1. Was the title of this episode supposed to also represent the audience reaction? Because wow. Not my favorite of the season. Let’s start with Nolan! I am 100% in favor of his new habit of greeting Ems with both a hug and a kiss on the cheek. And it goes without saying I’m in favor of him kicking Aiden and Niko out of his house.
But are we really supposed to believe that he’d be so nonchalant about Aiden shacking up with Niko literally a day after he and Emily broke up? Or with helping cover up Takeda’s murder?
Not to mention the whole thing with Patrick — how exactly was providing that info about his rapist father supposed to reflect poorly on Victoria? Did Nolan just not do his homework there or what? Because it just kind of made him seem cruel and/or stupid, and those are two things that Nolan normally is not. (Like… she was 15, dude. Basic math would tell you something not good happened with that conception.)
2. Speaking of rape: hahaha there sure was a lot of rapey stuff happening in this episode! I’m not sure what the writers were going for by placing that ending in the same episode with Daniel’s physical altercation with Emily. Not to mention all the Victoria stuff.
Did they think they were doing some sort of parallel, showing another thing the two Mrs. Graysons now have in common? (Sexual assault! The great unifier!) Or worse — did they not even realize the connection? Either way, it was too much for my taste. I have no idea where Emily’s missing time is going, story-wise, but the idea of her having slept with Conrad while either drugged or in sort of fugue state related to her head injury is less “exciting twist!” and more disturbing nightmare fuel.
3. It’s so satisfying to see Daniel’s grossness acknowledged by pretty much everyone — even his own father, who, as we all know, is pretty much grossness incarnate. But in a somehow more palatable way? Maybe because I get the sense that Conrad really owns his personal grossness. Whereas Daniel still seems to be under the illusion that he craps nothing but roses and puppies.
In any case: Sarah leaving him was super satisfying, although I’m sad that she lowered herself to being gross along with him before she left. And Margaux turning on him without a second thought was hilarious.
4. I’m confused by what they’re doing with Niko. Halfway through the episode, I wrote: “Niko totally knows it was Aiden, right?” Because it seemed SO OBVIOUS that she was playing him and leaving just enough rope for him to hang himself. But then she seemed surprised to find the sword — and… seriously? I’m supposed to believe that either Nolan or Aiden was dumb enough to leave that in her freaking bedroom?
(Unless Nolan was deliberately trying to set Aiden up, in which case several of my issues with this episode will become moot. But somehow I don’t think that’s the case. And I’m worried that she’s about to get the villain edit.)
5. On a related note, I’m losing faith that we will every be rid of Aiden. Even though Niko’s desire for vengeance is not only completely understandable, but — in the context of this show’s constructed morality — an absolute necessity. And even though in this very episode, we got him pushing Emily in anger while she’s still too injured to defend herself.
What is the point of this character? I mean, really. What does he bring to the show at this point? If they wanted to make him a full blown antagonist for Emily, that would be one thing. But I get the feeling he’s actually there because Daniel’s no longer an even slightly viable romantic rival for Jack, and the writers are still super wed to the idea of Emily needing a love triangle.
(Obviously Nolan wouldn’t work either. Let’s be real: if he ever found himself a serious love triangle with Jack and Emily, he would solve that problem faster than you can say “threesome.”)