The Maloney family is a fictional family in the 2012 Miniseries Titanic. Jim and Mary Maloney are parents of four children: two sons, including Sean, and two daughters, including Theresa. They are a Catholic family in Belfast, which is a Protestant city. Jim Maloney gets a chance to emigrate to America with his family on the Titanic.
The Maloney family is first seen on boarding day in Southampton. Jim returns to his wife, he had been away for a long time. Apparently they have to hurry. They walk through some gangways, but Mary is confused about what numbers the ticket said. They let the Sandrini brothers pass.
Jim Maloney is seen installing electric wires on the Titanic when Lord Pirrie and Thomas Andrews arrive on the scene. Pirrie wants the wiring to be quickly finished, while Jim prefers to have backups if one system fails. Pirrie seems to over trust the Titanic, saying nothing will fail. He leaves to look for Bruce Ismay, leaving Andrews with Jim. The engineer explains he, as a catholic, has no future in Belfast and would like to join the Titanic to New York, but he has a family which he doesn't want to leave behind, and it would be hard to start a new life once he arrived. He also says he needs a better team of catholic workers.
Lord Pirrie asks Andrews to give Jim empowerment of the completion of the electrics, because they need them on the sea trials. Andrews returns to Jim and promises him the ability to recruit anyone, free Third Class Titanic tickets for him and his family, and enough savings to start a new life in New York. His family, however, will get separated based on gender, it's too late for a cabin for all of them. Jim reluctantly accepts it, formally thanking Andrews.
Once he has the tickets, Jim presents them to his wife. Mary is also reluctant to travel in steerage, but she accepts, convinced Jim will find work in New York.
On boarding day, Jim walks through the ship while his wife and kids wait outside. Suddenly Sean is missing. He is eventually brought back by a handsome bearded man. Meanwhile, Jim finds the cabin which was supposed to be for him and his sons. He takes away the paper name sign, locks the cabin door and takes the key. He then gets his family and wants to return to the cabin, only to discover steward Hart already found the locked door. Jim lets the Sandrini brothers pass and then goes to creates a destraction for Hart. He smashes some cutlery on the floor and Hart goes to check on it, leaving the locked cabin unguarded.
Jim opens the cabin door with the key, sneaks his family in and when Hart returns with Jim's cabin mates, the room is already occupied. Hart asks for the Maloney's tickets, but Jim stalls it so long that the cabin mates leave. Jim managed to get his family in one cabin.
Right after, Jim takes his thirsty daughter Theresa for something to drink. He opens the door and leaves, while Mary looks into the gangway, where an Italian steward immediately smiles to her. Mary closes the door in awe, she's married after all.
That evening, Jim is having a conversation with someone called Peter Lubov. He and Mary constantly exchange brief looks at each other, which Jim doesn't appear to notice. Mary suddenly drops her cork, which rolls to Peter. He brings it back to her, making her nervous. She reluctantly thanks him, without looking at him anymore. Jim noticed the weird behaviour of her wife.
That Sunday, Mary attends a church meeting with passengers of all classes, including Lord Manton and his wife, and the Batleys. Lubov joins too, he takes a seat next to Mary, who moves another seat when Lubov tries a bit too hard to approach Mary.
That evening, Mary goes to deck on herself. When Jim finds her again, she says she needed some fresh air, the cabin was too full.
After the iceberg collision, the Maloneys collect in a large hall with other Third Class passengers. The gate the lifeboats is locked, with four stewards holding the passengers down, saying there's no danger. Finally, steward Hart takes a group of women and children through the gate, but steward Turnbull quickly cuts off the line. Jim wants to get his wife and children through, but Turnbull is getting bossy. When Peter Lubov intermingles, he grabs Turnbull and Mary escapes with her children. The other two stewards close the gate again, leaving Jim Maloney and Peter Lubov still trapped down.
Mary and the kids make it up to A Deck, where Mary suddenly gets trampled. Lord Manton helps to get her up. Muriel Batley is also trampled, but John Batley refuses help from Lord Manton. The Maloney family board lifeboat 15 with steward Hart, but Jim Maloney is still trapped down in steerage, and the rest is not confirmed to have escaped when the episode ends in another cliffhanger.
Steward Hart asks for the Maloney's tickets, but Jim stalls it so long that the cabin mates leave.
Right after, Jim takes his thirsty daughter Theresa for something to drink. Theresa is worried about the enormous amount of water surrounding them.
That evening, Jim is having a conversation with someone called Peter Lubov. He and Mary constantly exchange brief looks at each other, which Jim doesn't appear to notice. Mary drops her cork accidentally on purpose, which rolls to Peter. He brings it back to her, making her nervous. She reluctantly thanks him, without looking at him anymore. Jim noticed the weird behaviour of her wife.