Selfridge Recaps

‘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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'Mr. Selfridge' Recap: Season 4, Episode 4

Harry as a director is kind of hilarious, yeah? (Photo: Courtesy of (C) ITV Studios for MASTERPIECE)

Previously, on Mr. Selfridge: The gang goes to France for a press junket because why not.  While they’re there, Harry spends a ton of money on this trip, including free booze and accommodations for the reporters, a big party and jewelry for the dreadful Dolly girls. Frank gets wasted because he’s having an existential crisis about his life, and sleeps with a gossip columnist. Miss Mardle returns from New York to see Grove because Crabbe told her about his terminal illness. Full of guilt about his adultery, Frank tells Kitty they should maybe reconsider having a child together. The Dollys somehow get a movie audition, which one of them doesn’t show up for, because they’re terrible. And when the film producers can’t afford to keep the project afloat, Harry offers to bankroll it so the girls can have their dream job. Too bad he was supposed to give that extra cash to the large, cartoonish looking mob guy he owes money to. Oh, well.

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Let’s get to it, I guess. 

Mr. Selfridge Recap: Season 4, Episode 3

Harry doing his best pensive thinking in some gorgeous scenery. (Photo: Courtesy of © ITV Studios Limited 2016 for MASTERPIECE)

Previously, on Mr. Selfridge: Harry continues to make poor life decisions, whether they’re about his romantic partners, his children or his businesses.  He’s busy staying out all night drinking and doing other gross things with the Dolly sisters, and setting up new, only vaguely legal investment schemes with smarmy Jimmy Dillon.

Elizabeth Arden visits the store and Kitty is completely starstruck – even more so when Elizabeth offers her a job in New York. Rosalie decides to put on a charity event to benefit the orphanage of the newspaperman who’s out to ruin her family. Jeremy Piven remains the world’s worst ugly crier.  And Mr. Grove is suddenly diagnosed with a deadly form of cancer, because that’s literally the only way the show can make anyone have anything close to sympathy for him at this point. 

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On with the show, shall we?

‘Mr. Selfridge’ Recap: Season 4, Episode 2

Gambling looks pretty boring on this show, yeah? (Photo:  Courtesy of © ITV Studios Limited 2016 for MASTERPIECE)

Previously, on Mr. Selfridge: Nine years have passed since Season 3, so we have to spend a bunch of time catching up with everyone including Harry (massive gambler, womanizer now), Grove (single parenting a pack of uncontrollable teens after Miss Mardle left him to go be awesome in New York), Kitty and Frank (crazy rich now, apparently?), Rosalie (has adorable daughter, also cheating husband), Connie and George (are married, she’s pregnant) and Gordon (married Grace, has two kids and is constantly on the outs with his father). The best update of all however is that Lady Mae is back, and now working for Harry designing some kind of luxury ready to wear line.  Harry takes a nasty fall off of some scaffolding and suddenly decides he needs to start like living in the now, or something. This translates to hooking up with the disreputable Dolly Sisters (two hot messes who  regularly get drunk and talk about their sex lives in public), ignoring his mom’s advice to take it easy, and being irritated with his son for no reason other than he doesn’t want to admit he, personally, is getting older.

There’s a lot more stuff because the season premiere was almost two hours long (!?!), and you can read the recap right here

‘Mr. Selfridge’ Recap: Season 4, Episode 1

Jeremy Piven and Katherine Kelly in "Mr. Selfridge" Season 4. (Photo: Courtesy of (C) ITV Studios for MASTERPIECE)

Previously, on Mr. Selfridge: There is too much to put in this paragraph. We’ve got recaps though, so check them out if you need a memory refresh.

Welcome back, folks, as we kick of the fourth – and, yes, final – season of period drama Mr. Selfridge. Whether we’ll be sad or happy that this is the show’s last run remains to be seen, but we’ve certainly had something of a roller coaster ride over the last three years – for both good and ill. Let’s get to it!

Recapping ‘Mr. Selfridge’: Series 3, Episode 8

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.

(If you need more, last week’s recap is right here.)

Recapping ‘Mr. Selfridge’: Series 3, Episode 7

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.

(If you need more, last week’s recap is right here.)

Recapping ‘Mr. Selfridge’: Series 3, Episode 6

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.

(If you need more, last week’s recap is right here.)

Recapping ‘Mr. Selfridge’: Series 3, Episode 5

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.

(If you need more, last week’s recap is right here.)

Recapping ‘Mr. Selfridge’: Series 3, Episode 4

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.)

(If you need more, last week’s recap is right here.)

In short: This season is real weird. Onward!

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