Conrad announces his bid for governor, Victoria covers up Helen's death, and Jack and Amanda's honeymoon ends in tragedy
The time has come, readers. Last night we officially came full circle and reached the scene that opened this season. And unlike all the near saves from earlier, we finally got a death — one that has been a long time coming, if you ask me. But let’s not talk about that just yet…
Somewhere on the way to Nantucket, divers probe the wreckage of the Amanda. As in the season premiere, we don’t get any close-ups — all we know is that there is a body down there, specifically a body with a wedding ring. But which half of the happily married couple is anybody’s guess. (But really we all knew who it was, right?)
Earlier in the day, the Graysons have a family meeting. Conrad’s disposed of their bloodstained clothes; Victoria’s called back the staff. “This really is business for you two,” Daniel notes. Conrad’s not having any of his son’s spinelessness. It’s time for Daniel to start “shouldering some responsibility.” After all, it was him who got them into the Helen Crawley mess in the first place. Of course, when he says “shouldering the responsibility,” Conrad means living with the guilt. It’s Amanda Clarke who will get the blame.
Conrad pulls Ashley aside and tells her his plans to announce that he’s running for governor tonight. Ashley tries to persuade him otherwise, remarking that Conrad shouldn’t rush into politics just because someone’s got dirt on him. She wants him to postpone the announcement instead, but Conrad refuses.
Emily, Nolan, and Aiden are meeting via virtual conference room. I’m pretty sure something was being advertised here, but I’m not sure what it was. Though I do feel a sudden urge for a new cell phone… Anyways, Aiden tells Nolan (who’s manning the Stowaway in Jack’s absence — not my first pick, but sure) that he wants to use Padma to get at the Initiative. Nolan immediately shoots this down (because he’s in luurrve), while Emily also rejects it, albeit for different reasons (she doesn’t trust Padma). Aiden points out that it’s not like Padma can just walk away from the Initiative anyways. “It’s too late to save her,” he says. However, if they do use her, then she’ll have a shot of rescuing her father and breaking free of the Initiative once and for all.
The conference call is interrupted by Ashley, who walks in Emily’s back door, as casual as you please. I mean, have the two even really spoken at all this season? Still, I commend her show of conscience. Ashley thinks Amanda is in over her head with the Graysons and she wants to warn Emily to do something before it’s too late. “Amanda, blackmail? I find that hard to believe,” Emily says. But then she discovers her laptop is gone…
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