Through surveillance (shout out to the Clam Cam!), Emanda sees it's Victoria's plan to leave the country with Charlotte once she's released from rehab. It wouldn't be any sort of real revenge if the plan didn't involve a little bit of eye-for-an-eye. Victoria took away Ems' mom, so Emanda will take away Victoria's daughter. There are a few complications to both women's plans.
For Emanda, she must figure out how to get Charlotte out of rehab. She does so by giving Daniel a tip that the doctor keeping his sister locked up might be crooked. Lest we forget Daniel has sometimes been known to do the right thing, he barges into the rehab center and threatens a lawsuit if Charlotte isn't set free. This is all part of Ems' plan, as she knows that Charlotte would still have trouble trusting her brother after he did nothing to keep her from being locked up in the first place, and the timing is awful since her inheritance has been swiped by Conrad. Emanda swoops in to offer Charlotte a place to stay just as all of this is going down. She takes Charlotte to see Amily so she'll know she's about to supposedly become a proud aunt. It seems like Charlie's about to ditch her family for Ems and Ams until Daniel does yet another good thing, and offers up his inheritance and Grayson Manor to Charlotte to atone for not standing up for her before. Sigh... if only Spaniel weren't a Grayson.
The complications for Victoria's plan are a little more simple. She doesn't have enough money to pay the White-Haired Man for the fake passports he acquired for her and Charlotte, and Conrad has managed to gain power of attorney over Charlie's inheritance, so she's no help. WHM threatens the safety of both women, so Victoria decides to take matters into her own hands. She reveals to Conrad she's still alive and hatches a plan with him to frame WHM. Victoria has Conrad beat her and handcuff her in her cabin, then has the police on standby after summoning WHM. He manages to escape, but it gives Victoria carte blanche with her family and allows her to come home to Grayson Manor.
On the poor side of things, Jack and Amily are about to get their paternity test results back. Ams knows that Emanda had something to do with Jack's sudden interest in knowing who the baby's father is, so Ems gives the appearance of making it up to her by agreeing to help make sure the test provides a favorable result. And she does just that, but lies to Amily, saying the baby isn't really Jack's just so that Amily will be denied the joy and have to live a life of guilt. Dark. Meanwhile, Declan is still feeling like the weight of the world is on him because of all of this Jack's baby business. He's approached by a classmate who definitely has him marked as someone who can be taken advantage of because of their hardship. Dec agrees to begin storing stolen jewelry for him for cash moneys. There's no way this will blow up in his face and start a grease fire.
During all of this, Nolan has been somewhat aloof because Nolcorp is being audited. He takes the time to actually speak with some of his employees and learns that his accounting analyst, Padma, is a bit of a firecracker. She insists that Nolan hire a chief financial officer, but Nolan only trusts himself with stuff like that. When Padma takes the initiative to present some CFOs they can poach, Nolan gives the job to Padma, and seems a tiny bit intrigued/infatuated. Could this be the start of a beautiful, inappropriate business and pleasure relationship?
At the end of the literal day, Ems is contacted by WHM who has realized she's in possession of surveillance footage of Conrad beating Victoria that could exonerate him from the Queen's claim that he abducted her. They agree to meet at Casa Emily. Ems holds out on giving up the footage until she can get some answers about her mother. WHM isn't entirely forthcoming with the details, but he appears to hint that he didn't follow through with killing Mrs. Clarke when he and Victoria freed her from the psychiatric ward at the hospital. Then, he tries to cut Emanda's throat. It looks like bloody red curtains for her until Takeda's mysterious apprentice shows up and shoots WHM. Welcome to the real show, Apprentice Man.
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INXS' "Never Tear Us Apart" sets the mood. We drop down from a slanted crane shot to a station wagon in sepia transit with Little Amanda in the passenger seat. If this opening were laced with any more nostalgia, it'd be a fully functioning time machine. Emanda voice-over: "For those who believe in resurrection, death is inconsequential. It is not an ending, but rather a new beginning... a second chance. A reunion." Little Amanda watches her mother sing along off-key for a bit and then suddenly grows serious. She remembers her dad saying her mom's sick and she wants to talk about it. Mom's better now that she's with Little Amanda, she says. Dad's not around because they're on vacation. Ems VO continued: "...But the very idea of resurrection is so seductive a concept, it's easy to forget... before you can rise from the dead..." Kara's face morphs into Victoria's to finish the thought: "...you have to spend a few days in Hell." Little Amanda screams. /DREAM.
Emanda awakes on her couch with a concerned Nolan trying to wake her from her nightmare. She naturally reaches for his throat by instinct. Nolan suggests Ems not fall asleep watching horror movies, by which he means surveillance video of Victoria. Also, it's probably not a good idea to nap out in the open where the "White-Haired Mannibal Lector" can easily attack. Emanda has a hunch that he's not going to kill her, and that Victoria is lying about her ties to the government. Somehow, Charlotte is part of Victoria's plan, she thinks. Nolan reminds Ems that Charlie's locked away in "Dr. Doom's sober house." Man... Nolan is really pushing it this morning. Charlotte won't be there for long, Ems says before getting up to leave.
Grayson Manor. We get a gratuitous, lingering trail shot of Ashley's butt in a tennis skirt as she enters Daniel's office. She invites him out for a tennis match, but Daniel's poring over documents for a quarterly report that's due out this afternoon. He's concerned because the company's assets don't match its inflated earnings. It's likely his father is up to no good. At this suggestion, Ash suddenly gets overly seductive about her invitation for a tennis match. She stops just short of offering to show him her forehand. Lucky for Dan (and us), his phone rings with a call from Emanda. He asks Ash for some privacy to take it. Ems immediately starts in with her overly concerned yet naive tone. She says that Charlotte whispered to her at the Memorial Day auction that she was afraid of her doctor, so she investigated Dr. Thomas. Ems mentions the blemishes on his background check and suggests that maybe Charlotte's test results were faked, instantly triggering Dan's "Oh shit" face. He immediately brings up a Google knock-off to see what he can find on Dr. Thomas, while asking Ems to send him all the info she found on him. Daniel thanks Emanda and they hang up. The phone conversation ended with Ems lingering out on her front porch. We cut to a monocular view of someone spying on her. It's Apprentice Man, learning the ropes of proper surveillance.