"It's Lila," she says again, as the figure traps them in, but Emerson sees it all clearly now. "No, it ain't!" he says, "and he's right." It's Brunt, dressed as Lila, come back for one last look through the pipes for the Dam Ruby. As he turns a huge valve to release tons of water to kill them, Emerson spies the ruby in a crevice. "Hey," he says, thrilled and heedless of their impending doom. "Looks like he went the wrong way!" Feeling the breeze from the rushing water, Simone can only say she disagrees. They take off for the end of the pipe and are just about to go over the edge into an explosive waterfall when Simone pulls Emerson to safety on a tiny ledge outside the pipe. Saved, Emerson yells to her that he thinks he realizes now how Stingwell ended up a half a mile away. "He didn't have you!" he tells Simone, and they share a triumphant smooch. Jimmy D gives us the facts, but hell, we've already figured it out: Stingwell was cornered by Brunt, and thinking it was Lila, hid the ruby in the dam where he had found it. As he heard the water racing toward him, he was struck by the irony that he was about to be killed by the power he had, himself, created. Then he was struck by the water (hee!) and was blasted out of the pipe, finally ending up where he was found. After flushing Stingwell, still disguised as Lila, Brunt allowed the photobooth to document his exit. And, after attempting to flush Emerson and Simone, JD adds, Brunt tried to leave the same way. This time, we see as the photobooth captures Ned and Chuck catching the perp, it was Brunt who was flushed out.
Murder solved, Stingwell's sister hands over Emerson's cash and he hands over the Dam Ruby. Hooray! But, what about Lila? Well, the terms of his meeting with her were simple. Lila makes him meet her in the woods alone. A deal's a deal, she tells him, and says Emerson can go catch up with Penny in the car. "Thank you, Emerson," she adds. "No one else could do what you did." Emerson says that no one else would have been stupid enough to even try. He says her life is crazy and that Penny surely deserves some normalcy. "You'd be shocked how normal her life is," Lila answers. "School, homework, braces..." Emerson is moved. "She has braces?" he says, smiling a little. Lila laughs, saying that her life may not always be on the straight and narrow, but Penny's is. "Emerson Cod looked into the eyes that had lied to him so many times before," Jim Dale says, with an ominous tone, "and decided they were lying to him, again." Emerson abruptly changes the tone of the meeting. He doesn't just want to see Penny for 10 minutes, he says, he wants a lot more. "It's my turn to parent, now," he says. (JD: "Surprise.") Lila resignedly says she thought he might want something like this. "Don't worry," Emerson assure her. "I'll take care of her." Sighing, she says she knows he will, it's just that she doesn't know how she'll take care of herself. She's broke, she says, and her car is on its last legs. Emerson considers this. "Take mine," he says, handing her the keys. "Penny and I can find something else." Finally, she accepts and turns to leave. "I always could count on your big heart," she says. "Maybe I was a fool to leave you." Triumphant, Emerson walks toward her old car and Penny, saying over his shoulder that yeah, people do stupid things when they're in love.