Set in London in 1912, Joe Saunders' son, Sam, approaches him for a handout of fifty quid. At thirty-five years old, Sam is a perpetual loser - a loaf who won't hold down a job, a liar, a coward, and a boozer who frequents a seedy nightclub in hopes of capturing the affections of its main attraction - a vixen of similar repute named Mae. Joe refuses the handout, realizing that his low expectations of his son have produced the disaster that is standing before him. Joe's worst fault of all, however, is his complete lack of any honor towards his father. Determined to get the money by any means necessary in order to win the affections of the cabaret queen after whom he's lusting, Joe decides to rat out his father's friend, who is in hiding from the police for their mistaken belief that he commited a felony.
The episode has some great writing and wonderful imagery (notably, the Judas-Christ dynamic when Joe snatches up the money after betraying his father, then crumples it). It was tough to watch Joe's despicable antics towards his father, whose own faults did not merit such a lowlife son. It was also interesting to watch how the entire town despised Joe, and even his questionable love interest had more integrity and heart than he, yet his father - even after betrayed and disgraced by the son - still cared about him.