The repressed memory of Kara trying to kill Emanda when she was a little girl still burns fresh in Ems' mind as her mother very quickly becomes a physical presence in her life. Kara approaches Victoria under the guise of emerging from exile due to Amily's coma, but is really after answers in the disappearance of her husband, Gordon Murphy. Kind of at a loss for what to do with a previously presumed dead woman in her face, Victoria invites Kara to stay at Grayson Manor. Lucky for her, this affords the Queen an opportunity to snoop around Kara's things. She finds a cell phone that's made numerous calls to Gordon. The Graysons can only assume Kara has been reporting back findings about them to her husband.
There's a lot more snooping around going on in other parts of the Hamptons. As when any major or national newsworthy thing happens, our 'writer' friend Mason Treadwell comes sniffing around Amily once she emerges from her coma. At this point in our reventures, Mason's pretty much worn out his welcome with everyone, but it's sorta nice to have someone around again who makes sure everything out of his mouth is more arch than McDonald's. By just sticking around and watching developments between Kara, Emanda and Amily, Mason is able to deduce that Amily isn't really Amanda Clarke when he catches a glimpse of her back through her hospital gown and a distinguishing burn scar from Amanda's childhood is missing. Creeeeeper.
Padma investigates the framed check from David Clarke she found in Nolan's dad's storage by inquiring with Grayson Global. She suspects it's the Graysons that have something to hide concerning this because Daniel summons her to speak with him immediately, but in actuality this is something that can come back to hurt Nolan. The fact that David Clarke gave start-up capital to Nolan, and the likelihood there was an exclusivity clause in the contract, would give Grayson Global a controlling interest in Nolcorp. So this is why it's a bad idea to promote someone to CFO when they have no prior experience.
Aiden and Emanda are at odds again, and this Nolcorp investment snafu is the perfect opportunity for Aiden to hit Ems and Nolan where it hurts. He tips off Daniel about it, ensuring he'll get a seat on the board at Grayson Global and will be the reason that Dan ascends to the head of the company.
The unbearably boring story thread with Kenny Ryan semi-blackmailing the Porters into submission comes to an oddly unfulfilling resolution. Kenny helps Dec and Jack find a cheaper contractor to bring the Stowaway up to code and then reveals his intention to make an offer to buy the bar. Jack is all ears about the offer. Surely this can't be the end of this.
Kara being around her supposed daughter and new granddaughter affords Emanda an opportunity to get to meet her mother since she's the supposed godmother. There's a lot of Ems letting her mother provide background and answers to questions about Amily that are really about her. Eventually, Kara feels compelled to sit down with Amily and explain her absence from her daughter's life. Through flashback, it's revealed she and David agreed it was best to make Little Amanda believe her mother had died. Kara was very sick at the time and understands now that she wasn't in control of her actions. It's a good enough explanation that Amily, in the moment, forgives Kara while Emanda eavesdrops. It must be very weird to have a cathartic mother-daughter moment vicariously.
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We begin in flashback. Little Amanda floats unconscious underwater. Emanda voiceover: "They say, 'Let he who is without sin cast the first stone.' " David Clarke's muffled voice can be heard from above. He swims into frame, pulling Amanda from the water, and then carrying her to the shore. Kara emerges from under the water as well and follows. When she reaches David and their daughter, he growls at her to stay back. VO: "And to be without sin requires absolute forgiveness." A crane shot pulls above David performing CPR on a lifeless Amanda. VO: "But when your memories are freshly opened wounds, forgiveness is the most unnatural of human emotions." /FLASHBACK. Ems wakes up from her dream and allows herself to sob for just a moment before sitting upright. Aiden notices she's awakened upset, so she explains that she's realized why her father lied to her about her mother being dead. It was to protect her. Sensing an opening, Aiden suggests that's why he also chose to withhold that he'd found her mother, and also this little nugget that he'd hidden from her until now: Gordon was Kara's husband. Aiden would like to continue helping with Emanda's quest to avenge her father. He can start by using his status as Takeda's proxy at Grayson Global to infiltrate their company and destabilize it. As far as the romantic part of this plan, though... Emanda: "I needed someone. You walked through the door. Don't let it go to your head." Ems, you sound just like the next ex-Mrs. Pablo G.
Grayson Manor. With a general disdain for life, Victoria dethorns a vase of long stemmed roses. A maid informs her that she has a guest, but Victoria wants no part of any guests at this time. From behind her, we hear Kara softly utter the Queen's name, freezing her blood. She turns to see the woman she thought had long been dead, like a deer in a ghost car's headlights. Kara sidles up to her and takes Victoria in a sudden embrace. Victoria tightens her fist around her pruning shears and rigidly returns the hug.
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Victoria has just finished giving Kara the grand tour of Grayson Manor. We're hearing the end of the type of small talk that only a psychotic woman on the lamb and an ice queen can have -- Kara noting that building the house on the beach allows Victoria to see her enemies coming. The conversation turns to Gordon, whom Kara admits she's had slight contact with recently, but nothing to tip off her true relationship with him. Victoria assumes Kara is in the Hamptons because of Amily's accident, to which Kara thanks Victoria for being so generous as to invite her into the fold. It's the least Victoria can do for a girl whom tragedy seems to follow. Mentioning Amily's awful past triggers the crazy in Kara. She had been toying with one of Victoria's roses throughout their conversation and now suddenly has decided to intentionally prick herself on one of its thorns. She sheepishly asks if she can go wash up. The look on Victoria's face: "You are all sorts of fucked up. I hope you brought your own hand towel because you're not ruining my nice ones."