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Mr. Selfridge Backspin S2E10 – A Parting of the Ways

Mr. Selfridge Backspin S2E10Most people would say that times of uncertainty aren’t the best for making plans, but despite the war raging on European shores, the men and women of Selfridges were trying to look towards the future. For his part, the return of his daughters and mother from America had Harry pleased to be the head of a household once again filled with life, and he was ready to face his critics with a renewed energy. And though she still hadn’t revealed to her husband that she was ill, Rose planned on celebrating Thanksgiving with all of them together, giving the family a perfect opportunity to count their many blessings, and to look ahead.

To Harry, looking forward meant doing everything in his power to clear his name, once and for all. Once again on good terms with Frank Edwards and Lady Mae, the three of them reasoned that the only way to prove that Loxley had ignored Harry’s advice was to get hold of the list he’d originally provided him. It seemed like a tall order to Frank and Harry, but Mae assured them that she could get her hands on it – and it was hard to doubt her commitment to taking down her husband. She was as good as her word, and though Loxley caught her in his office, it only gave her the opportunity to tell him just how vile she thought he was, before sauntering out of the house with the evidence she needed in hand.

With the list of manufacturers to back up his claim, Harry made his way to the procurement committee to prove his innocence once and for all. With all of the American audacity that had helped him make his reputation in London, Harry strode into the House of Lords on a mission, finally grabbing the attention of the noblemen who had ignored him for so long. With irrefutable evidence, he managed to convince the other members of the board that Loxley had knowingly hired substandard manufacturers in exchange for a kickback, setting the record straight on the matter.

The Colleanos were making plans as well, as Victor began to think about his wedding and the life of a restaurateur that awaited him once he and Agnes were married. With George’s injury on the mend, the two of them decided to move their wedding up as soon as possible, to have him on hand – but the arrangement required them giving their notice to Harry sooner than they’d expected. But while their employers knew that Victor was leaving to pursue a lifelong dream of running a restaurant, he seemed to sense that Agnes was saying goodbye to hers.

Mr. Selfridge S2E10

Harry had the evidence he needed to prove his claims before the procurement committee.

Mr. Selfridge S2E10

Though excited to marry Agnes, Victor feared he was taking her away from a life she loved.

Meanwhile, there was finally some good news for Henri, as he learned that the charges against him in America had officially been dropped. Now facing the future as a free man, his way forward seemed immediately clear. Though Harry was sorry to hear it from the colleague who had helped him build so much, Henri was committed to returning to France to enlist as a soldier. The news of Henri’s departure wasn’t quite as disheartening to Victor, but Agnes seemed somewhat shaken by the news that another person close to her would be leaving to fight.

Though Henri seemed ready to go to war as a matter of honour, George, despite his good spirits, was clearly haunted by his own memories of the front. The thought of his return to battle weighed even more heavily on him than it did on his sister, and even the kind words of people like Victor didn’t do much to ease his troubled mind. Instead, it was Victor who ended up turning to George for advice, when he worried that Agnes might be wasting her talents running a restaurant with him.

Rather than risk her resentment, he made the difficult decision to break off their engagement, telling her that if her heart still lay with her work, and Henri, she shouldn’t be with him. As Victor left the store, Agnes made up her mind to take his advice, and she managed to find Henri on the eve of his departure to France. The two of them admitted their love for one another (again), and though Henri couldn’t stay in England, they at least parted ways with his promise to return as soon as he as able.

Mr. Selfridge S2E10

As he prepared to leave for France, Agnes prepared to say goodbye to Henri forever.

Mr. Selfridge S2E10

On the night of their Thanksgiving dinner, Rose had grave news to share with Harry.

Things were just as convoluted for Agnes’s landlady, as after a brief period of happiness with Florian, it seemed that Miss Mardle had taken Mr. Grove’s words to heart. Once again possessed by uncertainty, she feared that their age difference would make any long term relationship impossible, and perhaps even worried that Grove was right in thinking she might be used for her money. Florian insisted that her age didn’t matter to him, but she remained unconvinced, though clearly unhappy. In an attempt to resolve things for the both of them, Josie arranged an audition for Florian, with an orchestra in Manchester, but he refused to go.

When Florian came to the store himself to tell her so, Mr. Grove was on hand to see the grief that his words had caused for both parties. As easy as it was to despise Grove for his behaviour over the past few weeks, he managed to remind us of some of his more admirable qualities when he spoke to Miss Mardle again – this time in an attempt to remedy the damage that his jealousy had already done. Though it was a little disappointing to think that Josie’s ability to allow herself happiness hinged so much on his words, the advice seemed to come more from a friend than from a former lover. In any case, they spurred her to make amends with the Belgian violinist.

As all of this was happening around her, Rose was forced to deal with a far more frightening way forward than most, as she returned to the doctor for her diagnosis. Despite her attempts to minimize her health concerns to her friends, as the Selfridges prepared to sit down for Thanksgiving dinner, Rose was forced to finally tell her husband the truth. Closer than they had been in years, she managed to stay calm as she told him that her lungs were failing, and with no course of treatment available, she was dying. Of course, Harry was determined to use his fortune and influence to change the situation, but Rose, more resigned to her fate, convinced him that there was nothing to be done but to enjoy their remaining time together.

It was that thought that permeated the final scene of Mr. Selfridge’s second season, as the vibrant man, and inspiring woman, at the centre of the series sat down with those closest to him for poignant moment of reflection. After seeing them weather so much in their sometimes turbulent, but always loving marriage, it was difficult to accept that the Selfridges would once again be separated just as they had found some peace. As so many others around them raised their glasses to the future, they remained fixed, enjoying one another’s company in the moment. For a man who’s life is so often characterized by planning and striving, Harry finally seemed to have learned the importance of appreciating the present – a lesson that’s come at an unfortunately high cost.

Kate Shepherd

MR. SELFRIDGE MOMENT S2E10: A NEW FAMILY BUSINESS

Mr. Selfridge S2E10 Harry had the evidence he needed to prove his claims before the procurement committee.[/caption]

Mr. Selfridge S2E10

Though excited to marry Agnes, Victor feared he was taking her away from a life she loved.

Meanwhile, there was finally some good news for Henri, as he learned that the charges against him in America had officially been dropped. Now facing the future as a free man, his way forward seemed immediately clear. Though Harry was sorry to hear it from the colleague who had helped him build so much, Henri was committed to returning to France to enlist as a soldier. The news of Henri’s departure wasn’t quite as disheartening to Victor, but Agnes seemed somewhat shaken by the news that another person close to her would be leaving to fight.

Though Henri seemed ready to go to war as a matter of honour, George, despite his good spirits, was clearly haunted by his own memories of the front. The thought of his return to battle weighed even more heavily on him than it did on his sister, and even the kind words of people like Victor didn’t do much to ease his troubled mind. Instead, it was Victor who ended up turning to George for advice, when he worried that Agnes might be wasting her talents running a restaurant with him.

Rather than risk her resentment, he made the difficult decision to break off their engagement, telling her that if her heart still lay with her work, and Henri, she shouldn’t be with him. As Victor left the store, Agnes made up her mind to take his advice, and she managed to find Henri on the eve of his departure to France. The two of them admitted their love for one another (again), and though Henri couldn’t stay in England, they at least parted ways with his promise to return as soon as he as able.

Mr. Selfridge S2E10

As he prepared to leave for France, Agnes prepared to say goodbye to Henri forever.

Mr. Selfridge S2E10

On the night of their Thanksgiving dinner, Rose had grave news to share with Harry.

Things were just as convoluted for Agnes’s landlady, as after a brief period of happiness with Florian, it seemed that Miss Mardle had taken Mr. Grove’s words to heart. Once again possessed by uncertainty, she feared that their age difference would make any long term relationship impossible, and perhaps even worried that Grove was right in thinking she might be used for her money. Florian insisted that her age didn’t matter to him, but she remained unconvinced, though clearly unhappy. In an attempt to resolve things for the both of them, Josie arranged an audition for Florian, with an orchestra in Manchester, but he refused to go.

When Florian came to the store himself to tell her so, Mr. Grove was on hand to see the grief that his words had caused for both parties. As easy as it was to despise Grove for his behaviour over the past few weeks, he managed to remind us of some of his more admirable qualities when he spoke to Miss Mardle again – this time in an attempt to remedy the damage that his jealousy had already done. Though it was a little disappointing to think that Josie’s ability to allow herself happiness hinged so much on his words, the advice seemed to come more from a friend than from a former lover. In any case, they spurred her to make amends with the Belgian violinist.

As all of this was happening around her, Rose was forced to deal with a far more frightening way forward than most, as she returned to the doctor for her diagnosis. Despite her attempts to minimize her health concerns to her friends, as the Selfridges prepared to sit down for Thanksgiving dinner, Rose was forced to finally tell her husband the truth. Closer than they had been in years, she managed to stay calm as she told him that her lungs were failing, and with no course of treatment available, she was dying. Of course, Harry was determined to use his fortune and influence to change the situation, but Rose, more resigned to her fate, convinced him that there was nothing to be done but to enjoy their remaining time together.

It was that thought that permeated the final scene of Mr. Selfridge’s second season, as the vibrant man, and inspiring woman, at the centre of the series sat down with those closest to him for poignant moment of reflection. After seeing them weather so much in their sometimes turbulent, but always loving marriage, it was difficult to accept that the Selfridges would once again be separated just as they had found some peace. As so many others around them raised their glasses to the future, they remained fixed, enjoying one another’s company in the moment. For a man who’s life is so often characterized by planning and striving, Harry finally seemed to have learned the importance of appreciating the present – a lesson that’s come at an unfortunately high cost.

Kate Shepherd

MR. SELFRIDGE MOMENT S2E10: A NEW FAMILY BUSINESS

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