The thing about assuming the identity of the person with which you switched identities with once before (and dating their childhood love), is that eventually that shit's going to catch up with you. Jack starts to sense there's something a little bit off about Amily since she doesn't seem to really remember some of the very special memories they should share from childhood, and Sammy doesn't seem to like her. Lucky for her, Emanda is dead-set on following through with this "kill her with kindness" plan. She offers up a journal to Amily from when she was still young so Amily can keep up her appearance with Jack. The usurped romance continues to blossom, but Emanda makes sure the Graysons are aware Amanda Clarke is back in the Hamptons.
Speaking of the Graysons, Grayson Manor is a very quiet place these days. In addition to Daniel already being gone, Conrad files for divorce and Charlotte starts scheming with Declan to move out. Dec actually takes a lecture from Jack to heart, and decides he needs to develop more into a man before he makes this move with Charlotte, or he could risk messing it all up in the long-run. Instead, Charlotte ends up going to live with Conrad. That means Victoria is all alone with Tyler, whom we find out has run out of his anger-suppressing medication.
That's important because the business competition between Tyler and Daniel at Grayson Global has gotten nasty. Emanda steals Nolan's sex tape of Tyler and tells Daniel the only reason Nolan did business with him is because he was blackmailed. Daniel takes this info to Conrad, who tries to fire Tyler, but Tyler pulls out his ace in the hole. He threatens to expose the Graysons' role in framing David Clarke. So, that means Tyler gets to continue to be part of the family and keep his job. Daniel is livid when he finds out his dad is keeping Tyler on, and gives his full allegiance to Victoria in the impending divorce case, offering to dig up any info he can find at Grayson Global that would help her. She will probably need a lot of help because the lawyer taking up her cause is the same lawyer who chose not to go forward with David Clarke's appeal. He will probably have a red X marked on his face in a photo very soon.
All of this happens pretty organically as far as Emanda's concerned. So, she spends her time this episode pissing off her Japanese mentor who takes his leave of her when he refuses to believe she's not falling for Daniel or at least letting her emotions guide her quest too much. Whatever, Japanese dude, we don't need you anyway. We're going to kill Bill with or without your help.
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We open on the sparkling, blue ocean on a summer afternoon. We pan over to see Emanda sparring with Satoshi in a secluded wooden ring on a hill overlooking the beach. Emanda's decked out in a full karate gi because we really need to feel the Japanese going on here. She's faring well against Satoshi's attacks -- maybe a little too well for his liking -- and takes him down a couple times. He comments the she remembers her training well. She replies, "One thing you can count on: I never forget." That must suck for Emanda because Satoshi likes to spout off very obvious bits of advice like: "The task in front of you requires absolute focus," and, "Prioritize the obstacles to your end goal. Eliminate them one at a time." Her targets at the moment are Tyler and Amily. She figures Tyler isn't a problem, but Amily is a ticking time bomb. Satoshi advises Emanda stay clear and let her ultimate opponent handle the problem for her. That would be Victoria. There's no way Emanda would've figured that out on her own without fight training with her Japanese mentor.
We're close-up on divorce papers in Victoria's hand. She's still in her evening gown, and isn't really up to greeting Ashley, who's all chipper this morning because she's excited to go to breakfast so they can discuss Emanda. It'll have to wait, Victoria tells Ashley, before she instructs her to go back to referring to her as "Ms. Grayson." Ashley immediately reverts back to being a spineless assistant and offers her devotion in these tough times. Victoria's eyes light up at the opportunity to dispatch a minion. She asks Ashley to bring back Daniel to Grayson Manor, and as a little reward for doing this, she tells her it's OK now to call her "Victoria." Tiny acts of kindness -- they're like dog treats for personal assistants.
Ash makes her way over to the pool house just as Tyler finishes popping a prescription pill. This is the first time they've spoken since their awkward encounter. They recap for us what happened (hello, new viewers) and Tyler maintains that getting frisky with Nolan has secured a great deal of money for them both. Ashley asks Tyler point-blank if he's bisexual. "What I am is ambitious," he replies, keeping things delightfully nebulous. If Ash can't deal with that, then they should part ways now as friends, Tyler adds. He extends an invitation to dinner tonight at a very nice restaurant, but the invitation to join forces as Tyler climbs the ladder at Grayson Global is time-sensitive.