EPISODE 7: Harry returns, making a revelation concerning the press rumors surrounding his absence. Delphine creates a stir by arranging a spending spree by Keystone Studios head Mack Sennett, his biggest star, Mabel Normand, and a bevy of Sennett bathing beauties, who are all on a junket to London. Meanwhile, Henri is spared a legal dilemma only to land in a romantic one. Miss Mardle also faces a love quandry, and Lady Mae has trouble exiting from her miserable marriage.
Two giants of popular culture meet in this episode: Harry, the retail king, and Mack Sennett, the king of comedy. The impact of slapstick silent films is as hard to imagine today as the shopper’s wonder over the variety in an early twentieth century department store. Both phenomena enriched the lives of millions.
Mr. Selfridge stars Jeremy Piven (Entourage) in the title role, with Frances O’Connor (Madame Bovary) as Rose, Aisling Loftus (Page Eight) as Agnes, and Amanda Abbington (Sherlock, Season 3) as Miss Mardle, together with a cast that would be the envy of a Hollywood movie mogul.