Illuminated - The Gilded Age Season 1 Episode 7
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Mr. Russell unveils the model of Union Central Station. Mr. White turns on a battery to light it up.

Larry tells his father that he wants to be an architect. Gladys and Mr. White back him up. Mr. White assures Mr. Russell that Larry has real talent. Mr. Russell won't hear it and ends the conversation.

Ada assures Agnes that most young men have a fling before marriage. Agnes is disgusted that it was with a servant. Jack overhears the conversation. Ada asks her if she'd prefer it were with an actress or a prostitute.

Agnes is shocked at Ada's knowledge and attitude. Bannister arrives, asking when dinner should be served. Agnes doesn't reply to Bannister but tells Ada to respond to Mrs. Bauer that half-past eight will be fine.

Mr. Russell tells his wife about Thomas Edison's plans to light up the New York Times building. Mr. Russell lets her know that he is to dine with Mr. Edison. As Gladys and Mrs. Russell are seated in a carriage, Mr. Russell tells them that he will be home late, as he and Mr. Clay are meeting with lawyers after work.

Bannister thinks he may open a bank account with his ill-gotten gains. He is determined to find out who wrote the letter to Mrs. Van Rhijn.

Larry walks down the street. Marian, walking Pumpkin, catches up with him. He conveys his dismay about his father's reaction to his desire to be an architect.

Marian assures Larry that his father loves him, but Larry tells her that love comes at a price and that his father has a life planned for him, his mother, and his sister. Marian reminds him that he has but one life and bids him good day.

Mrs. Bruce announces that there will be a party on September 4th, when Mr. Edison turns on the lights. Miss Turner wonders what all the fuss is about Mr. Edison. Church notes that Mr. Edison has harnessed electricity for the benefit of humanity. Watson suggests that electricity will make their jobs redundant.

Mrs. Bruce describes the "party" -- a picnic luncheon in two carriages for eight people only. Miss Turner makes a few snide comments, wondering if Mr. McAllister will want to be seen in public with Mrs. Russell. Church shuts her down.

Gladys shows Carrie Astor the ballroom. They discuss the quadrille. Gladys suggests Carrie asks Orme Wilson, the young man with whom she is enamored, to participate. Gladys asks why Mrs. Astor disapproves of Mr. Wilson. Carrie explains that his father was a war profiteer, and her mother does not trust Mr. Wilson's motives.

Miss Astor says they will need a definite date. Mrs. Russell appears and says she will ask Mr. McAllister for a suitable date. Gladys is surprised that her mother is willing to make the ball happen. Mrs. Russell asks for the names of the quadrille dancers so that she might invite their parents, too.

Mr. Russell asks the lawyers if they have seen the paper that Mr. Dixon says Mr. Russell sent him. They have, and it appears genuine. They will have a handwriting expert examine it. The paper stated that the workers should do the assembly as cheaply as possible, no matter the quality.

Mr. Clay asks if they can confront Mr. Dixon. Mr. Russell mentions that they paid the full price. Mr. Dixon claims the estimate was submitted without his knowledge.

The money is missing but not traceable to Mr. Dixon. This is a point in favor of Mr. Russell, but it will all come down to who the judge believes. The worst-case scenario is that Mr. Russell is charged with manslaughter due to negligence.

Marian sees cousin Oscar leaving in a huff. Marian checks in with Ada and Agnes. Agnes says Oscar is angry with her but has no right to be -- he has disgraced himself with Mrs. Russell's maid.

Ada says Oscar insisted he and Turner were friendly acquaintances and nothing more, but Agnes doesn't believe it. Agnes wants Miss Turner fired. Agnes orders Marian to go to Mrs. Russell and get her to fire Miss Turner.

Jack recounts the scene to the other servants. They wonder what it could be about, but Bannister urges them not to gossip. Miss Armstrong excuses herself and goes upstairs. Peggy thinks that Miss Armstrong knows more than she's letting on.

Mr. Russell sits on his own for a late dinner, and Mrs. Russell joins him. He informs her that there will be a hearing to determine if a crime has been committed and if it should go to trial. 

Mrs. Russell worries how this will look for Mr. McAllister. She wants to make sure her party and ball plans succeed. Mr. Russell lashes out at her singled-mindedness when he faces the possibility of prison.

Peggy arrives at the Globe office with the draft of her new article. Mr. Fortune asks her thoughts on electricity and what she knows about Lewis Latimer, who invented the bulb filament.

Mr. Fortune tells Peggy they will be attending the lighting of the New York Times building -- he wants her to interview members of the crowd and write an article about it.

Marian visits Mrs. Russell and makes the strange request on behalf of Agnes that Mrs. Russell fires her maid. Marian will not give too many details, only that she believes Miss Turner is having an improper liaison with a man known to the Van Rhijns, though Marian has little proof.

Moving on, Mrs. Russell asks Marian for advice. She wants to invite Mr. Raikes to her picnic, but without Marian there -- a friend of Aurora's will be attending, Miss Cissie Bingham. Marian thinks it is a fine idea to include Mr. Raikes but admits she is jealous.

Church coaches the footman, Francis, on his duties for the picnic. Miss Turner finds it remarkable Mrs. Russell secured Mr. McAllister after all, thanks to "Bannister's" luncheon. Church is annoyed at her insolence.

Mr. Raikes waits for Marian outside the Van Rhijn house. When she arrives, they walk together down the street, and Marian mentions that Mrs. Chamberlain has offered her home as a place where they might talk.

Mr. Raikes is delighted that Marian is willing to take risks to be with him. He kisses her hand, and she returns home.

Mrs. Russell tells her husband that Marian Brook called earlier, asking her to fire Miss Turner. Mr. Russell is surprised. Mrs. Russell explains that Agnes believes Turner is having an affair, most likely with Oscar. Mr. Russell mentions that he received a supportive letter from Oscar today. He asks if she will fire Turner.

Mrs. Russell changes the subject, saying she has confirmed the excursion to Mr. Edison's event. Mr. Russell mentions that he thought about canceling, but she insists he attends.

Marian runs into Oscar inside. Oscar says Agnes will not be persuaded of the truth, so he's had to agree to the lie. He asks if Marian is the one who told her. Marian assures him she didn't know, but she wouldn't have said anything even if she did know.

Mrs. Russell notices Larry and Turner chatting and laughing together in the house.

As Turner dresses Mrs. Russell for dinner, Mrs. Russell informs her that they should have a rest from each other. Turners asks if this was Mr. Russell's idea. Mrs. Russell says it was not and that he asked her to give her a good reference.

Bannister brings a letter to Agnes, and Agnes responds with some petty passive-aggression. Ada dismisses Bannister while Agnes reads the letter. Marian returns from shopping. Agnes announces that Mrs. Russell has fired her maid. Agnes asks Peggy to write a response to Mrs. Russell and that Jack should deliver it.

Miss Turner enters Mr. Russell's bedroom, asking if he had her fired. He says he got her a reference. She asks about the train crash, and he asks her why she cares. She tells him she was ready to devote her life to his happiness. She bids him goodnight and leaves his room.

Marian and Mr. Raikes meet at Mrs. Chamberlain's home. Mrs. Chamberlain gives them some privacy.

Mr. Raikes notes that it feels very daring. She asks if he will attend Mr. Edison's electric show. He confirms it and asks if she will be a member of Mrs. Russell's party. She says no, and he offers to decline so that she may go instead. She refuses.

They discuss who will be attending, bringing up Cissie Bingham, Aurora's friend, supposedly a niece of Henry Flagler, the industrialist. Marian notes how Mr. Raikes has found his way around New York so well. He declares his love for her and how he wants them to seize their future now.

Mr. Chamberlain bids them come in to luncheon.

Miss Turner tells Oscar that she has been fired. She mentions that she wants to get back at Church before she leaves. She tells Oscar things will be easier for him from now on -- Gladys will be out soon, and he must get in there fast before Mrs. Russell has time to enact her plan, whatever it may be.

Jack brings a letter for Bannister. It's from Miss Turner, telling Bannister who wrote the letter. Bannister decides he will think on what to do about it.

Mr. Raikes appreciates a Degas sculpture belonging to Mrs. Chamberlain. Mrs. Chamberlain offers the two of them advice -- life outside of society can be very lonely. They should be genuinely in love if they intend to turn their back on it. She takes her leave of them.

Mr. Raikes believes their love will be enough. Marian does not want a scandal and says Aunt Ada would help them, but Agnes has issues. He pulls her aside, around a corner, and asks her if she loves him. He asks her to marry him, and they kiss.

Agnes gets fitted at the dressmaker. Ada wonders if Agnes would cut Marian off if she and Mr. Raikes were to marry. Agnes replies that she'd like them to think she would. Agnes thinks it is unlikely she has misjudged Mr. Raikes.

Larry visits his father at his office, bringing up the architecture career. Mr. Russell refuses, saying he wants Larry to take over his business. Larry says he will fail to live up to his father's greatness, but he has the potential to excel in a new path.

Mr. Russell says he will think about it but has to focus on legal matters right now.

Oscar tells Mr. Adams that Gladys will be coming out soon, which should make courting her more straightforward. He also mentions that the business with Miss Turner has provided something of a cover story for his sexuality.

Mr. Adams asks if that was this plan all along. Oscar assures him he's just playing the cards he was dealt.

Marian tells Aunt Agnes that she had a chance encounter with Mr. Raikes and thought she should inform Agnes how far he has come in society. Marian mentions the people who associate with him -- some old money, some new. Aunt Agnes is still begrudging. Marian insists she is not being fair.

Marian checks on Peggy, who is getting ready to go out with Mr. Fortune to Mr. Edison's event. Peggy notes that it's a shame Marian isn't going with Mr. Raikes to Mrs. Russell's party.

Mr. Russell says goodbye to his wife and heads out.

Ada notes how exciting the new electricity innovation is. Marian mentions that she wishes she were going. Agnes says they are better off staying in. Marian mentions that Mrs. Russell and Peggy are going and that Peggy will write of it for the Globe.

At the event, Mrs. Russell's two carriages enjoy their picnic and champagne. Mr. Raikes pours Cissie Bingham another drink.

Mr. Fane points out that Mr. McAllister must have a very understanding wife. Mr. McAllister states that she loves living in Newport. Mrs. Russell mentions she has never come to Newport. Gladys thinks Newport must be very peaceful, but Aurora insists it is hectic, with much socializing.

Miss Bingham tells Mr. Raikes he should visit, as her mother has a house there. Aurora looks concerned.

Agnes has fallen asleep on the sofa as Ada works on her cross-stitch. Marian longingly looks out the window.

Mr. Fortune brings Peggy a snack and guides her to a place where they will have a good view. A fanfare plays.

From the stage, Mr. Russell tips his hat to his wife in the crowd. The announcer introduces Thomas Edison. All the lights dim. The countdown begins from ten. Mr. Edison flips a switch, and the entire New York Times building lights up. The crowd is amazed, and they all cheer.


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The Gilded Age Season 1 Episode 7 Quotes

Get back in your cave.


You always hearten me with your confidence of victory.

Mr. George Russell