In a word, I approve.
*There are spoilers here, tread lightly*
Throughout the hour all of our favorite characters were subtly put into their new places on the game board. We even got the return of bat-shit crazy (but hugely entertaining), Tyler Barrol as from the first few moments of the episode it was clear that he was the one snooping around Emily’s hiding place. He has her box of secrets, as well as Amanda herself, stashed away when he calls Emily to make a ransom drop for both. As if having our big murder mystery party go down in this episode wasn’t enough drama the drop goes down and Emily gets double-crossed by Amanda who’s decided to unwisely pair up with Tyler. Amanda has never been the sharpest tool in the shed, but in this episode she reached new levels of her capacity to be fully manipulated by others. In fairness to her I will admit that she is pretty out of her league when it comes to this pack of deceitful double-crossers she’s playing with, but really no one saw this temporary partnership ending well. Even when he had the money Tyler wasn’t going to miss the biggest social event of the year—or of that week, as he planned to murder Daniel and pin it on Emily to finally take her down for framing him for the murder of former Grayson bodyguard Frank Stevens.
Other bits of story for our characters include Charlotte dealing badly with the truth of her parentage, the Graysons having a slight truce with one another involving their divorce settlement, and Jack wanting to get the hell out of dodge before he winds up in the chaos we're waiting for at home. Except that doesn’t wind up happening and again I shake my fist at the screen that Amanda led Jack right into the bloody fray. Soon all the key players, plus our unknown variables we didn’t see at the party in the pilot (Tyler, Amanda, and Emily’s sensei Mr. Takeda), are right where we need them to be as the party plays out. The use of scenes we’ve already viewed plus new pieces here and there made the ultimate outcome unpredictable and yet…not very.
Two weeks seems like an eternity to wait for new episodes but there’s certainly no doubting that we’re on a very dark road now on this show. Emily’s commitment to ruin the Graysons has caused the circumstances for Daniel’s life to fall apart. From the promos, as well as the photo Tyler handed off to Daniel before their deadly altercation took place, it seems that Daniel’s going to get ever closer to finding out the truth about the woman he loves, and what her true intentions are in the Hamptons and with his family. That may in fact wound Daniel far more than anything else he’s experienced so far. This path of revenge is truly about to get nasty for everyone on this show, Emily included as her plans are clearly getting out of her own hands now.