And at the hospital, Archie contracts sepsis and asks Vera to help him commit suicide, to end his suffering.
Amidst the chaos following Japan's attack on Pearl Harbor, the girls on Blue Shift find themselves facing their own challenges.
Blue Shift floor matron, Lorna Corbett, clashes with Marco Moretti, an Italian-born worker at the factory.
Meanwhile, Vera Burr is severely injured while working on the assembly line, and ends up in the hospital.
While tracking down another Blue Shift worker, Hazel, who Gladys believes is the thief, she discovers that Hazel has been sleeping with James, her fiancé.
After going to Marco's house to drop off his paycheck, Lorna feels guilty about getting him fired; the two grow closer and eventually kiss.
Meanwhile, Kate and Betty deal with Kate's father, who has tracked her down, and Betty confesses her true feelings to Kate, with disastrous results.
Taking a job as a secretary during the factory's Blue Shift, Gladys arranges to become a floor worker instead, after being inspired by the other women floor workers.
Kate Andrews, also a newcomer, has begun working at the factory after running away from her abusive father; she is reluctantly taken under the wing of Betty Mc Rae, the factory's best worker.
Vera, recovering in the hospital, grows depressed about the condition her injury has left her in.
Meanwhile, Kate poses for pin-up photos in order to obtain a fake security clearance form, and Lorna uses Marco's Italian background to raise suspicions about him, resulting in him being fired.