Picking up where we left off last time, Nolan finally gets a hold of Emanda with news that Lydia is somehow in a coma and not dead after falling five stories onto a car. That's the bad news (always give bad news first). The good news is Nolan has footage of Frank all but knocking her off her roof. This footage is going to provide the perfect opportunity to organically breed some turmoil in the Grayson camp. Nolan and Emanda send the video over to Conrad to show that Frank not only lied about what happened to Lydia, but acted out of a stronger loyalty for Victoria. Conrad fires Frank and pays him off to leave the Hamptons, and shows the video to Victoria so she'll view Frank as a threat.
The big Queen Victoria event backdrop for this episode is a 4th of July party at Grayson Manor. Like all Queen Victoria events, this one is so important. Daniel's first day of work at the Stowaway happens to be on this day because Jack is taking out his unrequited Emanda love on Daniel through a teeny tiny power trip. Just another reason for Victoria to hate Emanda since, as Tyler is sure to inform Victoria, she is the reason Dan has taken on such an undignified job and won't be attending.
The night before the party, Tyler and Emanda finally butt heads at a dinner double date Tyler connivingly sets up when Daniel continues to play hard to get in response to his frat boy advances. Emanda calls Tyler out on telling grand lies and he storms out of the restaurant. Tyler responds by showing up at the Stowaway while Daniel is working, drugging him and then self-inflicting a gash on his forehead so he can tell Victoria and Emanda at the party that Daniel is out of control and beat him for just being helpful Tyler.
The whole Daniel being drugged thing is only possible because Jack and Dec skip out on working the bar so they can go to the party and try to woo Emanda and Charlotte respectively. Dec has no trouble getting Char to fall for his "can't buy me love" speech, but Jack's full declaration of his feelings to Emanda only elicits restrained teary eyes like always. She sticks to her guns and claims to be Daniel's girl, but is left in tears when Jack apologizes and leaves. He goes back to his poor, lonely existence only to find the man who's dating the woman he loves passed out at his own home.
Meanwhile, Frank ignores Conrad's threat to leave the Hamptons and sticks around to do some investigating on his own because he is pretty sure there shouldn't have been surveillance footage of his struggle with Lydia. He finds out through the apartment building's proper surveillance system that Nolan entered Lydia's apartment just after him. He shows up at the 4th of July party to threaten and question Nolan, who escapes when they're interrupted by Emanda and Tyler's exchange about Daniel's violence. Frank spies on Nolan and notices him talking to Emanda in hushed tones. This is enough reasonable cause for Frank to follow Emanda home from the party. Why? Because he's Frank; that's why. He calls Victoria, who is trying to hide her contact with him from Conrad, and tells her he thinks they're all being set up as he waits for Emanda in the shadows outside her house. Things are about to get Frank.
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It's the morning after Emanda and Daniel consummated their sham revenge relationship. Emanda is in bed with Daniel, wide awake and staring at the ceiling. Emanda voice-over: "They say vengeance taken will tear the heart and torment the conscience. If there's any truth to it, then I now know with certainty that the path I'm on is the right one." Daniel wakes up and pillow talk starts happening. Guh. Their making out is interrupted by some banging at the door of Casa Emily. It's Nolan, bursting with intel and gossip. Lydia is not dead, after all, just in a coma. Remember the eyelash flutter? Nolan's eager to show Emanda the video evidence he has of Frank's fight with Lydia, but it'll have to wait since Daniel's there. Nolan commends Emanda on bedding Dan and tells her to get rid of him so they can watch Faces of Death: Lydia.
Grayson Manor. Daniel comes home in the disheveled tux he wore last night to find Tyler dressing up in a suit in his bedroom. The adventures of the dressing/undressing together roommates continue. Ty's suiting up for work for Grayson Global despite it being Fourth of July weekend because that's just how Tyler sucks up. He tells Dan not to worry, though, because he's got a killer weekend planned for the two of them. No can do for Daniel because he's already got plans with Emanda tonight. Tyler is so bros before hoes about this. He worries for Daniel that if he hangs out with this Emily girl two nights in a row, she might start to think he's serious. "That's the idea," Daniel replies. Tyler fake laughs.
Casa Emily. Emanda and Nolan watch the spy video of Frank's struggle with Lydia from start to brutal finish. Nolan explains the big crash Emanda hears is Lydia falling five stories onto a car. They're both amazed she survived, but Nolan is freaked out that he could've run into Frank if he had just shown up a few minutes earlier. Emanda can't let thoughts like that creep into her plans. She simply tells Nolan it didn't happen that way and they got lucky. Nolan doesn't see it that way. There's nothing lucky about Lydia almost being dead and the possibility of her coming out of her coma and remembering the photo with Emanda in the background. None of this bothers Emanda. First, Lydia deserves to die for selling her soul to the Graysons, and second, they can easily frame Frank as the one behind everything with this video. Nolan suggests sending the video to the police, but Emanda expects the Graysons will handle Frank for them.