Revenge: Outrageous Fortune

Revenge S01E18: "Justice"

Only in the "Hamptons" (which, it has been confirmed, is in fact the Fisherman's Village in Marina del Rey, dominated by a large and tasty El Torito's that I can walk to from my apartment; might have to get my stalk on) could Nolan be wearing a Christmas sweater and two layers of plaid dress shirts next to Emily in her sleeveless pencil dress sheath. Will the next five episodes culminate in Christmas or New Year's? The snowflakes! The poinsettias! According to Charlotte, it's been approximately 58 days since she last saw Declan (we viewers saw him in the last episode), and "Justice" was a prime example of two things I love best about Revenge: 1) a breakneck pace and 2) misdirection, misdirection, misdirection.

And also the return of a fan favorite, the whale cam! We missed that extremely flexible hi-tech plot spackle!

Talk about misdirection, though: I really thought the next few episodes would center on a trial, but now it seems they started and ended it in just the second episode back. Gutsy, smart choices are just the norm for Revenge and sewing up the trial after one life-ruining moment for Declan would be a gutsy, smart choice.

Poor Charlotte. How sad that she been thrown under the bus by Declan, with all she's gone through its no wonder she's gobbling Oxycontin. Declan's "But Charlotte is a nice person!" after taking a crap on the stand with his mouth, in terms of calling her out and undermining her in front of friends and family, was just so lame. I approve of showing loyalty to your brother, Declan, but there is such a thing as not interfering with an investigation and just getting the truth out there in a sincere effort to solve a murder. But then, what would this show even be if people didn't lie? Fabulous Porches of the East?

Right, Geraldine? I don't know what this maid's name is (Graysons don't learn the names of their maids, how awkward to think of the help as people!) but I know she was smart to take that money and let Charlotte get it on with her drug dealer. Do you, Charlotte, and do him too if you want. You don't owe that tiny Brooklynite Declan a thing, especially after you took your mom's advice and tried to ho him up and he just ignored it. (And Victoria was like, mad at her for not being enough of a ho. Victoria needs her own talk show. Not Madeleine Stowe but Madeleine Stowe in character as Victoria, giving her guests the worst advice ever: "Trouble in your marriage? Throw an auction." "Your son is in jail? Intimidate the jurors.")

Victoria is seriously inspiring me these days, not to mention Mason/James Purefoy. The merest of meetings with Victoria's loins can lead an artist to fill seventeen six-foot canvasses with sloppy soft-core porn scenes. How hilarious was it when Victoria called those hastily splashed disasters his best work? She got him back for that unflattering portrait he dissed her with in the last episode.

And then that speech she gave him about him having a spark and being afraid of fire and turning to ash—why was she talking to him like a Native American chief telling the story of the night sky? All these giant natural metaphors about fire and darkness and shadows, when what they were really discussing was how she stopped returning his calls.

It was especially awkward when Conrad came through the studio and Mason was like, "Welcome to my studio, here are a dozen pictures of me doing it with your wife. I call that one 'Cowgirl Triumphant'" and then Conrad quoted him the plot of An Object of Beauty and accused him of dealing forgeries with Victoria and told him to get out of town. Typical Grayson swagger!

Meanwhile, Daniel was throwing back belts of booze and hanging out on Victoria's spying porch, watching Jack and Emily hang out and painting his own lurid pictures of what might be going on (mentally.) He had every right to be worried, look at Jack sneaking an arm around Emily as they huddled together in front of the fire for warmth. And that house is drafty, because God forbid Emily ever close her giant French windows.

Let's count it down, among the people who have surprised/throttled Emily by breaking into her home:

1. Nolan, first episode

2. Ashley, with the saddest surprise party ever

3. Tyler, twice (once in person to march her down to the beach at gunpoint, once to just leave a tea light and an invitation)

4. Sensei came in and smacked her around

5. Now Daniel, surprising her after she's just lifted evidence from Jack's room that would exonerate him

WHAT WILL IT TAKE FOR EMILY TO START LOCKING HER WINDOWS?? I know Daniel had a key at one point, but it's still insane how often she is shocked by an unwelcome intruder in her living room. Like she can effortlessly fiddle with police Amber Alerts so they find the goon's car and haul him in on kidnapping charges, but there are just too many floor-to-ceiling French windows to keep closed, even in the freezing cold of winter. You'd have to have a beach house to understand, I guess. Maybe she likes to keep the breezes circulating through the house just so she has the excuse to snuggle up by the fire with Jack.

Obviously this was the greatest moment of Emily's life, her entire revenge thing has gone out the window and all she and Nolan did this episode was make Jack's life easier, sending the dumb hunk to gossip with hotel staff while they figured out what to keep him busy with next. I loved that, it reaffirmed them as a force for good. And the hoodie thing was so well set up: Emily stole Jack's incriminating hoodie and planted it in the car of that one minion of Victoria's. Frank 2.0? Frank Jr.? We don't need to worry too hard about nicknames because he was killed off by the end of the episode.

So this character's last few months: got beat up by Emily, dragged himself out of a gutter and recuperated for 58 days, got another gig dressing up as a waiter and yelling at a juror, then got taken to prison on an Amber Alert, was implicated as the murderer of crazy crazy Tyler, and finally was killed in prison by Grayson henchmen while Daniel sat around penning emo poetry and sobering up. Typical Grayson swagger!

I think I actually like Daniel "drunk" as it's hard for the actor to maintain a slurry, inebriated cadence and hide his sexy English accent. You know he and Emily VanCamp are dating in real life, right? Play on, players.

The real genius of the episode—beside the clever resolution to Hoodigate 2012 and the end of the boringest teen relationship outside of a French textbook from the '80s, a.k.a. Declan and Charlotte, is that the show took a step to re-dedicate Emily to her revenge. Ever so often Emily gets more interested in living life than endlessly plaguing the Graysons, and then some terrible revelation will snap her back into Fembot mode. Last time, it was Victoria's insinuation that David Clarke had raped her. This time, it was hearing Conrad (hilariously) explaining they had "another David Clarke" situation (HAHAHAHA because why not incriminate yourself over the phone? It's not like your son is being investigated for murder and it's quite possible all the lines in your house are tapped) and had to kill the Hoodie-Goon in jail before he could name names.

Of course, the weird thing about the revelation that the Graysons had killed David Clarke in jail (Grayson swagger) is why did they wait so long? Clarke clearly had time to assemble an intricate wooden shoebox of trinkets and diaries and even carve a double infinity symbol on the lid. Doesn't Nolan tell Amanda that her dad died only two years before when he picks her up from Juvy? So why wait so long before silencing him? Or better question, why kill him at all after several years of successfully pinning the crime on him?

Also, didn't Emily go into this thing with the mindset that the Graysons had killed her father? She knew they hadn't literally put a knife in his back but he was killed in jail, they wrongfully sent him to jail, ergo finding out they proactively hired an assassin—it still shakes out to the same moral culpability. But whatever, I appreciate that they've watered Emily's tree of revenge with the blood of pissed-offedness, or what have you.

I'm getting kind of spoiled by being very surprised and entertained with every episode. They said they would get to work dropping charges for Daniel, so I think they've sewn up the courtroom plotline (shame, I really wanted to hear Emily testify!!) in favor of releasing volatile Daniel from his ankle cuff for maximum plot-thickening. It's insane, because the courtroom was incredibly elaborate, all these signs and posters and reenactments, for essentially five minutes, now it's done. Kind of like Mason’s amazing studio that he somehow packed up in a flash. Just insane ambiance and attention to detail to make this world more real and then it's on to the next. They aren’t going to milk a courtroom, Revenge thinks too highly of its fans—and its story—to draw suspense out for even a moment longer than necessary. This show makes so many good decisions and has so many genuinely surprising twists I enjoy just standing back and letting it dazzle me like so many seasonally-inappropriate fireworks. I wish other series would take note and have the balls to do as much in half a season as Revenge does in one night.


QUESTIONS:

1. Is the trial over or will new evidence surface?

2. Did Daniel act like a villain by acting the brute with Emily?

3. What do you think of Nolan's sweater?

4. Will Declan get thrown out of Rich Kids Prep after back-stabbing Charlotte?

5. Where is Tyler's older brother and family? Why aren't they taking a more active role in the investigation of their son's murder?

6. Mason/James Purefoy: gone for good?! Do you feel bad for Victoria?!

7. What is fake Amanda up to right now? (Learning to wield a Katana?)

8. What did you think of the episode?

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I'm late to the party, I know, but I've been marathoning Revenge all week and it. Is. Amazing!!! And I love these recaps too!



Daniel was SUCH a villain! That lighting and dark suit and sneer and hunched over evil look when he started swigging bourbon was straight out of a B movie. Emily really needs to start using a different door, those Graysons are just all about spying on her.



Declan- don't know about getting kicked out of that prep school, but they might start snubbing him during tea time or whatever they do there.



I would say that Kara has long been hecka dead, but probably the writers want to keep her around for a dramatic, Earth-shattering scene where she throws accusations around and implicates Emily a bunch. We'll see...
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Does anyone think that Mason (I loved him as Marc Antony in HBO's Rome) will turn out to be Daniel's real father? The Grayson's are so evil, that Emily (real Amanda) is doing the world a favor.
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1. I think it might be over. Hard to say with this show.

2.Yes he did. Daniel is a violent drunk...that much is apparent.

3. It's Nolan. I can watch Nolan stand in front of the camera in a bunny suit and recite the alphabet backwards in spanish and be thoroughly entertained. I admit my bias now. Nolan can never do wrong in my book.

4. Is anyone even thinking about Ponyboy anymore? Including Charlotte. He may have a chance of sticking with it if he stays under the radar...something he's incapable of ever doing. I'd keep my greasy head down, tackle the books, and take full advantage of that opportunity if I were him.

5. They thought he was a crazy dick and are probably dancing on his grave?! I got the impression that they weren't fond of the guy either. In fact Leslie probably had a party.

6.No and No.

7.Getting trained to go up against Fake Emily/Real Amanda. Takada is probably going to have her go against her to get Fake Emily's butt back in gear. He seems kind of shifty like that. Battle of the blondes. Epic.

8. It was awesome as usual. It kind of makes me laugh how gangsta these rich Hampton folks are. They have friends in low enough places to arrange prison beat downs and prison hits. And high enough places to tamper with legal systems. I used to say that Victoria types annoy me for forgetting where they come from...but she didn't. She goes right back to her pauper days when contacting folks to do some nasty stuff but maintains her regal rich thing the whole time. It's hi-larious. And Jack...ugh. I wish I could see Nick W play himself because characters as dense as Jack and as d-baggy as Kyle from Roswell just don't cut it for me.
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I'll start with number 8 and say I loved the episode like I loved all of them. They keep serving one hot dish after another. Just when I lean back in my chair and start to relax there comes another hot potato! Emily is back on track! We'll see how long she can keep that up now that she and Jack cuddled in front of the fire. Real cozy moment there. Looked like a glimpse into 5 years from now. I'm dreading the series finale. Hopefully they won't keep us waiting over the summer with a major cliffhanger. Just imagine the scene when Daniel writes to make an end to it and his lawyer strolls the corridors in Rykers... It would have been a nice finale scene to just see feet dangling above the ground. Please! Don't do that to me! I couldn't bear the suspense!



1. Don't count on any more trial stuff. I don't think the police will investigate any further having a suicide note and a dead jailbird. It's too convenient. And isn't there something called double jeopardy?



2. He just seemed to be jealous and thouroughly drunk. And I kept asking myself how long he was waiting there for Emily. One would wish the police would react more swiftly to an escape of a prisoner. Or were they being sympathetic giving Daniel some time to cuddle his fiance? ^^



3. I kept waiting for Bridget Jones to show up all the time. That sweater would have looked ridiculous on anybody else! Absolutely hilarious. They should put it out on the market! It would be a great Christmas present!



4. Perhaps Declan will even advance and become the popular kid? I'm sure that there are enough students who hate the Graysons and Charlotte in particular.



5. Wasn't Tyler the cast out of his family? I'd even suspect him to be responsible for his family's fall from grace. If Tilda was my son I wouldn't rush to his defense either.



6. Mason gave in really easily. I hope he makes a comeback and breaks some bones in Conrad's face. Are there really only 14 of them? Perhaps it would clear Mason's artistic perception? It was so sad for Victoria standing in that empty apartment. Not really. I think it served her right. Although there could be the possibilty that Conrad had his rival killed in prison because Victoria was trying to get him acquitted? You never know with Revenge.



7. Amanda is being brainwashed by Emily's sensei. Or turned into a killing machine. I don't really care. She might as well show up as a pretty corpse some time in the future? That would be the perfect cover for Emily, I think. Or she could be used for a finale showdown. Anything is possible now that there is no more hint as what will happen in the future.
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Great episode. I love Revenge, its like a soap on fast forward - loads of drama but the story-lines aren't dragged out for weeks.



2. I hope it was a once off, that Daniel doesn't turn into a villain - that would make it easier for Emily to turn her back on him. But I do hope he starts asking more questions about Emily (more drama and scheming).

4. I'm surprised the Graysons didn't cut off his tuition when he and Charlotte broke up or threaten to have him thrown out if he denied seeing another person on the beach the night of the murder.

6. Probably gone for good. I think his presence was a way to learn more about Victoria and her past.
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1. Kinda hoping it's over so Jack will be safe, but wouldn't mind if something else pops up.

2. Emily should make Daniel go away and beg to come back for the man handling. Being drunk is no excuse.

3. I was rolling when I saw him in that sweater.

4. I was shocked to see Declan wasn't already kicked out of that school.

5. Don't think his family wants to go through with this. They were already bothered by his past behavior. Since Taylor went after the same folks again, his folks didn't want to face them.

6. Mason may come back. Don't think we've seen the last of him. Victoria is his MUSE!!!!

7. Hopefully fake Amanda is chained up in a very dark dungeon and won't get free until Jack knows she is not Amanda!!!!!!

8. Awesome episode. Totally enjoyed it. U enjoy this show as much as I do. Keep up the recaps Lily!!
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1. I'm sure new evidence of some kind will surface...but I agree, there will be some media frenzy after his release.



2. Mmm...I think he acted as a normal person under a great deal of stress would act. Under that amout of stress, people become really paranoid, not to mention the guilt he feels for all the things he's done in his past, namely the one he mentioned about his girlfriend last summer.



3. No comment



4. To be honest, I'm really surprised he's even attending. Afterall Charlotte told him how he didn't pass, her grandfather or something is paying for it...why keep up the pretense after he has betrayed the Grayson family?



5. I think bringing in Tyler's family at this moment would just hinder the rest of the story.



6. I feel bad for Victoria because she seemed to be fairly genuine with why she doesn't trust people...then to have someone she truly loved just disappear without a word, minus the symbolic painting well. To me that explains perhaps that's why David Clark was murdered. You asked, "why did it take so long?" Maybe Victoria was having second thoughts? Maybe she was going to find a way to get David out and, oddly Conrad doesn't seem to want her to be happy. Rather possessive for a man going through a divorce and having cheated on her.



7. I imagine she's locked up somewhere or dead. Afterall...he did say he "took care" of her. To me, his word is good, if he took care of her, she shouldn't be a concern anymore.



8. It was good, I can't wait until next week!
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1 - The "trial" is probably over, but they'll probably have to deal with a furious public thinking a rich kid got away with murder. Who knows where THAT will go.



2 - The guy is kind of a jerk, but it's understandable. He's on trial for murder, his mom is acting like a manipulative witch who is flat-out saying his fiance is cheating with him, and then sees some evidence that she's cheating. I'm not saying I support it, just saying in real life that would make a person snap.



5 - Tyler's older brother probably thinks the Tyler had it coming. The kid was a psycho, and as much as he loves him you have to draw the line somewhere. The kid held a family at gun point, then supposedly came back and held a gun on one of them again. How do you defend THAT?
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Yeah, I agree Daniel would plausibly snap. I like the actor so much, and they do a good job of making him a very REFORMED playboy grayson scion.

Tyler's family- still want to see them in court. You're making good points, but at some point they were a force to be reckoned with (before they lost all their money) and I kidn of wish a bunch of angry redheaded family members would show up and sue the Graysons for damages.
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My "only" problem with Charlotte is, she's freaking out about the lie. But completely ignoring the fact that her mother had the police sketch (somehow) filled in with a solid picture of Declan's brother. You know, that picture she "finished" as pretty much an empty hoodie.



I mean, how the heck did she THINK he would react to that.



Other than that, I kind of feel for her. She's kind of caught in the middle of all of this, when in fact she's not particularly a bad person (save for her final attempt at seducing Declan).
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I would love to see Charlotte become a badass. She thinks her dad is some crazy criminal, I want to see her go more proactively off the tracks (other than just pills, which are more sad than rebellious) and have Emily intercede with the truth. Just saying. Me and my constant revenge fan fiction day dreams.
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This was a spectacular and amazing episode. I love how the story keeps you guessing what will happen next. Interesting turn of events. I look forward to watching what happens!

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1st series where brother is choosing his brother over girlfriend .oh i totally forgot the vampire diaries makers have no influence over here .the episode was great
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I do like the Porter's family loyalty, approve...on the other hand, he's lying about a murder investigation which in general is just a terrible thing to do. And as Jack pointed out,it complicated his testimony when he would be called to the stand- he'd have to perjure himself or implicate Declan. Oh the tangled web we weave etc.
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I still can't believe that everything has happened in just one season. this was one of the best episodes of the season for me. It's hard to keep up with what emily is thinking and I love it. Looking forward to the season finale.

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I wish every show moved as fast as Revenge does.So many good ideas, it fights to get through them all in an episode.
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After an uneven last episode, I was so happy with this one. The episode was great and Revenge at its best.The pacing was great and it all had all the ingredients for a perfect soap.

- It seems that Domink is not coming back... thank God. I mean, the chemistry was great and it helped in showing more layers to MS character, it was just so out of the blue and it didn't has that well with the existing story lines. He was sort of an unwanted distraction, but his exit was quick.

- The whole love speech Victoria gave was so cheesy, I could almost imagine Fabio appearing out of nowhere with the fan, long hair and shirt open.

- Charlotte and Declan are sort of interesting now. I mean, at least she's a bitchy druggie now and he has some sort of storyline. I even sort of feel bad for her now...

- Loved when Nolan referred Lee as mini- Frank. Hilarious!

- You've got to admit that even if Emily is sort of a psychotic fembot she's really clever.

- The show is so well plotted and genius. Last week we were wondering would make a copy of the key and now we now!

- I love the fact that the show pretty much exists in a different world. I mean, in Revenge land it actually did snow around this time, when in real life there was hardly any snow on the East coast.

- Victoria pimped out her daughter. I don't know how I should feel about it... That being said, I loved how Victoria was upset when it didn't work out. Mother of the year!

-Seriously, Emily? Purposefully ignoring his phone call? You know he can see your every movie like you're staying at the Bates Motel. Amateur. That makes Daniel, Norman Bates and Victoria, Ms. Bates.

- I smiled when I smiled when Daniel uttered: "Do you think I'm stupid?" Emily....don't answer. Sorry, Daniel is such a weak willed person, so I'm hoping the show does something to give him a bit more edge and grit. By that, I don't mean him being violent.... There's no excuse for that kind of behavior.
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Yeah I was laughing at Victoria's love speech but I did like Mason. Hope he comes back for Victoria. Darn it why do I love Victoria so muchas a mom, she's the worst, but as a character? She's the most compelling dramatic powerhouse since Alexis from Dynasty and I do NOT say that lightly, the only difference is Madeleine Stowe is such an incredible actress you feel for Victoria even though she consistently makes horrible, sneaky, deceptive decisions. Whenever Madeleine half-bats her eyes in reaction to something, I SWOON.
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As usual, the perfect review
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Full transparency, I gave one of those thumbs ups. Thank you! This review is what basically comes out of my mouth every time someone brings up revenge. Like I just monologue love letters about the show in daily life.
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Man, this show. The next "Dallas" for sure. This thing has so much money and intrigue flying around, and it is JUST SO AWESOME.



1. I'm hoping the trial is over, like you suggested. This show has more tricks than that, and you never know when in the future you might need to revisit the courtroom. Such as in flashback for David Clarke, etc..

2. Daniel acted drunk, but I don't know if it was like a villain. Granted, it did not look great on him, though, and I'm sure that helps in Emily's decision to go for Jack over Daniel.

3. Love that sweater. I want to see another one on him next week. I really do.

4. I hope not. I hope they milk that for a little more. Like I said last time, otherwise those two characters start becoming more and more pointless.

5. I'm hoping that will slowly build up and come more into play next season.

6. I hope he's gone for good. He was great, but we don't need him for too much more I don't think.

7. I do not much care. We'll see her again, but hopefully not for a little while.

8. LOVED the episode, as I think you can tell. This show. So awesome.
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I might have to make a Nolan paper doll for my own purposes. TOO MANY GREAT OUTFITS!!!
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I wonder if Declan will hook up with a girl at RKP and Charlotte will get jealous and want him back?
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what an informative episode! I had no idea i have 14 bones in my face :D
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Its an artist's job to know such things about anatomy.
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I find real funny when Charlotte tried to pull a Victoria on Declan. She's a got a lot to learn.
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I don't mind at all that the trial was done with quickly, the out of court plots were way more interesting.



I thought Declan would willingly quit Rick Kids Prep (lol), tsk, tsk.
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Heh, really liked your bit about Victoria having her own talk show (would watch!). I also really enjoyed Daniel being an emotional mess (loved his angry stare at Emily when she ignored his call from her porch). And I totally agree with you that this show surprises at every turn. I sit back and smile from start to end.
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David Clarke,as Nolan said when he picked Amanda up on her 18th birthday,died WEEKS before...and I think her impending birthday was the reason he was killed when he was.
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The school can't throw Declan out for that. I'm sure Charlotte'll take a swing at making his life there a living hell though, and he'll be out after the up front tuition runs out unless he miraculously turns into a genius scholarship student. Unless, what did he and Charlotte do with the money they got from Victoria? I can't remember. Maybe he could use that to stay in rich-kid school, but unless he and Charlotte make up he'd have to be insane to do that, and if they make up then the Graysons can foot the bill again.
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So Jack has been on the road looking for a girl that might have killed a man (which she did but not the man they're thinking of) for three months? This dude has got some serious obsession problems. Honestly I don't like Jack... In fact there's a lot of characters on this show I don't like (Declan, Charlotte, Ashley, Kara just to name a few) Sometimes I can't figure out why I love this show so much but I keep coming back to it like a crack whore. -.-



Anyway, I can't believe Declan still attends the fancy prep school after having a fallout with Charlotte. How can this guy afford it or has the Graysons paid his tuition for the whole semester already and he's just riding it out until then? Can't imagine Declan is having a wonderful time at school with all the snotty rich kids so why even bother going?



I don't even want to talk about Charlotte because that ho gets on my last nerves....



The whole storyline with Victoria and her former lover just seemed so pointless to me. But I guess the point of it was to show just how far Conrad will go to get things done. What really gets me is how did Emily NOT know about her father being murdered by the Graysons? She's all about avenging David so you would think she would first go after the inmate that killed him. Unless she already did or figured the inmate is already serving life so there's no point? But Emily is a smart girl so I can't imagine she didn't investigate the inmate who killed her father and learn it was a setup. As for the reason why the Graysons killed David after so long, maybe David was about to drop a bombshell on them.



Oh yeah, as for Daniel, this show really likes to make us think he's dead on moment and the next he's alive. I kinda felt bad for Lee though....
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I read this twice, so many good thoughts in here esp. about inmate who killed David. lol ho on your last nerves.
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