Our commitment to our choices tells us and others who we are. Ok. I will buy that. I always love the ‘profound’ opening thoughts of Emily Thorne (Emily VanCamp), philosopher and destroyer of lives. The big question for Emily is (and this is a spoiler alert): now that Emily knows Charlotte (Christa B. Allen) is her half-sister, will she alter her plans? Most likely, no. But at some point Emily’s humanity will cause her some problems. I would be willing to bet it will be with Jack (Nick Wechsler). For now, Emily will try and frame faux Amanda (Margarita Levieva) for burning down Treadwell’s house in the previous episode, while simultaneously using Charlotte as not only a pawn in the divorce between the Graysons but also making sure she can confirm that Charlotte is indeed her half sister. It’s at times like these the old saying, “you can choose your friends but not your family” comes to mind. I actually almost feel bad for Charlotte. She’s going to be screwed.
Sadly for Charlotte, just when things are looking up, they fall apart. Conrad Grayson (Henry Czerny) surprisingly offers to pay for young Declan’s (Connor Paolo) tuition to Charlotte’s school. This offer is far too good to be true. What kind of dad would do that? Apparently not a real dad. As soon as Conrad learns that Charlotte isn’t his, he not only rescinds the offer of Declan’s tuition, he rejects her and sends her to live with her mother. Not a very nice move. In fact, such a crappy move that it makes Conrad even more unlikable than he was before. Which I didn’t think was possible. This raises the stakes later in the drama as Grayson is surely being set up at some point to be killed off. At least that is my guess. You don’t make a character a terrorist, a ruthless capitalist pig and a bad father without him ending up paying some sort of price as the stakes raise.
Daniel (Joshua Bowman) proposes to Emily, who says yes. Victoria (Madeleine Stowe) suspects that Amanda burned down Treadwell’s house. She sends someone to find evidence in Jack’s place that will expose Amanda as the arsonist and thief who stole the tapes revealing that Charlotte was hers and David Clarke’s (James Tupper). Jack, however, manages to walk in while the perpetrator retrieves the tapes and ends up getting badly beaten. Obviously it is dangerous to be a friend or acquaintance of Emily Thorne’s.
In the end though, it seems that it is even more dangerous to be the child of Victoria Grayson. Especially since she would lie to her own son and claim David Clarke raped her rather than just admit she cheated on his father. But we all know her lies will catch up soon enough. And I’m not sure how I feel about this. My overarching question is: will Victoria be punished for being a bad mother or a bad person? It isn’t her being a bad mother that caused so much pain, it is about her being a selfish person. And while one can be a bad mother and a selfish person, I don’t always believe that one continually informs the other. Or maybe it does. I do know that while Conrad Grayson is a bad father we are supposed to consider him an evil person above everything else. Perhaps it is because with men, they don’t always have a choice about becoming a father, but in at least free, democratic societies with equal rights and proper government funding, women do have the choice whether or not they want to be a mother.
As this episode ends, Daniel stupidly seals his own fate by telling Emily that he’d send her own father to hell for raping his mother if her father weren’t dead already. So Emily decides to move forward with her plan and marry for revenge. Is that any worse than marrying for money? We are about to find out.