February 20, 2012 12:00 PM

>By the time Downton Abbey fans have drunk their tea and quite adjusted to the news that Shirley MacLaine is joining the series, season 2 will have reached its two-hour finale (Masterpiece, PBS, Feb. 19; also available on DVD). After all the slapdash World War I melodrama, Abbey glides in slippered feet to a muted but satisfyingly decisive tête-a-tête between lovely Lady Mary (Michelle Dockery) and that milky cousin of hers (Dan Stevens). And so the world’s most gilded soap opera ends, for now. []

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