German food is coming off the shelves in Mr. Selfridge, series two episode six. But that’s not all that’s cooking in this episode. It seems Henri might be hiding something… If you missed it here’s a quick recap. Germans beware!
Just when you thought Mr Selfridge was getting a bit too cosy for its own good, things livened up considerably in an episode which saw matters thoroughly complicated by the war.
It all kicked off, as the Germans became increasingly – and understandably – unpopular – with the removal of all German-made items from the shelves of the store, much to the bemusement of some of the staff.
But it didn’t end there, as Harry’s attempts to do his bit for the war effort took an unexpected turn when he was asked by British Intelligence to pay a covert visit to Germany itself. Clearly this wasn’t quite what he was expecting but you just knew it would turn out to be an offer he couldn’t refuse.
Although he wasn’t the only one looking for a piece of the action, as Henri Leclair, having spent the entire episode being eyed suspiciously by Thackeray, announced he was also off to fight for the French, now that the army was accepting ‘older men’.
Meanwhile, as half the characters appeared to have their eyes fixed firmly on the continent, back home the efforts to keep the patriotic spirit up continued, in the shape of a concert organised by the store.
The show must go on….or not
Matters were further complicated on this front when Lady Mae, increasingly unhappy in her marriage to Loxley (who as punishment for her infidelities has now confiscated her bedroom key, meaning he can make himself at home in her room whenever the mood takes him), hooked up with the star of the show, tenor and old friend Richard Chapman (Alfie Boe).
Cue much wistful longing for the past and him attempting to persuade her out of the marriage (which she refused to do on account of getting a nice fur coat out of it, among everything else), in the sort of way that you just know will have repercussions at some point.
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Reliving those terrible years of war with Germany simply makes us more thankful for peaceful living. It’s a shame we as human beings have to fight each other — and for what? There is plenty of the world still left to share. Think of the things we could do if we took all that wasted effort and put it into things that help people!