Recapping ‘Mr Selfridge’: Series 2, Episode 8

The Selfridge clan, looking suspiciously adorable and happy (Photo: ITV for Masterpiece)
The Selfridge clan, looking suspiciously adorable and happy (Photo: ITV for Masterpiece)
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! 

How Miss Mardle Got Her Groove Back. Welp, it looks like Miss Mardle got over her whole fear of being called a cougar thing real quick, because she’s definitely sleeping with Florien. Which, again, I don’t know how I’m supposed to feel about this storyline, because I want something good to happen to Miss Mardle – or at least for the character to have something to do beyond stand behind the Accessories Counter and look drab – but I also think this storyline is boring, has little potential and features a leading man – even though Florien is definitely easy on the eyes, don’t get me wrong – who is the human equivalent of Sominex. So, there we are.  At least her hair looks better not in the massive Miss Havisham tiered bun thing?

Luckily, some drama comes our way when Mr. Grove spies on Miss Mardle and Florien’s morning goodbye outside the store, where she gives him lunch money because he’s a poor refugee and she’s got a Scrooge McDuck-style vault of cash at home. Mr. Grove, who clearly doesn’t have anything to do, like, you know, parent his five children or manage the Selfridges staff, calls Miss Mardle into his office to discuss her flagrant ability to make personal decisions that are none of his business, and also to basically imply that she’s soliciting out on the street. Oh, and he calls her old. It’s real nice.Miss Mardle gets furious and says her life is her own, and how she lives it is her business. She tells him he can keep his opinions to himself in future and storms out of his office, only to end up crying in the elevator. 

Delphine Displays Her Awesome Friend Skills. Harry decides to consult Delphine about how to get women to shop at Selfridges again, since apparently the ladies of London all think he’s personally responsible for killing their brave boys at the front with shoddy footwear. Delphine, being a woman herself, is obviously perfectly suited for this task – ugh, whatever.  Anyway, so Delphine lays it on super thick about how her nightclub is flourishing because it offers people an escape and Harry needs to make sure the store ups the magicalness quotient again, as he’s always done because he’s just such a visionary. She also suggests that they recreate her nightclub in the Palm Court restaurant and volunteers to head this endeavor. 

Henri, who luckily is also present at this planning meeting and seems to have an actual idea, suggests that an influential female journalist named Winifred Bonfils Black come visit the store and write about whatever strikes her fancy. He claims women read her, she’s syndicated everywhere, and if she gives them her stamp of approval, then it will help. Delphine doesn’t like this idea at all, which makes me assume that Winifred must be exceptionally awesome. Harry says that Henri should invite her to lunch, basically because he’s their most charming weapon. Which is obviously 100% true. 

Kitty’s On a Mission. Cosmetics Counter Girl Whose Name I Don’t Even Care About Anymore (Brown Hair Edition) informs Kitty that she’s resigning from the store because her father thinks Harry Selfridge is BFFs with the German Kaiser and also just he is apparently a huge xenophobe. Kitty doesn’t want this at all, I guess because Brown Haired Cosmetics Girl is a good employee or easy to boss around or whatever. She tells her that she’ll stall her notice being put through as long as possible and attempt to deal with the problem herself. Which, yeah, you can take a second to roll your eyes here if you like. 

Anyway, Kitty decides to go see Edwards, and tells him about the gossip surrounding the Loxleys separation. She’s decided that the fact that Mae left her husband surely isn’t because he’s vile or a total abuser, but because she wants somehow communicate to the world that he is behind the boot scandal. She demands Edwards somehow look into this matter, though why she thinks he cares when he’s the one who wrote the article that bashed her boss, I’m not sure. Edwards says he’s sorry that her cosmetics counter girl quit, but he can’t do anything. Kitty insists it’s a matter of integrity – that if Loxley’s behind that, Edwards needs to put the truth out there in plain black and white. She says he owes it to Harry to fix it, too. Edwards looks guilty. 

To his credit, Edwards does try – he goes to see his Machiavellian editor and tells him his newfound suspicions about Vile Loxley. To the surprise of zero people, Evil Editor twirls his moustache and laughs, claiming that facing off with Harry Selfridge is one thing, but attacking the government is quite another. Edwards, having somehow rekindled his love of journalistic integrity, hands in his notice and says that if he can’t write the truth, he won’t write anything at all. Where this interest in Serving the Truth was a couple of weeks ago, who knows. 

Rose Goes to the Doctor. Rose skips out on the Braintrust Meeting of the Minds at Selfridges in order to go see her doctor, because she’s been feeling overly tired for the past few months, and having some difficulty breathing. She hopes her doctor will just give her a tonic, but he insists on examining her. Her diagnosis is that she has some congestion on her chest and is basically supposed to take it easy for the foreseeable, whist I start getting anxious that this show is actually about to use history accurately and freaking out. 

Anyway, Rose heads to the store and runs into Delphine, who decides for once to act as though they’re still friends. They sit down for tea and Rose tells Delphine about her illness for some reason of pure idiocy. Delphine says she doesn’t look well at all and asks if she’s told Harry about it yet, and Rose says no, because she didn’t want to burden Harry with anything else right now. Delphine heartily agrees, telling Rose all about how Harry’s just struggling dreadfully under the weight of the world these days and doesn’t need anything else to worry about at the moment. She suggests that Rose just take a break for a while, and go to the coast to hang out and recuperate and whatever, and also, you know, get out of the way of Delphine’s plan to throw herself at her husband. 

Mae Tells Everyone Her Story, Again. Newly unemployed Edwards meets up with Mae. He tells her she was brave for leaving His Vileness and says he wants to investigate the Selfridge situation but no one on the committee will talk to him. She suggests, well, exploiting blackmail, basically. She says that Lord Edgington and Loxley used to be in school together and explains how her husband was able to blackmail his way onto the magical and mysterious Procurement Committee. She says Loxley’s planned this whole thing and all they have to do is prove it. 

Mae then goes to see Harry (again) where she apologizes (again) for not telling him that her husband wasn’t to be trusted on the whole issue of military product procurement. Harry’s still pretty snotty toward her (again) and wants to know why she kept choosing (again) to not tell the truth about her husband. Mae tells a long story about how she’d thought she could control the Vile One when they got married, how much she liked the power of his position, but finally admits that her husband is a horrible abuser and she’s afraid of him. If you have ever met Harry before, you know that this is exactly what she should of told him to start with, because his brain immediately kicks into Savior of Ladies mode - he’s immediately contrite for being angry with her, and offers to let her stay with the family as long as she needs to, because she’s not safe out on her own. 

Winifred Black is Kind of Awesome. Harry and Henri have lunch with uber-fabulous Winifred Bonfils Black and encourage her to write a story about the store because they could use the good publicity. Ms. Black says she’s not into puff pieces and will only do anything if she gets unfettered access to the store and carte blanche to interview all the employees about anything she wants. She says if something inspires her she’ll write about it – whether that something means good or bad press for them. Harry says that he trusts his store and to go right ahead. 

Henri takes her around the store on a tour. Thackeray is suitably impressed by Ms. Black’s general existence and sucks up hardcore to her, telling her how awesome she is and how much the store loves the entire concept of fashion. She gets an immediate read on him as a smarmy suck-up, which makes me like her even more. Ms. Black says her lady readers want to read about something inspiring, so Henri decides to introduce her to Agnes, since he’s realized how obsessed with her he is. 

Luckily, Winifred Black is also pretty much instantly obsessed with Agnes, and loves her stories of how she came to Selfridges, how Harry sent her to France, how Henri mentored her and how she’s marrying the Palm Court manager. She thinks her readers will love her. 

Mae Actually is an Awesome Friend. Mae arrives at the Selfridges, where Rose is full of apologies for not realizing that something was wrong weeks ago when she thought Mae wasn’t acting like herself. Mae waves it away and the ladies have tea. Rose apologizes again for the fact that she won’t be around for a bit, and she fills Mae in on her recent trip to the doctor, and Delphine’s advice about running off to the country to rest. Mae’s concerned and says that she would be leaving Harry alone at a time when he needs her more than ever and is she really sure that’s a good idea? But, Rose agrees with Delphine, because I guess her brain has fallen out this week. Again. 

Mae, however, totally gets what’s going on vis a vis Delphine’s completely obvious and transparent plan to get Rose out of the way and goes to confront her about it. Mae straight calls her out on her plan to steal Rose’s husband and pays zero attention to Delphine's denials. It’s pretty fantastic, actually – she pretty much reads her as exactly the same as any of her old showgirl friends who’d pretend to be anyone’s BFF while stabbing them in the back to get ahead. Delphine says that Mae’s in no position to judge her, being broke and a disgraced divorcee. Mae, who is seriously getting all the best lines today, says that she, being a disgraced divorcee, has nothing to lose and therefore she doesn’t care. She says that Delphine has a choice: She can either leave town, or she’ll tell Rose the truth. BOOM. 

Edwards Decides to Do Some Actual Journalism. Working off of Mae’s revelation, Edwards tracks down Lord Edgington and immediately uses the skills which have made him such a journalistic success to date. He straight up basically grabs his arm and tells him that he’s heard that Loxley was blackmailing him and asks if maybe he could tell him about that? How in the world Edwards has ever managed to get a column or even a basic writing job in his life is a mystery to me. To the shock of no one, Edgington immediately denies it, but Edwards gets all weirdly threatening and demands the evidence he needs to bring Loxley down. Strangely enough that plan doesn’t seem to work. Who knows why.

Cut to another tea break planning situation between Edwards and Kitty over at the Only Tea Shop in London. Edwards laments that if he can just get Edgington to admit that he was blackmailed it’ll discredit Loxley and clear Harry. He says that the truth must out in the end, though the fact that he has no plan on how to achieve said result doesn’t seem to concern anybody. Kitty’s only worried about the fate of Nameless Shopgirl and declares that she’ll have to take the situation in hand when Edwards tells her he needs more time to get Edgington to cooperate. Surely this will end well. 

George is Home! One night as the gang at Miss Mardle’s is turning in, there’s a knock on the door. Surprise, it’s George Towler – who is obviously not missing in action anymore. Agnes bursts into tears and they hug and dramatic music plays. The next morning at breakfast, George fills them all in on his experience at the (apparently terrible) hospital in France, while Agnes tells him that she’s going to marry Victor. George looks kind of surprised, I guess because the script says he has to, as he’s always liked Victor before.

Throwdown at Selfridge Manor. Harry, Rose and Mae are all reading the new article on Agnes in the paper, when there’s a lot of yelling at the door. Turns out Vile Loxley has arrived, in a stupendous rage, and is busy fighting with Frasier the Awesome Butler, who is furious that he’s just barging all into the house like that. Loxley gets all super aggressive and threatening and tells Mae that she is coming home with him whether she likes it or not. Rose says that Mae’s their guest and she can stay on with them as long as she likes. Loxley makes a move to grab his wife, but Harry steps between the two of them and asks Loxley if he’s planning to hit him like he did Mae, and if so he can bring it, and they can throwdown in his dining room because he would dearly like to give him a beat down. So American, and so awesome, Harry! Vile Loxley sniffs and tells Mae that Lord Edgington came running straight to him when he was approached by Edwards and he will burn the world down around her in retaliation and ruin her in the courts. 

Mae is upset, obviously, but tells Harry that the two of them – along with the worst journalist in history – have to join forces in order to bring down Loxley for his crimes. She also thanks him for standing up for her – and in gratitude offers him a protip: Don’t trust Delphine, idiot, she’s trying to wreck your marriage. Harry looks confused, because his brain doesn’t work all the time, apparently. But, well done, Mae! 

Delphine is Terrible at Staging. And Life, Generally. Delphine’s whole “Self Serving Spirit of Her Nightclub” event kicks off and Harry clearly, obviously, instantly hates it. Mostly because exactly zero customers have come to take part in it. Which is a wonderful bit of schadenfreude for us viewers who’ve started to fervently hope that she is going to get run over by a carriage sometime soon.

Delphine rushes to Harry’s office and insists that she can make her idea work, she just needs more time. She suggests that maybe she and Harry need to sit down and brainstorm about it, but Harry declares that Rose was right all along, and they need a different sort of idea to get ladies back in the store. He says Rose wanted to keep things simple in these uncertain times, and that’s what he should have gone with to start. For some (insane) reason, Delphine decides that now is the time to really put the pedal down on her Selfridge Seduction Scheme. She says that, really, what Harry really needs right now is simple: her. She says she understands him and what drives him, so obvi they belong together. Well, points for effort I guess? 

Harry says that he’s just not that into her, and that he loves his wife, mistakes in the past aside. He says Rose is what drives him – that everything he’s ever done, including the store and all its success has all been for her, and he hopes that one day Delphine finds someone who feels the same way about her. He then kicks her out and oh so politely tells her to never come back. This whole speech is kind of swoony and amazing, even if this scene has done nothing so much as convince me that Rose Selfridge is not long for this world, because that was pretty much the most awesome thing he’s ever done and/or said about her to anyone. SADNESS. This feeling is basically amped up to 1000 when Harry goes home, kisses Rose and tells her loves her, and is greeted by the sight of all his children and his mom come back from America. Because it’s obvious this is all a harbinger of doom. Why must you do this to me show? Whyyyyyy?  

Miss Mardle’s Big Breakup. For some reason – this isn’t really explained to us onscreen, but I guess it's because Grove called her old? – Miss Mardle decides it’s time to end things with Young Florien, and tells him that they can’t be together any longer because she’s too old for him and it’s wrong. As though she’s just now discovered this fact. Whatever: GIRL, YOUR HAIR IS WHAT’S WRONG ARGH. Anyway, Florien insists that Miss Mardle is wrong and that he knows that he loves her and they make each other happy. He then walks off and Miss Mardle looks sad. 

She doesn’t look much happier the next day at work and starts snapping and yelling at the Accessories Counter Girls for no reason at all. Unknown Accessories Girl (Blonde Hair Edition) gives her some advice about how to deal with upset, that she should just go ahead and do something about it, for the sake of making a decision. And this is why I’ve never bothered to learn her name, y’all. 

Henri is a Free Man, Plans to Head Off to War. Henri gets official notice from the American embassy that all charges against him from the ludicrous embezzlement plot from last week have been dropped. Everyone is happy, but Henri declares that now that he can travel again, he’s got to leave for France immediately and join the army. Harry is saddened to be losing his BFF and partner in bromance, but says he understands, of course.  Henri also takes the time to apologize to Victor for their earlier row over Agnes, claiming that he wanted to clear the air and wish the two of them well in their life together. Victor says he hopes Henri makes it back safe and well, but he declares that he won’t be coming back to Selfridges at all. Dun dun dunnnn. 

The Victor and Agnes Wedding Approaches! Victor and Agnes have decided to go ahead and get married whilst George is still in England on leave and can be part of the ceremony. The two decide to give their notice to Selfridge together, since they both owe him everything and Agnes insists that he’ll understand. 

The drop the bomb on Selfridge, and thank him for everything he’s done for the both of them. Harry holds Agnes back and says that even though it’s an English tradition that married women give up work once they walk down the aisle, he’s willing to bend the rules for her and let her stay on. Agnes says thank you but no, and informs him that she’s also joining a family business along with a new family and she needs to put her whole heart into that for Victor’s sake.  Harry understands, but says it’s going to be rough losing both her and Henri at the same time. Agnes looks confused and he tells her that Henri will be heading off to France to fight shortly.

Why Does This Show Hate Me, Why. Rose heads back to the doctor for another checkup, where he informs her that the x-rays have confirmed that the “slight congestion” in her lungs is really tuberculosis and she’s dying. Why can’t I have nice things show, why?!@? I could probably write a whole post about how losing Rose is like losing the heart of this show, and while I fully know and admit that this is something that happened in real life, is history and therefore kind of immutable fact, couldn’t we have stopped with the time jumping enough to give her at least one more season with the show? Especially now that someone has actually decided to write for Frances O’Conner? Argggggh. (Your mental image of me right now is basically this.)    

George Comes Back to the Store, Inspires a Whole New Display Series. Now that he’s a bit more healed up, George Towler stops by Selfridges to see everyone. Kitty and about four other girls rush to hug him, while Grove and Crabb tell him how proud they are of him and how worried they’d been when he was missing. The crowd then wants to know what conditions at the front are like, but Gordon drags George off to see Harry before he can answer. 

In Selfridge's office, Harry tells George about the men from the store they’ve lost, and how glad he is to see that he’s home safe. He asks what kept George going at the front – and he says it was the little things: parcels, socks, chocolates, the small comforts sent from loved ones home. He says it was bedlam everywhere else, so being able to pretend you’re back at home, safe and warm, with simple things like that was important. Selfridge, being Selfridge, wants to immediately capitalize on this idea and tells Agnes to make displays –  including her last window – that reflect these sentiments of home and comfort and simplicity. Agnes says yes, of course, and thanks Selfridge for the best five years of her life. He says he’s grown quite fond of her, and hopes she plans to make the rest of the years in her life as good. 

Agnes Tackles Her Next Design Project. Agnes is busily looking over the restaurant space and making a rapid-fire list of decisions about how they can decorate the room for their wedding, and also reuse some of the supplies to get it ready for the public when the restaurant opens.  George is watching this with a rather concerned look on his face, but when Victor asks what’s wrong he says he’s just got a lot on his mind and is worried about getting sent back to the front. This is all clearly a lie, just so you know. 

Agnes then runs into Henri at the store and explains her theme for the all-the-comforts-of-home window display to him. They have an awkward conversation about the fact that both of them are leaving, and Agnes says it’s weird to think of other people taking over their studio after the hours they’ve spent in it. The reminisce for a minute, and then Agnes suggests they take a walk in the park again, for old times sake, like they used to do when they were together. The two of them head out and surprisingly do not get mugged, and spend a great while talking about their childhoods, as Agnes reminisces about her rough time with her parents and how she’ll miss Selfridges. She asks Henri if he’ll miss her and he says of course he will, and the music gets all dramatic as Henri declares that his one big wish for her is that all her dreams come true and he’ll never forget her. She says she’ll never forget him either and they part, with Agnes sporting a particularly anxious and pensive look, the kind of look that implies that she’s about to dump her fiancée, but we’ll have to wait and see on that score. 

This Meeting of the We Hate Loxley Club is Called to Order. Mae, Edwards and Harry have a get together to discuss the Vile Loxley situation and what’s to be done about it. Edwards informs them that he chatted with some of the Procurement Committee members on the down low, and all of them backed His Vileness to the hilt, even Edgington the blackmail victim. Edwards insists that what they need is incontrovertible proof that Harry didn’t recommend the manufacturers that Loxley claims he did, and obviously you can see here why Edwards apparently has some trouble keeping a job. (Because he is an idiot. I mean. Duh.) Harry doesn’t know how they could prove that, since he gave the Vile One a list of names and didn’t make a copy of it. He assumes that list is long gone by now, but Mae says her husband really is arrogant enough to have kept it laying around the house, so they should look for it. She promises that she’s going to find it and Harry warns her to be extra careful, since he is now aware that her husband’s a violent abuser.

Ugh, This Miss Mardle Storyline. So, because someone thinks we care about this, the Miss Mardle and Florien plot is still going on. Miss Mardle gets Florien an audition with an orchestra in Manchester, because she’s nice, I guess. He’s livid about this and comes to see her at Selfridges where they have one of those embarrassing couple fights/scenes in front of everyone. Florien can’t believe how eager Miss Mardle is to get rid of him, but she says that she only wants what’s best for him. Mr. Grove, who is nosy beyond belief, stops by to ask what’s up, and Miss Mardle explains that she’s resolving some “household issues” with her lodger. Florien’s offended that that’s all he is to her (and reminds us that Miss Mardle has a first name, and it is Josie, who else totally forgot that?), but she starts getting all teary and insisting that’s not how it is at all. He says that she’s the one making both of them lonely and how can that be what’s best. He storms off, and Miss Mardle starts crying, and Mr. Grove tells her to come see him in his office. 

Of course, this is because watching this public scene has convinced Grove that Miss Mardle and Florien are his new OTP, and now he wants to tell her that he’s realized Florien really loves her.  Grove also apologies for calling her old earlier – because apparently according to Miss Mardle this is just the worst thing you can say to a woman, to which I respond, GIRL: YOUR HAIR IS WHY HE SAID IT – and says that he does sincerely wish her happiness. Miss Mardle cries that she has to let Florien go because he’s a young man who has his whole musical future or whatever ahead of him, and he might want kids, and even if he loves her now, what about five or ten years in the future. Grove says that life is full of what ifs, and she’s got the man she deserves now and shouldn’t  throw it away. Miss Mardle rushes off presumably to cry some more and I guess Grove will be writing some fanfiction about the two of them at any moment. It also appears that I am literally the most heartless person in the world you guys, I’m sorry, because the amount I care about this entire storyline is less than zero.

Finally, Harry Ends the Whole Boot Scandal Thing. Harry arrives to see the Military Procurement Committee, on a mission to clear his name and armed with the original recommendation note he gave Loxley, which Mae has helpfully stolen from her husband’s desk for him. He confronts the group with proof of Loxley’s crimes, calls him a traitor and tells them to check every order he’s ever made, because he’s been giving himself kickbacks from unscrupulous and crooked merchants the whole time. Loxley calls Selfridge a liar (of course), and says that he choose all his suppliers on Harry’s recommendation, on the word of someone he thought was a gentleman who knew his trade. So, Selfridge pulls out the original recommendations list and goes down all the merchants he specifically told Loxley not to use, which, unsurprisingly are the exact ones he did seek out. He also says Mae’s willing to testify to the fact that huge sums of money started appearing in the Loxley household accounts. Harry declares that yeah, he’s an American, and a shopkeeper, but he has honor, which is more than a lot of the guys in this room. He leaves with a flourish, as everyone starts yelling at Loxley. 

Victor Just Can’t Hold Agnes Back or Something. Victor stands outside the store, looking morosely at Agnes’s last display window, clearly thinking about what a special snowflake she is and how he’ll hold her back and ruin her life by daring to love her. Henri comes up beside him and also admires the window. Victor, randomly, asks if Henri’s in love with Agnes and he says yes. He wishes Victor well, because he’s heading for France the next day. 

Victor then goes to see Agnes and tells her that he loves her, and will always love her, but he can’t marry her. He says he can’t take her away from this life she’s made for herself here, because she’d come to resent him for it eventually. He says she wouldn’t be the Agnes he fell in love with then and he can’t let that happen. (Personally, I’m kind of unclear why Agnes can’t just marry Victor and stay on at Selfridges and boom, everyone is happy? Harry already told her he’d let her keep her job, and Victor can hire other people to work at the restaurant. This show is so stupid sometimes because it’s so determined to have something happen, they forget to make it make sense.) 

Agnes says that – being an adult with a functioning brain – she knew that her life would change and what that meant when she said yes to marrying him. Out of the blue, Victor insists that he’d never have her whole heart, and they both know who really does. He tells her he has to let her go, and encourages her to go tell Henri she’s in love with him, and be happy. Oh, goodness, whatever, Show. I’m sure none of us are surprised that we’ve gone back to the other side of the Victor/Agnes/Henri triangle, but this is literally the laziest way to do it. It robs Agnes of most of her agency, and barefly even lets her make a choice for herself about what she wants her own future to look like. Ugh. 

All the Couples are Happy, Except One. As the last episode of the season winds down, it’s time for everyone to work out their romantic problems in five minutes or less.

Kitty and Edwards patch things up, now that he’s helped clear Selfridge’s name in the papers. 

Miss Mardle, who finds Florien about to leave her house forever, asks him to stay with her, claiming she’s been fighting her feelings for stupid reasons that weren’t her own. He drops his bag and runs into her arms and the music swells why they kiss. Somehow Miss Mardle’s frumpy copy of a Dowager Countess hat does not fall off during all this. 

Agnes looks sad in her art studio for a few minutes. Then, apparent mourning for her engagement over, she rushes off to the random garden she and Henri liked to walk in in the middle of the night, where of course she finds him by the fountain. She tells him she’s not marrying Victor. Henri tells her that he loves her and that he wanted to tell her for the longest time and they end up kissing, so I guess Agnes is over being sad now. She says she loves him too, and he has to come back to her from the war. Henri promises he will, and will never leave her again. I have a feeling I’m supposed to be finding this whole thing a lot more swoon-worthy than I am, but there you have it. 

And, for some reason, Rose decides to ruin her aggressively planned Perfect Thanksgiving by choosing the moment before dinner to tell Harry that she’s dying. Real smooth, Mrs. S! Harry looks thunderstruck then immediately jumps up and starts on about how they’ll find her the best doctors in the world as soon as possible. Rose sadly interjects that sometimes there are limits on what we can do, even the famous Mr. Selfridge. She says that what he can do for her is come downstairs and enjoy Thanksgiving with their family with her, because they need to give them that. She says they can wait to tell the family the news until the next day, and Harry kisses her and takes her hand. Jeremy Piven is actually doing some rather good acting here – Harry’s face is doing that thing where you’re trying to smile and not cry at the same time, and he sort of looks like he’s five seconds from a seizure and utterly devastated all at once. Poor Harry. (Ugh, whatever, poor me. What am I supposed to do with this show without Rose? What? Arrrrrrrrgh.) 

They head downstairs and sit down to Thanksgiving with the girls, Harry’s Awesome Mom, and Mae. They go around the table and talk about what they’re thankful for and it’s sweet, until they get to Rose who says she’s thankful for all the years of happiness they’ve enjoyed and Harry says he’s thankful for simple things, especially his wife and how much he loves her, and it all just feels like this is the goodbye scene between the two of them and it’s an incredibly downer way to end the season. (I just can’t even with this, seriously why does this show hate me whyyyyyy.) I think we can only assume there’s another time jump coming before Series 3, and Rose will die during the gap between seasons. My depression: let me show you it

Well, allright folks, that’s another season of Selfridge in the rearview mirror. What did you think? Did you like it more or less than Series 1? What do you want to see happen to these characters next season? Come cheer me up in the comments. 

Lacy Baugher

Lacy's love of British TV is embarrassingly extensive, but primarily centers around evangelizing all things Doctor Who, and watching as many period dramas as possible.

Digital media type by day, she also has a fairly useless degree in British medieval literature, and dearly loves to talk about dream poetry, liminality, and the medieval religious vision. (Sadly, that opportunity presents itself very infrequently.) York apologist, Ninth Doctor enthusiast, and unabashed Ravenclaw. Say hi on Threads or Blue Sky at @LacyMB. 

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