Revenge "Sacrifice" Review: The B*tch Had It Coming

By Drusilla Moorhouse

Feb 18, 2013

Revenge S02E14: "Sacrifice"

Revenge is back, bitches!

After a sophomore slump dogged by silly, tortuous storylines, fatuous characters, and a helpless heroine, the ABC soap delivered a bold, satisfying and shocking mid-season finale last night.

Even the fateful boat catastrophe teased all season had a legit payoff. If the only casualty had been ex-con Nate Ryan, star of the season's most boring subplot, I probably would've tuned out forever.

But Revenge had something else up its sleeve (besides Nate's severed arm!): the death of Amanda Clarke!

With melodramatic perfection, Fauxmanda uttered her last words in her alter ego's arms before slipping into the sea. The scene was so reminiscent of Jack Dawson's tragic fate in Titanic that I'm surprised Celine Dion didn't provide the soundtrack.

Victoria Grayson said it best: "The bitch had it coming."

I feel that way about Fauxmanda, but Victoria was really referring to the Initiative's Helen Crowley, whom she shot dead last week. Tonight she was positively purring when she donned her victim's clothes, briefly assumed her identity, and later used her possessions to incriminate "that vicious opportunist" Amanda Clarke.

Victoria saved her finest performance for Daniel's office, hamming up her outrage at Helen's dastardly deeds for the Initiative's video surveillance cameras. Her victorious secret smile as she stormed out was classic Victoria Grayson.

Even Conrad got his groove back, announcing his gubernatorial candidacy at the Graysons' annual Labor Day bash. Only this year, Emily Thorne was too busy navigating the high seas to join in their celebration.

After looking at one of the wedding photos, eagle-eyed Emily realized that Nate had concealed himself as a stowaway aboard Jack's boat, and she enlisted Nolan to help her rescue the honeymooners.

Bonus points for this episode's brisk pacing and intricate plot points. Even Aiden and Padma, usually irritating characters, enjoyed an exciting scene. With Aiden's encouragement, she demanded proof that her kidnapped father was still alive. Trask, Helen's Initiative stand-in, was happy to oblige, delivering daddy's finger in a neat package.

Still, The Amanda crew provided most of the action. Everyone except Jack, who spent most of the time whimpering.

C'mon, son! Have you no dignity? At least the sorry barkeep managed to release the lifeboat before Nate shot him. Instead of escaping with her injured groom, the new bride stayed aboard to finish off Nate. Or something.

No worries: Nomily to the rescue! Thanks to Declan's laptop, Ems and Nolan had a Skype-row seat to the thrilling events! Using their high-powered binoculars to find the gravely injured Jack, Nolan agreed to rush him to the hospital while Emily took off in the lifeboat after Fauxmanda.

All aboard, Cap'n Emily! Tag-teamed by the juvie girls, Nate ended up shot and half-submerged in the flooded cabin with gas streaming from the ship's propane tank. But just as the sisters in crime were about to escape in the lifeboat, Faxumanda turned back to retrieve her necklace. You know, the one her BFF gave her when they first switched identities.

Fauxmanda glanced in the cabin just in time to see Nate flick his Bic. Bravo, sir! Mad appreciation for a bitter dying man with a sense of humor.

Anyway, boom! While Nate's various body parts sunk with the wreckage, Fauxmanda surfaced just long enough to expire in Emily's arms. Thanks to Emily VanCamp's A+ weeping, Fauxmanda's death was moving and poignant, even while "My Heart Will Go On" sounded in my head as she slipped into the water.

I, for one, am not going to miss Fauxmanda. She reminded me too much of Faith, my least favorite character on Buffy, and her Amanda served as a constant reminder of Emily's failure. Hopefully, our heroine can now focus on what she does best: exacting revenge. It's time that girl bought a new Sharpie and put it to work!

QUESTIONS

1. Are you going to miss Fauxmanda?

2. Do you wish Jack shared his bride's watery grave?

3. Where do you think Fauxmanda stashed Em's computer?

4. Will grief and anger add new dimensions to Jack's character, or will he be more insufferably sad and pathetic than ever?

5. What dastardly scheme does Emily have in store for Charlotte? More diaper duty?

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  • sduvoisin Mar 11, 2013

    1. In season 1 no I wouldn't have missed Fauxmanda but now that we've grown to know her and see who she is and what she values - let's not forget that her final words were not for herself but for the gift that real Amanda had given her and begged real Amanda to watch over her husband and son. This is a long way from the girl who was swimming in the millionare's pool.

    2. No! I don't know what your problem is Drusilla. Jack it out of the loop but he always has been. He's a hard working man with a heart of gold. He has lived a life of simplicity, family and love. It isn't his fault that he can't piece together some master-mind plot.

    3. No idea! Hopefully we'll see where it is soon.

    4. They could go either way. Have Jack retreat away or have him jump into the mix. The creators have talked about how each Season a different person will be "seeking" revenge. Maybe Season 3 will be a story of Jack's revenge?

    5. Why would Emily be scheming anything for Charlotte? That doesn't make sense.

  • DanielleClaud1 Mar 02, 2013

    I know Fauxamanda pretty much brought this one on herself BUT the Grayson doing what they're doing without losing any sleep. What kind of sociopathic family is that??? I was expecting someone to pop a Xanax or something for Daniel!

  • JessicaDoty1 Mar 02, 2013

    Side note, Faith was way more awesomely twisty and badass than "stupider than stupid" Fauxmanda. All Faux did was whine, feel bad for herself and cause issues for far smarter Emily....at least Faith kicked ass and took names

  • JessicaDoty1 Mar 02, 2013

    I, for one, am SO glad Fauxmanda is gone! However, props to Emily VanCamp for actually making me care that my most loathed character died....something I had been wishing for since season 1 but somehow felt bad about after seeing how much it hurt Emily. I hope that since she is now dead, maybe this will spark a change in Jack from goofy perpetual optimist to a more interesting darker jaded character (not that we needed more of those on Revenge...). Overall, good ep that had enough of the old Revenge flair for neatly wrapped framing jobs (WTG Victoria on planting that scarf and phone under Amanda's bed in time for creepy Trask to find them) with just enough twists to keep it from being TOO predictable.

  • CarlyChristen Feb 26, 2013

    Faith was way better than Dawn.

  • Vicky8675309 Feb 24, 2013

    1. I'll miss Fauxmanda a little bit. I liked her unpredictability. There are so many boring characters that I wish would of died instead of her~~mainly Jack and Daniel. At least Daniel is 1% more interesting then he use to be however Jack remains the most boring and useless character on the show (Emily/Amanda doesn't need Jack...she has Aiden and Nolan)
    2. YES, I can't stand Jack. He is a useless character. So what she had a childhood crush on him. She has Nolan to bring her back from the edge if she gets to "cold". She has Aiden for love and sex (plus he can be badass)
    3. The air conditioner is so obvious--let's see how smart the show is. I think it would be cool if the air conditioner was a red herring
    4. Jack hasn't grown since the show began, despite all the mini-arcs/dramas involving him like going to jail. I think he will still be boring and pathetic. Either kill off Jack, have him leave the show (go live elsewhere) or develop his character (make him start to become a badass but he's to stupid to be an effective badass so I say kill him or send him away). I don't like this "fated love" (destined to be together in the end) that shows try to get people to buy into. Like real Amanda and Jack or Stefan and Elena.... Characters should grow and have evolving relationships.
    5. Emily likes Charlotte but will use her if needed. I don't think Charlotte should be recruited (she is to stupid) but she should be used to further Emily's agenda. I'd be ok with Charlotte, Declan, Jack and baby leaving town for good (sell the Stowaway to Emily...doesn't she own it already with the $ she gave fauxmanda)

    How do they know the severed finger wasn't done post-mortem?

  • DavidJackson8 Feb 23, 2013

    Ugh. Bye Fauxmanda. Good riddance. I just hope her death somehow makes Jack more tolerable... although my limited vision anticipates him being all sad and droopy and bleh. Aiden's not annoying to me, but I am getting bored of him. Then again, I'm pretty much bored with all of the secondary characters. It's the biggest reason I can't get REALLY into Revenge.

  • nicolerleiva Feb 22, 2013

    This review is incredible. You are amazing.

  • nitussi Feb 22, 2013

    Season one I did not like Fakemanda, but I liked her in the second . She made the side story of the bar more enjoyable and she truly was in love with Jack and I thought they were perfect together. The real Amanda and Jack can't be together; way too many lies would have to surface! The real Amanda lies every episode and I know it's for a reason which makes this show very exciting. We really do not even know if that is Jack's baby.. Realmanda may have just said that to suit her own agenda. Don't get me wrong, I like Emily as she is ..smart and scheming and not lovey-dovey with Jack.

    Can you believe those Graysons? Framed the father and then the daughter without a care ..how evil can you be?

  • stofeu Feb 21, 2013

    Beware Revenge lovers, I've said it earlier this season but numbers are so dropping for the show 9.7M for the premiere and only 6M for this ep. it's time to really get our friends & relatives invested in this show cuz it can't afford to lose other viewers: the difference between ep 1 & 14 is a 40% drop, it is so big I'm starting to smell the cancellation!!!!!

  • loldude1 Feb 21, 2013

    If it does get cancelled I hope they get enough notice not to leave the whole plot hanging wide open and unresolved.

  • acre1993 Feb 21, 2013

    the reason why it dropped this much in 3 weeks was because it was up against the golden globes, nfl football, and the grammys and if im not mistaken it actually went up 4 tenths from the last episode. so thats a sign that it might go up even more. brothers and sisters didnt go up this much after the special events plus it never left the ones. but revenge is still likely to be renewed. its not just revenge that dropped this much also once upon a time.

  • stofeu Feb 21, 2013

    the fact that both Revenge & OUAT dropped a lot doesn't satisfy me at all. I'm just really worried the 2 best new shows from 2011 might get away for good :) I don't really understand the loss of viewers even with special events, IMO revenge season 2 is a little low but OUAT's as good if not better: viewers pls, stick to theses shows!!!!!!

  • acre1993 Feb 22, 2013

    i hear u these r the 2 best shows on abc but im little more worried for revenge then ouat

  • acre1993 Feb 22, 2013

    the fact that all dramas on abc besides scandal and greys are not doing good is a better chance that revenge might be renewed it went up 29% from the last episode. the fact that this episode has been getting a lot of positive buzz is a sign that revenge might go up more

  • stofeu Feb 21, 2013

    for example numbers for Brothers & Sisters season 5 were almost the same when it got cancelled, same channel same low numbers, we should really be scared

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