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Recapping Mr. Selfridge: Episode 5

Previously, on Mr. Selfridge: The store gets a car for a window display and Mr. Crab wants us all to know IT IS NOT INSURED. Agnes and Victor are sort of going out but maybe not really we don’t know. Roddy brings Rose her painting and they kiss. Selfridge bribes/beats up Agnes’ father and gives her her job back. Ellen tells Rose about her affair with her husband and then tries to kill herself. Lady Mae flirts with Victor. Henri is not around enough. Selfridge and Rose finally have a huge row about their marital issues and it’s awesome. Except then Selfridge goes off on a bender and crashes Chekov’s car from the store display. Whoops.

So much going on in this week’s episode! Let’s talk about it.

Recapping Mr. Selfridge: Episode 4

Previously, on Mr. Selfridge: Miss Bunting gets fired for stealing from the store and is replaced by the very modern Miss Ravilious, whose forward thinking notions upset Miss Mardle. Prima ballerina Anna Pavlova comes to town and everyone falls all over themselves to pretend they love ballet. Agnes’ drunk dad shows up at the store and embarrasses everyone. Rose is forced to tell Edwardian Hipster her true identity as Selfridge’s wife. Ellen Love has a series of increasingly dramatic and elaborate breakdowns over the fact that Selfridge has decided to break up with her by way of simply never calling her back.

Mr. Selfridge brings some serious drama this week in its fourth episode, complete with illicit kissing, a long-awaited confrontation, personal revelations and fancy motor cars. Click through for a play-by-play and come dish the latest drama in the comments. There’s a lot to talk about (and, let’s be real, mock a little bit). So come chat.

Recapping Mr. Selfridge: Episode 3

Previously, on Mr. Selfridge: Selfridge and Ellen’s affair continues apace, sparking gossip around town and forcing us to suffer through another horrible “musical” bit. There’s an inter-staff debate about whether it’s appropriate to sell Sekrit Ladies Items such as perfume on the ground floor of the store. Henri Leclair and his amazing reactions to things are maybe the best part of this show. Mrs. Selfridge finds out some specifics about her husband’s affair with Ellen and decides maybe she does want to be friends with Edwardian Hipster the painter after all. Henri sets Ellen up with a scandalous photoshoot, which somehow seems to make Selfridge like her less, though it’s not really clear why. Agnes gets punched in the face by her dad and gets to flirt with Henri.

Mr. Selfridge rolls on this week with its third episode, complete with an appearance by a prima ballerina, an emotional meltdown, some eavesdropping, an embarrassing public scene and more. Click through for a play-by-play and come dish the latest drama in the comments. It’ll be fun. Promise.

Recapping Mr. Selfridge: Episode 2

Previously, on Mr. Selfridge: American entrepreneur Harry Gordon Selfridge is bound and determined to open the greatest department store the world has ever seen in London. This process is a dramatic one. He gets a shopgirl (Agnes) fired, joins forces with a semi-scandalous society lady (Lady Mae), develops a crush on an actress (Ellen), has the most awesome staff ever (Mr. Crab, Fraser, Henri Leclair) and hires about a billion random workers who all have varied storylines intersecting with each other (Kitty, Victor, George, Miss Mardle, Mr. Grove, etc.). It’s a lot of plot – and a lot of character names – to remember, and I didn’t even mention the actual members of the Selfridge family yet. Whew.

Anyway. Mr. Selfridge rolls on this week with its second episode, complete with debates over beauty products, scandalous affairs, flirting and all manner of drama. Click through for a play-by-play and come dish the latest developments in the comments.

Let's Talk Mr. Selfridge: Recapping Episode 1

New Masterpiece drama Mr. Selfridge is here – and it has all the makings of a great series. Of course these things include elaborate sets, fancy costumes and a bevy of characters whose names you will have no hope of remembering for at least a week. Welcome to period drama, people. Selfridge tells the story of the famous Oxford Street department store and the people who work there, and there looks to be plenty of romance, intrigue and poor life decisions to keep us entertained in a world without Downton Abbey. At the very least, it’s going to be fun to talk about.

Join us below for a rundown of events from the Mr. Selfridge premiere – and tell us what you think of the show so far in the comments! (Fair warning: The premiere was two hours tonight, so this is a bit on the long side. Get comfy!)