Well hello there, Revengies. I hope that you are prepared to dissect, discuss, and Kermit-flail around, because that’s basically what I did whilst watching last night’s episode, “Infamy.” If you didn’t, you clearly are not invested enough in this crazy-pants, soap opera of a show.
Now, I won’t lie—I was a little bit concerned that this week’s episode would be a let down after the Amazing Saga of Crazy Tyler from last week. But y’all, the writers did their best to bring it so as not to let the Amazing Saga of Crazy Tyler cast a giant shadow over the rest of the season. Not only did we get a girl-on-girl kiss (Eh.), but also a scene at a shooting range (GUNS!), Jack in a suit (*swoon*), a little bit of innocent arson (FIRE, PRETTY.), Grayson family power plays, and A BIG REVEAL that really probably isn’t as big of a deal as they tried to make it out to be since we all basically guessed what it was a little while back.
Event of the Week: A very special still-being-written-memoir reading at Grayson Manor by investigative journalist Mason Treadwell, who wrote an in-depth book about the David Clarke trial back in the mid–90s. Since I’m already talking about this dude, I might as ACTUALLY talk about him. Turns out, he’s actually a very, very key player in Emanda’s revenge. This bow-tie clad smoker was once Leo Treadwell, a lowly, ethical journalist covering the Clarke trial for some now-long gone New York daily. And although he was a lowly journalist, he scored interviews with everyone involved with the Clarke trial, including Little Amanda. And holy crap, y’all, the actress who plays Little Amanda is INCREDIBLE. Her scene with Treadwell was heartbreaking. Her delivery of this line: “I have to say he’s guilty, or they’ll put me away. Just like him.” brought tears to my eyes. But, Little Amanda ended up telling Leo that she believed her dad was innocent, despite what the courts said, and Leo told Little Amanda that he agreed with her, giving the heartbroken, confused girl some much-needed hope. But that was all before the Graysons got a hold of him. Though Treadwell’s information was spot-on, Victoria and Conrad hustled him into telling the story they wanted him to tell by paying him off.
When the book was published, Little Amanda got her hands on a copy, read it, and truly believed that Treadwell’s information was accurate and that her father really had been a terrorist or whatever it is that he is accused of being. Now, I don’t know about y’all, but I never realized that she believed her dad was guilty. God, can you imagine?! Spending most of your life thinking something that you never could have imagined to be true as the truth, just to be given the exact information you’d always hoped for as soon as you get out of juvey? By the by, this makes me trust Nolan EVEN LESS. Anyway. So, Emanda has a VERY LARGE anger toward Mr. Treadwell.
So, when he comes sniffing around town, all proud of himself and his not-electronically-backed-up copy of his memoir, Emanda sees her chance to crush him. He, naturally, is steered in the direction of Amily by Queen Bee V, who wants Treadwell to figure out what she’s in town and what the hell she wants and what she remembers. Treadwell asks if he can interview her for his memoir. She agrees, Emanda tells Amily that she believes her dad was innocent and that she’s trying to prove it but that she needs Amily’s help, and Emanda and Nolan concoct a plan to help her through the interview—by giving her an ear microphone thing and feeding her the answers to the questions. These answers consist of threatening Treadwell if he doesn’t tell the truth about the Clarke Trial at the reading at Grayson Manor. Though Amily does a really good job of this, she’s not as big of a threat to Treadwell as Queen Bee V is. Treadwell ends up not telling the truth about Clarke and Emanda is PISSED. Nolan calls him a “spineless, seer-sucking dilettante,” much to my delight.
Anyway, Emanda is so pissed that she sics Nolan on Treadwell, under the guise that Nolan is asking Treadwell to be his biographer, so that she can break into the Hamptons cottage, steal the interview tapes, and then, you know, set fire to the cottage using Amily’s lighter. That’s right, y’all. Don’t fuck with Emanda because bitch will SET YOUR HOUSE ON FIRE.
So what else happened, you ask? I WILL TELL YOU.
- Daniel is officially going to spend the year working for his dad and not going back to Harvard. After the divorce, he wants for him and Emanda to move to the City together. But for reasons that are beyond me, she says she doesn’t want to officially live with someone until she’s married. I guess it has something to do with the whole taking revenge upon a whole slew of people thing.
- There’s a lot of Conrad/Victoria divorce antics. Her lawyer wants Daniel’s access to his trust reinstated so that V can have access to the Grayson Company stock shares. However, that involves using Daniel to get it done, which she’s not such a big fan of. But, Daniel agrees to help, and goes and asks Conrad to reinstate his trust. Conrad seems pleased that Daniel is taking the initiative.
- But! Conrad sees the power play, and decides to not give Daniel access to the Grayson shares until he marries or turns thirty, so that V can’t get a hold of them. Upon learning this, Daniel goes to V and proposes that he propose to Emanda so that 1) he can put on a ring on it before Jack can snatch her up and 2) he can get the shares and give V the upper hand. V obviously hates this with a fiery, burning passion, and she tells Ashely to let the tidbit of info about the amendment to Daniel’s access of the trust slip to Emanda. Ashley does this. I’m annoyed with her. Anyway, V’s attorney tells her to let the engagement/marriage/”mistake” happen because, even if she doesn’t like it, it’ll give her what she wants.
- Charlotte gets her fancy boarding school schedule. Declan gets all pouty because he won’t be able to see her all semester. Lord, Declan is annoying.
- Amily randomly wants to go to Atlantic City. (Ugh.) Jack explains that he can’t randomly go to Atlantic City because has to run the bar. She tries really hard to talk him into it and then pulls this card: “I wonder if you’d say no to Emily Thorne.” Homegirl, jealously is not pretty on you.
- Then, Amily pouts while bartending and gets hit on by a girl. They kiss and Amily generally acts like a slut and pours shots in people’s mouths whilst standing on the bar. Emanda shows up at the bar. Amily is really defensive and jealous-acting around Emanda. It’s really weird.
- Because Jack is the best (albeit, dumbest) guy ever, he’s concerned about Amily. Declan tells him to loosen up and enjoy her girl-kissin’ ways so that he doens’t go to an early grave.
- Jack admires Amily’s spontaneity. He looks NICE in a suit. OMG HE SAYS DARLIN’. He tells her to put on something sexy so they can go gamble with her tips from the kissing night in Atlantic City. My God, I love him. I would even go to Atlantic City for him. And THAT is saying something.
- Emanda takes Nolan to the shooting range to teach him how to defend himself in case any other mentally unstable, bisexual con-men try to attack him.
- I love that Emanda can give uber-vague answers to Daniel about her plans and he’s cool with it. I guess maybe that’s what people call a mature relationship.
- Is it just me or is Nolan acting more gay? Have I just been away from the show too long?
Alright! FOR THE END OF THE EPISODE! After the arson, Emanda goes over to Daniel’s (oh yeah! He moved back into Grayson Manor) for sexy-times, because, duh, setting fire to someone’s cottage and thus basically destroying their life makes you horny. After the sexy-times, she goes home and starts watching her father’s interview with Treadwell. And in this interview Treadwell asks for proof of his affair with Victoria. David Clarke then says that Charlotte is actually his child, thus making Charlotte and Emanda half-sisters. Which we had all discussed once-upon-a-time in comments, so not necessarily all that shocking. What I think is more interesting in this scenario is how Emanda will respond to this information and what she’ll do to Treadwell since he ALSO knows this information.
So what’d y’all think about “Infamy?” Tell all of your thoughts and feelings and theories and detailed dreams of Jack wearing a suit, in comments!