Clive Evans visits his Dad and has some news to tell him. He's reluctant at first but slowly tells his tale which starts off with the good news that he has been promoted to a new position as assistant Head Porter. The staff are now to refer to him as Mr. Evans and he has all of the authority of being in charge of the staff when Jacob Collins is not present. His problems start with the arrival of a new guest, Mr. Villiers who is a homosexual. Clive claims to be disgusted by him but in fact is exploring his own sexuality and accepts to visit his room. The conversation with his Dad takes a strange twist, however. Jacob meanwhile has more free time on his hands and has taken to stepping out with the seamstress. Stephen Bannerman announces his engagement to Christina Lloyd-Price and invites the staff to a party on the family floor.