There's nobody better than the Graysons at a cover-up. Still dealing with the aftermath of their murder of Helen Crowley, they band together as a family to give off the appearance of not being aware that Helen is missing to any eyes and ears that may be observing them. The night of the murder, Victoria solves the issue of Helen's chauffer expecting her to leave Grayson Manor by donning Helen's outfit and being driven to her home. The next day, she and Daniel stage a fake confrontation at his office to make it appear that Dan still has an alliance with Helen. When an Initiative agent comes sniffing around Grayson Manor, Conrad and Victoria put him on the trail of Amily, whom they've framed for Helen's murder by stashing her cell phone and scarf at the Stowaway. That Initiative agent gained access to the Graysons because they were throwing a big party for the announcement of Conrad's gubernatorial candidacy. Everything's coming up Grayson.
Being privy to Conrad's major plans and exactly how Amily is counter to them, Ashley seeks out Emanda to warn her that Ams might be in danger. Emanda had no idea that Amily had confronted Conrad, and quickly puts the pieces together that Jack and his new wife might be out of communication because something's afoot. Ems and Nolan track Jack's and Nate's last GPS coordinates and hop on a speedboat on a mission to intercept them. It's just about the most ridiculous thing ever, seeing Nolan and Emanda on the CGI'd seas, and even more ridiculous that they actually make it there on time.
Meanwhile, Nolan has left Padma in the care of Aiden. It's a mutually beneficial situation because the hope is that Padma can maybe get them back on the trail of the Initiative while Aiden can maybe assist in a safe return of Padma's father. Despite Helen being gone, they do manage to get in contact with the Initiative, drawing the attention of the agent investigating Helen's disappearance. The good news is Padma's father may still be alive. The bad news is they sent her one of his fingers.
After about three attempts at a sacrifice (hey, that's the title and theme of this episode!), Amily finally gives her life to protect both Jack and Emanda. Let's see... there's Amily getting all up in Nate's face when he's got her and Jack hostage at gunpoint, feeding him a lie about never loving Jack and only being there for revenge so that Nate will spare him. Then, when Jack concocts a plan so they can escape on an inflatable raft by tricking Nate into going in the boat's cabin, Ams stays behind to let Jack have a head start because he's taken a gunshot wound in the process of escaping. Finally, Emanda boards the boat and gets into a physical struggle with Nate over her gun, which goes off and pierces the boat's propane tank. Amily gets a hold of Nate's gun during this fight and puts a bullet in him. The two girls are about to escape when Ams decides to go back to grab a necklace that Emanda gave her when they were teens that symbolized their sisterhood and Ems' promise to come back for her after juvie. Nate pulls out a lighter and blows up the boat just as Ams makes her jump, shielding Emanda. She's fatally wounded, and in her last moments, she makes Ems promise to watch over Jack and Carl. The only thing that's gut-wrenching about such a telegraphed death is Ems' reaction. She finally owns up to her responsibility for this woman and breaks down while she waits for rescue from Nolan after he rushes Jack to the emergency room. All in all, it's probably the worst honeymoon ever, but I'd say any planned trip to Nantucket is doomed from the start.
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We begin this seafaring episode by reliving the scuba diver's search of The Amanda's wreckage from the opening of the season premiere. Emanda voice-over: "Sacrifice -- by its strictest definition takes something precious in exchange for the appeasement of a higher power, an abiding devotion to a cause that cannot be satisfied with a simple promise." The diver makes his way into the boat's cabin and stops on the photo of the Porter brothers with their father. Fade cut to Jack and Amily making love in the bed just below that photo probably days earlier. VO: "Because an oath, no matter how solemn, asks nothing in return." Amily's foot kicks out and knocks Jack's compass to the floor. Fade cut to the diver discovering the compass and pocketing it. VO: "While true sacrifice demands unspeakable loss." The diver discovers a male corpse's wedding-ringed hand. Fade cut to Jack's wedding-ringed hand clasping Amily's. They finish their mushiness and decide to head upstairs to get some cool air under the stars. After they exit, Nate pops open the closet door he was hiding in and exposes his wedding-ringed hand. Well, that's no fun.
Grayson Manor. It's still the night of Helen Crowley's murder. Sarcastically, Conrad congratulates Victoria on dooming them all with just one bullet. Victoria: "The bitch had it coming." That's just crass, Victoria. You're better than that. ...Maybe. While she, Conrad and Daniel roll up Helen's body in a rug, taking a page from Archer's Woodhouse, I suppose, Helen's phone goes off with a text. Her chauffeur is starting to wonder where she is. Victoria has a plan for that. She has Conrad unroll the carpet and hand her the phone. Cut to the driver receiving a text from Helen's number that reads, "Out in a moment. Start the car." Out steps Victoria, wearing Helen's headscarf and sunglasses. She smiles to herself as she slips into the backseat with the driver being none the wiser. It was such a kooky plan that it might just work, one of the Graysons probably said.
The next morning, the three Graysons have a murder hangover at Grayson Manor. Daniel's surprised to hear that Victoria's ready to bring back the house staff so soon and that it's business as usual with their Labor Day party going on as planned. Conrad thinks it's time that Daniel stop distancing himself from the blood on all their hands, especially since they've already got it figured out that they'll be pinning this all on Amily. Her threat against the family made that an easy choice. Dan has a hissyfit about the idea of destroying a girl with a justifiable vendetta against them for what they did to her father, but Victoria brushes all of that off. Amily is simply an enemy of the family now and there's no need to consider anything else. Ashley walks into the room as Victoria's ending her discussion of framing Amily and moving on to her plan to use Helen's video feed at Daniel's office to their advantage somehow. She and Daniel walk out, leaving Ash to talk with Conrad.