Amily has reported back to Emanda that Mason Treadwell is pulling at the loose thread of her false identity after he's noticed that a distinguishing scar is missing. Ems provides Ams with fake documentation that proves the scar was surgically removed, and advises her to feed Mason the juicy tidbit that she witnessed Conrad in close phone contact with Gordon. They must've been working together, she advises. Amily provides Mason with a phone number, and he contacts Nolan to hack into its records. There is never any doubt in Emanda's mind that Mason will do the legwork if it means he'll get the attention for blowing the lid on the Grayson scandal.
What better timing for all of this considering that Conrad and Victoria are ready to spring their second wedding onto the world. At the reception there's some awkwardness as Ems shows up as Aiden's date, to Daniel's surprise. Dan asks for a dance with Ems, leaving Ash and Aiden to mingle yet again. Does anyone else see a swinger's party in the making? Also, Nolan decides to confront Padma at the reception about blowing the whistle on David Clarke's investment in Nolcorp, but she agrees to do whatever it takes to protect what's Nolan's. So that's supposedly settled. All of that may be a little awkward, but the real awkwardness is when detectives lead dozens of police officers into Grayson Manor to arrest Conrad for the murder of Gordon Murphy. The assumption in the family is that Victoria was responsible because she happened to off-handedly suggest to Daniel earlier that he should be gearing up to run the company, but that suspicion is short-lived because Conrad gets bailed out immediately by the Initiative. He comes home to Victoria and they brace for how he will have to repay them. They will also have to beware of Kara now that she knows they played some sort of role in the death of her husband, but so far she hasn't tipped her hand.
Re-opening night of the Stowaway coincides with the wedding. Charlotte chooses to ditch out on her parents' sham wedding to go support Declan. They're totally on track to getting back together when Conrad's arrest gives Charlie just the emotional push she needs to get back in bed with Dec. Meanwhile, Jack takes a talk with Kara about the Clarkes' troubled past to heart and decides to take it upon himself to give Amily a good life. He proposes to her and she accepts. Good for them?
Everything seems to be going just as planned in Revenge Land, but as Emanda posits in voice-over, all it takes is one small detail to be out of place for the whole illusion to come crashing down. We may remember, a long time ago, Ems was forced to admit to Victoria that she was once locked up in juvie. Victoria mentions this to Mason in passing, which is just the right bit of information for the wrong person. It sends him back to his drawing board, and he makes the connection between Emanda and Amily. The thread is unraveling.
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In slow motion, a seamstress works on Victoria's gray wedding dress. No illusions of purity here. Emanda voice-over: "If we choose to, we can live in a world of comforting illusion." Oh... well maybe I was wrong about illusions of purity, then. Charlotte sits behind her mother thumbing through the scrapbook from her parents' first wedding. VO continued: "We can allow ourselves to be deceived by false realities." A slight smile turns up the corner of Charlie's mouth. VO: "Or we can use them to hide our true intentions." Cut to Daniel giving his father a silent stare while the two men have their pants hemmed in Conrad's office at Grayson Global. Aiden sort of barges in the room without knocking and is greeted by Conrad, who asks how the vetting of his company is going. Coolly, Aiden figures they're about halfway done and asks what they're getting all dressed up for. Wedding or funeral? Conrad throws out an invitation to the wedding. Mr. Mathis will be there and he asks if he can bring a date, throwing a glance over at Ashley (who's needlessly in the room) to verify her fear that he'll likely be bringing Dan's ex-fiancé. Once Conrad's pants are finished, he and Ash exit, leaving Aiden alone with Daniel. The pageantry quickly washes away, Aiden noting that Conrad is the emperor with new clothes. Coldly, Daniel says it's only a matter of time before the world sees he's unfit to lead.
Casa Emily. Emanda lays out photos and manila folders for Amily, drilling her on the details of her supposed cosmetic surgery to patch up the burn scar missing from her back. Ams couldn't be more disinterested. Emanda insists that Amily just needs to get the facts straight and this intrusion by Mason Treadwell will all blow over very quickly because she's about to send Mason on the trail of the Graysons.
Sitting at her vanity, Victoria pulls out the photo snapped of David in prison on the day he died from her jewelry box. She folds it in half just as Kara comes wandering in with that vaguely psychotic friendliness she's so good at. She figures Victoria must cast an enchanting spell to have four chances at true love in her life. The spell... from HELL! Speaking of love, Kara asks what Victoria and Gordon spoke about since he supposedly came to see her every day that she was held hostage. Victoria claims there was no talking, just torture, and he was pure evil. That's obviously not the man Kara knew and loved. FLASHBACK: Gordon lies down next to Kara in bed and lays a flower on her chest. He tells her he loves her. /FLASHBACK. See? Victoria says he's revealed himself to be a coward, so Kara suggests that maybe she can leave Grayson Manor now. Not so fast. Victoria reaches to say they're still not completely sure he's no longer a danger and she should stay.