Downton Abbey (2010–2015)
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Episode #3.6 

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Things go badly amiss at Downton Abbey. Robert and Cora are not speaking. The servants are shunning Matthew's mother, Isobel. And Matthew and Robert have fallen out. Bates takes a gamble.

Director:

Jeremy Webb

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
Laura Carmichael ... Lady Edith Crawley
Jim Carter ... Charles Carson
Brendan Coyle ... John Bates
Michelle Dockery ... Lady Mary Crawley
Kevin Doyle ... Joseph Molesley
Siobhan Finneran ... Sarah O'Brien
Joanne Froggatt ... Anna Bates
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
Matt Milne ... Alfred Nugent
Lesley Nicol ... Mrs. Patmore
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Storyline

Cora is still cold to Robert following Sybil's funeral and he is not best pleased when Tom announces that he wants his daughter, also to be named Sybil, to be raised as a Catholic, especially as Cora and her daughters back the young Irishman. He also clashes with Matthew over the running of the estate and there is further humiliation for him when Isobel invites the ladies of Downton to a dinner cooked by Ethel and, tipped off by the sanctimonious Carson, he tries to get them to leave because of Ethel's past, all of them defying him. Daisy visits her late husband's father, Mr Mason, who suggests she come to help him on his farm whilst Anna receives a letter saying that John is to be freed after Mrs Bartlett's evidence, though John has had to use threats for the outcome to be reached. Written by don @ minifie-1

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Drama | Romance

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TV-14 | See all certifications »
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Country:

UK

Language:

English

Release Date:

3 February 2013 (USA) See more »

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16 : 9
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Trivia

Matthew says to Tom "I've been on a steep learning curve since arriving at Downton". "Learning curve" is commonly thought to be 1990s jargon, but the concept was first proposed by German psychologist Hermann Ebbinghaus in 1885 and the English phrase was first used, although perhaps not exactly as Matthew uses it, by Edgar James Swift in 1903. See more »

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At one point Ivy is humming "Fly Me to the Moon," a song not written until 1954. See more »

Quotes

Violet Crawley, Dowager Countess of Grantham: [to Robert] My dearest boy, there is no test on earth greater than the one you have been put to. I do nut speak much of the heart since it seldom helps to do so - but I know well enough the pain when it is broken.
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Downton Abbey - The Suite
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Written by John Lunn
Performed by The Chamber Orchestra of London
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the blood of her mother..
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 03

Presumably, the darkest season of all which proves once again,the bold decisions that writers makes without flinching and their excellent finesse on sculpting those gut wrenching antics that it completely thrives upon.

Episode #3.6

Basically reminiscing about a huge loss and still shook and calculating the never tracks possible, this afternoon ought to be and is slow paced where the real win of the writers is how it depicts all the possible sides of each character.


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