In the wake of Tyler's murder at the Fire & Ice Ball, the police naturally have Daniel under suspicion of having pulled the trigger because he was, you know, at the scene, covered in the victim's blood and had his fingerprints all over the gun. That's what's called in television "a mountain of evidence." The Graysons lawyer up with a sharp, new guy named Benjamin Brooks. When Daniel is taken into custody, Mr. Brooks starts investigating our favorite Hamptonites for information that could be used against Dan in court.
Meanwhile, pieces of what actually happened that evening start to reveal themselves to all the participants. Jack realizes his brother and Charlotte didn't get a good look at him on the beach, but Dec comes across Jack's hoodie, figuring out his brother is covering up for someone. He declares that Jack has always been the stand-up guy, and this time he's going to watch out for his big brother. While Jack waits to see what that will entail, he sits around the bar, hoping that Amily will turn up with some answers for him about what mess he's gotten himself into. Don't hold your breath, guy.
Emanda becomes aware through the Graysons that someone was tampering with the video surveillance of the party the night of Tyler's murder. Knowing that Nolan was messing with surveillance that night, Ems realizes he must be working for Takeda. She confronts Nolan, and he admits it, but there are more pressing matters. The Graysons are desperate to save Daniel, and will likely find a way to use Jack as a fall guy to clear their son's name -- especially since the scandal has made its way to the Internet. That happened courtesy of Ashley, who leaked photos of a bloodied Daniel. She inadvertently becomes the face of Dan's legal defense when she speaks up to reporters who are staking out his interrogation at the police station. It becomes clear to Ash very quickly that she might be able to parlay this public relations thing into a new career.
An odd alliance forms between Victoria, Conrad and Emanda in support of Daniel when he is denied bail and left incarcerated in maximum security prison until trial. Charlotte would probably a part of that alliance, but she decides she wants to have her cliché teenage girl prescription drug-induced time apart from everyone, including Declan. Poor rich girl.
So, what actually happened on the beach that night? Daniel managed to wrestle the gun away from Tyler. Daniel fired a shot into Tyler when he advanced on him, and Takeda smashed Dan on the back of the head with a rock. Takeda picked up the gun and fired two shots into Tyler to finish him off before snatching the Grayson Global photo and positioning Daniel away from the scene. Takeda watched Amily and Jack discover Tyler's body, but later nebulously alluded to Amily's current whereabouts by telling Emanda that she must choose to save her or Jack. He told Ems this the night of Tyler's murder when she came home to hide the infinity x infinity box. Finding herself one step behind her sensei, Emanda destroys the box in frustration and reevaluates her plan yet again.
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It's still the aftermath of Tyler's murder. The police are now on the scene and walk a line on the beach, combing for evidence. Emanda voice-over: "My father's false imprisonment taught me that in a crisis you quickly find out who your real friends are. Tragedy and scandal it seems have a unique way of clarifying people's priorities." The camera scans the beach and finally rests on Tyler's lifeless body being photographed by forensic specialists.
Cut to Charlotte sitting in an interrogation room beginning a quick-moving montage of all the attendees of the Fire & Ice Ball being questioned. She's in mid-story about hearing a cell phone go off and then seeing someone in a hoodie in the tall grass. Dec is next up. He isn't certain it was a hoodie he saw. Really, Dec? What was it -- a prom dress? Ashley says Tyler wasn't a bad person, he was just sick. Nolan: "The guy went all Benihana on my arm and tied me to a chair." Victoria: "That boy was a menace." Conrad has already turned hostile on his interrogators and blames them for letting Tyler loose after he had held them at gunpoint. Now it's Emanda's turn. She says she went home to get Daniel a change of clothes, saw her gun was missing and she had left her window open. Tyler must've climbed in and stolen the gun, she says. Finally, Daniel is grilled. He says he doesn't remember his struggle with Tyler. That would make sense since he has 15 stitches in his head. The investigator starts leading Daniel. He paints a picture of Tyler being a threat to Dan and his family with a history of violence. Then he adds condescendingly, "Look, I can understand. You felt like your life was in danger. You shot him, didn't you?" FLASHBACK: Victoria whispers to Daniel on the beach after Tyler's murder, "Don't say a word." /FLASHBACK. Daniel to the detective: "I don't remember."
Outside of the interrogation room a TV monitor shows Daniel sitting silently at an empty table. The detective comes out to find Victoria, Conrad and Emanda. Ems asks the detective if they're charging Daniel. Not yet. He advises them not to leave for the Labor Day holiday. Victoria wants the police to let Daniel go since he has a bad head injury, but the detective reminds her that he also has blood all over him that's probably Tyler's. The police want to ask more questions of Daniel. Conrad says Dan's lawyer should be present, lest they want to violate his son's rights. Defeated, the detective nods to some officers to bring out Daniel from the interrogation room. Emanda greets him first and gives him a hug. She whispers to him that they should go home. Victoria speaks up to offer her son a ride from the police station. He says he's going home with Ems instead, but he wants to talk with his mother privately first.