Downton Abbey (2010–2015)
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Episode #2.6 

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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Andy Goddard

Writer:

Julian Fellowes (written and created by)
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Cast

Episode cast overview, first billed only:
Hugh Bonneville ... Robert Crawley, Earl of Grantham
Jessica Brown Findlay ... Lady Sybil Crawley
Laura Carmichael ... Lady Edith Crawley
Jim Carter ... Charles Carson
Brendan Coyle ... John Bates
Michelle Dockery ... Lady Mary Crawley
Siobhan Finneran ... Sarah O'Brien
Joanne Froggatt ... Anna Smith
Robert James-Collier ... Thomas Barrow (as Rob James-Collier)
Phyllis Logan ... Mrs. Hughes
Elizabeth McGovern ... Cora Crawley, Countess of Grantham
Sophie McShera ... Daisy Mason
Lesley Nicol ... Mrs. Patmore
Amy Nuttall ... Ethel Parks
Maggie Smith ... Violet Crawley, Dowager Countess of Grantham
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Storyline

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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butler | heir | burns | pension | widow | See All (58) »

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Drama | Romance

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Country:

UK

Language:

English

Release Date:

5 February 2012 (USA) See more »

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Sound Mix:

Dolby Digital

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Color

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16 : 9
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Trivia

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, or origin story, collection, Just So Stories. See more »

Goofs

When Robert announces the armistice he says it will take effect on the morning of the 11th. At least a day passes before the household gathers to mark the end of hostilities. The armistice was not signed and announced until around 5:00 on the morning of the 11th so it would have taken effect only hours after it was announced. Also, the armistice was scheduled for 11:00 am Paris time. It would have been 10:00 in England. See more »

Quotes

Sarah O'Brien: [snooping with a catty remark] You're always goin' up and down to London, Mr. Bates.
John Bates: I have business in London.
Sarah O'Brien: Well, judging by your expression, your business doesn't seem to be too prosperous.
Anna Smith: The trick of business is to mind your own.
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Crazy Credits

Closing credits acknowledgement: "The red cross emblem used with kind permission of the UK Ministry of Defence and British Red Cross Society". See more »

Soundtracks

Downton Abbey - The Suite
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Written by John Lunn
Performed by The Chamber Orchestra of London
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29 January 2019 | by Arth_JoshiSee all my reviews

Downton Abbey

Fellowes has successfully managed to make a soap opera melodrama, luxury rather than a necessity. This royal family and the impact it casts upon others surrounding them is the ultimate definition of royalty, in terms of that it spews each of our assumptions of the livelihood of people residing in such palace onto the screen with elegance and stature that does more than people-pleasing work. The emotions comes in plethora of it- hence arguable the titled genre melodrama- but what doesn't come in hand is the content, the writers fiddles with you with such panache that you are rumble down to be gullible enough to nod at anything offered. And this is primary the reason, why in its middle seasons, where the writing was questioned and yet loved and accepted by us effervescently.

Its primary theme that it adapts or conjures for an episode is shared by an entire cast that makes the episode balance and all the tracks, no matter how long they may carry on later, gets a definite period within that hour for you to pin down your decision. The most difficult part of the writers is to pass on information or rumors in this too-big-a-palace but with flawed three dimensional characters, it is weaved out with excellent justifying reasons leaving you in an awe of it.

Fellowes doesn't share its cast, nor a scene, nor humor, nor any anchor that would weight him down to take bold risks, he doesn't compromise on lopping off a character from the screen or adding one despite of being shared by so many, he has managed to reboot the drama until every last viewers gets that point jaggedly on mark. The series is also blessed with incredible cast like Dockery, Bonneville, Carter, Coyle and Smith that stands out among plenty other performances. Downton Abbey is, yes, cheesy, but each aspect of the series owns it, and with commitment like such comes maturity and just good storytelling.

Season 02

Installing the premise of War and the catastrophe it casts on each character, this season feels more reserved on exploring the characters' equation and more on diving deep on individuals, along with adding few more and reincarnating the previous errors, it keeps its standard consistently good.

Episode #2.6

An interesting new character pops in that ensues chaos and with war being over, kept in mind, the result could not be more sad for the characters as the heir to the throne and the surface below the throne gets shook vigorously.


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