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Again we see young Gladys Russell’s bedroom, the real Mrs. Berwind’s bedroom at The Elms.
The Elms Kitchen again appears as the Russells’ kitchen.
Mrs. Fish’s doll tea party is hosted in the Dining Room of Chateau-sur-Mer, shown here. The main hall as well as the Ballroom of Chateau-sur-Mer are featured as part of the scene.
Agnes van Rhijn’s bedroom is the space interpreted as the bedroom of young Annie Wetmore at Chateau-Sur-Mer. She was the sister of George Peabody Wetmore (see Episode 3).
The battle of the butlers: As Mrs. Russell engaged the van Rhijns’ butler, the practice of exchanging servants was common, and so was poaching them. While direct communication would have been possible, employment agencies known as Intelligence Offices would have also participated in this recruitment process.
In 1882, Marian arrives at the home of her “old money” aunts Agnes and Ada, whose new neighbors vie to break into New York high society.
George faces a surprise development. Marian sees Mr. Raikes against Agnes’ wishes. Ada runs into an old friend. Peggy gets an opportunity.
Marian learns more about Mrs. Chamberlain. George makes a deal to benefit Bertha. Peggy meets a trailblazing newspaperman.
Bertha, Marian, Aurora, and Peggy make an overnight trip to see Clara Barton speak. Gladys’ desired beau is invited to dinner.
As a historic moment captures the city, Agnes vows to protect her family’s reputation, while Larry’s career plans rub George the wrong way.
Peggy reveals the truth about her past, while George’s day in court arrives, and Marian considers her romantic future.
Marian’s grand plan is threatened. Bertha and Mrs. Astor lock horns over Gladys’ debut. Peggy is stunned by a major reveal.
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