Downton Abbey (2010–2015)
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Episode #6.8 

Romance blossoms but a betrayal of trust threatens the chance of lasting happiness. Thomas considers desperate measures.


David Evans


Julian Fellowes (written and created by)




Episode cast overview, first billed only:
Hugh Bonneville ... Robert Crawley, Earl of Grantham
Laura Carmichael ... Lady Edith Crawley
Jim Carter ... Charles Carson
Raquel Cassidy ... Baxter
Brendan Coyle ... John Bates
Michelle Dockery ... Lady Mary Crawley
Kevin Doyle ... Joseph Molesley
Michael Fox ... Andy
Joanne Froggatt ... Anna Bates
Matthew Goode ... Henry Talbot
Robert James-Collier ... Thomas Barrow (as Rob James-Collier)
Allen Leech ... Tom Branson
Phyllis Logan ... Mrs. Hughes
Elizabeth McGovern ... Cora Crawley, Countess of Grantham
Sophie McShera ... Daisy Mason


Mrs Patmore opens a guest house which immediately hits a snag. Barrow hits rock bottom but Molesley and Spratt succeed in new careers. Edith is keen to accept Bertie's marriage proposal but apprehensive about revealing her secret, providing a dilemma when, due to Mary, the truth is out. Henry Talbot reappears, thanks to Tom, but gets a cool reception from Mary so Tom brings in Violet to offer her granddaughter advice which will affect her future as well as that of Downton Abbey itself. Written by don @ minifie-1

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Drama | Romance


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Release Date:

8 November 2015 (UK) See more »

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Aspect Ratio:

16 : 9
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Did You Know?


The "Mr. Squeers" being referred to is Wackford Squeers, the one-eyed schoolmaster from Charles Dickens' initially serialized novel "Nicholas Nickleby " (1838-1839). See more »


When Bertie and Edith are talking he referred to her as the daughter of the fifth earl of Grantham. However Robert is the Seventh Earl Grantham. See more »


Lady Mary Crawley: [seeing a newspaper headline indicating an English marquess died in Tangiers] Isn't Bertie's employer always in Tangiers?
[Tom nods]
Lady Mary Crawley: Can you buy one?
Tom Branson: [Reading from the newspaper] "The sixth Marquess of Hexam, 39, has died in Tangiers where he was a frequent visitor. The cause was given as malaria; Lord Hexham was unmarried."
Lady Mary Crawley: Does this mean Bertie's out of a job?
Tom Branson: That depends on the heir.
Lady Mary Crawley: Poor Edith; it's bad enough he was an agent, now he may not even be that.
Tom Branson: [Looking perturbed] Don't sound so ...
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Downton Abbey The Suite
Written by John Lunn
Performed by Chamber Orchestra Of London
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A bit rushed!!!
24 February 2016 | by ohlabtechguySee all my reviews

Lots happened in this episode. Started on a comical note and then turned into personal crisis for Edith, Mary and Patmore. Felt as though Fellows was rushing to get all his characters and plots wrapped up before the end of the series. Both Tom Branson and Violet stepped a bit out of character, acting as tools to get Mary to acknowledge her love for Henry. Branson didn't seem to have a compelling reason to advocate so strongly for a Henry/Mary LTR. And would Violet really side with romantic love over the more practical and useful elements of social power, money and status? I wouldn't think so. Otherwise, a great episode and I will miss the series when it ends. BEST EVER TV SHOW!!!

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