|23rd October 2011|
Set in November 1918. A Canadian officer, badly disfigured by burns, asks to be brought to Downton, stating a relation to the family. Lord Grantham agrees, assuming he is some distant relation, sharing common ancestry but he stuns everyone by declaring that he is Patrick Crawley, the supposedly deceased heir. His story is that he survived the Titanic but suffered from amnesia so he was unable to identify himself and lived as a Canadian until a wartime experience restored his memory. Most of the others vehemently deny the possibility even though he remembers many details that only Patrick is likely to have known. However Edith believes him, growing attached to him as he claims that he was always in love with her. Then, Lord Grantham's investigation casts doubt on the Canadian officer's claim, revealing that Patrick Crawley had a friend who emigrated to Canada, leading to his sudden departure, leaving behind a note for Edith that is deliberately ambiguous as to his identity. Meanwhile Matthew is getting used to his condition, constantly cared for by Mary but Sir Richard Carlisle is strongly displeased by her continued interest in Matthew. He and Cora conspire, to Lord Grantham's disgust, to bring Lavinia back who then resolves that she will never leave Matthew. Ethel hears the distressing news that Major Bryant has been killed. Carson debates whether to accept Sir Richard's tempting offer to be their butler after his marriage to Lady Mary. Lady Sybil receives an ultimatum from Branson regarding his love for her or staying at Downton Abbey. Bates is shocked to find his divorce threatened by Vera revealing that he paid her to leave him and he goes to London to make another attempt to settle matters with her. However, upon his return, he receives the news that she is dead. The war ends with Armistice not long after.