‘The Gilded Age‘ does a sly callback to ‘Downton Abbey‘ in its sixth episode, titled ‘Heads Have Rolled for Less,’ as the Russells entertain Ward McAllister for a luncheon with British service.
Bertha (Carrie Coon) hires Bannister because Church (Jack Gilpin) isn’t very knowledgeable in that area (Simon Jones).
Gladys (Taissa Farmiga) finds friendship and camaraderie in Carrie Astor when her parents cut off her links with Archie Baldwin.
Marian (Louisa Jacobson) discovers Agnes (Christine Baranski) and Sylvia Chamberlain (Jeanne Tripplehorn) have similar gloomy views about social upstarts, while George (Morgan Spector) struggles with the aftermath of the disaster in Millbourne, Pennsylvania.
Here’s all you need to know about the sixth episode of ‘The Gilded Age.’
WARNING: SPOILERS AHEAD.
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Recap of Episode 6 of The Gilded Age
George and Bertha begin Episode 6 by visiting the accident scene. Clara Barton has already arrived and is assisting the victims.
George increases his donation to the American Red Cross and assures Bertha that she will be present at the charity’s next meeting. Metal fatigue and fractured axles were later discovered to be the cause of the accident, implying that improper parts were placed.
This implies that someone in George’s company’s chain of command is to blame for the accident and the five people who died as a result of it.
Bertha understands her husband’s concerns, but she is even more disturbed about McAllister’s agreement to hold a luncheon at their home.
This, combined with the way she treats Gladys, causes a rift between George and Bertha. Despite this, they maintain a united front in front of their children and the rest of the world.
With the help of her father and brother, Gladys (Harry Richardson) persuades her mother to allow her to attend Mrs. Fish’s dolls tea party.
She meets Carrie there, and the two find that they are both victims of similar circumstances and authoritarian mothers.
Meanwhile, Fortune (Sullivan Jones) attributes the recent increase in the number of subscribers to Peggy (Denée Benton).
Peggy later pays a visit to her mother and asks her not to speak to Marian about the issues between them.
Marian has been more optimistic about the possibility of a relationship with Raikes since their kiss in episode 5.
Agnes, on the other hand, hasn’t changed her mind about the young man. Raikes, she says, is an adventurer, and Marian will come to regret her decision if she falls romantically connected with him.
Marian pays a visit to Sylvia on Barton’s behalf, and Raikes comes up in the conversation. Marian is taken aback when Sylvia tells her to move cautiously.
Aurora tells Bertha that he favours British service and that McAllister is interested in visiting the Russell residence. Church now has command of the Russell household employees, despite his lack of knowledge of British service.
Bannister, on the other hand, is a British native who has been educated to entertain guests in the style of his homeland. Bannister is asked to assist with the service by the church. When Bertha notices them conversing, she assigns Bannister to lead the service, much to Church’s chagrin.
Oscar and Ms. Turner meet and arrange their next step elsewhere. Ms. Armstrong notices them together and alerts Agnes.
The Gilded Age Episode 6 Ending Explained
The main cause of the derailment and deaths, according to the initial inquiry, was the equipment made of inferior materials. This enrages George, who tells Clay to get the help of their own people to investigate the situation.
Although the disaster will not financially ruin him and his family, he will surely be blamed for it, which will degrade his and his company’s image. George receives a message from Clay in the episode’s last scene.
Authorities appear to have apprehended the perpetrator. That man was the leader of the engine-building crew. He claims to have written documentation that George instructed him to use defective axles.
If we assume the individual did get letters or notes from George’s office, it means that someone with access to it sent them to him. We can deduce from George’s actions in this episode that he had no notion axles were constructed of inferior materials, thus we can rule out the possibility that he was attempting to save money.
Clay is also unlikely to be a suspect because his devotion to George appears to be well-founded.
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Who Sends the Note to Agnes About Bannister?
Agnes receives a message concerning Bannister’s whereabouts while eating lunch at home. Bannister had previously accepted Mrs. Russell’s offer of $100 in exchange for managing the lunchtime service, which irritates both Church and Monsieur Baudin, the Russell household’s chef.
As a result, either of them may have sent the note to Agnes. Bertha herself is another possibility. She’s seen what Bannister can do, and she could think he’ll be a terrific addition to her team, especially if they keep entertaining McAllister and his pals.
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