Amanda is in bed and having a dream about making love to Aiden who, in the middle of it all, morphs into Daniel. Dreams are funny things and this one may be more telling than Amanda even knows.
Conrad and Victoria are having breakfast, and Conrad reads about Jason Prosser’s interest in Stonehaven. He then starts to talk about his plans to clean up the docks when Charlotte walks in. It’s her 18th birthday and Conrad gives her an envelope, telling her not to spend it all in 10 places. On her heels is Ashley, who presents a report to Conrad concerning his beautify the docks project. Victoria is obviously tickled pink to have Ashley hanging around again and suggests that Conrad do like others before him and keep his concubines in the closet.
Aiden is still having some angst over Amanda’s rekindled relationship with Daniel, no matter how fake it’s supposed to be. She tells him that she’s having lunch with Daniel, but that Aiden should get some kind of proof that Colleen really is alive. Daniel’s lunch date turns out to be a business trip with Amanda to Los Angeles so that he can meet with the owner of Stonehaven in person. Aiden’s proof of life comes in the form of a video from Helen showing Colleen shooting up drugs. Helen also suspects that Aiden was part of the abduction plot, that he must be working with Victoria – his goal being to save his sister and Victoria’s is to save her son. He denies it and Helen tells him that if he wants to save his sister he will have to kill Victoria within the next 24 hours.
Conrad is meeting with Emily and Jack at Grayson Manor to discuss Jack’s legal problems – oh, and Ashley’s there, looking as if she’s ready to make over the Oval Office – and the plans Conrad has to clean up the dirty business dealings at the docks. Jack isn’t comfortable with dealing with any of the Graysons, but Emily blurts out that Matt Duncan was the one who killed Joe Ryan. Jack shuts her down, though and Conrad exits the room, telling Jack that he can’t help him if he won’t help himself.
Padma is taking another call from Helen while she rifles through Nolan’s office, trying to find the Carrion super-coder. When Nolan walks in, Padma tells him that she was hiding a key ring she got for him for the key to the new house she scouted out for him. It supposed to keep him safe from bad spirits – gonna take a lot of key rings with this bunch – and he thanks her for looking out for him.
Emily stops by the Graysons’ to give Charlotte a birthday gift – baby Carl’s hand print. While they’re talking, Victoria calls to tell Charlotte that they won’t be able to attend the ballet that night in New York as she’s tied up on business, but promises to make it up to her the next day. Charlotte tells Emily that, as a Grayson, she should be used to disappointment, to which Emily says that she’s not really a Grayson.
Victoria, of course, is in Los Angeles, making sure that Daniel doesn’t buy Stonehaven, and just happens to run into Jason, who’s also there to make his pitch for the company. Victoria tells him that she wants him to win the bid as Daniel isn’t ready for this kind of acquisition, that Jason would be much better suited at the helm. As Jason walks away, Amanda and Daniel find Victoria, and mother and son break into a heated argument until Amanda breaks the two of them up. Victoria tells Amanda that Daniel shouldn’t purchase Stonehaven and that Jason is the better man for the deal. To add to the party, Aiden calls Amanda, from 20 feet away. He tells Amanda that Helen sent him and that their missions may be at odds. Amanda suggests that may not be the case and that if Daniel gets Stonehaven, it would force Victoria’s hand and revel her real intent. That sounds good to Aiden and he sidles over to Jason and tells him, out of professional courtesy, of course, that Stonehaven is risky because of some pending indictment – whoever buys the company also inherits any lawsuits. More than a bit peeved, Jason calls Donna Carlyle, the daughter of Stonehaven’s founder.
Back in the Hamptons, there’s some more wheeling and dealing going on. Jack drops by the hospital just as Matt Duncan is getting ready to leave (under his own power – phew). He tells Matt about the frame job by the Ryans and would like it if Matt would just fess up to killing Joe Ryan. Matt says that Jack doesn’t know what it’s like to have your child in danger, but Jack says that baby Carl never knew his grandfather, and if the Ryans get away with this, then Carl may lose his father, too. Conrad is paying a visit to the Stowaway – wanna bet he’s never been there before – and gives Kenny Ryan an envelope with Matt Duncan’s confession for killing Papa Joe and a check for $50,000. In return, the Ryans are to get out of town and let Conrad run the docks and his political campaign in peace.
Los Angeles is still bustling and Victoria is still trying to control the situation. She goes up to Jason’s room and finds him packing. He tells her about the information he got from Aiden – without naming him – regarding Stonehaven. When Victoria tries to assure him that he’s been lied to, he agrees, but he adds that the lies started when Victoria first dangled the Stonehaven deal in front of him. Desperate as hell now, Victoria tells Jason that he has to buy Stonehaven, to save her son from the same people who David Clarke was involved with. Jason says that he really doesn’t care about the company, that all he really wants is her. She tells him that if he buys Stonehaven, she’s his, too. All the while, Aiden is training the sights of his rifle on Victoria and almost gets his shot before she draws the curtains.
Amanda and Daniel are poolside when he gets a call from Donna Carlyle. She wants to see both Daniel and Jason, at dinner that night, before she makes her final decision. He hangs up and tells Amanda who called and that he’s said all he needed to say, but she tells him that he still hasn’t told her about the competition. Nolan is called to see if there’s anything they can use against Prosser during this final meeting. While Daniel is speaking to Nolan, Amanda texts him with the message “I need one more thing. It’s about Aiden.” During the dinner, Jason tells Donna about the good work her father did for his own father during the blackout of 1977 and raises his offer for Stonehaven. Daniel, armed with Nolan’s information, tells Donna about the gas price gouging one of Jason’s companies w as responsible for after 9/11. Daniel gets the company and Jason is beyond angry. Nolan has also sent Amanda the video of Colleen, the subject line of which is “a life for a life”. She tells Nolan to track Aiden’s cell phone because his target is Victoria. As Jason and Vicotria are fighting over the Stonehaven mess, Amanda finds Aiden, with a bead on Victoria and stops him from killing her. She assures him that they’ll get back at The Initiative, but on their own terms.
Nate Ryan is none too happy with his brother’s agreement with Conrad and goes to see Conrad himself. He tells Conrad that he’s like to but back the Stowaway. When Conrad tells him that he doesn’t care about the bar, that it’s really the whole dock that’s a disaster, Nate offers to use some muscle to help Conrad’s efforts, something that doesn’t sound like a bad idea to Conrad.
Nolan hasn’t been idle, either. He realizes that Padma isn’t quite what he hoped she was. You see, she referred to Carrion as a person the first time she mentioned and then, called it a program.. The whale-cam is back in business and is watching her tear his office apart – he’s on the phone with her, under the premise that he lost his platinum card, but she’s looking for a smart card. She dumps a drawer on the floor and finds what she’s looking for her. Maybe. When she uploads the data, The Carrion Project pops up. Maybe. Amanda shows up at what was going to be Nolan’s house, and he’s quite despondent over the Padma/Marco conundrum. She thinks that while she may be gaining Daniel’s confidence, she may be losing Victoria’s. She’s afraid that Victoria may spoil it before she can carry out her plans. Nolan advises her to poison Daniel against Victoria first. Both Amanda and Nolan are wondering why The Initiative are so interested in the Carrion program – the one that can turn out the lights on most of the planet – or is the real problem what will happen after the lights go out.
The Graysons have finally gathered for Charlotte’s birthday celebration and she has a surprise of her own. She’s made her way to the court to file papers and change her name to Charlotte Clarke. Yea, go ahead and giggle – I did. I am. This little announcement is the perfect excuse for Daniel to steal away with Amanda. She takes the opportunity to “confess” her complicity to help his mother keeps tabs on him. Daniel says that he suspected that was what was going on, given his mother’s history and his streak of bad luck.
After she leaves, she finds Aiden at her house. He has a new video from The Initiative and it shows Colleen dying from a drug overdose. He tells Amanda that this is what he gets for listening to her, that if his sister is really dead, it’s all on her.
Okay, now we have a bit of bad news. Revenge won’t be back until February 10th – next week is a Hallmark Hall of Fame presentation and the week after is the Super Bowl – a night no other network dares to challenge. Wait, there’s more – Revenge comes back for a few episodes, then on March 3rd, ABC is giving a new series, “Red Widow”, a test-drive. Revenge will be back after that – there should be 22 episodes this Season and we’re only on #12, but this stuff has to stop. We really do need to talk to Mike Kelley and those bigwigs at ABC.