The Crown – Season 5 Episode 3 “Mou Mou” Recap & Review

Mou Mou

Mohamed Al-Fayed yearned for a luxurious life, especially as a young boy in Egypt. Regardless of his father’s intense animosity against the British due to their occupancy of Egypt ever since the 1880’s, Mohamed looked up to the Royal Family. Mohamed was formerly penniless, married, had a son named Dodi, and then over time he developed an enormous enterprise that enabled him to make a bid for the failing Ritz Hotel located in Paris.

He learns that the present owner, Monique Ritz, is rejecting him for being an outsider when she initially laughs at his proposal. He confronts her and warns that by expressing her unflattering and racist opinion of him, she is turning herself into his enemy. Monique Ritz listens to him and, despite her prejudices, lets him buy the hotel.

The celebration at the hotel demonstrates that Al-Fayed has had major success, but there seems to be one flaw. There seems to be a Black man there. After accusing Monique Ritz of discrimination, Mohamed Al Fayed instructs his son Dodi to remove the Black man from the staff, which Dodi reluctantly does. Dodi notifies his dad that the person he previously fired served King Edward, and Mohamed’s yearning to be treated like a royal overcomes his prejudice and he hires Sydney as his valet.

Mohamed desires to learn the etiquette of the British upper crust from Sydney. It’s everything he’s ever desired, and he finally has somebody who can teach him how, as he is someone with a respectable background.

As a consequence, we are given a montage that highlights the benefits and relevance of various things, including P.G. Wodehouse, the afternoon tea, and polo. In addition, Mohamed makes an effort to be accepted wherever the royals could gather, including the polo fields, but he is still viewed as an outsider and kept at a distance. At that point, he makes the decision that acquiring London’s Harrods will help him become fully British.

Dodi adds that the cost is outrageous and hopes his father would occasionally support some of his own ambitions. The 1982 Best Picture Academy award Chariots of Fire was produced by Dodi and Mohamed thereafter. The Al-Fayed family triumphs in all of their endeavors, and their wealth keeps growing, but it doesn’t get them much close to the imperial family. Sydney then reveals that Wallis Simpson, Edward’s spouse, has passed away and that their Paris estate is being auctioned.

In an attempt to acquire a slice of British royal heritage and to have the royals notice him, Mohamed purchases the property and all of its belongings. He furthermore calls the renovation of it “my gift to the British royal family”. The queen notices his desperate attempt to grab their attention when he asks them to visit the estate, which he is naming “Villa Windsor”.

They send the queen’s personal secretary in her place after learning that the majority of the belongings of the property – including several valuables as well as the Duke’s personal files and diaries – refer to his connections with Nazis remain inside. He asks for many valuables from the house once he gets there, taking everything to London with him, but instead of being offended, Mohamed feels honored that the things are going back to their true owners.

Sydney starts to cough slightly, and soon he seems to end up on his death’s doorstep, which changes everything. Although he doesn’t live long enough to experience it, he was able to watch the restoration of the mansion he had worked in for years, and he was responsible for Mohamed Al-Fayed’s integration into British culture.

The queen is given a seat beside Al-Fayed because he is the holder of Harrods, but when she finds him seated in the seat next to hers, she orders Diana to sit with him instead. Mohammed, who goes by Mou Mou, and Diana, get along well. The two bond over the evil queen’s mistreatment of them almost instantly, and they appear to thrive off of each other.

The entertaining banter continues until Dodi interrupts. The queen, who is watching from a distance, swiftly lowers her binoculars and comments, “Well, that seems to have worked out well!” Diana and Mou Mou proceed to have a blast together thereafter.


The Episode Review

In this episode, Mohamed Al-Fayed takes center stage instead of the struggles of the Royal household. We follow young Mohamed from his poor roots in Alexandria through his reputation as a businessman and his very first encounter with Diana (His kid Dodi eventually dies in the very same accident as Princess Diana). This is among the strongest episodes of this particular season, which places The Crown in the historical drama category perfectly.

Several of Al Fayed’s tactics to glide himself into the royal family’s good books have a comedic edge as they inevitably end in catastrophe. The Crown has a central theme that emerged during the Olivia Colman phase and is being driven in each episode: the Queen is ultimately responsible for all of this family’s problems.

Not only does she place the institution of nobility above the welfare of her household out of an unwavering sense of duty, in addition she lacks insight and intuition.

At a horse riding event, the Monarch was expected to sit next to Al-Fayed; however, she chooses not to, and Diana steps forward to sit next to him instead. The two of them click right away thereafter and she is the sole royal who takes an interest in him. It’s what drives the Al-Fayed family’s narrative out of nothingness and toward the Crowniverse. In truth, there are numerous photos of the Queen and Al-Fayed posing together during the Horse Shows. But it doesn’t quite work with The Crown’s storyline.

The tale of Sydney Johnson is intertwined with the storyline of Mohamed’s ascent to wealth in this segment. Sydney has previously appeared on The Crown; his first appearance was in season 3 when he was seen attending to the previous king, Edward. Through this episode’s flashback scenes, we witness young Sydney being presented with the opportunity to serve as Edward’s valet soon after Edward stepped down from the throne. It was a post he would keep for nearly 30 years and seemed to enjoy it. The account of how he turned into a valet for Al Fayed thereafter is shown as well.

Salim Daw gives an outstanding performance. When it concerns business, Al-Fayed can be brutal and he can also be bossy with his son. However, Daw also elicits our compassion since it is impossible not to be moved by his rise from poverty to affluence or to share his anguish at being shunned by the royals due to the sheer fact that he was born outside the System.

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