Season 1 Episode 22


Aired Sunday 10:00 PM May 23, 2012 on ABC
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    Revenge's Season Finale: Emily Is Batman

    Triple infinity: That's how much I loved "Reckoning," Revenge's Season 1 finale.

  • Episode Summary

    In the season finale the Graysons are continuing down a path of self-destruction, as Amanda fully intends to finally follow through with her plan for revenge, and an explosive event changes everything.

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    • Wow!!

      This was a great way to end what has been one of the best and most addictive shows to come along in quite a while. This episode was brilliantly written and paced the fight sequence between emily and the white haired man as fantastic, i loved the one small scene between emily and victoria so bitchy, The cliffhangers in this episode were also jaw dropping, Is Victoria dead? Is Amanda,s baby really jacks, will charlotte survive, what will come of ashleigh and daniel. And where is emily's mother! Cant wait for season 2moreless
    • get a life people who are thumbing down

      Seriously thumbing down every positive comment get a life people!
    • So how do we engineer a second series?

      For a team of directors and writers that have produced such a well constructed, tight and suspense loaded series to date, this episode was not just disappointing but it effectively destroyed both their collection integrity and creditability by cynically engineering a plot designed solely to enable a second series. Shame on you all. Just as Emily is about to kill Whitey she visualises the time her dad helped her save the life of a wounded bird and suddenly decides the best way to honour her father is embrace the qualities he loved most about her and lets the man live. We are taking about the Emily that has destroyed the lives and homes of people she considered implicit in the framing of her father and is setting about destroying the lives of the whole family, without a shade of remorse. This is the Emily that is cold, calculating and will not let anything distract her from her path but she suddenly allows a killer, who has not only killed her father but, if released will almost certainly attempt to kill her because he knows her identity and Nolan and probably Jack too. That's why she lets the white-haired man live? It is out of context, against her personality and her whole character and contrary to the way the plot has moved. So why? Simply, it is the only way they can contrive a second series.

      If that is not disappointing enough, the final scene is the worse plot hanger ever constructed. Here we have irrefutable evidence and compelling witnesses to the most heinous crime ever to have taken place on American soil, one of the largest miscarriages of justice ever seen in the US and one of the largest financial frauds, so, given the FEDs know of the murders, cover ups and vested interests involved, you think that they would take some precautions? Yet we are expected to believe that not only does it seem that they have not made any copies of the evidence, but they put all of this on one plane that they charter (as if the US Government does not have access to a few military ones) and then tell the whole world from which airport where the plane is leaving and at what time. But then wait, Whitey, who should be dead, is seen doing something with the undercarriage just before the plane leaves and then we hear it has exploded. What is a surprise! Do we get the impressions the writers were sitting round the table saying: "I bet no one saw that coming ho ho ho"

    • Huge metal hammer in both hands, held by a woman driven by revenge? no my friends Emily did not miss calculate this one.

      Girl keep that ring! Emily's heart renching good bye to Daniel spells end game for her manipuLation project. She explains that she was with him despite the Grayson name but really Emily has caused so much heartache and pain in this family that in a way sheh has caused some of the characters to take such drastic action which leads them to do monsterous things. Yes the Greysons are far from the average family but Emily has gone to the extreme to destroy what little loyalty is left between the family members. Remember that slap between Victoria and Daniel, incredible! fantastic, intense scene. Poor charlotte is a victim too, she litarally ends it all over the thought of loosing her mother, and all the events leading up to this climatic scene. seven devills by Florence and th emachine is the perfect tune to sing The Queen of Bitches to hell. Or is she really gone? Victoria said it herself it will take a lot for her to not amend her sins which could fill a novel. But for me the ultimate player in this game is Amanda who returns with a special present for Jack. Yes the baby bomb, dam, I did not see that coming! parternity test anyone?The price of revenge Emily is that the only person getting burned is you!. And finally the great escape scene where Emily's ninga slash spy techniques comin handy and she escapes from the cluctches of her fathers killer with Nolan. Nolan so greatful exclaims I am not worthy, yes Emily has many sleeves up her arm including a key for her cuffs! But i did not see her actually allowing her fathers killer to go free after everything!moreless
    • 1.22 'Reckoning'

      Whe the hell just happened??? This was one incredible ride that kept me on the edge of my seat, I knew something huge was coming but this was a new twist and turn evry 5 minutes ;) and the last minutes were full of huge life-changing cliffhangers for our characters.

      [WARNING: If you still haven't seen it you better not read what's below]

      Emily confronts the man who killed her father and when she has a chance to kill hims he lets him go instead (she wanted to honor her papa, but she shoul have killed that psycho), then parts ways with Daniel who turns to a drink again (probably had sex with Ashley at the end of the episode), Victoria (joined by Lydia Davis) is ready to expose her husband and the evidence is now in the agent's hands and all they need to do is to testify against Conrad and his criminal friends in Chicago. Victoria found out Conrad hired a guy to kill her love - Daniel Clarke. The real Emily is back and very pregnant (Jack was more than happy to show it to poor Emily who was totally heart broken). The plane explodes (the same psycho Albino set it up) and apparently everyone is dead (including Victoria and Lydia). At least Nolan still has the hardware (doesn't matter that the evidence was destroyed) and he shows this very suspicious video from Aug 28, 1993 to Emily where Victoria mentions that Ms. Clarke is still alive. It was just a scam.

      Hmm, see ya in September guys. That's gonna be a long long summer ;) 10/10moreless
    Michael Reilly Burke

    Michael Reilly Burke

    Agent John McGowen

    Guest Star

    Rachel DiPillo

    Rachel DiPillo

    Jaime Cardaci

    Guest Star

    Nate Gill

    Nate Gill

    Teenage Boy

    Guest Star

    James Tupper

    James Tupper

    David Clarke

    Recurring Role

    James Morrison

    James Morrison

    White Haired Man

    Recurring Role

    Amber Valetta

    Amber Valetta

    Lydia Davis

    Recurring Role

    Featured Episode Clip

    Trivia, Notes, Quotes and Allusions


    • TRIVIA (1)

      • The white haired man's NY state inspection sticker is incorrectly stamped - the punch hole is supposed to be on the month the inspection expires, which are on the red borders of the sticker, but his is stamped too far in the center.

    • QUOTES (4)

      • Young Amanda: (in a flashback after she and her father released a formerly injured bird) You did it, Daddy! You saved his life!
        You know what I love most about you, Amanda? The way that you love absolutely everything and absolutely everyone. You promise me you're never gonna lose that.

      • Victoria: I know that you ordered David Clarke's murder! Do not try to deny it!
        Conrad: David's death was decided by people far above me. The same people who will stop at nothing to destroy us both if you decide to testify!
        Victoria: Then so be it! I cannot live these lies anymore, and neither will our children!
        Conrad: (grabs her arm) Victoria!
        Victoria: What?
        Conrad: (gets in her face) If you board that plane, it's gonna be the last thing that you do.
        Victoria: Then I guess I'll see you in hell!

      • Nolan Ross: (speaking on the phone) You and Jack halfway to the little white chapel in Atlantic City, yet?
        Emily Thorne: I didn't tell him.
        Nolan Ross: What?! Ems, why? What are you waiting for?
        Emily Thorne: Amanda's back, she's pregnant.
        Nolan Ross: O...M...G! Alright... Look, just stay right where you are and do not do anything revenge-y until I get there. Got it? Emily?
        Emily Thorne: (breathless, devastated and teary-eyed) Yeah.
        Nolan Ross: I'm on my way.

      • Emily Thorne: (Opening scene voice over) In every life there comes a day of reckoning. A time when unsettled scores demand their retribution and our own lies and transgressions are finally laid bare.

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