Original Air Date: Feb 17, 2013
Keith G – TwoCents Reviewer
Last week, Amanda and Jack were married and left for their honeymoon on the Amanda, with a stowaway of their own (ironic, isn’t it?) – Nate Ryan. Padma told Nolan that she was being blackmailed by the Initiative. Amanda used video proof that the Grayson’s were involved with the downing of Flight 197 to convince Conrad into letting Jack by the Stowaway back. Victoria shot and killed Helen Crowley after she threatened to hurt Daniel.
This week starts with a diver reaching wreckage of the Amanda finding a photo of Jack, Declan, and their father as well as a gold compass. In the wreckage we also see the hand of a man with a wedding ring. The scene changes and Amanda and Jack are in the bedroom of the Amanda. The photo the diver found is sitting on the headboard and the compass falls on the floor while Jack and Amanda make love. The camera focusses for a second on Jack and Amanda’s wedding rings. Jack and Amanda move above deck and we see Nate, hiding in the closet. He is also wearing a wedding ring.
Conrad and Daniel dispose of Helen Crowley’s body. Victoria puts Helen’s clothes on and takes Helen’s car to her home. The next morning, Victoria and Conrad tell Daniel that they are going to frame Amanda for Helen’s murder, because she had blackmailed them. Later, Victoria plants Helen’s cell phone and scarf under Amanda’s bed at the Stowaway while visiting Charlotte.
Nolan agrees to allow Aiden and Emily to use Padma to get to the Initiative during a conference call. Aiden believes that if her story is true, they may be able to save her father. Ashley interrupts the call to tell Emily that Amanda may be in over her head with the Grayson’s. She tells Emily about the blackmail and that Amanda had shown Conrad her laptop. When Ashley leaves, Emily finds that her laptop is missing.
On the Amanda, Nate Ryan takes Amanda and Jack hostage because they ruined his deal with Conrad. While Nate attempts to call Conrad for more detail, Jack and Amanda talk briefly and decide that they need to try to kill Nate because he will kill them no matter what.
At the Stowaway, Emily finds Charlotte making a slide show of the wedding. In a photo of Jack and Amanda leaving for the honeymoon, Emily sees Jack Ryan in the window of the Amanda. She brings the information to Nolan and they attempt to track Jack and Amanda via cell phone. They are out of range, so Emily and Nolan leave to their last known location. Nolan calls Padma to tell her that she can trust Aiden and that he will help her try to get her father back.
When the Amanda gets closer to shore, Nate calls Conrad. Conrad informs Nate that Amanda was behind the blackmail and that she has Conrad’s laptop. If Nate can return the laptop, their deal will be back on. Nate gets Amanda to agree to give him the laptop in exchange for Jack’s safety. She tells him that the laptop is back at the Hamptons. While she and Nate are talking, Jack finds Declan’s laptop.
Aiden meets with Padma and tells her the story of what the Initiative did to him and his sister. He tells her that he is certain he can help get her father back, but they must be sure her father is still alive. Padma leaves a message for Helen.
Jack overhears Nate and Amanda talking. Amanda tells Nate that she was only in the Hamptons to get evidence that the Grayson’s framed her father and Jack was part of her plan. Jack comes above deck, acting as if he is angry with Amanda, and confronts her about what she told Nate. Jack tells Nate that he saw Amanda bring a laptop on the boat and Nate goes below deck to look for it. Jack and Amanda continue fighting while preparing a life raft for their escape. When Nate makes Amanda show him where she “hid” the laptop, she locks him in the bedroom and below deck. Trying to escape, Nate shoots through the door, hitting Jack. Amanda puts and injured Jack in the lifeboat and lets him float off, telling him that she will take care of Nate. Nate and Amanda fight. We later see her regaining consciousness in the bedroom. She kicks out a drain in the boat and it starts filling with water. This causes the Amanda to lose power and Nate to go back below deck, looking for Amanda.
Emily and Nolan eventually find Jack in the raft. Emily makes Nolan promise to get Jack to safety and gets in the raft to head back to save Amanda. Emily arrives at the boat to find Nate and Amanda fighting. She intervenes, struggling with Nate and he drops his gun. During their struggle, Emily’s gun is discharged, shooting a propane tank in the boat. Amanda finds Nate’s gun and shoots him. While leaving the Amanda, Amanda sees her necklace on the deck. When she goes back to grab the necklace, she sees Nate is below deck lighting a lighter. Amanda jumps on Emily, pushing them both off into the ocean, just as the Amanda explodes.
Emily finds Amanda hanging to wreckage in the ocean, obviously injured. Amanda gives Emily her necklace, triggering a memory of their time together in juvey. Emily had originally given Amanda the necklace when she was leaving juvey, telling her that she will come back for both Amanda and the necklace. When she left, Amanda gave Emily a hug telling her that she loved her. Emily did not respond. She does, however, respond now. As Amanda dies, Emily tells her “I Love You Too” and lets her body float into the ocean.
Before Conrad announces his run for governor at the Labor Day party, Conrad and Victoria meet Mr. Trask (another member of the Initiative). They tell Trask that they provided Helen with the evidence that she asked for and lead him to believe that Amanda also has evidence against the Initiative. Trask finds Helen’s phone and scarf under Amanda’s bed at the Stowaway. Trask calls Padma, telling her that the proof is in a box that had just been delivered. Aiden opens it to find (I assume) a finger.
Nolan fulfills his obligation to save Jack, and we see Jack in surgery. Nolan then goes back to find Emily. She appears to be devastated by the loss of Amanda.
Overall, I felt that this was a pretty good episode. Early on, I wasn’t sure how I felt about it. It seemed like they were trying to convince us that it was Jack that went down with the Amanda. This felt a little over the top to me. When they showed the picture and compass that had been in the Amanda’s bedroom at the bottom of the ocean, it was ok. When they focused in on Jack and Amanda’s rings while they were making love, it felt like too much. I am glad that Helen is gone, but need more answers about the Initiative. The most important part of the show, in my opinion, was Emily and Amanda at the time of Amanda’s death. Their bond was clearly evident. The emotions Emily showed were raw and unbridled. I’ve said before that I probably wouldn’t miss Amanda if she were gone. But, I now wonder if she somehow had a good influence on Emily. I wonder if her death will change Emily. I also fear what it will do to Jack. I’m sure it will serve as another obstacle to keep Emily and Jack apart, though. What do you think? How do you feel about Amanda being gone? I won’t even mention Nate’s death, because I know how most of you feel about the Ryan storyline. Do you think this will allow Emily and Jack to get back together? Or, will it (as I think) serve as another obstacle?