Episodes: 89 (hour)
TV show dates: September 21, 2011 — May 10, 2015
Series status: Cancelled
Performers include: Emily VanCamp, Madeleine Stowe, Henry Czerny, Josh Bowman, Christa Allen, Gabriel Mann, Nick Wechsler, Connor Paolo, and Ashley Madekwe.
TV show description:
Emily Thorne (Emily VanCamp) is a new summer arrival in the Hamptons, a seemingly friendly and sophisticated “girl next door.” Her disarming charm allows her seamless access to the restricted circles of the local high society. However, Emily is anything but what she seems. As a nine year old girl, her father was framed for a horrific crime by the friends and coworkers he trusted and sentenced to a life in prison. Emily never saw her father again and spent her childhood consumed by rage, loss, and betrayal. Now, 17 years later, she has returned under an assumed identity with one endgame — revenge. Every social overture is a carefully planned chip at the foundation of her sworn enemies, until their lives come crashing down around them. Emily’s goal is unwavering and her sharp mind is always five steps ahead. However, when her past begins to catch up with her, Emily’s true heart may get caught in the crossfire.
Victoria Grayson (Madeleine Stowe) is the glamorous and powerful matriarch of the Grayson family and the reigning Queen of the Hamptons social scene. She appears to have it all: the perfect billionaire husband, beautiful children, and a gorgeous home. But these are just the trappings that house a much darker secret — her culpability in the events that destroyed Emily’s life. Mired in her many secrets and lies, and a true love-lost that still haunts her, Victoria is strikingly suspicious of her new neighbor Emily, who’s taken a keen interest in Victoria’s son, Daniel. Knowing that nothing in life is coincidental, Victoria is determined to find out Emily’s real intentions and will, by any means necessary, protect the life she has sacrificed so much for.
Victoria is married to Conrad Grayson (Henry Czerny), the CEO of Grayson Global. He’s well respected among his peers in both business and society. He’s a shrewd and successful tycoon who operates with questionable moral integrity. Conrad is ruthless and is willing to do whatever it takes to ensure he slithers unscathed out of potentially scandalous situations.
An all-American boy of privilege, Daniel Grayson (Josh Bowman) is Victoria and Conrad’s son. His life of excess embodies all that comes with being the first-born of a wealthy family. Last summer, a messy drunk driving accident caused Daniel’s free-pass to be revoked by his parents and found it replaced with stricter boundaries and even higher expectations. Returning after a semester at Harvard, he struggles to face the demons of his past and re-imagines the life he wants to live. Daniel’s unable to resist Emily’s beauty, kindness, and seemingly wise counsel.
The youngest Grayson, Charlotte (Christa Allen), is her father’s pride and joy. She’s a rich coquettish teenager who’s always on the prowl for fun but. She’s no dummy though and defies expectations with her perfect academic record at school and easily fits right in with the “mean girls.” She also dives head first into forbidden romances with boys from the wrong side of the tracks.
Nolan Ross (Gabriel Mann) is a very wealthy tech genius and social misfit. He’s learned the hard lesson that it takes more than vast wealth to cull social acceptance in the Hamptons. Nolan’s pompous and arrogant, but secretly starved for human connection. He shares a link to Emily’s past and is the only person who knows who she really. This makes him either a useful accessory or a huge threat to Emily’s true agenda.
Jack Porter (Nick Wechsler) is a blue-collar son of a dock worker who’s spent his entire adult life helping his father manage the Stowaway Tavern, a local hangout for the common folk of Montauk. He’s extremely loyal to his family but has always had aspirations of escape. When fate brings Emily back into his life, Jack is unable to shake a deja vu-like connection to her. With intimate knowledge of Emily’s former life, Jack’s growing interest in the strangely familiar new girl could throw a serious wrench into Emily’s carefully crafted agenda.
Declan Porter (Connor Paolo) is Jack’s troubled kid brother. He’s well-intentioned but rough around the edges. An outsider among his peers, he’s frustrated with the lot he’s been dealt in life. Declan is both intrigued and aroused by the wealthy world of the elite vacationers that populate his town every summer. His interest finds a target in the sassy but good hearted Charlotte Grayson.
Ashley Davenport (Ashley Madekwe) is a social climber on the rise and Emily’s closest friend. She knows the details of the inner circles of the Hamptons and has access to all events in the elite social scene. She’s making a name for herself as the go-to event planner and hopes to gain entrance into Victoria’s good graces and solidify her status amongst the Hamptonites. Will being close friends with Emily eventually prove to have an unseen price?
Episode #89 — Two Graves
In the past, a young Amanda Clarke asks her father a question about why people are bad. It’s all has to do with the choices we make and the roads we take. David promises his daughter that he’ll be there to steer her down the right path should she ever lose her way.
In the present day, a jailed Emily/Amanda discovers that Ben is dead. She goes into court to declare that she’s guilty of the murder of Victoria Grayson. Nolan knows this was a calculated move in order to break Emily/Amanda out of prison. He and Jack are waiting for her when she makes her escape. Their next move is to have Victoria take her place in that prison cell.
Victoria disguises herself to meet up with Margaux. She admits that the corpse she passed off as her own was actually her mother. Flashbacks show a conversation the two of them had in the hospital. The truth comes out that lecherous man who raped her when she was younger was actually her father. Moments later, Victoria’s loathsome mother passes away. Her dead body would soon prove to be useful in the plot to take down Emily/Amanda.
Louise gives a heartfelt eulogy at Victoria’s memorial service. There aren’t a lot of people in the church. One mourner sits in the back away from the small crowd. It’s the person they’ve all come to remember. Victoria is devastated that her children didn’t show for her funeral. She’s further distressed to see Louise in such pain, so she lets her know that she’s alive. Once Victoria hears that Emily/Amanda has escaped, Victoria wants Margaux to call her assassin contact to bring her back in.
Emily/Amanda realizes that Victoria blew up the corpse of her own mother. Ben was killed at this woman’s house. Emily/Amanda and Jack recall their past and how things got so complicated between them. It never stopped the way they felt about each other though. Neither of them knows how any of this will end. They do, however, know they can’t let another moment pass before giving in to a passion that has been denied for far too long.
Nolan realizes that Margaux’s assassin, who is known as White Gold, killed Ben. He warns Emily/Amanda, who has tracked down proof that Victoria switched dental records with her mom. Jack returns to the house to find White Gold waiting for him. A brutal fight takes place. It ends when White Gold stabs Jack in the stomach. The assassin is about to finish the job when a S.W.A.T. team storms in. Jack is alive, but in bad shape.
Nolan sits by an unconscious Jack at the hospital. Emily/Amanda risks capture to be by his side as well. She tearfully begs Jack not leave her. Then she declares that she’s going to kill Victoria. Nolan wants to take care of Margaux. The only problem is that they don’t know where Victoria is hiding. Louise appears to say that she does. A short time later, Emily/Amanda shows up with a gun pointed squarely at Victoria.
Jack awakens to recall the time he had a pretend wedding on the beach with Amanda when they were kids. He brings up this memory as a way of leading in to asking David if he’d give his blessing for them to get married for real. Blessing granted. David can’t imagine anyone better suited to take care of his daughter.
Nolan confronts Margaux about all that she’s done. He lets her know that she has a decision to make. Margaux contacts White Gold. She claims that she should use Nolan for bait to catch Emily/Amanda. It’s actually all a ploy to capture White Gold. Nolan takes a stab wound to the hand before quickly immobilizing the assassin. He turns over a flash drive to Margaux. It contains a detailed list of White Gold’s hits. Even though all traces of her involvement have been erased, Margaux declares that she’s going to turn herself in.
Victoria lets Emily/Amanda know that there are cameras everywhere recording her actions. She’s not afraid of what happens next, as she claims to have died a long time ago. This is all just a formality. Victoria steps closer asking Emily/Amanda if she’s ready. She is. BANG! Victoria is shot, but not by the person standing before her. Emily/Amanda turns to see her father holding a smoking gun. He came to steer his daughter back down the right path. He came to save her soul.
BANG! Another gunshot rings out. Emily/Amanda is hit. She was shot by Victoria as she was bleeding out on the ground. David holds his daughter close. He struggles to stop the bleeding. Amanda/Emily is gasping for air. She struggles to stay alive. David calls for help as two bloody bodies lie before him on the floor.
MEMORIAL DAY 2015: Charlotte steps up to the grave that was dug for David Clarke. She hands some flowers over to Emily/Amanda, who runs her hand over the double infinity sign on the headstone. The date states that David died four months earlier.
Flashing back to a time at the beach house, a sick David sits on the porch bench staring out at the ocean. He gives his daughter some advice as to what to do whenever she misses him. She’s to go to the post where the hand-carved symbol that rests there will remind her of how much he loves her. Infinity times infinity. Moments later, David Clarke takes one last breath. His daughter, Amanda, is there by his side. She knows that after embarking on her path of revenge, she was ultimately saved by her father’s infinite love.
Amanda/Emily is dressed in white. Nolan helps her with a necklace. He’s worried if there’s any life after revenge for him. His best friend assures him that there is. Then it comes time for the two of them to take a little walk down the aisle. Nolan gives Emily/Amanda away to their other best friend. After all, the guy has waited long enough. Jack Porter and Amanda Clarke renew the vows they took on the beach as kids. This time it’s official. This time they become husband and wife.
At the reception, Jack takes a moment to remember all the friends and family members they have lost over the years. There’s his brother, Declan, his dad, the real Emily Thorne, Aiden, Ben and, finally, David Clarke. It was that last man whose legacy now sets them off on their next journey in life. Then Amanda takes center stage to present her brand new husband with a brand new puppy. The little guy looks an awful lot like their old friend, Sammy.
Jumping back to the past, we see Charlotte standing outside Emily/Amanda’s hospital room. The doctor tells her that her half-sister’s heart sustained severe damage. She would not have survived if Charlotte had not given permission for Victoria’s heart to be used in a transplant.
In the present day, Emily/Amanda awakens suddenly. Jack knows she’s just had a recurrence of a disturbing dream. Emily/Amanda fears she’ll never be able to put Victoria behind her. At least she’ll always be able to find comfort in the love she and Jack share.
On the mainland, a young man approaches Nolan. Amanda Clarke said that he could help get his innocent mother out of a jam. While letting out a slight smile, Nolan quietly says, “Well played, Ems. Well played.” He’ll have to help this young man without the assistance of his revenge-y best friend, for Amanda and Jack have already sailed off into the sunset. (Courtesy ABC.)
First aired: May 10, 2015.
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