Things are escalating rather quickly in the Hamptons, which makes sense since there are only weeks between us and a Grayson wedding. Of course, there are about a thousand hurdles we've got to traverse before we finally find out who's standing over Emily with a gun in his or her hands. For now, we've got a handful of distractions.
Up first, is a distraction with a handsome, chiseled jaw. Patrick is a strange potential psychopath – even if his homicidal streak was in service of his mother, the rational solution is never "attempt to kill Conrad by messing with his brakes." Naturally, when Emily finds out he and Nolan are in overnight love (all the way overnight), she demands they break up, only she doesn't tell him the actual reason why. Eventually, this leads him to drink at the Stowaway, where Jack blurts out that Emily told him Patrick tried to kill Conrad. It takes them far too long to figure out that obviously, they're both separate triangle slices of Emily's inner circle and they're furious.
Jack agrees to stay friends with Nolan, but he wants the could-be murderer out of Nolan's life, she he tells Conrad the truth about the brake-tampering. In a flash, Patrick is headed out of town as Victoria White Fangs him, pushing him and shoving a bag of money at him until he leaves town. And while Nolan weeps over lasagna with Jack, Patrick's gone, gone, gone.
Meanwhile, two things have returned to the Graysons. After Conrad attempts to sell the Manor, Emily tampers with the city records so that it appears that shoreline is rapidly disappearing. Their real estate agent stops the sale of the home to a Saudi buyer with a pile of cash and then blacklists the house throughout the state. Emily will never lose the apparently integral piece of her plan. Huzzah.
But keeping the house isn't enough to make Victoria stay with Conrad, so Emily gives her another bone: Aidan leads her to a warehouse full of gold bars: the stolen Grayson fortune. Now Victoria and Conrad have a nice little busy-making project to keep them out of Emily's hair until the wedding… if it actually happens.
Charlotte has a plan of her own: She's renovating the Stowaway and uses it as an excuse to make Daniel run into his ex-girlfriend, who almost killed in a car accident. She's poor and can't pay her rehab bills because of a terrible settlement the Graysons drafted. Through a series of orchestrated events, Charlotte pushes Daniel and Sarah back together and gives Daniel a reason to remember what he loved about her so that his foundations with Emily might be shaken. (And Daniel's a puppy, so those foundations had better brace themselves.)
Of course, this is going to seriously mess with Emily's killer plan. And now that Jack and Nolan are furious with her, she's forced to do what she should have done all along: fill them in on all of it. Her peace offering is the details of her August 8th idea: she's going to frame Victoria for her own death. Of course, seeing as she can't ensure her relationship isn't compromised while she's not looking, who's to say that her faked death goes exactly as planned. We definitely don't have the full story yet. After all, we got tons of hints at how murderous Patrick might be in service of Victoria – and while Conrad "plucked" him away, we all know those pesky plucked hairs eventually grow back.
It's high time we get a whiff of Emily's eventual plunge into the water, and Revenge is finally ready to deliver. But first, she has to give everyone else a chance to make a mess of things.
We open with one hell of a messy house at Nolan's. Emily sneaks away from Daniel in the morning and when she finds Nolan's house a wreck and Nolan asleep in the bathtub, she assumes the worst. But actually Nolan's having the best, most relaxing morning ever because he and Patrick finally consummated their relationship (apparently, they did so all over the house). Emily tells him he needs to break up with Patrick because he occasionally tries to kill people. Nolan is indignant because he thought Emily would somehow let him have his own life. Silly Nolan.
Meanwhile, Victoria has summoned the Grayson bunch for breakfast to discuss Emily and Daniel's wedding, assuming she's got a chance to mock Emily for her icy relationship with Daniel. Instead, Emily and Daniel are all smiles and PDA, announcing their plan to bring the whole family on their honeymoon, while Victoria has violin music playing that's not unlike Kate Winslet's brunch soundtrack on the Titanic. Subtle, Victoria.
The brunch is somewhat productive, however, because Conrad drops one helluva knowledge bomb. He's just sold Grayson Manor. This upsets Emily; the house is apparently integral to her takedown plan. Because the house was conveniently purchased by a "Saudi Royal" in cash, Emily has to get crafty to unravel the real estate deal.
While Victoria is preparing to part with her home, she decides that rather than risking Conrad seizing her gallery in his quest for instant cash, she'll put it in Patrick's name. But her gift of trust in Patrick comes with a caveat: Victoria tells her son that she knows he tried to kill Conrad. While staring into his pretty, pretty eyes, she momentarily confuses the word "psychopathic" with "selfless" and praises her son for trying to protect her. She says she made sure Conrad will never know Patrick tried to kill him and then Patrick calls Victoria "mom" which makes her think he's just about this sweetest bloodthirsty guy that ever walked the earth. Aww?
Charlotte is becoming a mini-Victoria in service of her brother. She's taken to remodeling the Stowaway for greater profitability – something Jack used to be opposed to and suddenly doesn't mind. She gets Daniel into her web by asking him for business advice and having him pick up a cake at the bakery where his ex-girlfriend works. Fun fact: this is the ex-girlfriend he almost killed while driving drunk and who was paid to be silent by the evil Grayson lawyers. All it takes is one look at Daniel for her to make a scene and shame him in front of the entire bakery. While he got to run off into the sunset, she was left with years and years of rehab bills. Apparently, that settlement was full of lots of fancy language that screwed her big time.