Rose more attention, is caught in a compromising situation in Ellen's dressing-room. After this he buys her a house in St. John's Wood.
The store isn't drawing many paying customers and Harry comes up with several ideas to draw them in. He manages to convince Louis Bleriot, who just completed the first crossing of the channel by air, to display his airplane in the store and to appear personally. Agnes speaks to Mr. Grove and gets her brother George a job as a porter in the loading bay. She is taken aback to find her father Reg at the sales counter and even more upset to learn he wants to move back in with her and her brother. He was the reason they had moved out but she relents and tells him he can stay. Lady Mae calls on Rose who denies feeling forgotten by her husband. At the National Gallery however, she is charmed by a handsome young painter and accompanies him to his flat. In the restaurant, Victor is encouraged by his boss to keep the ladies happy. He accepts an invitation to a lady's home but reconsiders. He continues to pursue Agnes. Window dresser Henri Leclair submits his resignation but Harry charms him into staying. Harry begins an affair with Ellen Love and gives her a lavish gift.
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