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Jordan Bartel recaps Season 4 of Masterpiece's "Downton Abbey."

In the penultimate episode of Season 4 of "Downton Abbey," many plots are tied up nicely: except for the Bates saga.

It's not quite a year after Matthew's death, and, yeah, it's a bit jarring to see Mary pursued by three men so soon. But it's also a bit fun. Well, Lord Gillingham is fun. Evelyn Napier's a bit blah. He's nice enough, but in a total friend-zone sort of way.

It's time for another patented Momentously Action-Packed Storyline Development Party at Downton.

Since Bates (and also the audience) can't handle more scenes of Anna shuddering at his very sight, he takes it upon himsef to get to the bottom of the matter.

That "glamourous pirate" Lord Gillingham is working on some sort of Guinness World Record of pursuit here of Lady Mary on "Downton Abbey."

So this is the plot line that divided "Downton" fans in the U.K.

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