We're spared any courtroom players being the target of the week this time. Emanda's mark is the woman who presided over her when she was institutionalized as a child, and is now Emanda's psychiatrist. This woman wasn't just doing her job. Dr. Michelle Banks went out of her way to keep Little Amanda separated from her father. Luckily, a lot of Emanda's work is already done for her in this bit of revenge. Dr. Banks has been secretly video recording all of her sessions with patients.
Among those patients is Victoria and seemingly every other woman in the Hamptons. How convenient is it for Emanda that Victoria happens to be putting together yet another event -- a mother-daughter charity tea to promote mental health with Dr. Banks as the guest speaker? Part of Michelle's presentation at the event involves a video which Emanda copies over with Dr. Banks' patient videos to appear as though Michelle was planning to market them as a sleazy hidden camera website. It plays out like any Hamptons woman's biggest nightmare -- all their secrets and gossip revealed in front of all their peers. A session in which Victoria admits to regretting having a second child screens in front of Charlotte, prompting her to run away from home and providing an opportunity for Declan to score some brownie points with her.
Michelle disappears after this ruinous debacle, the last time she was seen in public being at the event as Victoria threatened to destroy her. Queen Victoria tries to have Frank get his hands on any remaining videos at Dr. Banks' office, but Nolan beats them to it and posts it all online. The cops become involved and we find out through flashback Victoria employed Michelle to keep Little Amanda from ever seeing her father again in exchange for being set up with her own private practice and rich clientele. Emanda tortures Michelle for a while by having her locked up in a storage container by herself much in the same way the doctor did to Emanda when she was little. She's eventually released with no idea who held her captive.
On the love front, Tyler has grown super bro jealous of Emanda or something and starts sabotaging her plans with Daniel. He snatches Daniel's phone so he doesn't get Emanda's calls and deletes the voicemails she leaves. This leads to Emanda thinking she's been stood up for dinner at her house, which turns into an impromptu romantic dinner with Jack, which turns into an unexpected visit by Daniel. He sees Jack and Emanda having dinner through her window and leaves all spurned and rejected without them noticing. Daniel starts drinking again thanks to a lot of coaxing by Tyler. Oddly enough Daniel decides to drown his sorrows at Jack's bar. Emanda shows up thanks to intel from Nolan who witnesses Daniel getting cozy with some floozies, but she gets there after Tyler and Daniel have left. Instead, Emanda gives off some faint sparks with Jack in front of Nolan who decides after Emanda leaves to give Jack the link to her video where she admits to Dr. Banks her feelings of having met "the one." But you know Emanda... she could be talking about any guy she grew up with before she was ripped away from her life who may or may not now own her childhood dog.
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We begin during a rainy night outside Casa Emily. Inside we don't find Emanda, but instead Little Amanda sitting on the couch with her dad who's working away on his laptop. Emanda voice-over: "Most of the memories I have from childhood are happy ones -- warm summer days filled with love and light, and the certainty that the darkest storm would eventually pass." There's a flash of lightning and loud clap of thunder. David, being the perfect father he is, pauses his work just to put his arm around his daughter and kiss her on the head. VO: "And for a while, at least... they always did." Another woman's voice breaks us from flashback: "And then?" Emanda is sitting across from a psychiatrist. She replies in her patented innocent voice, "And then my parents' car went off a cliff and they were both killed." Her psychiatrist's name is Dr. Michelle Banks and she theorizes that Emanda's early brush with impermanence is a reason why she can't bring herself to move forward with relationships. Apparently, Emanda has been going to sessions with Dr. Banks for at least a year now. The session ends with the doctor advising her to take a more active role in her life and stop being a victim. If you only knew, Dr. Banks. The two women stand up and Emanda thanks her psychiatrist with a hug, her face going stoic as she looks over Dr. Banks' shoulder at a small hidden camera positioned between books on the shelf. Its red light is glowing. Emanda leaves and Dr. Banks immediately goes to her laptop at her desk to pull up the video she's secretly recorded of their session. She brings up an audio recording program and begins recording a voice memo to say she has no reason to believe Ms. Thorne will ever move past her trust issues and stop allowing her future to be determined by her past.
Grayson Manor. Conrad is straight up accusing Victoria of hijacking his laptop to ruin Senator Kingsly. She flat out denies it. They bicker back and forth in that TV-couple kind of way as they walk briskly through their house. They stop in the bedroom because Conrad is packing for a destination that is so far unbeknownst to his wife. He tells her he'll be going to San Francisco. Victoria: "Ah. Business or pleasure?" Charlotte comes in and doesn't give Conrad a chance to respond to Victoria's snipe because she's all daddy's girl about him leaving. It's even a step further than just preferring Conrad to Victoria because she gives him an eye roll when she says how much she hates when he leaves her behind -- an indication she really can't stand being left alone with her mother. Not making matters any better, Victoria stops Charlotte on her way out to remind her she should plan on taking part in a dress fitting this morning for a mother-daughter charity tea event. Char tries to get out of it, but Conrad steps up and asks her to do this for him despite how much it sucks. Victoria sarcastically thanks Conrad for the support.