The time has finally come for Jack and Amily to become man and stripper, and nothing is going to stand in the way of that day being perfect -- not even Emanda finding out that they've made a deal with the Conrad devil. To undo the potential powergrab by Conrad, Emanda writes out a check for Amily to give him so she can recover full ownership of the Stowaway, but he's not interested. One thing Conrad doesn't know about Amily is she's a stripper with a family, otherwise known as an unstoppable force. You can be an immovable object all you want, but stripper physics are different. Trust me. Amily goes to Casa Emily on a mission to gain leverage while Emanda's gone. She finds the infinity X infinity box and the laptop of surveillance secrets, cracking Emanda's amazing security (the password for the laptop was "infinity"). Ams storms into Conrad's office at Grayson Manor and claims responsibility for being the bane of the family's existence this whole time, showing him video from the laptop, and threatens further action against the Graysons if he doesn't give back the Stowaway. Conrad's hand is forced. All would seem to be well.
Not only is Emanda prepping for standing at what should be her own wedding, she still has no idea where Aiden is after he threw his hissy fit. It's only when Aiden demands that Nolan help him glean some information from the video of Colleen's presumed death that Ems gets a lead on where she can find her brooding boyfriend. He's off still trying to find evidence that his sister is really dead, but Nolan saves him the trouble by finding morgue records that prove just that. Ems and Aiden go take a look at them in person, and it's legit. Aiden lost his sister through no fault of his own, but he still runs off to brood some more. That's just what Aiden does, and I suppose we should just accept it at this point.
Nolan confronts Padma to get to the bottom of why she has betrayed him. Away from the ears the Initiative has planted in Nolcorp, Padma admits that her father was kidnapped a while back and she was contacted by Helen. Her first directive was to get close to Nolan, then to acquire Carrion. But her feelings for Nolan were always real, she insists. Nolan needs some time to think about whether Padma coming clean now is good enough.
The wedding goes down exactly how you would expect it. It's intimate and beautiful down on the beach, complete with Nolan doing the honors of being the minister. It's completely gut-wrenching for Ems. There's bridesmaid's envy and then there's having to watch someone live out your exact fantasy wedding. Jack even demonstrates he remembers the pretend wedding they had when they were children. The only thing that keeps Emanda from going over the edge is Aiden appears off in the distance, signaling that she hasn't lost him as well.
In the Grayson camp, Victoria overhears Daniel speaking on the phone with Helen about some major transactions she wants him to make. The Initiative wants money moved to emerging volatile markets under the guise of investing in their infrastructures. Victoria knows better. This is the same thing they did to frame David Clarke for funding the terrorists that brought down Flight 197. Victoria ignores Helen's prior threat about warning Daniel of anything, and tells him what's going on. This brings on a surprise face-to-face visit from Helen for Victoria while everyone else is out of the house. Helen's her usual condescending and self-assured self, up until she carelessly turns her back to Victoria and lets her pull a gun. Victoria doesn't hesitate to put a bullet in Helen's chest. Helen being murdered couldn't possibly have repercussions.
It would seem that Emanda has lost all inroads to the Initiative now. Prior to Helen being offed, Daniel broke things off with Ems out of fear that the Initiative might come after her if they knew he loved her. So it's sort of a... not a good thing, but... just a thing that Aiden finally returns for good to continue this quest at her side. The first thing they'll probably have to deal with is the fact that Nate is not letting this Stowaway deal die. He suggests to Conrad that he could get rid of the leverage against him in the way that a con man usually "gets rid" of thing. He stows away on The Amanda when Jack and Amily set sail for their honeymoon. Things are about to get ugly.
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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.