Revenge "Power" Review: Kickin' It Old School

Revenge S02E10: "Power"


Revenge went back to basics last night, reverting to its procedural formula from the earliest days of Season 1: Introduce a villain, bring him down. Judge Whatshisface got told off by his wife, who revealed to a stunned audience that he had smeared her muscular arms with bluish paint AND mishandled David Clarke’s case.

It was probably the most direct takedown Emily has pulled off, as it publicly questioned David Clarke’s guilt and she didn’t slide through an air duct or rig up a camera to make it happen, she openly acted as Emily Thorne on Amanda and David’s behalf. Could this mean that by the end of the season David Clarke will be redeemed and Emily can put her Batman skills into straight-up exposing the Initiative? Or is that several seasons down the line?

I was also charmed by the athletic foreplay between her and Aidan. They aren’t just karate partners, they’re acting partners, as they staged a break-up for Daniel’s benefit. I don’t know if Aidan using the back door to conceal their relationship is going to make that much of a difference now that Emily and Daniel are back on, because last time I checked that means sex and how cool are spies with business sex? The episode promo suggested that Aidan was going to turn into a “Jealous Lover,” although I would describe objecting to your GF getting it on with another man to learn his business secrets as being more of a “Reasonable Person.”

On the other side of the tracks, the Porter boys and the Ryan brothZzzzz. Oh my God when will this plotline end?! Is Jack going to go to trial? Do bars really buy multiple fifty-pound bags of whole Columbian beans? I can only think of two mixed drinks that involve coffee and they both seem way too fancy for Red Lobster.

I actually love when everything goes well for the Porters, because Fauxmanda moving forward and not looking back and making the most of her new life is a better foil for Emily’s thirst for revenge when it provides a positive contrast. If Fauxmanda’s life is supposed to be a version of existence that Emily gave up to pursue her vengeance, then clearly Emily didn’t miss much. Poor Jack is just too damn dumb even to pull off a sting on his own bar, and he managed to full-on confess to smuggling drugs during a raid he had requested. “You had one job” doesn’t even cover it; like, all he had to do in this entire series was to run a bar and now he’s gotten himself arrested for drug smuggling and has a baby with a stripper-murderer whose true identity he still doesn’t know. What a Greek tragedy of a man.

Nolan, meanwhile, is turning his own sudden fortune into a series of electric one-liners, making cracks at his boss, Marco, quipping “Quelle surprise!” and wearing a king’s ransom of shirts. How many shirts was Nolan wearing last night?! My eyes have seen the glory. It was so many shirts. I like that Marco is back in play as a romantic rival to Padma, although both of those folks we have seen onscreen for a grand total of five minutes and neither of them particularly crackles with chemistry across from Nolan.

I am seriously enjoying that the face of the Initiative is this MILF-y cougar delight of a redhead. I love her machinations, I love that she’s always in a limo, I love that she got the drop on Aidan by having sixteen friends with laser pointers slither out of the woodwork. I don’t know how or why she would have Aidan’s sister, but I don’t doubt that Revenge will find a plausible explanation. This show's plot spackle is always temporary.

I also like Victoria’s implication to Daniel that he NEEDED her party-throwing skills to succeed. Deals are struck over cocktails and under ice sculptures! If Victoria is going to be her son’s party-planner going forward, and if Emily is going to be his girlfriend again, the writers have essentially reset the series, but with a lot of good stuff stirred in. (Although I miss Ashley terribly! What is she doing now? Is she in a Williamsburg flat printing out resumes?! What is she wearing?! I need to know!)


What did YOU think of this episode?


QUESTIONS:

1. Is Emily going to lose Aidan pursuing Daniel?

2. Will David Clarke’s innocence be established by the end of this season or...?

3. Nolan’s romantic interests: any preference?

4. Are you sick of the Porter boys' current plotline or is it holding your interest?

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Lily, is there no review for the latest episode of Revenge?! :-(
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1. Alot of people don't seem to like Aiden too much - i on the other hand, am a big fan! I not only like his character, I like their r1. Alot of people don't seem to like Aiden too much - i on the other hand, am a big fan! I not only like his character, I like their relationship too, it's nice to see some one nearly as messed up as Emily. It's good to see their human sides at the end of a long revenge filled day. It does look like their relationship is heading for doom, I just hope its salvagable at the end. I DO NOT wana see her end up with Daniel!!

2. David clark! had almost forgotten Revenge is in his honour!

3. I don't care for either...what I am happy to see is MORE NOLAN screen time. He is absolutely wicked!! they should have more of him!

4. boring! why can't emily just step in and solve their lil dilemma so they can sop wasting so much of the precious 40 mins on them and give that to Nolan instead!
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Thrilled at more Nolan airtime, more thrilled that Ashley is gone. Do I care what she's wearing? No (but seriously, if you can't keep from walking knock-kneed in high heels, don't put on stilettos.) I don't mind the Porter boys but the Ryans need to go. Fauxamanda needs to go (I'm hoping its her body on the Amanda and DNA shows she wasn't Amanda after all.)
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Well, in their defense, it's not uncommon for bars to sell coffee. And if they're open from the morning, I imagine they sell more coffee and such than hard liquor.

Though, I have a hard time imagining they would need so much. Then again, the point of the coffee beans is the smell HELPs block out the smell of the drugs.
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1. yes
2.no
3.padma, marco is a fucking greedy jerk!
4.end it now.or get fauxmanda involved..
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For a moment I thought that the creators were reading these comments, since I was crying for a red X the last time I wrote about the show! I am so glad they did the good old takedown this week! I've missed that!

1. Yes! In fact, Aidan will probably end up selling her out because of that AND because the Initiative is holding his sister captive somewhere or somehow.

2. The pace of the show seems rapid, so it is possible that they will establish his innocence soon. I get the feeling that they are writing the show on the fly. You know, they go "Oh, let's do this!" and then think about what is gonna happen in the near future, but not to far in.

3. Both of Nolan's love interests are lifeless and boring and if it becomes some sort of a love triangle no one cares about then blah.

4. Will this plotline EVER end?! I really don't see the point of Jack's character anymore. Seriously. I don't even want the real Amanda to end up with him anymore! He is soooo boring. He should get on a boat and sail away to oblivion if you ask me. Anyway, I kinda got the feeling that one of the whatever brothers (the one Declan had stolen from) likes the Porters and might have a change of heart about them eventually. There was something in the way he talked to Declan after the police took Jack away...
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Declan is a tad less boring than his tragic, goody-two shoes brother. At least Declan schemes & takes chances. Jack just pouts and broods a lot, after stuff repeatedly happens to him, over and over.
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1) I hope so. I'm so over the whole Emily/Aidan thing. Never liked them and don't want it to work.
2) I think a big piece of evidence will be revealed to get his ball rolling on a mistrial/reversal of verdict. I don't think he'll be completely cleared.
3) I think the whole "Nolan dates CFOs" theme works. Just need to either get the two of them fighting over him and make it interesting OR have him pick one of them and then get rid of the un-needed extra.
4) It just seems to jump forward and then crawls and then jumps forward. It could be better but it isn't ALWAYS a snooze fest.
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Only way the Porter boy's storyline could become interesting is if Emily Thorne happens to walk in on the evil brothers messing with the Porters and end up beating the crap out of the evil brothers and the Porters are like "WTF?!" and Emily has to confess everything and throw Fauxmanda under the bus. Then Jack is like "WTF? and kills himself & fauxmanda in a homicide-suicide. Then Declan gets all sobby and takes the boat out to the sea and the boat blows up & the divers find his body.
The End of the Porter story.

You're welcome CityTV
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If the Porter boys were to fall off something and die a terrible (but please quick) death I would have no objections. At all.
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Haha, I would love that!
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1. Yes she'll lose him because he's going to be the guy in the 'Amanda'
2. I nearly forgot about David Clarke
3. That new guy is creepy, like a new Ashley but with brains...
4. Please send Declan to some other show like Vegas or something - and perhaps also those two scheming brothers... Or kill them, whatever... SO SO SO bored with that storyline
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Ilove this show! There is no hole that they can't dig themselves out of. And in between intense story lines, we get some comic relief with Jack and the gang. Honestly, they're story line is so irrelevant, but at least it's better than a happily ever after... Declan doesn't deserve it.
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first things first: emily's dress was to die for!!!

now on to the questions...
1. yes
2. no
3. not at all
4. feels like a whole different tv show
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The Porters plotline will eventually lead to someone dying on the Amanda. So I'll keep watching....
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your reviews make me enjoy revenge even more. word.
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plotline needs to go asap. it's just too pathetic to even call it a plotline. it's more a 'we need to fill 45 minutes of show-time'.
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oh and i loved how Nolan got all excited about Aidan and Emily breaking up and that the revenge thing is sth for the two of them..
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what I liked about this episode was a female hero and role model ,... the show needed one,...
1.I think both Daniel and the fact that he has to keep his sister's story a secret are gonna keep them apart,... but they have chemistry so there is always hope,...
2.Revenge usually has a fast tempo,... but i doubt it
3.I love Nolan,... neither but if i have to choose Padma,... i want a sassy petite and happy person for him,...
4. that plotline is terrible,...
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Why oh why nobody tells Emily what's going at the porter's?
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I was thinking the same thing. with her revenge-skills she could easily squash those brothers.
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I am very very bored withe Porter boys plotline. ZZZZZZ
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Gotta be honest .. I found this episode quite boring, except for a few scenes.
- I don't like Daniel having all this power - he annoys me. I'm hoping for a huge let-down for him in the coming episodes.
- We need more Nolan.
- Both Marco and Padma need to go - they have zero chemistry with Nolan. Out of the 2, I prefer Padma.
- Can Jack stay in jail for a few more episodes - that way we don't have to re-visit that story-line for a while more :)
- I still continue to love Victoria.
- Great review. Makes the episode look a lot better than it actually was.
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About the Porter boys - I saw it coming from the very beginning of the episode, but I couldn't care less, when they appear on screen I have the urge to fast forward. *Sigh* And Declan's voice causes me stomach cramps.
What I liked most in this episode was rather the warming of the Emily-Victoria's relationship. Yeah, I realise it's not real, and that the only reason behind it is that for once Emily suits best in Victoria's plotting, but I don't even care. I loved those moments of exchanged smirks and the sparkling approval in Victoria's eyes.
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"What a Greek tragedy of a man" - THANK YOU! Ugh, Jack should have been off this show a LOOOOONG time ago. Aiden and Emily and Nolan continue to be awesome, I just don't want them to turn Aiden into some weird jealous lover over Spaniel. Come on, he is always 3 steps away from breaking anyone's neck, so please, I don't think he really should see Danny boy as a threat...I think the sad rift between these Ems and Adien will be becoz of the Intiative.
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"What a Greek tragedy of a man." That is a great description of Jack. If only he was as interesting as a Greek tragedy.
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I was going to say something about how I caught up on Revenge over the winter break and that this will be my first comment about the show... then I read FringeFanatic's comment and lost all interest in doing so. I know it's not a competition or anything... but uh, nevertheless, I can't compete with that. Hehe.

However, I will say that, yes, I don't care at all about the Porters' story-line. It's cool seeing J. R. Bourne and Michael Trucco on the show, but in watching season one, I never found anything with Declan at all interesting. I don't hate his character... I just think he's always been totally pointless. Jack's kinda cool when he's involved with Emily in some way but he's incredibly dull when relegated to C-story status with Declan.
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Sorry, man. That comment kind of became a runaway train.

I wholeheartedly agree with your Declan assessment. Declan and Charlotte are probably the most useless characters on the show. Charlotte was involved in the A-plot for like one episode, but Declan seems to be perpetually tied to Red Lobster.
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Good episode, and you're right. It is kind of a throwback to earlier episodes, especially with the "X"ing off of her enemy. It also wasn't as "filler"-y as some earlier episodes, as with her mom. Anyway...
1. Yes, but they might get back together...
2. Probably not.
3. zzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzz....
4. It is decent, and better than the Amanda/Jack storyline IMO
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It's probably just me, but is Revenge becoming worse and worse to the point where you fast forward through the entire thing in 10 minutes just to spare yourself some of the retarded nonsense?

EVERY SINGLE CHARACTER annoys me now.

I feel like I lose brain cells when I watch this. Think this was my last episode. It's more like a punishment than recreation now...
So sad...
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In response to the comments about the excessive amounts of coffee beans, one of the evil brothers used the excuse that it was part of a side business.
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Im not a fan of Aiden so I would like her to lose Aiden. Plus I think she truly did have feelings for Daniel and I think she could tell him the real her and he would hate his family and stand by her.
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THIS IS MY FIRST REVENGE COMMENT!

Man, it feels good to write that! In the long long ago (October 2012) I was searching for a new show to marathon. I prefer to have at least one show to watch in between all my scheduled programming to keep those lonely TV nights at bay (Mondays). I like to believe I have good taste in TV, but the truth is this site is my primary source for determining what is worth watching (or at least what is worth giving a chance). There were several shows that I was considering, but Revenge had been weighing on my mind for some time. I had just heard sooooooo damn many good things about it. Commenters I respect had gushed about its genius with such startling frequency on the FTW/WTF forums that it became increasingly difficult to ignore. Yet I was still hesitant. It seems silly to say now, but I really didn't think it was my cup o' tea. As many of you probably know, I tend to lean towards the geeky sci-fi/fantasy variety. I stupidly said to myself: "How good could that soapy trash be?" Thank god my subconscious is smarter than I am, because I found myself watching the pilot only a few days later.

I was instantly hooked. Never before had I seen a show that so shamelessly revelled in its bashfully audacious campiness. The storyline though spackled over too many times to count was nevertheless riveting to behold. It is essentially a primetime soap, but with the grandest of premises. The opening and closing monologues of the damaged and tortured Amanda Clarke (a.k.a. Emily Thorne/Batman) beautifully set the pace for each instalment of this soapy classic. The chemistry of the cast shimmers with delightful intensity. Emily VanCamp beautifully displays a blisteringly seething anger that is always just beneath the surface. She is the conductor of this orchestra of vengeance, and how I love the harmonious hellfire she creates. You also have Conrad, the unapologetically corrupt and veritably villainous (now former) CEO of Grayson Global. Yet somehow contradictiously charming in his own way. Then there is Jack, a simpleton, but a simpleton who is pure of heart. He doesn't have a very large fan base, but I cried more than I'd like to admit when he lost Sammie, and I've always liked the idiot. (What can I say? I have a fondness for Red Lobster). There's Daniel, the wayward poet turned cutthroat corporate man. He's definitely become a power player, but I've never much liked the guy, even before he went full Grayson. Of course, never to be forgotten is Nolan Ross, the personification of camp and the physical embodiment of Revenge at its most fanciful. He is the portrayer of snappy shirts and even snappier one-liners, not to mention my favourite character. (Nolan & Emily FOREVAH!) But you cannot recount Revenge without mentioning the incomparable Victoria Grayson. Madeleine Stowe is a revelation as the wonderfully duplicitous matriarch of the Grayson family. But there is also a vulnerability there. A loneliness and regret she regularly displays perched up in her watchtower. She has done Emmy caliber work, but the idiots of the Academy rarely recognize those most deserving. (I believe I mentioned everyone who matters ... Wait. Fauxmanda! She's alright. Okay, NOW I've mentioned everyone who matters.)

I could go on a rather lengthy bombast about Revenge's masterful Machiavellian machinations, but this comment is rather self-indulgent as it is.

Through all of this marathoning I would take the time to read Lily's reviews after watching each episode. She was new to the job and finding her feet, but it quickly became apparent to me she was destined to review Revenge. This show was made for her whimsical wit. It came to the point where the episode didn't seem complete until I had read Lily's review. Her hilarious yet astute writing was/is an extension of the show itself. Synonymous, symbiotic and sensational. The only other program that is this perfectly suited to its reviewer is The Vampire Diaries and its literary paramour, Price Peterson.

Lily, I have read every review you have written for Revenge and I would like you to know you have exponentially increased my enjoyment for this already fantastic show. My only regret is missing out on all the amazing discussions you have cultivated in these forums. But that problem is no more! Onto the episode at hand!

QUESTIONS:

1. I don't know if she will lose him pursuing Daniel, but it's almost a certainty she will lose him. Happiness does not breed good television, and I've got a feeling there is quite a lot of additional heartache in store for our dear heroine. I also haven't ruled out the possibility it is Aiden whom that diver team discovered in the sunken "Amanda" at the beginning of the season. I rewatched that scene, and I'm pretty sure the soggy cadaver in question was wearing what appeared to be a dress shirt. And what character introduced this season favours such dapper attire?

2. Maybe. The fact that he was convicted with a tampered jury should start raising some interesting questions.

3. Both are painfully underdeveloped, and neither one makes Nolan's eyes sparkle like when he is with Emily. If I had to choose I would go with Padma, simply because she hasn't betrayed Nolan (yet), and I still don't trust Marco.

4. GROAN! Their storyline is the worst! You've got an all powerful and nefarious, worldwide organization on the one hand, and then the Porter boys dealing with some local thugs who are still peeved about their two-bit, criminal father's death. It's like the Stowaway is in a different world. A much, much less interesting world. The only thing that is intriguing about Jack's dilemma is the obvious parallels it shares with what happened to David Clark. Both were wrongfully imprisoned for something they didn't do. I'm sure Emily will see the unfortunate connection, as well.

There is so much more I could write, but now that I'm finally caught up and can comment on Revenge every week, I'll stop before my babbling becomes embarrassing ... Too late you say? Ah well.

Anyway, this episode was a great way to kick off the homestretch of the second season. And as always, another brilliant review, Lily!

FINAL THOUGHT: When Judge Whatshisface mentioned Conrad could have a great future in politics, was that just a throwaway line, or something more? President Grayson, perhaps? Look at me, I've just caught up and already I'm getting way ahead of myself.
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Excellent! I'm a little late to this review because I've only caught up with the last two episodes, but great comment and it's awesome to have you aboard on the revenge forum! Welcome FF!
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Thanks! Glad you've caught up and we can enjoy the awesomeness of revenge together.
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LOL! Damn if I don't love your comments all the freakin time man! Seriously, fringetastic. You put me to shame with the epic long genius musings that are as entertaining as the review itself.
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Thank you!

Honestly, that means so much to me coming from you. You're like one of the funniest and most insightful commenters on this site, so I know I did good if you like my stuff.
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wOOt!! So glad you're into this show now, too! Looking forward to your comments (but, umm.....I can't pretend like I read this one in its entirety....but I will assume it was awesome!).
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Don't worry. I never really expected anybody to read it all the way through.
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Aww, never mind what I said. Over-theatric enthusiasm isn't so bad, especially if it's a good show like Revenge. Glad you like Revenge, FF!
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I too was going to submit a rather diffuse comment on REVENGE for the first time today...but my comment got lost...somewhere and I'm too lazy to exact revenge upon these unknown forces (possibly myself) so this is my first comment on someone's first comment on Revenge!
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Haha! How meta of you.
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Welcome into the fold FF...
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Thanks! It's great to be here.
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It's a really good show, but seriously what's with you and your comments? You're like a little kid in a candy store everytime you watch a show. It's either I LOVE IT! I LOVE IT! I LOVE IT! Or...I HATE IT! I HATE IT! I HATE IT! Naturally, these comments get a lot of likes, just like people like seeing a little kid throw a tantrum in a supermarket, but you might just want to tone it down, a bit, in the future. (I think) I speak for a lot of people on this site.
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I don't really get what's so childish about the comment.. I see a lot of these comments, and FF does explain why he likes or hates something in detail. and if he's like a little kid most of us are the same I guess. LOVE REVENGE YEAH oktnxbye.
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Wow! I don't think anyone has ever compared my writing to a little kid throwing a tantrum in a supermarket before. And it appears you only issued your apology after others came to my defense. The only show that I universally love and am clearly biased toward is my namesake. I've written many comments where I think the episode or show is somewhere in the middling ground of quality. I loved the first season of Revenge, was glad to finally be apart of the discussion, and wanted to share my enthusiasm.

Thanks for being a jackass.
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This is a forum. A forum for discussing the shows that we love/love to hate. Who are you to judge how ANYONE chooses to discuss a show they're excited about?

I said it before about people hating on Tim's reviews of Revolution: If you don't care for what's being said then just skip it and save yourself some stress.
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Tone it down? Is his typing too loud for you?
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And I think you don't speak for a lot more of us.
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@KeithStammer, DavidJackson8 and stanking

Thanks guys. DrSpongejr's got me down, but you guys picked me right back up.


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Welcome to the party! It's BYOB.
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Thank you! But I have my own box of wine!
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This was a great episode as well as a great review. I'm glad that Revenge is still the right kind of crazy. On to the questions:

1. Yeah, probably one way or another. The writers want us to think that he'll betray Emily, and I think what'll probably happen is that he'll start to do that but stay loyal in the end before dying a tragic death. Emily will get back with Daniel and still feel that love, and now a little hate since he knows about what his family did to her father and yet he's going along with it, between them.

2. Actually, yeah, I think it will. Now that the main villains are the initiative, I think that David's innocence will be established, but that it won't be fully proved who was actually behind the terrorist attack. That way the show can demonstrate that goals can be achieved, but Emily will still have powerful enemies to go up against.

3. I prefer Padma because she actually seems to care for him for the right reasons. However, I think the writers will go with the other guy because the tension between him and Nolan is "more interesting." Honestly I'd like to see him with Emily, but honestly I don't because any long-term love relationship with Emily is doomed on this show. So I guess it would just be nice to see him with someone that makes Nolan happy, and isn't secretly planning on stabbing him in the back...again.

4. I'm honestly sick of it. I mean, there was that point where they figured out what was really going on with the Ryan brothers, so I thought they would make some headway. But then all of that got lost this episode when Jack and Declan were both REALLY STUPID. I mean, that one Ryan brother said that Declan robbed his house when the cops found the drugs on the boat, but Jack could easily prove that false by asking him where he lives, since he knows he doesn't own a house anywhere in that neighborhood. But instead he confessed to everything, so yeah, stupid stupid. My secret hope is that Amanda just asks Emily for some help, and Emily easily takes down the Ryan boys in half an episode. I think it would be a nice relaxing vacation away from the real danger she faces.

All around, great episode. It's nice to see that Revenge can still keep things moving along so well.
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I believe that if you keep taking off Nolan's shirts you will get back to the first one.
It's the latest wardrobe from the Mandelbrot Set.
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It seems like they're setting Aidan up to betray Emily, what with chatting with Initiative lady in dark rooms about his alive sister. Also, I couldn't remember his first name the entire episode. It didn't help that they kept calling him Mathis.

This takedown seemed like the least surefire way to destroy someone. Emily just basically gave that lady a pep talk in the bathroom and took off. It worked out this time, Emily, but don't half ass it so much next time.

The bar is infinitesimally more interesting now that it seems one of the Porters might be killed at any moment. Also, wouldn't Declan have been safer in juvie than left alone at the bar with two violent criminals who know he's onto them? Jeez Jack, Parenting 101. Take it.
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1. I think Emily will lose Aidan. I don't like him though, so no biggie.
2. I suspect they will officially clear David Clarke's name in the very last episode of the show.
3. Definitely Padme.
4. I'm sick of it. It's boring and they should end it ASAP.
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I just want someone to offer their two cents on this (my sister totally blased over this point), but does anyone else kind of think that Helen could be Aiden's sister, Colleen? Like, she made sure she stayed in the shadows when they met, and he does a hell of an American accent, why couldn't she? Anyway..

1. No, that is not how she is going to lose him. I think it is going to be his focus on taking down the Initiative and finding his sister when Emily is ready to put everything aside and try normalcy for awhile.

2. Yes, I think that is possible, but it doesn't mean vengeance is obtained until Conrad takes his rightful place as the person who actually committed the crimes David was accused of doing and Victoria makes real amends for what she did to both David and Amanda.

3. Nope, but I think I hate Marco, so Padma wins. Seriously, Tyler was a psycho and pulled out more allure for me (I think also while Nolan was all happy when he heard Emily and Aiden broke up, when he saw how bothered Aiden was, I think he changed his mind).

4. The only thing holding my interest is when Amanda will tell Emily about this and Emily goes have the Ryan brothers (I assume that is what the facemask is about in the previews), I hope Amanda has paid enough attention to know that Nate (?) is more the bad guy than Kenny...but you know Kenny needs to get to Teen Wolf's set.
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I do find the idea of Helen being Aiden's sister a really cool one, I just don't think it's possible due to the age difference. Helen looks like she'd have to be a really older sister to Aiden. However, I do think it's likely that Colleen would have been turned by the initiative, having been held by them for so long. So she will probably try and get Aiden to turn against Emily. I also think that there will be some surprise relation between Helena and someone else on the show.
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My thinking in terms of the math is this...I think Colleen might have been at the very youngest 18 when she disappeared in 1993 just before the plane went down, which would make her 38 now, but it is possible she could have been as old as say 22 (which is about how old Ashley and Emily were when they ran into each other in 2006) which would make her about 42. I would guess that is the age bracket Helen might be in. I just know that Aiden was only nine when she disappeared and if you guess he is 29 or almost 30 now...I don't know just possible I guess. I am curious how much the Initiative really knows about Emily because I really doubt that Gordon actually reported in all the details of his interaction with her because I think he was hiding that Kara existed.
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Wendy Crewson,who plays Helen,is 56.

Aiden got a good look at Helen at the investors' meeting before he planned to chloroform her (he had to take care of Kara instead).He also saw her in better light on Nolan's phone video.
SHE'S NOT COLLEEN!
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Okay, well, the age doesn't really make a huge difference to me (after all, how old are the people on TVDs). And yes, I know he got a good look at her there, but, well, I am a couple years older that Aiden is, but I don't know that I would remember exactly what a person I last saw when I was nine looked like. And then he only had younger pictures, and sort of an idealized picture of his older sister in his head. This whole thing is just a theory basically because, well, isn't this cast getting big enough?
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Actually I don't think they know that much about Emily at all. It's Aiden they have their eyes on. Helen basically said in this episode that they've been holding Colleen as an asset in case they even had to deal with Aiden again. And he must have popped up onto their radar when he started sitting in on board meetings at Grayson Global. At most, they know that he's been working with Emily, and maybe think that she's fighting for Amanda. But I don't really think that the initiative knows that Emily is Amanda because 1. Gordon didn't know and they probably would have told him if they knew 2. I agree with you that Gordon probably didn't tell the Initiative about Emily's identity, and 3. If the previous holds true then they've been watching everything this whole time and didn't discover Emily's secret, and she's done nothing since then to make herself more obvious, so her secret should still be safe.

I also have to say that your Colleen/Hellen theory sounds a bit more plausible with the age thing. The one thing I can't shake is that I'm pretty sure she and Aiden were in the same room when Daniel gave his secret taken-over bid meeting with the investors during a party a couple of episodes ago. If so, then Colleen/Helen would have to have been certain or pretty confident that Aiden wouldn't recognize her. .
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I just wonder if all they might have notice about Emily is that she is dating Aiden and previously was Daniel's fiancee. I know her cover story isn't 100% bullet proof, but, she might appear to them as a bored rich girl who sleeps around.
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Not to beat a dead horse here, but I have MISSED this show/Lily's recaps of this show SOO much. :-)

1. Is Emily going to lose Aidan pursuing Daniel? --> I think a BETTER question is, will Aidan lose Emily pursuing this new lead on his sister?

2. Will David Clarke's innocence be established by the end of this season or...? --> I am still secretly holding out hope that David Clarke turns out to be the leader of the Initiative. I realize it is highly implausible, but NOTHING on this show is impossible. And Initiative lady seems to really be steering Daniel to investigate Nolcorp. Could SHE know something about Nolan/David/Emily/Amanda? (so many slashes, so little time!)

3. Nolan's romantic interests: any preference? --> Not really.....but I don't really trust Marco. I feel like he has a slimy secret agenda.

4. Are you sick of the Porter boys' current plotline or is it holding your interest? --> Ehhhhhhhhhh...........
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Wow, Lily. Ashley has really won you over. I remember back in the first few episodes of s1 when you couldn't stand the sight of her. Your only comments about her was how fake Ashley Madekwe's accent sounded(LOL). How we have grown. I miss her too :'( I kind of want her to come back in an episode or two, kickin' ass in Louis Vuitton & takin' names. I love kick-ass women.
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i missed revenge and lily's reviews sooo much *extremely happy*
1.- I think so... I mean the entire series circles around revenge and anger and spies so of course Emily has to suffer looking gorgeus.
2.- Wouldn' t that be nice? I hope so. I want to know more of the Initiative!
3.- Ok, until the witers make one of them more appealing, neither.
4.- Well I am used to the Potter boys. They are not super appealing or funny they are just there to suffer... xD
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Oh, how I've missed the show!
I'm really torn about the Daniel/Emily situation. On the one hand, I honestly hope Emily and Aidan stay together, because they both deserve to be happy, and it's heartwarming to see her just be herself and not lie to the person she is with all the time. But then Emily and Daniel have such great chemistry together, and I do think she still has at least some remnants of love for him, and them being together just seems to make Daniel a better guy.
And I just knew Jack would get arrested the moment he mentioned his cop buddy! Leave the scheming and framing for Emily, Jack! But I wouldn't worry about him too much, not when Amanda is sure to go after the Ryan brothers for messing with her man.
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Lily! I missed you almost as much as the shows this christmas!

1. Yes, she will lose Aidan. That poor girl can't stay happy, this is a tv show after all!
2. Weeeeell. I'm just not sure what those crazy writes have planned. But if you ask me - it could be dragged on for another season.
3. My preferance will always be Nolan as Emilys bff. But if he has to have a love interest, please let it be anyone but those two. They're so boring! And they don't deserve Nolan!
4. So sick of them! They don't bring anything to the show anymore. Not since Jack and Emily stopped being possible.
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