That David Clarke prison diary Amily showed to Charlotte is a loose end Victoria has not forgotten. Operating under Emanda's guidance, Amily refuses to be bought by the Queen when she's offered to name her price for the diary, and tries instead to get some information about Kara in exchange for it. Victoria almost gets caught red-handed trying to bully Amily into giving up the diary by Charlotte, so she plays it off by declaring she's throwing a baby shower for Ams. More on that later.
Emanda and Aiden are still at a bit of a philosophical impasse on how to proceed with this whole revenge business. He goes off on his own, back to the only lead he really had at the motel, to confront Kara. It seems Aiden has convinced Kara she can trust him, but then she gets the drop on him, knocking him out and tying him up in the motel office. It seriously takes Aiden almost the whole episode to find some broken glass so he can cut himself free from his chair. We expect more from a Takeda apprentice, Aiden. Go back to school.
The budding romance of convenience between Nolan and Padma gets a little boost when Padma takes some initiative to recover a photo album Nolan's father left behind before he died. The photo album is filled with newspaper clippings marking milestones in Nolan's successful career. It turns out Nolan's dad really cared about him, despite their falling out. And, clearly, Padma taking this initiative on Nolan's behalf means she cares for him beyond their professional relationship, so Nolan awkwardly makes his move while they are searching through his father's storage unit. It's all kinda cute, but... Nolan in a relationship? Say it ain't so, show. Say it ain't so.
And off in "Who Cares?" Land, Declan is unable to recover the items he and Trey stole from Mr. Ryan so they can be square. On top of that, the Stowaway fails its health inspection, so there's no way Jack can pay the difference out of pocket. What the Porter boys don't know is Mr. Ryan and Trey are in cahoots, and both boys have been set up in an elaborate plan so Mr. Ryan can make a bid to buy the bar. Good riddance.
Daniel has finally caught on that Ashley is less of a girlfriend and more of a spy for his father when she gets involved in his quest for uncovering his father's business improprieties. Ash comes to realize that Daniel is trying to do what's best for everyone involved, and renounces her role with Conrad. That's a keeper, I guess.
I'm just going to come out and say it. Victoria throws the worst baby shower ever. We're all used to the Queen's fancy soirées, and maybe she's just a bit rusty since returning from being dead, but any party that results in the guest of honor ending up in a coma is not a good one. Yes, Amily and Victoria get into an argument when Emanda instructs Ams to persist in trying to connect Victoria and Kara's pasts, and it results in Amily slipping and falling over the second-floor banister flat onto her back. She's rushed to the ER, but if Lydia can fall from a rooftop onto a car and survive, you better believe a pregnant woman can fall 20 feet onto a tile floor, cracking her skull, and simply end up in a coma. To this party's credit, though, Amily showed up with three of her best stripper buddies and the baby survived. So it's not a total loss.
The truth that Emanda had Amily digging for turns out to be that bad kind of truth Aiden had warned her about. Victoria supposedly kept Kara away from her daughter because she had tried to kill Amanda when she was little. This revelation is more than Ems can handle, but Aiden arrives just in time from that chair's confounding grasp to be all, "Let me pick up the pieces for you," about it. Ugh. Emily Thorne don't need no man, honey [boo boo].
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A huge pool of blood gets mopped up from the floor by hand with a sponge. Emanda voice-over: "Some think intuition is a gift, but it can be a curse, as well..." The camera pulls back to reveal Victoria watching a maid scrub the blood from the tile of Grayson Manor. In her hands, Victoria has the sign-in sheet from the hospital where Kara was committed and a check made out to Amanda Clarke. She crumples them both up and tosses them into her fireplace. Ems VO continued: "...a voice calling to us from places that are better left unexplored..." Sternly, Victoria watches the documents disintegrate. VO: "...an echo of memories that will never die no matter how hard we try to kill them."
24 hours earlier on the beach outside Casa Emily, Aiden comes jogging up, pleased with himself because he thinks Ems has reconsidered his apology. Instead, she greets him by playing back the voicemail Kara left Gordon after his disappearance. Emanda's not pleased with Aiden's meddling. While Aiden doesn't admit to posing as the Detective Lasky that Kara references in the message, he shares with Ems his suspicions that Gordon could've brainwashed Kara, and there's no way of knowing what her motivations are now. Emanda's going to get to the bottom of it anyway, ignoring Aiden's warning that she may not like what she finds out.
Grayson Manor. We're in mid-rebuke by the Queen as she and Conrad sit at the breakfast table. Conrad's been summoned by the Initiative, and will be going to meet with them this afternoon. Victoria thinks it's a bad idea, especially since it's another opportunity for Conrad to get his "reptilian hands" on another thing he can screw up. Look, if we're going to classify them, I'd say they're more amphibian than anything. Daniel enters the scene, curious to know where his father is off to. He gets a lie about a trip to go ease the minds of some investors who are a little concerned after recent events surrounding the Graysons. A little too exuberantly to hide some sort of ulterior motive, Dan commends his father on his good thinking before offering to hold down the fort while he's gone. As the two men go off to tackle their respective days, Charlotte enters, upset that surveillance cameras are being installed all over the house, and more importantly, outside her bedroom. She's also still a little miffed about that whole being falsely imprisoned thing, but that's just being picky. Ignoring all of that, Victoria asks about what Charlotte was going on about when she got upset about her mother betraying David Clarke. It was all in a journal Amily showed her, she says. If Victoria wants to know, she'll have to ask Amily. Meanwhile, at the front door of Grayson Manor, Conrad runs into Ashley on his way out. Having caught Daniel's too-earnest tone earlier, he instructs Ash to keep an eye on his son while he's gone in hopes of finding out what he's really up to.