To start things off, Lydia's body falls a few stories onto the top of a car. Splat! She's dead. How did we get here? Well, Conrad had been continuing his affair with Lydia and Victoria wasn't stupid, for one. Frank shows some loyalty to Queen Victoria and tips her off that Conrad has recently transferred $10 million to Lydia's bank account. The money gives Lydia the opportunity to try and force her way back into Victoria's social circle as well as a gala dedicated to the charity Victoria set up out of guilt to give back to the families of victims of the terrorist airline attack. Lydia also comes back to the Hamptons with a vendetta against Emanda whom she blames for outing her affair to Victoria. By pure luck, Lydia notices Emanda disguised as a server in the background of an old event photo taken of Lydia and Victoria when they were still BFFs. This was also before Emanda changed her name from "Amanda Clarke" to "Emily Thorne," so there's a threat of Lydia discovering her true identity.
Nolan and Emanda happen into a bit of luck of their own. When Emanda began to feel Lydia's threat, she mailed off some of Lydia's effects to her loft and mixed in a few incriminating things like an article about Senator Kingsly's resignation and a copy of Dr. Banks' book signed with a dedication to Lydia. A hidden video camera in a tiny figurine Nolan had planted in Emanda's house was also one of the items she packed to ship to Lydia's. It affords Emanda some warning that Lydia is close to exposing her, so she employs Nolan to break into Lydia's place to make sure she doesn't receive a fax of a hard copy of the employee manifesto for the catering company Lydia requested. That would have gone off without a hitch except Nolan arrives at Lydia's shortly after she's been knocked off the roof of her home by Frank and he's long gone. When Frank had broken into Lydia's place during the gala, he spotted the incriminating things Emanda had sent to her and advises Victoria that Lydia is behind everything and plans to expose the Graysons in front of everyone. Queen Victoria gives Frank the order to "take care of" Lydia. Splat, remember? Nolan is freaked out when he realizes Lydia was murdered just before he arrived, so he checks the recorded footage on the camera and it contains evidence of a struggle between Frank and Lydia just before her murder. Thank goodness for small cameras.
Daniel is going through all sorts of growing pains. The misunderstanding between him and Emanda over their supposed snubbing of each other is quickly sorted out and blamed on Tyler. Daniel standing up to Tyler, who decides to go work for Conrad for the summer, also leads to him standing up to his father about not wanting to follow in his footsteps. This all sounds great, but it results in Conrad freezing Daniel's trust fund. Not so great. Daniel's plan? He asks Jack to be considered for The Stowaway's open bartender position. Jack's going to have to think about that one. It's not all bad for Daniel, though. He finally gets into Emanda's pants.
Off in Teen Land, Charlotte intercepts Conrad's apology gift of a Mercedes intended for Victoria and takes off on a joyride with Dec out of her continued anger at her mother. The joyride is too joyful, though. Char and Dec get pulled over and thrown in jail. Luckily, Daniel bails them both out without a problem. Then everyone goes and gets ice cream or something.
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How did Revenge defy the cancellation gods? This dub from The Morning After may hold a clue:
It's late on a relatively busy city street. As we move through cars parked on the curb, we get an Emanda voice-over: "In revenge, as in life, every action has an equal and opposite reaction. In the end, the guilty always fall." A body crashes loudly onto the top of a parked cab. It's Lydia. We zoom in from above on the gold, sparkly evening gown wearing blonde. A single trickle of blood emanates from the corner of her mouth. Falling about fifty feet onto a car will do that to you. Still, girl looks immaculate, even in death. Her eyelashes flutter, but you can call it -- time of death: one minute into the episode.
Two days earlier. Daytime at Grayson Manor. Victoria comes downstairs to thank Frank for standing guard during the whole Dr. Michelle Banks craziness. No new information has emerged regarding Michelle's attacker, but Frank assures Victoria he won't let anything happen to her. Victoria reminds Frank that Conrad will be coming home today, but that's actually not the case. Naturally, Frank already knows Conrad never left for home and spent the night in the city. Victoria asks if he stayed with Lydia. Instead of answering, Frank just hands Victoria a piece of paper. It's a bank transfer receipt showing Conrad transferred $10 million to Lydia's account. Daaaamn! That must be some good mistress. Also, I hate rich people.
Morning at Casa Emily. Party Planner Ashley walks in "dressed to impress" because she'll be meeting with Victoria later, and she hopes she can distract from the topic of the disastrous mother-daughter tea. Is there any possible way to thaw Ice Queen Victoria, Ashley asks. Emanda suggests making Victoria the center of attention for her charitable efforts at an upcoming gala. That's good enough for Ashley. She leaves and Emanda pulls out the infinity X infinity box. She looks at a front-page newspaper article about the terrorist plane crash and can hear a news anchor's voice detailing the attack. Emanda looks over her shoulder to see Little Amanda standing in front of the TV. FLASHBACK: Little Amanda watches the live news broadcast of the plane crash. David walks in surprised to find Amanda awake. She directs him to the TV and the news of the crash. Later, David sits in his jail cell, writing this letter to Amanda: "Conrad and Victoria knew the victims' families would need a devil to shoulder the blame for the money Conrad had been laundering for the terrorists. They chose me as the patsy, while passing themselves off as grieving benefactors. Never underestimate the power of guilt, Amanda. It compels people to some pretty remarkable places." /FLASHBACK. Emanda is looking at a newspaper clipping of the Graysons endowing a fund for the victims' families called United Outreach. She puts it down and looks at her gala invitation.