When last we left off, Daniel had been sent to maximum security prison without bail for the murder of Tyler, and Takeda had run off with Amily, leaving Emanda a vengeful mess. The Graysons are still trying to remain united during this crisis to devise any sort of defense they can on Daniel's behalf. The original plan to pin things on Amily won't really fly because she's nowhere to be found, so Victoria wants to paint Jack as a suspect. Emanda, continuing to be an active participant in the Grayson camp, suggests they reach out to Mason Treadwell to do all the legwork since he surely wants to get back at Amily for burning down his house. This puts the ball mostly in Ems' court as far as trying to protect Jack from this witch hunt.
Emanda's not the only one scheming, though. Victoria contacts her go-to thug and pays him to have some inmates beat her son so he can come home under house arrest for medical reasons. That plan works a little too well, and Daniel straight-up gets his ass handed to him. When Victoria meets up with her thug again to pay him and yell at him for hurting Daniel too much, she runs into an old fling named Dominick Wright. He's a failed painter, so that means they get to have steamy sex in his clichéd loft apartment packed with shitty oversized paintings. We find out Victoria spurned this guy to run off with Conrad, but that doesn't stop Dominick from giving Victoria the lovin' she so desperately needs right now.
When Mason comes snooping around the Stowaway asking questions of Jack, Declan overhears his brother's plight. He intercepts Mason and offers up what he thinks he knows about Jack protecting Amily and inadvertently throws Charlotte under the bus as an unreliable witness since she was high the night of the party. Mason publishes that information on a blog set up by the Graysons with the intention of taking the heat off Daniel, instead completely destroying their defense case and turning Charlotte fully against Dec. Victoria tries to threaten Mason with retribution, but he's come to the realization that Queen Victoria's threats don't mean as much these days. Her empire's crumbling.
Emanda's plans pretty much work themselves out this time around, so she spends her time spying on Victoria a bit, which leads her to the thug. Ems pretends to hit on him at a bar so she can record him talking about all the dark secrets he has about the Graysons. She then leads him behind the bar and beats the living shit out of him since she knows he's the one who attacked Jack and carried out the much lesser offense of having Dan beaten in prison.
Everyone is left with doubt (hey, that's the name of the episode!). Dec isn't sure what to think about his brother, who is off to Montreal on Nolan's suggestion to find Amily. Charlotte thinks her boyfriend sold her out. Conrad's very aware Victoria is having an affair and Dan might be suspecting Emanda's up to something similar since he fails to get in contact with her the night he returns home. The only certainty is Emanda is refocused.
-- Pablo G. is some guy who lives in Austin, Texas. He co-hosts TWoP's original "Trailers Without Pity" with his brother Omar G. Check him out at The YES and NO and Pablog and follow him @PendejoJoe on Twitter.
We begin in Daniel's dark cell block at Rikers Island. Daniel lies on his cold, lonely bunk staring at a photo of his fiancé. Emanda voice-over: "Doubt is a disease. It infects the mind, creating a mistrust of people's motives and of one's own perceptions." Dan rolls over, pulls out a blank piece of paper and begins writing a letter to Emanda. Fade to the Stowaway where Dec stares at his brother's back with suspicion from across the bar while they clean up. Ems VO: "Doubt has the ability to call into question everything you've ever believed about someone..." At Grayson Manor, Victoria reaches the foot of the main staircase and pauses to look at Conrad who's on his phone in the study. VO continued: "...and reinforce the darkest suspicions of our inner circles."
Casa Emily. Emanda sits at her breakfast table, reading Daniel's letter over coffee. Daniel voice-over: "Emily, I need you to know that I'm not guilty of what they're accusing me. Something happened on the beach that night that I don't yet fully understand. I only hope you'll still be by my side when the truth finally comes to light." Emanda contemplates this and her own guilt until there's a knock at the door. She's not too happy to see it's Nolan. "What do you want?" Emanda asks. "World peace," Nolan innocently responds, "But I'll start small. Croissan'wich?" He cheerfully holds up a paper sack. And in that sack there was not really a croissan'wich, but all our hearts. Ems has no time to eat or sleep because she's stressing over Daniel's trial and Victoria's insistence on tracking down Amily. Nolan figures that if Amily resurfaces, the jig will be up for Emanda, but she's confident Takeda has her secure. But what if Takeda realizes Emanda's going to take him on? "Takeda might just release the Kraken," Nolan suggests. He notices the letter from Daniel and muses to himself that it's déjà vu, obviously referring to the fact Emanda's had two important men in her life in prison. Nolan: "I wonder what kind of box he'll make you in woodshop." Ignoring the awesomeness of Nolan, Emanda instead admits Takeda was right about her losing focus and becoming too emotionally involved. Nolan's phone goes off with a text. He breathes a deep sigh before showing the screen to Emanda: "Come to the bar ASAP -- Jack" Nolan gets up and leaves. (He leaves the croissan'wich.)
Grayson Manor. A criminal sketch artist shows Charlotte a photo of a hoodied figure with nothing but white space where the face should be. George Zimmerman, is that you? Charlotte deadpans, "That's the guy; you nailed it." She's so exasperated with Victoria constantly badgering her to think hard about what she saw the night of Tyler's murder and now her mother's trying to twist her memory into possibly remembering the hoodied figure could've been a woman. Charlotte sees through this and points out there's no way she could really tell if it was her half-sister because the two weren't exactly close growing up. Ouch. Declan walks in dressed up, he announces, for today's school orientation. This as a cue for Charlotte to blow up at her mother and exit with Dec. Her boyfriend's excited for their first day of school, but Charlotte has other plans already because of her new fuckall attitude on life. She wants to blow off orientation and go to the beach today.