Season 1, Ep 1, Aired 9/21/11
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  • Episode Description
  • In the pilot episode, an event in Emily Thornes' childhood is revealed that shaped who she has become today. When she returns to The Hamptons, she soon learns everyone's hidden secrets and sets on her goal not to forgive those who destroyed her family but to get her revenge on them.

  • Cast & Crew
  • Madeleine Stowe

    Victoria Grayson

  • Connor Paolo

    Declan Porter

  • Christa B. Allen

    Charlotte Grayson

  • Emily VanCamp

    Emily Thorne/Amanda Clarke

  • Josh Bowman

    Daniel Grayson

  • Fan Reviews (9)
  • A classier "Alias" meets a more mature "Gossip Girl"

    By Kadodian, May 07, 2012

  • Pilot Episode

    By TrueTvWatcher, Feb 28, 2012

  • They've been previewing this show for about 5 months in Australia, and I must say, it's living up to the hype!

    By amazing_race, Feb 14, 2012

  • The ending had me begging for more.

    By JohnMcBoss, Jan 15, 2012

  • A+. Very intriguing plot line. Emily VanCamp who's staring, is doing a bang-up job. This show has more potential then anything I've seen recently, possibly years.

    By VernonLease, Sep 29, 2011

  • Trivia & Quotes
  • Quotes (23)

    • Emily: (Closing Voice-over of the episode) When deception cuts this deep someone has to pay. My father's chance to bring justice to the truly guilty was stolen from him. His only option was to forgive. I have others. They say vengence is a dish best served cold but, sometimes it's as warm as a bowl of soup. My father died an innocent man, betrayed by the woman he loved. When everything you love has been stolen from you. Sometimes all you have left is revenge. Like I said this is not a story about forgiveness.

    • David: Voice over of the letter he wrote for Amanda a.k.a Emily) My dear Amanda, if you're reading this then two thngs have come to pass. I'm finally able to provide you with the life you were unjustfully denied and sadly. I won't be able to share that life with you. I hope these journals provide answers to the questions you've had all these years. I am not the man they say I am. I did not do the things they say I did. All I ask is that you promise to do the one thing that's been so hard for me to do. Forgive.
      Emily: But that was a promise I couldn't keep

    • Daniel: Don't let my mom rattle you. Intimidation is practically a sign of indearment with her.
      Emily: I'd hate to be on her bad side.
      Daniel: Yes you would.

    • Daniel: (Commenting on the tattoo on Emily's wrist) Double infinity?
      Emily: Something like that.
      Daniel: That's a long time.

    • Daniel: (After he offers to get Emily another drink) Oh, no I've had about all the club soda I can take.
      Emily: You don't drink?
      Daniel: Use to, epically. I gotta admit it's nice meeting someone who never knew the old me.
      Emily: Yeah, I know the feeling.

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    Notes (6)

    • This episode had 10.02 million viewers on its original airing.

    • Featured Music:

      Hold On by Angus and Julia Stone
      For you by Angus and Julia Stone
      Sound the Alarms by The Pastelles
      Say La La by Keegan Dewitt
      California Breezes by John Vandervelde
      Summertime by Latin Bitman
      I Raise Up by Bushwalla
      Summer Dust by The Love Language

    • Original International Air Dates:
      Canada: September 21, 2011 on Citytv
      Sweden: January 12, 2012 on TV3
      Norway: February 2, 2012 on TV3
      Australia: February 13, 2012 on Seven
      United Kingdom: May 28, 2012 on E4
      Switzerland: November 19, 2012 on SF zwei
      Czech Republic: January 28, 2013 on Prima LOVE

    • In a promotional deal with Kindle, ABC allowed fans to download the script for the pilot. This script included a special code which enabled fans to have a special viewing of the pilot episode online three weeks before it's initial television debut.

    • The role of Emily's father in the pilot was played by Marc Blucas; however, this role was recast with James Tupper due to Blucas' commitment to the USA Network drama, "Necessary Roughness."

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    Trivia (4)

    • Trivia: Lydia Davis, David's former secretary, is the first person that fake Emily Thorne takes down on her path towards revenge. Lydia gave false testimony against David Clarke at trial.

    • When Charlotte and her friends go to the Porters' tavern, she asks for drinks with alcohol and Declan asks them for IDs.We learn in a later episode that he won't be 18 for months,under New York law he wouldn't be allowed to serve them alcohol whether or not they had IDs.

    • Goof: The story opens with an on screen graphic telling us it is Labor Day weekend where we see the murder of Daniel Grayson. The next graphic tells us it is now five months earlier when we see Emily moving into her summer rental on or just before Memorial Day.

      Five months before Labor Day would be early April,a full two months before Memorial Day.

    • Although set in The Hamptons, the pilot for Revenge was filmed in North Carolina and the rest of the series filmed in California.

    Allusions (1)

    • Emily: Look at this party, congratulations.
      Ashley: Oh it's too early for that, you've seen Titanic.

      This is a reference to the 1997 film Titanic by James Cameron staring Leonardo DiCaprioand Kate Winslet. Based on the famous 1912 sinking of the cruise-ship of the same name.

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