Miss Mardle organizes Doris Grove's funeral, barring Billy, the delivery boy and true father of Doris's son Ernest. Sensing that she is troubled Mr Crabb persuades Miss Mardle to tell Grove the truth about the child's paternity, adding that Doris was run over returning home from taking Ernest to see his father. The news is not well received. George is disturbed to find that Ryan is dealing drugs from Victor's club and quits. His fears are justified when a patron almost dies of an over-dose. Nancy starts to feel guilty about her plan to defraud Harry when he tells her that he has sold large numbers of his shares to finance her project - some of which were bought by Loxley, who now has enough of them to sit on the board of share-holders. Harry is angry, especially with Serge, who sold some of his holdings to Loxley to finance a new business venture but there is good news when Rosalie announces that she is pregnant.
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Did You Know?
When the drug user is found at Colleano's Mr Colleano indicates that 'they cannot call a doctor as the doctor will inform the police', indicating that Colleano's has committed an offence. This would not have been so.
The Defence of the Realm Act (1916)(Regulation 40B) made it an offence to use opium based drugs (originally for soldiers but was then extended to the general public 2 months later).
The Dangerous Drugs Act (1920) made it an offence 'of being an occupier of premises permitting the smoking of prepared opium'. As the episode is set in 1919 - reference is made to the Peace Treaty, Colleano's had not committed an offence.
Whilst it would have been preferable not to have the police present, it is difficult to believe that he would have said not to call a doctor before making sure the customer was not seriously ill if no actual offence had been committed. See more
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