Grayson Manor. Daniel walks in on Ashley and Victoria making wardrobe decisions. Ash actually gets a little smart with the queen over her declaration of "no more bandage dresses," and offers to burn them immediately. Backbone is nice. Daniel asks for a word alone with his mother and tells his mother of Conrad's gambit with Sophie Arnault and the amendment to his contract requiring marriage. It doesn't even register as a possibility to Victoria and she's already giving up when Daniel starts telling his mother how much he loves Emanda. Victoria insists he needs to wait until he's certain, but Dan is pretty determined. If it gives them the upper-hand against Conrad, he doesn't see why he shouldn't move forward on what was already his instinct anyway. He leaves. Victoria just grabs her forehead in pain and calls out to Ashley. Victoria asks if Emanda is coming to the reading, and when that's confirmed, she tells Ashley she needs a favor.
Downstairs. Ashley finds Emanda, who has just walked in with Nolan, and asks if they can walk and talk privately. Less than gracefully, Ashley asks Emanda if Daniel has told her about the terms of his trust fund being changed. Emanda's perplexed by the question, and by the fact it's coming from Ashley, who elaborates that the changes stipulate Dan needs to get married to fully access his trust. Emanda asks why Ashley is telling her this. She replies that she would want to know if there was a chance her potential fiancé might have other motives, and walks away conflicted.
Doorbell. Leo is late to his own reading, and tells Victoria he was writing some new material. She's concerned because he was supposed to contact her after his interview with Amily, so she asks what he found out. He explains what happened and that Amily wants him to unravel their whole conspiracy. He's genuinely worried he could go down as the greatest fraud in literary history. Uh... the bowties, typewriter and Hemingway cottage didn't already make that come to pass? Victoria: "There are fare worse fates." FLASHBACK: Leo hits "record" on his tape recorder before asking a younger, fuller-haired Victoria about her romantic relationship with David Clarke. She responds by threatening to sue him for slander if he prints a word of that mess. Unfazed, Leo asks about the note she supposedly sent to David's cell the night before his conviction. Conrad swoops in from the next room and snatches up Leo's tape recorder from the table, saying the interview is over. Leo insists he's going to write this story, with or without the Graysons' input, and their threats to sue him aren't scary because he's already in deep debt -- he has nothing to lose. He starts to leave, and Victoria stands up, being given an idea. "Perhaps there is an arrangement that can be made, after all." Leo turns around with a smile on his face. /FLASHBACK. Victoria threatens Leo if he doesn't uphold his end of protecting their cover-up. Emanda has been watching this whole exchange from behind a pillar. How soap opera-ish of her.