Revenge S1E17: Doubt

Posted on April 19, 2012

Last night, as we watched Hamptons Batman get in some righteously furious head kicks, we looked to the the heavens and silently whispered, “Thank you.” Revenge is finally back in our lives.

Don’t get us wrong, we loves us some Mad Men, but sometimes, you don’t want to have to analyze costumes or put things in historical context or tease out the meaning behind pregnant pauses. Sometimes, you just want to watch Victoria Grayson and Emily Thorne put on some tight dresses, sit down at a table, and silently trade bitchfaces back and forth.

Which isn’t to say this is some sort of mindless television show. Oh sure, it’s not Masterpiece Theater or anything, but last night’s episode was an impressive reminder of how well this show juggles multiple plot strands and a ton of characters, keeping the viewer utterly invested in their fates, while still managing to wink at the audience knowingly, as if to say, “We know why you watch.” Why else would they give us a prison shower scene where every prisoner had impressive pecs and washboard abs? They might as well have flashed at the bottom of the screen, “THIS ONE GOES OUT TO ALL THE GAYS IN THE AUDIENCE.” Why else would they give Victoria the hilariously campy line, “What is it you used to say? Flowers are earth’s way of laughing?” Why else would you have Emily intone, “We need real-time blogging!”with all the seriousness of a heart attack at a funeral?

“Am I bothering you?”

“Is that a rhetorical question?”

We rest our case. Alexis Carrington was fun, but she was never this much fun.

And just as we got finished marveling at Daniel’s ability to wrap a towel so tightly around his waist that it didn’t budge even while he was getting a beating, Victoria stunned us with her sheet-wrapping abilities as she reconnected with an old flame, promptly fell into bed with him, and then swanned around his apartment wearing the latest in 600-count Egyptian cotton and spewing twenty-five years’ worth of exposition, without so much as a nip slip and with her massive necklace firmly in place.

By the way, James Purefoy is still hotter than Georgia asphalt, but we liked him better when he was getting full-frontal naked oil rubdowns on the late, lamented Rome.

That got you all scrambling to your Netflix queue, didn’t it?

Anyway, we hit the ground running with this episode – so much so that our heads were spinning for the first ten minutes or so as we tried to get up to speed while hanging on to every bit of bitchy, rapid-fire dialogue. Victoria (whom we will now call Vicky Harper behind her back, because we know it would make her furious), spent the first half of the episode trying to pin the shooting on pretty much anyone in the Hamptons who isn’t related to her (we’re surprised she hasn’t tried to finger Conrad – not THAT way, you pervs), which forces Emily to once again dangle a carrot in front of the practically brain-dead Jack to get him out of the Hamptons and on the road to finding Fauxmanda, who hasn’t withdrawn a penny of her 5 million dollars. So dim-witted is the scruffy little bartender that his wool-headed brother Declan actually comes off like a mastermind in comparison. We were impressed with the little toadstool for figuring out that throwing a little shade on his girlfriend’s recall abilities would be enough to get the case against Jack dismissed. Unfortunately for him, he’s lost her as a girlfriend. We don’t have a lot of love for the little hobbit with the weird speech patterns, but we can’t help thinking that getting as far away from the Graysons is probably the best thing for him. We don’t trust his intelligence to figure this out, though, and we fully expect him to park himself under Charlotte’s window and hold a boombox over his head. This will be the moment when we hope that Victoria has attack Dobermans somewhere on the property.

And speaking of attack Dobermans, Vicky’s cute little brush-headed thug-for-hire once again gets called up for duty. This time, to pay off people on the inside to beat up her son. It’s for his own good – or at least, that’s what she told herself. Emily, of course, figured out what she did instantly, which gave her yet another opportunity to tuck her head down and viciously stare at her future mother-in-law and long-time nemesis. She’s getting really good at that – especially since no one ever seems to notice and say, “Hey Emily, why are you always tucking your head down and staring daggers at people?”

Also, Emily brilliantly figured out a way to get that nasty little bitchqueen Mason Treadwell back in the picture. At first we weren’t sure why she would want to do this, but it all became clear by the end. She had just enough information to rearrange in such a way as to not only get him to think what she wanted him to, but also to get him to do what she wanted to. We know at some point Ems is going to get bested by Vicky, but we do so love that she’s so fucking brilliant and no one but Nolan really knows it.

But goodness, so many questions still to be answered.

Where is Fauxmanda, anyway? Does Revenge Sensei have her locked up somewhere or did he kill her?

Who exactly is this Dominik dude from Vicky’s past? Could he be Daniel’s bio-dad? Because they kind of look alike. He certainly looks more like him than blue-eyed Conrad. And what happened to the C in his name? Did Vicky steal it when she stole his heart?

When is Charlotte going to cut to the chase and just make that suicide attempt we all know is coming?

Why did Emily take an imprint of Brush-Headed Thug’s car key? And far be it for us to question the methods of Hamptons Batman, but was it really a good idea to whisper “This is for Jack,” just before she beat him unconscious? Or is she trying to get Vicky to think that Fauxmanda is the one that beat him?

How soon will dim-witted Daniel walk off the property and set off his alarm?

How in the hell does a former party planner wind up being the family’s spokesperson while they’re going through a press-fueled scandal?

And most important of all:

Where does she get those fabulous wigs?

 

[Photo Credit: ABC]

    • Nancy Williams

      I don’t know, if Downton Abbey is on Masterpiece…well, this isn’t that far off!

    • Sobaika Mirza

      Who is more dim-witted? Jack or Daniel? I would say Jack, but Daniel gets so easily swayed by both his fiance and mother I’m convinced he doesn’t have an original belief of his own.

      Man, I’ve missed this show.

      • rowsella

         I think Daniel is dumber.  Jack can manage a business.  I am giving him a little pass for his decisions d/t grief of losing his dad. 

        • Sobaika Mirza

          You know, it’s funny – in the show’s time line, it’s been around 2 months? I’m not sure, but I think it’s been the summer Hamptons season. That’s a really short span of time, and the brothers rarely mention their dad’s passing.

          • adnama79

            That’s seriously been bothering me, too.

            Not to mention that Jack was planning to leave for Haiti and just… leave his minor brother to run a bar during the school season?  Without a guardian?  But then if he needs to leave “for a few days” he needs to have a babysitter around?

    • http://twitter.com/wednesdaydreams Natalie

      I love Revenge so much, and I love that you guys recap it. the show is just so delicious. I had no idea James Purefoy would be in it and SQUEALED. Gawd! And Emily. She’s just one of the best characters on tv right now along with Victoria. I was expecting the show to be all about Emily when I first started off but how great is it that Victoria’s just as much a lead. 

      “We don’t have a lot of love for the little hobbit with the weird speech patterns, but we can’t help thinking that getting as far away from the Graysons is probably the best thing for him. We don’t trust his intelligence to figure this out, though, and we fully expect him to park himself under Charlotte’s window and hold a boombox over his head. ”

      WIN. God, this was the only episode I’ve found Declan remotely redeeming in contrast to how disgustingly annoying Charlotte is. But he’ll be back to his stupidity soon, no doubt.

      • lilibetp

        OMG!  I squealed too, Natalie.  James Purefoy is just so incredibly hot, isn’t he?  I’ll never understand why they cast Daniel Craig as 007.

        • http://victoriapavlova.com Victoria Pavlova

          Because James Purefoy wouldn’t stay long enough in a suit :)

      • rowsella

         Everyone complains about Declan, yet spoiled, whiny, boring, pill-popping, privileged, dumb Charlotte always seems to get a pass– I can’t stand her either; I think they deserve each other.

    • MissAnnieRN

      I share your sentiments with Revenge being back on TV.  I have to do bullet points here -
      1.) I was a little annoyed that they jammed in so much backstory into certain scenes, it was obvious they were trying to remind the viewer of what had happened previously.  I wish they had just said “fuck it, let them find the episodes online” because a lot of the dialogue was clunky (especially the scenes between Nolan and Jack in the bar).
      2.) HAHAHAHAHAHAHA at Vicky’s sheets.  that was some seriously artful draping and clothespinning.  So awesome.  I mean, the lace dress she was wearing left less to the imagination than that sheet did.  Which brings me to:
      3.)  THAT LACE DRESS!  Does she sacrifice lambs to look that good?  Wow.
      4.) LOL at “THIS ONE GOES OUT TO ALL THE GAYS IN THE AUDIENCE.”  Seriously my 6 year old just asked “Mommy, why are you laughing?”  Oh, nothing honey….
      5.) Emily VanCamp is becoming a much better actress.

      • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=558631967 Ivona Foster

        They have been advertising – what happened so far- and other videos from character’s pow for weeks. I guess they wanted to make sure audience stays with them…

        • MilaXX

           Not to mention last week was a clip show of the entire season.  If ABC would stop jerking the schedule around, the catch up wouldn’t be needed.

    • http://www.facebook.com/people/Patrick-Cleary/1201575213 Patrick Cleary

      Damn you to Hell, “Rome” is not on Netflix streaming! NOOOOOO!!!!

      • raininmai

        Both seasons of “Rome” are streaming on HBO Go online.

    • http://www.facebook.com/people/Patrick-Cleary/1201575213 Patrick Cleary

      Damn you to Hell, “Rome” is not on Netflix streaming! NOOOOOO!!!!

    • Spicytomato1

      Just when I thought your recaps couldn’t get any better you come through with this one. Thank you, this absolutely made my morning.

      And while I know Mad Men is much more worthy of your fashion analyses, I’d love to see a “Revenge Style” post sometime. I’d think Nolan’s getups alone could get you off on a really solid foot. Fresh off of yesterday’s Mad Style post I really found myself scrutinizing everyone’s fashion choices, to the point where I had to force myself to stop because I was missing big chunks of the drama, fast-moving as it was.

      I laughed out loud at the uber-intese bitchface of Emily’s when she realized what Victoria “message” had delivered to Daniel in prison. She managed to hold it for an extra beat or two…and I was mesmerized for a second. Masterful.

      I also had to laugh at the “Murder Investigation Command Post” Victoria had set up. Seeing those close-up photographs of dead Tyler displayed just in front of one of her millions of sets of French doors was just so bizarre.

       And speaking of Casa Grayson, I loved when Victoria told Mason she’d “have a room made up in the East Wing” for him. So presumably she also has a West wing full of vacant guest rooms? And yet she had Amber Vallett’s character (her name escapes me now) in a room right next to the front door. More laughs.

      Parting thought, is it just me or did the “little hobbit” actually look kinda cute in his prep-school uniform?

      • MilaXX

         Nolan’s the only one of interest. Emily and Victoria would just be one bandage dress after another. The only variation would be pre-Emily Amanda in juvie scenes.

      • http://twitter.com/bstolemyremote bitchstolemyremote

        Re: Lydia’s room – The room near the front door was to keep an eye on her, while simultaneously not making her feel special.

    • Spicytomato1

      Just when I thought your recaps couldn’t get any better you come through with this one. Thank you, this absolutely made my morning.

      And while I know Mad Men is much more worthy of your fashion analyses, I’d love to see a “Revenge Style” post sometime. I’d think Nolan’s getups alone could get you off on a really solid foot. Fresh off of yesterday’s Mad Style post I really found myself scrutinizing everyone’s fashion choices, to the point where I had to force myself to stop because I was missing big chunks of the drama, fast-moving as it was.

      I laughed out loud at the uber-intese bitchface of Emily’s when she realized what Victoria “message” had delivered to Daniel in prison. She managed to hold it for an extra beat or two…and I was mesmerized for a second. Masterful.

      I also had to laugh at the “Murder Investigation Command Post” Victoria had set up. Seeing those close-up photographs of dead Tyler displayed just in front of one of her millions of sets of French doors was just so bizarre.

       And speaking of Casa Grayson, I loved when Victoria told Mason she’d “have a room made up in the East Wing” for him. So presumably she also has a West wing full of vacant guest rooms? And yet she had Amber Vallett’s character (her name escapes me now) in a room right next to the front door. More laughs.

      Parting thought, is it just me or did the “little hobbit” actually look kinda cute in his prep-school uniform?

    • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=558631967 Ivona Foster

      Have not seen the episode yet but couldn’t stay away from your recap. 
      “THIS ONE GOES OUT TO ALL THE GAYS IN THE AUDIENCE.”  had me laughing out loud, excellent as always :)

    • formerlyAnon

      I’m smiling, broadly.

    • SummerSquash

      “When is Charlotte going to cut to the chase and just make that suicide attempt we all know is coming?”Right? 

    • Little_Olive

      It KILLS me how stupid Declan and Jack are, to the point I cannot stand Declan. But I also love they have characters with distinct different levels of intelligence in the show -if any, TV usually goes to the cookie-cutter dumb/smart as character traits. 

      • http://twitter.com/fashunroadkill Chelle

        Yea but it kind of says something when the two poor ones are some of the stupidest ones.

        On the other hand, all the straight males are pretty dumb. This show is very girl-gay-Asian-not American power. With the exception of Charolette and Fauxamanda.

    • NinaBoo

      How much do I love Gabriel Mann? His physical reaction when Emily mentioned Mason Treadwell…I had to pause the show to laugh. Nolan is my hands down favorite character.

      • Spicytomato1

        Yes, that was one of my favorite moments, too! I loved how he played that scene.

    • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_24RD7WZX5UVGTQF3SDRT5DF354 Colleen

      Wait, James Purefoy (or as I call him PureJoy) is on this show? I’m definitely watching now!!!!

    • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_NPNLXTKDTEIWLM6IFJZWNM3BRY Patrick

      I am so glad Revenge is back and ‘Doubt’ was a great return episode. It
      made me thankful to have my new DVR, the Hopper. A minor unexpected emergency
      had me leaving the house right before the show started; I thought I was going
      to miss it. But then, after I got back I realized my Hopper had PrimeTime
      Anytime enabled, so it automatically recorded everything on ABC, CBS, FOX, and
      NBC. Now I’m really happy my coworker at DISH talked me into getting one of
      these whole-home DVRs.
       

    • FashionShowAtLunch

      Also: I was just rewatching Mad Men season 2 and I couldn’t believe I didn’t recognize Nolan (Gabriel Mann) as Arthur, Betty’s riding buddy!

      • MissAnnieRN

        Holy Crap!  I had to google that one, because yeah – no recognition whatsoever!

    • Redlanta

      Love your recap as usual!!  “This will be the moment when we hope that Victoria has attack Dobermans somewhere on the property.”  LOL!!  So who will be the major character to bite the dust on the Season finale, and when will most of the males on this show recover from their lobotomies?  Love the insight on Dominik character(was Vicky scrolling him as an art thief?  Dis she help him in her poor pre-Grayson days?)  You guys have, rightfully so, dropped some dead shows from your recaps.  Please think of catching up on “Once Upon a Time” and recapping it this summer.  You guys would enjoy it, I think, and your recaps would be outrageous!!

    • oohsparkley!

      Loved the recap. Love, love, LOVED the series Rome.

    • EEKstl

      LOVED James Purefoy in Rome and yes, his full frontals were a sight to behold.  Miss that show.  Might need to visit HBO Go this evening…hmmm…

    • butter nut

      i spent half the episode shouting, “you go, madeline stowe!”  i love this shit so hard.

    • MilaXX

      I just can’t figure out why ABC is constantly playing whack a mole with this show. As far as I can tell it gets good ratings. This on again off again is driving me nuts.

      I remember ROME fondly. James Purefoy & Kevin McKidd – YUM!

      As for fauxmanda, my money is on Sensei.

      • Adriana_Paula

        I have a Rome question: was there much torture in it?  I really want to  see it, but any kind of torture completely freaks me out (I had to LEAVE THE HOUSE during Helen Mirren’s Elizabeth I movie).

        • MilaXX

          There was some, but not a lot and IIRC not a lot of blood except for one animal sacrifice scene and you’ll have plenty of warning to FF through it.

          • http://www.tomandlorenzo.com/ Tom and Lorenzo

            Don’t forget the brain surgery scene, which, while brief, was unforgettable.

            • MilaXX

              oh snap, how could I forget that. I literally squirmed in my sit.

        • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=720742723 Sarah Winningham

          Weeeell, my favorite part of the pilot was when they crucified some guy to pump him for information, he promptly spilled, Kevin McKidd was like, alright, take him down, and the soldiers gave this amazing side -eye because they had just got that heavy-ass cross set up.

    • http://needtherapy.tumblr.com/ skadi1

      Thank you, internet, for reminding me that I am not alone in my absolute DELIGHT watching this show.

    • http://twitter.com/katshimmers Kat Wright

      Thank the stars there is something to watch again! Hoorah for Revenge!

    • http://twitter.com/bstolemyremote bitchstolemyremote

      Boo – looks like T&L didn’t like my earlier post, but yeah, this recap was hilarious. Didn’t quite like the episode as much as them considering the awkward intro of Victoria’s new “friend” made me feel like I’d missed an episode somewhere. Kinda strange that creator Mike Kelley wrote the episode considering it was good, but not decent. Usually when showrunners/creators write an episode it’s a game changer!

    • YolandaHawkins

      Our long national nightmare is over and Revenge is back and so are the recaps.  I think I just heard angels singing. 

      James “Mark Antony” Purefoy!  Oh how I have missed you!  And how much did we all love Vicky’s 72″ Tahitian black pearl necklace, artistically draped around her while hitting the 600 count Egyptian sheets with Dominik?!  Fabulous!!  And how I’ve missed Nolan – “So Mason, this is how you spend your days? Wine coolers?!” That’s how you greet a bitchqueen.  I heart Nolan!  Everything about last night, fabulous! 

    • Funkykatt

      I think Emily looks great with darker hair. Much cuter than the blonde. 

    • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_5UQHEKG5EDX4T6NMARUC565TPQ Amy

      Thanks for the James Purefoy tip! I have been a long time fan but have yet to feast my eyes on Rome!

      And where does ms. party planner get her fabulous earrings?!

      Oh and the episode was a solid A+ in my book!

    • LuLusLemons

      Lots of interesting directing choices here … they went with “stagier” lighting techniques … the “Vicky’s Tryst” scenes were shot like a ’90s music video, and Jack’s “driving” looked very old-school B movie. (His dishtowel-throwing hissy was hilarious.)

      I hope my hair, makeup and clothes look as fresh as Emily’s does when she hasn’t eaten or slept. (and that when I kick butt, I’m able to do it in such cute booties).

      Also love QV’s Project Runway entry for the JBFed Couture challenge.

    • NinjaCate
    • frances rossi

      –” especially since no one ever seems to notice and say, “Hey Emily, why are you always tucking your head down and staring daggers at people?””
      This!! Thank you – she’s always doing that and NO ONE ever notices?!?! It’s a huge pet peeve of mine. Bravo, ToLo.
      Anyway, it was a little too long of a break for me as I seemed to be rather Meh about all the goings on and really impatient with Bartender (see I don’t even remember his stupid name). But I was pleasantly surprised by his brother.

    • http://twitter.com/cornekopia Shawn EH

      Because the party planner is a social climber, which is something everyone can understand and get behind. Plus, British accent. I’m sorry you guys gave up on Glee, but I’ll never get tired of reading your words of wisdom on this or Downton (or American Horror Story when it returns, hopefully!) … it makes the shows more fun!