It's time for that vote of no confidence that just won't ever seem to get here. This is finally possible because Nolan is forced to agree to terms with Grayson Global, lest Daniel sic his forensic accountants on the paper trail that leads straight to Emanda. Dan has former Nolcorp CFO, Marco Romero, and his cooperation to thank for the final bit of leverage needed to close the deal. Grayson Global now has a 51% stake in Nolcorp and Nolan must stay on as CEO, as per the contract. With this major move, Daniel has come through on his promise to investors. Now, only a vote stands between him and control of the company.
There's a man on the board named Salvador Grobet with considerable sway over the vote. Conrad and Victoria are in mid-schmooze, and appear primed to win Salvador over when Emanda unleashes the Kraken. She has surveillance footage of Conrad sleeping with Ashley. First of all... ew. Second of all, that's a sex tape that's going to do the opposite of what they normally do, and damage some careers. Only Victoria, Conrad and Ashley become aware of the video's existence, so there's no threat to Ashley's relationship with Daniel... except Victoria decides to use it as blackmail to whore Ash out to Salvador in hopes of securing his vote.
Aiden has long believed Ashley to be a viper in the grass, so this is a good opportunity for him and Ems to take her out. When Ash goes to Salvador's hotel room to "persuade" him, Aiden holds a meeting with Daniel there, offering up his intel that Ash is upstairs cheating on him. Daniel storms into Salvador's room, dumps Ash on the spot, snaps a photo of the two together, and threatens to send it to Salvador's wife unless he gets his vote. Check and mate.
Daniel wins the vote, which means the Initiative will now be knocking on his door and he is in grave danger. Either that, or he will just be very closely monitored in some bullshit, nebulous way while we get tiny glimpses of some supposedly sprawling evil operation at work. At the very least, things between him and Ashley are over, and an alliance between Victoria and Emanda to protect him appears to be on the horizon. Nolan, meanwhile, plans to bring down Grayson Global from within. Hopefully, all of this means we'll get back to Ems and Nolan getting their hands dirty like old times.
Out on the docks, the christening of baby Carl brings back some old faces and some bad blood. Matt, Carl Porter's old friend who shot Kenny Ryan's dad, comes back to town, and things very quickly escalate. The Ryan boys beat Matt nearly to death, and in what he probably thought were his dying breaths, Matt tells Jack the whole story about murdering Joe Ryan, with Carl covering for him. Jack now knows that Kenny and Nate are foes, not friends. So, I guess cancel the beer pong tournament?
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In close-up, Victoria's hand -- nearly swallowed up by the hugest nightgown sleeve ever -- caresses a wooden case. Emanda voice-over: "For the righteous, a revelation is a joyous event -- the realization of a divine truth." Interspersed fade cuts guide us through Victoria unlatching the golden clasps of the box, revealing a rifle inside the red velvet-lined case. The camera glides over the rifle's body in extreme close-up not unlike so much NRA porn. VO continued: "For the wicked, revelations can be far more terrifying... when dark secrets are exposed and sinners are punished for their trespasses." Victoria stares down the barrel of the antique rifle and lets off a round. She's outdoors now, skeet shooting. Not Lil Jon skeet shooting. I always feel the need to clarify nowadays. And that nightgown from earlier? It's actually a puffy pirate shirt. Is that standard skeet shooting attire? Victoria, Conrad and their guest, Salvador Grobet, are all wearing white/khaki with brown vests out at a crowded firing range. Conrad misses a shot and gets some ribbing from Salvador, but Conrad just blames being out of practice simply for lack of time. Perfect segue to talking business.
Conrad expects things will die down once the absurd no-confidence vote being levied against him by Daniel passes by. Salvador thinks Daniel makes a good case if he can secure Nolcorp. According to Conrad, there's no reason to believe Nolcorp is the game-changer Daniel claims, and that Nolan won't give it up without a fight. Salvador makes it clear he holds the key to this vote. A block of voters on the board will go whichever way he chooses to vote. And just like that, we have the premise for this whole episode.
Elsewhere on the grounds, Emanda and Aiden don their white and khaki in the refreshments tent. Ems gives Aiden the rundown on this Salvador character. He's from Brazil and, unlike most men in the Hamptons, married into his fortune. He's been on the Grayson Global board since 1999, and always sided with Conrad on major votes. Ems figures, though, that greed is Salvador's main motivator, and Daniel delivering Nolcorp will easily sway the vote. Speak of the devil, Nolan sidles up, wearing a gray blazer with pink checker stripe accents, a hot pink shirt with the collar flipped up and a salmon-colored polo layered over it. He intones, "Mm... sacrificial lamb, reporting for the slaughter." Aiden excuses himself, leaving Ems with a peck on the cheek. Nolan points to his cheek, but no dice. Why doesn't anybody ever show Nolan love? Emanda needs the acquisition of Nolcorp to seem imminent. Nolan's OK with that because he's got a little plan of his own to take out some of the sting. But that's for Nolan to know and Ems to find out later. With the tables turned on secrecy for once, Nolan takes this rare opportunity to tease Emanda. "Oh, how's that feel? Not so fun, huh?"