Episode Recaps

‘Mr. Selfridge’ Recap: The Series Finale

This is actually a picture of Harry getting fired, surprise? (Photo: Courtesy of (C) ITV Studios for MASTERPIECE)

Previously, on Mr. Selfridge: Jimmy’s feeling pretty great about himself for getting Harry to buy London department store Whiteleys. Or at least he is until he realizes that he’s terrible at his new job, and didn’t pay attention to simple business lessons from Crabbe like “How to Keep Your Store Stocked with Items to Sell”. He basically blackmails Crabbe and George Towler into helping him smuggle Selfridges goods into Whiteleys to sell, but of course they get caught and now everyone’s in trouble. Mae’s having some regrets about her decision to sleep with Harry. Lord Wynnstay’s reporter manages to dig up enough conflicting info on Jimmy to run a story that maybe implicates him in Victor’s death,  and Harry’s furious. He tells Jimmy he has a PR plan ready to fight back, but Jimmy just confesses that, actually, he killed Victor after all. Harry is horrified, even more so after he learns that Mae suspected Jimmy and didn’t say anything. Jimmy, for his part, throws himself off Westminster bridge because he can’t face what he’s done.

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‘Mr. Selfridge’ Recap: Season 4, Episode 8

Mr. Selfridge and Miss Plunkett are basically not happy with life. (Photo: Courtesy of (C) ITV Studios for MASTERPIECE)

Previously, on Mr. Selfridge: Harry, Gordon and Jimmy are psyched about their purchase of Whiteleys department store, but their joy is tempered by the fact that the business’ accounts are a total mess and the store has no stock. Whoops! A reporter is still digging in to Jimmy’s relationship with the now dead Victor Colleano, basically because the script says he has to do so. (There’s no reason for this, but Jimmy’s a murderer and garbage, so bring it on!)  We learn that machinist Tilly Brockless had a child out of wedlock and that’s why she lost her previous job. Meryl guilts her father about firing the girl over it, and Grove eventually relents and hires her back, right before he drops dead in the back yard. Oh and Harry and Mae sleep together, which is actually much ickier than we all thought it would be. 

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‘Mr. Selfridge’ Recap: Season 4, Episode 7

Grove and Miss Mardle, in happier times. (Photo: Courtesy of (C) ITV Studios for MASTERPIECE)

Previously, on Mr. Selfridge: Everyone’s sad that Victor is dead, maybe, but we don’t see his funeral either way. Jimmy, Harry and Gordon decided to purchase Whiteley’s, another legacy London department store, even though it takes all their available cash. Kitty leaves for NYC to take that job at Elizabeth Arden, but unfortunately decides to take her cheating husband along with her when Frank shows up at her leaving party and grovels some more.  Meryl tells her father about the crappy way the Selfridge Sewing Girls are treating machinist Tilly Brockless, but instead of helping the situation, all Grove does is manage to fire her for not being honest about the references from her previous job. Whoops?

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'Call the Midwife' Recap: Series 5 Episode 6

The Poplar Pensioners Tea  (image courtesy of Neal Street Productions 2015)

In this week's eye-opening episode of Call the Midwife we encounter a girl whose life is compromised by concerns for her reputation as “damaged goods" and two women are afraid to report acts of violence against them for fear of being judged or punished as well. 

‘Mr. Selfridge’ Recap: Season 4, Episode 6

At least Harry's not ugly crying? (Photo:Courtesy of (C) ITV Studios for MASTERPIECE)

Previously, on Mr. Selfridge: Victor and Mae are suddenly close again. They decide that they should have dinner, because their breakup like twenty years was probably a big mistake. Harry tries to convince everyone that gangsters absolutely did not break his store windows as payback, and scrambles to find a way to get the money to pay off his debt.  Frank apologizes to Kitty by telling her that men cheat because they are idiots sometimes, but she kicks him out of the house. Grove and Miss Mardle get married, Harry decides to sell the provincial Selfridge stores to pay off his creditors after they show up at his home to rob him, and Jimmy accidentally murders Victor by shoving him off a balcony. Yes, that is a thing that happened. This show, y’all.

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'Call the Midwife' Recap: Series 5 Episode 5

Nurse Phyllis Crane (Linda Bassett). (Image credit Neal Street Productions 2015)

This week on Call the Midwife: Fred's good intentions get him into trouble, Timothy Turner schools his father about smoking and a young mother's loveless past makes her unsure of how to love her own baby. Read on for all the details!

‘Mr. Selfridge’ Recap: Season 4, Episode 5

Did anyone else completely forget Mae and Victor used to be a thing? (Photo: Courtesy of (C) ITV Studios for MASTERPIECE)

Previously, on Mr. Selfridge: Miss Mardle and Mr. Grove have a heart to heart, get back together and then get engaged because Grove is dying and that’s what every couple on TV ever does when that’s happening. Kitty decides that it’s okay to give up on all her dreams to have kids she doesn’t really want with her husband, at least until she figures out that Frank cheated on her while he was in France. Harry ends up dumping the Dolly sisters after he catches the one he’s dating in bed with another man. Too bad he didn’t figure that out before he spent all his money making a movie for them, because his gangster gambling lender is real mad now, and breaks one of the store’s famous display windows to show Harry he means business about collecting on the debt he’s owned. Yikes.

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'Call the Midwife' Recap: Series 5 Episode 4

Trixie and Linda Lanyard Photo: Courtesy of Neal Street Productions 2015)

For some of the residents of Poplar, it was a week of upheaval. A young man’s dreams are shattered only to be given a second chance. Tears are back full force as Sister Julienne struggles with a tragic birth and, finally, our love triangle that’s been simmering for weeks could be coming to an amicable resolution. Read on for all the details!

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