Downton Abbey - Season 6, Episode 6 - Rotten Tomatoes

Episode 6



Critic Consensus: Anchored by a powerhouse performance from Maggie Smith, "Episode Six" utilizes an open house to expose the problems behind the Abbey walls.

Episode Info

Carson is not happy with Thomas in this episode, Molesley is approached with an interesting proposition, and Lady Mary and Lady Edith both try to put their past behind them.


Hugh Bonneville
as Robert Crawley, Earl of Grantham
Laura Carmichael
as Lady Edith Crawley
Jim Carter
as Mr. Carson
Brendan Coyle
as John Bates
Michelle Dockery
as Lady Mary Crawley
Kevin Doyle
as Joseph Molesley
Joanne Froggatt
as Anna Bates
Rob James-Collier
as Thomas Barrow
Allen Leech
as Tom Branson
Phyllis Logan
as Mrs. Hughes
Elizabeth McGovern
as Cora Crawley, Countess of Grantham
Sophie McShera
as Daisy Mason
Lesley Nicol
as Mrs. Patmore
David Robb
as Dr. Clarkson
Maggie Smith
as Violet Crawley, Dowager Countess of Grantham
Penelope Wilton
as Isobel Crawley
Matthew Goode
as Henry Talbot
Paul Copley
as Mr. Mason
Patrick Brennan
as Mr. Dawes
Brendan Patricks
as Evelyn Napier
Charlotte Hamblin
as Lady Anne Acland
Sebastian Dunn
as Charlie Rogers
Sebastian Dunn
as Charlie Rogers
Harry Hadden-Paton
as Bertie Pelham
Douglas Reith
as Lord Merton
Phoebe Sparrow
as Amelia Cruikshank
Ian Marr
as Abbey Visitor
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Critic reviews for Episode 6

Even as the episode went meta, various plotlines picked up their pace. Several romances, for example, moved forward rather fast.

June 29, 2016 | Full Review…

If there's one thing this show has relied upon as it limps to the end, it's bland pronouncements.

June 29, 2016 | Rating: C- | Full Review…

In the same way that banks can become too big to fail, so historical dramas can become too successful to care if they indulge in cliché.

June 29, 2016 | Rating: 3/5 | Full Review…

Mary kinda-sorta used another one of Anna's check-ups in London as an excuse to see Henry, this time bringing Tom along for the ride. Edith almost joined them, but I'm really glad she didn't, as it afforded us this glorious exchange between the sisters.

June 29, 2016 | Full Review…

It looks like the hospital drama has finally reached its end, thankfully. Though the family drama is only just beginning.

June 29, 2016 | Rating: 4.25/5 | Full Review…

It's a tribute to Rob James-Collier's nuanced performance that he has so fully humanized Thomas. He's always been more than a one-note villain and his grief is now palpable.

June 29, 2016 | Full Review…

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