Judge Robert Barnes, is up for a seat on the Supreme Court. Who is Judge Robert Barnes? Well, just the guy who turned a blind eye to jury tampering during David Clarke's trial, that's who. Because of a letter sent to her father in prison (what else), Emanda's aware that Robert's adviser was taking steps to reveal the jury had been tainted before he subsequently turned up dead. The good news is that Victoria sees Barnes as a powerful ally, and Emanda will get her chance at accessing yet another man who stood idly by as her father took the fall. Man, the Grayons really befriended everyone that was involved, huh?
Victoria reaches out to Ems to ask her to reel her son back in since she's certain Daniel's still in love with Emanda, and the Queen is desperate at this point for anything that can make him accessible. That falls in line enough with Emanda's own plans. She stages a fake-up (Nolan's coined phrase for a faux break-up) with Aiden in front of Dan and is sure to present herself as strong, but wounded when she has 'chance' encounters with Daniel. At dinner with the Barneses, Emanda features prominently when she begins questioning their ties to the adviser that died. It becomes clear to Ems that Robert is abusive to his wife, Patricia, so she exploits that by telling her that Amanda Clarke lived in fear after the ordeal she went through. Empowered by Emanda, Patricia diverts from her planned speech in support of her husband at a press conference, and instead reveals the role he played in an improper trial of David Clarke, as well as his domestic abuse of her. Awesome line she delivers: "The greater the power, the greater the potential for abuse." Robert will not be getting a Supreme Court seat.
The Initiative is becoming more active in the dealings of all involved. Helen gets in contact with Daniel to suggest he dig deeper into Grayson Global to uncover more secrets that can gain him more power. Meanwhile, Aiden gets in contact with Helen, earning a face-to-face with her. She dangles the possibility of Aiden reuniting with his sister if he'll be cooperative. We may care about that later... I guess.
Now technically an employee of Grayson Global, Nolan finds himself in a position to do some snooping. He hacks into the company's system (unfortunately leaving behind some bread crumbs the Initiative might be able to exploit) as his ex-boyfriend, Marco, harasses him to get back together. Nolan's not hearing all that noise, but Marco may come in handy because he's in possession of some very powerful malicious code Nolan wrote when he was younger. Something tells me that will come back into play in the future.
The boring bar drama continues. The Ryan brothers tighten their hold on the Porters, and it's starting to be too much. Declan decides to do some investigating, and uncovers a stash of drugs. Seeing this as an opportunity to involve the authorities and be rid of these con artists, Dec anonymously calls the police. When they raid the bar, they find no drugs in the bar. Instead, the drugs turn up on The Amanda, incriminating Dec. Of course, Jack won't let his little brother do time, so he valiantly/idiotically claims the drugs were his. With Jack locked up, the Ryans remind Declan that it wouldn't be wise to mess with them. Things can only get worse.
Operation "Get back with the fake fiancée" is well underway. All of those tiny interactions between Emanda and Daniel culminate in Dan showing up at her door at night. Ems reiterates her support for him, and they kiss. Victoria watches from her balcony, pleased. Aiden watches from just inside the front door, not pleased.
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It's the dead of night out on some cliffs, probably near Casa Emily. In dark hoodies, Emanda and Aiden spar. Emanda voiceover: "Power: born out of nature, coveted by man. Wars rage on and victors are crowned, but true power can never be lost or won. True power comes from within." Ems thoroughly beats Aiden before roll-throwing him and pinning him with her true power from within. He comments on her being in tip-top shape. She has to be, she says. Is it time for round two? Ems has other things on her mind. She tosses off her hood and lays a kiss on Aiden's lips. There's nothing quite like combating your significant other in the pitch dark on some cliff to get the sex juices flowing, am I right?
The next morning, Daniel strolls on a busy New York City sidewalk with his briefcase and shades, newspaper tucked under his arm. He's entirely playing the part of the CEO he must believe his dad envisions... or maybe it was something he saw in a movie in college when he wasn't busy getting shitfaced and crashing expensive cars and people into things. Helen's black Initiativemobile rolls up beside him and she beckons him inside for a brief meeting. In the backseat of the car, Dan's a little bit sassy when Helen suggests the Initiative likes to know exactly who and what they're investing in. Daniel: "I agree. It's important to know who you're getting into bed with." Stop it. She's too old for you. What Helen's really getting at is she wants Dan to try his hand at uncovering more secrets within Grayson Global like the Nolcorp coup he haphazardly managed. She figures if he digs around enough, he should uncover secrets that will make him more powerful.
Early morning at the Stowaway. Amily sits alone at the empty bar with a bowl of cereal. Jack enters in a bit of a stupor because his alarm didn't go off. That was Amily's doing. She saw that he was tossing and turning all night, as if a deep, dark secret were weighing on his slumbersleepytimes. Jack admits he's been keeping a secret from her and produces a necklace he made out of the sea glass that he supposedly found with her when they were children (but really found with Ems). He thinks she can wear it at their wedding. Something old, something new, something borrowed and something blue all in one. Cute. The cuteness is cut short when Nate Ryan walks in pushing a dolly of big sacks he calls "supplies." Yes, but supplies for whom? Nate orders Jack to clean up the counter and disappears into the back storage room. Ams asks Jack, "Since when do you take orders from the Ryan brothers?" She senses something's not right with them. How perceptive. And speaking of perceptive, Declan eavesdrops on this conversation from yet another backroom (How many backrooms does the Stowaway have? No wonder it's got a problem with stowaways). Somehow, this conversation strikes a nerve with Dec, it seems. I don't know why, since it's nothing he didn't already know.