Returning from his secret mission to Germany, Harry learns that all of London knows where he’s been. Plus newspapers are blaming him for the shoddy footwear supplied to the troops by Lord Loxley. As a result, customers are boycotting the store, and even some of the staff suspect their boss of treason.
Harry reports to his handler, Bill Summertime, with a piece of potentially valuable intelligence. Then he gives the spy chief a piece of his mind for not doing more to keep the operation under wraps. Harry wants a favor in return: information on the procurement committee’s role in the boot scandal. But Summertime refuses to get involved.
Elsewhere in London, Loxley tracks down Lady Mae and insists that she reconcile with him for the sake of appearance. However, she is determined to ruin him and goes to Harry to discuss a strategy, only to be rebuffed because Harry no longer trusts her.
Agnes is distraught over news that George is missing in action. She is also becoming more and more concerned about Henri and convinces Harry that Valerie Maurel holds the key to his release from the American embassy, where he is being held for extradition to the United States for theft. Harry then asks Summertime to find Valerie, who is apparently somewhere in London. This time, the spy chief agrees.
While Harry catches up with dozens of condolence letters to families of Selfridges men killed at the front, Delphine pursues a plan for bringing more shoppers to the store. With her customary panache, she entices Max Sennett of Keystone Studios, his star Mabel Normand, and a bevy of his bathing beauties to visit during their junket to England. The celebrity shopping spree does wonders for staff morale and temporarily helps the bottom line.
Naturally, Delphine hosts a party for the troupe, at which Gordon is introduced to the Tom Collins—and later, the hangover. During the festivities, Harry runs into Summertime, who gives him Valerie’s address.
This sets the stage for a confrontation at the American embassy between Henri and Valerie, at which it is established that Valerie’s estranged husband—a higher-up at J. Walter Thompson in New York, where Henri worked—in fact embezzled the missing money. Valerie has the bank records to prove it, so Henri is freed. Sorry for all she has put him through, Valerie makes a pitch to win back her old flame. But Henri has fallen in love with someone else. “It’s taken me all of this time to realize it,” he says with a dreamy look, thinking of his loyal champion, Agnes.
Henri is not the only one who has rediscovered love. After doing her best to rebuff Florian’s overtures, Josie decides that her bad experience with Mr. Grove has made her too guarded in matters of the heart. Ready to take a new chance, she seizes the initiative and kisses the violinist.
But there are two characters feeling out in the cold: Victor recognizes that Agnes is slipping away, despite her insistence that they will marry as soon as George returns. And Rose sees that Harry is succumbing to Delphine’s spell. After all, she knows that look so well.