An unrecognizable burn victim turns up at the convalescent home claiming to be Mary's [resumed drowned cousin Patrick, Carlisle plans to lure Carson from Downton, and Bates wife reneges on her divorce agreement.

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November 1918. Believing her marriage to have been a sham, Daisy is reluctant to accept a widow's pension whilst Robert writes to the father of Ethel's child, only to learn that he was killed in the war. As the Armistice is announced a Canadian soldier, suffering terrible burns, comes to recuperate and declares that he is Patrick, the heir presumed dead on the 'Titanic' and until recently an amnesiac. Only Edith believes him. Carlisle plans to buy a house near Downton and poaches Carson as his butler. He also notes Mary's devotion to Matthew and threatens to expose her affair unless she proves a loyal wife. John returns from a meeting with Vera in London, with a cut on his face. Written by don @ minifie-1

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Matthew's quotation, "I am the Cat that walks by himself and all places are alike to me," is from Rudyard Kipling's short story "The Cat that Walked by Himself" published in his 1902 pourquoi story collection, Just So Stories. See more »

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The episode opens at the Battle of Amiens, which commenced August 8, 1918. Later, presumably days or even weeks later, after Matthew and William have been transported to Downton, Branson announces to Lady Sybil that the Russian Royal Family had been executed, which occurred July 17, 1918. The news of this execution was reported within days of its occurrence, yet Branson and Sybil speak as though they are just learning of it. See more »

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Matthew Crawley: I am the cat that walks by himself, and all places are alike to me
[from Rudyard Kipling's "Just So Stories"]
Matthew Crawley: . I have nothing to give, and nothing to share. And if you were Not engaged to be married, I wouldn't allow you anywhere near me.
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Closing credits acknowledgement: "The red cross emblem used with kind permission of the UK Ministry of Defence and British Red Cross Society". See more »

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Downton Abbey - The Suite
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A rather silly episode
18 July 2015 | by (India) – See all my reviews

Only recently acquired the DVDs of this show and was looking forward to it after hearing plenty of positive reviews. A bit surprised to find then that Downton Abbey often flirts with soap opera territory, especially so far in season two. This particular episode is where the flirting ends and soap opera-hood is embraced wholeheartedly.

Really disappointed, but they tell me that the show returns to its Season One territory soon, especially with the Christmas Special at the end of this season. Will plod on, but a bit more warily, and certainly with less expectations now...

Adding a few lines, since apparently I need at least ten to submit a valid review. I can see what the show-runners have been going through with this season. I can see it is quite a task to come up with content. But then.. I don't have the backdrop of the Great War to work with, and I daresay the show-runners simply don't care that they have descended into some hackneyed stuff.


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