While Conrad wastes away in a fatalist stupor and awaits the wrath of the Initiative, his company is about to be wrestled away from his control. An investors' luncheon is still on tap even though Conrad is expecting to be arraigned on murder charges, which leads Emanda to expect the Initiative will contact Conrad there. She gives Aiden 24 hours to get Daniel in position to take over Grayson Global. To do so, Aiden goes directly to Nolan to ask that he ultimately protect Emanda with a sacrifice play by giving up evidence that David Clarke invested in Nolcorp. Nolan nobly puts his entire life's work at risk. It's the type of thing we expect Nolan would do, and that's why it's somewhat boring and something that probably should've happened a few episodes ago.
Speaking of things that have been a long time coming, it turns out Mason hasn't exactly put two and two together about Emanda's true identity. Instead, he believes that Ems is Amily's secret lover and co-conspirator in bringing down the Graysons. That's... sort of on the right track. I guess? Amily loses her patience with Mason's investigation, and is on the verge of bashing him in with a crowbar, when Ems intervenes and lets Mason in on her true identity. She makes him think that he's now part of her crusade, but eventually double crosses him. Can't have nosy writers running around with our secrets, now, can we? Emanda has Nolan rearrange Mason's corkboard of revenge connections and plant the flight recorder from Victoria's plane crash in Mason's home to frame him for the murder of Gordon Murphy and conspiracy against Conrad. Ems ensures that Mason will stay locked up and keep quiet by promising that she will go on record for the book she knows he will write about her entire revenge crusade. Mason accepts the deal, partly out of repentance for failing Little Amanda and for his literary greed.
As for greed, there's some measure of it in Daniel moving forward with his coup at Grayson Global. With the proof of David Clarke's investment via Aiden and Nolan, Dan presents his case to the board at the investors' luncheon, and asks for a vote of no confidence against his father so he can lead the company to profits, profits and more profits. Victoria, Aiden and the Initiative's Helen, who is on the board of investors, are all in on the meeting, which appears to go over well.
While this is happening, Krazy Kara goes AWOL. She was supposed to be headed to Florida, but she never boards her flight. To wrangle her back, Ems has Mason call Kara to promise information about the murder of her husband. When they meet, Mason disobeys Emanda's orders and tells Kara that David Clarke was innocent despite Kara being totally unstable, prompting Kara to head back to Grayson Manor and confront Victoria and Conrad. She holds them at gunpoint in their bedroom, and is just about to pull the trigger when Aiden is able to black out surveillance and sneak up behind her. Conrad and Victoria have no idea Aiden was their savior because they were blindfolded and made to get down on their knees just before they were to be offed. She was going to do them execution style! Aiden and Emanda reunite Kara with her psychosis meds, give her some startup cash and send her on her merry way.
Aiden's heroics "RE: Kara" go a long way toward rebuilding trust with Emanda. Ems comes home and immediately starts sucking on Aiden's face. So, there's that.
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We open with a strange pseudo-fisheye lens shot of Victoria lying awake in bed in the morning, holding onto the gun Conrad gifted her. Emanda voice-over: "Penance is a sacrifice -- a voluntary punishment to show remorse for a sin." In the restroom, Conrad takes a safety razor to his face and intentionally nicks himself with the first stroke. VO: "The more grievous the sin, the greater the self-inflicted suffering." So, Conrad must've killed a fly or something. In her guest bedroom, Kara runs a finger along an attempted suicide scar on her wrist. VO: "For some... the ultimate penance is death." Ems watches Kara on her surveillance laptop as Kara reads the front page of the newspaper with the story that Conrad was released on bail from prison. Kara flings the paper to the ground in crazed disgust. VO: "But for others, it is simply a means to an end." There's a knock at Emanda's door...
Ems closes her laptop and cautiously answers the door. It's Mason Treadwell, and he's already on his third cup of pompous this morning. Treadwell: "Ah... the David Clarke house. Now, was it coincidence, serendipity or strategy that brought you here?" Emanda keeps a surprised smile on her face when she replies, "Location." Mason blowhards for, like, twenty minutes about the peculiarities of Emanda and Amily's friendship -- each on antipodal ends of social status -- until Ems puts a stop to it. "As much as we both enjoy the sound of your voice, Mason, why don't you just get to the point?" she asks. Mason pulls out a group photo from the juvenile correction facility with both Ems and Ams. It doesn't really prove anything, but there is the fact that Ems has pretended to have just met Amily recently. Mason thinks Emanda is bankrolling Amily's revenge plot because of a past romantic relationship they shared, and Ems gets a sweet deal on David Clarke's beach house in exchange. It's almost as absurd an idea as them switching identities and attempting to coexist within the same extremely exclusive social circle. If Ems won't fess up, Mason's OK with that because she can just read about it when the story hits the bestseller list. Emanda's OK with that because there'll be an epic libel suit shortly thereafter. Mason: "Not if I write the truth." Ems: "Then do, and we don't have a problem." I love it when Emanda bluffs.
Victoria is still toying with her gun, but now she's up out of bed and about to put it in her purse. Kara's walking by and spots this in a hallway mirror. She keeps walking and bumps into Victoria, who can't seem to avoid being startled by this woman. Kara thinks it's best that she takes her leave of Grayson Manor now, and has booked a flight. She just needs a credit card number for confirmation, which Victoria says she'll happily provide. The Queen takes Kara up in an awkward embrace. I say "awkward" because it's not every day that the woman who stole another woman's husband and then played a role in his death hugs that woman goodbye after having let her roam around her massive mansion for days.