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Revenge S01E17: "Doubt"


Last night's return of Revenge could be compared to waking up in the luxurious four-poster bed of your Hamptons mansion after weeks of scrounging in the woods, sleeping in a hollow log and fighting squirrels for trail mix dropped by hikers. The luxurious sets, the flowing wigs, and above all the ravishing dialogue that no other show offers felt both strangely decadent and dearly familiar. Only a few minutes in, Mason Treadwell described his burnt typewriter as "an unsightly heap of molten dreams," and it felt as nourishing as a Croissan'wich from Sweet Nothing's Sweetery.

Yes, Revenge is back and it's putting Victoria center stage. She's in mother-tiger mode, and when Charlotte refused to fill in the details of the face of the hooded man she saw crouching behind a sand dune, Victoria suggested she start making things up—right over the head of the police sketch artist, who I assume is associated with the police department? Charlotte refused to lie, telling the artist this was all she could remember:

...but later Victoria produced a finished pencil portrait of Jack Porter.

I'm going to assume that the sketch artist is in some way affiliated with the police department, which would mean Victoria waited until after he left before she got out a nub of graphite and made that delicate rendering of Jack/Nick Wechsler. Nice! She might be more talented than her steamy artist lover. More on that later.

In the last episode before the break, the show seemed to be geared toward making Emily choose between proving the innocence of Jack or Daniel. "Doubt" found her very busy protecting Jack from Victoria's thirst for a scapegoat and kind of just letting Daniel chill in jail. She even suggested to Nolan that if Jack was made the main suspect, she'd be willing to reveal that she's Amanda Clarke and has been essentially treating everyone in the Hamptons like her own personal sock puppets for the last few months. That is what she was saying, yes? I was very distracted by just enjoying Gabriel Mann so maybe I took his interpretation of her statement as truth, but still: kind of huge. Like, Daniel's in Rikers effing Island and her response is "Don't gamble," but someone pencils one convincing drawing of Jack and she will sacrifice everything she's worked for in the last several years? I'm glad Emily's growing a heart, but it definitely seems to favor the hunky Red Lobster barkeep, crouched behind a dune or not. Crouching seems to run in the family—did you notice that Declan, in his surfer jams, lowered into a Listening Crouch to take in Jack's conversation with Mason Treadwell?

Amazing. Declan assured Treadwell that Charlotte is a pillhead and her testimony cannot be trusted. She's still not so much of a pillhead that she can't pull your tuition from that fancy private school you just bought a suit for, Decs. Charlotte basically broke up with Declan over her sparkly phone. Sometimes Bros Before Hos = no paid ride to an Ivy League-level prep school. Burn!

I'm sorry, but JAMES PUREFOY makes so much sense across from Madeleine Stowe, maybe too much sense. When this passionate former lover turned Victoria around and started ravishing her against a sticky canvas, it was like peanut butter meeting jelly.

Victoria has taken a bohemian artist lover! And she keeps the giant beads on during lovemaking. Delicious. Wearing accent jewelry while swanning around a painting studio in a bed sheet draped like an evening gown is now officially on my bucket list.

I loved that James Purefoy had little brushstrokes of paint on him during his scenes, as though he had gone Method for a week and was madly painting away off-screen to explore the character. Although this portrait of Madeleine/Victoria is kind of rude:

Actually I wish her response had been, "I painted better than that as a blind teen!" but not everyone has seen Little House on the Prairie. Victoria was rolling amongst the Windsor Newton tubes and jars of turpentine while waiting for Daniel to be discharged from prison hospital, where Victoria had put him in the first place. When she picked up that phone and said, "I need to send an inmate a message" it was like the snapping sound of a gas ring bursting to life under a pot full of trouble. She called a prison hit on her own son to get him off of Rikers, which actually was pretty clever, and I guess if you're going to spend the night losing sleep over your kid you might as well spend your night enriching yourself culturally.

I am really liking Mason Treadwell these days. And not just because the bow-tie-wearing eccentric writer likes to get drunk on wine coolers...although that's going into my case file of evidence that the Revenge writers are creating the best comedy currently on TV. I'm warming up to Mason, and it's not just because he's got my dream job of live-blogging from a room in Victoria's CGI mansion, it's because through his writerly lips the Revenge scribes are free to push their most florid phrases and ridiculous dialogue. "Your empire is crumbling," he said in all seriousness to Victoria. Nolan and Treadwell: Please start a podcast immediately. Can they live stream a podcast of just talking sh-t on the Hamptons from Victoria's Attic?

Meanwhile, after spending the entire episode maneuvering things so Charlotte's evidence linking Jack to the scene would be discredited, Emily put on a wig and jumped a guy for Daniel's sake. I love a woman who can kick a man's butt in cute boots, but you have to wonder where she got such a fine hairpiece without drawing attention to herself. I doubt there are any professional-level wig stores in the Hamptons, so I'm assuming she ordered it online. What would you do to see Emily's Amazon account? So many high-tech, generically branded computer gadgets, wigs, karate robes, and false spectacles! I guess she's going to go make a false key and break into this guy's house? But I'm not sure where that will leave Daniel.

Poor Daniel, stargazing while he tried to forget the countless gang initiations he was jumped into on Rikers, and with a probation cuff on his ankle. It's good to see those things have only gotten clunkier with time. We had a girl who had to wear one in my high school (Norwalk High Connecticut whut whut!) and that was back in the early aughts and it seemed more compact than that fax machine they strapped on Daniel.

Sad that Emily would sacrifice everything for Jack, and he would be willing to fake a confession to prevent his mother from trying to pin things on her. Can't wait to see why he flings Emily against a set of dresser drawers in that long-form promo ABC is running for next week's episode. I am so glad Revenge is back. The plot is already shifting so rapidly it feels like all my predictions have to be re-calibrated: Daniel is back home, ready to stir up trouble; Victoria has other things on her plate, for once, instead of just fretting about her galas; and Emily is focused on something more than scheming. I thought these next episodes would be about choosing between Daniel and Jack, and while that will probably remain a theme, given how much she's willing to sacrifice for Jack, I wonder if things will shift and it will become about her trying to get Daniel to choose between her and chasing illusory Amanda. Whatever. Just glad to be back home in the "Hamptons."


QUESTIONS:

– Is Emily torn between Jack and Daniel or did this episode prove she'd come clean for Jack?

– Will Faux-Amanda turn up next week?

– Charlote and Declan, done for good?

– Victoria has a lovah! Will this throw a kink into the works?

– What three items would Amazon suggest that Emily should buy?

– Ashley was looking ridiculously good this episode. Where can I buy her triangle earrings?

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Oh, how I missed this show. Now without further ado, the questions.



-This episode made it clear to me that Emily has Jack first. We know she likes Daniel, and she did/does have feelings for him as she outright said she let "emotions get in the way". But with that declaration of coming clean to keep Jack out of jail... that puts her firmly in Jack's corner (or puts Jack in her corner as will probably more likely happen).

-I kind of hope not. I think it's poor to use Faux-Amanda too much. Bring her back every once in a while until you're truly ready to bring Emily out as true Amanda.

-I like the Charlotte and Declan together. I hope they're not done for good. Also, Declan and Charlotte are both main credited characters and both, but Declan especially, will start to lose any and all relevance if those two part ways.

-I hope so, but I can let that one take time. It doesn't need to jump in right away.

-Goat's milk soap, piano sheet music to Beethoven's "Fur Elise", and a set of crystal squirrels.

-I don't know. Not the biggest earring connoisseur myself.
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Speaking of Ashley Madekwe looking fantastic, she has an account on lookbook;

http://lookbook.nu/user/109595-Ashley-M/looks

I wish they gave her more to do, ideally more interaction with Gabriel Mann. I also wish Gabriel Mann would grow those fucking bangs out.
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So excited Revenge is back on! I'm just waiting to see what happens next. I think Victoria is beginning to suspect that Emily isn't who she says she is. She brought this up one other time, but then something came up that caused her to forget about it. This time she's sowing the seeds of doubt with Daniel, could she have picked a more difficult target? I mean he's totally in love with Emily and probably blinded by it. I was waiting for James Purefoy to make a reappearance to network TV. He totally earned cred as a badass with me on The Philanthropist, a short-lived NBC series. And this starving artist role only served to increase my liking of him. Hopefully he'll be back, I'd love to see a "chance meeting" between him and Conrad at Grayson manor.
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So Charlotte supposedly provides a perfect sketch of HER BOYFRIEND'S BROTHER?! But can't identify him!? That story would be torn to shreds in about a second. Good thing there are no competent lawyers/people in the Hamptons.
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Being on those painkiller Charlotte wouldn't recognize her own brother, I think. :D

It was the talented Victoria who completed the sketch without the help of the police artist and that of her daughter. She just wanted some distraction, I can't believe she really would rely alone on her daughter's babblings about some hooded figure on the beach. Victoria just needs to stir some reasonable doubt in court. As she must be well aware of, Emily stood right in front of her surrounded by party guests when the shots were fired on the beach. (Victoria was just asking her where her son was).
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This was an awesome episode!!!
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Really good episode indeed. I think Emily is still far from having to choose either Jack or Daniel, her hat remains full of tricks yet. Lol at the Amazon comment, I have often wondered that.
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as victoria was looking at some news articles on her laptop, right before the guy from A Knight's Tale that got Heath Ledger out of the stocks called her, she was looking up something about art forgeries and how this guy was somehow blacklisted by the art community? did anybody catch that? i wonder if it'll show up as part of a future plotline.
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I'm from Montreal and i'm on the lookout for Jack. Haha. And ya those shoes Daniel's wearing are awesome. Also, SO glad Revenge is back!! Emily was such a BAMF with that guy. Don't f*** with her men!
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Charlotte was so annoying.
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Charlotte's always annoying :D
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At least she's not as annoying as before... I mean she's still quite dull, but this was the first episode that I actually thought she had potential as a character. She was bitchy and got slapped!
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It's obvious her choice has already been made between Jack/Daniel (even though I prefer her with Daniel) but I doubt she'd give up everything for Jack. As much as she loves him, her quest for Revenge holds importance above everything else in her life. Emily has a greater capacity to hate than love. Loved it when she beat that guy though.
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Awesome episode! So happy to see it back. However, when I hear "Jack" and "Daniel" in the same scene, I start looking for Richard Dean Anderson and Michael Shanks.
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When I hear Jack and Daniel next to each other I think of Tennessee and old no. 7
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-I don't think she was serious about coming clean for Jack. Not until she exhausted every other option available. Does this count as a love triangle?Is she actually in love with Daniel? I never really bought that she was in love with him...she just was using him at first and then maybe felt bad for him and how oblivious and normal he is...but not actually love. I mean she let him chill in Riker's. Pretty rich boys should never be chilling in Riker's for that long.

-Unless Takada unsecures her...probably not.I kinda don't care though!

-Yeah. Poor Ponyboy...his hair went limp and everything when she broke it off. I really don't care about those two so I won't lose sleep over it. I don't like the kid but Bros before hoes man. I get it.

-Kink...ha ha...cuz things got kinky! I love how inbetween organizing a hit on her son in Riker's and finding out her daughter was spazzed out on pain meds, and setting up random people for murder she found time to bang some dude up against paint and she stilled looked uptight in the process. Victoria is scary...but kind of gansta.

-those flying stars from the ninja movies, lady gaga wigs, and a samurai sword. Although they might just email her a number for a good shrink and a really good lawyer.



I love how so much goes on that I can't even wrap my head around it. I think I spent more time smiling everytime Nolan appeared onscreen.That guy has some awesome lines.
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Loved it. Welcome back Revenge. Can we officially name Emily the baddest chick on TV? If no one's going to then I will.
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-Okay, so I liked the episode but I didn't love it.

- They managed to create more layers to Victoria, I loved her scenes.

- Everyone is betraying everyone

- Seriously, can't they get some decent wigs?

- Charlotte is a little bit more interesting now...

- "This is for jack. This is for Daniel"- that final line managed to confirm that she is conflicted and loves both. Hopefully now people can stop with the "she only loves jack," "she is only stringing Daniel along for her master plan" talk.

- The episode was uneven, I mean:

*How could Victoria possible try to implicate Emily? She was at the party while Victoria was giving the toast, just as the shots were heard.

* How could Declan credibly rat out Charlotte?

* Why bring in a new lover for Victoria, is this just soap or will this somehow be tied into the plot?

* If you are going to hire a spin doctor, wouldn't the wealthy Graysons hire a professional PR firm, not some author like Treadwell?
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Oh... I almost forgot Charlotte got slapped! It was not as good as when Joffrey, from Game Of Thrones got slapped but it served its purpose.
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Nolan's outfits are the best.... Ironic Hamptons look....
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oh, and btw - i LOVE your reviews. you are my Zooey Deschanel of Tv.Com Writers.
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and i mean it in a very good way :D
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I'm getting the feeling she has no idea which boy to choose.



Victoria's taken a lovah as strangely weird as her decision to wear jewellery during love making.



those earrings are by Rachel Roy, 45 $ i believe - heres the link http://www.rachelroy.com/Large-Triangle-Hoop/110219324,default,pd.html?variantSizeClass=&variantColor=JJ887XX&cgid=110009099&prefn1=catalog-id&prefv1=rachelroy-catalog
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The Treadwell Report website that is shown in the show is online!



http://www.thetreadwellreport.com/
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BEST EPISODE EVER !
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Triangle earings? What about Emilys Infinity earings?



Mark Antony and Cleopatra was the first thing that I tought about when I saw James purvoy (HBO Rome) and Madeline Stowe togheter. That relation didn't end well. Sure it's not gonna be that bad, but it's not gonna be happy ever after.
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Did you see a different promo to me? Where was the dresser drawer flinging?



Also, this ep was EXCELLENT :D
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Wonderful comeback! And Madeline Stowe was so magnetic in all the love scenes...I'm not sure about Faux-Amanda, and I'm amazed that with a private task-force they cannot find about the switch between Emily and Amanda. Come on. It's so difficult? Maybe it will be the season 1 cliffhanger...

I really hope Emily will chose Daniel. I simply didn't like Jack, he's too delusional....

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I'm just going to say i'm glad it's back and starting to like Mason i want to see more of this guy
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