So, the main character of Revenge was shot and fell off the side of a boat. Now what?
The aftermath of the honeymoon cruise from hell includes Aidan, Nolan, and Jack playing the three musketeers in service of Emily; the police pointing the finger at Victoria; and Margaux handing over all of the photos she obtained from the cruise except for a select few memory cards. Lydia clears her name by having Conrad lie and say she was with the whole family (instead of in the stateroom) when Emily was shot and Victoria refuses to confirm or deny anything to the detective. It's almost a given that Victoria and her bitch face are headed for the big house.
Emily, of course, is still missing but we find her hanging onto the buoy she Little Mermaided her way onto. She's trying to reach the emergency pack that Aidan placed there, but getting shot twice makes your grip a little wonky, so she loses it and turns on her tracker instead. In a few cut scenes, we find her hiding on the back of a fishing boat as Aidan finds her and tries to take her to the hospital. She's delirious and wants to run away with him, so when she passes out he makes noise to alert the fisherman, who take her to the hospital.
The obtuse detective manages to miss all the murderous faces Daniel is making throughout the ordeal and questions him about his mother, which only yields more murderous faces because Daniel knows she's innocent. Then, Daniel is truly tested when he learns that Emily is alive. Somehow the detective doesn't arrest Daniel when he looks like he just got a hernia upon learning the news.
At the hospital, Daniel is the only one visiting with Em (partially because the doc tells him about her faux pregnancy in private and partially because Victoria, as a person of interest, is barred). Emily wakes up and does her whole "I have amnesia and this definitely isn't a lame plot twist" bit and Daniel thinks he's home free.
Nolan is barred from visiting Emily too and Patrick refuses to help him. Patrick shows up later to break up with Nolan and Nolan is forced channel his emotions into Aidan's plan to rescue Emily—who he thinks is faking it—from the hospital. With Nolan's tech help, Aidan swoops in, but Em really has amnesia and she calls for the nurse.
Nolan does some research and figures out that Emily's amnesia is partially psychological and that she needs someone to give her an emotional kick. Jack is the only one who can get in, and after Charlotte tells him that Emily woke up and told her that David Clarke was her father, he agrees to visit.
In the meantime, Daniel confesses to his mother so she doesn't go to jail. To keep him from confessing (because of course he's confessing), Victoria visits Margaux and finds that her secret photos show Lydia was missing from the main room during the shooting. Victoria makes Conrad sacrifice his lover for his son and he does it, but it just angers Daniel, who's upset that his whole life has been a series of sacrifices and lies.
At the same moment, Patrick pledges himself to Victoria. As she has her ruined throne removed (stained from Lydia's power trip earlier that day), Patrick vows to help her take her enemies down and offers her the knowledge of Nolan's infinity box.
In the hospital parking garage, Aidan visits with the nurse who tried to slip something into Emily's IV. Basically, he knows her, she's got the hots for him, she swears she's there to help, and he stupidly seems to believe her.
But Emily's fine for the moment with great thanks to Jack. He apologizes for all the fighting he initiated throughout the summer and kisses her on the forehead. Her memories come rushing back and she tells him that Daniel shot her. Voila.
With that, the god-awful amnesia plot serves its purpose and we move onto a world in which Victoria gets her hands on all of Emily's secrets—or at the least the ones the scenes-from-next-week saw fit to show us.
So, the protagonist of Revenge was shot and fell off the side of boat. Now what?
Naturally, every member of the Grayson family and string of extended friends and annoyances are under suspicion, but none more than Victoria, who can’t account for her whereabouts during the shooting thanks to Aidan’s swift move with the chlorophyll hanky. Lydia is removed from suspicion when Conrad lies for her. In her defense, she is innocent. Margaux hands over all the photos that she and her photogs took for Voulez, keeping two suspect cards for herself. Daniel and Charlotte are considered to be grieving, despite the murderous look on Daniel’s face throughout the ordeal. And Victoria, the one famous for feuding with Emily, stands as the only person deemed capable of the attempted murder. If it wasn’t for the other 38 minutes of plot ahead in the episode, Victoria would be days away from being cuffed by the police.
While her new family is dealing with the investigation, Emily is hanging onto the buoy she Little Mermaid-ed her way onto in the last episode. She’s trying to reach the supply box Aidan planted there, but getting shot makes your grips sort of weak, so she drops it and instead turns on the tracking device on her wedding garter. Magically, she swims away from this situation.
Meanwhile, Team Emily is in a panic. Aidan knows her survival skills are on point, but he’s frustrated that her last-minute mission deadline made it difficult to set up a foolproof plan. Jack suddenly realizes that perhaps this whole disaster is his fault -- although, he doesn’t realize part of the issue is the fact that Emily toyed with an emotional wreck’s baby heart, too. He tells Aidan that he’s the one who imposed a deadline on Emily, but Aidan’s too concerned with chasing Emily’s tracker to worry about blame. Once again, Aidan is the bigger man, despite the fact that Jack is supposed to be the one we’re rooting for.
After that back and forth, Aidan finds Emily hiding on a fishing boat, convulsing and bleeding profusely. She refuses to go to the hospital, eager to just start her life with Aidan -- revenge be damned, for once. She needs to go to the hospital, or she’ll die, so when she passes out from exertion and blood loss, Aidan alerts the fishermen so they’ll find her and take her to the hospital and they can keep their ruse afloat.
At Nolan’s, the three musketeers reconvene to set a game plan in place. Nolan finally finds out that Em’s plan didn’t exactly work out as Aidan informs them that he had a fisherman take her to the hospital. Naturally, Jack is furious that Aidan is so committed to their secret mission that he’d leave Em alone, but finally, Nolan acts as the voice of reason: what’s done is done, now they need to focus on Ems. She’s still in danger in the hospital -- the Graysons will either spin the story against her or finish the job, Conrad-style. They devise a plan: Nolan will use his pull at the hospital to keep watch over her and Jack will pump Margaux for information since she was on the cruise. This all happens before the mid-episode mark, so we’re basically just waiting for everything to go awry.