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Staring Down the Barrol's Gun
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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.

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