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‘Revenge’ Review: Commitment

If you didn’t believe it before then you better believe it now; the gloves are definitely off as physical and emotional blows are made. There’s always manipulation happening but this week we see consequences that make Emily (Emily VanCamp) change her plans very quickly.

The Grayson’s divorce is already messy but with a little help from Emily, Conrad (Henry Czerny) becomes a winner and a loser from this latest round. Conrad receives a copy of David’s (James Tupper) video interview, claiming to be Charlotte’s (Christa B. Allen) father.

At the start of the episode, Conrad is willing to pay for Declan’s (Connor Paolo) fees so he can attend the same school as Charlotte. We’ve already seen how Conrad is dealing with the fact he’s not Charlotte’s father. The one line that sums it all up is what Charlotte tells Emily; that Conrad looked at her the same way he looks at Victoria. The Grayson family is in an interesting and vulnerable state. Between the four of them there’s the truth, part of the truth and the lie. Where things go from here is the real question but also there’s the matter of Charlotte learning the truth. I was expecting Charlotte to be standing behind Victoria while she was talking to Daniel (Joshua Bowman).

Emily’s actions have led Victoria (Madeleine Stowe) to believe that Fauxmanda (Margarita Levieva) is responsible for burning down Mason Treadwell (Roger Bart) house. Victoria even tries to trip Fauxmanda up by bringing up her strawberry allergy and having her DNA tested. Luckily for Emily, Victoria’s lawyer, Ryan Huntley (James McCaffrey) intercepts the DNA test. We finally learn why Ryan is involved and that he believes in David’s innocence. I’m a little disappointed that this might be the end of Ryan’s involvement. I thought he would feature a bit more and be more integral to Emily’s plan.

I also think it’s a shame that things have happened the way they have in regards to Fauxmanda. After Tyler (Ashton Holmes) I was hoping that Fauxmanda would be a further distraction for Emily in derailing her plans. I like the dynamics of their relationship; Emily always wants to control Fauxmanda while Fauxmanda doesn’t like to take orders. The bond between them does seem very one sided on Fauxmanda’s part. Even though she doesn’t really show it, I believe there are some genuine feelings from Emily.

One of my favorite scenes is when Nolan (Gabriel Mann) and Emily are sitting on the beach. At that moment Nolan is angry with Emily, as her plan to force Fauxmanda to leave, ends up getting Jack (Nick Wechsler) beaten up by one of Victoria’s men. There’s a sweet comedic moment when Nolan puts his arm around Emily and his quick removal when she tells him not to. The whole scene is a rare moment of remorse from Emily and how her actions are affecting innocent people. For a brief moment, she considers pausing her plan and rethinking her strategy. This lasts for five minutes after she hears Daniel tell her that David raped Victoria.

The look from Emily at the end of the episode is very telling. I believe she’s even angrier than before and I can’t wait to see what she does next. What will be telling is if Emily proceeds with any caution because of possible ripple effects. We’ve already seen how its hurt Jack both physically and emotionally as well as Charlotte. Daniel proposes to Emily on a very wet evening so we’re now getting closer to the timeline from the opening part of the first episode.

When will the tape under Jack’s bed be found? What will Emily do next? Is this the last we’ve seen of Fauxmanda? How many episodes until the engagement party? Will Victoria’s smile ever be genuine? I especially want the answer to the last question. All jokes aside, I can’t wait for the next installment of Revenge.

Revenge airs on ABC at 10/9c on Wednesdays

Photo courtesy of ABC/Colleen Hayes.

Originally written for The Voice of TV

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