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Mr. Selfridge Backspin: S1E6 – Time Waits for No One

Mr. Selfridge BackSpin S1E6With Mr. Selfridge’s titular character incapacitated, and largely out of the picture, following his inebriated midnight drive last week, the latest episode in this mile-a-minute series allowed us to catch up with some characters given the opportunity to shine in Harry’s absence. News of his accident spread through London quickly, with the press eagerly lapping up any information on the evening’s events, but although it cast a pall on the store and his home, Harry’s staff seemed determined to keep things running smoothly. And, on the home front, his friends and family were quick to engage in all manner of damage control in attempt to disguise the lingering uncertainty surrounding his recovery.

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Luckily for the Selfridges, Frank Edwards was thinking a few steps ahead of the press, and no sooner had he visited the family’s house, than he had embarked on a trip to Ellen Love’s bedside. Recovering from her own ordeal, Miss Love was far from forgiving of Harry’s actions, even after learning about his near-fatal blunder – in her eyes, it seems his greatest mistake was spurning her. Although clearly still enamoured with Harry (she seemed keen to visit him, until Edwards shot down the idea), Ellen has her own best interests at heart, and is smart enough to know now that her affair is over, she’ll need other ways to make ends meet.

When she aired the idea of selling her story to the papers, and exposing all of Harry’s indiscretions, Frank managed to make her think twice, offering to help her find a place acting in more serious productions. The prospect of leaving the gaiety behind has been on Ellen’s mind for some time (at least since she started seeing Harry), and although she was initially unsure of Edwards’ proposal, and its conditions, it seems that she may finally be able to escape by way of her own talents. We’ll have to wait and see whether success is in store, or whether she’ll return to her campaign to win Harry’s affections.

Mr. Selfridge Backspin S1E6: Roger Groves (TOM GOODMAN-HILL)

Despite a tragedy in his personal life, Mr. Grove was quick to take on Harry’s professional responsibilities.

Mr. Selfridge Backspin S1E6: Roger Groves (TOM GOODMAN-HILL), Josie Mardle (AMANDA ABBINGTON)

Miss Mardle was supportive of Mr. Groves, but their relationship seems to be on hold following his wife’s death.

Back at the store, Selfridge’s employees learned that bad news loves company, and with Harry gone, it was Mr. Crabb’s unfortunate duty to inform them that Mr. Grove had also experienced a personal loss with the death of his wife. However, the store’s chief of staff wasted little time in returning to work, realizing that with its owner bedridden, he would be the second in command. Taking over the majority of Harry’s duties, Mr. Grove was at least able to find plenty of distraction in his work.

Perhaps the greatest of those distractions were the political stirrings causing waves in London, as the women’s suffrage movement made its way to the store’s front doors (and, given Miss Ravilious’ leanings, within its halls). Despite its undeniable proximity, Mr. Grove was adamant that the movement’s advocates stay outside Selfridge’s, and as anxiety surrounding the impending march on Oxford Street grew, he moved to cancel the weekly ladies’ lunch at the Palm Court restaurant.

Of course, the store’s most valuable client wasn’t pleased by the news. In her typically imperious fashion, Lady Mae took her complaints directly to Mr. Groves, making it clear that she thought very little of both his management of the store, and his political views. Although he was unwilling to adjust his opinion and ruling on the matter, Miss Mardle and Mr. Crabb took a more pragmatic stance and, understanding that the march could be an opportunity for the store, did their best to act as Harry himself might.

Mr. Selfridge Backspin S1E6: Gordon Selfridge (GREG AUSTIN)

Gordon Selfridge, concerned about his ailing father’s business, made a trip to the store to check on things.

Mr. Selfridge Backspin S1E6: Violette Selfridge (FREYA WILSON), Harry Selfridge (JEREMY PIVEN)

Unable to stay in bed, the barely recovered Harry was caught up in a crowd of protesters – and quickly overwhelmed.

The resulting plan, hatched and movingly delivered by the normally business-like Mr. Crabb, embraced the changing political climate and, much to Miss Ravilious’ approval, endorsed the aims of the suffrage movement. In order to pull it off, however, the store’s entire staff once again pulled together after hours to achieve the vision, giving Agnes the opportunity to thaw her chilly working relationship with Kitty. Unfortunately, Victor’s interest in her seemed to have cooled considerably (due largely to his mission to secure a restaurant through Lady Mae’s ties), but while their friendship was on hold, Agnes was surprised by Henri’s veiled attempt to express his own interest in her.

Meanwhile, as his father’s accident, and slow recovery, were discussed around the house, young Gordon overheard that he would inherit the business should things take a turn for the worst. Without telling anyone, he made an impromptu visit to the store, causing a minor commotion before being returned home. There, Rose admitted to Lois that she felt guilty for fighting with Harry the night of the accident, and for failing to prevent him from leaving. Luckily, the whole family’s worries were short-lived, and by the end of the episode, the irrepressible Harry had begun to make a recovery.

In his characteristic style, Harry refused to be confined to his room, and immediately departed for the store, only to be caught up in the crush of protesting women on Oxford Street. Unaware of his staff’s work, he was on hand outside to see the unveiling of Mr. Crabb’s plan to appease the suffragettes. Fortunately for all involved, it was a success, and Harry was able to reap the benefits of being perceived as a champion for women’s rights – proof that his unwavering faith in his employees is well placed. Next week, however, we’ll see just how willing the rest of the city is to forget Harry’s recently scandalous past.

– Kate Shepherd

WATCH THIS SNEAK PREVIEW, “SEANCE AT SELFRIDGES”, FROM NEXT WEEK’S EPISODE.

Mr. Selfridge Backspin S1E6: Roger Groves (TOM GOODMAN-HILL) Despite a tragedy in his personal life, Mr. Grove was quick to take on Harry’s professional responsibilities.[/caption]

Mr. Selfridge Backspin S1E6: Roger Groves (TOM GOODMAN-HILL), Josie Mardle (AMANDA ABBINGTON)

Miss Mardle was supportive of Mr. Groves, but their relationship seems to be on hold following his wife’s death.

Back at the store, Selfridge’s employees learned that bad news loves company, and with Harry gone, it was Mr. Crabb’s unfortunate duty to inform them that Mr. Grove had also experienced a personal loss with the death of his wife. However, the store’s chief of staff wasted little time in returning to work, realizing that with its owner bedridden, he would be the second in command. Taking over the majority of Harry’s duties, Mr. Grove was at least able to find plenty of distraction in his work.

Perhaps the greatest of those distractions were the political stirrings causing waves in London, as the women’s suffrage movement made its way to the store’s front doors (and, given Miss Ravilious’ leanings, within its halls). Despite its undeniable proximity, Mr. Grove was adamant that the movement’s advocates stay outside Selfridge’s, and as anxiety surrounding the impending march on Oxford Street grew, he moved to cancel the weekly ladies’ lunch at the Palm Court restaurant.

Of course, the store’s most valuable client wasn’t pleased by the news. In her typically imperious fashion, Lady Mae took her complaints directly to Mr. Groves, making it clear that she thought very little of both his management of the store, and his political views. Although he was unwilling to adjust his opinion and ruling on the matter, Miss Mardle and Mr. Crabb took a more pragmatic stance and, understanding that the march could be an opportunity for the store, did their best to act as Harry himself might.

Mr. Selfridge Backspin S1E6: Gordon Selfridge (GREG AUSTIN)

Gordon Selfridge, concerned about his ailing father’s business, made a trip to the store to check on things.

Mr. Selfridge Backspin S1E6: Violette Selfridge (FREYA WILSON), Harry Selfridge (JEREMY PIVEN)

Unable to stay in bed, the barely recovered Harry was caught up in a crowd of protesters – and quickly overwhelmed.

The resulting plan, hatched and movingly delivered by the normally business-like Mr. Crabb, embraced the changing political climate and, much to Miss Ravilious’ approval, endorsed the aims of the suffrage movement. In order to pull it off, however, the store’s entire staff once again pulled together after hours to achieve the vision, giving Agnes the opportunity to thaw her chilly working relationship with Kitty. Unfortunately, Victor’s interest in her seemed to have cooled considerably (due largely to his mission to secure a restaurant through Lady Mae’s ties), but while their friendship was on hold, Agnes was surprised by Henri’s veiled attempt to express his own interest in her.

Meanwhile, as his father’s accident, and slow recovery, were discussed around the house, young Gordon overheard that he would inherit the business should things take a turn for the worst. Without telling anyone, he made an impromptu visit to the store, causing a minor commotion before being returned home. There, Rose admitted to Lois that she felt guilty for fighting with Harry the night of the accident, and for failing to prevent him from leaving. Luckily, the whole family’s worries were short-lived, and by the end of the episode, the irrepressible Harry had begun to make a recovery.

In his characteristic style, Harry refused to be confined to his room, and immediately departed for the store, only to be caught up in the crush of protesting women on Oxford Street. Unaware of his staff’s work, he was on hand outside to see the unveiling of Mr. Crabb’s plan to appease the suffragettes. Fortunately for all involved, it was a success, and Harry was able to reap the benefits of being perceived as a champion for women’s rights – proof that his unwavering faith in his employees is well placed. Next week, however, we’ll see just how willing the rest of the city is to forget Harry’s recently scandalous past.

– Kate Shepherd

WATCH THIS SNEAK PREVIEW, “SEANCE AT SELFRIDGES”, FROM NEXT WEEK’S EPISODE.

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