Revenge S2E3: Confidence

Posted on October 15, 2012

Because we’re whiny types, we spent last night thinking, “Dammit, TV people! Did you HAVE to put all the good shows on Sunday nights?” to be followed by, “Dammit, Revenge people! Did you HAVE to make the story move so fast and furious that we don’t even know how to review it?”

We haven’t had the time, what with all the other can’t-miss shows on last night, to re-watch this episode, but we have a feeling we’re going to need to in order to understand what the hell’s going on. The upshot of it all is, Victoria Grayson is a master manipulator who will never remain pinned down and who has an uncanny ability to pull back from the brink of disaster and wind up on top of any given situation. For all Conrad’s bluster and threatening, she’s clearly as smart and dangerous as he is, which makes her the perfect foil for Emily’s scheming.

As for Emily and her schemes, for every step forward, there seems to be at least one or two steps back. She’s not as good at knowing what’s going to happen before it happens as she used to be. Then again, Victoria’s the kind of prey who gets quite unpredictable when her back’s up against the wall. Even Ashley was awestruck by her ability to turn things around  – and she’s not really all that up on what’s going on behind closed doors.

We didn’t think we would, but we’re kind of enjoying seeing Emily become darker and a little more desperate as her plans keep going … if not quite awry, definitely not in the direction she hoped for. She’s been increasingly cruel to Fauxmanda this season. We didn’t think that would bother us, given what a pain in the ass that girl was last season, but we honestly felt bad for her when Jack dumped her.

Which reminds us: it’s getting almost borderline offensive that the only two working class guys in the story are complete and utter morons. Last season, you could at least root for Declan and Jack because they were so clearly in over their heads, but this season, we just find ourselves hoping that one or the other winds up at the bottom of the bay just for being so dumb. To be fair, though, Daniel’s not exactly a MENSA member himself. At some point, we really hope Emily turns to him and says wearily, “Don’t you ever get embarrassed with all these declarations of hatred for your mother that you never follow through on?” The only thing that interested us about their exchanges was the tone Emily took with him. She all but admitted that she considers Victoria a dangerous enemy. She’s not doing the wide-eyed innocent look anymore.

Anyway, Emily thinks she can wreak havoc on the Graysons by having Fauxmanda give her Faux-sister a Faux-diary of their father, but instead, Fauxmanda wound up in the bosom of the Grayson family and without the one and only bargaining chip Emily really had over her: Jack. That is going to seriously fuck things up for our Ems. We have to admit, it’s a plot twist so unexpected and a status quo so hard to fathom, that we’re dying to see where this all goes. What possible hold could Emily have over her now, especially if Victoria starts showering money on her new extended family member?

In other news, Hot Guy Who We Could Have Sworn Sounded Australian Last Week But Sounded South London This Week has a name and a connection to Emily: Aidan, and he’s apparently another rich kid fucked over by The Initiative with designs of REVENGE. Also, he and Ems had a thing, but now she seems to hate him. With Emily, you’re either a tool to use for revenge or you’re an enemy. That poor girl has no idea how to have a normal relationship. Then again, look at her fucked up parents. It seems dear old Mom was in love with the man who killed the father of her child. We can’t WAIT for that little family reunion. Although we wouldn’t be a bit surprised if events forced her to remain on the down low while Mom is led to believe that Fauxmanda is her daughter.

GOD, we love this show.

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  • VRuss

    I missed about half of it because my ^#&^$*&# DirecTV lost signal due to rain…. Thank you so much for the recap and the great comments!!! What I did see was very Fed up! Missed the part where the diary given was fake…

    I like Aidan for Emily… Hope she comes to her senses and can have a relatioship! Still think Nolan is super hot this season too.

  • I just kept thinking to myself. When Hamptons Batman’s mom finds out she was involved in the murder of WHG, she is going to literally hate her own child. That is, unless like TLo said, Emily’s mom beleives Fauxmanda is her real daughter. I cant help but think this relationship with the mom is going to go down hill. And another thing, poor Nolan is just looking for Emily to say that at the very least they are friends. Ugh. Just give it to him Ems. He loves you in his weird, quirky way.

    •  I feel so confused because dumboDeclan used to be SmartEric on GossipGirl (the most sane & sensible  person on the show, as many commenters used to say) and many fans of the show used to hope for more Eric storylines (also, because he was the only gay person). I feel kind of ashamed that I used to watch Gossipgirl but it used to better, I swear! Anyway, I am used to hoping for more storylines for the acteur and its strange now to wish for less! My instinctive reaction when he came on screen for the whole first season was “yes”, quickly followed by “no” when I remembered that this is not GossipGirl and he’s asctually very dumb& lame on this show. Maybe they should write him a gay storyline;-)

      • I watch Gossip Girl too, I feel no shame about that and have often thought of it as a guilty pleasure. I guess I think of Revenge in the same way, since they are both addictive nightime soaps about rich people that live in NY and scheme against each other. As a GG fan, I also have a hard time not thinking of Declan as Eric. It crosses my mind every episode. I also agree about the earlier seasons of GG being the best, but can still find things to like about the show and am sad it’s ending. It was smart of the actor that plays Declan to leave GG for Revenge since if he had stayed on GG he’d be out of a job soon. I am not really a fan of Declan though. I think he was more interesting and had a purpose when he was dating Charlotte, but now he seems kind of useless.

    • CarolinLA

      Can we call her BatMom?

    • Kristin McNamara

      I don’t understand how it’s even in the REALM of POSSIBILITY that Emily’s mom could believe that Fauxmanda is her real daughter…. a mother would KNOW her own daughter, even 20 years later. NO question.

    • turtleemily

      When Hamptons Batman’s mom finds out she was involved in the murder of WHG, she is going to literally hate her own child.

      I wonder if she knows WHG killed David Clarke on the Grayson’s dime. And Emanda didn’t kill WHG, Aiden did, to save Emanda’s life.

  • Judy_S

    I can’t help wondering if the White-Haired Man (I love how he keeps being referred to that way, like the One-Armed Man) got buried on top of Sam. Given the view of Emily’s house from the Grayson mansion, it seems she gets up to quite a lot without anyone noticing. Thank heavens she found a better place to hide her top-secret materials than under the floorboards! Under the stairs, yeah.
    Having carefully examined the question, I have determined that the moronicness of the three hunks has to do with their lack of expressiveness. Jack seems fixed in an expression of “I know a wonderful secret and I will make you happy with it,” which is why I personally find him the most attractive. Declan is “I am sad and I know you will make me sadder.” Daniel is “I just checked the mirror but I need to check it again.” It’s so bizarre that the writers/casting folks planted the wonderful Gabriel Mann/Nolan Ross in the midst of these monoliths.  The Hot New Guy’s main expression seems to be “I’m gonna KILL you,” but at least he seems to be saving Emily’s life pretty often. But the Catch-22 is that he is trying to persuade her to trust him because they loved each other, so that she can stop loving anybody else (father, mother, sister, Jack).
    I could not believe my eyes when JJL turned up at the motel. I was bouncing in my seat. I had to get confirmation through my ears in the phone call. Can’t Emily trace the call, or even return the call? Plot prediction: it will turn out that Emily’s mother is a member of The Initiative (is that what it’s called? The White-Haired Group?) and therefore Emily has to take her down, or else!

    • Sobaika

      I think Jack is the most attractive too, especially with his shirt off. I’ve seen him other stuff and he can manage more than one facial expression, I wish they’d give him more to do. Same for Daniel – was I the last person to find out he is British? His accent is pretty flawless. 

      • MissMariRose

         No, you are not the last person because I just found out by reading your comment. 🙂

      • Judy_S

         I didn’t know Daniel was a Brit. Well, good for him. And it’s true that Daniel’s role is to be duped constantly, and to have trouble thinking about more than one thing at a time; this is the guy who had Tyler for a room-mate and never noticed he was taking those pills, or knew that his family lost their money. I suppose it’s a kind of acting challenge to play someone that dopey, and keep him remotely sympathetic.

      • pop_top

        The first time I heard him speak unaccented I was so surprised; I agree about the flawnessness of his American accent. He also becomes 1000x more attractive. No wonder Emily’s dating him in real life.
        (Random trivia: he apparently dated Amy Winehouse.)

        • Sobaika

          Really?? That’s… quite the range. Kind of like Ryan Reynolds, from Alanis to Blake.

          • pop_top

             Seriously! Almost exactly, lol.

    • Little_Olive

      “I just checked the mirror but I need to check it again.” So good.
      I am SO over Friends, but it’s like the formulaic faces Joey taught in his soap opera acting lessons. 

  • Sobaika

    I’m barely aware of all the twisty turny plot points this season has brought on, and while it’s fine for now, I see it getting a bit old and uninteresting to keep up with. I have about zero interest in this Initiative business (which all a little too Sydney Bristow) and none in CFO Sad Eyes or this Aidan person (seriously, how many love interests is this girl fielding?) or this klepto storyline of Declan’s. It was all much more satisfying when their plots weaved together.

    But even still, I’m still enjoying it for now. I liked Jack breaking up with Fauxmanda (Backbone! It had to be there somewhere) and Ashley’s lime green skirt. There’s nothing line watching the Graysons snipe at each other.

    • SassieCassy

      omg ‘CFO SAD EYES’ i have to steal that one

    • MilaXX

       Seriously CFO Sad Eye’s acting is so bad she reminds me of that Imogen character on Degrassi

  • MilaXX

    I’m still playing catch up from last night. I’ve caught up on Homeland, but behind on Boardwalk Empire.
    Best unintentional moment of last night was Madeleine Stowe & Morena Baccarin playing an inadvertent game of “Bitch Stole my Look”.I can deal with Jack’s level of dumbness, but seriously Declan has worked my last nerve. Who takes ID on a home invasion? More importantly why is he protecting the rich kid who got him involved in the first place.

    • altermyego

      I’m willing to bet that Declan did NOT bring his license but that his buddy stole it from him and left it there on purpose. Not sure what the end game of that is going to be but that’s why we like this show.

      • turtleemily

         I was trying to figure out how his license would leap out of his wallet in his pocket. That makes much more sense. I almost wonder if it’s the kid stealing from his own family.

    • JosephLamour

      OMG they WERE wearing the same dress! How crazy is that! Not so crazy but still it caused me to exclaim out loud after reading your comment.

      • MilaXX

        I only noticed because I watched back to back

        • barbiefish

          I watched Homeland on Sunday and Revenge on Monday, and noticed the dress repeat.  The best part was, my husband also noticed, and when he saw Jess in The Dress on Homeland he commented that it must have been designed by Ven.

  • MintaHallWriter

    You have to admit Nolan was SERIOUSLY gorgeous last night. TLo…weren’t you coveting that gorgeous green outfit?  

    I am in awe of the number of twists in this plot. I cannot get enough of Revenge…it’s GREAT

  • A little “Bitch stole my look” moment last night with Victoria and Brody’s Wife on Homeland.  Who makes that red dress with the rose detail?

    • MilaXX

       I’m pretty sure it’s Valentino

      • Are you sure it wasn’t Ven?

        • Kristin McNamara

          HAHA. You win.

        • barbiefish

          Oops, sorry I didn’t see your comment when I added mine! 

  • DinaSews

    ‘It seems dear old Mom was in love with the man who killed the father of her child.’  I thought I knew what was going on but now I am so lost……..

    • Judy_S

       But there’s more! dear old Mom is in love with the man who was about to kill her child at the end of S2E2. Had dear old Mom encouraged this? Did she know his plans?

  • Jessi03

    That first screencap of Charlotte and Victoria is kind of my everything right now.

  • LOVED the episode. Feels like they’ve finally righted the ship after a meandering first few episodes. Agree with you that the more plans go awry (for Em OR Victoria), the more enjoyable the show becomes. We dissect the PR scene in our review because it’s just so masterful.

    Definitely enjoying Aiden and the vibe he brings. Now if only we can ship off Declan and Padma to some deserted island, this’ll be the perfect way to end the weekend.

  • Daniel Bayer

    Call me crazy, but I could have SWORN that Emily knew exactly where that press conference was going – she told Fauxmanda to stay and watch, there wasn’t a “dun-dun-DUN” shot of her during Victoria’s announcement (as usually happens when Emily gets surprised by something), and immediately before it all went down she gave Daniel that line about being able to beat Victoria at her own game. I have no clue where she’s going with this, but I got the distinct impression that she at least had a feeling this would happen.

    • Judy_S

       Maybe, but Emily seemed to expect to be called up to join the family instead of Fauxmanda. I found it confusing, particularly in light of the fact that Victoria was hit by a double-whammy of the passport (from Aiden) and the faux diary (from Emily via Fauxmanda).

      • annieanne

        But seriously — she’s five minutes from dropping his child and he dumps her because she went to a party? That boy has got some pretty serious control issues.

        • tereliz

          Eh, I think Jack was looking for a reason to dump her, especially with Emily back in town. 

          • turtleemily

             And he’d feel less guilty about leaving her out in the cold with the Graysons willing to scoop her up.

  • annieanne

    I didn’t find this episode believable at all. Victoria announces she had an affair with THE WORLD’S MOST HORRIBLE TERRORIST and she’s suddenly queen of the Hamptons again? Come on. She’d be kicked out of her country club after that little episdode. Especially since having that kind of a relationship all those years ago might make a few people with functioning brain cells wonder just exactly what the kidnapping was really all about.
    Then again, functioning brain cells seem to be in short supply in the Hamptons.
    As for Nolan, I’m starting to think I’m going to become increasingly annoyed with my favorite character. He has a super secret phone conversation with Ems while standing 5 feet away from CFO girl — where she couldn’t POSSIBLY overhear him. Because asking her to leave his office would be too hard?
    But I am intrigued about the new character – the guy Declan stole from (but where the hell did Declan the thief come from? Last week it was “keep my bracelet for me”, this week he’s Declan the cat burglar?). I suspect he’s gonna to turn out to be the next Initiative agent.

    • Kristin McNamara

      “I didn’t find this episode believable at all.”
      Ha! I haven’t found any episode believable ever! Between you and me… I don’t think that’s the point! 🙂

  • MaryAtRealityTea

    Emily is making me sad a bit. I like her wily, cool, and always in pitch perfect control. “C’mon Ems,” to quote Nolan.

  • Vanessa Gorga

    I loved it. I just can’t wait to see the next episode. In season one, I loved how Emily was as unpredictable as Victoria: no matter what happened, she changed her plans so quickly we could barely follow her thoughts. But now things are changing… the events are stopping her from achieving her goal, which makes us (and Emily) hold our breath.

    Oh by the way.. you forgot to mention Nolan! What do you guys think about him?

  • Daniel Rogers

    There was a moment in the episode where Victoria sort of insinuated that Emily may not be David Clark’s daughter. Did anyone else catch it? “She’s your half sister, if that.”
    I don’t know what to make of it, except that it could mean that WHM is her real dad, and that Emily is much deeper into this pit than we thought before. Also, it would mean that instead of killing the man responsible for her father’s death, she ended up being responsible for it. But then, it doesn’t make sense that WHM is her real dad, if he tried to kill her, does it?
    That or Victoria still isn’t convinced that FauxAmanda is the real Amanda.
    Goodness me, how I love this show.

    • Kristin McNamara

      OOOH! WHM being Emily/Realmanda’s dad?! Now THAT is an interesting twist. I hadn’t thought of that!!!

  • adnama79

    I do wish the pacing were more like last season, though, where some extraneous person goes down every episode, or every other episode.  Emily is all long game now, which is less fun.  Also, I’m tired of the Graysons’ back-n-forth.

    Trepidations about what’s going to go down at Nolan Corp.  Confused about why a computer genius didn’t just stick WHG’s SIM card in a new phone.  Apparently Nolan only knows how to work imaginary technology.

    • turtleemily

      Late to the party, but I’d assumed he did put WHG’s SIM card in a new phone and that’s how he knew he could only retrieve WHG’s phone number from it. So then Emanda put the SIM card in a new phone, making it receive any calls that were dialed for WHG, hence receiving the message from her mother.

      • adnama79

        Ohhhhhhh! Duh.

  • neofashionista

    On of the things i find best about this season is what a strong actress emily is becoming she is a lot better than the beginning of season one good for her.
    Also i thought they were implying in the show that Emily is not actually David Clarke’s daughter that her mother was unfaithful just like Victoria was unfaithful becuase Victoria imlied that her and Charlotte are not actually sisters.

  • As always, I enjoyed your Revenge recap and found this episode to be one of the best of the season thus far. Are you guys watching 666 Park Avenue? I am enjoying that show and would love to hear your thoughts on it if you would consider blogging it. Vanessa Williams is on it and I think you would agree that she is fabulous. Also, Scandal is another show that I really enjoy which I think would be up your alley for blogging as well.  It has a great female lead and ensemble cast, and the plots can get really juicy.

  • pop_top

    That was GLORIOUS. Victoria just changed the game on everyone, and I love it. 

    I love the fact that while for the rest of us, Nolan is just Nolan and that’s why he says what and acts the way he does, but to an unsuspecting stranger (Padma), Nolan is probably hooking up with Emily.

    It just hit me that Em’s going to have to tread carefully with finding her mother/knowing how much to reveal to her/attempting to manage Fauxmanda.