A ragged middle-aged woman Ruby comes to the Paradise in search of shop-girl Susy, the daughter she gave away as a child to spare her her mother's alcoholism. Susy is not pleased to see Ruby and takes it out on Flora, leading to her dismissal. However the newly promoted Denise shows diplomacy in negotiating her reinstatement and mother and daughter part friends. Moray has a secret meeting with Fenton, who suggests they take over the Paradise, Fenton supplying the funds if Moray can provoke discord between the Westons. Initially reluctant Moray becomes more persuaded when he learns that Weston wants to buy all the shops in the street to make the Paradise England's largest department store. Meanwhile Jonas, finding that Weston is prone to bouts of pain and rage, gains his confidence to exploit the fact.
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Thank you for agreeing to meet with me, Mr. Fenton.
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Does Moray know you're here?
No, sir. As we agreed, this meeting is between you and I.