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Previously on Mr Selfridge: Harry found out about Jimmy killing Victor and cut him off, but not before Jimmy sort of screwed him over by trying to appropriate goods from Selfridge’s to stock the fast-emptying shelves at Whiteley’s. In despair, Jimmy jumped off a bridge.
The papers are full of stories about Jimmy, his death, his financial problems, and his relationship with Mae. Grace reads a story out loud to Gordon while he gets ready to leave for work in the morning. In the course of their conversation, we learn that Harry’s been avoiding the store since Jimmy’s death, which seems rather unlike him.
Rosalie approaches her father at the Selfridge Manse and gently asks if he’ll be going to the store. He will not. Fraser brings in the papers, which does not make Rosalie happy. She tries to convince her dad that Jimmy’s death was not his fault, then tells him that Mae keeps calling to talk, but Harry’s not answering.
Previously on Mr Selfridge: Harry and Mae hooked up in the wake of Grove’s death and Mae started to suspect Jimmy was mixed up with Victor’s murder.
Keen checks in with his superior, appraising him of their various interests, including the stake in Selfridge’s. The man’s a little wary of the lack of information on the Whiteley’s acquisition and tells Keen to keep an eye on it.
Harry has Jimmy out to his country place for some skeet shooting and reports that Selfridge’s is celebrating its 20th anniversary. He is, of course, planning a massive public spectacle. Whiteley’s is going ok now, so he’s going to put Jimmy in charge of it so he can focus on the anniversary.
Mae goes to visit Wynnstay who is, it seems, a friend. She complains about the reporter sniffing around Jimmy and tells him to call the dog off, because Jimmy was out of town the day Victor died. Wynnstay doesn’t like being told what to do, so she makes a veiled threat regarding a slander suit.
Mardle’s stepping up into the mum role, getting the kids off to school with healthy lunches, despite the fact that she herself is clearly struggling a bit (she still looks terrible, poor woman.)
Previously on Mr Selfridge: Harry got so deeply in debt he had to sell off a bunch of the regional stores to cover it; Frank cheated on Kitty and got caught, so she threw him out of the house and decided to go to New York after all; Grove married Mardle; Harry pulled his advertisements from Wynnstay’s papers as retribution for a gossip piece; and a jealous Jimmy accidentally killed Victor.
Accompanied by Harry, Mae leaves flowers at Victor’s grave. She allows herself to tear up for a little while, then suggests they get back to work.
Jimmy has fled to his mummy, who shows him a piece in the newspaper that suggests Victor was killed by some underworld connection. Jimmy’s still worried about having killed a guy, even if it was an accident. His mother urges him to get himself back to London and move on.
Previously on Mr Selfridge: Mae came back from France, divorced and broke, so Harry offered her a job running the new higher-end ready-to-wear line. We met Jimmy Dillon, a douchy boxing promoter, and the Dolly sisters, who are basically Jazz-age Kardashians. Harry fell off a platform during yet another store promotion and bumped his head.
Harry comes to in a graveyard, flinches with pain, and then starts panicking when he sees his own gravestone next to Rose’s. He starts shouting that he’s alive.
Fantasy sequence, of course. He comes to for real in a hospital, being tended by some pretty nurse.
And then he’s off to his seafront country estate to recuperate with his mother, Rosalie, and Tatiana. Lois urges Harry to take a rest and get better, reminding him he’s been given a second chance.
Previously on Mr Selfridge: Harry was scammed by his girlfriend, which made him kind of bitter. Victor opened up a nightclub and romanced Harry’s obnoxious daughter, Violette, who decided the best way to rebound from that was to marry some completely random Frenchman. Oldest daughter Rosalie married Sergei, a no-good Russian émigré, Doris died, leaving Grove available for Mardle (not that he deserves her), and Agnes took Henri back to France, presumably forever.
We’ve fast-forwarded nearly a decade, to 1928, which means the ladies are flapping and the men are now rocking floppier hair and double-breasted suits. Harry’s in Biarritz, playing blackjack for really high stakes.
Now Harry’s back in London, arriving at Victor’s swanky, bigger nightclub with Frank. The press is waiting and surround him, asking Harry how much he’s lost. Slow news day, guys? Seriously, who cares how much some rich guy lost gambling? Harry and Frank put them off and go inside, where the party is a-swinging. Victor publicly welcomes Harry, then introduces the singer, Alberta Hunter, who’s there to give us some very 20’s-style blues while moodily handling a cigarette holder. Wow, a person of colour—it really must be the 1920s!
Mr Selfridge is done, and Downton’s next season is a long way off, leaving us all with a long summer ahead before we can get our fix of pre-war glamour. As it’s now summer holiday season, when at least some of us will either be sitting on beaches or waiting on flights, it’s a good time to start thinking books. Histories don’t often make good beach reading, … Continue reading The Bookshelf: Summer Reading Edition
Previously on Mr Selfridge: All the spurned people on the show got together to work on a play, which I’m sure won’t be disastrous at all. Rose got a creepy stalker in Roddy, who insists she’s in love with him, and she seems to agree with that, which is gross. Grove started getting a bit closer to Doris, while freezing out Mardle, and Agnes decided to end her nonsensical fling with Henri.
Previously on Mr Selfridge: Miss Bunting got fired for stealing and was taken under the wings of both Doris and Grove. Grove asked Mardle for a break, which made her an enemy, Kitty was promoted, and Rose got stalked by that horrible artist. Also, Agnes started having regular sexy time with Henri.