Series Two: Episode Six
It is November 1918, just before the end of the war. A young Canadian officer suffering severe facial burns arrives at Downton, having asked to come to the hospital claiming that he was related to the family. The Earl agreed to his coming, assuming that he was some distant relation, but when he arrives everyone is shocked by his claim that he is, in fact, Patrick Crawley, the heir to the title whom everybody thought had died in the sinking of the Titanic. He claims that the sinking caused him to develop amnesia and so he lived in Canada not knowing his past, but an incident in the war has restored his memory. Nobody believes him apart from Edith, who is swayed by his claims that he has always loved her. He does seem to know some intimate details that only Patrick could know. The Earl undertakes some investigations and discovers that Patrick had a close friend who emigrated to Canada and so would know these details; when this comes out the officer disappears, leaving only a note for Edith which does not admit any deception.
Matthew is slowly adapting to his paralysis, helped by Mary who constantly nurses him. Sir Richard is most perturbed by this and against the Earl’s wishes he and Cora persuade Lavinia to return to the Abbey. Once she does she declares that she will never leave Matthew again. Sir Richard strikes a further blow to the Earl by offering Carson a very large salary to become his butler once Mary and Sir Richard have married. Sir Richard has plans to buy a large estate near to Downton for their married life.
Branson puts pressure on Sybil by insisting that the time has come for her to choose between him and staying at Downton.
Ethel learns from Cora that Major Bryant, the father of her child, has been killed.
Daisy suffers from qualms about receiving a widow’s pension which she feels she never really earned.
Bates hears that Vera is planning to reveal that he paid her to agree to a divorce, which was illegal and would stop the divorce being allowed. He travels to London to attempt to settle matters, and we see him returning with a cut face, which implies the negotiation has gone badly, but shortly after his return we hear that she is dead and he is free at last.