The episode opens with every one of the characters carrying shotguns and shooting skeet. The fact that everyone was still standing was nothing short of a miracle. One of the gentlemen involved in the group’s sporting session is Salvador Gorbet, a member of the board of directors at Grayson Global and someone who came into his own wealth by marrying well. He has always voted for and with Conrad, and now his vote is crucial in determining whether Daniel or Conrad is to take over as the company’s CEO. Gorbet is impressed by the fact that Daniel has delivered a substantial interest in NolCorp and is leaning towards casting his vote for him. He’s also impressed by Ashley and she turns on a little of her charm. A girl has to keep all options open when surrounded by millionaires.
The Ryan brothers stop by the bar to see Jack. They notice that Carl Porter’s address book is on the counter and the two of them flip though a few pages. When Jack invites them to baby Carl’s christening, they accept, saying that it would be good to see a few of their own Dad’s old pals and get a sense of some of his history around the dock.
Helen Crowley from the Initiative calls Conrad that he is no longer useful to the group as it seems that Daniel will be taking over at Grayson Global. She also tells him that he isn’t to warn Daniel or he’ll be eliminated. Victoria grabs the phone from Conrad and issues her own warning – that if anyone lays a hand on her son, she’ll kill Helen herself. I saw Victoria handling that shotgun as well as her other handiwork and I wouldn’t take her threats lightly.
At the offices of Grayson Global, Nolan and Padma meet with Daniel. When Nolan asks where Aiden is, Daniel tells him that there is someone who he should really see. Marco Romero steps forward and Daniel informs Nolan that Marco has been kind, and revengey, enough to share that little tidbit about the missing $500 million. Daniel says that he wants 51% control over NolCorp or he’ll enlist the assistance of a forensic accountant to track down the money. Ashley isn’t too keen on Marco and tells Daniel that he’s just another Grayson wannabe, like Tyler. It takes one to know one, I guess. Amanda sees that Ashley is trying to turn Daniel against Aiden but, then again, Amanda and Aiden do have a video of Ashley and Conrad in some very compromising, and from what I could see, uncomfortable, positions. If they come up with a video of Ashley and Grandpa Grayson, well, I don’t think my ick meter could even give an accurate reading for that. Anyway, they’re pretty certain that the video should put Aiden back into Daniel’s good graces. Nolan’s sure hoping so, because, as he says to Aiden, he’d like to put the “ripcord back in my golden parachute”.
Baby Carl is being baptized with Amanda as godmother. One guest, who wasn’t invited, but manages to make the event, is Matt Duncan, the old friend of Carl Porter’s and the man who killed Joe Ryan. When Matt spots the Ryan brothers, he tries to warn Jack about them, telling him not to deal with them. If he’s doing business with them, then Jack should get out of it right away. Jack, knowing that Nolan is good at things like this, asks the techy savant to look into the Ryan brothers’ background.
The video has gone viral around Grayson manor now that Victoria’s seen it. She shows it to Conrad and goes a little apoplectic on him. They two of them think that the Initiative made the clip and are using it to drive a wedge between them. Victoria is running around the house with her little film and can’t wait to show it to Ashley. Of course, Lady Grayson sees this as an opportunity and gives Ashley two options, sleep with Salvador or be annihilated. Ashley chooses Plan A and dresses for seduction, then makes her way to Salvador’s hotel room.
Aiden calls Daniel and asks him to meet him at the same hotel. When he asks Daniel why he no longer trusts him, Aiden tells him that he’s pretty sure that the lovely Ashley may have had something to do with planting that seed of doubt. The two then go upstairs, to Salvador’s room, where they find Ashley and Salvador in matching hotel robes, obviously having just concluded “business.” Daniel takes a picture of the two of them, threatening to send the picture to Salvador’s wife, and telling Ashley to get her stuff and move out. Aiden happily reports to Amanda that it all worked out just as they planned.
The board meeting has come to order and Salvador, having very few options, tells Conrad that he’ll be voting for Daniel. Victoria and Conrad plead with Daniel to call off the vote. They tell him that he’ll be in danger if he becomes CEO, but stop short of telling him exactly what the nature of the danger is, or from whom it will come. The vote moves forward and Daniel assumes the seat at the head of the table. Daniel lets Aiden that there is no room for him on the board, but that Mr. Takeda should be relieved now that the bottom line of Grayson Global has just jumped 30%, thanks to NolCorp’s funds.
Nolan has dug up some very bad stuff with regard to the Ryan boys. Nate has served time in prison for drug trafficking and Kenny doesn’t own that mansion that was broken into be Declan. The Ryans have already found Matt Duncan and killed him. Before he died, however, he told Jack that it was he, not Carl, who killed Joe Ryan and the sons are now looking for payback. The Ryan brothers come into the bar and pick up the address book, flip to a specific page and then put it back down. When Jack look at it, he sees that Matt Duncan’s name has been scratched through. Jack told them that Matt died without saying anything about Joe Ryan’s death or killer.
Padma is upset that NolCorp has become a subsidiary of Grayson Global. Nolan assure her that the best way to destroy a castle is from the inside. He also lets her know that they will be finding a position for Marco at NolCorp. All Padma has to do is make good on her promise to prove her loyalty to Nolan.
Conrad and Victoria, in a complete state of panic and paranoia, are having the house swept for bugs and hidden cameras, presumably believing that the Initiative is behind all of the incidents in and around the Hamptons in the past year. The Initiative, however, has moved on to Daniel already, and there’s a camera in a clock on his desk, right next to a note that says “welcome to the fold”. Jack is tearing up the floor above the bar and finds his Dad’s gun in a plastic bag. Daniel is deleting pictures of Ashley from his computer but is staring longingly at those of Amanda. While Aiden and Amanda are talking on the porch of her house, Victoria calls to ask Amanda to discuss Daniel. When Aiden asks her about it, Amanda says “it’s leverage”.
This picture doesn’t really have much to do with the story. I just liked Nolan wearing an outfit that makes him look like “The Music Man”.
Revenge won’t be back with a new episode until Sunday, January 6, 2013! It’s going to be a long month. 😉