Revenge: The Phantom of the Hamptons

Revenge S01E19: "Absolution"

Am I surprised that I was rocked AND shocked by this episode? No, I'm spoiled rotten by this show and count on its weekly infusion of jaw-drops the way some people depend on tasty drugs or silky liquor. But I am surprised at the way the tone changed in this episode, how it deepened and the world expanded and took on a melodramatic Phantom of the Opera flavor. Between the haunting memories of a long-lost father, the cinematic snowfalls, the roses laid on graves by black-gloved hands, and the choke-holds (well, maybe not the choke-holds) this episode should have been called "The Phantom of the Hamptons."

Instead it was called "Absolution," and it was all about protecting family—and BTW, Emily's dropping the ball looking out for her half-sis Charlotte, who is apparently trading sex for pills, then printing out GoquestGo images of her dad in a cozy haze. Emily checked in with Charlotte and was immediately distracted from the teen's glazed-over sorrow by a photo of David Clarke on the last day of his life, stolen from Victoria's jewelry box. Victoria is big into saving keepsakes of her many tragic affairs, apparently.

Victoria's dialogue has always danced just at the fringe of camp, striking some uncanny balance between John Waters' Donna Dasher and Oscar Wilde. Her response to Grayson when he sneered at her portrait was epically icy, yet she topped it later when she told Ashley, "The Hamptons are FILTHY with ambitious young girls like you." I so badly need a daily calendar with Victoria and Nolan quotes in the margins. I also would like an audio tape of all of Emily's intro-outro voiceovers from this season to play on one long loop while I work out. Focused fury, dudes, it tightens your abs.

Poor Ashley! We heard about the Saddest Party Planner in the World's upgraded job and then maybe seven minutes later in the episode she lost it. Although she always has a backup job in web design, look at the site she built for Mason Treadwell's blog! Also, is Mason still in the Grayson Manor, up in the CGI mansion, blogging furiously, mournfully, from a blackberry? Sooo Phantom 2k12.

Emily may not have noticed Charlotte's pillhead stare but she did notice a Moleskine in David Clarke's photo that Nolan had neglected to put in her shoebox. Which meant it was time to go administer a choke-hold.

Isn't it bizarre seeing a minimalist ultra-modern house with snow on it? Also, if you ever get inside the paneled interior of a super luxe summer home, start tapping the walls immediately for safes, because there WILL be one.

Like I can't even believe Emily would choke-hold Nolan again after all they've been through. In the pilot it was ungrateful enough, but now that Nolan is the emotional heart of the show and has had her back all through her ramshackle summer of revenge, it was clearly misplaced rage. Emily investigated the Moleskine and it lead her to the house of one Carole Miller, who had faked her own death to get out of this mess. Emily showed up at Carole's Pennsylvania house and introduced herself as Allison Rodner, FBI agent (which, when this show comes out with a 30th anniversary Trivial Pursuit: Revenge edition, will be the answer to the hardest question)—and Carole countered by coolly leveling a shotgun.

Nolan appeared instead of letting Emily squirm, and then we got a ton of information unpacked on us, which boils down to Carole having seen a white-haired man who is The Terrorist, and Karl Lagerfled sitting bolt upright in his unicorn-skin-upholstered Chippendale Chair and screaming "Sacrebleu! An homage, n'est pas?!" at his TV. Well, in my imagination. Also, Nolan told Emily he had acted to protect his family in a few incredibly touching lines and for once Emily conceded he was in the right. Like for God's sake, why haven't Nolan and Victoria had a feisty scene yet? They're kind of foils, Madeleine Stowe is like the dark emotional heart of the show—the relatable character tortured by regret and still making bad choices, Nolan is like the good emotional heart of the show, doing good and being loyal and giving Jack hugs, and I think they would do spectacular head-to-head in a whisper-fight.

Like a one-woman mafia, Emily respects family loyalties, unless of course they're Daniel's. Daniel was freed from jail, all charges dropped, and we have to assume he took a long sobbing shower, then went downstairs to have his father pull him into the study and lay out for him that he came from a family of essentially real-life Batman villains. While Emily eavesdropped on her 2008 non-brand laptop. And this led to her kinda final test of his mettle: If he confesses his father's atrocities in a live on-air interview, then he's broken the train of Grayson crazy and proved himself a good person.

Sidebar: Do you think the Backstage ad for the actress playing the interviewer was like, "Must look like Barbara Walters + Diane Sawyer"? Because that is exactly how she looked! If those two news vixens could have a baby and rapidly age it to 55, she would be the spitting image of this minx.

But like, Emily, come ON. If Daniel does want to unseat his father from his company or correct the failures of the past, the place to start is not a 20/20 interview. Like, fingering your dad for terrorism on a live interview would be "fair" but it would also require disassociating on such a primal level and what would Babsane Salters even do? Call the police? Tackle Conrad Grayson? Mouth "Pulitzer" to the camera? Is this the milestone that tells us Daniel has embraced the dark side and has been converted to the "business as usual" Grayson Global World Domination Cult?

Learn from thick-haired Declan: Loyalty counts, even if your ex-girlfriend is going to get more help for her drug problem if you narc on her and tell the Crusty Dean she's got pills in her locker. It cracked me up when Charlotte put him in a choke-hold up against the locker. It runs in family! Clarke girls will choke you OUT. Also, Charlotte looks vaguely imposing next to Declan (I have no doubt the actual actress is five feet tall, it's just that Declan is like 4' 8" or something.) It gave me a Pretty in Pink flashback and frankly Declan deserved it.

Maybe my favorite part about this episode was that a blood-red rose on a snowy grave was a major plot point. Victoria's reaction was priceless! I have a feeling this is not the first time an inconveniently placed flower has signaled an ONSLAUGHT of scandal for our Grand Dame.

Although why in hell would she rat Conrad out to the feds? Even if she gets immunity, doesn't that mean her son, her daughter, they're all "tainted by association" or does she figure their reputations are in rags anyway? A bold move by a woman scorned, to be sure, although Conrad has retaliated by hiring Ashley so, look out Victoria! Hahahaha just kidding, Ashley is great at hot-gluing jewels onto invitations and siding with psychopaths, so enjoy managing that, Conrad. Also Ashley, enjoy your Lexus G4 or whatevs! I actually thought the product placement was super endearing. This show has come a long way and it's getting the swag it deserves.

Emily revealed to Nolan that she still plans to marry Daniel, then find the ghostly, Lagerfeld-esque super villain who killed her father and KILL HIM. Hmmm. First things first: CONRAD killed your dad moreso than anyone who stuck a knife in him. So having Conrad's grandbabies is essentially the OPPOSITE of revenge, and also this white-haired guy? I immediately got anxious that the white-haired he-devil would be a "smoking man" type who always stays one elusive step beyond Emily. Not that worried, though, because this show clearly knows what it's doing and in terms of story-building, this show has earned a black Amex amount of credibility with me.

But that doesn't mean we can't place our own bets. Got some questions for y'all!!!


QUESTIONS:

– Victoria is now breaking her silence about Conrad's terrorism because of Mason or because Daniel's reputation is already ruined and she has nothing to lose?

– Daniel should have announced his family was behind a terrorist plot without any proof or any real authority in the room to restrain his dad the first time a camera fastened on him?

– Is marrying Daniel a revenge on absolutely no one but Jack?

– Would Nolan and Victoria become unlikely pals or immediate enemies?

– Declan is being a total dick, or is tough love and constant betrayal the only way to get through to an addict?





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I don't think it is about Daniel or Mason. It's about Conrad. She's pissed at him for everything he has done to her. What he did to David Clarke, what he has made her live with, the fact that he hooked up with her best friend (does anyone even remember Lydia?) Her quest for revenge is about their messed up relationship. Conrad chased off her artist boyfriend too.

I think revealing that on the news would've been challenging. Ideally throwing information of that magnitude requires a plan and Daniel didn't have one. Conrad did and told Daniel "Insert Tab A into Slob B." Letting someone else do the thinking for you is always easier than thinking yourself.

I think it would piss off Victoria so that counts for something. However it isn't about the actual marriage/wedding. It is about having the access to all things Grayson to handle any and all take downs.

I don't see them interacting in any way shape or form. Victoria is this social graceful "qeen" of sorts. Nolan is a reclusive billionaire with little social graces. Yes one has heart and the other is cold as ice but how would their paths cross. I would imagine they would be enemies. Victoria would hate how Nolan speaks his mind and Nolan already has reasons to hate Victoria.

I think somebody needs to get Charlotte in line and maybe it will be Victoria. But maybe it won't. Declan is trying to help someone who doesn't want to be helped. Sometimes "dick" moves are required in those circumstances. Plus I love the idea that he isn't just letting Charlotte walk all over him. He's got a backbone and I like that.

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-Looked like she was already working on it, but due to Conrad going after Mason, Victoria is totally breaking her silence. Go get him Victoria!!

-I was kinda hoping that Daniel was gonna show some secret plan after not going live with the truth, but he was a disappointment.

-I figured that she's still marrying Daniel so that when her revenge plot is revealed to the Grayson family, it'll hurt him worst.

-Nolan and Victoria would be enemies.

-I understand that Declan wants to help Charlotte, but what he's doing isn't helping. She just went to a creep to get more drugs and will continue to. Dude doesn't have to tools to help.
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Really enjoyed the recap: A Victoria-Nolan quote calendar: I would buy it!!!

Victoria's gone insane: I really don't know what her motives are, I see little sense in her decision.

Emily was expecting way too much of him, but Daniel just rubbed poison into her wounds when he said his father was on a witch hunt, but I liked him all the more for it. It has definitely given him a place on the show now, I've liked him, but he never knew his place before-he just used to be the rich brat who fell in love with the wrong girl. Now he's the son of a terrorist protecting his father, blindly marrying the girl who will derail his entire future. What is happening with Victoria and Conrad is like a foreshadowing for Em + Daniel.

I couldn't care less about Jack, his mooning over a 5 year old is ridiculous.

When Conrad and Victoria discover the truth about Emily; that is going to be classic. Even for Daniel now that he's chosen which side of the picket fence to stay on; it'll be like being stabbed in the back in the worst way possible: you deserve it, but you never expected it.

Best line of the episode (sort of):

Daniel: "who says I can't be my own person and my fathers son?"

Emily: "You are certainly that."

Her face of betrayal was just the worst. :(

I think she really loves Daniel, and she was hoping that he could make up for his parents sins, but he's just broken her heart.

Nolan + Victoria = Frenemies

Tough love is necessary, but Declan shouldn't hope to reap any of the benefits.
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Oh this show...it's so addictive.



I actually watched the 20/20 thing afterwards with the newscaster talking about how amazing it was on set and how she felt weird doing what she normally does but for a tv show. Ha ha. She does kind of remind you of Diane Sawyer and Barbara Walters which confirms my theory that newscast ladies must all look the same.



I vote for Nolan to spend the rest of the winter in the Hamptons buffing up on some karate skills or something so that the next time Emily gets in one of her ungrateful fits and chokes a brotha he can break her grip and make some witty Nolanism along the lines of "biotch please". I'm just tired of him being tossed about like a rag doll whenver she gets mad. I heart Nolan. He's awesome. It was great that he was looking out for his family though and that for once she could relate and excuse his behaviour because of that.



I think Daniel's motives can be just as obscure and his mom's. You never know what either of them are actually up to. So I'm not so sure Daniel is on the dark side just yet,,,he may have something else up his sleeve.



Oh the Porters boys. Declan just makes me want to pummel him with a brush and Jack is so pathetically dense...densely pathetic that I don't know if I feel bad for him or want him buried at sea.
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Ah, I am not the only one who is contemplating a staged murder for David Clarke. Hey, there, GeraldC7! :D With Revenge you never ever know!

As Tauros81 just pointed out there had to be a "good" person on the prison yard taking that cozy fotograph of Emily's Dad. Perhaps he's with Takeda? That would be one hell of team! Emily and her Dad together on a quest for revenge!

Absolution was a great, I can't wait to see the last episodes and in the same time I'm dreading them. What will come of them?

So where does Victoria stand now? I'm getting confused with her. Will she try to redeem David Clarke? It looks like it as both her children couldn't suffer any more from that revelation. And she would pry her son out of his father's poisonous grip. Victoria surely wants something better for her son.

Emily's decision to stay close to her enemies by marrying Daniel is very understandable. It's the easiest way to get the inside scoop from the Graysons. ^^

As for Nolan and Victoria I don't see that one happening. She would swallow, digest him and spit him out for no further use. Queen Victoria surely wouldn't percieve him as an equal.

In this episode I thought Declan showed for the first time some chutzpa! The only way to get Charlotte from that pill bottle is to make her surroundings known to the fact that she is using. I don't know how her mother hasn't send her to rehab already. Victoria must surely know some nice place in the Peruvian Andes where Charlotte could befriend a tame donkey while getting her off the drugs.
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One thing has been bothering me, the picture of David Clarke on the prison yard.

Who took it? Why? How? I'ts a friggin' prison yard, no a garden.
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I love it that Conrad and Victoria are like two terroists sitting in a room with bombs strapped to their bodies, all like, "I will blow us up." - "Not if I blow us up first." - "I'll blow us up twice, beyotch." - "You know I'm not Bluffing." - "Neither am I." Like characters in a Road-Runner cartoon, blowing each other up, time and again but only leaving them there with blackened faces and, "I'll do it, I swear...BOOM! Meep Meep...



Love this show, and now, Scandal too....
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The "minx" (heh) is Cynthia McFadden, from Nightline. I think she did a pretty good job. Sometimes news anchors come on shows like this and then can't act at all, or are extremely wooden, but she was pretty convincing.

I enjoyed this episode. My boyfriend's been watching it with me, which surprises me a lot. I mean, it's clearly soap. But what separates it from, say, ABC Family shows (which I do watch and enjoy), is extremely well-drawn characters and interesting, intriguing stories that don't seem too, too far-fetched. You're never like, "Seriously? Yeah, right." You never roll your eyes, because they're too busy being glued to the screen.

Emily Thorne is one of the best characters on television today. She's cold, driven, and will stop at nothing to achieve her goal (even if it means hurting people she cares about) and yet you still root for her, you still care about her. That's pretty remarkable, I think.

Props to the writing staff. This is one of my favorite shows of the year and I'll miss it when the summer hits.
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SHUTUPSHUTUPSHUTUPSHUTUP!!!!!!!!!!!
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Again a review only Lily can write(I mean in a good way-it's a compliment!).

Emily's voiceovers are constantly lingering in my head. They are burnt into my mind it seems. Not good. Not at all.

And WTF did Victoria? Is she taking revenge on Clarks murderers - the super long version or is this normal divorce behaviour??? And WHY is Emily pulling through with this marriage? Lily is right, the joke is on Jack and Daniel(s) - what is her endgame? - Ruining all thanksgivings the next 40 years?



By the way, it's Karl Lagerfeld, Lily Skarps!

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There is no endgame, just years and years of delicious posturing and unthikable treachery...if we're lucky, that is...
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I spelled it right the second time at least? When you type several hundred thousand letters a day, you're bound to misplace one of them. Especially when you're strung out on whippets. : D
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Don't feel bad, Lily. There's tremendous entertainment in these gotcha! moments for some, so you should slink in a couple of misplaced alphabets in each review just to amp up the fun :) Maybe even make it interactive, like add a contest question to identify the misspelled word in the review :P
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I loved this episode! And I totally felt Emily's pain watching the interview. Maybe she didn't want Daniel to confess, but if you are a "moral" person, maybe you will find distancing yourself from you father (a confessed terrorist) a smart move. He sided with Conrad knowing that he lied about David Clarke and that is a terrorist. I like Daniel, a lot, but I think that he have to grow up. Maybe he will redeem himself. And Victoria is so desperate that she is borderline crazy (or crazier that usual..).

one thing that bothered me was the total absence of apology from Daniel to Emily for the physical attack of the last episode. Ok, he was drunk and so one, but nonetheless he hit her. He should apologise.
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I'd say that Daniel refraining from blurting out the 'truth' in a random TV interview actually showed that he's growing up, learning that it's not always black or white, that there are grays (and Graysons :P). Yes, there's the fact that his father is awesomely bad and that his mother is a conniving bitch, he's becoming more aware of situations everyday - and he doesn't even have a clue about the real intentions of his 'fiancee'. It's not enough to just say someone should be moral - would YOU declare YOUR father to be a terrorist on national TV the morning after you heard it just because you were feeling righteous? I really, really doubt it, that's not how grown-ups behave. There are many ways to resolve crises, and I think as of now, Daniel showed far greater maturity than his irresponsible, reactive parents in handling a tricky situation, esp given that he also has to take care of Charlotte who no one gives a damn about anymore. Just as an evil Grayson can abuse the resources of the company, a good Grayson can also do immense good with it. Let's see where Daniel goes in the long run, but at THIS particular moment, he's done the smart thing to wait till he grasps the situation himself.



I'd go so far as to say that Emily acted like a spoilt child at Daniel supporting HIS family when she's willing to destroy N number of families to avenge her father. She forgave Nolan for lying to her about his aunt because of family, she is obsessed with her OWN family, but Daniel must kick his family to the curb HOURS after he's freed from the most traumatic experience of his life, followed by the most atrocious confession ever? That's selfish of Emily, not Daniel.
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Not declaring him to be a terrorist is one thing,but making sure to give him a ringing endorsement is another.
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Daniel did apologise to Emily for shoving her - in the last episode itself, before he got arrested. This episode also, he was sitting in her house, possibly to apologise, when she walked in wearing the engagement ring, and reassured him that she understood that he was ashamed about it. He'd courted arrest to just be with her for a moment, given the ankle bracelet and stuff, and she HAD pushed him into a state by repeatedly ignoring his calls when he clearly needed her badly, so - NOT saying it was okay for him to shove her, but I think she understood that there was no malice in the act as far as he was concerned. Daniel is not by nature violent and abusive, it was a slip under severe duress, more than even being drunk I think... so she forgave him without putting him through the grind I guess, and she took part of the responsibility for creating that situation as well.
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Before this show is over, we will see two spandex suits that absolutely fit Nolan and Victoria...and a hot tub full of chocolate pudding.
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You're getting it, you're getting it, yeah...
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this episode was good but i don't understand how Jack could be so stupid and confess everything to Daniel after all apple does not fall far from tree in this episode even i started to hate daniel how could emily not
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he thought he would be better than the family and do the right thing for emily, but he shoud have stuck to his gun and not trust a grayson
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What else could he do, it was in the script for gawd's sake...
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whole series is script so now wht u r not allowed to question the script.
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A couple of your questions are phrased as sentences? I'm assuming this means you answered them yourself. And I believe you answered right - Daniel should have announced that his family was behind the terrorist plot (but I'm glad he didn't) and Declan is a jerk and by far my least favorite character. Can't wait to see what happens in the finale!
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When will Emily learn to trust Nolan??? He's the only good guy on the whole show!!!
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Why should she, he's her bitch and always will be, until... See spandex and chocolate pudding comment above...
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How come you write about Nolan and Victoria owing us a scene together on your review of the very episode that made me think the exact same thing? Weird. But they do. They are my two favorite characters on the show. Don't like psycho Emily at all.
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I thought Emily told Carole she was with Homeland Security, not the FBI.???
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Easy now, easy...take it easy. Its going to be okay.
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An honest mistake...
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That's right...and the "actress playing the interviewer" was a real-life Nightline anchor.



Now,was the man who killed David Clarke the real terrorist leader,or just a fixer who Conrad has do dirty work?
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increadible episode. this show is great and so fast paced
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There were so many things going on in this episode I'm not sure where to begin, but I think it's the little things that were the best in this episodes. Like Nolan offering to pay Declan's tuition so that he can be "out from under the Grayson's thumb" and so on, since he's on the outs with Charlotte and all. I think that Emily has no choice but to marry Daniel if she wants to continue with her revenge. If he didn't want to marry her anymore that might be a different story. The thing that struck me about the ending was that now Victoria is going to think about who could have left a flower on David Clarke's grave and she's going to land on (fake) Amanda and then conclude that Amanda must be hiding out somewhere close by and then Victoria will make someone else go out and search for her to prove once and for all that Amanda killed Tyler, or something else evil. I don't think Victoria's going to let the injustice of Daniel being wrongfully accused of murder go so easily. Also, Charlotte totally had a point about Victoria not wanting to listen to her issues because Victoria was in the middle of her own issues. I mean, your daughter is struggling with pain pill addiction and you don't have two seconds to listen to her? Come on.
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Doesn't Nolan know not to lie to Emily. I am sorry for the white haired guy when Amily gets her hands on him. Looking at the promo for next week and am guessing parts are from the season finale the it looks like something will happen to Charlotte. I saw a lady's hand and falling some pills, so else can that be.
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All I can say is WOW! This episode was amazing! So much character and plot development along with dramatic twists and turns in the over all story. I can't get enough and look forward to more because this show is just spectacular in every way!!!!!!!!!
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Nolan and Victoria would almost certainly be immediate enemies, and the thing with Declan is that his heart is there, it's just his execution is poor and sloppy.
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Marrying Daniel would be Emily's greatest revenge on Victoria :)



That said, she was weird to hate Daniel just because he said basically nothing in a TV interview. She should've been more upset that he didn't run to her at night and confess what he knew, if at all there's anything to be upset about at this point.



Declan is THE. LAMEST. WTF is his problem! I don't get it, what a lame, lame character! He PERJURED against Charlotte but is concerned about her 'drug habit'? Damn.



Jack is completely useless and not working for me even after an entire season. He simply doesn't have the charisma to take the show (and girl) away from Daniel. They needed a more powerful (and better looking) actor to kick Daniel's obvious positives to the curb. There is NO reason for Emily to be attracted to Jack except some vague childhood memories... and he's not even a very nice guy! And what a random, sanctimonious lecture he gave Daniel LOL



BTW, Daniel looked AWESOME in his father's chair in that three-piece suit...!



The gun caption is LOL - 'best with bangs'! Very funny!
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-Victoria doesn't have anything left to lose. Her telling the truth will make Conrads life miserable, and Charlottes life better, because she will learn the truth about her real father. Even though Victoria has always handled these things badly, she really loves her daughter and wants Charlotte to know her father wasn't this big baddie
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Seriously Emily. You visit a woman who faked her death and you're SURPRISED when she pulls a gun on you? Wake up.
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This episode had such a quiet feel to it. eye of the storm like or the reseeding water before the Tsunami. If that means a god awful S**t storm is about to descent I say yes to that.

Lilly you thought of Phantom of the opera, i thought about the Godfather all the time. I've seen that film a few times, but not overly familiar with it. couldn't put my finger on why it reminded me of the Godfather until Daniel set down in the chair. Michael Corleone has arrived.
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They could lose both Declon and Ashley...for good...and it would already be 50% better. Both are such a waste of space, and our time.
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Ashley still has some low-level villainy going on... Declan is a mind-numbing jackass.
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Yeah, I'm sort of waiting for Ashley to become a bigger character. I feel like the writers have something special planned for her other than standing in front of cameras and talking about the Graysons.
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1) I think it's cause their rep's already in the toilet and she smells weakness on Conrad.

2) Maybe Daniel thinks he can get proof if he's an insider, but that last shot of him in his dad's office was more of a "taking over the biz" shot, than a "gonna take you down" shot.

3) I don't understand why she's marrying Daniel. It's weird. Maybe revenge makes you crazy?

4) Pals, for sure. They'd have quip-offs in their spare time.

5) Declan is a dick no matter whether that's the way to get through to an addict or not. Calling Charlotte out is Victoria or Conrad's job, not random boyfriend of a few months' job. Good on Nolan for using Declan's pain to stick it to the Grayson's though.
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Another great episode! Fast paced, full of twist and turns.... I just can't wait for the next one, I can only imagine how the finale will be.

- It's still snowing in the alternate universe that is Revenge.

- Emily is worried about Charlotte? I guess I'm just surprised that anyone is worried about her.

-"Well, it's not exactly Dominic's best work. It's a little half-assed to me". Damn, some of Victoria's snark has really rubbed off on Conrad. I mean, Victoria looks like Gollum in that painting.

-Sooo...are we supposed to take that flashback as proof that David Clarke is actually dead? I don't know anymore, Mike Kelley keeps changing his mind on this one. I'm pretty sure they're going to end a season with a reveal that he was actually alive the whole time.... if that happens I'm out. From whose perspective was David Clarke's death scene just there? Is Emily just imagining how it must have gone down? But how does that explain the white-haired guy from the photo? Why would she assume he was the perp?

- ABC certainly likes the red spray paint on cars trick - Once Upon A Time.

- Wow, Ashley is seriously the female version of Ellis from Smash. Not even with her scheming she's interesting, sigh. At least, they are giving her something to do and it's a step into the right direction. You know what would really cool? Ashley's family died on the plane that the Grayson's took down and blamed on David Clarke. She's there getting her revenge on the family from the inside. Th

- I loved how this episode was able to contrast so completely the differences between him and Daniel. And thats why one of them is someone Emily could love, and why one of them isn't! The love triangle thickens...

- So many new aspects to consider: David Clarke's new journal, Nolan's aunt, Daniel knowing everything and still choosing the 'dark' side and Emily finally getting her head clear about how she'll handle Daniel and continue with her revenge.

- I am really liking the new Charlotte, she's a slut, a druggie and a bitch!

- Why I love Nolan? He's on the phone with Emily. Emily walks in the room. He says "I'll call you right back."

-Absolutely not surprised that Daniel folded and followed in his father's footsteps. Nope, not surprised at all. I'm actually happy with the direction they're taking, at least he's sort of interesting now and has something to do. That being said, I'm not totally convinced Daniel has truly taken the Grayson side. I wouldn't be surprised if he starts working to gather concrete proof clandestinely, keeping it from Emily so as not to trouble her. This would up the drama, because he would be on Emily's bad side while, unbeknownst to her, actually trying to help. I just think it would be a good way to ramp up the tension even further.

- Well, this just confirms that Emily is about to go a whole lot more darker. Seriously, the episode end narration by her was chilling and ominous.

- Loved seeing contrasting sides of Emily. Lately we've seen Emily getting darker, but we saw that she still has soft spots this weeks

- It seemed to me that Victoria saw that she had finally and truly lost Daniel, so she is trying to cling to Charlotte now.
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- Why I love Nolan? He's on the phone with Emily. Emily walks in the room. He says 'I'll call you right back'. <--THIS!



- I loved how this episode was able to contrast so completely the differences between him and Daniel... The love triangle thickens... <--- CAN'T really agree with this. Daniel is devoted to Emily as much as Jack is, Daniel simply has much more stuff on his plate than Jack at the moment... or in general. Emily is judging Daniel based on her prejudices against his family - because other than the fact that he is a Grayson, from a girlfriend's' perspective, what's not to like about Daniel? He's ALL THAT and nice too... nicer than Jack at the moment. Jack is pointless, can you imagine spending the next 30 years with him? What does he have to offer to someone like Emily, really? NOTHING, except (maybe) LOVE? Daniel loves her too, if it's about which guy loves her... it's SHE who doesn't love him (for no real fault of his), not the other way. So, this Jack business is feeling tooooo pushy, not enough screen chemistry b/w the actors nor enough REASON to root for them at the moment, IMO. The "opposition" of a love triangle has to be like Damon, who puts up a solid fight, not someone who gets the girl in some politically-correct twist.
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Ha! Just pictured Victoria looking down at a picture of David Clarke and singing, "In sleep he sang to me, in dreams he came...." :-)



In response to your questions:



1) I think now that Daniel is not facing jail time, Victoria is turning the full brunt of her rage towards Conrad. Plus, she might also want to clear David Clarke's name for Charlotte's sake.



2) Daniel obviously can't be like, "My dad's a terrorist, yo!" on live television sans proof, etc. Even WITH proof and a SWAT team on stand-by, it wouldn't make sense. Daniel is probably more concerned with his promise to his dad: to try to rebuild the company and take care of his sister.



3) lol!! Yeah, poor Jack.....although marrying Daniel is also somewhat of revenge on Victoria? Maybe? Especially if she and Conrad get divorced, this makes Emily the new (and only) Mrs. Grayson in town.



4) I don't know what kind of conversation would take place between Nolan and Victoria, but I DO know three things: I want to see it, the one-liners would be priceless, and there would be soooo much side-eye staring going on it would be ridiculous.



5) I think Declan's intentions are good, and Charlotte is definitely the least offensive of the Grayson clan, so I hope his efforts pay off!!
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