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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.
Nolan visits Declan at the hospital, where he overhears that he’s heading into heart surgery. Wait, heart surgery? Nolan thought Declan was fine, per Charlotte. Alas, he lied to her. He’s dying and he doesn’t have much time left. Nolan vows he’ll spend every dime that he has to find him the best heart surgeon out there. “What I need Nolan is time,” Declan answers. “You can’t buy me that.” He tells Nolan to look out for Jack, who he knows will be positively beside himself if he loses another loved one to the Graysons.
Victoria’s watching TV when Emily stops by, giving them time for a good ol’ fashioned heart-to-heart. “Whatever your reasons for marrying him, you’ll never convince me it’s for love,” Victoria says. She knows that Emily is up to something and, as she notes, she’s “been at this much longer than you.” Before Emily can answer, however, something on TV catches her eye. It’s Aiden: He was detained at the Canadian border while trying to flee the country.
Daniel tells Victoria that Conrad helped blow up Grayson Global, a fact that comes as a shock to her. She confronts Conrad, who reveals that he not only knew about the bomb and positioned campaign headquarters nearby on purpose, but that… There is no Initiative. The hated organization was just a front for businessmen (and women) who like to make a profit on disasters. Conrad was recently granted access to their inner circle, which promises to triple the Graysons’ wealth (forget the fact that they have none right now). Victoria’s appalled. “I committed murder to protect [Daniel],” she says. And that almost ruined everything, shoots back Conrad.
Jack’s back at the hospital, still rocking the nursing gear. He sees that Declan is missing from his hospital room, then notices Nolan is crying in the back corner. Unable to speak, Nolan hands him a video Declan made shortly before he went into surgery. That’s right, folks. We finally have our casualty. Jack, extremely (and understandably) pissed off, heads out to take Conrad down once and for all. Nolan phones Emily to tell her that Jack is going to make a rash move and she hightails it to the Conrad’s gubernatorial party.
At the Graysons’, Victoria comes across Jack raiding Conrad’s safe for the gun he found there earlier. He pulls it on her. “You betrayed me,” he accuses. “You used me.” “Do it. Pull the trigger. I deserve it,” she replies. But he can’t. Not because he doesn’t want to, but because he knows she’ll suffer more if she lives a long, painful life.
Surprisingly, Aiden’s released from custody. “The nature of our questioning has shifted,” explains the officer in charge before we cut to Nolcorp where Nolan is arrested for the cyber attack. I may or may not have waved my fist angrily at the TV. Elsewhere, Victoria wakes up Charlotte (who passed out while perusing a website called “Teenage Mommy”) to… tell her she loves her. One could argue that she chickened out about telling Charlotte Declan’s fate, but I like to think she just wanted to let her daughter remain innocent a little while longer.
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