The White-Haired Man is dead ¬-- shot by Emanda's fellow Takeda alum, Aiden. We learn through flashbacks that Aiden and Emanda trained very closely together and became romantically involved, but there were trust issues there. Aiden was in search of his sister back then, and ditched Emanda to continue his quest, which came up empty. In their current predicament, they go through WHM's personal effects before disposing of the body and find his cell phone, which did a horrible job of blocking the bullet that killed him; a pocket watch; Victoria's forged passport; and a motel key, which Aiden hides from Emanda before she knocks him unconscious with a blow to the head. Trust issues, remember?
When Aiden comes to, he visit the motel to investigate, he finds two things. First, there's a flight recorder stashed in an A/C unit. Second, there's Kara Clarke, who sees through Aiden's cover as a Southampton detective. Aiden doesn't recognize Kara, but Emanda finds out Kara's connection with WHM by finding a photo of her inside of his pocket watch locket and by getting access to WHM's voicemail. Kara left him a message when Aiden came snooping around, and mentions that she's worried since she hasn't heard from him. The real bombshell is Kara tells WHM she loves him. Aiden tries bartering with Emanda, the flight recorder for WHM's other items, but Emanda still doesn't trust him. In a gesture meant to try to an gain back her trust, Aiden gives up the flight recorder. That's husband material right there, folks.
In Grayson camp, Victoria is set to do a one-on-one interview with Vanity Fair to tell her hostage story and rehabilitate the family's image a bit. That would be a great idea except the family still isn't entirely on the same page. All it takes is a bit of interference from Ems and they're back at each other's throats. Emanda has Amily give Charlotte the prison journal of David Clarke so she can see what Victoria did to her father. Charlie naturally makes a scene, interrupting the Vanity Fair interview. At almost the exact same time, Daniel receives Victoria's fake passport and an anonymous note that reveals she faked her kidnapping. In the impromptu family meeting that follows all of these revelations, the Graysons are about to completely dissolve. Victoria somehow manages to convince them all to follow her lead at her press event. She gets up in front of the press gallery, the cameras and the world to reveal that she had an affair with David Clarke that begot Charlotte. The rest of the family gets up onstage beside her to show their support. She also goes as far as to introduce Amily as part of the family now. The Graysons all stand together in front of the world in complete solidarity. As Ashley notes in her one moment of doing something somewhat important in the episode: "My god... they're stronger than ever."
Jack watches Amily on live TV standing alongside the Graysons after having made it abundantly clear he wants nothing to do with that family. He even had asked Amily to turn down a $5,000 gift certificate from Charlotte for the baby, so you know he's serious because baby shit is expensive. He realizes he's been wrong to try and keep Amily from her family at the same time he realizes that she is very much a part of something he doesn't want. He tells Amily he can't be with her.
This family stuff for Jack is very serious. Unfortunately, his only remaining family is stupid. Declan becomes involved in the cat burglary racket with his classmate, Trey. While that's stupid in and of itself, Dec greases it up some more by dropping his ID card at the scene of one of their heists. The victim comes around the bar looking for him, but finds Jack instead. Jack plays the part of the pseudo-father, and the man appears to be totally willing to forgive Dec if he just returns his things. But nobody's that nice. When Jack falls into his usual too-niceness and offers up his services to the guy as repayment for being so lenient, the guy ominously hints that he's going to hold them to it. Being indebted to creepy opportunistic people sucks.
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Rebun Island: Hokkaido, Japan: Winter 2008. In the dead of night, Emanda runs through a hedge maze alongside Apprentice Man, being chased by two guard dogs. Ems voiceover: "In a race between danger and indecision, the difference between life and death comes down to confidence, faith in our abilities, certainty in ourselves..." The two apprentices frantically take uncertain turns in the maze with the dogs gaining. Apprentice Man pulls Emanda's arm to guide her in the right direction. Ems VO continued: "...and the trust we put in others." They come to a dead end. The only choice is to climb over. Ems goes first. She reaches for Apprentice Man's hand and pulls him up and over. He lands hard on his side, groaning in pain. He calls out to Ems to wait for him -- he's hurt his leg. As Emanda bends down to see, Apprentice Man quickly rolls, gets up and grabs a nearby white flag that was waiting in the tiny courtyard they've entered. Takeda is there, applauding the winner of the race. Ems is pissed. "He cheated!" she yells. "Yes. He understood the exercise," Takeda waxes on. The point is that Apprentice Man understood Emanda's weakness of compassion and exploited it. This is the very essence of revenge... I guess? Apprentice Man walks over to Ems to give her a condescending, "No hard feelings?" She responds with a vicious shove... /FLASHBACK ...that morphs into a shove in the current timeline at Casa Emily. As is the case when anyone interferes with a situation Ems claims to have had under control, she is furious that Apprentice Man has shot and killed the White-Haired Man. She threatens to throw him out because she doesn't need Takeda's appointed nanny. Apprentice Man corrects Ems. He wasn't sent by Takeda and she needs him right now. Ems looks down at her foot, which is standing in a pool of WHM's blood, as if to say, "Oh... right."
Cut to an outside shot of Casa Emily from the vantage point of the Queen's balcony perch. Dan voiceover: "She's cleaning." He's taken notice of his mother having a glass of wine while staring at Emanda's house, and comes outside to explain. "She does that when she can't sleep," he adds. Or when she's had an old revenge training classmate murder a crazy terrorist in her living room and maybe ruined her pedicure. That's to say, Emanda probably does a lot of late night cleaning. Victoria thinks she might need to try that. Dan can understand the insomnia after what his mother's been through, and he's spent plenty of sleepless nights out on the balcony. A mother knows when a son's heart is broken. She asks if he misses Emanda. He brushes it off as simple geography that he can only see Casa Emily or the ocean from up there. Plus, he's with Ashley now. But he's still restless, Victoria points out. A news helicopter flashes its spotlight on them. It's not exactly easy to sleep with that sort of thing hovering around and that'll be the case until they get Victoria's story. "And what exactly is your story?" Dan asks. FLASHBACK: Victoria sits in her seat on the private chartered jet that will be exploding. Her phone rings with a call from WHM. He explains very carefully that the plane will be exploding very soon. The death of Conrad would be mutually beneficial for them, he says. Split Charlotte's inheritance and he'll let both Victoria and Charlotte live. Victoria's lip actually quivers in fright as she takes a moment before accepting his proposal. /FLASHBACK. Dan asks if she's sure it was WHM. She accuses her son of sounding like a journalist or detective. A detective would be on her side, he reminds her. The implication, then, is that Dan isn't on her side. Daniel doesn't suggest otherwise before walking out.