Downton Abbey (2010–2015)
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Episode #5.4 

The Countess confesses her past with Prince Kuragin, Lord Merton proposes to Isobel, Rose's parents are divorcing, Lord Grantham becomes jealous of Simon, and Lady Mary tells Gillingham she won't marry him.

Director:

Minkie Spiro

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
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 and Isobel visit the soup kitchen Rose is running for the Russian refugees and Isobel is surprised when Violet confesses that Prince Kuragin once asked her to run away with him. Isobel herself is flattered by Lord Merton's sincere marriage proposal but asks for time to consider whilst Mary travels to London to reject Tony's offer. He is persistent but by chance she meets and dines with Charles Blake. Edith hears that Michael may be alive but in prison in Germany for opposing Fascists, though is upset when the Drewes refuse to let her see Marigold. Bricker's reappearance angers Robert, as does Sarah Bunting's continual challenge to his authority, causing him to ban her from the house. Baxter discovers that Barrow is attempting to 'cure' his homosexuality whilst the police continue to rake up Green's death, especially as, whilst in London with Mary, Anna visited the spot where he was killed. Written by don @ minifie-1

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Genres:

Drama | Romance

Certificate:

TV-PG
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Country:

UK

Language:

English

Release Date:

25 January 2015 (USA) See more »

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Aspect Ratio:

16 : 9
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Trivia

It is stated that Michael Gregson may have disappeared in Germany as a result of a run in with a "group of thugs" who led a revolution from a beer cellar. This is a reference to the Beer Hall Putsch in November 1923, in which Adolf Hitler first tried to rise to power. See more »

Goofs

According to the series timeline, Michael Gregson left for Germany in mid-1922 and disappeared shortly after. It was later suggested he was killed during the Beer Hall Putsch. However, the Beer Hall Putsch occurred in late 1923, long after he had disappeared. If Gregson indeed was killed during the Beer Hall Putsch, that would mean he actually went into hiding more than a year earlier for some other reason. See more »

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Violet Crawley, Dowager Countess of Grantham: I won't take sides, it's true. But I don't think I could ever be described as "neutral".
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eyes in a ballroom..
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 #5.4

The new girl invading and questioning other's ideologies and ensuing chaos is not only a brilliant idea but is weaved out sharply into narration that just adds up more into Bonneville's temper that clearly is leading to a huge burst out.


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