Revenge "Resurrection" Review: New Blood

Revenge S02E02: "Resurrection"


First off and foremost, I want to establish that Victoria Grayson, doyenne of the "Hamptons," managed to get the upper hand on Revenge's biggest villain by inviting her ex-husband to beat her face to a pulp and chaining herself to a radiator. That happened. For a while I thought I had dreamed that, but here is hard evidence:

Oh, it happened.

Secondly, let's welcome these new cast members and congratulate them on easily the best decision of their lives, coming to the "Hamptons":


Sinister Preppy Friend

A dapper young man who's smile faded into a haunting mask of crazy once Declan's back was turned. Is he going to be the one who rips out Declan's gross beardette and throws it into the ocean? Fingers crossed!


Pushy Nerdy Sexy CFO

Nolan's multi-billion corporation is finally getting an onscreen nod with this type-A minx who because the 7th or 8th character to walk unimpeded off the street and into Emily's beach house. Lock the doors, Ems! Serious talk though: possible love interest for Nolan?


Irish Protectoress

Yes, I know he appeared last week and yes, I know Protectoress is a female noun but damn if it doesn't suit his maternal care and concern for Emily. From lovingly keeping her in his crosshairs to saving her from the White-Haired Man (when she inexplicably let down her guard around for 30 seconds), he's like a proud Irish lion-mother roaring over his golden-haired cub. No, I don't know that he's Irish. Shhhh, Just go with it.


In addition to this positive infestation of unknowns, the "Hamptons" also saw the triumphant return of Victoria (please let there be another gala dinner within the next one or two episodes), resetting our beloved arch-enemies-who-live-next-door dynamic. Charlotte also got sprung out of rehab by Daniel, unfortunately, after her ginormous trust fund had been drained by Conrad. And then Daniel, in a typically bone-headed move, gave all of HIS money to Charlotte to replace the amount taken from hers.

That's going to be a LOT of Adderall and lip gloss!

It cracked me up when he then turned to Ashley and invited her out for drinks. LOL, you're paying, Ashley! He just gave all his money to his teenage sister.

Despite not trusting Charlotte's financial-planning skills, I found it weirdly upsetting that Emily once again set Fauxmanda up for an emotional moment that was rightfully hers, driving Charlotte out to meet her 'sister' and watching with a look of pain on her face. What are you even getting out of this, EmEm? Yes, originally Charlotte was going to move in with Emily and Nolan (meaning no more snapping on Victoria while spying on her via ClamCam on the couch after dinner!), but now that that's changed and Victoria and Charlotte are reinstated in their big old mansion, it seems like Emily's ultimate victim is herself.

At Grayson Global, which is becoming an increasingly on-screen presence, Ashley walked into Conrad's office in literally the cutest red dress in the world and revealed to us that she's working with Conrad to manipulate and monitor Daniel. Ashley and Emily had so much more in common than they realized, if only they'd had one honest conversation they probably would have stayed BFFs. ("Did you ever accidentally laugh when Daniel insisted on reading his poetry aloud to you?" "Girl, when we were engaged I had to turn my back and bite on a damn wooden spoon to keep from cackling in his face." "LOL! Pour me some more greeeege.")

Given the absence of Lydia and the social-climbing inclinations of Ashley, is it NOW safe to assume they're having a torrid affair? Where is Lydia, by the way? Did she go down with the plane or was she just upstairs at the cabin marathoning a box set of Desperate Housewives?

Also seriously confusing to me is the relationship between Victoria and the White-Haired Man:

1. He was supposed to kill Victoria (we saw him tinkering with her plane).

2. He's a part of the Initiative but is holding them at bay for Victoria's sake.

3. He's double crossing the Initiative, an all-powerful TERRORIST agency that thinks nothing of killing elite federal agents, for some money?

Honestly I do not want to know any of the logistics involved with Victoria's survival. Her stepping onto a plane, being confirmed dead, and then reappearing in a cabin in the woods is glamorously ridiculous and perfect just the way it is. However I do want to know if there was something motivating the White-Haired Man to double-cross the Initiative for Victoria besides Charlotte's lipstick-and-pills fund. (Is it worth risking the fury of an all-powerful shadow corporation for all the cuckoo clocks you could want ?)

I also want to know where he'd seen a ClamCam before.

The fact that Victoria so easily foiled this major Big Bad character with a simple "beat myself up and call the police" routine—and then taunted him while chained to a radiator as her face did a Phantom of the Opera impression—is one of the most wildly inappropriate, visually arresting, and batshit crazy things I’ve ever seen on network TV. Madeleine Stowe is bringing the full force of her incredible talent to bear on a character who is now certifiably insane, and the combination is truly more important than the moment nacho chips first met nacho cheese and I do NOT say that lightly. The promo clips of Victoria swanning around her mansion in her evening dress with her bandaged face are seriously giving me chills.

Also, while we're talking about the Intiative: Is it suspicious that Nolan's sexy nerd financial analyst knew he lived with Emily? Is it possible she was sent by the Initiative to recommend an Initiative-allied CFO who would help undermine the auditing process and get Nolancorp's assets frozen? Whatever, I am going to just sit back and relax and enjoy the ride, frankly. This show got writers and I trust them in a way I trust the writers of no other show: to be consistently entertaining.

Although as a full-time blogger, Nolan's work attire hit a little too close too home. Not that I've given any Katie Couric interviews butt-ass naked, but there is not an hour in the day that I look professional. It's reprehensible pajamas by day and booty-shorts and cha-cha heels by night. Such is the blogger's way.

Meanwhile, at the Red Lobster, Declan was doing untold water damage to the walls while Jack and Fauxmanda tried to patch up their broken relationship with a paternity test, which Emily lied to Fauxmanda about! TSK TSK TSK I would have done the same thing but GIRL THAT IS WRONG!

To be clear, the baby is definitely Jack's, but Emily told Fauxmanda it wasn't in an ultra-bitchy move that's almost as unforgivable as kicking Nolan out for the night. And really, Emily, it's almost unforgivable.

While Revenge continually asks us to see Jack and Emily as soulmates, Jack and Fauxmanda seem a lot better suited for each other. I can't see Jack being a worthy partner for Emily in a game of Pictionary, let alone life. Guy is kind of dumb! Not the actor, who for all I know is an amateur botanist in his spare time, but the character of Jack is thick as hell sometimes. But so is Fauxmanda the character, and these two simple folk seem to genuinely enjoy swabbin' down the old Red Lobster bar and serving drinks, while Emily's hobbies are creating intricate alter egos and subjugating her emotions into an all-consuming lust for revenge.

So why poison Fauxmanda's chance at happiness? Fauxmanda is a ride-or-die bestie who slavishly murdered Frank to protect Emily (and even gave up her lucrative stripping career!).

Emily's karmic retribution came fast and furious in the guise of the White-Haired Man and his trusty shiv. Incredibly, Emily was surprised by his attack despite the fact she was flaunting her ClamCam footage at him. But thank goodness for her proud Irish Proctectoress.

We can expect a STORM of exposition when the Protectoress shakes Emily to her senses and hopefully fills her in on what Grayson Global's up to. It may or may not happen in Japanese with an Irish accent.

"Resurrection" reset the series in ways I love: Victoria is back. The Graysons are together, and Daniel is smitten with Emily anew. But Emily took a couple steps back, banishing Nolan from the house and putting distance between the two of them again (Nolan doesn't want to be her sidekick anymore? Awwww). Emily was kind of a jerk in this episode.

But how can you deny an episode that featured Conrad eagerly shucking his jacket to beat up Victoria?

INSANITY. I can say with certainty there is nothing on TV as crazy as Revenge and the emotionally unsatisfying element (some call it "tension") is going to make me just that much more eager for next Sunday.


QUESTIONS:

– Dapper Preppy Kid: What's his angle?

– New CFO is a possible romantic interest?

– Will Fauxmanda be so stressed about Emily's paternity lie that she leaves Jack?

– Does the fact that Emily lied about the paternity to Fauxmanda make you like Fauxmanda a little bit more?

– How did the White-Haired Man recognize the ClamCam?

– How do you dress for work?

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oh yeah, one more thing ... RIP WHM, gonna miss ya!
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1) I bet it's Tyler's little brother, or something like that .. he kinda acts like him. Don't know why he's hassling Declan though :-P

2) I hope so

3) Probably .. she's seriously unstable. Was quite evil from Emily to lie to her like that.

4) Nope .. she's still a moron in my eyes :-)

5) WHM knows a clam-cam when he sees one (seriously though, that was quite unrealistic .. lol, what am i saying, this whole show is so unrealistic, it's awesome)

6) SUIT UP!
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Emily lied about the tests for leverage, plain and simple.
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I love this show and it's amazingness!
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1. This guys reminds me of Tyler, somehow. He appeared on the first few episodes of the season (like Tyler), he plays nice but looks like a villain (like Tyler), and, considering the beginning of the season, I think he probably has something to do with it (like Tyler!) But that scene at the end was a little bit weird. Declan needs money, alright. But doesn't he know better than jumping into trouble?



2. Yes, I think. PS.: Sorry, but I cannot see her as no one else but Rebbeca Logan.



3. For sure. The focus on her face of horror and pain... She will definitely end up telling Jack everything. And I'm still pretty sure Emily will find her way back to Daniel's arms. That will create quite a mess, and I'm looking forward.



4. Fauxmanda is really nice, and I've always liked her. I felt for her, actually. So, to be honest, I kind of hated Em's... For like, 3 seconds.



5. I believe that in episode 21 or 22 he saw a hiding cam on Emily and Daniel's portrait on Conrad's office. Due to the events on the finale he came to a conclusion that Emily was the one to put that camera there.



6. Err...



Great episode, I think. Way better than the premiere. I grade A-.
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Totally agree with pt. 1 .. I bet he's related to Tyler somehow.
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i thought Nolan was gay?
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Nolan is bisexual.
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I think that the biggest mid season reveal that is going to happen is that more than one of Emily's enemies discovers who she really is and I think this is entirely because it looks like Victoria is holding a press conference where she introduces or just holds out both Charlotte and Amanda and I am going to take a wild guess that Kara Clarke no matter how crazy she is might have a pretty good idea of what her daughter actually looks like (either from watching from afar or just something random like...my daughter did not have curly hair like that!) and comes in and catches a glimpse of Emily and exposes her.
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I feel the season will end with Jack walking away from a broken Emily because he found out (or she confessed) about all the lies she told that relate to him.



Nolan's employee is working with someone, but I cannot guess who. Maybe a yet to be introduced character.



Is Emily's mom dead? They teased her as being alive and then there doesn't seem to be much urgency for Emily to locate her beyond taking a trip to the hospital in the series premier.
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Amanda's birth mother is actually in this episode. The scene where the guy grabs the flight recorder from the motel. The woman who talks to him outside and the calls the police station to find out he's lying - that's Amanda's mother.
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The only issue I have with this show is given how astute and brilliantly strategic Emily is, why would any femme fatale mastermind be in the same room reminiscing tenterhooks with a cold blooded (think snow white hair) killer and gets herself almost killed if not for the intervention of a secret guardian "angel". Geez writers. C'mon sense already. Otherwise, Revenge is a nice chocolate indulgence after a meal- don't ask too much. And Madeline Snow deserves an Emmy for playing herself. Cool villain and so charming!
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I think this is a matter of something Takeda was alluding to last week. Last year, Emily was on a clear mission, avenge her father and destroy those who set him up. There is a clear goal, agenda and mission with that journey. Then there is this searching for her mother role where she is starting without the benefit of journals, has no idea where to begin and is being driven by a much more base emotion. She is doing stuff that she isn't comfortable with (lying to Amanda, putting Amanda and Charlotte together, trusting WHM, heck, she is letting Nolan in closer than she did last year) and the more she does this, the less she is Emily Thorne and the more she is Amanda Clarke, who is still mad, sad, and feels abandoned, and is really just a little girl who want her mother. Amanda did and will make mistakes that Emily never would and I think that is why Aiden will be helpful to her, he already took this journey she hasn't really started on yet.
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Love how concentrated this show is, like watching an entire season of other shows packed into each episode, yet it's not as confusing as some. As far as Nolan's next romantic interest, I think he's more turned on by mind games than gender stuff.

IIRC, White-Hair "sensed" when Nolan tried bugging his place last season. Maybe White-Hair's done so much bugging himself, he knows which places he'd pick and zooms in on these places, seeing if something's moved slightly.
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Don't care about Emily lying to Fauxmanda, it could be useful later. Wish it wasn't Jacks baby though. Mabye Fauxmanda dies and Emily and Jack raises the baby together? :P

I hope Ashley is having an affair with Conrad, would be great to see her get hers when everyone finds out.
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1. Obviously he steals jewelry from rich people and is looking for someone to help him out. Declan is going to say yes, and get in trouble. Otherwise, they wouldn't have introduced this guy in the first place.

2. Since he's not completely gay, it's possible. It's also possible that she's just a manipulative bitch who wanted the CFO job all along. By the way, isn't he acting a little bit gayer now than before?

3. No.

4. No, but it makes me dislike Emily more.

5. He knew about the dolphin cam, and was expecting to find something similar here. Maybe he's been scanning the place for something suspicious every time he visited, and recognized the clam as new in the previous episode.
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1. I think he stole that jewel, and I see declan getting in some legal trouble this season.

2. Duh, they announced this what seems like weeks ago, Padma, he is also getting a Male love interest this season.

3.No, she wanted Emily to fix the results, but I think that jack will end the relationship once the truth is revealed, and then when the actual truth is revealed they may reconcile

4. No, I'm still waiting for a reason to like fauxmanda

5.No idea, that guy is still a mystery even after he is dead...or is he??(I think he is)

Not as good as the premiere, but I like where this season is going, just wish this one was more revengy.
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It made me laugh how when Emily called Daniel and he seemed SO SURE that she was calling to get back together. Haha, NOPE. And is it just me, or did Daniel seem kind of blase about his mom's resurrection? Like, kind of shocked but kind of not? I really hope Ashley and Conrad are having an affair. That's the nasty soap opera type stuff that I love! Also, that CFO girl is cute, but Nolan with a girl? I'm not here for that.
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I just love the pace of this show. It fully embraces almost all the awesome stuff about Soaps but does one thing different: it burns rubber. I just cannot get over how quickly this show burns through plot points. Impressive and awesome.
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- Tyler 2.0? Oh there is definitely an angle and poor Declan screams patsy. Goods are getting pilfered and Declan will be caught holding da booty. Aargh.

-Definitely. She had that whole sexy librarian thing. Anytime they set a gal up with the pencil skirt, swept up bun/french roll, and fashionable glasses you know she's love interest potential. She sort of gets on Nolan's nerves a bit, which is another sign that they'll be rewriting each other's codes in no time. I liked her. She was spunky, and as if I needed another reason to love Nolan anymore, he recognized her raw talent rather than her not so ivy league resume.

- Maybe. She's a runner. Their relationship is doomed whether Emily screws with it or not.

- Nope.

- Super spidey senses in his super white hair follicles.

- Conservative let comfortable. Is tv.com hiring because I am totally onboard with this go for what you know dress code.

- Conrad and Victoria are devious on their own. Together they are diabolical. It's like a psychotic Hamptons version of War of the Roses. I'm starting to think they get off on destroying other people's lives...like some sadistic foreplay. Who comes up with having your despicable Hubby beating the crap out of you to set some other dude up? That was on par with Lynn Whitfield going all psycho and beating herself up with an orange in a knee high to set up Martin Lawrence in A Thin Line Between Love and Hate. Shudders.

- Why do I have the feeling Hot Brit guy is going to be Ems' new sidekick? She never treats them right but they'll do anything for her. Nolan and Aidan (?) are gonna need a drink and a chance to swap stories when this season is through. Mark my word.
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Lily, "booty-shorts and cha-cha heels by night"? Unless you have pictures, it didn't happen.
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What I don't get is, how could Victoria cover up her "abduction" to the family, even to Charlotte, although she was there before and there was no evidence or indication of Victoria being held? I probably didn't understand all the things that were going on, as I started to really watch this show since the beginning of the season. So does anybody could answer my question, as it's been teasing me all day long!
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I agree with comment below .. do yourself a favour and watch the first season .. I promise you won't regret it :-)
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DUDE. Watch the first season. There's no way anyone could truly catch you up unless you see it because so much happens and so many people have different motives that if you try to explain it in words....it's just too confusing to understand. Trust me. I tried explaining the season one finale to someone and it just gets so complicated.
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I think the White-Haired Man already knew about the ClamCam. He went to see Emily after he ran from Victoria's, so I bet Emily contacted him beforehand and he knew to look for it.
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This week's installment was slower paced than the last one but entertaining nontheless. Victoria's move was genius. She really surprised me. Seriously, I thought that the constant blow drying of her locks had gotten to her brain. Conspiring with the White Haired Man and all. She also must use some killer hair and cosmetic products because she surely was looking radiant even after having been beaten up to a pulp by Conrad. Watch out, Victoria, he might have tasted blood and could be wanting more.

So now, the dysfunctional family is back together. How touching. Anyone thought that Daniel's move to give all his money to his (half)-sister might be a bit risky? A teenage drug addict with a gazillion Dollars, really Daniel? I wonder how many pills Charlotte could buy with that kind of money.

Anyways, let's get to your questions.



-Dapper Preppy Kid: What's his angle?

Hm, he might be the new psycho in town. As the white haired Man is now gone he's the next candidate for losing an arm, one might think.



-New CFO is a possible romantic interest?

Could be but that would seem far to easy. She's too cute. I don' trust her. Everyone in the Hamptons has a secret agenda so I'm wondering what might be hers. But sure. Nolan, have some fun, you deserve it!



-Will Fauxmanda be so stressed about Emily's paternity lie that she leaves Jack?

I think that was the plan. Emily surely wants to get rid of Amanda. But denying Jack his child? I don't know. I'm still not convinced that it's his baby. There was too much messing around with the test results. Who knows what the lab tested? The saliva of the next door neighbor's dog?



-Does the fact that Emily lied about the paternity to Fauxmanda make you like Fauxmanda a little bit more?

No. Still don't like her. Never will. Can't stand hearing her talk. Wish there was a way to get rid of her once and for all.



-How did the White-Haired Man recognize the ClamCam?

Good question. I am looking at that thing right now and there's nothing to it. Not even blinking. It looks like an ordinary sea shell. For all I know he could be looking at the lamp post. Perhaps he just hoped that the shell would turn out to be a spy cam because he knew of the dolphin cam?



-How do you dress for work?

I put on things that survive the playground. So no little red dresses for me.

Anyone else want some Victoria, Emily and Ashley dolls to play dress up with?

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How long till Declan is arrested with a closet full of stolen goods? I give it 1 episode, 2 max. Ugh I already don't care.

I think that's the angle Emily's going for, making Fauxmanda leave by her own volition. Daayum Jack is gonna be pissed when (if?) he finds out the WHOLE truth. No amount of soul-mate-ness will fix that.

And didn't the White Haired Man deal with the whale cam AND the portrait cam? It's not such a stretch to assume that those weirdos would also make a clam cam-- one that totally didn't go with the shanty theme of that cabin at all. That's just suspicious
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The clam was there before Emily set even a foot in the cabin so White Haired Dude or Agent Whatnot would have seen it already. Emily took the clam and brought it back after Nolan tampered with it. I just watched the close up again and couldn't detect anything suspicious with the thing. Looks like a perfect innocent clam to me.
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He is a super secret assassin type, maybe he has senses far superior to the rest of us
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Irish Protectoress is in fact british. Just FYI dudes and dudettes.
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Maybe we should start calling him Nanny McPhee then?
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I think he would make a great James Bond!
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Anybody else think that dapper kid is going to frame Declan somehow with that bracelet? That bracelet looks stolen and I know he must be Hampton rich but I really think it's stolen and I don't mean from his parents. We all saw that expression on his face when they first met when Declan turned him down, you know he going to cause him trouble.
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Declan's obv going to be framed for the bracelet, but why do we even need a story for Declan at this point? He's totally redundant, they should just have him go away to some residential school on some sudden fantastic scholarship.
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exactly what I was thinking!
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I have the luxary of working from home as well and yeah its a pj wardrobe for me as well. but I feel bad about Fauxmanda as well. I mean really she didn't do anything to Emily to be treated like that she just wants to be there for her in a slightly creepy single white female type way.... When it comes out that the baby is really Jack's and she was lied to about it that chica is going to blow a gasket.
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I totally forgot in season one Nolan referred to Fauxmanda as 'single white female' and now Jennifer Jason Leigh is on the show!! lol your comment made me remember.
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1. since its revenge and hey i guess it's that king of show, i'm guessing rich kid is some long lost brother of declan and jack. hmm? hmm?

2. Really this girl is only here to be a love interest to nolan.

3. It's quite possibe that the other guy fauxmanda slept with could be black or asian,or blond, lol, in which case she could definitely be splitting days before the delivery.

4. Emily lying about the paternity is low, even for her. what was her point? to hurt fauxmanda?

5. idk, because he's used to that kinf of stuff.

6. whatever is within reach, i'm always late for work.

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Great episode , It is like an official premiere for me .....like a reset button , everyone now in the right place and also a new characters!
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I'd say he recognized cos it was the only thing that moved and it now had a 360 view of the room. That and he has some prior experience with Nolan and his oceanic portable cameras.
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White haired man is gone? NOOOOOOOOO! Gonna miss that guy.
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1.- he probably is some rich kid who wants money... nah, probably some undercover psycho or spy

2.- makes sense but that would mean that nolan hits both ways, if thats true fine by me makes things more interesting.

3.- wow, that would be awesome, so much drama.

4.- not really.

5.- because white-haired man has worked with clocks his entire life so he has super amazing eyes.

6.- i wish to say with my pjs but mostly suits and flashy blouses
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The CFO is definitely going to be a romantic interest. I believe I read something on that earlier this summer. Uh this episode was fast and furious excitement!! I very much enjoyed it.
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I'm pretty sure Lydia's dead. Victoria said she was. Not that means much. As fir the white haired man, I don't think he betrayed the Initiative. I think he just wanted to make some money on th side before killing her anyway. I'm also pretty sure he and Victoria were trying to set up Conrad, which is why they were working together.
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Margarita Levieva as Fauxmanda is given little to work with she should go and do new excellent indie stuff. or new hunger games. or show at hbo. no place to grow for her in this show. unfortunately.
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I thought Nolan was gay, why would he have a potential love interest with Greek's Rebecca Logan??
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Not only that, back Nolan himself in the show confirmed he was a 3 on the Kinsley Scale. Which is 100% Bisexual.
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He's bi. Gabriel Mann said so ages ago.
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