Revenge "Identity" Review: Ready Player One

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Revenge S02E19: "Identity"

Is there anything more satisfying than Emily Thorne wielding her red Sharpie? I didn't think so, until she let Nolan Leslie (!!!) Ross virtually do the honors. Revenge: There's an app for that.

What poetic justice: After finally exposing the Falc0ln's true identity to the world, Nolan obscured her face again with crimson "X."

Padma's death didn't break Nolan after all—in fact, he channeled his grief and anger, Emily Thorne-style, resolving to make the Falc0n pay for everything she'd done.  

She didn't have a dragon tattoo, but the ruthless hacker was most certainly a girl: Edith Lee, a computer consultant who'd worked for the Graysons ever since she was a youngster.


"I've got to give her props for that Victor/Victoria gag," deadpanned Nolan. "No wonder no one could find shim." 

...except for the boy genius, of course. And now he's about to be reinstated as sole owner of Nolcorp—thanks to a certain mama grizzly.

"Identity" centered on Victoria Grayson's secret firstborn son, Patrick—whom the Falc0n was essentially erasing by altering the hospital's maternity records. (Part of Conrad's spring skeleton cleaning required proof that his wife terminated her first pregnancy.)

Realizing that the Falc0n's weakness was hubris, Nolan successfully blew "his" motherboard by exposing the forgery. The bird of prey took the bait and challenged Nolan to DYT, or defend your title—in his case, a Street Fighter world record at a Brooklyn arcade.

The record still stands, and it was game over for Edith. Nolan (a.k.a. Lord Zoltan) ruined her reputation by outing her as the Falc0n—on the Internet and to the FBI, who arrested her at the arcade.

NolEm killed two birds with one stone, breaking the baby news to Nightline correspondent Juju Chang during a live interview with gubernatorial candidate Grayson and his wife. To Conrad's horror, Victoria confessed what we'd already seen in a flashback: that after caring for Patrick as his "nanny," she'd abandoned him to accept a scholarship to an art academy in Paris.

After the interview—during which Emily also batted her eyelashes at Daniel—Victoria crashed Nolan's solo victory party to ask for his help in finding Patrick. (His payment? Nolcorp!)

Unfortunately, Victoria was about to lose her other son—again—to Emily. After pressuring her to DTR on national TV, Daniel upped his game by returning Em's engagement ring. And while Emily may not have Victoria's blessing, she does have Aiden's: "Marry the son of a bitch and take them down once and for all," he said when she promised they'd end up together. (Aiden neglected to tell his secret girlfriend that Takeda was back in town, and that he himself was retiring from the revenge business.)

As usual, the episode's thrilling intrigue was brought to a screeching halt by the Stowaway Sad Sacks. Jack Porter followed Conrad to a clandestine meeting with his the governor's wife, identified by his aggrieved ally Ashley… who promptly used Jack's incriminating photo to force Conrad to rehire her.

Meanwhile, Declan spent the evening trying to figure out what "qwerty" spells on his keyboard. Charlotte had promised to help him write a college application essay, but she ditched him to make out with Regina—the girl she punched in the face in the previous episode—for the paparazzi.

Connor Paolo must've been devastated to find himself back in the middle of a bad episode of Gossip Girl. I don't care if Charlotte and Declan go to NYU or Harvard or hell, as long as the cameras don't follow them there.



QUESTIONS


1. If Revenge isn't renewed for a third season, should exiting showrunner Mike Kelley develop a Nolan Leslie Ross spinoff?

2. How'd you like the Ready Player One-Falc0n reveal? Do you wish the cyberpunk was someone we already knew instead?

3. Do you believe Aiden will survive Season 2? If so, who do you think will be killed off instead?

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