The red X is back! Emily looks to cross out another target on her revengenda. Meredith Hayward ran the foster home where Ems resided back when she was Amanda Clarke. She was an abusive woman who used to lock kids in a cage. She also scammed agencies to make a small fortune off the plights of the children she menaced. Most of the kids under her care became addicts or prostitutes. Eli James wants the Amanda Clarke Foundation to sponsor Ms. Hayward’s foster home. He tells Emily that he wants justice for the woman who hurt them. He also says Hayward kept a bunch of letters David Clarke wrote to his little girl.
Emily and Eli visit the foster home that was rebuilt after the fire. The caged area is still there hidden behind a movable bookcase. Unfortunately, Hayward says any of Amanda’s past items were lost in the fire. The letters are gone. Hayward is shocked when Victoria reveals the huge donations headed her way. A press conference is set up at the Stowaway. The place is packed. Amongst the crowd are some of the kids Hayward abused. Eli uses this public forum to reveal the horror they all went through. Hayward is stunned. She takes the microphone to announce that Eli is the one who burned down her house, not Amanda Clarke.
Eli tells Victoria she can now be seen as a hero for exposing abuse as opposed to just throwing money at the problem. He later tells Emily that he restarted a fire she lit only to get her in trouble so they could stay together. He’s trying to make it up to her now. Eli pays a visit to the now-ruined Ms. Hayward. He comes back to Emily with a written confession. Hayward sold the David Clarke letters to a certain bow-tied individual. Mason Treadwell gives Emily the scoop on what was inside them. The most interesting tidbit is about a young man who also had a rough life in foster home. That boy is Victoria Grayson’s other son.
Declan swipes his prep school classmate’s cell phone to help Jack track down Kenny Ryan, who says Nate recorded his conversations with Conrad. There’s still no real proof that there was some kind contract between them though. Conrad wants Jack to be his spokesperson for his political campaign. He’ll be his very own “Joe the Plumber.” Jack agrees. It’s his best way of getting inside the walls of Grayson Manor. In other news, Victoria uses Daniel’s assistant, Grace, to send her son a message that someone is on to his covert meetings with Emily. She sends him an envelope with a surveillance photo and two bullets inside. A subtle message this is not.
Padma is contacted by the Initiative. Her father is still alive. She’s to deliver Carrion to an alley alone if she wants to get him back. Nolan swears he won’t let any harm come to her or her father. He builds a tracking device into the valuable flash drive. Aiden says the plan is to take out the kidnappers when she makes the drop. After that, Padma and her dad need to disappear for good. The drop time for the exchange is bumped up to a moment where Emily is unavailable. Aiden and Nolan are on their own.
Aiden sets up a high-powered rifle on a rooftop to take down the bad guys. The scary Mr. Trask takes the flash drive from Padma. He hands it to a gloved figure in the back of an SUV. The drive is legit. Now Padma wants her dad back. Trask leads her to the back of the SUV. He tosses her inside. The car speeds away before Aiden can take a shot. Padma is taken to a large, empty room. Her dad is on the other side of a door inside. Trask wants her to do one more thing before they are reunited. He has her sit before a video camera.
The locator in the Carrion flash drive sends Nolan and Aiden on a wild goose chase. The Initiative has been one step ahead of them the entire time. There’s a box on a table with a finger inside. Nolan knows their enemy now has the most unimaginably dangerous program known to man. They’ve also put two innocent people’s lives in jeopardy. It’ll take time for Nolan to track down Padma and her dad, but he goes to work right away. He learns that the legendary hacker known as the Falcon is working for the Initiative.