Revenge "Victory" Review: Victoria Grayson's Little Bundle of Secrets

By Drusilla Moorhouse

Mar 25, 2013

Revenge S02E17: "Victory"

Is Victoria Grayson really opposed to birth control—or was she just worried the pill would make her fat?

Some major bombshells were dropped in last night's explosive episode of Revenge, but the biggest was Mason Treadwell's revelation that Victoria had a baby boy when she was 16—and gave him up to a "Dickensian" facility much like Amanda Clarke's own foster home.

Yes! Ladies and gentlemen, please put your hands together for Emily's cat-who-ate-the-canary smile, making a triumphant return after a heavy-handed season.

We also welcomed back the red Sharpie. Isn't Revenge always better when that magical marker has an IMDB episode credit?  

In fact, our favorite recurring star was even seen in a flashback, in the hands of the young fire-starting foster kid and avid reader of Mason Treadwell's book of lies.

Oh, about that fire: Amanda didn't set it—Eli did.

Emily's foster brother was the real star of "Victory" (besides the Sharpie, of course). The squirrely con artist played everyone, including Victoria Grayson (whose support for the foundation-foster home partnership makes so much sense now) and Meredith Hayward herself. Unfortunately, his plan to expose his evil foster mother backfired: Mrs. Hayward outed him as the arsonist who let his foster sister take the blame for burning down their home.

Oh, the irony. Just like her father, Amanda was locked up for a crime she didn't commit. If only Eli hadn't lit another match when hers went out, Fauxmanda would still be alive! 

Wait, what? Isn't that a bit of a stretch? Amanda's life would almost certainly be better, but come on: The real Emily Thorne was twirling round a stripper pole after blowing through half-a-million bucks. It's hard to believe her future would've been any brighter if she'd never met Amanda Clarke.

Anyway, Fo Bro vowed to do right by Emily. After telling her that Mrs. Hayward withheld letters that David Clarke sent his daughter, he promised to get them back. Let's just say he coerced the evil witch Hansel and Gretel-style, locking her in the coal bin where she used to imprison the kids.

Unfortunately, all he could offer Emily was Mrs. Hayward's signed confession—she'd sold the letters long ago to a certain debonair writer. (Hmmm!)

Emily didn't forgive Eli for his role in ruining her life, but she did thank him for inking her Sharpie, so to speak. It was a touching farewell, and I hope we'll see more of Eli. Besides bringing some much-needed color to the Hamptons, he's a surprisingly sympathetic and multidimensional character. Emily could use another savvy, damaged charmer on her team.

Besides, how can Charlotte live without her Romeo? (Seriously, was her Eli infatuation just an excuse to give Amanda's half-sister more lines? Because I'd rather see the Sharpie get more screen time. Or even Sleepy Jack and Declan, who have enlisted Kenny to help take down Conrad.)

Back to that canary Emily swallowed: After greeting his prison visitor with "What, no cake?" (How we've missed you, Mr. Treadwell!), Mason confirmed that he did buy the letters, but they were destroyed in the one house fire Emily really did start. With a little persuasion from Emily, he disclosed what David Clarke wrote about Victoria's fertile past—an attempt to save his daughter from the same fate as her own firstborn son. 

The Initiative storyline—Padma's handoff of the Carrion program to save her father—is best summarized by Nolan's scathing review of Aiden's job performance:

"Now we've given our enemy the most unimaginably dangerous program known to man and put two innocent people's lives in unimaginable danger. You really should consider another line of work."

He had a point, no?

After they failed to stop Trask, who abducted Padma, Nolan and Aiden followed the Carrion flash drive's secret tracking device to an abandoned warehouse—which was empty, save for a square box on a table.

There, they received an ominous text: "Sorry about your friend, Nolan. It's a terrible thing to lose one's… head." Oh, to have heard Nolan scream "What's in the box?!" like Brad Pitt in Se7en

If Padma's head (or Gwyneth Paltrow's, for that matter) had been inside, I would never criticize Revenge again. Womp womp. Instead, it simply contained the tracking device, proving that—thanks to Nolan's nemesis, the Falcon—the Initiative was one step ahead of them the whole time.

It's too bad. Now I can't imagine anything besides Padma's decapitation that would make me remotely interested in the Initiative again.

Another silly subplot was Victoria's effort to once again sabotage her (younger) son's relationship with Emily Thorne. Daniel used his secretary, Grace (the Revenge counterpart of Celebrity Apprentice's boardroom receptionist Amanda), to book a clandestine lunch with his ex-fiancée (a confidence-boosting exercise so important that Ems could not assist Nolan and Aiden in one of their most important missions to date?).

Grace might've been fooled by his "Mr. Taylor" alias, but not Mommy Dearest. Victoria obtained photos of the former couple together and anonymously delivered them (via Grace/Amanda) to Daniel in his office, along with two bullets. Scary!

If Season 2 is building up to a dramatic showdown between Emily and Victoria, shouldn't Mama Grayson have more, um, ammunition than this?


1. Do you think we've met Victoria's firstborn—and his father—before?

2. Could—gulp—Jack be Victoria's son?  

3. Is Jack the Falcon? (Kidding! What about Aiden?)

4. Would you have been sad to see Padma's head in the box?

5. What storylines/characters do you wish Revenge would cross out with a Sharpie?

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  • lilysophiaful Mar 30, 2013

    I was actually thinking it could be Jack...OMG!

  • ChanX95 Mar 27, 2013

    I wonder what it says about me that I was thoroughly disappointed that Padma's head wasn't in the box?

  • Vamps Mar 27, 2013

    In tv land we can wish these things without seeming horrible

  • ChanX95 Mar 27, 2013

    Well here's hoping that's as far as my sadism goes.

  • ch0c0nutz Mar 27, 2013

    i like padma cuz she makes nolan happy and if he's happy i am too

  • fangtasiaforev Mar 27, 2013

    This is the first time that I don't care what will happen next. This is the shell of a show I used to love. I miss the drama and suspense. They should just call this show "macguffin" because at this point that's all this show is.

  • Phoenixheart67 Mar 27, 2013

    Hey! I actually happen to like Padma! She also brings "much needed color" to the Hamptons. Which is why she is probs dead by now. Oh and Eli's gone as well. All the color gone in one episode?! WHAT IS THE MESSAGE HERE?!

  • katikool Mar 26, 2013

    Falcon is obviously The Plague from Hackers. His cartoonish skateboarding ass is the only person I can imagine fitting into this ridiculous storyline at this point. I'm also sad to see the Turtle Tracker dispatched so quickly :(

    My guess is we've never met Victoria's son. The show needs some new blood, not even more incestuous plotlines. He can't be Jack or Nolan, and probs not Aiden. Maybe one of the Ryans, but why? Their usefulness to the plot has run it's course. It's gotta be someone new!

    I'm glad Padma's head wasn't in the box if only because then we'd have to deal with heartbroken Nolan for the rest of the season. I love Nolan when he's being a sarcastic little B; it would suck if he got all mopey like Jack.

    And finally, it was great to see another takedown! About time, too. I really liked Eli- even I had no idea who he was playing and who's side he was really on. That's a great character.

  • Phoenixheart67 Mar 27, 2013

    Ha! I hated Eli from the moment he recognized Amanda. I was like b!tch please, idk how you did that but you ain't welcome here. They probably could have utilized his character in a much better manner if they had waited to introduce him instead of shoving him in our faces while fauxmanda was practically still warm in the grave! Although Victoria's prompt dismissal of him after the Hayward fiasco was worth it;)

  • katikool Mar 27, 2013

    That's funny, cuz *I* get mad when people DON'T recognize Emily! And same for any other show featuring a thinly disguised main character *cough* lookin' at you, Arrow.

    I think Eli earned my approval when he immediately called her out. They were siblings for years!! Of course he'd recognize her. Jack and Emily's mom are clearly just mentally deficient.

  • DawnaDowney Mar 26, 2013

    It's not jack he never lived in a foster home!

  • DawnaDowney Mar 26, 2013

    Victoria son has to be older than Daniel by like 10 years or something. And that's not aiden or Nolan.

  • sleepy-sonic Mar 26, 2013

    I think that Victoria's son and Falcon are people we haven't met yet but if i am wrong I hope Nolan is her son

  • Phoenixheart67 Mar 27, 2013

    If the falcon is takeda... OMG aiden could be a traitor!! Think about it.. He's like takeda's right hand man who was originally SENT by him to watch her. Also, Aiden screwed up Padma/her dad's rescue! COINCIDENCE?! I think not!

  • VenusSmurf Mar 26, 2013

    Am I the only one who thinks the Falcon--which is a stupid, pretentious name, by the way--is Takeda? Think about it--Emily and Aidan have both been in contact with him, so he knows most of their plans, and he knows about Nolan helping them. We already know he has resources and skills, and wasn't he initially the source of their information on the Initiative? And isn't this show all about allies who end up being enemies?

    It makes perfect sense. I'm calling it now.

    ...actually, I called it when the Initiative was first introduced, but I still think I'm right.

  • Svanehjerte Mar 26, 2013

    Me too. I think Falcon might have been in the black car in the back so it couldn't have been Padma. She does seem like she has another agenda though. I don't buy her story. Maybe she's just a bad stonefaced actress, I don't know.

    Victoria's son can't be Jack or Nolan. It must be someone new we will be introduced to or maybe Aiden, but I think if he had been in a foster home like Emily we would have known that already. Also, he had a sister.

  • sabrips Mar 25, 2013

    Eli is NOT the falcon. He lived with Realmanda in the foster home when Nolan discovered the falcon and David Clark was in jail. He would've been a genius by then and wouldn't be stuck with the abusive lady. Jack can't be the falcon because when David went to jail the falcon was already working with the Graysons and he was the one who helped them frame him. Aiden could be, maybe he had playing Emily this entire time?

    Jack is NOT Victoria's son. That boy 'suffered' a lot in foster homes, Jack had been living with his father and had a 'happy' life when Emily met him. Plus if Vic had him when she was 16 the boy has to be at least 5-6 years older than Daniel, hence older than Emily and Jack. Aiden could be, although his sister make it a bit difficult to be, maybe it was his adoptive sister.

  • GuyAwks Mar 26, 2013

    Jack IS 5 years older than Daniel though. Daniel is at least 3 years younger than Emily (which explains him still being in graduate school) and Emily is probably 1-3 years younger than Jack.

  • sabrips Apr 02, 2013

    Her son was born 1973, he would be 39-40 by now. Is Jack 40?

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