Downton Abbey (2010–2015)
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Episode #5.6 

Violet's new maid doesn't seem to be working out, Kuragin reveals he still loves Violet, Anna realizes Bates' innocence, and Thomas reveals a secret to Baxter.

Director:

Philip John

Writer:

Julian Fellowes
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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
Tom Cullen ... Anthony Gillingham
Michelle Dockery ... Lady Mary Crawley
Kevin Doyle ... Joseph Molesley
Joanne Froggatt ... Anna Bates
Lily James ... Lady Rose MacClare
Robert James-Collier ... Thomas Barrow
Allen Leech ... Tom Branson
Phyllis Logan ... Mrs. Hughes
Elizabeth McGovern ... Cora Crawley, Countess of Grantham
Sophie McShera ... Daisy Mason
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Storyline

Violet has a new maid, Denker, who makes it clear to her what she regards as the limitations of her duties. She accompanies Violet to see Prince Kuragin with news of his wife's whereabouts but the dowager is shocked when Kuragin reveals that he still loves her. An anonymous letter to the police has them questioning Baxter as to whether John ever went to London, though she is unable to help. Aware that it was sent by Barrow she is forgiving enough to take him to see Dr Clarkson when his treatments have a negative effect on him. Robert and Cora reconcile as Robert accepts Mary and Tom's view that they should build decent houses on Downton land whilst John discovers Mary's condoms in Anna's cabinet and accuses her of not wanting to bear his child out of belief that he killed Green. Edith learns that Michael Gregson has been murdered by Fascist thugs and that she now owns his publishing company. Most of the family attend a point-to-point race, where Blake parades new girlfriend Mabel in ... Written by don @ minifie-1

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Drama | Romance

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TV-PG
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Country:

UK

Language:

English

Release Date:

8 February 2015 (USA) See more »

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16 : 9
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Trivia

Mr. Molesey tells Daisy that he would like to help her with studies, but "not mathematics, obviously." He also mentions that he would like to have been a teacher. In Foyle's War ("Casualties of War"), Kevin Doyle, who plays Mr. Molesey, played a maths teacher. See more »

Goofs

When Thomas has his meeting with Miss Baxter, he locks them both in. The key makes a characteristic noise in the lock. However, when Miss Baxter opens the door to leave, she does not turn the key and there is no characteristic noise. She's just opened a locked door. See more »

Quotes

Lady Edith Crawley: [to Branson as she is leaving Downton] You're a fine man, Tom. You mustn't let them flatten that out of you.
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Soundtracks

Downton Abbey- The Suite
(uncredited)
Written by John Lunn
Performed by The Chamber Orchestra of London
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this is the olive branch..
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 05

Scattering your expectations on where the trajectory was leading towards, this fifth act of these series is clearly a bit mellow and mature one, it believes on mending things rather than marching and with another humble stay at Downton Abbey, no guests ought to regret.

Episode #5.6

A final disclosure on the whole conspired murder case, which might be disappointing for few but is a mature take on the character development and on the other hand Carmichael is challenged ethical and gets a thrilling antic to climb.


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