Revenge S1E9: Suspicion

Posted on November 26, 2011

From the Totally Unimpressive Predictions Department: Real-Emily Thorne will be dead before the season is over. Are we wrong here? Isn’t everyone thinking that? It’s like when someone finds out Superman’s secret identity: you know amnesia is only a couple pages down the line. It’s the same thing here. There’s not a chance in hell Real-Emily will ever get away with getting Jack to think she’s actually his childhood sweetheart, Amanda. Our Emily Thorne has always shown a supernatural ability to keep an enormous number of plates spinning in the air, but she can’t possibly continue her con with this big of a wrench thrown into the works.

This tantalizes for several reasons. First off, we don’t think our Emily is capable of cold-blooded murder. Not yet, anyway. But if there’s one person on the planet who’s capable of driving her to it (more so even than Victoria) then Fauxmanda is definitely it. What’s more likely is that, given how outrageously careless and irresponsible she is, someone else in the Hamptons will wind up doing it. Someone who probably doesn’t want Amanda Clarke showing up after all these years. Jack, bless him, is the second-dumbest man in the Hamptons (Declan being the first) so we have a feeling he’ll be shooting his mouth off to the locals about his long lost childhood sweetheart returned to him. This is going to end so badly for the poor guy. Then again, we can’t really stand the character.

Speaking of which, Declan secures his bona fides as a complete fucking moron, getting $25,000 from Victoria (her maids find more more than that in the lint trap  and couch cushions every week) to stop dating Charlotte – and then goes right back to dating Charlotte. Victoria’s life is firmly in the shitter and queen bees losing their grip on the hive can be extremely dangerous to any lessers who cross their path. She’ll take out every frustration she has right now on that dumb kid and leave him a smear on the beach. Jack’s coming heartache isn’t actually going to be fun to watch, but if the writers are setting Dumb Declan up to be Victoria’s current punching bag, we’re all for it. That kid grates.

By the way, pay attention to Victoria whenever she talks to anyone about her family. It’s Daniel this and Daniel that. It’s never Charlotte. This, we think, goes beyond any “normal” kind of mother/daughter conflict. We’re telling you: Charlotte’s not a Grayson. She’s David Clarke’s daughter, which means she’s “Emily’s” sister. Victoria is so wracked with guilt over how she destroyed her former lover that she takes it out on Charlotte by treating her as separate from the rest of the Graysons. You can tell she cares for Charlotte, but she’s all but in love with Daniel.

And speaking of being in love with Daniel, Tyler is a low-down dirty whore and apparently, so is Ashley. We have to say, her turn to the dark side doesn’t quite ring true – for instance, what’s her sudden beef with Emily? – but it does tend to make the proceedings more delicious. Any girl who gives her assent to her boyfriend making out with another guy in order to further his career is a lot more interesting than a regular old party planner. We thought Ashley’s confrontation with Victoria also didn’t ring very true. The only reason we can accept Victoria not ripping Ashley’s throat open with her teeth is because she was tired and felt lonely and embattled. She’s found something of an ally in Ashley. Even better, she’s the best sort of ally for Victoria: the naturally subservient kind.

Meanwhile, Nolan keeps getting more and more video evidence on Tyler. Before too long, he’ll have a feature length documentary on his hands. What we’re loving here is the expansion of the show’s original concept in a way that feels organic. There’s still every chance this could all get out of hand from a plotting perspective and the whole thing could collapse, but right now the writers are doing a commendable job. With Real-Emily and Tyler deliberately fucking up her best laid plains, the show has grown from the idea of Amanda taking revenge on the people who ruined her life to the idea of Amanda taking revenge on the people who are getting in the way of her revenge on the people who ruined her life. There’s the A group of the Graysons and their cohorts; everyone responsible for ruining her father, and then there’s a B group of people who will eventually have to pay for crossing Emily’s path right now: Tyler, Fauxmanda, and possibly Ashley. The story is getting more complicated, but in a way that makes sense. If every episode ended like the first several of the season, with Emily cooly crossing out another face in a picture, the show would have run out of story by now. Instead, it’s gone off in a whole bunch of other directions, making the show so much more than we think anyone could have predicted from the start. It’s still gleefully a soap opera, and with the hilariously campy introduction of “X,” her apparent Revenge Sensei (the reveal of whom led Tom to shout out “She’s Batman!”), we’re more than comfortable with the idea that the writers are in full control of this concept and know exactly where they’re taking it. Could it still fall apart? Maybe. Nothing’s a guarantee in television. But we get the distinct impression that for the foreseeable future, the story is only going to get more fun.

 

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  • Anonymous

    i love the addition of her japanese code name ~ fukushuu … i googled it and it means daughter of vengance. i’m excited to (hopefully) see ms. thorne decked out in full ninja regalia quite soon.

    • MilaXX

      I’m looking for some Zen snatch the pebble action myself.

  • http://twitter.com/BeBeWhy BeBeWhy

    I screamed “She’s Batman” too. Tom and I are kindred spirits. Damn you Lorenzo for stealing him away. 

    Anyway, i think sensei will be the end of Real Emily. He seemed completely comfortable with cold blooded murder. Tyler will take care of himself. He’s going to try and blackmail his way into an exec at Grayson Global and he’ll find out why Mr. Grayson is not to be trifled with.

    • Anonymous

      Thought the exact same about sensei. He seems like he has no problem taking someone out swiftly and quietly.

    • leo ridela

      i screamed “uma!”. shes totally the bride from kill bill.

  • Anonymous

    Romeo Declan wanting to buy a place “by the water” with the $25,000 made me laugh. I hear the housing prices have fallen, so maybe it is possible he can now buy a shed in the Hampton’s. Who needs a Dallas or Dynasty reboot when we have this delicious piece of soap.

    • Anonymous

      He didn’t want to buy, he specifically said rent for the summer. Which is about three months. So really, he’s not being that unrealistic. Minor status aside. But maybe he’s got an older buddy willing to stand in for him.

  • Anonymous

    I’m loving the turn this show has taken. I had the exact same thought about Real Emily. I said aloud to my tv “Jack is going to go around blabbing this, Victoria or someone close to her is going to hear about it and all hell will break loose and Real Emily is going to die.”  That is a very interesting theory on Charlotte. Now that i think about it, I can definitely see that happening. This show is indeed delicious

    • MilaXX

      Charlotte not being a Grayson would be a perfect soap twist. Really glad I gave this show a shot despite my Emily Van hate.

      • Anonymous

        I had to push myself past my Emily Van Camp hate as well. She bugs. This show has proven to be delicious fun.

      • Helen C

        It’s funny how I couldn’t stand her in “Everwood”, but I find her really likable here.  

  • Sobaika Mirza

    I can’t stand the character Jack either. But I will gladly take the actor who plays him for myself. GIMME.

    • http://www.facebook.com/people/Lucía-Gavello/1253586868 Lucía Gavello

      I know! I think it’s the eyelashes… :P

  • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_7DDBWDEQZA3OUS4S6MEMDEKWQ4 chhivt

    Boys, I completely agree with you about DumbDeclan!  Although I refer to him as Dicklan.  And yes, those brothers are a pair of fruits on the dumb tree.

    • Libby Rhoman

      Not as much as Fauxmanda’s.  She sounds like she never opens her teeth and keeps her lower jaw jutting forward when she speaks…

      • http://twitter.com/leaftowers Mo Torres

        OH MY GAWWWD. I thought I was the only one who was annoyed by her pronunciation of the english language. “Yesh”  and “Get out of the way, you’re blocking the szhun”

      • Anonymous

        I noticed that too. So, I did some research and the actress who plays FauXAmanda is from Russia. She lived in Russia for the first 11 years of her life, so that’s probably why she has trouble pronouncing some English words.

        • Anonymous

          I looked her up for the same reason.  I wonder if she added the Russian “za chasne” toast herself as a nod to her roots? 

          I still don’t see why her accent is so annoying.  I know a bunch of Russians and they don’t speak English that way at all.

          • Helen C

            Well fauxAmenda is also supposed to be crazy and white trash, as well as an addict, so maybe she’s giving the character a particular speech pattern for that?

          • Mary McClelland

            She’s an addict? Interesting. So many twists in the el storio! 

      • Mary McClelland

        UUUGGGGHHH…it bothers me soo much! it distracts me when watching her scenes. 

  • http://inkblotphotography.blogspot.com/ Cate

    ugh… have been waiting for this since thursday. 
    that said, you guys are reading my mind. i love the way the show is developing now too and i also predict that fauxmanda will be dead by the end of the season. she knows too much and she’s irresponsible. i also think she might be a genuine psychopath who only behaves when she thinks she has a friend, but that’s another story. 

    my only thing is the tyler/ashley storyline. i agree that ashley’s sudden hate is just awkward. it doesn’t quite work. emily was never mean to her, and if it’s just jealousy, why didn’t it come up before 2 episodes ago? tyler is just… what IS he? just a bisexual con man? i haven’t quite figured out his motives yet. he keeps trying to ruin daniel, but what’s his end game? he bugs me. 

    jack really is stupid. declan is just annoying. i said “that BITCH” out loud when fauxmanda decided to be real amanda.

    i am really enjoying watching victoria come undone. she’s such an amazing actress, you can literally see the new cracks appear with each scene. i’m only confused as to why got involved in any of this in the first place. she loved dead daddy, so why did she agree to betray him? that’s the only thing that’s really bugging me, but i have a feeling the answer is coming soon.

    • http://postsomethingcreative.blogspot.com Nicole

      I feel the same way about Tyler!  Everyone I watch with is like “he’s just trying to get his family fortune back.” But I’m like, getting Daniel drunk his first day of bartending is helping him achieve this goal?  I just don’t see the reasons he does ANYTHING.  When he slept with Nolan I thought maybe he was in love Daniel, but I’m sure it’s not that simple.  

      • Sobaika Mirza

        I think Tyler is obsessed with Daniel – remember when he roofied him and sort of got on top of Daniel as he was passing out? But knowing the he can’t have Daniel is making him want to destroy Daniel. ‘If I can’t have him no one will.’

      • http://inkblotphotography.blogspot.com/ Cate

        I don’t think he’s even really gay. I honestly think it’s just a “screw whoever can get him ahead” thing. i get that he has an agenda, but there’s no REASON for it yet. it’s so confusing!

    • MilaXX

      I think they are trying for a Talented Mr. Ripley thing with Tyler, unfortunately he is the dumbest con man walking.

      • http://inkblotphotography.blogspot.com/ Cate

        :D

  • Anonymous

    I’m finally starting to look forward to this show each week. I wasn’t a fan of this show just being about Emily/Amanda’s revenge. I found it hard to like or care about that character enough in the beginning to really be invested in her paybacks. Now that it’s actually focusing on characters we’ve slowly gotten to know getting their own revenge on each other and Emily the whole show is just blossoming into this shiny little soap bubble of bitchy, self-centered rich people all being horrible to each other.  How fun is that?  Emily better watch out, the more we see Nolan the more I say he could steal this show from her. 

    Declan –  Ugh.  This scene did not ring true at all.  He’s poor.  I’m sorry, but no matter how lovely Miss Charlotte is, they’ve only known each other a little while and he’s been poor forever.  This was a chance to show an inner conflict with him that was blown.  Also, didn’t he and brother need a certain amount of money for something a few days ago?  Why didn’t he consider asking Victoria for that?  And why shoot at a low $25,000 when he could have asked her to haul the bar out of debt or even buy him the ‘place by the water’.  Then he could have gone back to dating Charlotte or worked it out with her, something.  Both would have made more sense and been more interesting.  

    Since Declan and Jack and represent the non-backstabbing have-nots I’d love to be able to root for them.  Especially Jack. But Whoa Nelly do the writers make it hard to pull for this crew.

    • Anonymous

      He did shoot higher. He asked for $100K. She said $25K.

    • Sobaika Mirza

      Jack got money for the boat and business has been good ever since the Hamptons magazine mentioned it in the article about Daniel. I agree that it was a missed opportunity to show some internal conflict, but I don’t think they’re desperate for cash at the moment.

      • Anonymous

        I think the writers envision Jack as the calm center of all this turmoil. It’s all going on around him and he’s either oblivious to it or so zen none of it affects him. Which, I guess, is supposed to make his murder all the more shocking?

    • Anonymous

      Right, he’s poor – and really young – so $25K probably feels like a fortune to him.  It was revealing that he was so excited telling Charlotte about it, and she laughed and said Victoria carries that in change at the bottom of her purse.

  • Anonymous

    Oh!  Also, I agree with the ideas on Charlotte being Amanda’s half sister.  In fact I wonder… was anything ever said about Amanda’s  mother?  Who is she?  How long was the affair going on between Victoria and Amanda’s father anyway?  If we don’t know who a main character’s mother is on a soap opera like this… you know there has be to a reveal somewhere.  

  • Mary McClelland

    While I find the whole Ashley hates Emily thing a little unrealistic too, my guess is the roots of it lay at the fact that Emily (seemingly) has the life Ashley wants. Ashley wants to be Victoria but meanwhile has to work for her. Emily is in Ashley’s mind the Victoria of the future; she doesn’t know Emily has a whole closet full of cray-cray and is wrestling with a billion demons. All ol’ Ashley sees is rich, beautiful, and hella lucky. She has oodles of money that she doesn’t have to work for so she just jets around living in Paris and The Hamptons and UES sitting on charity boards and swimming while wearing $5000 dresses while Ashley has to work her tail off giving into VIctori’s every whim. Then Emily easily and swiftly scoops up Daniel.

    I think Ashley was always a bit bitter and jealous but when Tyler came in and Ashley was thinking she got her lucky break. Then Emily was sort of dismissive of Tyler and Ashley’s relationship with him and then ripped him a new one on their double dinner date. Finally when Tyler revealed himself a kindered spirit trying to break into the Grayson’s world and reminded Ashley that Emily was oh-so part of that snooty obnoxious world Ashley realized she needed to change tactics if she wanted to break in.

    In all liklihood AShley was using Emily in the first place hoping Emily would get her connected with wealthy men and great opportunities. I guess in short, Emily = Victoria, and Ashley = Lydia.

    Have I thought too much about this show or what?! #embarrassed.

    • Anonymous

      ITA, I think you nailed it. I am also obssesed with this show :)

  • http://www.facebook.com/people/Kelly-Shattler-Foster/732106207 Kelly Shattler Foster

    I actually wonder if Victorial loves Daniel more because HE Is really David Clark’s son and Charlotte is her husband’s daughter.  Wouldn’t that be fab if Emily/aka “real Amanda” is sleeping with her 1/2 brother?!!  Victoria already lost David Clark and she fears losing their son Daniel now too.  That would be the best soap-opera plot!

    • http://postsomethingcreative.blogspot.com Nicole

      That would be hilarious because Emily VanCamp played that storyline in Brothers & Sisters.  She’d always be typecast as incestuous.

      • Anonymous

        Wait what?! Can you point me to a recap of this? I only watched the show sporadically but wasn’t she engaged to one of the titular brothers? So she was actually also a titular sister? Oh hell naw.

        • MilaXX

          In Brother & Sisters Emily was brought in as the long lost daughter of the father who dies in the first ep. (father to the Brothers& Sisters) However she and one of the actors who played her half brother started dated and the attraction between the 2 of them was so palpable that every scene they had together felt kind of incestuous so the writer De-Walkered her and made it out that she wasn’t the father bastard child. She and the brother then dated and married on the show.

          • Anonymous

            Wow! That is crazy. The episodes I saw had them already dating, so I had no idea.

          • MilaXX

            Oh it was good and crazy. They then brought in another actor to be the bastard child who was dull as dishwater and eventually written off the show.  Looking back at it I’m amazed that I stuck with that show for the entire run.

      • Helen C

        then it made her “crazy about her comatose ex” Amy Abbot the only sane character she played… 

        • Sobaika Mirza

          I never liked Amy Abbott, but I really miss Everwood.

    • JenL

      Seems unlikely, because of the age.  But when Victoria didn’t want to go along with setting up David Clark, the weapon the men (her husband and Frank) held over her was Daniel.  They said that if *they* went down so would she, and her precious son Daniel would wind up in foster care, hating her for … well, all the reasons Emanda hated David for so long.  

      What would make it more interesting to me is if Victoria treated Charlotte the way she does precisely because she couldn’t stand having another hostage held over her like that – she refused to let herself love Charlotte so that Charlotte could never be a weapon against her the way Daniel was.  On the one hand, she truly is shorting Charlotte (and herself) in the relationship, but in some ways it would also be a way of protecting Charlotte.  To this day, if someone wants to hurt Victoria, Daniel’s an obvious way of doing it…  Charlotte may be hit with collateral damage, but Daniel’s a means to an end.

      • Anonymous

        Ooh, I like that theory. Really takes the psychodrama up a notch when you think about it that way.

    • Anonymous

      I thought about that too, but they’ve made a point of mentioning “what happened 16 years ago,” pointing to Charlotte and away from Daniel as the love child.

      Plus, it’s not the House of Yes, it’s network television.  Actual blood relatives copulating?  Ew.

  • werner damen

    Ok, I’m gonna go there…
    Madelein Stowe is gorgeous sure, but couldn’t they go a bit more Benjamin Button on Victoria in her flashbacks? Everytime they cut to a flashback of Victoria with Emily’s father, I hear a record scratch in my head.

    • Sobaika Mirza

      I don’t need them to CGI out her age, she looks great and I can suspend my imagination. But it bothers me that she looks exactly the same, right down to her hair.

      • Libby Rhoman

        Agreed.  And in that vein, it really bothers me that with the exception of Fauxmanda and Lydia, every single female on the show has the EXACT same hairstyle.  It looks like there’s only one curling iron being passed around to every woman in the Hamptons.

      • Anonymous

        It definitely looked different in the scene where Conrad and Frank are coaching her on how to testify against David. More poofy and dated. But I like the idea that Victoria is extraordinarily well preserved… or frozen in time, as if she’s recalling better days.

  • Anonymous

    Thank you…..I enjoy your comments as much as the show!

  • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_HBS4KWJ6XTPDEL2JMD37ZS5YHA Ben

    she’s a fucking ninjaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaa

    My God, get rid of Declan.

  • Anonymous

    I’m just wondering who the warden is and how she knows the Japanese guy-at the end when she sent fake Amanda out of the hotel room and called the Japanese guy, the paper real Amanda was holding with his phone number said “From the desk of Warden Stiles” at the top.

  • http://twitter.com/marared Jaime

    I’m just gleefully enjoying the fact that Emily doesn’t even *have* to be the driving force behind their destruction; she got the ball rolling, but they’re doing it to themselves out of selfishness, greed, and guilt.

  • http://victoriapavlova.com Victoria Pavlova

    the addition of Revenge Sensei was soo much fun! I giggled with delight. Papa-”Thorn” was a busy bee getting so many allies for his daughter future revenge.

  • Anonymous

    I really enjoy this show but Emily Van Camp has zero warmth.  She’s so cold – she never laughs or smiles with abandon.  She comes off as so unhappy.  The girl playing Fauxmanda is a much more versatile actress and is better at turning on a dime.  She can really turn on the charm, something that Emily doesn’t do.  Sometimes it’s hard to see why Daniel and Jack are attracted to her.

    • Anonymous

      I was thinking the same thing but in an effort to give the actress the benefit of the doubt, don’t you think she kinda has to play her that way? With an agenda like hers, laughing with abandon or showing genuine warmth would be extremely difficult. That being said, however, it would be nice to see her loosen up a bit somehow. Just to see if she’s capable!

    • Helen C

      Real Emily is a psycho also a girl with nothing to lose.  Real Amanda is in the middle of destroying people’s lives (with lots of innocent collateral damages).  Hard to laugh and show genuine emotions when you are doing that. 
      Besides, Real Amanda is presented as this total package of beauty+hot body+mystery+brain.  So Daniel, who fell in love easily, is easily attracted.  Jack probably never had a hot rich girl giving him attention so he’s attracted easily (besides he was also attracted very easily to Real Emily BEFORE he even learned she’s “Amanda”).  Compare this to some other show like Gossip Girl or even Sex and the City, with dumb man-face Serena or SJP being chased by hordes of men, Emily/Amanda makes a lot more sense. 

  • Anonymous

    It’s actually perfect for Emily for everyone to think that Amanda has returned…takes any unresolved suspicions off of Emily.   Can’t wait to see how she will play it.  

    And Nolan is awesome, I am just slightly worried that Tyler will get the best of him. 

    • Anonymous

      Nolan is my favorite character on TV right now!  He’s hot and mysterious and usually bisexual/gay characters aren’t my thing but he is really doing it for me.  I really hope they explore his relationship with David Clarke in more depth because it’s such a mystery and I find Nolan so compelling.  And exactly how much money does he have that he can just throw $20 mil Tyler’s way (even if he is planning to defund it)?

      • Anonymous

        Me, too! As for how much money he has, I imagine a LOT. Like Mark Zuckerberg a lot.

    • Mary McClelland

      I don’t think so. I think Nolan is totes playing Tyler for all he’s worth and the hook-ups are a side bonus. Nolan has been schooled in the art of Emily – trust no one and use them, then lose them! :-) OR at least I hope that’s how it plays out. Even if Nolan gets a tiny used I think he’ll come out on top in the end. To think I hated Nolan first episode and now I adore! 

  • Anonymous

    I like Declan and Charlotte simply because they’re a break from the angst. 

  • Anonymous

    HA, I thought the same darn thing– ‘the reveal of whom led Tom to shout out “She’s Batman!”’

    My brain went to this scene from Batman Begins:

    Ra’s al Ghul:
    If someone stands in the way of true justice, you simply walk up behind them and stab them in the heart.

  • http://iamthelizardqueen.wordpress.com Lizzie

    Ohhh… you know what I bet will be Fauxmanda’s undoing?  The dog.  She won’t recognize the dog–or, perhaps more likely, the dog won’t recognize her, might even growl at her, in that way dogs in fiction tend to–and/or she’ll make some comment about how she’s always been afraid of dogs.

    • Anonymous

      I’m worried that Fauxmanda will hurt Sammy in some way. Unfortunately, in most mystery or horror tv/films the animals in them always end up being threatened or killed. Poor Sammy. I love that immortal dog.

  • Anonymous

    I totally agree that Ashley’s turn to the dark side doesn’t really ring true. Something about Tyler bugs me and I don’t think it’s the character so much but the actor. He’s just so weasel-like. I’m still cheering for Emily to get her revenge so anyone that threatens that makes me very nervous and I hope they get offed!

  • Claudia Wade

    I just love that the inn in the show is called the Southfork Inn. What a great homage to the ancestor of this show…..Dallas!

  • Anonymous

    First of all, I don’t get the Jack hate. I really like his character. He’s a hardworking guy still deeply devoted to his childhood sweetheart and her dog. The only annoying thing about him to me is his horrible brother. Declan is one of the worst characters in tv history, mostly because of Connor Paolo’s horrendous performance. What the hell is with that accent? Anyway, I love Revenge more and more each week. It’s so nice to watch a show where the writers so clearly have a sense of direction and focus. I’m really intrigued to learn who all the people are helping Emily and why. I agree “Vrai” Emily will be taking a dirtnap soon. Whcih I’m not looking for to, since she’s such a fun addition to the show.

  • Anonymous

    I don’t get the Jack hate. I really like his character. He’s a hardworking guy still deeply devoted to his childhood sweetheart and her dog. The only annoying thing about him to me is his horrible brother. Declan is one of the worst characters in tv history, mostly because of Connor Paolo’s horrendous performance. What the hell is with that accent? Anyway, I love Revenge more and more each week. It’s so nice to watch a show where the writers so clearly have a sense of direction and focus. I’m really intrigued to learn who all the people are helping Emily and why. I agree “Vrai” Emily will be taking a dirtnap soon. Whcih I’m not looking for to, since she’s such a fun addition to the show.

    • Mary McClelland

      I don’t mind Jack either. Declan on the other hand… UGH. can he be killed off instead of Daniel? 

  • Anonymous

    Love that the Japanese guy is Dogen from LOST. 

    • Anonymous

      I know it! I hope that he’s able to help Emily with her revenge before he gets sent to the island. 

  • Anonymous

    From the Totally Unimpressive Predictions Department: Real-Emily Thorne will be dead before the season is over. Are we wrong here? Isn’t everyone thinking that?

    I was. But now I’m thinking maybe not. I think Fauxmanda, Tyler and Ashley are being set up as the suspects in Daniel’s murder. With Jack and maybe Charlotte thrown in as decoy suspects. Then we’ll spend next season figuring out which of the three is guilty.

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=100002673395871 Roadkill Writer’s Camp

    Love the whole Mr. Miyagi twist. 

  • Anonymous

    I think it’s part of her character’s personality – the whole Amanda/Emily taking revenge thing. Besides with her natural sophistication and years of training and traveling around the world only focusing on her vendetta, I think that would leave a woman to be “un-gleeful”. Anyway, I just love this show. It’s has a Gossip Girl-esque ambiance, but with much, much more depth and complexity, in terms of plot and characterizations.

  • Anonymous

    I’m thinking that somehow Jack takes it out on Emily that Fauxmanda is not who she says he is, and this is why he kills Daniel. I don’t know. Maybe Emily kills Fauxmanda and he kills Daniel?

    • Anonymous

      Huh. I didn’t get from the first episode that Jack shot Daniel, but rather he happened upon the incident, which would set him up for a false accusation which would lead us to the “revenge is never a good idea due to unintended consequences”? Who knows…at any rate, I’m sure there will be many more twists and turns before we get to the episode that really explains the shooting. Loving it!!

      • Anonymous

        I’m still holding out hope that maybe Daniel isn’t the one who dies and they just want us to think it’s him.

        • Mary McClelland

          ME TOO! I was hoping that lat episode… like I kinda like Daniel and I like Emily and Daniel together. I was actually hoping it was some sort of staged Tyler/Ashley set up and he is just injured or it looks like he’s been shot when in actuality just passed out and covered in blood. SOmeone else’s blood – Fauxmanda’s perhaps – which will then in turn falsely implement him in some sort of murder plot. Ok, is it clear that I am a closet Danielle Shield superfan, yet, or what?!

  • Anonymous

    Loving the show and rolling with whatever they throw out.  Great guilty pleasure.  I posted about it on Facebook and I was surprised at the breadth of my friends who are watching the show–teenagers, housewives, professors and single urban-dwellers alike seem to share the guilty pleasure of it all.

  • Anonymous

    I love this show and do not consider it a guilty pleasure anymore because of all the delicious ways in which its expanded since episode 1. Couldn’t agree more about the “Declan grates” statement…he totally bugs. Agree that Charlotte is the product of Victoria and David love…bolstered by that rather LARGE hint dropped a couple of episodes back. I hope the writers can keep it up.

  • Anonymous

    I wouldn’t be so sure of Declan’s fate with regard to Victoria, as he was Charlotte’s date at Emily and Daniel’s Labor Day engagement party in the first episode (and in fact it is he and Charlotte who find Daniel after he’s shot while they’re getting frisky on the beach). So he manages to date Charlotte at her mother’s parties by the end of the summer without looking the worse for wear.

    I like Connor Paolo on Gossip Girl, but yeah, he grates as Declan.

  • Anonymous

    I have some other opinion about the whereabouts of some character.
    For one, I believe Fauxmanda is going to be a pain in the ass for quite a while, especially since we still don’t know why Jack pulled Daniel’s body on the beach after he was being shot. I don’t think Jack shot him. My guess is that it’s one of Fauxmanda’s crazy stunt. If he still believe she’s his Amanda, of course Jack would have tried to help her some way. So, not dead for a while. Maybe shot by the police while trying to escape her future arrest.
    Secundly, I think that Victoria doesn’t care for Charlotte not because she’s the love child she had with a man she betrayed. On the contrary, I think she’s disappointed in her because she’s not David Clarke’s daughter. She look at her and all that she see is that Charlotte is a Grayson. Victoria would have cherished the last piece her lover gave her, a child. But he didn’t. All she have left is sad memories and a pair of earings.
    Yes, she sees Daniel as her treasure, because she didn’t expect much of him except being the heir of a rich family. Charlotte could have been so much more, the child of the only man she ever loved. Cheesy, I know, but imagine the combination of love and guilty every time she would look at her. Sweet.
    And if I agree Declan’s a douche, I happen to find Jack sweet, if a little clueless. He’s there only to remind Emily what it is to be human and have feeling, that life is not only about destroying other people lives and watch them suffer in glee. Oh, wait that’s exactly why everybody hates him. We wouldn’t want our pretty Nemesis incarnate to slip out her road, would we ?

  • http://twitter.com/mellafe natalia h

    I freaking love this show. Every week, it gets better.

    I want real-Emily dead. The nerve! I really like Margarita Levieva but the character is so damn annoying. Which makes it awesome. I like characters that bring interesting things to the storylines, and she certainly does.

    And Jack. Oh, Jack. I know you guys hate him but he looked so happy and pretty with the wind blowing on that hair of his. Lovely.

  • http://www.facebook.com/people/Clydette-Wantland/673315286 Clydette Wantland

    What I love about this show is that it rings back to the days of Dallas and JR Ewing pulling the strings.  It’s fabulous!!