Someone in a ski mask and black clothing is lying on the ground, bleeding and Aiden is holding a gun. The apparently dead figure also has a tattoo on their wrist of the double infinity sign.
It’s two days earlier and Amanda and Aiden are having a discussion about the kiss between Daniel and Amanda. She explains that it doesn’t mean anything and that it’s just part of the agreement she made with Victoria. Somewhat satisfied with her response, Aiden tells Amanda that he’s made contact with Helen Crowley who also wants his help. He also tells her about the possibility that his sister, Colleen, may be alive. Amanda asks him the same question we would have asked, given the opportunity, in fact, the very question we had a week ago – did she offer any proof? Of course, he says “no”, but he’s waiting to hear from Helen.
Amanda makes a quick trip to New York City – these folks move at lightning speed between the Hamptons and the city – and she drops by Daniel’s office. When he leans in for a kiss, Amanda isn’t very receptive and tells him that she’d like to take things slowly for a while. Daniel is a bit crestfallen, but Amanda cheers him up in the best way one can cheer up a Grayson, by telling him that she has an idea that might help Grayson Global’s image, and, their bottom line. She says that she’s going to hold a wine auction to raise money for her charity which helps foster children. The two are interrupted by Daniel’s secretary Grace, who hand him a package from Helen Crowley, and tells him that Helen is on hold as they speak. The package contains a prospectus for Stonehaven United Solutions. Amanda excuses herself so that Daniel can take the call but asks Grace if she can use her phone to call about some of the arrangements for her fundraiser. What Amanda really does is pick up on the same line and eavesdrops on the conversation between Helen and Daniel. Helen wants Grayson Global to purchase Stonehaven, information which Amanda delivers to Victoria.
Emily is visiting Jack in jail and wants to call Amanda or Nolan to help him get out of there. Jack tells her that he was setup by the police and the Ryans but warns her not to do anything because they’d hurt her or Declan or both. I’m not so sure that Emily is too worried about the Ryans given the fact that she’s already killed Frank Stephens. Declan visits his brother, too, and Jack tells him everything he knows about the Ryans and the staged raid and arrest. The Ryans are feeling pretty good about themselves, though, and stop by the Stowaway to tell Declan that he might as well just sell the place to them with the prospect of Jack going to prison. Emily growls at Kenny, telling him to stop playing innocent and throws some money back at him. I’m telling you, don’t mess with this woman.
Back at Grayson Manor, Conrad is hosting a visitor, his old friend and business rival, Jason Prosser, a big, successful hedge fund manager. Victoria stomps in and after a quick acknowledgement of her guest, tells Conrad that she needs to talk to him – now. She’s all in a stew about Helen Crowley and the Stonehaven acquisition. Conrad doesn’t appear to be phased by the news, at all. He explains that Stonehaven is just the kind of company that The Initiative would love – a disaster recovery firm that influences upheaval and then profits from the aftermath. Victoria wants to know just what kind of aftermath he’s talking about, maybe another Flight 197. When she sees that Conrad isn’t going to be of much help, she tells him that she’ll thwart them herself, through sabotage. To get the ball rolling, Victoria suggests to Amanda that she invite Jason to the auction because there’s nothing more beneficial to a charity than pitting corporate egos against each other, allowing for the measure of one’s manhood by the size of his wallet.
Daniel is having a little chat with Nolan and lets him know that there are a few things missing from NolCorp’s records. Daniel is really, really interested in the abandoned Carrion project – that super computer decoder, cyber-plutonium thing – and tells Nolan that, under the terms of full disclosure, he wants everything that is or ever was in research and development at Nolcorp – ASAP. After Daniel storms off, in walks the lovely but questionable Padma. “I miss you Nolan. I want you Nolan. I’ll do anything, I pinky promise, if you’ll only take me back, Nolan. Really. You can trust me.” Well, not to be outdone, Marco manages to make an entrance just in the nick of time and he wants everything Padma does. Nolan folds, and tells Marco that if they could find room for him, then rehiring Padma shouldn’t be a problem. Yeah, right.
Following the theme of ghosts of mistresses past, Ashley shows up to negotiate something for herself from Conrad. She’s decided that the Graysons owe her, and well, they probably do, but not for the same reasons she has. Her deal is that Conrad either brings her back on board or she’ll spill all of the dirty little secrets she’s been privy to while serving and servicing the Grayson family. Not much of a choice there.
The wine auction is going well, and Daniel bids $1 million dollars for a bottle of something or other. He’d outbid Jason for the bottle and Jason decides that he’s now interested in purchasing Stonehaven, as a sort of consolation prize and as a way of getting one over on the Graysons, once Victoria mentioned Grayson Global’s interest in the company. It doesn’t matter what wine was, really, because when Amanda and Daniel pour a couple of glasses, they spit it out as if they’ve just sipped kerosene.
Also in attendance are Helen Crowley and Aiden, who leave the event together and get into an elevator that abruptly stops and is filling up with gas. They wake up, tied up and with their heads covered. Aiden manages to free himself and gets a gun away from and shoots one of the masked baddies who have been holding them. Helen wants to see who it is but a second masked figure is coming after them, so they flee. The approaching bad guy reaches his fallen partner and looky there – it’s Amanda, and her partner is none other than Nolan – fake bullet, fake blood, revengey stuff. Helen is making a phone call because she thinks she knows who is behind the whole thing. Aiden, Amanda and Nolan are just hoping that she’s buying what they did and nothing will come back to them.
Charlotte and Declan want Conrad to help get Jack out of jail but Conrad isn’t too keen on the idea. Ashley convinces him that, now that he wants to run for political office, his cooperation might benefit his future aspirations. He pulls some strings with a judge friend and gets Jack released, but the ever resourceful Emily has already stolen Conrad’s watch and traded it for a gun.
Marco is getting even more desperate and tells Nolan that if he doesn’t trust him, he should look at Marco’s emails which will prove that he’s done nothing wrong. Nolan takes him up on the offer and finds a very incriminating email to Daniel’s private account which mentions the abandoned project. Marco denies that he wrote it and I believe him – this time. And Padma is calling Helen Crowley. Oh my.