Original Air Date: Jan 06, 2013
Keith G – TwoCents Reviewer
During the last episode, Daniel became CEO of Grayson Global after successfully convincing the board to vote against Conrad. Daniel dumped Ashley after finding her with another man (which was actually a Victoria setup). Marco joined ranks with Daniel as NolCorp was absorbed by Grayson Global. Victoria called Emily, asking her for help with Daniel.
This week, Daniel is falling into his new job as CEO. He is approached by Helen Crowley (the creepy woman from the Initiative) and is encouraged to dig closer to home to find out secrets that will help him and Grayson Global become more powerful. Daniels follows her suggestion, and enlists Nolan to help him build a program to search through the Grayson Global computers for some of these secrets.
The Ryan brothers continue to boss Jack around at the Stowaway. Declan is becoming frustrated with how they treat Jack and digs into their packages in the storage room. He finds drugs hidden in bags of coffee beans. Declan and Jack involved the police and later, when the police raid the Stowaway, the drugs are no longer in the storage room. The police do find drugs and a gun aboard the “Amanda”, where Declan has been staying. Instead of letting Declan take the blame, Jack confesses that the drugs are his and is arrested.
The Grayson’s invite Judge Barnes (who is in the running for Supreme Court Justice) and his wife (Patricia) to spend a weekend with them at the manor. Patricia is the chairwoman of an organization that works to help those who have been wrongly convicted of crimes and is planning a big fundraiser. Victoria believes their involvement will help restore Conrad’s image.
Emily has a copy of a letter written to David Clarke while he was in jail. The letter says that Judge Barnes had failed David. It insinuates that the judge was aware of improprieties in the jury and overlooked them. Clarke believed that Barnes knew that one of the jurors still believed David was innocent. Barnes, he believed, then passed that information on to the Grayson’s. The juror was later recused. Emily believes that the letter was written by James Palmer (Barnes’ clerk), who was killed just after the letter was sent. After Victoria enlists Emily’s help in dealing with Daniel, Emily attends dinner with the Barnes at Grayson manor. Emily grills the Barnes about the case. It clearly unnerves Patricia, who quickly leaves dinner with a headache.
Aiden and Emily go out to lunch. At the restaurant, Emily and Aiden pretend to have a fight (because Daniel is also dining at the restaurant). Aiden loudly tells Emily that the only reason she agreed to be with him is to get closer to Daniel. She storms off, “dumping” Aiden. Aiden tells Daniel that she broke up with him. One of the best parts of this episode is when Emily is walking away after the fight. She overhears Aiden and Daniel talking. She then gets an amazingly beautiful and evil smile on her face. This is the Emily we know and love. Later, when Nolan visits Emily, he expresses his regret about the breakup. He says, “BT dubs. I was so sorry to hear about your breakup with Remington Steel. There really wasn’t enough room in your sidecar for both of us”. When he finds out that it was all an act, he calls the “fight” a “fake up”. This is classic, sarcastic, campy Nolan! Loved it!
Aiden uses information that Nolan provides him and calls Helen Crowley. When they later meet, he realizes she is from the Initiative and confronts her about what they did to his sister. She wants to use him for something, but doesn’t tell him what. She tells him that she will bring him an offer the next time they meet, unless he tells someone about the meeting. If he does, his sister will die.
At the benefit, Emily speaks one on one with Patricia, while Patricia is covering up bruises on her face with makeup. She shows the letter to her and tells Patricia that the letter kept Amanda alive and gave her hope to make it through some bad times. When Patricia, introduces Judge Barnes to the audience, it is clear that Emily had gotten through to her. She talks about James Palmer and reads the letter to the crowd. Patricia then tells everyone that the verdict rendered in the David Clarke trial was from a tainted jury. She announces that she wrote the letter and takes off her blazer to show that she is a victim of domestic violence.
The episode ends when Daniel shows up at Emily’s house unannounced. After a short conversation, Daniel and Emily share a kiss. Victoria watches from her manor, approvingly. However, Aiden sees this happen from inside and is not so happy. When Emily goes back inside, Aiden is no longer around.
This week seemed a little less chaotic to me and felt a little more like Season One (which is a good thing!) I’m not sure how I feel about Daniel and Emily being back together, even though I think Emily is doing it to move forward with her revenge plans. At one point, I really wanted them back together, but I have started to actually like Aiden. The PDA didn’t bother me as much this week. It wasn’t as excessive as last episode. Do you want Daniel and Emily to reconcile? How do you feel about Marco and Nolan? I also wondered where in the world Padma was this week. Marco was around a bit, but we didn’t see her and she was only referenced to very briefly. Anything else that you liked/disliked about this week’s episode? Further questions you may have?