Bloomingdale's - The Gilded Age
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Mourners attend Patrick Morris’s funeral. There are whispers that he shouldn’t be buried in consecrated ground.

Mr. Russell looks at blueprints.

Mrs. Russell asks about a telegram her husband received. Mr. Russell explains that Clay sent it with the news that Morris’s death was ruled a suicide. Mr. Russell says he will still be blamed, but Mrs. Russell expresses faith in his strength. She tells him she is firing Miss Grant, the governess.

Peggy tells Marian about another editor, T. Thomas Fortune of the New York Globe, who wants to talk about her writing. Peggy asks if Marian will give an answer to Mr. Raikes. Marian wonders if she mistook the proposal. Peggy wonders what Marian would do if her aunts did not exist.

They pass Bloomingdales, and Marian insists they go in. Inside, they meet Mrs. Chamberlain by chance. The staff gets suspicious of Peggy. Mrs. Chamberlain shows Marian a carved box she has purchased.

One of the staff greets Mrs. Chamberlain pointedly, and she catches on, inviting Peggy to look at the box as well. Marian introduces Mrs. Chamberlain to Peggy as her aunt’s secretary. Mrs. Chamberlain doesn’t want it to look like they planned to meet, though she was happy to run into Marian again.

As Mrs. Chamberlain leaves, Peggy asks Marian if they can go as well.

Ada asks Bannister to take Pumpkin out for a walk, which he is happy to do.

Mr. Russell pulls up in a carriage and meets Mr. Fane outside a gentleman’s club. Mr. Russell says he is sorry about Mr. Morris and asks if Mr. Fane thinks it is his fault. Mr. Fane assures him that Mr. Russell is not at fault -- their punishment was just for their transgressions.

Mr. Fane tells him they are ready to pass the new bill within a week or two. Russell asks if they will make back the money lost. Mr. Fane doubts it. Mr. Russell assures Fane he is not angry and asks him to drop by his office this afternoon.

Bannister walks with Pumpkin. A nearby horse rears. Bannister stops to look. Pumpkin escapes.

Ada is distraught at the loss of Pumpkin. Despite losing his collar with his address, Agnes figures that Pumpkin will be recognized by someone on the street and be returned soon enough. Ada carries on, worried about unscrupulous people.

Amongst the servants, Jack suggests they make up a search party. Mrs. Bauer and Bannister believe someone will bring Pumpkin back. Armstrong notes that people don’t always do what’s right.

Privately, Jack asks Bridget what he’s done wrong. She assures him it’s nothing, and he asks her out again, but she refuses.

Mrs. Russell sits with Miss Grant and Gladys. Mrs. Russell accuses Miss Grant of taking Gladys to see a young man at a hotel in broad daylight -- a fact she only knows because she opened Gladys’s mail.

Miss Grant insists that Gladys is an adult and deserves her freedom. Mrs. Russell terminates Miss Grant, shocking Gladys. 

Mr. Fane talks with his wife, saying Mr. Russell wants to help them get their money back -- if they help bring Mrs. Russell into society. Mrs. Fane doesn’t know if she can do it, citing her lack of sway. Mr. Fane doesn’t want them to lose all their money and urges her to try. Mrs. Fane agrees.

Gladys sees Miss Grant off and spots Pumpkin outside, looking dirty and sad. Mrs. Bruce grabs Pumpkin. As she does, she notices Mr. Watson going off on a walk. Mrs. Russell comes out. She knows to whom the dog belongs. She tells Gladys to go to her room. Miss Grant leaves.

Mrs. Russell instructs Mrs. Bruce to bathe the dog and feed it. One of the young maids asks about Gladys getting a new governess or a lady’s maid, but Mrs. Bruce shrugs her off.

Peggy arrives at the printing press for the New York Globe. One of the printers asks her to hold a lever steady, which she does, helping the man with the press. She introduces herself. The printer is none of than T. Thomas Fortune. They shake, and he gets ink on her hand, which he then wipes off.

Mr. Fortune shows Peggy how the printing press works, and he says her writing is wonderful. He introduces her to George Parker, who is worried about their lack of subscriptions. Parker complains about Republicans.

Mr. Fortune asks Peggy if she’s interested in writing about politics, which she is. Fortune says he’s publishing her story next week, and he also wants her to write an article about political affiliation without voting rights.

Bannister brings Agnes a letter from the Russells, saying they have found the dog. Agnes thinks it’s Mrs. Russell’s way of forcing them to receive her. Ada wants to get Pumpkin, and Marian offers to go. Agnes orders Bannister to fetch the dog.

Bridget and Mrs. Bauer clean in the kitchen. Mrs. Bauer urges Bridget to be more open if she wants romance in her life and says Bridget’s mother would agree. At this, Bridget storms off.

On his walk, Mr. Watson watches a woman -- Mrs. McNeil -- going into her house.

Bannister arrives at the Russell house and meets with Church, saying Mrs. Van Rhijn didn’t want Mrs. Russell to go to the trouble of bringing the dog over herself. Bannister said he was curious about the house. Church offers him a tour.

Church shows him to the kitchen. Bannister introduces himself to Baudin in French and looks at the menu, remarking on the lack of refinement. He asks to see the upstairs.

Marian asks about Peggy’s meeting at the Globe. Peggy tells her that her story is getting published, and she will write an article.

Agnes enters, asking about the good news. Peggy informs her that the New York Globe will publish a semi-autobiographical story of hers as well as a political article. Agnes requests that Peggy not tell her about any of the political writing.

Peggy asks for permission to visit her parents in Brooklyn, which Agnes gives.

Church shows Bannister the dining room, which Bannister likens to Versailles. He gives Church advice on setting the table properly and, checking the time, asks to collect the dog.

Ada and Pumpkin are reunited. Agnes tells Marian that she has received a letter from Mrs. Fane, inviting Marian to the symphony in aid of the Red Cross. Agnes will not attend.

Bannister brings in a delivery for Marian. Marian opens it in front of Ada and Agnes. It’s the carved box from Mrs. Chamberlain. Marian doesn’t tell her aunts who it is from and announces she will return it.

Agnes urges Marian not to entertain advances from unsuitable prospects, but Marian cannot make such a promise.

Over dinner, Gladys asks her mother if she is to have a new governess. Mr. Russell suggests a lady’s maid.

Mrs. Russell announces that Mrs. Fane wants to call on her, and Mr. Russell offers suggestions as to why. He assures his wife that Charles Fane has come through it, and there will be no begging from Mrs. Fane.

Larry mentions that Oscar is angling for another dinner invite and runs this by his father. Mr. Russell tells Larry that Oscar refused invites when Mr. Russell was in trouble with the aldermen. Mr. Russell thinks Oscar is after Gladys. Larry wonders why this is a bad thing.

Among the Russell servants, Church worries about embarrassing Mrs. Russell when company calls. Baudin is also annoyed at Bannister’s remarks, saying that having a French chef is the most important thing. Mrs. Bruce asks Mr. Watson if he’s alright. He says he’s tired but had a nice walk.

The bell rings, and the servants all get up to prepare. Baudin asks Turner what’s the matter with her and tells her to leave if she’s unhappy. Turner says she’ll go when she’s ready.

Ada checks on Marian before bed, asking who sent the box. When Marian tells her it was Mrs. Chamberlain, Ada is shocked. Marian promises not to be friends with Mrs. Chamberlain, admitting that she does like her but will take back the box regardless.

Ada stresses Mrs. Chamberlain’s scandalous nature. Ada asks why Marian why she refuses to promise to marry someone suitable. Marian says that she and Agnes’s ideas of suitability are not the same.

Marian asks if Ada ever came close to marriage. Ada admits that she did once, but he did not meet her father’s standards. Marian asks Ada if she thinks her life would have been happier if she’d been married. Ada is insulted, saying that marrying beneath oneself is no guarantee of happiness.

Ada urges Marian to find her match among McAllister’s 400.

Marian arrives at Mrs. Chamberlain’s to drop off the box. Inside, Marian admires the impressive collection of paintings. Mrs. Chamberlain greets her, and Marian tells her why she must return the box.

Mrs. Chamberlain shows Marian through her art gallery and explains that she and her late husband were considered “new people.” Marian asks how she met her husband, and Mrs. Chamberlain is taken aback.

Mrs. Chamberlain explains that her husband was a widower when they married, and she showed him the power that his money could wield. Marian asks about their son. Mrs. Chamberlain says he lives in Chicago. Marian thanks her for showing her the paintings, and Mrs. Chamberlain asks her to come again.

Mrs. Fane calls on Mrs. Russell. They discuss the Morrises. Mrs. Fane wants to return the favor of Mr. Russell’s generosity. She wants to invite Mrs. Russell to luncheon with Mr. Ward McAllister, Mrs. Astor’s right-hand man.

Mrs. Fane says Mrs. Astor may not see Mrs. Russell now, but she has to let new people in eventually. Mrs. Fane assures her that Mr. McAllister is very curious about Mrs. Russell and their home. Mrs. Fane says she’ll start telling people they are friends now and asks her to the concert on Friday.

Mr. Russell and Mr. Clay discuss Jay Gould, who owns 15% of the track in the USA. Mr. Russell suggests dining with J.P. Morgan. They discuss a train accident in Russia. Mrs. Russell comes in and suggests they back the Red Cross, an organization that helps people affected by disasters.

Mr. Russell and Mr. Clay see this as a way to set them apart from the companies that have experienced railroad accidents. Mr. Russell wants to see his wife on the board of the Red Cross.

Oscar is annoyed that Agnes won’t invite the Russells over. Ada asks why, and he says they’ve “dumped” him but admits he stopped going after speaking to Mr. Morris. Ada asks him about Gladys just as Marian enters.

Marian tells them she made the delivery, and Oscar is eager to hear about Mrs. Chamberlain’s house. Marian describes it as grand with many beautiful paintings. Marian asks what is so terrible about Mrs. Chamberlain.

Oscar explains that she was Mr. Chamberlain’s mistress until his wife died, then moved to New York, and they pretended to have just met. Mrs. Chamberlain said she was previously married, which explained her son, whom Mr. Chamberlain then adopted.

Due to their resemblance, everyone believes her son to be Mr. Chamberlain’s. Marian asks Ada if this is true, to which Ada replies that most people believe it.

Agnes enters, and they quickly switch topics. Oscar announces that the East River Bridge is opening next year. Marian says it will be easier to get to Brooklyn and says she’s planning a visit there to surprise Peggy.

In the dark of Mr. Russell’s bedroom, a woman disrobes and crawls into bed with him.

Mrs. Bauer visits a crying Bridget in her bedroom. Bridget says no one has ever been nice to her. Mrs. Bauer asks if her mother beat her. Bridget says her mother was evil and allowed terrible things to happen to her.

Bridget whispers to Mrs. Bauer who abused her. Mrs. Bauer reacts with shock and sympathy, asking why Bridget blames her mother when “he“ did these things. Bridget cries, and Mrs. Bauer hugs her.

In bed, Miss Turner makes her move on Mr. Russell. At first, he thinks it is his wife, but when he realizes it is Miss Turner, he immediately gets up and robes himself. Mr. Russell chastises her, telling her nothing will ever happen between them, as he loves his wife.

Miss Turner offers herself to him, saying she thinks he’s lonely, and she can help him on his way to greatness. She says she’s in love with him. Mr. Russell throws a blanket over her. He orders her out and says to tell no one what has transpired. He explains that his wife trusts her, and he doesn’t want to ruin it for her.

At the Scott residence, Peggy luncheons with her parents. They talk about Mr. Scott’s Uncle William’s eating habits. Mrs. Scott asks what happened to him. Mr. Scott says he was sold before emancipation.

Mrs. Scott mentions she recently ran into Mrs. Barber, who has a son, Paul, who just graduated medical school. Mrs. Scott and Mrs. Barber are eager to get Peggy and Paul together for dinner.

Peggy mentions that she has sold a story to the New York Globe. Mrs. Scott is pleased to hear it. Mr. Scott says the Globe will give her more opportunity than the Advocate but less money.

Marian arrives in the predominantly Black neighborhood, confused at the stateliness of the Scotts’ address. Mr. Scott asks Peggy if she’ll quit working at the Van Rhijn house. Peggy says she is happy there. Mr. Scott explains that he wanted to pass down the pharmacy to her.

The doorbell rings. Mrs. Scott toasts Peggy’s success. Ellen, the maid, answers the door. Ellen says the family is at luncheon, so she takes Marian’s card. Ellen brings the card to Mrs. Scott, who announces that Marian is here. They ask if Peggy invited her, but Peggy stresses she did not.

The Scotts meet Marian in the parlor. Peggy and her father both ask Marian why she has come. Marian is flustered. Peggy asks Marian what is in her bag, but Marian doesn’t want to show them. Mrs. Scott insists. Marian opens the bag to reveal pairs of old shoes.

Mrs. Scott asks that she thought they would need castoff shoes. Peggy suggests that maybe Marian thought they knew of a charity to which she could donate them. Mr. Scott notes that there are plenty of charities in Manhattan.

Marian leaves, followed by Peggy, though Mrs. Scott protests that they haven’t had birthday cake yet. Outside, Peggy asks Marian why she assumed her family was poor -- after all, Peggy had loaned her train fare when they first met. Marian continues to apologize, but Peggy is furious at Marian’s lack of understanding.

Mrs. Russell heads out in a red gown, seen off by Mr. Russell and Miss Turner. Mr. Russell and Miss turner exchange a look. Church tells Miss Turner not to linger (in not so many words).

Mrs. Russell, the Fanes, and Marian sit in a box together at the symphony. At intermission, Mrs. Russell mentions that she should become involved in the Red Cross, which Mrs. Fane thinks could be useful. Marian and Mrs. Russell chat.

Mr. Raikes shows up in the box, having secured a seat in the box next to them. Marian introduces him to the Fanes and Mrs. Russell. The Fanes take Mrs. Russell to meet some friends, leaving Marian and Mr. Raikes alone. He wants to improve himself to gain the approval of her aunts.

Mr. Raikes explains how a chance encounter with an old classmate led him here. Marian suggests that he call on her and her aunts. She says they need to win her aunts over. Mr. Raikes gets called back over to his box as the bell rings. He asks her to send him a message when she wants him to call.

Mrs. Russell and the Fanes return. They discuss Mr. Raikes and his lack of money. Marian gazes wistfully at Mr. Raikes as the music begins again.

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The Gilded Age
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The Gilded Age Season 1 Episode 4 Quotes

I haven't been thrilled since 1865.

Agnes Van Rhijn

Why should I align myself with either party when I don’t have the right to vote?

Peggy Scott