Harry is confronted by a delegation of trade unionists led by Arnold Huxton demanding better workers' rights. Union membership is forbidden at the store as the staff have their own council for debates but Ed and Dave, who work in the loading bay with Gordon, are interested and arrange to attend a talk given by Huxton. Gordon overhears and sneaks into the meeting but when the Selfridge staff learns how comparatively well-served they are, the unionists are angry and a fight ensues. Rose, seeing Henri at the club, follows him home to where he is living in poverty though he declines her offer of his old job back. Harry is annoyed that she made the offer behind his back. To repay the staff for their loyalty he arranges a tango party at Delphine's, inviting Lady Mae, though her obnoxious husband also tags along and is angry when Harry refuses to discuss business with him. Despite the threat of war, which particularly unnerves Grove, the party is a success, Kitty dazzling Frank, though Agnes, of whom Thackeray is still jealous, tells Victor they have no future. The Loxley's crumbling marriage is tested when Mae learns that her husband has leased out their country estate. She counters by mocking him over the fact that Harry rebuffed his request to discuss business so he hits her, knocking her to the floor.- Written by don @ minifie-1
With the assassination of Archduke Franz Ferdinand in Sarajevo, war has become a very real possibility. Rumors are circulating that Harry may return to America but he he puts a stop to those. He also decides to throw a party for the staff. He agrees to Rose's request to have the party at Delphine's. The party goes well but jealousies among some staff lay the foundation for future problems. Agnes meanwhile is still having trouble finding her footing and Mr. Thackeray takes every opportunity to upstage her. A trade union is trying to establish itself among the warehousemen. They soon realize that the union isn't offering them anything more than they already have. Harry learns that Henri Leclair is in London and is upset that Rose didn't tell him earlier. Lord Loxley forces his wife to get him a meeting with Harry.- Written by garykmcd
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