"Destiny has two ways of crushing us... by refusing our wishes... and by fulfilling them." -Henri Frederic Amiel
Season 2 begins underwater at night. A helicopter searches with its spotlight and drops a scuba diver into the black ocean. Emanda voice-over: "Destiny. To believe that life is meant for a single purpose one must also believe in a common fate. Father to daughter, brother to sister, mother to child... blood ties can be as unyielding as they are eternal." It's Labor Day weekend at Block Island Sound, Rhode Island. The diver finds wreckage and radios back to the helicopter that it looks like an explosion brought it down. He finds a photo of Jack, Declan and Carl... This isn't Victoria's plane. It's The Amanda. Ems VO: "But it is our bonds of choice that truly light the road we travel. Love versus hatred, loyalty against betrayal." Diver finds a golden compass and a man's dead body. Ems VO: "A persons' true destiny can only be revealed at the end of his journey... And the story I have to tell is far from over."
We pedestal up through the dark waters until they fade into the daytime waters of Oshima Island, Japan three months prior. Emanda is rope tied to a thick wooden post about thirty yards from the beach. The waves threaten to drown her. Takeda (now played by Cary-Hiroyuki Tagawa) and a younger man watch Emanda struggle. "It's not the ropes that bind her. It is her fear," new Takeda notes. His apprentice doesn't understand since it's obvious Emanda has no fear of death. Takeda switches to Japanese to say, "Mortal fear is not the only fear." Duh. That's why you're still an apprentice, Apprentice Man.
It's afternoon at Grayson Manor. Daniel stands in his mother's empty bedroom, throwing a cover off of a painting. It's the unfinished painting of Victoria by Dominik. Before he can even get a good look at it, the amazingly still-around Ashley comes barging in, apologizing for not knocking. She notices her boyfriend is in a malaise from being in his mother's sanctuary, and offers to make the room off limits to house staff. Daniel just wants to move forward, so Ash offers to give him some space, kisses him on the cheek and walks out. Dan steps out to his mother's balcony perch and looks down at Casa Emily with equal parts pain and longing.
Jack lies shirtless in his bunk on The Amanda, twirling his compass (the same one discovered by the scuba diver... oooooo). Declan comes down the steps to tell his brother the health inspector should be at the bar in half an hour. He notices Jack is hung over and comments on his pity party. They bicker about Jack having been distant ever since Amily returned. That is until, speak of the devil, Amily interrupts pregnantly by trying to waddle down the steps. Dec excuses himself so he can go delay the health inspector. Ams wants to know why Jack has slept out in the boat the last four nights. "BECAUSE YOU RUINED MY LIFE, YOU MURDEROUS STRIPPER! AND I DON'T WANT TO FATHER STRIPPER BABIES! I'M SUPPOSED TO BE IN HAITI!!!" does not come out of Jack's mouth, to his credit. Instead, he says, "Don't worry. Once the baby comes, things will be different." Whoa... Jack has become that guy? Is this what happens when women play games with a good man's heart? Or was Jack always this guy? Am I asking too many questions? Er... moving on. He backs up his claim by asking Amily if he's ever broken a promise to her. OK, fine. Benefit of the doubt.