The war rages, George is missing in action, Harry’s name has been smeared, Rose is not feeling well, and several romantic liaisons are in turmoil.
For one, Josie is severely regretting her recent fling with Florian. Concerned that she is much older than the young violinist, she attempts to get him a job in another city. But he thinks this means she doesn’t love him.
Meanwhile, Delphine is closing in on her plan to steal Harry away from Rose. She convinces him to mount a lavish promotion called “The Spirit of Delphine’s” to attract shoppers to the store, certain that this will make her both indispensible and irresistible to him.
In other courtship intrigues, Kitty pressures her jilted beau, Frank, into investigating Lord Loxley’s role in the procurement scandal. Frank even teams up with Lady Mae, who is desperate to destroy her estranged husband.
Finally, the love triangle involving Victor, Agnes, and Henri continues to wobble. Henri gives up hope of winning Agnes and resolves to join the French army and fight for his country. Agnes’s brother, George, miraculously turns up wounded, spurring Agnes and Victor to advance their wedding date so that he can be the best man. And Agnes becomes a celebrity when an American fashion journalist profiles her glamorous career. On the verge of achieving his dream of wedded bliss, Victor starts having doubts about tearing Agnes away from her job and from the Frenchman she obviously loves.
Slowly, difficulties start to untangle. Counseled by her contrite former lover, Mr. Grove, Josie decides to find happiness wherever she can and reconciles with Florian. Next, Victor chooses to throw his happiness away, and he releases Agnes into Henri’s arms.
Setting the stage for clearing Harry’s name, Mae sneaks into Loxley’s study and removes an incriminating piece of evidence: the list that Harry gave him, specifying which leather manufacturers to use and which to avoid. Of course, Loxley picked the second group as ripe for bribery. Given the list, Harry presents it to the procurement committee, which suddenly realizes the contemptible snake they have been harboring in their midst. Soon, Frank’s paper headlines the news that Harry is exonerated and Loxley has been arrested. A side benefit: Frank is back in good graces with Kitty, who rewards him with a dinner date.
“The Spirit of Delphine’s” campaign fizzles—and so does Delphine’s gambit to entice Harry into a romantic relationship. Cured of his compulsively wandering eye from last season, Harry dismisses Delphine from his life. However, he may soon be saying goodbye to Rose, as well, for she has been diagnosed with a fatal lung ailment.
Still, Rose rallies for an American-style Thanksgiving celebration at their London home. The entire Selfridge clan is on hand—thankful that the family’s good name has been restored but unaware (except for Harry) that Rose may not be with them for long.
In other news, the war is getting worse, Henri is headed for the front, and George will almost surely rejoin the fighting once his wound heals.