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)

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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
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?


First time Mrs. Patmore's first name is revealed. Her niece calls her Aunt Beryl. See more »


When Mary and Henry get married, the priest wraps the cloth around their hands twice. Yet when we immediately see the camera angle from behind the priest, he only has the cloth draped over their hands, not double wrapped. See more »


Violet, Dowager Countess of Grantham: Don't worry. I believe in rules and traditions and playing our part. But there is something else.
Lady Mary Crawley: And what is that, pray?
Violet, Dowager Countess of Grantham: I believe in love. I mean, brilliant careers, rich lives, are seldom led without just an element of love.
Lady Mary Crawley: Oh, Granny. You do surprise me.
Violet, Dowager Countess of Grantham: Oh, I am glad. So climbing all those stairs wasn't wasted.
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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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