Remember the cliffhanger from last week? That sort of thing is just low-hanging fruit for Emanda when her prime targets are embroiled in a bitter divorce. She sends the video of David revealing he's Charlotte's father to Conrad and his lawyer. They run a paternity test, which reveals that David is, in fact, the father. This is all settled without Maury Povich, by the way. There is no little dance from Conrad when he finds out the news. Actually, while Conrad chooses not to cut off Charlotte from her trust, he still turns into the worst non-biological father whose child was the apple of his eye just moments before a DNA test. He all but disowns her, ordering her to go live with her mother with no explanation. Poor Charlotte. Poor rich girl Charlotte. Girl, don't you worry. You can buy a new biological father, someday.
While the Graysons may be dealing with one illegitimate daughter, they've gained an imminent daughter-in-law. Daniel ignores the last of his mother's pleas to abstain from marrying Emanda and proposes. It's a completely romantic, thoughtful and sweet proposal on the bow of the Grayson's yacht where they first met. It even starts pouring rain in the middle of Daniel's heartfelt speech, and he holds an umbrella for them both until he can pop the question. They throw away the umbrella and embrace in the rain. It's entirely one of those proposals you want to see on television, but wouldn't want to actually partake in because, shit -- don't drench me, rain. I have nothing quite so beautiful to distract me from the wetness.
So, that's all well and good, but Victoria has put two and two together about where the tape about Charlotte must've come from. She invites Amily over for tea to interrogate her, and catches her in a couple inconsistencies about her identity. Victoria has Ryan Huntley run a DNA test from saliva Amily leaves on a teaspoon before defiantly leaving. All of this should spell disaster for Emanda, but Huntley is in league with her and switches the sample to uphold Amily's identity as Amanda Clarke. Emanda had also stashed the stolen video cassettes from Mason Treadwell's house in Amily's bag at the Stowaway, so when Victoria sends a goon to retrieve the tapes, that suspicion checks out. The only snag is the goon inadvertently runs into Jack, beating him brutally.
The thought of Jack's blood being on her hands (with a little help from Nolan's criticism) sends Emanda into a fit of self-doubt and defensive precautions. She considers returning her engagement ring to Daniel and "pressing pause" on her whole revenge plot. She gets in contact with Amily and finally reveals to her the whole truth about David Clarke being framed, and is able to finally convince her to leave the Hamptons for the sake of everyone's safety. It's all coming to a screeching halt until Emanda finds out Victoria didn't come clean to her son and led Daniel to believe David raping her is what begot Charlotte. A false rape claim is usually all it takes to get your mind back on revenge. Emanda presses "play" again on her plan.
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Emanda has summoned Nolan to Casa Emily to watch the video she discovered of her father revealing that Charlotte is his daughter. Emanda voice-over: "Some say that our lives are defined by the sum of our choices, but it isn't really our choices that distinguish who we are. It's our commitment to them." David describes in the video how difficult it was to think he wouldn't just be leaving behind Amanda, but two daughters as he rotted in prison. Emanda is putting on a brave face for Nolan. Her plan is to send one of the tapes to the Graysons and have them figure out if David's claim is true and stash the rest of the tapes on Amily to further frame her for burning down Mason Treadwell's famous cottage. Ever needling, Nolan asks if Charlotte being Emanda's sister changes anything. It doesn't. At least that's what Emanda says before putting on latex gloves and spraying down the cassette tapes to remove her finger prints. What about Jack? And puppy dog Daniel? Emanda's feelings are irrelevant and she's tired of Nolan's questions. "Look, I came here for revenge and you offered to help. If you can't stomach it anymore, then how about you at least spare me your passive-aggressive judgments?"
Grayson Manor. Daniel reports to Ryan Huntley what he's been able to find out about Conrad's dealings with the company. Conrad has about $500 million in assets in offshore accounts and is trying to acquire as many liquid assets as possible in a timely manner because the S.E.C. is beginning to suspect there is something wrong with Grayson Global's trading practices. These moves have all taken place within the last decade, which makes the assets fair game for Victoria in the divorce now that the prenup has been nullified. Victoria's proud of her son for coming through with the information, and carelessly declares with joy that now Daniel doesn't have to go through with marriage. Cue serious Daniel. He explains that he still wants to marry Emanda even if it wouldn't activate his trust fund, and his mother needs to accept this if she really cares about him being happy. Queen Victoria's eye twitches.
Emanda takes a slow-mo walk down the docks on an overcast afternoon and spies Jack and Amily sharing a kiss on The Amanda. She calls out to them about hearing they had left town to party in Atlantic City and points out they've made it back just before a brewing storm hits. Also, she was supposed to have breakfast with Amily last week. Amily gets the hint and excuses herself to go off for "breakfast" with Emanda, who shares the news that Mason Treadwell's home burned down the night Amily left town. Emanda suggests it was Victoria's doing, and warns Amily that the queen might try to pin it on her, suggesting once again futilely that Amily leave town. Amily insists she's not scared and can take care of herself and Jack.