At Emerson's office, Olive is in his chair with her feet propped on the desk. She's just told Annabelle Vandersloop that Gus and Nora were involved. Annabelle seems shocked, and inquires whether Gus could have anything to do with the murder? Perhaps. Ms. Vandersloop: "Ms. Snook, I almost forgot, I told the notable widows your story. It made us realize how very blessed we are. 'Tis better to have loved and lost than to be you." She's one of those hateful society women. I hope she gets what's coming to her. It's still pouring out. She takes her luggage, but her striking suit is covered in some mysterious substance. She tells "sad Ms. Snook" that she'll see her at the upcoming potluck, and runs smack into Emerson in the doorway. She gets some white dust all over his Saville Row Glen Plaid Cashmere jacket. She says it is just papier-mâché paste and it will come right out. She doesn't offer to pay for the dry cleaning, and she's gone. Emerson wants to know if his partner got any tidbits out of Vandersloop. Nope. But she's riled up for being so ill-treated. Emerson found something while he was snooping around in Gus Papen's office. It's a fancy proposal to redevelop the lighthouse, which includes a big waterslide that twists down the current historical landmark into a big pool. There's also a hotel, of course. Papen got a greenlight, but he needed to get rid of the McQuoddy's, so he could compete with his mogul brothers. He could off Nora and frame Merle with the crime. He could redevelop, so long as he could dispose of Elliot somehow. At this point Olive finds a note that says Elliot has an appointment with Gus at the lighthouse tonight. I love that this show exists in a world where people still write their appointments on scraps of paper and While You Were Out notepads, instead of using crackberries and cell phones.
At the lighthouse, where it is now snowing. Elliot McQuoddy is hanging off the side of the lighthouse and screaming. This elicits a synchronized "Oh HELL No!" from both Olive and Emerson. I can't tell you how often I've started using that in my life now. Thank you Emerson Cod/Bryan Fuller/writers for that. Gus Papen is hanging on to the string. Emerson and Olive hightail it to the top (does this place have an elevator? Because they aren't even out of breathe.) Emerson instructs Papen to step away from the boy. But Gus can't, he doesn't want the boy to die. Olive presumes this is some sort of reverse psychology. No. He really wants to save them. Could that be reverse, reverse psychology? Elliot screams up that it isn't Papen's fault. Whose fault is it then? Jim Dale tells us that it was Elliot's own fault. With the Nor'easter a brewin', he tried to do his mother's job and raise the signal flags, but he got tangled and fell over the side. Wait just one damn minute here? If Papen didn't do it, then who did? Papen has the most to gain by wiping out the McQuoddy line. Gus doesn't get to answer because another Gorton's fisherman dressed man walks in bearing a spear gun and points it right at the foursome.