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Revenge S03E16: "Disgrace"


If you missed the memo about Bring Your Parents to the Hamptons Day, don't worry, because Conrad, Victoria, Stevie, and Margaux's father Pascal provided more than enough parental drama in "Disgrace" for all of us. Tucked inside a lovely visit to the opera—which is the kind of fun setting I think the show should embrace more often—the episode saw Emily outmaneuver Daniel and Victoria, who were planning to use the photos of her swapping saliva with Aiden to force a divorce, by releasing the medical records that stated she'd never been pregnant. By doing this, she was able to make a public break from Daniel, move back into her childhood home full-time, and regain the upper hand. 

The biggest mistake any character can make on Revenge is believing that they've somehow beaten Emily Thorne. Is it ridiculous to believe Emily has an answer for everything after how many hiccups she's faced in her plan to take down the Graysons? Probably, but believing Emily is smarter and more cunning than her opponents is the foundation of the series, so it's not all that surprising when she pulls an idea out of her ass and it suddenly works. I'll always be skeptical of Emily's last minute heroic saves, but I've come to appreciate them the way, say, someone might appreciate a free kale smoothie. Do I necessarily want a kale smoothie? No, that's disgusting. But it's free, which means I'm going to take it and at least pretend to drink it, even if I think people who like kale have been brainwashed by an evil dictator behind the dumpster at Whole Foods.


Right now Daniel and Victoria are celebrating what they think is a victory, because they drank the kale smoothie. A smarter person would have attempted to uncover the person who released that information to Voulez's gossip column (which Charlotte and her Zoe Hart hand-me-downs run now), but Danny's never been the brightest crayon in the whitewashed crayon box of Grayson Manor, and Victoria really doesn't care as long as it means Emily's on her way out. We know it was Emily, but they don't, and if someone was willing to break all sorts of medical laws regarding privacy of information in order to do them a solid, you'd think Daniel and Vee would at least want to know where to send the fruit basket. This is why Danny didn't see Emily's betrayal coming and why Victoria constantly loses her battles against the wee little blonde next door; they're still just reacting to Emily's moves instead of making some of their own.

Elsewhere in the Hamptons, Margaux—who honestly deserves a better storyline—was dealing with her media mogul father, who flew in from France under the ruse that he was going to help Margaux oust Conrad from the company, but really just wanted to get into Victoria's pants. He has a weird bucket list, I guess. But he's also, unsurprisingly, involved in the David Clarke scandal. At this point, if you told me Walt Disney had been resurrected and was somehow involved in this scandal, I'd probably believe you, because literally everyone the show introduces is involved in it somehow. And I don't want to tell terrorists how to terrorize, but I feel like the less people involved, the better. I mean, how do you trust a major secret like that with so many people? Eventually someone's going to get drunk and spill the beans in a rousing game of Never Have I Ever when someone says they've never been involved in an act of terrorism. I've seen it a hundred times, guys. It's not pretty. And there's not a bone in my body that cares about Conrad's attempt to merge his portion of the company with Pascal's company, especially since he's now using his ex-wife's lady bits as leverage. I care even less about the doctoring of Voulez's books. Seriously, can we please just bomb the Voulez offices so we can end this storyline? I don't want to sound like I'm condoning terrorism, but this is so far removed from the main plot that Conrad is beginning to feel like Charlotte.


Stevie, meanwhile, is working on fulfilling my theory from last week about becoming an ally for Emily. After seeing her in Jack and Amanda's wedding photos, Stevie recognized a kindred spirit in Emily and offered her services to Team Revenge. Jack wanted no part in Emily's revengenda, and wanted to leave his mother out of it as well, but it wouldn't be Revenge if Jack didn't dip his toes in the murky waters of bad ideas, which is why we had a lovely scene in which Nolan took a meeting with Stevie's old law firm while Jack broke in to their archives and stole the evidence that later provided the clue about Pascal's involvement in the scandal. 

At the recent PaleyFest panel for The Vampire Diaries, the show's executive producer, Julie Plec, made a comment about character development on that series and I think it mostly applies here, too. She said that most characters are created to die, and I think that in the case of Revenge, most characters are created to be involved in the David Clarke mystery. And maybe also to die, but definitely the first one. I was joking earlier when I mentioned the sheer number of people who seem to play a part in this, and I've never planned something larger than a birthday dinner, but the scope of this is beginning to feel far-fetched, even by Revenge standards. If we stretch our minds and remember back to all the men and women Emily red Sharpie-d in Season 1, it's baffling that there's anyone still left with a connection.

Pascal's involvement at least gives Margaux—who up until this point was mostly around to complain about her daddy issues, make cute faces at baby Carl, and kiss Jack—the possibility of a more exciting storyline. Will this bring her into the fold? Will she learn the truth about her father? Will she learn the truth about Jack and Amanda and Emily? Team Revenge could use more players, but outside of Nolan and pinch hitter Jack, can Emily afford to let more people in on her secret? "Disgrace" was a fun episode that I think, and hope, set the tone for the rest of the season. Most of the dangling storylines have been tied up, and Emily is back on her mission to destroy the Graysons. As long as the series avoids further detours, I don't see why the rest of the season can't be as fun as this opera outing.



NOTES


Revenge could use more scenes like the one in which Daniel almost jumped over the desk to get at Emily after she performed her little crying game. I honestly expected him to claw his way after her. In fact, I'm sad it didn't happen, because it would have elevated the series from nighttime soap to batshit crazy soap, which would not bother me in the least.

– I didn't think I'd enjoy the evil partnership between Daniel and Victoria as much as I do. They're way better together than Victoria and Conrad.

– How long do you think Nolan's prison buddy will be around? Is he going to become a member of the team without even realizing it? Do you like him? I still haven't made up my mind.

– How are you feeling about Stevie after this episode?

– "Your own worst Emily."

– Nolan's best outfit this week was OBVIOUSLY the one he wore to the law firm:


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AIRED ON 5/10/2015

Season 4 : Episode 23

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Wasn't the beach house signed over to Lydia in order to keep her out of Daniel's wedding?...how did they explain THAT away?
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Is Jack Conrad's son? That reveal would be fun to see!

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after season 1 it has gone downhill
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I don't trust Javier. Something about him just screams don't trust me.
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I think that it was Nolan who said that Victoria would take years to find out the truth about Emily and, still, Stevie could figure it all out with a glimpse at a picture.
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Wow, now Pascal is involved. What's next? The cleaning Mexican lady at the Conrads is actually Victoria's step sister? Geez, too soon?
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more characters really?
they're interesting but this show is confusing enough as it is...
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The dress Victoria wore to the opera was gorgeous! Long live the Queen!

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I distrust Javier, mainly because every character to ever be involved with Nolan uses him for some secret agenda. Remember Tyler, Padma, Marco and Patrick. If this Javier is a hacker from jail, wouldnt he know the falcon, and be secretly working for the Graysons? Now that Vicky is up to Emily, it would make sense that this guy was a spy. That is my theory here.
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i feel like emily finished going after people who was involved in her fathers death and now they are creating new ones its getting old she should go after the graysons and focus on them only ! i mean until now they are all alive they still have money and still well known ! its like she never did anythin to them :S
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I'm so sure "revengenda" will end up in the Collins dictionary by the end of 2014 :-)
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I'm remaining optimistic about the influx on new characters the series has introduced over the last couple of episodes. Fresh faces are always welcome in a series like Revenge that can really lose steam fast with viewers, and although Revenge barely knows what to do with it's main characters (Charlotte and Jack, for example) there's always the chance that these new characters hold some promise. Or will at least provide another interesting yet ridiculous connection to David Clarke, or even better, as Kaitlin suggested, an interesting death heading towards the finale. So here's to Stevie, Pascal, Javier, and the Grayson's new private investigator!
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They introduce too many characters,thank you...and this show needs to be brought to an end while it's still worth following.Too complex means too much trouble.
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Ok we finally get rid of two useless characters with Patrick and Aiden gone and they introduce 2 more!!! Did they need to introduce Pascal and Javier?!! Can they focus on at least trying to use the characters they have. Yeah I am looking at you Charlotte, Jack, and Margeux.

I really dislike the fact that Victoria and Daniel got what they wanted, even if it was apart of Emily's plan. I don't want them to have one ounce of happiness and I couldn't stand Daniel's smug look when he thought he won. And if the divorce means they are going to bring Sarah back, I am going to bang my head against or the wall. Or better yet, hunt down the writers and bang their head against the wall!

The best episode this season was Hatred with Emily and Daniel at odds. That episode crackled but with the divorce we won't get any more juicy episodes that.
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I want Margaux gone but they've already given the actress an option for all of next season.
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NOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOO!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
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I thought Emily still has everyone on the Grayson Global picnic picture to go after.
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I loved Victoria teaming up with Daniel. Hilarious, it was fun to watch.. Much better than all that ''BatesMotel thing'' with Patrick past episodes...
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bates motel XD i agree since patrick came she became sensetive kinda weak am glad hes gone
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Emily worked for 3 seasons to marry Daniel and now she's getting divorce?! So what is she going to do now? Will she shoot angry looks at Daniel and Victoria?

I like Nolan's prison buddy.

Emily should tell the truth about herself to Stevie.

Now I finally understand why Revenge is so crazy - Emily works for S H I E L D.
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I can't believe everyone is still liking Daniel and pitying him. HE SHOT EMILY for chrissake! He doesn't get sympathy votes. No matter what she did to him he has shown that he's an irresponsible POS. Previous woman in his life that he ran over in a drunk driving accident seconds the vote. Enough with the Daniel is so traumatized crap! He's an entitled, selfish jackass.

I like Stevie but I don't think she's telling the entire truth.

I too want Emily to be single (and eventually get Jack) until she gets her revenge.

Victoria (needs her chair) just...I itch to slap her. I want to see some more Stevie/Victoria encounters.

Poor Charlotte :(

I don't get the whole money laundering thing with the magazine. I'm not seriously interested in it but it made no sense...just get rid of Margaux now please. She's just too damn fluffy. Her father? Right. Ditch him too.

I loved seeing Nolan and Emily together again without her blackouts and him in front of the board. Just can't get enough of Nolan. Let's see where this jail buddy of his goes but if they make him a love interest mark this down as an advance "BOOOOOO!"
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Thank you writers for giving us a breather from Aiden, though I am sure he'll come back for another go round before hopefully being written out! I don't miss Patrick at all.
Jack is flip/flopping re revenge and once collateral damage happens, such as Margaux, he'll want out again. Jack's whole allure for Emily has been the memories from her childhood when everything was innocent and pure, the more he gets involved, that goes out the window and the illusion is smashed. Haven't we seen enough of flip flopping love interests for Emily? How about she'd be single until she's done with her revenge? Cut out all the love SLs, do the mission, complete the Revenge - this is why we tuned into the show in the first place.

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The problem I have with this show is the shear number of superfluous characters! We finally had a win with the culling of Justin Hartley's character (even though I will miss his abs and pretty face) and Aiden (thank you writers, even if it's just temporary) only to have Stevie, Pascal and this prison buddy of Nolan's turn up!
I'm getting to the point where I want them to have a big soiree and then blow it up so everyone just dies! Amanda needs to get her revenge, get her man (Jack, yes I still ship this!) and ride off with the impeccably dressed Nolan into the sunset preferably to wherever Patrick is so they can all live a happy beautiful life!
The only character I feel sorry for is Daniel. He wasn't the perfect guy when Emily met him but she has destroyed him and turned him into a bitter, angry a**hole and none of it has been his fault. The sins of the father (and mother) blah, blah, blah... And maybe Margaux as she is innocent as well.
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I agree with the your point about getting rid of characters to only introduce more useless characters. But I don't think of Daniel as as innocent, he has shot 3 people! He knew about the David Clarke set-up and cover up and went along with it. He bribed the cops to cover up his father involved in the crash. He let Lidia take the fall for shooting Emily when he did it. He was innocent in the beggining of season 2 but that ship has long sailed, or did Daniel shoot it like he does everything else?
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But all of this happened AFTER meeting Emily. It is her influence that has driven him to do these things. I know it's not real but I truly believe if he had never met her, none of these things would have happened. The only thing he is guilty of is injuring his girlfriend in a car crash while driving drunk, it was stupid but not evil. Not like he is now.
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He had a drinking problem before Emily and made many bad choices before he met Emily. She didn't make him commit the bad acts he did. He made his decisions on his own. The sun also came up as well, Can we blame the sun for Daniel actions? He knew about the cover-up with David Clarke, and chose to cover it up. Emily did not make him do that. He covered up his father's accident, Emily did not make him do that. When faced with situations, Daniel make horrible decisions which can only be blamed on Daniel. His dsyfunctional family had more effect on Daniel than Emily. He was already molded into the lump of crap before she met him, lol.
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Daniel is not all innocent, but none of the people he shot were innocent. I think he shooting Tyler was in self defense. I wonder what would you do with a maniac stalker threatening you in your engagement party? Aiden is a psycho, deserved. Emily fooled him for two years.
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Sign I should be sleeping: My brain was like, who was the third person Daniel shot? After a minute it clicked. OH RIGHT, EMILY.
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Daniel just sucks now, so bitter. I remember when he strolled around happy all the time, now he's just the male version of Victoria. Episode was an improvement on the others. Didn't expect it was Emily who released the records. But again, I dont care about this Pascal storyline. When is Emily going to take down a single one of the Graysons? Still not even close after almost 3 years.
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The writers don't want the series to end but there's no reason to keep it going if it doesn't make progress toward a firm end.
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What would be awesome would be if Victoria plans some sort of attack on Emily that backfires and kills Daniel! Double revenge, Daniel will be gone and Victoria will be racked by guilt at her own actions killing her own son. He he, evil snicker.......
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This was such a good episode that not only set up the momentum for the rest of the season, but really brought us back into why this is all happening in the first place; to get justice for David Clarke. So much progress was made during the episode: Stevie perhaps becoming an ally, Jack actually contributing to the plan rather than getting in the way, Emily outmaneuvering Daniel and Victoria to get a divorce, Victoria finally catching on to what Emily may really be up to and Daniel listening to her, Nolan has a new/old pal in Javier that seems to bring a fun and light-hearted yet suave element to the show, and Jack accepting Emily's plan of bringing down Pascal even though it may ruin his relationship. We may even get to see the return of the red sharpie in the upcoming weeks! The momentum is building and it should be interesting to watch Daniel attempt to take down Emily and her allies (with the help of Charlotte of all people. I mean come on, we just went from a soap to a comedy with that plot point). And Nolan's one-liners were absolutely on point this week. "Your own worst Emily" and "Don't call it a comeback, I've been here for years". Well done to the writing crew for those.
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This show has become too much like Wile E. Coyote and The Road Runner--without the charm. It might be cool if they actually went that way dropping the occasional anvil on someone, or a nice Acme bomb that doesn't kill you, just blackens your face. Meep, meep.
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If you haven't already e-mailed ABC, I'd like to add my name to that e-mail as a supporter.
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I really enjoyed this episode, it sort of feels like things are getting back on track now, which is about time.
Maybe it was just me but Danny boy looked like he was starting to soften towards Em while she was showing off her acting skills, when she dropped the act the look on his face was priceless :)
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I'm shocked they waited until season three to drop that "own worst Emily" line but it worked perfectly so kudos. Overall, great episode. Probably the first episode since the January premier I genuinely enjoyed. Revenge usually excels as it's barreling towards a big episode so I expect the season to start really heating up. I wish they'd let Victoria get more genuine wins so it feels like more of an even playing field instead of Emily swatting at Victoria every time she gets a little close but I've accepted that she's the Frank Underwood of this show, she'll always win. I am excited by the fact that Victoria is finally catching on to Emily's connection to David Clarke (which would actually give her some leverage for once) and it only further leads me to believe that her secret will come out in the finale.
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...did anyone else think last week that when Patrick went away, it was solely to free up a slot (and paycheck) for another token character? And behold! Two token characters! Okay maybe Pascal might not be that token, but still, random people showing up out of nowhere and suddenly being super involved - what? Especially Nolan's buddy - Hey random character no one's ever seen/heard/mentioned before, come join our intimate plans!

And did anyone think that Pascal was played by an actor way too young? It could be my imagination but it seemed like they age makeuped him and it was weird against Conrad and Margaux.

Although - closest revengey episode we've had in a while, so I really shouldn't complain that much, and really, there was very little Emily was actually using to her advantage being in the Grayson house so I'm glad they've decided to go a different route.
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at least Margaux's dad was introduced through dialog, so we knew he's someone that exists. that random-hacker-dude-from-prison-bff of nolan was definitely an annoyance. soon we'll find out that he's emilymanda's secret half-brother and also a nephew of the graysons! because every single person on the planet is related to the graysons (apparently).
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He was very young, but he also mentioned he'd had her very young.
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You know what the show needs to do to totally course correct (and I recognize it would be awkward at this point in time with current events) is to remind us that not only was David Clarke railroaded but how aabout all those people who died on the plane? Before the Initiative story ruined things and Ashley still had potential and Aiden was first being introduced they seemed to be heading there. Like that someone was working for the same reason but at cross purposes of Emily against the Grayson. Different than Aiden and his Initiative. Like I don't even remember why the plane went down.
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Revenge is surely getting better and better. They have organized plot for new revengenda - seriously we haven't had revengenda for one season probably.. There is going to be Season Four and Please ABC make that season final for the series! For now it's just Revenge is moving one step ahead so rarely...They should make progress more often like they did in this episode and finish the series already with a sweet like nutella revenge-y ending :)
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I felt like I needed to display subtitles when Pascal was speaking. A little too authentic french guy. I like Nolan's new house guest who actually has some personality unlike many of the characters who have come and gone.
I felt like this episode got the train back on track by the end of the show.
I actually am looking forward to the next episode instead of just watching it because....
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Better than the last couple of episodes. But still, they are starting storylines that are boring and will go nowhere, like the whole Conrad and Pascal rivalry over Voulez.
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That dress..... As the show goes downhill (yet I somehow enjoy every episode, though not the overall stuff), one thing that hasn't gone down hill is who ever dresses Emily for these big glamorous events.
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It was an episode full of tasty soap.. pretty silly as usual.. and i want more!.
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I liked it. It's been hard to say what this show is even about for too long, but now it seems to be back on track.

The technobabble was embarrassing though. Can't solve a problem in C++? Just use "binary", LOL.

So this guy Pascal was involved in the original conspiracy, and Emily found evidence of that a day or two after they met the first time.




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Finally!! Hopefully the red sharpie will come out and play next episode.
Also line of the night goes to Nolan "Your own worst Emily"
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I don't know, the "Don't call it a comeback, I've been here for years" LL Cool J quote was pretty brilliant
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i agree, it had gotten a bit stale but last night's episode was actually enjoyable. OFC emily had to be behind it... she had me, though! she's AWESOME. miss aiden bb &3 i think we're heading to final showdown, victoria's finally unravelling the mystery so i hope by the season finale, it's actually the series finale bc it has run its course and it's best to leave high than with like 6 seasons in. some shows are just not meant to last more than a couple of seasons, tops. (e.g. prison break, etc.). i hope it goes out with a big awesome bang! bc it's been one hell of a ride. :)
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Its been a while but I actually enjoyed this episode. Revenge is always at its best when Emily is being devious. I loved it when she gave Daniel a preview of her testimony. I loved that it made Daniel furious even more. Looking to when Emily finally takes him down.
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Yeah, it was one of my favourite moments of the episode too.


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I don't know Revenge if that was enough. I don't want to get my hopes up.
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