Self-righteous Mary suspects Mr. Bates murdered Green. She toys with the idea of doing something about that since murder is wrong. But then Mr. Bates' skills as a forger save the day. Mary lets the whole thing slide.
Cora's mother Martha and her brother are taking a break in England from the Teapot Dome scandal. This mirrors the faltering fortunes of the Earl who squanders money trying to sustain a lifestyle that isn't sustainable. Living in a way they can't afford will destroy all human beings, even the most cagey and elite.
Edith pulled off going to Switzerland to have her baby. But she brought back with her a mother's heart. She misses her daughter and plays with the idea of having the child at the Abbey with her.
Obviously, Mary has chosen life over death. But the season didn't end with an engagement. That's disappointing but expected. Mary continues to be unable to accept herself as she is. She cannot read her heart. Will that hurt her in rearing her son?
Looking forward to Season 5, we wonder if Mr. Bates' criminal mindset will get him into what neither he nor the aristocrats can handle. That will leave Anna broken-hearted. And if the Earl loses his money, unemployed. Anna is not young and not aggressive. She will have a hard time earning a living. Will Mary marry the wrong man? And will Edith get her way and bring back her daughter, having all the tongues clucking since they don't believe she adopted a child out the goodness of her heart. Thomas is bound to find a soulmate and mother for his daughter. Cora's mother Martha will likely tell her daughter to see a lawyer about protecting her money which the Earl is draining. Grandma could die, leaving the space to the hard values of America as Martha takes charge.
We all know that "Downton Abbey" has jumped the shark. But we will stick with it because we have become part of the families, both upstairs and downstairs.