Conrad and Daniel are cleaning up the mess Victoria made, or as she describes it “the bitch had it coming.” As the two men are rolling Helen Crowley up in a rug, Victoria tells them she has a better plan. She dons Helen’s scarf and has the limousine driver take her away. Helen, apparently, is going somewhere else. Daniel is upset about the files he’s been looking at, dealing with Flight 197 and asks if everything is just business as usual – after all, Victoria does have a Labor Day party to hostess and Conrad is about to launch his political career. Conrad tells Daniel that Amanda Clarke’s vendetta makes it very easy for the Graysons to get away with murder. To ensure that The Initiative believes that, Victoria plants Helen’s scarf and purse under a bed in the apartment over The Stowaway. She’d just happened to drop by to include Charlotte in the evening’s festivities, and offered Grayson Manor, air-conditioning and all, as a good place to take baby Carl. Oh, and Declan can come, too.
Conrad has told Ashley that she should make sure that there are no more problems from (fake)Amanda, either. Instead, in some miraculous display of a conscience, she visits (real)Amanda and tells her that Emily has taken the laptop with all of the evidence against the Graysons and showed it to Conrad. Amanda sends Ashley away – it seems as if everybody’s been doing that – and then finds out for herself that the computer is missing from under the stairs.
Still carrying on the ruse that the Graysons have nothing to hide regarding Helen Crowley, Victoria and Daniel carry on a conversation, in his office, about a meeting Victoria had with Helen. Well aware that the place is bugged, they fake an argument about the files. Daniel insists that what he saw was nothing but lies and that he wants nothing to do with his parents. He insists that he’s got Helen’s back and Victoria tells him that he better have security at the ready as long as he has friends like Helen.
Aiden is trying to help Padma with The Initiative and their kidnapping of her father. He tells her to call Helen Crowley and ask for some proof that he father is still alive. She leaves a message because Helen can’t come to the phone right now.
Amanda stops by the Stowaway and sees Charlotte looking at some pictures of Jack and Emily. In one of the photos, she spots Nate Ryan and calls Nolan to help her get to the sailboat right away. Nate spent the night aboard, with the honeymooners, but when Jack and Emily wake up on the deck, Jack finds a pack of cigarettes tucked into one of the sails. He goes below and finds Emily is being held at gunpoint by Nate. He tells Jack that the two of them messed up his deal with Conrad with some sort of leverage. Jack tells him that he should call Conrad to find out what happened. When Nate can’t get any reception on his phone, Jack offers to sail closer to shore. Nate agrees, but instead, locks Jack in the cabin and takes Emily onto the deck. Nate finally reaches Conrad who tells him about the incriminating evidence on the laptop. He also tells him that Emily has it and, not only does he want it back, but that Nate should make sure Emily doesn’t pose a problem for them again.
Jack hears a conversation between Nate and Emily where she explains all the things the Graysons have done. She also tells him that she wants to exact revenge on them for what they put her father through. Jack takes the opportunity to get his own laptop and link up with Nolan and Amanda, who are searching the Atlantic for the Amanda. Nate lets Jack out of the cabin to help them search for the laptop, and he and Emily feign an argument about her many deceptions. He carries on, accusing her of using him and their baby, and asks her if their marriage is a sham as well. Under his breath, Jack tells Emily that the computer is under the mattress. She goes below and pulls it out to show to Nate. When he opens it, he realizes he’s been conned, that it’s Jack’s laptop. Jack and Emily have been busy readying the Zodiac to escape and lock Nate below. He begins to fire his gun, with one bullet striking Jack. Emily puts Jack in the inflatable and stays behind to fight off Nate. As she’s telling Jack that she loves him, Nate knocks her out.
The evening of the Graysons Labor Day party has arrived, and Conrad is getting ready to announce that he’s running for governor – I think he’s been endorsed by the “We Really Do Occupy Wall Street” party. A guest arrives, uninvited and he’s looking for Helen Crowley. He tells him that his name is Trask – just Trask. I don’t know if that’s his first name, last name or only name and I’m not about to ask him. Victoria works on her story about trading the evidence against the Graysons for her son’s safety, but Trask says that Helen doesn’t negotiate. Conrad jumps in and suggests that Helen’s disappearance might be tied to the other problem they’re having – the (fake)Amanda Clarke.
Victoria likes that story and plays right along, telling Trask that she made Helen aware of Amanda, also, before asking her to leave. She tells Trask that he should leave, as well. Trask heads over to The Stowaway and finds the incriminating scarf and purse. He also checks her cell phone and finds the message from Padma. He calls his cohorts at The Initiative and tells them that Helen Crowley has been compromised. I guess that’s one way of putting it.
Nolan and (real Amanda) come across Jack adrift in the Zodiac, barely alive. She tells Nolan to get Jack to a hospital and that she’s going to look for the sailboat to help Emily. Good thing, too, because things aren’t going well there. Emily has opened the bilge to flood the boat and it’s lost power. Nate goes below to check on why the “High Water” warning light has gone on, and he and Emily engage in a battle. Emily hits him. Amanda hits him. Our Revenge school ninja is giving Nate the fight of his life, until Emily shoots him. As the two women try to get away, the propane tank is leaking. (fake) Emily goes back for a necklace and the wounded Nate strikes a lighter. Boom. Big boom.
Amanda pops up out of the water and starts screaming Emily’s name. She finds her floating on a piece of the sailboat. Amanda makes her way to her and pulls her onto what’s left of the Zodiac. Emily is dying in Amanda’s arms and asks her to take care of Jack and the baby. Amanda promises that she will and apologizes to her. Emily tells her not to be sorry because she gave her something she thought she’d never have – a real family. She then hands Amanda the necklace, which was a gift from Amanda, given when they were cellmates. In a flashback, Emily says that they’re sisters and tells Amanda “I love you”. Amanda, now, finally, says “I love you, too.” Okay, I have to admit, I lost it here. Honest to goodness, I was sniffling all over the place. Even my notes got smudged.
Nolan has taken Jack to the hospital and he’s in surgery. Nolan is on his way back to find whoever can still be saved at the Amanda. He looks scared as hell. The Graysons, sans Charlotte, are reflecting on the day and their future. Conrad is sure that they’ll be alright. Victoria says that they’ll go on as if nothing happened. When Daniel asks “what about Amanda Clarke?”, Victoria tells him that the poor girl picked the wrong enemy. Padma has received the proof she asked for, but it’s not what she expected. With Aiden beside her, she sees that it’s a box with her father’s finger in it. It still doesn’t mean that the rest of him is in tact, or if he’s been “compromised”, too.
In the final voice-over, Amanda is heard saying “Sacrifice demands the surrender of things we cherish above all else. Only out of the agony of those losses can a new revolution be born. An undying devotion to a cause greater than one’s self. A moral duty to see a journey through to its’ absolute completion.” Yep, for Amanda Clarke, it’s been all of that. The problem is that the very people she said she loved have suffered the agony of those losses, too.