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.)
Previously on Mr. Selfridge: Because for some reason that makes no sense, Selfridge is just allowing a lot of belligerent, unemployed, possibly homeless IDK dudes to hang out across the street from the store and harass his employees and customers. Mr. Edwards gets two of them drunk to interview for his new book and they end up attacking his wife Kitty on her way home. Henri has another extended PTSD episode which ends with him and Agnes having a shouting fight and tears in a Selfridges’ display window. Harry takes out a personal loan to buy the land for his housing project, but Vile Loxley manipulates the auction (i.e. antagonizes Harry into a bidding war) and Selfridge ends up paying double his intended price. Harry’s mom starts investigating Princess Marie in secret because she keeps lying about her living situation. Violette Selfridge randomly shows up at Victor’s jazz bar and flirts aggressively with him, even though I’m not sure they’ve ever actually met before. Look out. (If you need more, last week’s recap is right here.)
Previously on Mr. Selfridge: Five years after the conclusion of Season 2, Rose Selfridge dies, and my heart is broken forever. Harry’s not dealing with this well, and becomes obsessed with a new project meant to help build houses for homeless veterans because the thinks it’s what his dead wife would like. Crabb, who is existing in a constant state of near emotional collapse because of Selfridge’s repeatedly poor decisions. openly challenges Harry at a board meeting over money for the project. Loxley is still alive because this show hates me and is busy swearing vengeance on Harry for causing his divorce, despite the fact tha the was an abuser. Oh, and Rosalie’s married some Russian aviator named Sergei who is a huge, inconsiderate jerk with a pushy, over dramatic mother. (If you need more, last week’s recap is right here.)
So, yeah. Business as usual at Selfridge’s, wouldn’t you say? Onward to this week’s episode.
Star Jeremy Piven will once again reprise his role as the colorful but deeply troubled entrepreneur Harry Selfridge. Katherine Kelly will be back as everyone’s favorite socialite Lady Mae Loxley, and several other series regulars will also be returning for another season, including Sherlock’sAmanda Abbington (Miss Mardle), Tom Goodman-Hill (Mr. Grove), Ron Cook (Mr. Crabb), Amy Beth-Hayes (Kitty), Trystan Gravelle (Victor), Sacha Parkinson (Connie) and Samuel West (Mr. Edwards).
ITV has officially released the first trailer for popular period drama Mr. Selfridge and, if this clip is anything to go by, the new season is going to be quite a bit darker than its predecessors.
The drama is inspired by the story of charismatic American entrepreneur Harry Gordon Selfridge, whose famous department store in London’s Oxford Street changed shopping forever. (If you missed any of the drama up to this point, or need your memory refreshed on what happened - we recapped both Series 1 and Series 2. So go read up.)
Series 3 has jumped forward in time again, and will take place in 1919, just after the end of World War I. As was hinted at last season, Harry Selfridge has lost his beloved wife Rose, and his behavior is becoming increasingly erratic as he continues to spiral after her death.
Previously on Mr. Selfridge: Harry comes back from his Not at All Sekrit Trip to Germany and discovers he’s getting blasted in the English press over the fact that Vile Loxley’s government committee allegedly sold the army poor quality boots on his recommendation. Harry and Agnes join forces to track down Henri’s irritating French ex-girlfriend Valerie, who clears him of embezzlement charges so he can be set free. Henri helpfully used his time in jail to realize he’s into Agnes, who’s busy getting ready to marry Victor. Delphine, who remains the worst friend ever, convinces some obnoxious American film stars to come shop in Selfridges so Harry can feel like a special snowflake. Vile Loxley tries to get Mae to come back to him and she tells him she wants a divorce. She also tries to make things right with Harry, who responds by (awesomely) throwing her out of his house.
How are we already at the season finale? How? At least it’s an extended episode, but still. Anyway, lots to talk about! Onward!
Previously on Mr. Selfridge: An entire episode in which Harry Selfridge did not appear happened! However, there was still a lot of drama to be had. Henri has been arrested, because someone turned him in to the police as a spy, but it turns out he’s also a wanted man in America To the shock of zero people, Loxley’s crime-infested military suppliers turn out to be shady, and scandal ensues when the army ends up with shoddy boots. Loxley blames Harry, who can’t defend himself because he’s on a secret mission to Germany. Miss Mardle, whose hairstyle is deeply troubling at this point, discovers that her attractive Belgian lodger has a thing for her. Mae decides she’s had enough waiting to become a statistic, SVU-style, and leaves her vile husband (but keeps her awesome ladies maid).
Well, we have a lot of stuff to deal with this week, huh?
Previously on Mr. Selfridge: Harry got picked by the British intelligence service to go basically spy for them in Germany and had to vanish off on a secret mission without telling anyone. Except Delphine for some reason, who has suffered a complete collapse as a character and decided to basically throw herself at Harry because he is rich. Mae reminisces about her days as a showgirl with Alfie Boe, Victor proposes to Agnes and Henri gets arrested at a charity concert because someone’s reported him to the police as a spy.
Lots of stuff going on this week - and the biggest surprise? Star Jeremy Piven actually doesn't appear in this episode at all. Yeah, really.
Previously on Mr. Selfridge: Women come to work physical labor jobs at Selfridges and everyone (read: Grove) freaks out about it. Rose, who is fast becoming the most awesome person on this show, steps in to handle everyone’s wardrobe difficulties as the men seem to become vaguely faint at the mention of corsets. Oh, and also she’s apparently a crack shot, who knew. Miss Mardle’s plan to take in Belgian refuges in her massive new house seems to mean take in one random Belgian refugee who accidentally turns out to be a young attractive man. Thackeray gets suspicious about Henri’s national pride because he hates him and subsequently stalks him all over the place. Victor decides to take over his recently deceased uncle’s restaurant and finally gets the nerve to ask Agnes out. Oh, and Harry gets invited to a posh card game staffed by government employees and has an awkward public spat with Vile Loxley. But that doesn’t matter because he’s gotten the attention of a mysterious government minister we’ve never seen before.
Fingers crossed something interesting actually happens in this episode, huh? Onward.
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