Revenge S1E10: Loyalty

Posted on December 08, 2011

Uh-Oh! Crazy gays are trouble in any social setting (trust us on this one), but when your crazy gay is backed up against the wall and has run out of his anti-psychotic medication, look out! That bitch’ll do anything! She CRAZY!

It seems that no matter what, the secret of the Graysons and David Clarke is just dying to get out somehow. The writers tossed Lydia off a building after she started waving that speech around, but like Lydia herself, that little piece of paper can’t easily be destroyed. Little psychogay Tyler is now using Lydia’s speech to secure his job at Grayson and just stumbled upon a career-making blackmail video, the result of which can only be Tyler’s death (Is it him on the beach at the end of the summer?) or the reveal of the Grayson’s scandal to the world. Which sounds more likely? Emily should probably just consider sitting back and letting things unfold because with this crowd, any one of whom would easily stab the others in the back to get what they want, maybe the best revenge is to let them all destroy themselves.

And this is, of course, one of the major themes of the show; that venal, amoral people will destroy themselves given enough time. It’s a lovely sentiment and the fact that the show relies on it so much is a huge reason for its success (and the success of its grandparents, Dallas and Dynasty). In short: we want to believe that people who have so much more materially than we do must be leading the unhappiest of lives that will surely end disastrously. Even shorter: the public just loves watching the rich get screwed.

But then the other major theme of the show is that revenge can destroy the avenger as much as it can destroy those its wielded against. Emily’s Revenge Sensei thinks she’s playing a dangerous game here and that she’s fallen in love with Daniel. She assures him that she hasn’t and we know we’re supposed to believe that she still has feelings for Jack, but of the two, it’s Daniel with whom she shares major chemistry. Jack just gets the Sweet Guy treatment from her (As in, “He’s a sweet guy, but…”). Daniel clearly gets her motor running. Underlying Emily’s machinations is a couple of unpleasant truths about her, one of which is that she’s turned into something of a snob without realizing it. She walks smoothly through the world of the Graysons but comes off quite condescending in Jack’s world. We think this is at least partially why Ashley has turned against her. Even with her, Emily has always come off a little snooty and that more than anything has fueled Ash’s vicious desire to get out of servitude and move into the mansion where she belongs.

Anyway, it’s always two steps forward, one step back in the revenge game. Emily thought she found a way to get rid of Tyler, but she didn’t count on the desperation of a psychotic gay with his back up against the wall, and all she really managed to do was tip her hand and ruin her relationship with Nolan, the only person who’s been on her side through this whole thing. If Tyler doesn’t know already that she was the one who revealed his secrets to Daniel, he will soon. And how exactly did she manage that one anyway? What was her reason for knowing that Nolan and Tyler slept together?

And poor Nolan. We’d happily accept his offer to jet off to Monte Carlo. He can get over his loneliness by oiling his abs and spending money on us.

On the other “pain in the ass” front, Emily’s plans for Fauxmanda seem to be bearing fruit. That tacky little girl was never going to manage to keep her mouth shut and, Emily knew, neither would Jack. She was, in fact, counting on Jack’s long-held torch for her to be the tool to help take down Fauxmanda, so she ensured that Fauxmanda had all the info she needed to continue the charade, essentially digging her own grave. Girl is COLD. But brilliant, we have to say, because Victoria Grayson now thinks that Amanda Clarke is back in town and shacking up with Jack. Expect an “I WILL DESTROY YOU” moment soon.

As for the Hamptons’ resident Queen B-for Bitch, it seems she’s stopped feeling sorry for herself and is ready to take her husband to the woodshed. But here’s our question: Is the guy she hired actually working for Emily? Did we read those last scenes right? Because there’s no way he won’t recognize her if he sees her. Is Emily so devious that she’s even managed to get Victoria’s divorce lawyer on her payroll before Victoria did? That girl is good. Cold; maybe a little crazy; but damn, does she know how to plot and scheme.

Also, Kung Fu! We’re looking forward to seeing her beat little Tyler to a bloody pulp some day.

[Photo Credit: ABC]

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  • Sobaika Mirza

    Can’t believe that was the mid-season finale – this show is so addicting!

  • Anonymous

    I’m so excited to see what happens with Tyler and the gun scene. That snippet should win an Emmy for Best Episode Promo in the History of the World.

    • Sobaika Mirza

      I know right? I was practically yelling at the television.

    • Yes! It was amazing. For a moment, I didn’t realize what was going on, and then I’m thinking “Oh my God, GUN!” Absolutely brilliant.

      Maybe he’ll shoot Fauxmanda. A girl can dream, can’t she?

      • I was all about Fauxmanda getting killed after last week’s episode, but she seems to have her shit together this week, so we will see. Fauxmanda isn’t at the Fire and Ice party, so maybe she gets offed somehow anyway.

        I missed the gun promo with Tyler. What happened?

    • Anonymous

      I really think that scene is a dream. The showrunner said he expanded the date for the reveal of the shooting from episode 13 to 15 in order to build on Tyler’s story. If Tyler tries to shoot some people in the next episode. I think that would pretty much end his arc on the show.

      • Anonymous

        No way a story arc could end just because somebody tries to shoot someone else. Probably not even if he does shoot someone. Not on this show! He might go off somewhere for a psych eval & his lawyer points out that he was off his meds, in the meantime everybody runs around complicating various situations based on their interpretation of the shreds of whatever he reveals during the shooting scene. Probably somebody who hates his guts goes to bat for him either to get him back into circulation where he’s more vulnerable, or to be a pawn in one of their other subplots.

        Et voila! Tyler’s baaaack!

        ETA: While I don’t catch all the subtleties because I rarely see an entire episode, I rather think that the shooting scene promo is most likely to end with someone else shooting Tyler, but not fatally (I hope. He’s fun). Just because they can.

        • I wouldn’t think they’d want to do it as a dream, simply because it’s such a primetime soap cliche.

          • Anonymous

            That’s why I think they WOULD do it. (And I love this show for that.)

        • Anonymous

          I just can’t see Tyler trying to shoot everyone in the next episode, schizophrenic or not. He just started blackmailing Conrad and he has additional leverage to use against him now that he has the video of Conrad and Lydia. If this was a preview for 2 or 3 episodes from now I would buy it. But, it’s too soon. Also, I really believe he’s the one who gets killed on the beach and not Daniel. The producers are aware many fans think this. Why would they want to end that speculation by elminating Tyler as the potential corpse? If I’m wrong, I can’t wait to find out what the hell happens in the 43 minutes of the next episode to cause Tyler to go on  a shooting spree.

  • taodon

    This show makes me giddy.  Or maybe it’s the wine I drink while watching the show.  Either way, both are worth it.

  • Anonymous

    That’s how I interpreted those last scenes, too.  I thought it might explain why the lawyer turned down Conrad and offered to represent Victoria.  If that’s true, then T Lo is right.  Girl’s got GAME.

    While I agree that Emily sees Jack as a sweet guy from her childhood, mixed with a little “What could have been” fondness, I don’t see why Emily’s sensei thought she was falling in love with Daniel.  I’ve always viewed her actions with him as superficially sweet while keeping him at an arm’s distance, so the Japanese mentor’s warning and departure made no sense to me based on what I’ve interpreted on screen.  Am I alone in this?

    • No, you’re not alone in this. I’ve never really seen the chemistry between Daniel and Emily. She always strikes me as being somewhat aloof around him. That’s why I never really bought his moving in with her so soon.

    • Sobaika Mirza

      You’re not alone in this, but I think we’re supposed to think she’s falling in love him. Maybe it’s all happening under the surface but I find her pretty aloof and bored-looking as well.

    • I don’t think she’s falling in love with Daniel, but I do believe she genuinely cares for him. Not enough to let him get in her way, but I think she’d prefer not to hurt him too much if she can help it.

      It didn’t occur to me that the lawyer might be working for her, but it makes some kind of crazy sense.

    • Anonymous

      I want Jack and Emily together. And from the scene in the bar it seems she still has feelings for him. So, the idea that Emily is falling for Daniel is a little strange to me. I don’t think she loves Daniel, but she does care for him. From what the show has revealed so far if Emily loves anyone it’s Jack and Sammy. The reason she was so angry at Nolan at the end was because he was playing with Jack’s heart, as she said.

    • I agree that I don’t really see Emily as falling for Daniel mainly because Daniel to me ,is a rich frat boy douche type. But then, I think he reminds me of someone I once knew so I’m probably biased!

  • Anonymous

    I am loving the way Ashton Holmes is playing Tyler.  He is super creepy.  When he first appeared, I thought, “Awww, it’s Sidney Phillips from The Pacific!”  I am amazed at how different and, more importantly, believable he is on Revenge.

    • Anonymous

      I agree. It’s hard to believe this is the same guy from Nikkita. I actually liked him on there and was sad when he (spoiler for people who haven’t watched Nikkita) died. I can’t stand Tyler, but I love the way he’s playing the character. What a fantastic actor. He’s the Talented Mr. Ripley with some extra venom laced in.

  • I always get a kick out of the looks that Emily gives behind people’s backs when she hugs them.  She has given that “I am so bored with you look” over Daniel’s shoulder several times.

    • Mary McClelland

      I know – I don’t buy that she’s falling for him for one minute. I also love that inhale side-eyed look she gives when something is puzzling or intriguing. 

  • Anonymous

    I only see this show in snippets, but I caught what I assume were a couple of Tyler’s big scenes (plus realAmanda with the dog!) and couldn’t help thinking that these roles are just the stuff of scenery-chewing dreams for drama students everywhere. It’s like the Gossip Girl child went through Dynasty University on plot-steroids and, often, with better production values

  • Leslie Streeter

    TLo: I agree with you about sad little Nolan. He’s my snotty rich bi-sexual tribillionaire TV boyfriend, and I am glad he got Emily to look briefly frowny. I like when she’s given pause because then it’s not RoboRevenge like the first three or four weeks. It’s become delicious. If Victoria does not go Krystal/Alexis and wrestle some beyotch into a pool, I will be sore disappointed.
    And while you know from experience the crazy gays, I know me some social-climbing black girls, as a lifelong black girl. And that Ashley? Do not trust that ho. And she’s got the snooty British accent too? Shifty-shady.

    • “I know me some social-climbing black girls, as a lifelong black girl.
      And that Ashley? Do not trust that ho. And she’s got the snooty British
      accent too? Shifty-shady.”  If I could like this more than once, I would. It made me cough up my cheese enchilada while laughing. And I agree, the Ashley character is shifty shady which is why she is a perfect partner in social climbing with Tyler!

  • ARG! I was out last night and missed this! I’ll have to see if it’s available online, I must keep up with all the twists in this show. I love it.

    • If you have Prime Time On Demand, you can watch it there. Be warned: It might not be so for all cable systems, but Time Warner doesn’t let you fast forward through the commercials. However, they’re mostly Disney-related commercials for the ABC shows, which don’t annoy me too much. And there aren’t as many as you’d have to sit through if you were watching it live.

    • it should be on Hulu, if not now, soon. 

      • Thanks. I’ll put that on my to-do for the weekend!

  • Nah, Real Amanda isn’t as smart as she thought she is…  Frank and Lydia almost ruined her twice and only because of some chance happenings (Real Emily being a super efficient murderess and Nolan just happened to bug the house and just happened to watch that video). 

  • Anonymous

    I’ve slowly started to suspect that Tyler is the one who gets shot, not Daniel, and last night’s events continued to support that theory in my book. 

    As for Emily being comfortable in the Grayson’s world, that doesn’t seem farfetched. She is fabulously wealthy and anyway isn’t the Grayson’s world where she came from after all? She did live in the house next door to them so presumably she had quite a bit of exposure to the Hamptons lifestyle.

    The most unrealistic moment of last night was her giving the (hastily crumpled) diary to Fauxmanda, which she presumably dashed off how quickly? An hour? An evening? How could she remember, let alone compose convincingly, so many meticulous details so quickly?

    Lastly, are Dynasty and Dallas really the grandparents of Revenge? I’d prefer to think of them as later in life parents, makes me feel less ancient!

  • Anonymous

    also, i totally did not realize until this recap that those meds were Tyler’s anti-psychotic meds. the whole episode, i thought he was going to take nolan to monte carlo and drug him and kill him. or i thought he was going to drug ashley at dinner.

  • Anonymous

    Another great epiosode. Emily is finally starting to feel the repercusions of her quest for Revenge. Not to say she’s not justified in seeking revenge, but at the end of the day the person she will destroy most will probably be herself. I loved seeing some real emotion from her as well. Poor Nolan. He’s so desperate for love that he was willing to take the affections of a two bit hustler like Tyler. I’m really curious as to where this fauxmanda storyline is going. I just hope it doesn’t end with her killing Sammy. I’m having “Sommersby” flashbacks. I’d be happy if she eventually took out Declan though. Since he could be an obstacle to her seemingly real feelings forJack. Why does Ashley actually believe Tyler only kissed Nolan? Her character is becoming more interesting, but she needs to gain some self awareness quickly. Because, at this point she’s just Tyler’s puppet.

  • Mary McClelland

    I hope Emily and Tyler manage to work it out. He truly is her friend and beneath it all you can tell she cares for him she’s just making some poor judgments for whatever reason. For all her calculations she sometimes misses some real inner-personal obvious and makes some perilous missteps. 

    I’m guessing since we observed them conspiring at the engagement party they managed to work it out. Here’s hoping Nolan meets a real gay who cares for him and he can stop hiding and banish the likes of Tyler.

    In case you can’t tell I love Nolan.

  • Anonymous

    I need Nolan to stay on Emily’s side. They’re fun together. 

    • Anonymous

      I still wonder if this isn’t all ultimately Nolan’s long con to the people who shunned him…

    • Yes I agree.  And moments where I’m in my own shameful slash fic world, Nolan and Victoria are working it on out on a beach somewhere.  If you know what I mean.  And I think you do.

  • Anonymous

    It’s all good and I love the show but the kung fu photo reminded me again how hilarious it is when they shoot on these scenes from high on a clifftop overlooking the Pacific – the east end of Long Island is flat as a pancake and that just ain’t Hamptons topogrphy.  J’amuse.

  • This show and these recaps complete me.

  • Oops, I meant fan fiction world.  I’m multitasking fail right now!

  • Anonymous

    I read the addition of Victoria’s lawyer not as someone on Emily’s payroll, but as yet someone else she has planned to destroy all along, because he refused to follow through with the final appeal for her father. But you’re right, he will recognize her because he’s obviously seen the grown-up version of her. Didn’t Emily find out about Tyler and Nolan having sex (and assume that Tyler was blackmailing Nolan because of it, which he wasn’t … but still made a good bit of news for Daniel to take to Daddy) because she snooped on Nolan’s whale flash drive when he left the room?

    And did I read it right that Tyler made it appear that he was throwing both the flash drive and the laptop in the pool in front of Nolan, when he actually pocketed the flash drive and took it home with him? Nolan definitely needs a new camera/flash drive now. And it will have to be a good one. Too many people are onto his onyx-looking little sculpture casually left around.

    The scene where Grayson tried to fire Tyler and Tyler brought up what he’d learned from Lydia’s speech was priceless. Worth the whole show.