Aiden has a nightmare about the day his father shot himself to death. He awakens to the reality that he has no evidence to link Pascal to his dad, who had been falsely labeled a terrorist. Aiden needs Emily’s help. They go to England to see his mother while pretending to be an engaged couple. Aiden hasn’t seen his mom in eight years. He wants to talk about what happened to his dad, but she’s not willing to do that. It’s all too painful. She has no idea her daughter, Colleen, is also dead.
Aiden finds a clue about his father’s past. It’s a name—Oscar Chapman. He’s going to follow up this lead, but not before telling his mother the truth. He admits that he and Emily are not together. He also reveals that his sister was kidnapped. She was used as leverage to get his dad to blow up the plane. As for Oscar Chapman, he was a freelance reporter who worked for Pascal. He died in a car accident. The lead is a dead end. But at least Aiden reconnected with his mother. Emily, too. The two of them make love.
Conrad is disappointed to hear that his French friend is reneging on their partnership plan after he helped him reel in his ex. So he meets with Pascal’s South American business partner to reveal that he is grooming his son, Gideon, to take over the business. This has his foreign partner bailing. Margaux is angry about this newsflash, too. Daniel uses her rage to get closer to her. This has new homeowner Jack angry. After a chat with Daniel, Pascal apologizes for being a lousy father. Margaux shows her father her five-year plan. She’s pleased when Pascal is willing to listen to it. Later, she shares a drink with Daniel to celebrate.
Victoria meets up with the incarcerated Mason Treadwell. Sadly, bow ties are not on the list of approved prison attire. Victoria inquires about Emily. Mason isn’t willing to spill his secrets unless he’s a free man by the end of the month. He calls Emily about his chat with the queen. It’s time to renegotiate their deal. Stevie is sent to meet with Mason since their conversation can’t be recorded. She lays out Emily’s offer, but it is rejected. Mason opts to chat with Victoria, who has brought Conrad up to speed on the situation.
Javier is ticked when Nolan wants 70 percent of the company in their partnership. He wants to explore other options. In other news, Charlotte is starting to believe her brother’s story that Jack is in cahoots with Emily to destroy their family. A story from Javier further increases her suspicions. Charlotte believes Daniel can help him regarding his problems with Nolan.
Mason Treadwell is given some shaving cream by a prison guard. It turns out to be toxic. Mason is dead. Victoria confronts Stevie about her meeting with him. She brings a bottle of booze over to torture her. Stevie ends up drinking again. Jack finds her in bad shape. He wants her to go back to L.A. Stevie wants him to come with her. He can’t do that. Stevie believes it’s because he loves Emily.
The coroner’s van takes Mason Treadwell’s body off the prison grounds. As it turns out, the dead writer isn’t really dead. The face cream that supposedly did him in was provided by Emily Thorne. It causes a reaction in which the body only appears dead for 12 hours. Nolan explains all this to Mason as he provides him with his new identity, a bankroll and a description of the bungalow that will be his new home. He also asks him what he knows about another reporter—Oscar Chapman. Mason says the man who may know of Pascal’s connection to Aiden’s father faked his own death. He may still be alive. Now Emily just needs to find him.