Phineas Finn intimacy with Mary forces him to consent to a secret engagement and to turn down a proposal from rich widow Madame Max Goesler.



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Episode cast overview, first billed only:
Susan Hampshire ...
Philip Latham ...
Roland Culver ...
Laura Kennedy
Derek Godfrey ...
Barbara Murray ...
Maire Ni Ghrainne ...
Mary Flood
Lockwood West ...
Moray Watson ...
Bryan Pringle ...
Sarah Badel ...
Mel Martin ...
Violet Effingham
John Hallam ...


When Violet and Chiltern are house guests at the Kennedys' Estate, the stresses on their dysfunctional marriage are pushed to the breaking point by Robert's obsession with money although Violet does agree to marry Chiltern. The Duke's vain romantic pursuit of Madame Goesler cause the frustrated nobleman to propose marriage to her in the ultimate effort to achieve intimacy. Glencora views the prospective marriage as a threat to Plantagenet's right to succession of the Omnium title and confides her fears to Madame Goesler, who ultimately turns the Duke down. Finn continues his intimacy with Mary in Ireland and consents to a secret engagement in order that the relationship continue, but upon his return to England receives a letter from her saying that she is pregnant. That and his support of controversial legislation supporting rights of Irish tenant farmers seem to put his political career in jeopardy and force him to turn down a thinly disguised proposal of marriage from the beautiful ... Written by

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30 March 1974 (UK)  »

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Madame Max Goesler: [to Finn] It is very easy for a man to be a lord if his father is one before him, but for a man to make himself a lord or as good as one, now that I call very much indeed.
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