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ABSOLUTE POWER The so-called skeletons in Conrad's closet became quite literal as he closed out his campaign for governor.
Outside the hospital, Emily and Jack sit in a car. She’s figured out Declan’s room number, as well as come up with a plan for distracting the Graysons. “I’m not going to pretend I understand why you’re doing all this for me,” he says, but he’s finally forgiven her because he reinstates her as Carl’s godmother just in case “something happens to him.” Oh god, don’t die Jack!
Emily sits down for a chat with Charlotte and Victoria while Nurse Jackie (heh) makes his way into Declan’s hospital room. Declan comes to when Jack visits. His first words? “Jack? Why are you a nurse?” Fabulous. Jack apologizes for getting his brother blown up; after all that bomb was meant for him. He’s ready to give up his revengetta for Declan and run away, but Decs has got other plans: He’s going to be a daddy.
Aiden’s waiting for Emily on her porch. He tries to apologize, but she tells him to go. Still, he persists. He just wants to save her from the empty life of vengeance. Then, when she continues to be unreceptive to the idea, he brings up Jack. She gave everything up for him; why can’t she do the same for Aiden? “That was a different time,” she explains, but Aiden’s not fooled. He hands her a key to villa on Capri. “If you change your mind, I can join you there.” They kiss. “I hope you get what you’re looking for, Amanda. No one has ever deserved it more than you.” He’s such a good loser.
Charlotte’s finally allowed in to see Declan. “I never should have listened to Regina,” she apologizes, but Declan doesn’t care. They’re going to be parents! “Are you sure that’s what you want?” Charlotte asks. “I have the worst role models in parental history.” But he thinks she’ll make a fine mother. Which is a good thing, since he’s in worse shape than he lets on.
Nolan’s banging on Emily’s door. “Aiden’s gone. He’s safe, for now,” Ems tells Nolan. “You told him what happened with Jack last year,” she adds in accusation. In fairness, Nolan didn’t know she was keeping it a secret from Aiden. “He deserves better,” Emily admits. “So does Jack.” “How’s he holding up?” asks Nolan. “He was supposed to be with you,” Emily answers. Uh oh.
Daniel’s in shock: Aiden Mathis really was part of the Initiative’s scheme, if the computer records are to be believed. He’s bankrupted the Graysons. “Money comes. Money goes,” says Conrad on learning this development. Daniel’s freaking out, but Conrad couldn’t care less. Instead, he’s only interested in his speechifying. Daniel’s ready to dump the Grayson name and flee to Paris with Emily, but as Conrad reveals, he owes him his life. Turns out Conrad knew about the bomb. And he saved Daniel’s life by convincing him to leave the office. Ergo, Daniel is entirely in his father’s debt. And Conrad plans to collect.
NEXT: So it wasn't just a few bruises, huh Declan?