The overly saturated lighting of Casa Emily in flashback sets the scene. Little Amanda is in the middle of some major make believe preparations in the living room. She's all dressed up and... oh no. Don't make us watch this little girl plan out her dream wedding to Jack. David enters from outside and is taken aback like any single father would be when his little girl is growing up so fast. Perfect father that he is, David gives his daughter's imaginings complete credence, asking what the pipe cleaners are for (they're wedding rings, silly) and who the lucky guy is. Enter young Jack right on cue. Amanda stares at him with pride. Emanda voice-over: "In its purest form, a union becomes part of our very essence." /FLASHBACK. Emanda sits alone in Casa Emily, staring at her pipe cleaner wedding ring forlornly. VO: "When that bond is broken, our essence is forever changed." Nolan enters, faux cheery about tying up all the wedding loose ends for Jack and Amily. It's obvious to him something's wrong with Ems. She changes the subject to Aiden. There's no lead on his whereabouts. He could very well be trying to take on the Initiative alone after finding out his sister is likely dead. But enough about that boring British guy; Nolan wants Ems to know it's OK to admit that she's at least a little dejected about the wedding. Emanda puts on a strong face and says she really means it when she says she's happy things are finally going Jack's way. Selling half of the Stowaway to Conrad Grayson isn't exactly that, Nolan says. This is news to Ems. Amily walks in just as Nolan is suggesting Emanda ask her about it. He leaves so they can talk about bad real estate deals.
Nate Ryan leads Conrad and Ashley down the boardwalk, calling out his visions of crap they can put out there to make assloads of money. Ash is already looking ahead to getting this done with Conrad's likely gubernatorial candidacy influence. If that doesn't work, Nate's all ready to bust some heads, goon-style. Ashley says he should leave the negotiations to them, which gets the goon juices flowing (ew, sorry). Nate's not about to get out-brained after bringing this deal to them. Conrad assures Nate that they won't minimize him when things get set in motion. "Minimize" means leave you out in the cold, Nate.
Amily takes notice of Ems stuffing her revenge materials back into the secret wall compartment under the staircase at Casa Emily. Ems probably doesn't have all of her wits about her because she's still upset about hearing that Amily struck a deal with Conrad, and is lecturing her. She says Ams should've come to her first because the Graysons always have a hidden agenda. Emanda cuts a check and tells Amily to get it made out to Conrad for the amount owed plus interest. If Jack won't accept it, Ams needs to make him accept it. In other words, start this marriage off right.