It’s time for the annual Grayson Masquerade Ball. Victoria hopes to set up Daniel with a young lady named Sloan. After all, it’s been six weeks since her son’s failed reconciliation attempt with Emily. The queen sifts through her RSVPs to find one postmarked from 1973. It’s supposedly from her long lost son. She was just a teen when she gave him away forever. The RSVP reads “expect the unexpected.” Sounds like the makings of fun party. Too bad Emily isn’t on the guest list. At least, not yet.
Six weeks have passed since Padma went missing. Nolan has been obsessively trying to find her with no help from the police. He has to believe she’s alive even though every alley he runs down is a dead end. Emily has an idea how to find her. She asks Aiden to torpedo the Initiative’s investments. So he does. Daniel is furious. Then he’s fearful. That’s just something a meeting with the ever-scary Mr. Trask will do to a person. The menacing man with the slicked-back hair says the Initiative is liquidating all its assets in Grayson Global. Daniel is free from their clutches. The first thing he does is call Emily to invite her to the masquerade ball.
Conrad preps for a big chat with the townies with Ashley and consultant Evan Spradlin. But it’s Jack’s advice on how to talk to the common man that makes the most sense. He’ll be feeding Conrad advice through an earpiece. He asks Nolan to help him with a little technical sabotage so he can play the recording of Conrad’s chat with Nate Ryan during the event. Jack also plants a question in the crowd that forces Conrad into saying he will look to get a presidential pardon for David Clarke if it is warranted. Jack’s plan works to perfection.
Victoria receives a vase filled with black roses. There are 11 total. One is missing. The card reads, “I’ll be wearing the 12th rose, Your Loving Son.” Victoria confesses to Conrad that her mother’s boyfriend got her pregnant. She gave away the baby to a nun named Sister Rebecca though she leads her husband to believe the pregnancy was terminated. When the masquerade ball begins, Victoria scans the crowd looking for someone wearing a black rose. Her search is interrupted when Sloan shows her a photo of Daniel and Emily that made it into the newspaper. The queen is not pleased. Daniel hands her back the bullets she anonymously sent him.
The Initiative may be done with Grayson Global, but Aiden isn’t finished with Mr. Trask. He forces him to take him to Padma. Aiden is too late. Padma was killed earlier in the day. Trask says that a silent alarm was tripped and the police are on their way. Aiden breaks the neck of the Initiative man killing him instantly. He heads off to the ball where he breaks the news to Nolan, who is devastated. He flees the ball but tells Emily to stay behind to finish what she started. Victoria approaches a masked man she thinks is wearing a black rose. It turns out to be Aiden. Victoria is so overcome, she faints. Looks like the party’s over.
In random news, Charlotte decks a party guest at the ball when she starts badmouthing Amanda. Declan is there to comfort her. Jack overhears Conrad berating Ashley so he feels she could be a valuable ally in his quest to take down the Graysons. She agrees to help his cause. Emily lets Aiden know that if the Falcon finds out about his father there could be big problems. A police detective lets Nolan know that Padma was only killed a day ago. Victoria pays a visit to Sister Rebecca, who says her son came looking for her years ago, but she hasn’t seen him since. Finally, Sister Rebecca receives another visitor. It’s Emily. She tells the nun she’s pregnant and has nowhere else to go.