Revenge "Union" Review: Shotgun Wedding

Revenge S02E13: "Union"

Victoria Grayson, we bow down. Emily Thorne, take note: THIS is how justice is dispensed. While our Revenge heroine was dissolving in an ocean of tears at her true love's surfside wedding, Mama Grizzly was spilling blood at Grayson Manor.

"Union" opened with Emily's rosy-hued flashback to the make-believe wedding she staged as a child to her beloved Jack Porter; now, Fauxmanda, the Dementor consuming Emily's soul and destroying everything that is good, is marrying Jack instead.

Recruited to perform the ceremony, Nolan offered the best quip of the night:
"Who knew officiant was French for 'wedding bitch'?"

The bridal babes, see, had more pressing matters to attend to, like rescuing Jack. Again.

The creepily clean-shaven barkeep has become such a pathetic, oblivious idiot that it's impossible to see why he deserves the love of Emily or Amanda. Even his own dog (RIP, Sammy!) fled in disgust. (Okay, yes, technically Sammy was Emily's dog. But still.)

In just two scenes, the juvie pals swiftly tied up the meandering Stowaway storyline that I've only tolerated because of my trusty fast-forward button. First, Emily wrote a check to buy back Conrad Grayson's share in the bar. Then, because Conrad's plans involve casinos and condos, Fauxmanda broke into Emily's computer (correctly guessing that the password was "infinity," sigh) and threatened Mr. Moneybags with all that incriminating video footage from Shamu and the Clam-Cam.

Predictably, one-note Nate Ryan bristled at Porter's new "leverage" and offered to "remove" it. (Does his scheme result in the removal of, say, his arm from his body after the explosion of Jack's boat?)

Aiden was really mad too… and really sweaty, demanding that Nolan scrutinize his sister's snuff video for clues. Nolan not only determined that it was created six years ago in Jersey City, but discovered Colleen's coroner's report and led Aiden and Emily to her grave in a potter's field.

There's a reason this hacker became a billionaire—he isn't always gullible and naive.
In fact, Nolan suspected the Initiative might be using Padma. And even though Emily didn't care, he confronted his CFO, who confirmed that the terrorist group kidnapped her dad. Meanwhile, priorities! Nolan was due to don a fabulous platinum paisley and marry some folks!

The Graysons weren't invited to Jack and Fauxmanda's wedding, which was awesome because their storyline suddenly got way more interesting. Victoria learned that the Initiative was manipulating Daniel into becoming another fall guy like David Clarke. After a series of protective maneuvers, Victoria ended up pointing a gun at Helen in the Grayson poolhouse.

Like Helen herself, the last thing I expected was for the Grayson matriarch to actually pull the trigger. Like most of the characters I love—and love to hate—Victoria has become weak and helpless this season.

Not anymore. She aimed and fired and Helen dropped dead on the floor. Even better, Conrad then barged in with the news about a "rather extraordinary problem on our hands." She replied, "I'll go first," gestured at the floor, and then stepped over Helen's body to refresh her drink.

Victoria's ascendancy made it that much harder to endure Emily's abject failure, watching Fauxmanda steal her fairy-tale happy ending.

There is one consolation: We know that Mr. and Mrs. Porter's honeymoon cruise ends in the death of at least one obnoxious character.

So riddle me this:

1. Who dies on The Amanda?

2. How does the boat explode?

3. Is Padma playing Nolan?

4. Declan, Charlotte and Carl: spin-off?

5. Why does Daniel still live with his parents?

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ummm, where is Lily Sparks???
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she will be back like on april becase she had to do a pilot
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She said she was unable to keep reviewing Scandal and Revenge some time ago.
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Oh no! Revenge reviews will never be the same.....
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1. Fauxmanda. She's the only one not in the funeral pictures (Jack's there). It's pretty obvious.

2. A bomb.

3. I'm sure she is. Still prefer her to Marco because he's a slimeball.

4. Hell yes because Connor Paolo is a babe.

5. Because he's a greedy, spoiled, amoral man-child who's success is solely due to nepotism. It's actually quite fitting.
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This season is so flat comparing to the past season . I don't know why i feel this way though i still like the show overall .Maybe because i need more thrilling plot lines and revenge stories .
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I think Aiden and Emily are much better together than Emily and Jack would be, but I'm still not 100 % sold on Aiden for some reason.
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I agree. And I'm thinking next season, there'll be somebody new for Emily.
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I actually have come to like Fauxmanda and think she can do better than Jack. I kinda hope the bad guy dies in the boat accident and Jack is in a coma, with Fauxmanda taking care of business for the rest of the season.

Can someone please kill Aiden? I was over him before this episode and then he threw his "I am man, hear me rage and be sweaty" fits all over the place. I think Emily should swear off men and hang out with Nolan for ever.

I love Victoria! She gets the best overdramatic lines and the most fun wardrobe. She's gold!
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Indeed yes, we should all bow to Victoria's justice-dispensing prowess! I didn't know if she would actually pull the trigger, but I suppose when it comes to her children she'll kick some butt if she has to. But not when it comes to Conrad, she's content to let him twist in the wind. When Conrad and Daniel arrived her respective reveals of having killed Helen were quite good. Her implied "bitch please, I have the bigger problem" to Conrad was very entertaining. Now all hell will break lose once The Initiative realizes that Helen is dead and who killed her and why. But something tells me Victoria, Daniel, and Conrad won't be on the receiving end of a bullet for this, at least not yet.

This episode was a rare peek into the emotions of Emily Thorne/real Amanda Clarke. when Aiden accused Emily of being cold and calculating she responded with "I am only one of those two things and it's the second one" while Aiden was walking away from her out of the Potter's Field where his sister is buried. It was good for him to see her to prove him wrong by shedding a few tears at Jack and Fauxmanda's wedding. And yes, I did notice that the Greysons were not invited. They would have just made the wedding about them somehow and ruined the whole thing.

You would think that after a season and a half of being blackmailed or otherwise made to do someone else's bidding Conrad would learn to grow a pair and stand up for himself, but apparently that is foreign concept to him because he was the ping pong ball being batted between Jack and Nate Ryan over control of the Stowaway and adjacent waterfront property which=$$$ for Conrad because let's face it, Conrad never intended to actually cut Nate Ryan in on the profits from that venture. So of course someone is going to end up unhappy and try to get back at someone else for ruining everything. In this case Nate Ryan, who unlike his brother is not in the Revenge business for the money he's in it to avenge his father's death, is going to attempt to strike back at Jack. Little does he know Fauxmanda is the one he should really be mad at. But as they are both together...on a boat...in the middle of a large body of water...with no one else around...and their only connection to shore is a phone line that Nate conveniently cut this seemed like the perfect opportunity to take them both out.

So riddle me this:

1. Who dies on The Amanda? no idea, but I don't think it'll be Fauxmanda or Jack.

2. How does the boat explode? presumably a bomb or gasoline lit on fire or however else you can set a boat on fire using only materials of opportunity.

3. Is Padma playing Nolan? yes. Even though she say's she not, I don't believe her.

4. Declan, Charlotte and Carl: spin-off? I expected Jack to make a comment about Charlotte and Declan having a baby of their own, but I guess he didn't think of that.

5. Why does Daniel still live with his parents? I never thought of this, but I actually don't know. It's not like he doesn't have the money. It would probably solve a lot of his problems if he didn't live there. I guess the amazing beach view and proximity to Emily's house is holding him back...
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1. Fauxmanda bites the dust. Jack's too important to Emily, and the Law of Network TV states that in any situation where you have to lose one of a collection of characters, the least interesting character always survives, and that be Jack.
2. I'm going to say that the boat explodes via phosphorus gas just because nobody'll see that coming. I'm not even sure that's possible. But that's what my gut tells me.
3. I hope not. I could see Padma playing Nolan, but I like Nolan too much, so I don't want that to happen to him.
4. My gosh, I hope not.
5. That's what happens when you've got gobs of money apparently. Look at "Dallas" (the original). JR and wife AND Bobby and wife all living under the roof of Jock and Mrs. Ewing.
Also, does anyone else get the impression that Aiden's sister may still be alive and that that whole thing is all one entire plot by the Initiative? Nobody else?
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Team Aiden and Emily more than ever after this episode!
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I swear, if Conrad doesn't die a long and bloody death... compared to Conrad Victoria's a saint!
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1. Who dies on The Amanda? - That Nate guy? No way they are killing of Faux-Amanda and/or Jack.

3. Is Padma playing Nolan? Yes, I think she lied to him about her father. It's either that or the actress playing her is terrible at portraying love for Nolan. I don't belive for a second she's in love with him.

5. Why does Daniel still live with his parents? Intresting question. May be he wants to feel close to faux Emily? (real Amanda)

Is it just me or does anyone else hate Aiden? I find him obnoxious, and weirdly fixated on finding/saving his sister. =.= Now that we know she is dead, can he please leave the show? I WANT EMILY AND DANIEL TOGETHER!

P.S. The way Viktoria shot Helen was so awesome! Bang! Bitch is dead! LOL
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"Weirdly fixated"...Lol. His sister was kidnapped to be used as a rape toy. What kind of weirdo would still be thinking about that a few years later?
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They need to get rid of Aiden. I never understood the purpose of his presence in the first place. Terrible character.
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He really has no place on the show. His mere existence destroys the simplicity of Emily's missions because the writers have to force his necessity in them. Now that his sister really is dead there is literally nothing keeping my interest in him.
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Exactly, Fauxmanda's already screwing with her plans. Aiden's not needed. He's phony anyway.
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5. He lives with his rents because he's in love with emily thorne and the house gives him ...proximity (also the ability to supercreep)
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Any part of the Jack/Fauxmanda storyline moslty makes me wish I could fast forward! Given that the show is leaning towards initiative takedowns, Jack seems to be the epitome of uselessness and nobody really cares about those Ryan brothers. So, killing off Jack makes sense for the ultimate ending of the show, given that I cannot see him handling any of Emily's problems, ever, however someone like Aiden does seem to be able to keep a grasp on things. But I truly think before Aiden and Emily end up together we will get tons more Emily and Daniel... UGH
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I think Emily will be with Jack in the ultimate ending of the show. So killing off Fauxmanda makes more sense. But I don't think that will happen yet.
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Sometimes I love Victoria and Nolan more than Emily. And as for the boys Aiden is hotter than Daniel.
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I have so little liking left for Jack I actually hope Emily saves Fauxmanda so she can keep him.
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That's why I love my Revenge! Just when you think, you won't ever get any, there goes Victoria and shoots a bad guy. I was cheering her on to do it. I wanted it to happen so badly. The look on the leather lady's face was priceless! Oh, my. Revenge is making me bloodthirsty. Now, poor Aiden can have some peace of mind. It felt really bad for him. And then he went and left Emily standing there. Don't ever do that again! I don't like him that much but the ship with Jack has sailed. Unless something happens on the boat which brings me to your questions...

1) As for dramaturgical reasons, I'd say Fauxmanda should die leaving behind a single daddy for Emily to care for.
2) The dumb-ass assassin will have planted a device that blows off while fighting with Jack?
3) I don't quite buy the kidnapped daddy, yet. If it's true the good man might already be dead. I never liked Padma, so I wouldn't be surprised if she was part of the Initiative and even Helen's boss.
4) If a spin-off means that Declan and Charlotte leave for good, I'm on the waggon! But Carl stays with us! They can make their own baby!
5) Daniel's lazy? Nostalgic? Masochistic? I wouldn't want to miss the frosty breakfasts with the Ice Queen. I think, the poor staff of the mansion has to reheat the coffee constantly. Nothing ever stays warm enough in Victoria's close proximity.
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I'm liking the Padma is Helens boss theory :)
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The Initiative needs to have a steely,mysterious boss.Maybe Christopher Walken could take the part.
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She's too young to be running an operation like that, and if she's that high in the organization, she wouldn't have been the one to infiltrate Nolan's company. She must have been working there for years.
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I actually fell asleep until the wedding and don't really care for a rerun.
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1. I hope FauxAmanda
2.I want to be surprise
3.Absolutely
4.Lol, why not..
5. Good question
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This was a fun episode. Amanda will never be as badass as Victoria, if only because she's not out for wholesale murder at this point. And that is because she isn't on the Initiative's radar. She can chill and plan her methodical revenge schemes, while Victoria's problems are thrown right in her face. Victoria not only knows who her enemies are, she also has easier access to them. Amanda said it herself to Aiden this very episode: going against the Initiative with guns blazing isn't going to work.

1) Amanda and Jack will be fine
2) I dunno, but I'm sue there will be a scuffle beforehand
3) No
4) u serious??? :)
5) I believe theopratt has the best answer for this

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get rid of Aiden... nuf said
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So true. Upvoted! XD
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I knew Victoria was going to kill Helen. Well played! Ryan brother will be killed on the Amanda/??
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1. Mmm if fauxmanda dies that would make things for emily more complicated (jack devastated and free for the picking)... so i think that is my choice.
2. a bomb?
3. uuu that would be interesting considering that padma has that victim aura going, you know what i am talking about.
4. wow that would make one really boring story line (no offense to carl who is really into his role)
5. At the beginning it was cause he was an ex-party man (there was a drug problem or alcohol or both... can't seem to remember) so it made sense that he would stay with his family... but now is lazy, I mean the guy is rich... I know is convenient for emily to have him there but it doesn't make sense to me.
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Before I answer the questions, I'd like to say something about the whole Jack/Amanda friendship thing. I know that it's cute and everything that they got "married" when they were 6 (I'm not sure if that was the exact age but it's somewhere around there), and I totally get how important their childhood friendship is to each other, especially since they were torn away from each other when David Clarke wen to prison. Still though, it's pretty ridiculous how both characters feel that they're meant for each other because of their childhood friendship. I mean, I had a childhood friendship like that,and I remember at one point that we got "married," but there is no way that now we're both adults that we would ever get married for real, or even date for that matter. There are a lot of things that determine whether or not people are compatible for each other for long-term, romantic relationships, and almost none of these things can be determined when people are six.

Now, the adult Jack has obviously dated who he thinks is Amanda, and at this point his feelings for her have realistically more to do with the actual her than his memories of a six-year-old girl. And while when he met Emily after all those years he instantly felt a connection to her, and was going to be with her before Amanda came home pregnant, at this point the simple fact that Emily is in fact Amanda should actually have very little bearing on his choice of who to be with. And as for Emily, she already has two other men in her life, one that she loves but in pretty much her enemy, and one that she really cares for (I don't recall her ever saying she loved Aiden, but it could've happened and I missed it) who currently is her ally, though that may change.

At the beginning of this season there was some tension between her and Amanda over the baby thing and her not being able to be with Jack, but that ended rather nicely with Emily telling Amanda the truth about Jack being the Carl's real father. The rest of the season up til now has focused on the tension between her relationship with Aiden and her relationship with Daniel. So it's troubling that now, or at least for this episode, she's swiveled back to pining over Jack. And Jack really didn't make it easy for her, since everything he said during the wedding ceremony was about the six-year-old girl he knew, and not about the woman he's been dating with for a year now, had a baby with, and was currently marrying. If anyone in real life were saying something about the person they were marrying during the ceremony, and they didn't include anything about their adult selves, or even their teenage selves, I think that's actually pretty offensive, since it suggests that they still consider that childhood image more real than the actual adult person standing in front of them. And sure, I realize that Jack's speech was sparked by seeing the pipe-cleaner ring. But there was that awkward part where he was talking about realizing later in life that he loved his childhood friend, and then he went straight into saying the whole "take this ring" bit without at least saying "oh and when I finally met you again I still liked you and loved you" or something like that. At least what Amanda said about Jack had to do with who he is now, and how she feels for him now. Anyway, I realize that childhood friendships and memories are important, but they really don't, and shouldn't, determine what you want and what you should want for literally the rest of your life. Emily: you already have a choice to make, so just let Jack go. At this point in her life, he's honestly not the best person for you anyway. Now onto the questions.

1. Well, the easy choice for the writers to make would be Nate, but I have a feeling they're going to drag the boat storyline out quite a bit, so the smart thing for them to do would be to kill either Jack or Amanda. My guess is that next episode there will be some sort of showdown between Nate and the newlyweds, and that (as the last line of this episode suggested) he's going to somehow test their union. Whatever happens, at the end of the episode the boat will probably explode, and it won't be clear until the following episode who died. So it would probably be lame then for only Nate to die, which means that Jack or Amanda will probably die. Honestly, they both would be good choices in their own way. If they killed off Jack, then that would demonstrate that Revenge is a show that can be taken seriously, a show that is capable of killing off a main character mid-season, or even kill off a main character. Even though there have been a lot of close calls on this show, none of main characters have died, none of them, and they just added Barry Sloane (Aiden) to the list. So if the show wants us to worry the next time a starring character goes down in a plane crash, or something ambiguous like that, they really need to kill one of them off to show us it's something they're willing to do (Amanda is actually not a main character, just a recurring one). And from the standpoint of the story, if Jack died now then it would create a stronger bond between Amanda and Emily, Declan and Charlotte would have to deal with bar stuff and baby stuff so they'd have plenty to do, Conrad would once again be much more of an enemy, and Emily would definitely be more revengey.

If they killed Amanda, then Conrad would think that the threat was gone, since otherwise he'd be trying to eliminate her every chance he got. This would also give Emily a bit more mystique, since her real identity is that of a dead woman. At some point down the like she could say to Nate "you killed me" or something like that before killing him. Yeah that would probably be stupid, but, killing Amanda would definitely keep the whole Emily/Jack thing going. She'd still have that normal life possibility to dream about. But again, this would give her three different men that she'd have to choose from, not the standard two. So I honestly think it's going to be Jack. At this point he's a bumbling, problematic character that is constantly making stupid mistakes that send either him or someone else to jail, and he's in constant need of being bailed out. The wedding this episode gave him a nice little send off, and it would be fitting for him to go down with his ship. He might even die saving Amanda, and maybe at the end she'll tell him the truth or something, I don't know. But it would honestly be better for him to die instead of Amanda. Besides, if Amanda dies now then she and Emily can't have the imminent: "what the Hell did you do with my laptop" conversation, followed by the "Considering I'm going up against global titans that make their money off of terrorist attacks, I should probably put at least a few numbers in my password or something" revelation.

2. Either Nate sets up some sort of Saw-like game or something like that, there's a big fight on board the ship and someone hits something important, or the most likely solution: Jack does something really stupid for the last time.

3. Probably. It was made apparent a while ago that Padma isn't doing this out of loyalty, and that the Initiative has something on her. That being said, I think the writers will want to bring Marco back in at some point, and the best way to do that is to have Padma still working against Nolan.

4. No. Just no. Really, no. The reason is that, at this precious moment, it's Charlotte and Declan's turn to be the couple that isn't having any problems (only one of these allowed on the show at one time), so if they left and had their own show then they'd be fighting with each other every chance they got. Seriously, it would be a nightmare. And Carl looks fine and happy now, but make him a main character and he'll be crying and screaming all over the place.

5. Daniel still lives with his parents so that 1. The show doesn't need to get a new set and he can spend time in the otherwise unused pool house and 2. He can be either at the office or in the mansion, created the maximum amount of opportunities for someone to bump into him for a chat. This is the same reason that the kids were always grounded in Kyle XY, because that house was one of three sets the show had. If Daniel ever moves out of his parent's house, it will be next door to be with Emily.
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Our heroine M-U-S-T wind up with Jack in the series finale,preferably over Aiden's dead body.But at the present time,would he have her knowing how much she has deceived him?
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Madeline Stowe's face when Helen fell to the floor was just a delight.
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I don't really get the whole EmilyxJack thing. They were just kids for crying out loud! Sentimentality and 'lost childhood' and all that sure but, 'true love'? No. I don't see it.
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Call it what you want but it's a timeless story- that's why people are drawn to it. It's what made Sleeping Beauty so beautiful. Aurora and Phillip were fated to be together as children and that's how it transpired when they became adults, even though he had no idea of her true identity.

That's kind of how "true love" works. If there was a modern definition of true love, it would probably be Jack and Emily.
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But the kid actor is one or two years older than during the first season...yes, I did notice.
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It has gotten somewhat ridiculous the way they are shoving it down our throats. I guess it's the best way to portray how Amanda lost her innocence/childhood/dreams/happiness and life. Hmmm. That's alot.... :O
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I think is a lot more clever than "real" Amanda gives him credit for. He's usually quite slick with just observational stuff let alone his Tech skills.

Then again, I COULD see Padma truly be setting him up again. Sure, I believe that she's being forced into this... but I also think that her little "not here" bit could have been manipulative.

Tough sell. I WANT Nolan to finally be happy so I'm kind of wishing she's one of the good guys being manipulated. BUT... I could also see the pendulum swinging back the other way.
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I think Padme really does like Nolan.
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I scoffed when nolan pointed out the creation date of aiden's sister's video. As a supposed tech genius, Shouldn't that have been the first thing he checked after intercepting it? It wouldve saved so much angst.

Also, was it me or did the scene with Victoria and Helen in the poolhouse have 0 tension it? I had no doubt whatsoever that Victoria was going to pull the trigger. And you'd think being one of the leads of this supposed super secret conspiracy organization would afford Helen to bring along a bodyguard or two.

Sigh...
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I knew Victoria would have to kill Helen, as there was really no alternative for her. Helen left her no other option, and although i was not suprised, I loved it. Kinda like Drusilla said. The Queen Bee showed just why she is the queen.
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To be fair to Daniel though,, if I lived in a house like that, I'd never move out.
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Please let Amanda die please that is all I ask, and take down that idiot Ryan brother as well. Did anyone else think Jack looked so weird when he shaved, like creepy or just not at all like himself?
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What realy confuses me about Jack is how the girl he knew when he was little was white. The woman standing before him is clearly not white. How can he not see this?
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Define "not white" I'm hard pressed to look at various pics of her and see her as anything other than white (not that it matters). Many pics have her with fair skin.
A quick wikipedia lookup says the actress is of Russian Jewish descent. Though no further details about her parent's lineage is there she doesn't appear to be from a naturally-tan location (the islands, South America, Middle East, etc).
It's possible it's just a tan: from a bed a spray-on. After all, the "real" Amanda is usually shown as quite tan. And if "fake" Amanda is a stripper, well they tend to want to be at least somewhat tan year round.
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Based on what I've seen of the actress, I'm fairly sure that's her natural skin tone. And when you compare her to real Amanda, I'm fairly certain that wasn't her skin tone when Amanda was a child. Real Amanda's as white as white chocolate. How Jack doesn't see it is beyond me.
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The skin tone can be explained by constant spray tanning due to Fauxmandys former job... But what about the hair? The real Amanda's hair was straight as spaghettis. And no perm can give hair like that the look of Fauxmanda's locks. Okay, Jack isn't the brightest person on the planet and really gullible. But at least Victoria should know hair. As I have similar curls I know what I'm talking about. They NEVER looked that straight in my life. No straight-haired girl could ever play the role of me. :-D
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While I agree that Jack and Victoria should be able to tell it's not the same person, I disagree about the hair. I had straight hair as a child and as soon as I became a teenager it curled right up. No idea why or how, but it's possible! :)
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yeah but hair can change a lot when you grow up, I know people who had straight hair when they were little and now have really curly hair
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Victoria shooting helen, then the scene where Conrad finds out was the best scene of the night
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Totally agree. Daniel's, then Conrad's reactions were priceless. And all the while, Victoria is just throwing witty banter about. Victoria really brought it this episode.
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I imagine that Charlotte, Declan, and Carl: The Spin-off is what they play in hell.
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Oh snap!
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Victoria is outright stupid if she thinks eliminating one dispensable Helena Crowley will get the Initiative to back off. Having that said, her motherly instincts do resurface now and then, which is lovely.

Otherwise, I don't think Fauxmanda will die, even if she has indeed grown quite useless a character. There is quite a list of characters I'd like to see gone, though, and will thus remain hopeful about the outcome of the next episode. But come on, people, Emily and Aiden! Jack is so 2011, get over it.
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I love this show, but it's gotten really hard to follow. There are way to many plots being played out right now.
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This show is completly ridiculous... BUT I LOVE IT SO, SO, SO MUCH!
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That's pretty much it...
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Unfortunately I'm guessing that Fauxmanda dies... leaving Jack open for Emily's happy ending while simultaneously removing the new threat to the Graysons (as they now think Fauxmanda is behind everything).
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i think they will kill of Jack leaving Emily hating the graysons even more after Fauxmanda syas she threatened them, then maybe Emily kills Fauxmanda
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Personally I'd rather Jack dies... he's annoying and pointless. Fauxmanda, while also being annoying, keeps getting in the way and causes more shit to happen and a bit more useful to add drama. Wish they would both die though, along with declan...
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That would be funny, then the Graysons might be stuck raising the baby of the women who is pretending to the daughter of the man they framed, and the real child of them people they killed, that would be one awkward conversation to have with the kid when he asks who his real parents are
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Fauxmanda is unkillable as we've seen so far. I bet she survives this too...
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Ahh....I have missed Revenge reviews on this site. I know Lily is taking a hiatus, so is there any way I could convince you to try your hand at a photo recap?? Hmm?? :-)

Anyway, I agree about Victoria. Loved how she just swooped in and HANDLED it. That's how you take care of business, folks. Maybe now Conrad and Daniel will ebb their whiny tones with her.

1. Who dies on The Amanda? --> Killing Jack would be the best choice story wise, because it would set SO many things in motion for the other characters. But the "safer" choice is probably Nate.

2. How does the boat explode? --> The boat realizes it's doomed to spend forever in the Stowaway subplot and implodes to escape this fate. Or someone sets off a bomb for some reason which is easily explained because this is Revenge and that's how that works. Definitely one of these two options.

3. Is Padma playing Nolan? --> Like a fiddle. I could have reached through the TV and smacked him when he told her she had an incomplete code. How long until The Initiative kidnaps Nolan? Next episode? The one after that?

4. Declan, Charlotte and Carl: spin-off? --> ICK! What a terrible TV show that would....oh, looks like NBC just bought the rights to this idea.

5. Why does Daniel still live with his parents? --> A good question. Must be awkward to live with a father you ousted and a mother you despise/can't trust. So....I will go with: because he is close to Emily this way. Also, didn't he give all of his money to Charlotte? This IS the Hamptons....could be that, even on a CEO salary, he could have trouble affording something decent.
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Before I get to your questions, I actually think everyone who made decisions last night out of emotion (exceptions, Nolan (by going against Emily's advice, though I still think Padma is playing him) Daniel (who decided to try and protect Emily by pushing her away)) made decisions that are going to bite them in the butt (Amanda, for obvious reasons, plus, that was Nolan's computer, with Emily's ace in the hole...I am thinking Conrad may have observed some other things..and Victoria, though I was cheering for her to shoot Helen, she seems to think she took care of the problems, but they were watching Daniel...he lives in the pool house).

1. I actually think the writers decide to make Emily and Amanda back into hard core and they kill Jack off (that seems to me to have the further reaching story implications because it impacts lots and lots of characters, all for slightly different reasons)

2. I am guessing Amanda blows it up after Nate kills Jack in order to kill Nate.

3. I think she might be, I guess we will be able to tell when and if she tries to call Helen and Victoria picks up the phone and Padma tells the woman on the other end that the program they have is incomplete. And seriously, Nolan that was a piece to share with Emily.

4. Ugh...that would seriously be the biggest down fall of killing Jack, when they insist on showing the other side of the Hamptons, they have to go to them.

5. I think he actually just eats there, but lives in the pool house. And why wouldn't he?
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Well, my understanding was his trust was locked up until his Xth birthday which didn't occur until the middle of last season.

But I don't recall what happened to it: I remember that Conrad wanted to lock it up again unless Daniel invested the whole thing in the company... but then Daniel obviously pushed back because his father was being a d*ck. And I don't remember where the tennis ball landed in their back-and-forth.

So sure... NOW he has a job as head of the company. But it could've been that up until now he still had to live off his parent's dime.
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I doubt it has anything to do with actually being able to afford his own place. If you have a free place where you generally have relative privacy (expect when your mother murders someone there) and free food and no one complains, why wouldn't you just stay there to be in the Hamptons on weekends?
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Even if he lives in the pool house, isn't that still technically living with his parents?
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I suppose, but given the size of that place, especially since I am guessing since he works in the city were on a Sunday and a Monday morning, why wouldn't you stay there. I keep wondering if they are ever thinking of spending the money to create any of these people's New York apartments, you know, where they live the majority of the year (though I think Victoria has taken up year round residence in the Hamptons since she got the house in the divorce).
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Maybe he can't afford his own place...
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