Having volunteered to house a Belgian refugee, Josie learns that she has been assigned someone named Florian, whom she assumes is a woman. She is therefore shocked to see a young man standing at her door. A violinist without his instrument, Florian is very grateful and most pleasant. Nonetheless, Josie and Agnes decide that it’s scandalous for a man to reside with two unmarried women, so they will ask him to leave. To soften the blow, Josie buys Florian a replacement violin. When she presents it, he is so overcome that she doesn’t have the heart to throw him out. The three will therefore live in the most unconventional of arrangements. But it is wartime, after all.
Also rising to the wartime challenge is Mr. Crabb, who decides that while the store’s young men are at the front, those left behind can learn to shoot. He takes it for granted that the training is for men only, but soon Rose—a crack shot herself—recruits a rifle corps of Selfridges women. She also arranges more comfortable attire (including no corsets) for the new female workers in the stock room.
Henri badgers the private detective that he paid off in the last episode—apparently to find someone. The detective eventually turns up an address, which Henri visits. Unbeknownst to Henri, he is being followed by Mr. Thackeray, who suspects his colleague is up to no good. After Henri goes to the address and then leaves, Thackeray knocks on the door, bribes the person who answers, and is told that the Frenchman is looking for a woman who has gone back to Germany. Very suspicious!
Delphine continues to ingratiate herself to Harry by proposing a gentlemen’s card game, at which Harry can network with Lord Egerton for a spot on the military procurement committee. Neither Delphine nor Harry knows that Egerton is in Lord Loxley’s pocket, thanks to blackmail, and that in Loxley’s opinion the committee is off limits to anyone not in the nobility—especially that “shopkeeper” Harry. Innocently, Harry invites Loxley to the game, thinking that his former adversary has turned over a new leaf and will vouch for him. Loxley, who fancies himself a poker pro, accepts, relishing the idea of cleaning out “that Yank.” However Harry has undoubtedly honed his game in Chicago’s gambling houses and wins a no-limit round against Loxley. Incensed, Loxley storms out. But one of the other players, Bill Summertime, is impressed and later says to an associate that “Harry Selfridge … could be our man.” But for what?
In other action, Gordon, who is only fifteen and too young to enlist, is assigned to the tea counter at Selfridges, getting him out of the stock room with its memories of his friends who have gone to war. And on the romantic front, Kitty and Frank are back together, Agnes and Victor renew their courtship, and Rose and Harry make up by making out.