Hey, won't you play, another somebody done Emily Thorne wrong song. This time it's Judge Robert Barnes, who is just a few weeks away from a Supreme Court nomination. He and his wife, Patricia, are spending the weekend at Grayson Manor before an annual benefit. Judge Barnes once dismissed the only juror who believed David Clarke may have been innocent during his trial. The courtroom clerk, James Palmer, knew the judge did so because of his ties to the Graysons. Emily believes the clerk wrote an unsigned letter to her father letting him know of the conspiracy. Palmer ended up dead a few days later.
Emily hopes to trip up the judge into revealing something, so it’s fortunate that she forms an alliance with Victoria to persuade Daniel to give up his interests in the family company. She stages a bogus break-up with Aiden (Nolan calls it a fake-up) for the benefit of her ex. Victoria convinces Daniel to attend a dinner at the house with Judge Barnes and his wife after letting him know that a suddenly single Emily will also be in attendance. Sounds like all the makings of a fun, truly awkward dinner date.
Judge Barnes and Patricia get a bit uneasy when Emily mentions that James Palmer was her law professor. Things get even more intense when the David Clarke trial comes up in conversation. Patricia excuses herself from the table. The next day, Emily learns that the judge’s wife has a history of injuries. She was also friends with James Palmer. Emily now believes she wrote the unsigned letter. After James was killed, she was likely afraid of suffering the wrath of her hubby judge if she said anything.
The night of the benefit arrives, but organizer Patricia Barnes is not up for making any speeches. Emily knows it’s because she’s been beaten by her husband. She lets Patricia know that the letter she wrote gave a young Amanda Clarke the hope she needed to survive. When the time comes for the speeches, Patricia bravely steps out of her husband’s shadow to expose his past and present evildoings. She shows the audience the bruises all across her body to prove her point. It looks like Judge Barnes won’t be headed to the Supreme Court after all.
Daniel is encouraged by Helen Crowley to dig deeper into the many secrets that still may be found inside Grayson Global. Nolan follows the request of his new boss to hack into the company’s computer system to look for rogue files. He turns over a surveillance video to Aiden, who calls a number that connects him with that truly scary Crowley lady. A meeting is set. Aiden learns that his sister may still be alive. Helen lets him know that he’ll never see her again if he mentions their meeting to anyone. She’ll be in touch.
Jack presents Amanda with a necklace made of their sea glass. He figures she could wear it to their wedding. Of course, he also has other things on his mind thanks to his new partners, the ever-shady Ryan brothers. Declan persuades Charlotte to keep Nate and Kenny busy while he snoops around the supply room. He finds drugs stashed into a big bag of coffee beans he spills on the floor. Dec cleans up the mess, but Nate knows something is up when he steps on a stray bean. Crunch!
Jack contacts a cop he went to school with back in the day to ask him to raid the Stowaway. He sends Amanda and the baby off to stay with Emily while he executes his plan. The cops raid the bar, but no drugs are found inside the bean bags. A short time later, the police stage another raid. This time drugs are found stashed on the boat. Declan is about to be arrested until his big brother steps up to take the fall for him. Jack is tossed in jail. Kenny seems genuinely sorry that all this happened, but Nate warns that it’s probably best for Dec to fall in line before things get worse.
Marco tries to make amends with Nolan. He wants a chance to start over. He promises to wait for Nolan for as long as it takes. He also presents him with a memory stick containing the most powerful piece of programming he’s ever seen. It could prove to be a useful weapon against his enemies. Regarding the hack job Nolan did for Daniel, Helen Crowley orchestrated this scavenger hunt to find even more secrets about NolCorp.
As Emily crosses Judge Barnes off her revenge list, she sees that Daniel is at her front door. The two of them share a kiss on the front porch. Victoria watches approvingly from her balcony, while Aiden is less-than-pleased to see what’s happening from inside the house. When Emily steps back inside, Aiden is gone.