Stowaway upstairs. Charlotte and Declan return from a trip to visit the prep school she'll be attending in the fall. Dec notes that it looked more like a college, which launches Charlotte into listing off her schedule. She likens it to a college course load, and notes that she already has an assignment to read "Paradise Lost" within the next two weeks. That's all it takes to get Dec PMSing about never ever seeing Charlotte after this summer. She insists she's an expert multitasker, which draws out this gem from Dec before he walks off: "I believe you. I'm just not sure how I feel about being one of your tasks." If I were five years younger, I'd totally be OK with being one of her tasks. Damn... I'm a creeper.
South Fork Inn. Daniel finds his father alone at a table waiting for his lawyer. Very quickly, Daniel tells Conrad that since he is now fully invested in being a part of the company, he hopes he can expect his father will reward his show of faith by releasing his trust fund. Conrad likes the cut of his son's jib because it is the jib he inherited from his old man. He agrees and they shake on it. Conrad's lawyer arrives as Daniel leaves, so Conrad fills her in on what just happened. She notes the timing of this, considering they just informed Victoria this morning they wanted to divest her. Conrad doesn't readily agree with his lawyer's suspicion, but he is a shrewd businessman, so he agrees to at least put in a stipulation in Daniel's contract that he needs to turn thirty or get married to unlock his stake in the company. Again, Conrad's lawyer raises an eyebrow at the marriage clause since Daniel is already in a serious relationship with Emanda. Conrad gets a gleam in his eyes. He thinks his son is easily distracted, and he'll be surprised if Daniel's relationship lasts through the summer. You can practically see Conrad's Rolodex of hooker phone numbers turning in his head.
We're at Mason Treadwell's very large cottage which, he explains to Emanda and Nolan, used to be owned by Ernest Hemingway when he was writing the The Dangerous Summer. Mason continues the douche tour to his writing desk where he uses a 1920s typewriter that was supposedly once owned by John Cheever. At least Mason's pretention affords an awesome exchange with Nolan. He jokes that when he needs to look up a word, he simply gets up and checks a reference book since he doesn't use a computer -- to which Nolan smarmily fake laughs to himself and notes, "Like the cavemen." Emanda asks about Mason's collection of books, which she notices seem to be all first editions. Prideful, Mason talks about how he loves rare items, including his sole copy of his manuscript that he picks up from his desk and shows off. Emanda and Nolan are practically drooling at the revenge potential of this one-of-a-kind treasure that likely contains this blowhard's heart and soul. Emanda turns her attention to a padlocked glass cabinet full of video cassette tapes. Mason notices her glance and explains that it's hundreds of hours of the one-on-one interviews he used as research for The Society Connection. More drool. Mason adds that he will be interviewing Amanda Clarke again very soon. This is news to Emanda.