A plan has been formulated by Emanda to track down the villainous White-Haired Man who killed her father. Through her surveillance of Conrad's office at Grayson Global, she deduces there are some tensions between the two men. Emanda records video of her and Daniel sleeping (actual sleeping) together and sends it to Conrad, effectively framing WHM for making a threat on the heir to the Grayson Empire. Conrad arranges to meet WHM to settle their score, which means Emanda can now locate and track the object of her revenge.
That's great except the time of their meeting coincides with an important wedding planning thing between her, Daniel and Ashley. Dan's already lost his patience with Ems disappearing and keeping secrets, so she sticks around and relies on Nolan to do recon work. It really doesn't make any difference at all because Ems stays glued to her phone the whole time and pisses off Daniel anyway. Once the meeting's over, she heads for WHM's house, but it turns out Nolan gave her the wrong address to protect her from becoming a murderer. Instead, Nolan gains entrance to WHM's house by disguising himself as a cable repair guy. He sets up surveillance under WHM's careful watch, and gets out without a hitch... except for arousing a tiny bit of suspicion when WHM asks for some identification, which Nolan can't provide. Oh, Nolan... you so crazy.
Emanda gets a little bit distracted because Sammy the Ageless Dog is dying. I know, right? While Jack is all-consumed with finding his dog (and never thinks to look at Casa Emily where his dog always goes), Emanda finds her former puppy barely alive on her porch. She calls Jack over so they can be with Sammy during his final moments. Emanda kisses Jack (!), probably figuring she can blame the emotion of the moment later. That might fly if Emanda wants to distance herself from Jack, but it won't solve the fact Ashley spies their make-out session... even though there's no real reason for her to have been outside Casa Emily in the first place. Whatever.
In Grayson World, Conrad has escaped the S.E.C.'s scrutiny because they turned up no evidence at Grayson Global's corporate office. He and Lydia are really shacked up now, so Victoria semi-uses her former best friend to get in and steal Conrad's stash of evidence from his penthouse. It turns out the evidence is really collateral evidence versus WHM, but it's all the same to Victoria... until Conrad turns Daniel against her. She relinquishes the stash of evidence. All of this sort of comes out in a family therapy session to help Charlotte. She decides she's done with her family. She seeks solace with Declan. About that...
Declan has made a new female friend at school. She's just moved to the Hamptons from Yonkers, and is obviously on a mission to be a strong, good-hearted girl -- pretty much everything Charlotte isn't. Declan maybe might possibly sort of be interested in this girl, but he is still friend-zoning her even when he bring her back to his place so she can change her wet clothes after a search for Sammy in the snow. Declan has the bad luck of Charlie showing up at his place just as Yonkers Girl emerges from the bathroom, wearing one of Dec's shirts. Oh well.
Nolan feels pretty good about himself for getting in close and fooling a known murderer. That is until he realizes WHM has covered his tracks while reverse tracking Nolan back to his Fortress of Solitude. Is it a fatal mistake for Nolan? Is this the end of our charmingly awkward hero? The last we see of Nolan is his unconscious body after WHM catches him in a sleeper hold. Tune in next time to find out if Nolan is no more.
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A shovel digs in sand at night. We see that it's Emanda digging a grave outside Casa Emily. Emanda voice-over: "They say grief occurs in five stages. First there's denial, followed by anger." Tears begin to stream down Emanda's face. She completely breaks down. "Then comes bargaining and depression." The camera tilts upward into the blackness of the night.
36 hours earlier. Light morning snow falls outside Casa Emily. Inside, Emanda watches an old video on her laptop of her father in which he asks Mason Treadwell to relay a copy of their interview to his daughter. He wanted her to know he didn't have all bad days in jail. Emanda stops the video and pulls out the last photo of her father in prison. Ems voice-over continued: "For most, the final stage of grief is acceptance, but for me grief is a life sentence without clemency." Emanda folds the photo so that only the White-Haired Man can be seen. VO: "I will never accept and I will never forgive. Not even when the man who killed my father lies dead at my feet." She returns to her laptop to switch to video surveillance of Conrad's office at Grayson Global.
Conrad and Daniel sit across from each other at the elder Grayson's desk. The S.E.C. canceled their meeting with Conrad because they found no evidence, he figures. They'll dig deeper though, and in the meantime Conrad advises his son to keep up appearances in the media to spin the PR. He wants Daniel to work with Ashley to parlay the upcoming wedding into good publicity and a vehicle for getting the business back in the right direction. Somewhere, Kris Humphries feels an unexplained chill. Part of keeping this well-oiled machine of media relations awesomeness going will also involve tying up loose ends from Daniel's trial -- namely, Jack Porter. Dan says he's already got a plan for that. Before he can leave, Dan's father stops him to give thanks for being loyal. Daniel reminds him that he expects in exchange full transparency from here on out.
Emanda watches the end of this conversation when her phone rings. Nolan has been watching all of this from his iPad, too. He asks annoying questions as if he's that friend who always calls to ask if you're seeing what's happening on Mad Men since, you know, you're watching Mad Men. Just then, another man's voice begins speaking on Emanda's laptop. It's the White-Haired Man (24's James Morrison). Ems shushes Nolan. WHM speaks cryptically about his employers not being pleased with Conrad, describing him as a "bad asset." Conrad's word is no longer sufficient for "the initiative." I don't know what any of this meaaaaaans. WHM walks over to a framed photo of Daniel and Emanda and picks it up to admire it. We see from Emanda's end that the spy camera must be embedded in the frame. Nolan points out the obvious that they're looking into the face of the evil that murdered Emanda's father. He asks Ems what she's going to do. Her plan it to make sure WHM has a reason to meet with Conrad again. Then she'll track him. "And then?" Nolan asks. Emanda: "You already know the answer to that." Pizza party? Please say pizza party.