It's Daniel's birthday, and with all the crazy stuff going on -- what with his parents getting divorced and his best friend revealing himself to be some sort of insane person -- he'd like to do something kind of low-key. Emanda suggests a clambake. Oooooo, goodie! Nothing bad ever happens at a clambake! As preparations are made for the party, Emanda goes and makes amends with Nolan so they can get back on track with setting up Tyler for a fall. She manages to snag the whale web cam from the pool house without Tyler catching her, and also comes across his empty anti-psycho meds bottles. Some sleuthing from the information on the bottles gets her and Nolan in contact with Tyler's brother who is a doctor, and reveals Tyler's doctors and family have been searching for him for weeks, ever since a violent outburst. Nolan arranges to have Dr. Barrol flown to the Hamptons immediately to diffuse the situation.
The rush is because Tyler is not going to be happy at all when he realizes the whale camera has been taken from him. When it becomes apparent to Tyler, he goes to confront Nolan at his Fortress of Solitude. Nolan is caught by surprise because he had been tracking Tyler through GPS on his phone, but Tyler caught on and shipped his phone to California to make everyone think he had left town. While threatening Nolan with a knife, the live feed from the whale camera comes up on Nolan's laptop and reveals to Tyler that Emanda has been conspiring with Nolan against him. He leaves Nolan gagged and tied to a chair as he heads to Emanda's house.
While everyone is seated at a table on the beach for the clambake, Tyler intercepts Emanda inside her house when she's getting Daniel's birthday cake. He snags her gun and leads her out to the table, eventually holding everyone hostage to a game he invented called "Truth or Die." The rules are quite simple. Tyler asks you a question. If you lie, he shoots someone. Now we're having a clambake! While this is going on, Dr. Barrol arrives at the Fortress of Solitude and frees Nolan. They arrive at the party just as Tyler is getting ready to put a bullet in Emanda's head. The momentary distraction of Tyler seeing his brother is just enough for Jack to tackle him to the ground. Dan is right behind Jack and disarms/knocks Tyler out. The cops come and take Tyler away.
On the Grayson divorce front, Conrad is pushing for full custody of Charlotte. That's not cool with Victoria, and her lawyer Ryan Huntley is worried things are so contentious the matter might have to be resolved in open court. Victoria appears to be at the mercy of a prenuptial agreement she signed when she married Conrad, but Huntley points out that she was pregnant at the time and that would make the contract null and void under the legal concept of duress. The problem with that is Victoria lied about being pregnant. That's OK because Ryan manages to get a doctor to manufacture documents saying Victoria had a miscarriage at the time. Wonderful.
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You can tell we're starting out in the middle of shit already being real because we open with Beethoven's "Moonlight Sonata." We're close-up on a birthday cake sitting in front of Emanda that reads "Happy Birthday Daniel." We pull back from an outdoor table on the beach at night full of food with all our favorite people seated around it -- Emanda, Daniel, Mr. and Mrs. Grayson, Ashley, Dec, Charlotte, Jack and Amily. Other than Nolan, the only person missing is Tyler... because he's standing beside the table, causing the looks of fear and shock on everyone's faces on account of the fact he's holding a gun. Emanda voice-over: "Defense lawyers use the term 'duress' to describe the use of force, coercion or psychological pressure exerted on a client in the commission of a crime. When duress is applied to the emotionally unstable, the result can be as violent as it is unpredictable." From across the table, Tyler swings his arm in a wide, slow-motion arc and points the gun straight at Emanda. He walks over to stand beside her, cocks the gun and trains it at the side of her head.
Two days earlier. Morning at Casa Emily. Emanda enters the kitchen to find Daniel with two cups of coffee. This is the first time they're seeing each other since Dan spent the night with his mother at Grayson Manor. Ems asks if there was any trouble with Tyler, but it's a non-issue because he never showed. All things considered, Victoria is holding up really well, Daniel says, and she has probably now diverted her focus from the divorce to Daniel's birthday, which is today. Daniel's worried about being in store for a spectacle since his mother is notorious for big parties. She did hire Cirque du Soleil for his 21st birthday, after all. Emanda suggests that a clambake might be a nice, small way to celebrate. Dan loves the idea and knows he needs to pass it off as his own to his mother for her not to hate Emanda forever and ever. There's a knock at the door, and it's Conrad, wanting to speak privately with his son, so Emanda excuses herself. Conrad's there to ask that Daniel not shut him out completely because of the divorce. For Daniel, that seems to depend largely on what Tyler's status is in the company. Conrad senses how important this is and offers the concession that Tyler's as good as gone. Good enough for Dan. He even suggests he might take the semester off to focus on the business. When his dad is gone, Daniel pulls out his phone and calls his mom. He tells her that he's given his dad the impression that they've made amends, but really he's just positioned himself in the company so he can get his mother any information she needs for their divorce. He adds that Tyler is out of the company, so Victoria now plans on asking him to move out of the house. Dan then lets his mom in on his wish to have a clambake on the beach for his birthday. Victoria is, of course, perturbed.