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Kenneth Barnes is first seen when he and Lady Manton's maid Mabel Watson help loading suitcases of their employers for the train journey to Southampton.
After dinner, Mabel starts to read, but Barnes snatches her book away and throws it to other servants, who all prevent her from getting her book back. Mabel pleases a servants to give it back, but he starts to read out loud. Barnes tries to stop it, but one servant rips a page half off. Annie Desmond puts a halt to it, and Barnes gives back the book.
Later, they make up the bed for the Mantons. Barnes tries to apologize to Mabel again.
That Sunday night, Barnes gets to know about an iceberg collision and heads over to the Manton's cabin.
Once reunited with Georgiana, the group heads out to Second Class to avoid the masses in First Class. They pass the Purser's Office, where loads of passengers ask for their jewelry. Lady Manton is relieved she kept her jewels with her. Suddenly the Batleys, who found their way up to First Class, find the Mantons, and Muriel heap abuses on Lady Manton about her 'aristocratic' behavior. Lord Manton tries to make her shut up, but his efforts are in vain and John Batley has to push her wife away.
Barnes follows his boss everywhere he goes, and when they find one of the collapsibles, Lady Manton makes a shocking revelation: he knew about Hugh's secret all along and she refuses to board the lifeboat. Georgiana suggests they all stay together, but her boyfriend Harry Widener literally drags her into the lifeboat and then steps back. Hugh desperately wants her to survive, and Louisa has yet to decide when the boat is on the verge of being lowered and the episode ends in a cliffhanger.