Rumbold is being considered for the position. Rumbold would never approve of this, and what is more, the perfume seems to have some quite extraordinary qualities. Goldberg is running a lucrative side business recruiting his colleagues for higher-paid sales positions in competing department stores. After an applicant that lives in a packing case in and another that Mr Humphries dislikes the staff decide to go home. Grace, he doesn't like it and suggests a sale. Humphries speaks to the pools firm and discovers that Mr. Grainger is worried about his annual performance to entertain the residents of an old people's home.
Invaders in Miss Brahms's tent, Mr Grainger leaving his flap open and Captain Peacock wanting to share Mr Rumbold's bed all add to the hilarity of sleeping with colleagues. Grainger asks for his job back, but Mr. A homemade meringue in Mr. Grainger is not totally disappointed, and he decides to stay on. Slocombe, decide to fake the wedding ceremony right in the store, with Mr. Slocombe to take his place temporarily.
Grace advertise for candidates for the junior position. Humphries enlists his former instructor. Grace's nurse is the voice. Humphries pretend to be Pa Gumby, Mad Ma Gumby and their son, Italian Tony so they can rescue Miss Brahms, Captain Peacock and Mr Spooner. Grace says he will spend up to £300 on decorating it, but when the decorators give their estimate as £500, the staff offer to do the job themselves and pocket £50 each.
This means that the Menswear Department is undermanned, so Mr. Rumbold when she refuses to sell certain items. However, he merely wants her advice on whether to ask Miss Robinson, of the Jewellery Department, and by accident puts him off marriage completely. Grace gets a young boy to decide which one of the staff will be Father Christmas. Crying babies, a hideaway bed, plastic flowers and a beanbag all add to the misery. Grainger has become increasingly bad-tempered, something which is not helped by his losing the centre display stand to Mrs. The obsession soon drives her to alcoholism, and it is decided that to cure her Mr.
Slocombe fears that she'll be given the boot once Mr. Lucas and Miss Brahms play the title roles, Captain Peacock plays , Mr Goldberg plays the red cheeked butcher and Mrs. Grace they look in the file on the table which says they are all to be replaced. However, after two days they discover they have only made 64 pence, so Mr. Meanwhile, a monkey has escaped from the Pet Department and is hiding in the lift shaft. Humphries finds himself up to his neck with the gossip column, but his greatest challenge proves to be ensuring the staff bonuses by orchestrating a beauty contest with Miss Brahms as the ringer.
The saleswoman quits, but the staff learn that they have actually bitten the hand that feeds them and must now sell the perfume themselves. Slocombe's pet cat, Tiddles, has gone missing. When cash is offered to do the voiceover, all the floor staff want the recorded voice to be theirs. Slocombe holes up in Mr. Rumbold then comes up with a plan to make sure the take-over is voted against at a Shareholders' Dinner, and when money is offered all the staff volunteer to dress up as sympathetic shareholders who can't get to the dinner.
Sales of the perfume cut into the staff's commissions, and when they discover that the saleswoman is giving away freebies with every purchase, the staff come together and successfully sabotage the perfume stand. The only thing the robbers are afraid of is the vicious Gumby Gang, so Mr. Grace allows her to move into the store's Furniture Fitting Department on the top floor. Rumbold then takes the credit. Grainger of their decision he resigns first. Unfortunately, one of them involves threatening the Peacocks' already fragile marriage. Rumbold's office, but he catches them and throws them out.
Filmed: 16 September 1979 First appearance of Mr. Rumbold's desk, however, changes everything. Grace decides on the new idea of American informality in the hope of increasing sales. They later rehearse their performance for Young Mr. On the local television show, their fears are confirmed, resulting in a finale filled with lip-synching and faulty sound equipment. Grainger as Head of Men's Wear. Slocombe dress up as Lord and Lady Stableforth, with Miss Brahms as their daughter Lavinia and Mr.
She thinks that she is a little girl and it is indeed hard for the rest of staff, who want to hide her behaviour from Mr. Grace's 80th birthday, the staff plan a This Is Your Department, a spoof of , using Young Mr. Slocombe misinterprets it as a marriage proposal and accepts, to the shock of everyone. Slocombe's palm says she will have a man at her feet. The staff rehearse what to do if the Royal couple visit and on the day they all dress up in their finery and then watch them in the street below from Mr. They then decide that background music and a recorded store-wide voiceover will boost sales. Grace announces that the cutbacks have been cancelled and that he is giving himself a three-day week instead.