We're still exacting revenge on people directly involved in the trial of Emanda's father, it seems. It just so happens the district attorney who prosecuted David Clarke's case is now a local senator still very much connected to the Graysons. Senator Tom Kingsly is planning his announcement speech of candidacy for re-election at a big party thrown at Grayson Manor as Emanda works in the background with Nolan to bring Kingsly down. Nolan hacks Kingsly's tablet so Emanda can directly contact the young senator to show him incriminating videos she has of him cheating on his wife. The whole thing comes to a head at the candidacy speech when Kingsly's mistress shows up and his speech is remotely replaced by Emanda with an announcement of him dropping out of the election.
The mistress had been receiving texts and emails from someone posing as Kingsly, with an invitation for their romance to continue and promises of him leaving his wife. Ultimately, the person sending the texts invited the mistress, who is now with child (!), to the speech. That may not have been part of Emanda's plan. Investigation by Frank reveals the messages were sent from Conrad's laptop, meaning it was probably Victoria lashing out at the man who convicted her not-so-secret lover David. She very clearly holds a grudge against Kingsly and her loyalty to Conrad is waning after his affair with her best friend. Meanwhile, she tries to catch Emanda in a lie by seating her next to Lydia's husband at the party because she believes the two of them had an affair, but it turns out Michael is with a new woman who he was introduced to by Emanda. Curses!
Things between Daniel and our anti-hero progress slightly. Emanda intentionally arranges a dinner date at a restaurant where the brother of the ex-girlfriend Daniel injured in his drunk driving accident works. Things get ugly since it's the first time they've been face-to-face since the accident. To his credit, Daniel handles the whole thing quite gracefully and shows that he might just have some tact hidden in that Grayson when he takes Emanda's advice to go against his mother's ban on talking to the ex-girlfriend to go apologize for how things went down.
In Poor Porter Land, Jack is just trying to hold it together after his father, in fact, died (no case of angina there) and continues to have random, awkward encounters with Emanda that go nowhere. Dec is unwavering in how poorly he regarded his father and is grieving so little that he continues to actively pursue Charlotte instead. He allies with Nolan who, utterly pleased to have someone paying attention to him, suggests Dec could get back at Distrust Fund Adam for beating him up by hacking the guy's webcam and recording incriminating videos of him. Dec agrees to the spying part, but when he catches Adam sexing a girl who is definitely not Charlotte on video, he opts to not send her the evidence and instead chooses to just charm her with a cheesy video of him in front of the sunset saying he wishes she was there with him. It's the type of thing that the cynical side of me says would never work in the Hamptons and the sucker for romance side of me says, "Awww!" Plus, the whole integrity thing. Kudos there, Declan.
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It's nighttime in Casa Emily. Just like you'd expect Emanda to be doing every night of her lonely life, she's sitting with the infinity x infinity box going through its contents. She's looking at photos when suddenly the spotlight of an FBI raid blasts her house. Queen Victoria saunters in behind the FBI agents in a little black dress and goes straight up to Emanda. "Amanda Clarke, how long did you really think you could fool me? You must be as stupid as your father." The FBI agents move in on Emanda, and... cut to Emanda sitting up from the couch startled. This was just a nightmare -- a paranoid one, at that. Interesting. She must take the dream as a premonition because she hides the infinity x infinity box and pulls out a gun from her desk. She creeps to her front door and aims the pistol at the window. Instead of Victoria or FBI agents, she's startled by Sammy the dog. Oddly enough, there's no Jack in tow.
It's morning now and Emanda runs out onto her porch with Sammy to play. Victoria is up on her balcony perch watching. She pulls out her phone and places a call to a friend who was on the Landmark Preservation Committee with Emanda and Lydia Davis' husband, Michael. The friend is in Italy so Victoria doesn't get the chance to pry for information before the friend has to go. Instead, she sits down to her breakfast and finds a jewelry box on her tray with a note from Conrad. She opens it to find a diamond necklace. She frowns. Diamonds are for-anger.
Poor Porter Bar. Jack made breakfast for Dec, but he's not hungry. Jack tries to console Dec since their father just died and left them the bar in his will, but Dec is just selfishly wallowing in the fact the last thing he said to a dead man was that the guy was a loser... and he totally meant it. Dec wants no part in the scattering of his father's ashes and runs away from Jack to go listen to some Death Cab For Cutie or something. Emanda shows up with Sammy to return him to Jack, who didn't even notice his dog was missing. He explains to Emanda he's been preoccupied with the death of his father. She's genuinely empathetic and relates the loss of her own father as she notices the bar counter is covered with photos of Jack with his dad. Jack offers to make Emanda breakfast, but this is not part of her vast revenge plot, so she declines. She just tells Jack to take care of himself and leaves.