Revenge S2E2: Resurrection

Posted on October 08, 2012

We had conflicting reactions to this episode. On the one hand, “Yay! Everything’s back to status quo!” On the other hand, “Dammit. Everything’s back to status quo.”

Of course Victoria wasn’t going to remain in that cabin for much longer and of course she wasn’t going to run away from it all with her daughter and a couple of fake passports. And certainly, having the white-haired man hanging around the margins, knowing that Emily Thorne is Amanda Clarke was going to be untenable for much longer. It’s not that the quick snap back to the way things were was unwelcome; it’s just that… well, it was so damn quick. We’ll at least give the writers credit for waiting until the second episode of the season to do it. There’s nothing more annoying than an explosive season finale which is followed by a quick reset button in the following season’s premiere. But dammit, we were looking forward to dead Victoria manipulating everything from behind the scenes for a little while longer. And we thought there was tremendous potential in the idea that Emily was helping her do it.

On the other hand, it’s always nice to get a reminder that Hamptons Batman is up against people as smart or smarter than she is. Because girl got OWNED this time around. As much as we love Emily, there’s something just a little satisfying about seeing her go from a narrow-eyed threat of “I’m going to take her daughter away from her,” to “Wait. What?” in the space of one hour. This story would be no fun at all if Victoria and Conrad Grayson weren’t Schemers Supreme, and the audience – and Emily – needed that reminder right now and needed to see just how quickly the two of them can turn near-disaster into an incredible advantage for the both of them. And in a nice bit of symmetry, the episode started off looking like the Grayson family was on the verge of collapse and ended with Victoria getting Charlotte back into the family fold as Conrad did the same with Daniel. Say what you will about the two of them, Conrad and Victoria make an amazingly good team, even when their goals are at odds with each other. Besides, they’re so deliciously Boris-and-Natasha evil that they can actually make a scene depicting a man punching his wife almost seem a little funny. And even as she’s bloodied and chained to a radiator, she still manages to radiate a chilling control over the situation.

And it’s also nice to see, in an episode that ended with the Graysons faking family warmth, that Emily is as cold as Victoria is and is just as likely to use the people she cares about as pawns in her schemes. First, she plants a suspicion in Jack’s mind that Fauxmanda’s baby isn’t his (which prompted a fun, but ultimately wrong “How much do you want to bet that baby’s not entirely white?” discussion on our couch), then she lies to Fauxmanda about the test results, leaving her supposed friend and ally in desperate gratitude to her; once more willing to do anything that Emily asks of her. Even worse, Emily comes off no better than Conrad or Victoria when it comes to Charlotte, manipulating that poor, fragile girl’s emotions in any way that suits her.

In other Hamptons news, Jack, Daniel, and Declan all remain mouth-breathing idiots, although Declan really takes the prize this week. “Hey, sleazy rich prepster, I’ll happily take your stolen jewelry and hold on to it for a while! What could possibly go wrong?” In the dead-at-the-bottom-of-the-bay sweepstakes, we’re hoping he’s a frontrunner just because he deserves to be.

Also: Nolan remains delicious, but we don’t trust that little CFO of his as far as we can throw her.

Also, also: The look on Ashley’s face when the Queen of the Manor returned home was priceless.

Also, also, also: Hot Australian Guy is hot.

[Photo Credit: ABC]

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

    Great episode all around.  I agree that Emily needed to bring back to reality on who she is up against. And what are they going to do with the white haired man’s body?  

  • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_3JSTXMWWVZN2QNP2UEKJMTWD7U Isabel

    Maybe throw him on Vicky’s perfect lawn.

  • M_E_S

    I was SO happy to see Rebecca from “Greek” turn up.  She plays a bitch well enough to keep up with Victoria and Emily.  Can’t wait to see more of her and Nolan.

    Glad I guessed that Ashley was working with Conrad.  Still waiting for the big reveal of their affair.  Her chemistry with Daniel is approximately the level of her chemistry with a wooden chair.

    • http://twitter.com/blbathie Brittany Bathie

      Did you know she is 35 in real life?  I was shocked!  I was all, you expect me to believe that a girl that was in “college” a few years ago is now your CFO, so I looked it up.  Girl looks good.

      • M_E_S

         NO WAY.  Well, now she and Gabriel Mann have plenty of time to discuss how they manage to look so damn young and fabulous all the time.

        • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_3JSTXMWWVZN2QNP2UEKJMTWD7U Isabel

          They know Dorian Gray!

      • Hell Yes, I Would!

        She’s only 27!

        • http://twitter.com/blbathie Brittany Bathie
        • http://twitter.com/blbathie Brittany Bathie

          imdb is telling me she was born on September 14th, 1977.

          • Hai Yen Nguyen

             I used to be amazed by her agelessness too but IMDB is wrong. Wikipedia says she’s 27, which is much more believable.

    • http://kingderella.tumblr.com/ kingderella

       i dont know the actress, but i found her irritating as hell this episode. also, nolan is a control freak, but he has no idea whats going on with his company? which is it now?

      • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_3JSTXMWWVZN2QNP2UEKJMTWD7U Isabel

        Nolan is having too much fun in the Hamptons to worry about cash flow.

      • JMansm

        he’s a control freak who is in denial. 

      • adnama79

        Right, Kingderella?  One or the other.

  • http://www.djplaw.com/ Tadiana

    I loved Victoria’s idea for trapping the white-haired felon.  Not so much Emily’s inviting him to her home without keeping a gun trained on him the whole time.  It was a bit of a fail for me from a plotting point of view, but of course Hot Australian Guy saved the day (although from the previews it did look like it was he that Emily whacks with a bottle next week.  Mal sehen.)

    And Declan:  At least hide the hot necklace somewhere secure and off your premises.  Idiot.

    • adnama79

      She’s going to beat the crap outta him for interrupting some plan and killing the man who knows about her mother.  “I know he had a knife to my throat.  It was part of the plan.  Damn you.”

      Naturally, dealing with the body won’t even be a major concern.

  • http://kingderella.tumblr.com/ kingderella

    this episode was great, just for victorias scheme alone!

    now, i dont make a lot of effort to keep up on this shows continuity and mythology, so maybe im missing something. but why are charlotte and emily so close? sure, theyre half-sisters, but charlotte doesnt know that. so why does she trust emily so much?

    hot new revenge buddy (who, according to imdb, is british) is hot. but i dislike how easily white-haired guy was able to overwhelm emily. i mean, she knew who she was meeting! that scene made her look really weak and a little dumb to me.

    is this the last weve seen of charlottes therapist? i really want him to be on the recieving end of some good-old-fashioned revenge-of-the-week!

    • http://twitter.com/realgigio  Cαrlσs Quiñσnes ♐

       It looks like when Charlotte was in the rehab clinic.. Emily started getting close to her.. with emails and postcards.. so who knows.. 

    • gabbilevy

      The actor may be British, but that accent is definitely Australian. Then again, Josh Bowman is a Brit, too.

  • MilaXX

    I thought the show was deliciously good last night. I was a bit surprised that the baby turned out to really be Jack’s. Loved Victoria telling Charlotte she couldn’t sell the forks and knives to run away & love her even ore chained to the radiator.I don’t trust the new CFO either, but I’m looking forward to her shaking things up.
    Oh and Declan remains an idiot. He deserves to get arrested for knowingly taking stolen goods.

    • Adriana_Paula

      Also, not to get all Marxist, but shouldn’t “working class” Declan have balked a bit when the douche with the stolen jewelry flat out said,”Don’t worry about it, my mom will just blame the maid”?  Damn.

      • MilaXX

        yes! I was irked by the remark even though I knew the intent was to make sure we knew how much of jerk the guy was

  • gabbilevy

    So many good things in this episode! And Padma, newly installed CFO, looks to be trouble, either as a distraction for Nolan (she already prevented him from watching what was going down with Conrad the Wife Beater and Queen Vicky) or, more likely, as a schemer with her own revengenda. I’m taking bets on whom she’s working for.

  • http://profile.yahoo.com/QK3MTAHUVJCMI7DANY6WFCAIUM n a

    i love this show for it’s juicy, evening-soap camp.  The whole sitch. with Victoria, the stolen fortunes, the whoopsie-baby, and finally the ridiculous- ‘You must answer me now and be my CFO b/c you’re smart enough to track me down to the Hamptons’…?!  This was LOL evening drama.  loved it.

  • JMansm

    SO DAMN HAPPY THAT DILSHAD VADSARIA (the actress who plays “that little CFO of Nolan’s”) IS BACK ON MY TELEVISION. YAYYYYYYYYYYYYYY. 

  • Qitkat

    Declan has now completely stepped up as a top contender for The Darwin Award.

  • Vanja

    I usually like Revenge a lot, but this episode was a bit too much on the soapy side for me. The necklace, the faking of a kidnapping, paying your daughter’s drug counsellor to falsify a report so you can steal her money and the at the last minute rescue by a friendly assassin, it was a bit much. I’m also constantly expecting for Emily to find out, in true soap-fashion, that Amanda’s baby bump is made out of foam. 
    And yes, Declan is at the top of my ‘swimming with the fishes” wish list too.

  • annieanne

    we don’t trust that little CFO of his as far as we can throw her.
    Ashley’s getting too predictable. They needed to throw a new scheming female supporting player into the mix.

  • http://angryfemur.tumblr.com Andrea Lane

    Oh. My. God. So happy that Revenge is back. My life needed more Emily Thorne/Victoria Grayson throwdowns.

  • cjarellano

    Maybe I missed something, but how did the White-Haired Man know about the existence of Emily’s Clam Cam???

    • Jessi03

      White-Haired Man sees all and knows all.

    • pop_top

       I think she must have told him in advance – he knew exactly where to look.

    • Judy_S

       I think he’s just hypersensitive to bugs. He seems to have spotted the whale cam by about the time Nolan started looking at the feed. Presumably he had a clue that Emily had been there, and knew that this was her style.

  • mellieTX

    I have been searching for the designers or brands of Ashley’s red and white dress from this episode.  Can anyone here help me out?

    • adnama79

       http://www.bluefly.com/Prada-ivory-and-black-tweed-short-sleeve-dress/p/319115901/detail.fly

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

    Pretty sure the dead water dude isn’t Declan – there was a wedding ring on that savaged hand.

    Hot Australian Guy is actually Hot British Guy: Barry Slone  http://www.imdb.com/name/nm1289351/