Amily’s VO talks about sacrifice and what it means. Intercut with scenes from the divers finding the wreckage of the Amanda are scenes of Emanda and Jack on their first night as husband and wife.  Back in Montauk, the Greysons clean up the mess Helen’s killing has left. As they start to roll her up in the carpet, her cell phone goes off. Her driver is getting impatient. Vicky puts on Helen’s scarf, hat, and glasses and pretends to be her.

The next day, Victoria and Conrad are planning their Labor Day party when Daniel comes in and is aghast that everything’s copacetic with them. He wants to know what they’re going to do. Blame Amanda Clarke, Vicky replies. They don’t care that she’s Charlotte’s sister. Ashley comes in and wants to know why Conrad wanted to meet her. He’s going to announce his candicacy for governor at the party that night. She wants to know why the schedule’s been moved up, and he explains about Emanda.

Nolan, Amily, and Aiden have a vidoe conference. They’re going to need to use Padma to get to the Initiative. Nolan doesn’t want to, but Aiden says he can protect her. Amily agrees, but suddenly there’s a knock at her door. It’s Ashley. I’m not entirely sure why she decided to let Amily in on this, but she tells Amily about Emanda’s blackmail of Conrad. Amily kicks her out and rushes to the cupboard, where her laptop is no longer.

The Amanda. Jack and Emanda wake up on deck. She heads down to make them some brekky. He wanders around and notices a pack of cigarettes. He rushes to the hatch to discover Nate with a gun pointed at Emanda. It’s in his left hand and I note the gold wedding ring from the watery grave. Jack has no idea why Nate’s pissed about them buying Conrad out, and tells him to call Mr. Greyson. When Nate can’t get any signal on his cell phone, Jack offers to go closer to shore. Nate thinks it’s a grand idea, and locks Jack in the cabin while he and Emanda go up on deck.

Montauk. Amily goes to the Stowaway. She wants to get hold of the Porters. Charlie hands over the laptop as she goes to check on the A/C, which just went out. Amily looks at the wedding photos Charlie was uploading and spots Nate peeping out of the Amanda’s cabin. She takes a picture of it. We cut to her and Nolan discussing it in front of the Stowaway. Note: The TWOP reviewer might’ve been being sarcastic, but I really can’t tell anymore, and it’s one of the ones who usually isn’t that bad. Anyway, he had no idea why Nolan would’ve called the hotel in Nantucket the Porters were planning on staying at to see if they’d checked in yet. Because, of course, there’s no possible way or reason for Amily to have immediately sent the pic to Nolan with some kind of message, and for him to immediately call the hotel to check on them, going outside (he’s tending bar for Jack) so he won’t be overheard, or even while he’s on his way there from his house, while Amily runs downstairs and joins him, where we find them when we come back, because IF IT DIDN’T HAPPEN ONSCREEN IT DIDN’T HAPPEN. Argh. OK, I’ll stop beating my head against that brick wall for now.

Anyway, Nolan tells Amily they’re completely off the grid. They decide to check Nate’s cell, and discover that it sent a signal about half-way to Nantucket. You don’t want to know what kind of earworm typing that just gave me. Anyhoo, the two run off to find a boat.

In Daniel’s office, which they know is bugged by the Initiative, Daniel tells his assistant he was supposed to have a breakfast meeting with Helen and she never showed. His mother comes in and throws a hissy fit about his involvment with Ms. Crowley. (I never really noticed that surname before. Guess she really is a witch.) Dan starts to call security on her, but she leaves.

Padma enters the Stowaway, looking for Nolan. Aiden’s there and he’s got Nolan on the phone, which he hands to Padma. Nolan is in a speedboat with Amily, and tells Padma she can trust Aiden because the Initiative killed his sister.  Also on the phone are Conrad and Nate. Conrad straightens him out about which one of the Porters is the dangerous one, and tells him he wants both the laptop and Emanda dead. Nate threatens Jack if Emanda doesn’t hand over the laptop. Emanda agrees. Somehow, Jack’s popped up through a hatch towards the back of the boat and is evesdropping/spying on them. Emanda goes for a gun, but Nate’s already unloaded it. Emanda starts to unload “her” story on Nate. Meanwhile, Jack goes back below to find Declan’s laptop. Emanda’s telling Nate it’s back in Montauk. Jack brings the laptop online, giving Nolan the signal and allowing them to see both that a) he’s alive and b) the boat’s turning back. They’d stopped the boat, but now speed back up.

Victoria visits Charlie to invite her to the party. Charlie doesn’t want to go, but the A/C is officially dead and Karl should probably get out of the heat. Dec agrees. When Charlie goes to get Karl’s stuff, Vicky sneaks into the bedroom and stuffs Helen’s scarf and cell phone under the bed. She sure likes that as a hiding place, doesn’t she?

Aiden and Padma are finalizing their plans. She needs proof her father is alive. Aiden persuades her to call Helen.

Jack tells Nate he wants to talk to Emanda. Part of what he overheard was her saying she only married him to aid in her getting revenge on the Greysons for what they did to “her” father. He demands to know if she’s using him. Nate thinks it’s funny. Jack manages to place himself between Nate and Emanda. He tells Nate she did bring a laptop, which sends Nate below deck to look for it. Jack continues to harangue Emanda while he digs a life raft out of a storage locker. Emanda catches on and helps him, but does her best to make sure he knows how she feels. Nate is evidently an idiot, because he hollers at Emanda he can’t find the laptop, which Jack whispers to her is under the mattress. I’m not sure why Nate didn’t look there when he was busy tossing everything else around. Anyway, she goes into the cabin and pulls it out for Nate. While he’s engrossed in it, she manages to slip out and lock the bedroom door, then runs back up on deck and starts to barricade the hatch. Jack has the raft ready to go, but Nate’s managed to break down the bedroom door, and starts firing at the lock on the hatch. One bullet goes through and into Jack’s upper left abdomen. Since the laptop is still on, I guess it has a built-in microphone and Nolan’s heard the gunshots and Emanda call out for Jack, and figures out Jack’s been shot. Fanwanking here.

Emanda shoves Jack into the life raft and shoves him off in order to save his life.  Nate bursts out of the cabin and wrestles with her, finally pushing her down. She hits her head on the storage locker, but Jack’s safely out of pistol range.

Night. Conrad and Victoria’s party is in full swing. They exchange their standard verbal spars. Jack is unconcious in the raft. Emanda wakes up below deck. Amily and Nolan are now looking for Jack, and by the erratic movements of the Amanda, realize Nate is, too. They hope they get to him first. Emanda yanks up a floorboard and stomps a hole into the bottom of the boat.

The Initiative sends a gentleman by the name of Trask to query the Greysons as to Helen’s whereabouts. They maintain their innocence and throw Amanda Clarke at him, then him out of the party.

Amily and Nolan find Jack. She tells Nolan to get him to a hospital and gets in the raft. She’s heading for the Amanda, which has lost power due to the flooding. Nate heads below.

Trask is searching the apartment above the Stowaway, and finds Helen’s stuff. He checks her voicemail, and gets Padma’s message. He calls someone and tells them to send the package.

Emanda hits Nate over the head and flees, but she didn’t bash him hard enough because he’s right after her. But when he emerges, Amily whacks him with an oar, and then pulls her gun. Emanda is surprised to see her, and causes Amily to lose focus, which allows Nate to attack her. Amily yells at Emanda to find his gun while wrestling with him for hers. They’ve fallen below deck and when it discharges, it holes the propane tank. Just as he starts to overpower her, Emanda shoots him in the back. Amily heads out, telling Emanda it’s time to go. Amily realizes her necklace is missing and goes back for it. Just as she scoops it up, she locks eyes with Nate, who is holding a lighter. She turns and throws herself at Amily, who is in the raft, as the Amanda explodes.

Amily surfaces, calling for Emanda. She makes it to the life raft, and hears/sees Emanda.

Trask returns Padma’s call. She asks for the proof, he replies that she just signed for it, and be “sure to check the fingerprint.” Aiden opens the small box sitting on the coffeetable, and while we don’t get to see the inside, we all know what’s in it.

At the party, Conrad throws his hat into the gubernatorial race.

Amily finds Emanda. The explosion gave her a wound somewhat lower than Jack’s, which means she’s not going to last long enough for Nolan to find them, now that Jack is safely in emergency surgery. Emanda makes Amily promise to take care of Jack and Karl, and tells her Amily gave her what she never had, a real family. She hands over the necklace. Amily flashes back to juvie, where she’s just given that necklace to Emanda. Emanda asks her if they’re sisters now, and then hugs her and tells her she loves her. In the life raft, Amily finally replies, “I love you, too.”, but it’s too late. Devastated, she lets Emanda’s body sink.

The Greysons regroup on Victoria’s balcony, where they can overlook the former Clarke residence. They think Amanda Clarke is out of their lives, but they have no idea how wrong they are. As doctors work on Jack, Emily Thorne, nee Amanda Clarke, renews her vendetta.

Until the third.

Nina Lisa

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