i was okay with it being a little slow and figured it would be since this was back story.
but there was no slow. it was zip, zip, zip.
we got to see many of the people we've known throughout the season.
like lydia. i liked lydia. even felt a little sorry for her. not when victoria kicked her off her boat during the party. she had that coming for sleeping with conrad (victoria's husband). but when she got tossed off the roof of her place and landed on the car and was nearly killed, i felt a little sorry for her.
in fact, i hate her.
we saw how she made her move on conrad. i always assumed it was something they fought.
in 2003, she made her move. while a guest at victoria's home. while knowing her good friend was troubled. it didn't bother her at all. and even when she knew victoria was haunted by david clarke and considered him the only man she'd ever loved, married lydia went ahead and slept with conrad. i'm surprised victoria didn't shoot her when she learned of the affair in the pilot last fall.
david clarke is amanda's father. we saw him and amanda after they had just moved to the hamptons. victoria met him after. he was working for conrad. victoria was immediately attracted to him - and he appeared to be to her. he told her he'd bought a fixer-up. (the place next door to grayson manor.)
his friend bill gave amanda a little mermaid. but bill wasn't much of a friend.
the episode started in 2003, in nyc, with amanda in a club and dancing. she had to tell mr. grabby hands to back off. he got revenge by hooking up with another woman and taking her into the men's room. amanda goes charging in after and beats the crap out of him.
what i didn't get though was why the woman didn't shut up instead of acting like she was a crisis manager. when amanda ripped the toilet seat off the toilet, i was really hoping she was going to hit the woman with it.
so she gets dragged out the club ... to a limo ... it's nolan.
and we know how she got her money. nolan gave her 1/2 of his company. so he's on her to read her father's journal but she still hasn't.
she ends up in the hamptons. she goes to jack's bar and meets his girlfriend.
his girlfriend is eager to travel europe. she's also lined up a job handling the grayson's big new year's eve party. but jack's dad won't let her have the night off. 'mandy,' the name amanda uses, offers to do it and will give the woman 25% of the cash.
amanda wants to see the people her father wrote about, the 1s who betrayed him.
jack's father - the whole family - is moving above the bar in 2003. how come? jack tells nolan (who he's just meeting) that his father had to sell.
nolan's the 1 doing the buying. he goes to jack's father and explains he's the 1 and offers to give the house back. jack's father explains his sons (jack and declen) don't know this but their mother came back. she didn't want to see them. she just wanted to get her 1/2. so he needs the money.
victoria and conrad received a card with 'shame' written on it and david clarke's name. who sent it?
they decide to have a new year's eve party at the hamptons with all the suspects.
that's lydia. that's the woman doctor who may as well not have been on. there was no point to her return. that's all the people who railroaded amanda's father.
at 1 point she meets roger. and remembers her father said that roger was his only true friend and that roger was blackmailed into lying about david but roger was a friend.
roger wants amanda to move him to another table. he also wants a bottle of booze brought to the pool house. immediately frank wants to know what roger said to her. (remember frank? he goes digging around in amanda's past and gets killed.)
victoria's mad at conrad because he plans to sell david's beachhouse. victoria wanted to hold onto it because it was her last connection to the man she loved (and sold out).
amanda takes the booze to roger. he offers her money. she says she doesn't want money, she wants answers about her father.
roger asks her who her father is and she says david clarke. he's shocked.
amanda meets mason for the 1st time since she was a child. she remembers when he told her he'd prove her father was innocent. (instead victoria and grayson paid him off and he wrote false accounts making david guilty to the world.)
at the party, roger approaches her. he's drunk. frank grabs him and takes him 'for air.'
roger left amanda a note. he's going to help her, he's going to tell her everything.
she goes to the beach house but frank's there. she says she brought aspirin for roger. frank dismisses her.
at the bar, jack's girlfriend kisses nolan. jack is pissed. nolan is surprised. (and he didn't kiss her back.) jack punches him out.
back at the grayson's, amanda sees conrad and roger talking and she sneaks over to the boat house calling to him. she finally finds him in the bathtub, dead. frank killed him.
frank killed him because of the note.
the note victoria figures out mason treadwill sent. and when she confronts him, he confirms it.
amanda's destroyed. she calls nolan. she says she's going to get revenge. that roger was going to help her. but he's dead. nolan tells her his father wouldn't want her to do this, she says she's going to do it.
and then, last scene, we're in david's old beach house and it's modern time and amanda's there. she goes by emily, of course. and she's dressed nicely. daniel grayson (victoria and conrad's son) comes in to get her for a party. and they leave together.
let's close with c.i.'s 'Iraq snapshot:'