Previously on Mr. Selfridge: The store throws a big “Britain at Play” event to celebrate the official end of the war, and Harry gets tricked into promising his board members big investment returns after Vile Loxley worries about how much the event is costing. Victor Colleano decides to turn his lame jazz club into a lame gambling establishment because he thinks it will make more money that way. Grace Calthorpe breaks up with Gordon after she notices that they’re from two very different backgrounds, Violette realizes she wants to fight for Victor and Harry decides to propose to Nancy Webb, because Harry is an idiot. And George Towler, now officially the most awesome person on this show, convinces Grove to stop being a garbage person and take his son back.
Previously on Mr. Selfridge: Vile Loxley manages to buy his way onto the Selfridges board, which means that he’s now in a prime position to make Harry’s life awful. Victor’s dumb club has reopened now that he’s put a gambling room in the back, but he ends with random people doing cocaine there and almost OD-ing because they’re friends with his shady new business associate Reegan. Miss Mardle tells Grove the truth about how his dead wife Doris accidentally had another man’s baby while he was away at war and Grove kicks the child out of his house to live with Miss Mardle, because he is the absolute worst. Oh and Rosalie leverages the news of her pregnancy to keep Harry from kicking her worthless husband out of the Selfridge house.
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.
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.
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.
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