Revenge "Masquerade" Review: Every Rose Has Its Thorne

Revenge S02E17: "Masquerade"


Happy Halloween! Yes, while we were stuffing our faces with Peeps and jellybeans, Emily Thorne was busy unearthing skeletons (metaphorical and… not) in honor of All Hallow's Eve.

And "Masquerade" was full of tricks (even Jack was playing!) and treats, making it one of Revenge's most satisfying episodes this season.

The writers didn't skip all way to Easter, but the Revenge storyline has wisely jumped ahead six weeks: just enough time for Emily to set the wheels in motion for her latest scheme—and Nolan Ross to fall completely apart.


In his desperate search to crack the Falcon's code and save Padma, his beautiful mind was shattering like Carrie Mathison's before her electric shock treatment. 

But even though he hadn't seen a cravat—or a shower—in weeks, a concerned call from Emily "Start Your Revengines" Thorne was all he needed to clean himself up, head to the Stowaway, and offer his support to Jack the Plumber.

See, while pretending to coach Conrad Grayson about his working-class constituents, the blue-collar barkeep was secretly plotting to sabotage the gubernatorial candidate's town hall Q&A. Nolan helped by spiking Conrad's earpiece with a recording of Conrad and Nate Ryan plotting against Amanda Clarke—just as a townie was posing an unvetted question about her father. Conrad recovered by promising to request a presidential pardon for David Clarke.

It was great to see Nolan using his styling products again, but this seemed like an awful lot of work for an empty campaign promise. Emily wouldn't even uncap a ballpoint pen, much less her Sharpie, for this.

As usual, Emily had much bigger plans. First, she and Aiden would draw out the Initiative by attacking their financial holdings. It worked: After Grayson Global's newest board member "torpedoed" their investments, Trask visited the office to officially sever ties with Daniel—and walked out scoffing at the idea that the Initiative would threaten Daniel's relationship with Emily with a silly photo and a couple of harmless bullets.

But moments later, Trask found himself looking at some very lethal bullets—tucked away inside Aiden's gun. Aiden forced the smarmy Initiative rep to lead him to Padma. Or, to be more precise, her corpse. Trask revealed that he killed not only Nolan's girlfriend—hours before—and her father, but Aiden's sister, too. To make him pay for his crimes and that awful hairstyle, Aiden broke his neck.

Elsewhere, Daniel totally Gossip Girl-ed Mommie Dearest by sending his lunch date photo to Page Six. Then he asked Emily to join him at the Masquerade Ball, after Victoria had deliberately snubbed her.

Although Emily didn't receive an invitation, she RSVP'd anyway—as Victoria's "loving son," in a card postmarked 1973. Victoria's hysteria escalated when Emily sent her an anonymous bouquet of 11 black roses with a card reading: "I'll be wearing the 12th rose. —Your loving son."


Before the masquerade, Victoria admitted to Conrad that she'd starred in 16 and Pregnant—or could have, if the MTV series had existed in 1973—but insisted she'd had an abortion.

Her famous nerves of steel failed her at the ball. To Emily's satisfaction, Victoria scanned the ballroom nervously, in search of the black rose, and finally spotted it in the lapel of a masked man hired by Emily. While he slipped out, Mrs. G mistakenly grabbed Aiden—and dramatically fainted to the floor at his feet.

(I truly believe that the scene in which Charlotte punched a girl was manufactured specifically for this episode's teaser reel, which made it appear like she was knocking out her mother.)

The Grayson matriarch's collapse was a moment the Revengers should have celebrated—but instead, Aiden and Emily broke Nolan's heart instead.

In the wake of Victoria's histrionics, Nolan's quiet collapse at the terrible news was even more poignant. (Gabriel Mann's understated, powerful performance should make Nick Wechsler blush.)

Ems said, "I'm not leaving you alone, Nolan," when her bestie tried to bail, and he replied, "I love you, too."


That was enough to prove that we haven't lost Nolan completely to grief. Whether his freedom will remain intact is another question, however: The detective who fielded his endless calls about Padma's disappearance now seems to suspect he's involved in her homicide! (Please, no. Not another silly storyline to sidetrack the Revengers from their mission!)

In the end, Victoria managed to get herself to a nunnery without bursting into flames on the holy grounds. A flashback confirmed that Victoria did have the baby, and gave him up to the orphanage she was now visiting 40 years later. Reuniting with the nun who took her son, Victoria learned that he did come looking for her once, without learning her identity.

That's about to change, though: Emily—sporting her "I Mean Business" hoody—took Vicky's place on the bench and told the nun that she's pregnant and has nowhere else to go.


QUESTIONS:

– Why would Emily use such an elaborate ruse to get intel on Victoria's firstborn?

– Gabriel Mann: Wow?!

– Does Jack get his swagga back? (Did he have any to start with?)

– What did you like most/least about "Masquerade"?

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I just read this on Wikipedia regarding the Truth finale for season 2 "Emily unleashes her endgame towards Victoria and Conrad and the death of a true ally begins to take its toll on her sanity." Noooooo, they can't be just about to kill off Nolan?????? Well who else is Emily's "true ally"???? Nolan is the one true ally. It can't be Aiden because he already ditched Emily once before to go rescue his sister. It has to be Nolan. Let's start and online protest now to get the writers of Revenge to change their mind and re-write that episode. Revenge will never be the same without Nolan. Sometimes I like him more than Emily.

This is what Gabriel Mann tweeted "Picking up the pieces of my mind that just got blown all over the floor reading part 2 of the @revenge S2 finale #YouAreNotReadyForThis :o" so that just about confirms what I think is going to happen.

Please, please please don't let that happen!
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As always like the opening narration by Emily Thorne.
It is one of the main inspirations for my blog

All too often, we mask the truth in artifice, concealing ourselves for fear of losing the ones we love or prolonging a deception for those we wish to expose. We hide behind that which brings us comfort from pain and sadness or use it to repel a truth too devastating to accept. — Emily Thorne

http://springismylove.wordpress.com/tag/revenge/
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I love the moment Emily and Nolan had when he learned about Padma's presumed death, it's so rare to see them so genuinely caring about each other!
I appreciate the effort of keeping Jack involved in the main plot by pairing him up with Ashley, that's a duo I wasn't expecting! But still, I'm feeling like this 15 episodes were just an elaborate way to keep the Porters in the pictures... the Ryan brothers? Really? When we have Graysons and Initiative? Anyway, I prefer the new, schemey Jack, so who knows?
Of course Victoria has another son. This is just perfect and sooo her. And her mother's boyfriend did like her...
Lastly, I don't think Padma's dead.. that scene was weird!
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I believe Padma is still alive and of course Aiden and Emily know about it - and Emily feels bad that she has to do this to Nolan (whatever the big plan behind that is).
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Is there really any point to Declan and Charlotte anymore? Or a better question was there ever any point to them?
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This episode was half and half in terms of good and not so good storylines. The "Victoria's long lost son" storyline is very interesting. I don't think Emily actually knows who this guy is or anything about him, but watching her bluff Victoria into fainting was priceless. Just one more crack in her slowly crumbling facade; maybe she'll end up like Amanda Clarke's mom. But I'm sure Conrad would never let that happen, right? Anyways, as long as Victoria thinks someone out there knows something about this, she's going to be more paranoid than usual around everyone which I'm sure someone will notice sooner or later.
I'm not sure it was a wise move for Daniel to splash his "reunion" with Emily on page 6 of the newspaper. What did it really accomplish other than supposedly making a point to Victoria that he knows what she did with the photo and the bullets and blah blah blah. Oh and it served to make Aiden jealous. So secondary win for Daniel. I guess. If he only knew the real story of Emily and Aiden his head would explode.
Now to the main event, Gabriel Mann's performance as a heartbroken Nolan Ross. It was very different to see him not being all sneaky and taking people down but he pulled it off well. I predict that there will be more Nolan sadness in the next episode as we get to know more about Padma's disappearance and subsequent death. Also, the storyline about the detective whom Nolan was calling every other day to demand help finding Padma seems like it could go one of two ways. Either it's going to be a dumb interference for Emily and crew or it's going to be an interesting look into what the police actually know about this situation.
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Ew I hope not. I hated Kara
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Revenge is on its way back!! Great episode!
Love that Padma is dead, hope its for real.
Would love if it turned out Vicky's long lost son is the Falcon!
Jack is a twit. He's acting like a stroppy child anytime someone speaks to him. Pfft, dude needs a slap!
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This episode deserves to be remember for the ages, this thanks to Gabriel Mann... Awesome, great, genius, there are just no words to describe him. NOLAN FTW!
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I am a bit lost on Revenge's 2nd season plots but the visual drama is so good, I am happy to watch even if I am not 100% who is scheming with whom most of the time... But at least they have the guts to kill pretty significant characters

Nolan/Gabriel Mann- best thing in this show (and great moment with Emily...)
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Jack and Ashley's partnership has the potential to be interesting if they don't destroy it in a couple of episodes
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So did Daniel and Ashley's and we saw how that played out. Lets hope she's not Jack's glorified secretary.
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I think it's a bit too convenient that Victoria had another son and we only find it out now - it feels like the writers needed more material so now they invent long-lost children and maybe soon we'll have someone loose their memory and other soap opera tricks. Why did the writer whatshisname only spoke about it now? Why not before, e.g. why not try to get his freedom for this info? Or even better - why didnt he write a book about it long ago to make a huge scandal and become ritch/famous? I understand the writers' need to make more room for intrigues and action but still it feels too easy.
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Agreed (for the most part). A LOT of this season is feeling like they are pulling storylines out of their bums.

But the author not writing about it... makes sense. Until recently, he had a "mutually assured destruction" deal with the Graysons. He had lots of dirt on them (he KNEW Clarke wasn't guilty) but they also had dirt on him (that he accepted a bribe to write a false story). Going after them would mean destroying himself in the process as his greatest achievement would be labeled a fraud and nobody would trust another word he'd write ever again.

And as for not mentioning it until now... he only became a semi-willing member of the plot to take on the Graysons a relatively short while ago (JUST before or JUST after his arrest). And since he's probably not thrilled with Emily for setting him up, I doubt he's offering all of his info on a whim.
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He can't barter for his freedom because she needs him in jail for her cover. The point is that once her mission is complete, he'll have the story of his life so he's happily staying incarcerated.
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On the other hand,the fact that he made a false confession pretty much ends his credibility...his book will tank!
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I really hope they don't go the "bad detective pursues innocent man" route with Padma's murder. I hate those storylines, Nolan is too awesome to be bogged down with as crappy of a filler plot device as that
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I have a hunch the Initiative forced Padma to make a video implicating Nolan,so expect Nolan to stay in police crosshairs.
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P.s. it's so hilar that all the members of the initiative keep getting killed off..😄
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Who else is super interested by Jack and Ashley's little Bonnie-and-Clyde, Black Widow-and-Hawkeye teamup going on?! With Jack's surprisingly sharp mind and Ashley's obviously superior manipulative skills (she learned them from the best; one of my fave moments of this ep, btw, was when she admitted that Victoria is the best) they might actually stand a chance against the Graysons! So teamashley&jack take on Conrad while teamaiden&emily take on Victoria? This season just got a whole lot more interesting!!
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Oh, don't get me wrong- jack's a dimwit. But I think Fauxmanda's death has definitely made him less of an incompetent idiot and more of an actual player in the game. The way I see it, he has half a brain, Ashley has the other half. Together, they might actually be worth watching...
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"Jack's surprisingly sharp mind"....HAHA! Good one!.. Oh wait it wasn't a joke? It.. wasn't... what??!
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Jack's surprisingly sharp mind? Really? What's proven that?

He's failed at just about every sneaky / complex thing he's tried to on this show, and has been played like a banjo by just about every dishonest and/or evil character on this show. He got played by: Emily, Fauxmanda, the Graysons, the evil-brothers, his father (that gun shot was just the wind, son),

This week was his first "win" in just about anything in the longest while. He got Conrad to publically say he'll investigate Clarke's setup.

Ashley... she might have learned from the best but she was on the short-bus while going to class. She's manipulative and underhanded... but not that great at it considering she's now been burned twice. Sure the second time wasn't her fault but she couldn't defend herself nearly enough to save her job.
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Conrad and Victoria's complex relationship is still one of my fav things about Revenge.
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1.@atjp was right last week. Padma is Falcon. I don't buy that she's dead at all! She's too pretty to die of screen like that.
2. I second Aiden's disgust! That's a tough situation to have your gf sleeping with another guy and then making the walk of shame to your place and pretend like nothing happened. AHHH
3. Victoria, Emily and Ashley just looked stunning this episode. WOW
4. I'm calling Jack and Ashley hooking up before the season ends!! OW!
The End!
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I too thought she was in on it... until we saw her acting with her captors about to be video taped. She had no reason to keep a charade going at that point.

It's possible she's alive, but I doubt it. I doubt Aiden would just trust seeing a Padma-like face on the table and take it as truth that she's dead. He would have taken a closer look to be sure it was her (and not a latex head) and that she was dead.

Sure, they could go some puffer-fish-toxin route and say she was in a fake-death at that moment, but I doubt it.
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Not to mention that at some point, (probably during the autopsy), the police would realise she wasn't dead...
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Well obviously... I'm not saying she was pretending to be dead or that the police brought back a mannequin.

But with the resources they keep hinting that the Initiative (or whoever) has I wouldn't be surprised if we find out the body was just someone that looked fairly close to Padma but with a haircut and makeup to look close enough (as a dead body). And then they hacked the fingerprint/DNA results or something.

I believe she's dead. I'm just saying, in this show I wouldn't put it passed the writers to bring her back at some point.
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Yeah, I wasn't criticising your comment, (sorry if it came across that way). I just feel as you said that it would have to be a pretty ridiculous explanation and I am hoping they don't go down that route, even though I didn't hate Padme as much as other commentators seemed too.
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I just want to thank the writers of Revenge for not pretending that half masks make it so that you can't recognize people you know.
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First of all, Gabriel. Freaking. Mann = AWESOMENESS. PURE. AWESOMENESS. No, seriously, the guy deserves an award and that bff moment he had with Ems was really sweet.
My thoughts are that Emily went to all that trouble at the end to maybe get in touch with whoever or wherever Victoria's first born might have ended - giving the fact that there is no other way to track him: Nothing that comes back to Victoria anyway, meaning Emily wouldn't even know WHO she is looking for. I thought it was risky, assuming that the nun deals unwanted children to the same place than she did 40 years ago...
But what bothers me even more from this is the fact that Victoria Grayson has a 40 year old child. Meaning she's 56/7. WHAAAAT?! Call me naive, but I wouldn't have given her more than 50...
Jack was an idiot. By now I know not to expect differently of course, but he thought he was actually being bad ass and making this bold move on Conrad but... Not Sharpie worth it.
Speaking of not worthy, hey Daniel, how about a heads up to Emily the next time you decide that she's your girlfriend again dude? WTH... I hate that guy. Which reminds me, does anyone think Aiden overreacted a little bit when Emily told her she had to go back to Daniel? I get he's upset, jealous and a little disgusted, but no need to yell at the girl...
One more thing. I really bothered me that Aiden didn't check if Padmas was still alive. He could've checked her vitals. I mean, the Iniciative could've been keeping her on a drug induced low heart rate state, so he should've checked.
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I expect Aiden checked on Padma in between killing Trask and dumping his body.
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Right? Me too. You can't jump to conclusions like that, you gotta check!
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I liked the fact that the son is 40 because it makes Victoria about the same age as the actress playing her!
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Really? I didn't know how old she was. I sure, she doesn't look more than 50 to me at all. Kudos on the skin care...
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Season 1 was so awesome, but to me, season 2 is just a bit better than OK. I'll keep watching it though, but am most looking forward to when Jack learns who Emily really is. This election stuff is BORING!
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Gabriel Mann: Wow indeed!! But is Padma truly dead? Hmm...
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AMAZING episode!! April 28th, hurry up!
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I won't miss Padma. At some point I was even convinced she was brainwashed by the initaitive or may even have been a robot.

This was a very good episode & I can't wait to find out what happens next. Once again, Victoria seems to be the only character with a conscience.


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let's hope she'll stay dead then and not end up being the falcon or sth... this is a good exit for her.
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My thoughts exactly! I am not entirely convinced she's dead...although the cop DID mention the postmortem.
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Reading this, I think I'm very happy I stop watching the show at the beginning of season 2 ...
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Are you nuts!? The show has improved immensely since then and this has been one of the show's best episodes!
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Better than Season 1 ? Everybody can make mistakes: The thing is to be opened minded. I'll give it another try, never know ...
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Season 2 has toned up to be decent, but I don't think it's better than season 1. I compare it to "Prison Break" where the first season was amazing and incredibly well planned-out. And then later seasons were just a jumble in comparison.

Revenge Season 1 was tight: there weren't that many filler episodes and the story was well structured and everything played out like a mystery / thriller movie. Every episode we saw the dominoes line up and the resulting chain reaction.

Now... they're spinning their wheels a little bit. Her original "plans" are out the window so they're making up the plans as they go along. By pointing Emily at some large nebulous group that seems to be a few steps ahead of her, the show isn't exactly the same. Kind of like Prison Break vs the bad guys in the later seasons.

TO ME, it just seems like... the show creators had this great idea put together. Something they maybe worked on for a couple of years before it got picked up... but they never got passed season 1. And when the show became a hit they said "Oh crud, we have to stretch this out to fill 3-4 seasons. Ummm. UMMM. OK, here's what we'll do"
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I re-watched episode 1 to 2 and forced myself from episode 3 to 6. As far I enjoyed season 1, in this season I'm just bored looking at my watch. It has been the same thing for The Vampire Diaries, Kyle XY: interesting during season 1 because new and well filled, but then going south. Also, there are much more interesting (to me anyway) shows out there.
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Thanks for your input. I'll have a quick look and will come back.
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def not better than season 1.
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You should start photorecapping again, unless it wasn't you who did those. If it weren't, you should start doing those, i miss them :(
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Every time I see the word "photocap," I miss Price all over again. :*(
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I know it actually brings tears to my eyes the best parts of the site were those recaps, from Price and Lily. Now nothing feels the same on here as melodramatic as that sounds!
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I agree :( he was the only reason I started watching TVD!
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ME TOO! Price: COME BACK!
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That's Lily she is too busy to do Revenge anymore I think, but she still does OUAT on the site
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Darn :( thats too bad, i loved reading those during season 1 :(
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I wanted Ashley to get punched... :(

Poor Nolan. I do hope they won't let him take the fall for Padma's death (good riddance) or something. They will need him.

Emily must have paid someone to pretend to be Victoria's son to spook her and to find out where she gave him up. The nun also seemed to lie about something to Victoria.

I wish Emily would stop using Daniel in that way because Aiden's right - it is disgusting. She should have told Jack the whole truth instead.
Jack is getting more and more annoying now that he thinks he knows what went on with "Amanda". I especially hate that he now will be working together with that gold-digging, social climbing, hoebag Ashley.
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I really like how you describe Ashley.
I also thought that nun was holding something from Victoria. Hopefully we'll find out soon...
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This is turning to be PLL where A is played by Emily Thorne.
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Haha, didn't see that until you wrote it, but now I do.
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and the the hooded Emily while talking to the nun maybe A was schooled at Revenge camp with Emily :-)
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Love that they killed Padma and Jack just got his swagga on. Especially with hopefully getting Ashley on his side. And I agree about the whole Nolan and the police plot.

What I like least is that we have to wait forever for the next episode.
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"To make him pay for his crimes and that awful hairstyle, Aiden broke his neck."

That was the best moment in the whole 2nd Season by far!!!!!!!! Except the scene where Victoria shot what's her face? member of the Initiative. For the first time ever, I actually liked Aiden. That was some good stuff! XD

For once, I enjoyed this one. Small complaints:

- Emily/Nolan scene felt really forced, it was so bad to watch. =.=
- Padma's gone, not really a surprise but hey, that's a really cold way to go. She never had the chance to say goodbye to Nolan. I got chills when they showed her body. :( :(
- Victoria's son plot is happening at a very slow pace. Please just bring him in the mix sooner rather than later before I lose any intrest I have into that story.
- I don't like the fact that Jack is working aginst the Graysons nor that he chose to confide in Ashley...like really? He has no idea what's he getting himself into.
- Looks like Emily and Daniel are never happening because of Aiden? PLEASE get them back together...like for real together. =.=
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Wow I disagree with you on almost everything!

-I loved the Ems/Nolan scene.. "I'm not leaving you alone Nolan" "I love you too".. that's good stuff right there (the only thing I don't buy though is his love for Padma, I mean seriously we saw the girl once or twice)
- I don't care one bit that she's gone, except that I don't believe she really is
- This I agree, they better show me some 40 year old son soon!
- Jack is the worst
- Daniel is the second worst, Aiden is cool and he gets things done

Good day to you!
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Amazing episode.
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Finally ...Jack has grown balls. Hating him slightly less
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I dislike him more now. He was a good, decent guy before. Now he will be one of the scheming, bad people too. Not to mention he is in over his head now that he wants to work with Ashley and he doesn't even know the whole story. It's annoying.
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Yes, and the sad part about that is that he doesn't even know how to be bad! He sucks at plotting. He would suck as a Revenger for sure.
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But he was such a push-over. Maybe it is just me as a person who cannot stand gutless people.
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Sure...but Ashley?....really Jack?.....i don't know
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Best thing about this episode (apart from Gabriel Mann brilliant work) was Conrad Grayson's mask, this was just out of this world !
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So. much. excitement. I thought this Sunday was going to be all about GoT, but Revenge really went all out this ep. I was a bit dodgy on jumping six weeks suddenly, but it served well in Nolan's mental spiral down. What did I like most? Can I say the whole ep? After a relatively slow couple of eps previously, and the Revengers kinda failing, this had so many good things. Poor sad Nolan! Another dead Initiative person! Jack being...relatively less annoying! A Grayson party! Emily showing up at the Graysons uninvited repeatedly! I think this is why people just constantly break into her unlocked/unprotected beach house, it's karma for her showing up at the Graysons uninvited all the time. It was actually really great to see Emily's scheme shake Victoria up this much, it's been a while since the sole scheme focus has been Victoria, and the party scene played out really well. I also rather liked the earlier scene between Conrad and Victoria, when Victoria first reveals that she became pregnant by her mother's boyfriend, that switch in Conrad from his usual snarkyness to Victoria was nice, like he wanted to say something comforting or was even sorry, but just couldn't because they've been playing at this hate game for so long. I know the Graysons are the people we're supposed to love to hate, but I've always found the Conrad/Victoria relationship interesting, and more than just we're stuck together because of all the screwed up things we did together.

I'm sad for Nolan that Padma's dead - she is right? Is her father definitely dead too? I was uncertain for most of the episode, only because we didn't actually see Aiden check that Padma was dead. When Trask brought Aiden to the room I just thought it was going to be some kind of trick, especially since we didn't really find out what Trask was making her say/do in front of the camera (from last ep), or for the last six weeks. I totally agree that that was a great moment for Gabriel Mann, but also a nice character moment for Emily, as it's often the case that she seems to take Nolan for granted, and Nolan's usually the one comforting her, it was really great to see that she was willing to drop what she was doing to be there for Nolan.

I'm sure it won't be long till we find out who the son is, will it be some shocking reveal? Will he be another Revenger against Victoria, will he be clueless and be on the side of the Graysons, is he someone involved already somehow, is he the Falcon? If things keep going the way this ep did, I think we're in for a great season finale arc.
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I am going to answer these with the thing that annoyed me greatly about this episode...its been six weeks..

1. I theorize...six weeks later...that she might believe there are limited avenues the nun may have to reach out to in order to find a good home and if Emily can be panicky enough that the nun might reach out to Victoria's son...six weeks later...to assure her that the nun can find a good home. It is a far flung gambit, but the only one I could think about...

2. Yes, that was really good (but I wish people would stop blaming Emily and Aiden for the way the news was delivered, Nolan was over hearing their conversation).

3. There might actually be something there with both Ashley and Jack teaming up, first time you kind of saw what might be a less intense version of Emily and Aiden's first meeting. Its been six weeks...

4. Seriously, write the date once at the beginning of the episode after the previously on Revenge, we are smart enough to notice the pumpkins and numerous mentions of Halloween and it was still summer last we saw everyone. I liked that we had some honesty in Emily's real relationships, poor Aiden.
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An improvement on the series. Its such a disappointment this year that its a shame. Especially after the fantastic season 1. Things can only get better now that other dreadful initiative man is dead. The whole initiative storyline has been so boring that I haven't taken notice to their names. Hopefully Revenge is beginning to get out of their slump.
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Okay I may be in the minority on this one but I was bored senseless by this episode, it was just some filler that barely advanced the plot forward. What did we really learn that was important enough to warrant this episode?
Padma died (who cares they could have found her last episode) Victoria fainted (and what?) Charlotte hit somebody we don't care about, Jack is still in story line limbo hell (He really is going to trust Ashley? / wouldn't it be better if he just knew the truth and worked with Emily?) Emily and Danielle are back together again (Yawn) Nolan got to cry and knock stuff off a desk, Conrad (what did Conrad do I forgot... "#sarcasm" and now Revenge goes on another hiatus - Was that really a cliffhanger worth waiting weeks to see what happens next? I expect more from this show because I know they can do better; it's too late in the season to be putting out FILLER episodes.
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I will agree with some of your stuff: mostly the Charlotte, Jack, David bits.

But the Padma and Nolan bits were important. The Padma bit was sad... but the confirmation was necessary. Considering how many "dead" people have popped up alive it was highly possible the Initiative was going to keep her alive to manipulate Nolan... or (less likely) that she was working with them this whole time. At this point, Emily's father could pop up alive and it wouldn't be that surprising. So the confirmation of Padme leads us into the whole Nolan situation.

So Nolan is now suffering quite a bit: he lost most of his fortune, his company, he's given away a cyber WMD that he never wanted to see the light of day, and now the woman he loves is now dead and it's at least partially his fault. And on top of that suck-salad, the idiot cop now thinks he's responsible for Padme's disappearance. Nolan should change his name to Job.

We also got to see Victoria taken down a peg: she did not react well to the whole thing and embarrassed herself. Plus there's the whole fact that she's either A) afraid her son knows or B) knows that someone is playing her.

The "cliffhanger" at the end isn't so much a cliffhanger as a confirmation that "Great, now Emily is going to manipulate a nun... so she's going to hell for sure now"
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I agree that it was important for Nolan to find out about Padma and I guess becoming a suspect is the next story arc for him but what I was trying to state was that we could have seen that last episode rather than stretch it out for this one, I expected Victoria's take down to be more dramatic than that as the commercials implied; and Emily finding out the location for the next part of her plan is ok but not an ending that left me wanting more; just the realization that yet another character is being added to the canvas (the son) when all the ones we have already still aren't focused and moved forward. The first season was more focused and the storylines were tighter; this season it's like they are throwing ideas at the chalkboard hoping something sticks. Case in point the brother that came back for two episodes or the mother that was around for about three; they are all unnecessary distractions to me when we have such a large cast to deal with already.
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Awesome recap! The "Emily "Start Your Revengines" Thorne" line had me laughing out loud.
I'm loving this new "Victoria's other son" plot line - so much potential
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I thought it was terrible, I thought Gabriel Mann's performance was awful, the whole thing was a bore. Jack's plan for revenge is even dumber than Emily's.
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I agree with you, I love Nolan but his performance was soooo over the top and unbelievable I thought I was watching dinner theater or a guy in a silent movie, it was to much. This has been terrible and keeps getting worse.
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Emily and Nolan together are spectacular, that breakdown scene brought tears to my eyes! Does it make me a bad person if I cannot stand Jack, honestly I loved him season one but now he is just so very clueless and useless. I want Jack to actually find out the truth about Emily or anything that makes him remotely involved in the main story.
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It's cute how the show thought it could make us think Emily might actually be pregnant with that 'cliffhanger' ending. You guyyyyss. I assume that was the only reason for Emily's elaborate ruse- to try to freak out the audience.

Very sad for Nolan (seriously, that was rough), but I'm surprised to be kind of relieved that Padma's dead. Now the Revengers can get back to bidness, just the three of them! No distractions, except for maybe that pesky cop. Seriously. 'Aha! I caught you redhanded trying to find your girlfriend! Obviously you murdered her!' Though Nolan could have tried to respond *slightly* less suspiciously, but whatevs he don't even give an ef.

Jack was slowly building up his swagga reserves, but then he blew it all when he decided to trust Ashley. Whyyyy? She's probably the least trustworthy person on this show, including the terrorists! How long until these fools get themselves killed? They're playing chess at a checkers level.
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I don't think anyone actually believed for a second that Emily's pregnant.
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Yeh, Jack is really going to hit an epic fail with his revenge scheme. Even with Nolan helping him out, the guy is not exactly a brilliant tactician. His character has an average intelligence (at best) and while not exactly shooting from the hip, his planning is still quite sloppy.

And as we've seen, he's one of the more gullible characters on the show and now assumes that he can trust one of the least trustworthy characters on the show. There's no way in heck this works out well for him.
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Agreed, not pregnant just trying to manipulate the nun. Probably as the nun did too good of a job keeping the adoption a secret: no files to Google, no records at the county office, etc. So, she has to see how the nun does this, and perhaps see how she files stuff.

Heck, it could parchment buried in a little metal box in the flower garden or some such nonsense.
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The part I liked the least... Padma's death and Nolan's devastation. Poor guy. I was hoping for a happy ending for Nolan, perhaps with Padma's rescue, even if it had to wait until next season.

First runner up for least-liked, how the stupid cop now assumes that Nolan is guilty... because he was putting effort into FINDING her? WTF! You lied, you WERE using your money + resources to look into this case that I didn't have the time for... you MUST be guilty. :Sigh:

The part I liked the most? Emily's dress :-) OK, seriously, I guess Conrad calling Regina out on lying about the pregnancy. I guess he remembers that "year" quite well and put two-and-two together the instant her heard it.
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Hahaha you are dead on about that cop! Maybe find a new line of work, guy?
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"Why would Emily use such an elaborate ruse..."

Well, I imagine that nun was quite old-school. No computer records for Nolan to Google, and stuff was probably filed away under various aliases and such via very unorganized methods.

The only way to find said son MIGHT be through the nun. Either directly, or once Emily learns how the nun works (diary, weird filing system, parchment in a locked box, etc.)
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REVENGE IS BACK :D This ep was sooooooooooo good. It really has been far too long.
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