After the high intensity of last week's episode, it's nice to see our favorite Hamptonites return to their normal lives of plotting, party planning and bad decision making. Judging by Emily's conversation thanking Jack, it has been only a day or two since this group was held at gunpoint, but let's not allow that to ruin the fun that summer in the Hamptons has in store!
I was happy to see that Emily returned to X-ing the face of her target in this episode. However, this one she did before he was actually taken out, which wasn't quite as fun. Between the constant lighter references, the all-wood house and Mason proudly declaring that he kept only one copy of his memoir, I doubt any of us were too surprised when we saw that house go up in flames. As Nolan commented, Mason's one hard copy of his manuscript and use of a physical dictionary, opposed to the Internet, were "like the cave man," and wasn't fire the cave man's biggest fear?
Throughout the episode we are reminded how this group lacks a grasp on reality. Still, they do seem to be realizing that summer in the Hamptons doesn't last forever. First, Daniel decides he wants to move into the city with Emily, a girl he has known at most two months. These thoughts are definitely on par for a junior in college with a history of hard partying and, judging by his looks, a history with women. Once he discovers the clause that he must be 30 or married to get his full trust, he considers marrying her immediately -- even more logical.
Declan and Charlotte are hit with a reality check when Declan realizes that Charlotte will be going away to high school shortly, and therefore their budding romance will need to be put on hold. Did this not come up last week when they were planning on moving in together?
Amanda, allowing her lack of true WASPiness to show through, begs Jack to take her to Atlantic City. Yes, she would like to travel approximately six hours (no way those two have a helicopter at their disposal like everyone else on this show would) from the Hamptons to Atlantic City … one more hint that she doesn't quite belong. Her suspicions of Jack and Emily continue in this episode, and I think we're all just waiting for her to get drunk and explode on them.
Interestingly, this episode almost showed Victoria having some maternal instinct when she says she doesn't want Daniel to be used in the divorce (Charlotte continues to be a pawn in the divorce game, nbd). Of course, she is quickly swayed and ends up using Daniel, but she seemed pretty genuine for a moment there. The best part comes when she discovers that the only way Daniel will get his shares is if he marries Emily. This is Victoria's Sophie's Choice (note her choice is not between her two children, but between a business and a daughter-in-law she distrusts, but hey, everyone has their priorities).
Speaking of Charlotte.. OHMYGOSH! There was a twist I didn't see coming. I can't come up with anything on this just yet since I'm still absorbing.
Now, time for some awards:
Least Modest Line: "Sixth. But who's counting?" – Nolan's place on Forbes Young Millionaires list
Best 'Oh, Snap!' Line: It's a three-way tie! "I wonder if you'd say no to Emily Thorne" – Amanda, letting her jealousy show; "This is one village that won't miss its idiot" – Victoria Grayson on her husband; "One doesn't easily forget a deal he's made with the devil" – Mason to Victoria
Second-Biggest Surprise of the Episode:
I think we all know what the first one was, but I was surprised that Amanda still thought David Clarke was guilty, and that Emily/young Amanda had at one point believed he was guilty.
Biggest Tease: The lingerie scene finally happened, but I think they showed more skin on the commercials than in the episode.
Most Horrified Look: Jack at Amanda kissing a girl across the bar
Best Walk Away: Emily leaving the scene of her crimes always makes me think of Mission Impossible or a crime show with the slow walk and flames in the background.