The big problem for Emanda, Amily, is still lingering in the Hamptons. Even worse, she's throwing her stripper self at Jack and he is completely receptive. Nolan tries to run interference and implies to Amily that pissing off Emanda is the last thing she wants to do, but she digs in her heels and defiantly pulls the "Whateva, I do what I want!" card. It's ballsy enough to go against Emanda's wishes, but Amily adds more balls to the ante when she convinces Jack she is in fact Amanda Clarke returned to claim her destiny. They bring their blossoming romance right to Emanda's doorstep since Jack figures Amanda Clarke would want to see her old house. That awkward moment when your childhood crush and dream guy falls in love with the stripper you switched identities with because he thinks she's you.
Emanda has a few "Aww hell naw" moments too many on account of Amily and feels the need to call in a favor from an old mentor, much like she did with Warden Stiles. This time, she brings in a mysterious Japanese man who gave her some training after she switched identities with Amily. He makes an appearance at an event at Grayson Manor under the name Mr. Takeda and cryptically gives her vengeance platitudes, again, much like Warden Stiles did.
Queen Victoria is also pulling out all the stops as her empire crumbles. She had been trying to subdue Lydia with medication once she started to remember the animosity from Victoria on the night of her accident, but Conrad absconds with Lydia without Victoria noticing during the party at Grayson Manor. Now that he has Lydia, he is out of the house and seems to be out of his marriage as well. Daniel also continues to hold a grudge against Victoria for directing Frank's murder investigation toward Emanda, who tries to make a show of playing peacemaker between mother and son. It doesn't work entirely, and Daniel continues to stay at Casa Emily. Queen Victoria feels her grip on her family is slipping so badly that she takes it out on Charlotte. She doesn't just forbid Char from seeing Dec like a normal mom. She goes over to the Stowaway to try and buy Declan off so he'll stay away from her daughter. Charlotte pretends to heed her mom's advice that ending things with Dec is for the best, but she sneaks over to continue seeing him and will continue to see him, leaving her mom completely alone and depressed in her mansion.
Tyler has once again grown ambitious after finding Lydia's Open Arms speech that would've exposed the Graysons. That ambition gets put to good use when Conrad pits Tyler and Daniel against each other in a bit of friendly competition to close an investment deal at a party for Grayson Global. The first one to do it gets full commission. Tyler is all vitriol against Daniel in trying to secure his future. He tries to gain a leg up by stealing Nolan's credit card and charging some clothes for him and Ashley so they can look good for the party, then asking Nolan to invest. The trusty whale spy camera comes into play again here. Nolan uses it to watch what Tyler does when he leaves him alone in the Fortress of Solitude. He catches a glimpse of the Open Arms speech and sees that Tyler has tried searching for info on David Clarke. Emanda suggests that Nolan go ahead and give Tyler an investment to placate him until they can figure out what to do. At the party, Nolan takes Tyler aside to talk business and then asks to continue their physical agreement. Ashley walks in on them kissing, which is... you know, not what you want to see if you're a girlfriend. Tyler manages to convince Ash that it's all part of their plan to not be so nice anymore and actually gets through to her that she needs to stop being such a lackey for Victoria. As a result, she offers up a little info on Emanda to Queen Victoria and makes a brunch date with her boss, whom she now calls "Victoria" instead of "Mrs. Grayson." Small victories.
-- Pablo G. is some guy who lives in San Antonio, Texas. He co-hosts TWoP's original "Trailers Without Pity" with his brother Omar G. Check him out at Unp0ssible and Pablog and follow him @PendejoJoe on Twitter.
It's morning time out on the porch of Casa Emily. Emanda voice-over: "It's been written that a lover is apt to be as full of secrets from himself as is the object of his love from him. For my father, the secrets withheld by the woman he loved proved powerful enough to destroy him. I'm just now beginning to understand the enormity of that burden." Daniel comes outside to the porch and brings Emanda some coffee. He asks about plans for the day because he has to be part of an event for Grayson Global called "Business by the Beach," which will involve a beach volleyball match. Emanda agrees to come cheer him on. They kiss and Emanda immediately looks up to see Queen Victoria watching from her poorly green-screened balcony and makes sure to kiss Daniel again longer and deeper for the queen's viewing pleasure.
Ashley hangs up from a phone call at Grayson Manor and gets called in to the guest bedroom by Lydia, who asks for her wheelchair and her phone so she can call Conrad. Lydia seems really eager to do anything she can that will get her out of Grayson Manor faster, probably because she suspects they're trying to kill her, but maybe not. Victoria barges into the room and puts a stop to Lydia leaving. She asks Ashley to bring in Lydia's medications. Yes. Drugs are the answer. Ash goes out to the kitchen and runs into Tyler who is sporting a gross, gray tank top and gym shorts. I don't know... Tyler's yuck enough without having to picture him sweating, too. As she is wont to do, Ashley complains and complains some more about Victoria to Tyler. He convinces her to come cheer him on at volleyball later in the day.
It's a beautiful day out at the docks. Amily finds Jack washing down "The Amanda" and asks who's the boat's namesake. I think I would feel weird asking why someone named something after the person whose name I've assumed, but that's just me. Jack dodges the question and invites her out for a sail after lunch and she gladly accepts. Slut. Nolan happens to be walking by and spots the two love birds. Concern scrunches his face as he walks on without being noticed.
Beach volleyball time! Tyler's getting his ass handed to him by Daniel and generally looking a schmuck. Ashley and Emanda take their seats among the spectators and muse at the thought of naturally having to root against each other again since their boyfriends are competing. Ashley does her best to not be annoying in this scene and it's still annoying. She jabs at Emanda for "shacking up" with Daniel and complains some more about Victoria for good measure. Luckily for us, Emanda's phone rings and we get to get up and leave Ashley. It's Nolan with a spy report that Amily is still in town. He slips a distressed joke into his greeting, as always, about whether he should call Ems "Ams" instead, and relays what he's seeing. "Amanda is on 'The Amanda.'" This means war. Emanda says she'll be there as soon as she can, and walks out of the event without saying bye to Ashley or Daniel. Dan notices and then also gets snubbed by Tyler walking off the volleyball court because he's (surprise) a sore loser.