Previously on Mr. Selfridge: Selfridges hires a new Art Director, who turns out to be that weird French guy from the season’s first episode and he is pretty annoying. Gordon is the store’s new Deputy Manager and is really excited about it; Grove is jealous. Victor tries to reopen his club but thanks to police blackmail has to agree to make part of it a gambling establishment to raise the money to stay open. Kitty and George Towler to team up and convince the garbage friend of the guy who attacked her to admit that his BFF is a would-be rapist and help send him to jail. Harry sold some of his shares in Selfridges to fund his homes for veterans scheme and now isn’t a majority owner of the store anymore. Oh and Doris Grove was run over by a truck and killed while out having a secret meeting with her babydaddy arranged by Miss Mardle. IDEK with this show anymore, y’all.
Before we get into this week’s storylines, can we just say, “Welcome Home, Sister Evangelina!” We’ve missed your plain-spoken opinions and your compassionate dedication to your patients. It’s apparent scuffles will persist as the Sister reclaims her previous role from Nurse Crane, but in time, I believe they’ll return to that unspoken truce they’d achieved when Evangelina left for her hysterectomy. Now we just need Chummy and all will be right with the world (or at least, Poplar).
Speaking of Chummy, her scouts are holding a fundraiser! Patsy is organizing a square dance to raise money to get the cubs to the annual jamboree. But with events like this come serious wardrobe dilemmas – checked shirt or ironic poodle skirt?
And then there’s the issue of who to ask to the dance.
The novel tells the story of Thomas Thorne, who lives in the village of Greshamsbury in Barsetshire, with his beautiful niece, Mary, a girl blessed with every gift – except, as it always seems to go in these instances, money. Mary Thorne has grown up alongside the Gresham sisters – Augusta, Beatrice and Alexandrina and their handsome brother Frank – whose home is the great house and estate at Greshamsbury Park.
As you may or may not be aware, the UK General Election is nigh. In just under three weeks’ time (May 7th to be exact) the British public will go to the polls to vote for the local MPs who will represent them in Parliament. The party who gains the most seats in the election wins the right to send its leader to 10 Downing Street to be the Prime Minister.
There he or she will remain for five years unless, according to the Parliament.UK website, “a motion of no confidence is passed in Her Majesty's Government by a simple majority and 14 days elapses without the House passing a confidence motion in any new Government formed or a motion for a general election is agreed by two thirds of the total number of seats in the Commons including vacant seats (currently 434 out of 650).”
Previously on Mr. Selfridge: Harry and Nancy Webb take their relationship from zero to sixty in the space of roughly ten seconds, which is made even more awkward by the fact that Ms. Webb is secretly a grifter. Lord Loxley, who for some reason is still on this show, has formed a new committee to “help former servicemen readjust” but mostly seems to be all about hating on women who work generally, and Harry Selfridge for supporting them. Doris confesses to Miss Mardle that Mr. Grove is not the father of her son, as she had an affair during the war. Victor and Violette get arrested in a somewhat compromising position when the police raid his club. Oh, and Selfridges needs a new store deputy and a bunch of folks apply, including Grove and Miss Mardle, but Harry ultimately just gives the job to Gordon because nepotism is awesome.
This has been quite the series for infestations and contagious disease outbreaks. First, London experienced a rat invasion. Next came an epidemic of dysentery. Oh and don’t forget the syphilis-ridden brothel. Now our medical professionals must contend with a very nasty disease indeed, diphtheria.
More on the pestilence later because I know we all want to celebrate the long-awaited return of Nurse Cynthia Miller, now known as Sister Mary Cynthia (Bryony Hannah). She’s left the mother house in Chichester with some encouraging words from Sister Evangelina and a bit of anxiety about coming back to her former home in an entirely new capacity.
Based on the best-selling novels by Kerry Greenwood, the drama follows the adventures of a glamorous female detective in 1920s Australia who battles injustice with a sharp wit and a pearl-handled pistol. Essie Davis plays the fabulous Phryne Fisher, opposite Nathan Page as Detective Inspector Jack Robinson, Ashleigh Cummings as Miss Fisher’s loyal companion and assistant Dot and Hugo Johnstone-Burt as Constable Hugh Collins.
Miss Fisher has been rather popular in America since the first two seasons started airing on public television stations around the country, as everyone swoons over Phryne’s amazing outfits and ongoing flirtation with Jack. And fans everywhere have been clamoring for more ever since the news broke that the drama had in fact been renewed for a third season. (I’m not kidding. That’s one of the most popular posts on this blog!)
And, now, at long last, there’s an actual trailer for Season 3. Sort of. It’s something, anyway.
Previously on Mr. Selfridge: Agnes finally tracks down Henri during his multi-day PTSD episode (yay!) but the upshot of their conversation is that they need to leave London if Henri’s going to have any chance at getting well (boo!) Kitty goes to the police to try and get the guys who almost raped her arrested, and learns that her husband is the reason they were all drunk and riled up. Victor and Violette Selfridge hook up and it’s just as unappealing as you’d expect it to be. Harry Selfridge throws himself at crusading veterans advocate Nancy Webb despite her protestations that she’s not interested, because Harry Selfridge is actually sort of gross sometimes and I don’t understand how he got an awesome woman like Rose to marry him ever. (Also, I miss Rose. Still.)
As they say in England, this week’s episode is chockablock with everything we’ve come to expect from Call the Midwife. In fact, it features a virtual Poplar baby boom with ten children being delivered by our midwives in one day! Some of the characters who have been in the background for a few weeks (or more) were given the spotlight. And while one Nonnatus resident has her worth validated another sees her “perfect” life crumble before her eyes.
There is a definite focus on the worth of women in this installment. We encounter women who sell their bodies cheaply, a father who values a son over a daughter and women who lose purpose and are expected to fade into the background after a war, marriage or even when they’ve advanced in age.
The popular mystery series’ ninth season will be comprised of six episodes, which will retain the one-hour format first used in Season 7.
Stars Kevin Whateley and Laurence Fox are both set to return, despite the fact that the future of the show has seemed somewhat up in the air in recent years, as the drama sort of wrapped up its run back in 2013, before returning for a surprise eighth season in 2014. It’s been rather dramatic, so it’s nice to have official confirmation that fans will definitely see the show again. Angela Griffin will also be back as DS Lizzie Maddox.
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