Revenge: Penance

Posted on November 12, 2012

Okay, is anyone else as confused as we are?

Between the two of us, we don’t have even one head for business, so all this stuff about Grayson Global buying up Nolan’s company is going right over our head. We don’t understand the reasons for it and we don’t understand the implications of it. Normally, we wouldn’t mind, but it’s a major plot point this season.

Now, between the two of us, we definitely have several heads for bitchy revenge, but even we don’t quite understand what Emily did to Mason Treadwell this episode and we’re having a hard time understanding why he’d just accept it. Sure, we get it on paper: he’s supposed to take the fall for a whole lotta bullshit he had nothing to do with (i.e., Gordon Murphy’s death AND David Clarke’s framing) just so he can write the best-seller about Emily Thorne and her revenge against her parents’ killers at some point down the line, but that seems awfully flimsy to us. Although we suppose once you come face to face with Fauxmanda and her favorite tire iron, you’ll agree to just about anything. We were thrilled when Emily came clean with him about her true identity, because we thought it was going to be some sort of radical shift in the status quo, but instead, a loose end got tied up and sent away in a manner that was a bit hard to believe.We were kind of looking forward to him as an ally of hers; a sort of older, bitchier version of Nolan.

We’re also not quite sure what to make of Kara’s exit and again, we found it just a bit too much to believe from this story. She managed to take the Graysons hostage in their own house – in the middle of a press conference, mind you – without anyone seeing it AND Aidan managed to whisk her away from it all without anyone seeing him do it? Just how shitty is the security in that house anyway?

In other news, Jack’s new business partner has a brother who’s even shadier than he is and zzzzzzzzzzzzzzz. Can we just skip ahead to the part where one of them winds up dead at the bottom of the bay please? The story grinds to a halt every time we head over to Jack’s bar.

Not that we’re complaining (okay, maybe a little); this episode was crazy fun with more than a couple “What the HELL is GOING ON?” moments, but it felt like it was veering a little too close to campy Desperate Housewives territory a couple of times. It wasn’t helped by those utterly cringe-worthy Revenge-o-mercials, of which we will speak no more.

Emily breaking off a piece of that Aidan for herself? THAT we can totally get behind.

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  • JosephLamour

    Well, to explain the check thing to you guys: big businesses often have clauses that their employees do no outside business while they’re employed at said businesses. To take this a step further, there is sometimes a clause that says, basically: If you invest in anything, IT IS THE COMPANY’s & NOT YOURS TO PROFIT FROM. David Clarke was a big dummo and forgot about this clause. So now that Nolan’s company is Microsoft, basically, legally it is the property of the company that David Clarke worked for when he invested. This also means that every penny of Emily’s money is their property as well.

    Some colleges have this clause too. A friend of mine came up with this really awesome idea for a type of purse while a senior at art school, and she sells all the time, has trunk shows at fashion weeks in Paris and London, etc. My college (RISD) could at any point one day say HEY! All the money you made is now ours. KThanxBye!

    • Sobaika

      Speaking of, I found Nolan’s blase reaction to the idea of losing his entire life’s work just as unbelievable as Mason happily going to jail.

      • Inspector_Gidget

        I thought maybe Nolan was scheming in the background.  After he busted Padma for snooping around, he asked how far she was willing to go to protect them from the Graysons.  But now he’s telling her that he’s going to be broke,so… I’ve got nothing.

      • MaryAtRealityTea

        I’m pretty sure there is some amazing thing happening in the background and Nolcorp will not end up being owned by the Grayson’s. Nolimy always have some huge trick up their sleeves… 

      • annieanne

        That made no sense whatsoever.
        Unless Nolan basically IS Nolcorp – he personally owns all the patents and he doesn’t have a non-compete agreement. In which case Grayson Global ends up owning a big pile of nothing when Nolan quits and takes his toys elsewhere.

        • JosephLamour

          PERHAPS thats the twist that Nolan and CFO Sad Eyes were planning! :: Relief::

    • crash1212

       Well, this was very helpful JL – now this episode makes more sense…although Nolan’s reaction to the ramifications doesn’t make a whole lot of sense. One assumes that exacting revenge using high-tech gizmos will be more difficult when all those attempting the exacting will be broke.

    • DeebaCee

      Thanks for that explanation!

    • http://www.djplaw.com/ Tadiana

      JosephLamour, did your art school friend work for the college?  I’m having a hard time fathoming how a school could demand that kind of agreement from a person who’s just a student there.  I think it’s unlikely that a court would enforce that clause against a student.  An employee, probably yes, if the opportunity was related to the business interests of the company.

      • Sobaika

        I’m pretty sure that’s standard. On the flip side, my alma mater had Napster created on its property so there was talk our school could have gotten sued by music corporations.

      • JosephLamour

        The Good Wife actually had this exact plot a couple episodes ago. (Season 4, Episode 3: Two Girls, One Code) 

        A lot of colleges have that clause just in case the idea was come up with in class, or the idea is actually their property and a sheisty student is trying to profit unfairly. RISD is a very “Get yo’ money!” kind of school, so they wouldn’t ever enforce it. Besides, could you imagine the media firestorm? 

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

          Could Harvard try to make a claim for Facebook? It wasn’t a class project, but was created on their territory…??  just curious.

    • http://twitter.com/Goldielox73 Goldie

      Yes, Mattel sued for ownership of the Bratz dolls a few years back over this very same concept (at the time, my girls were prime Barbie/Bratz age).  Mattel claimed that the guy who designed Bratz was on contract to them when he developed the dolls.  MGA (the company that owns Bratz) and the designer said that he developed them at a time in between Mattel contracts.  In the end (seven years later), MGA won.

  • A. W.

    Allow me to re-iterate another commenter’s request for Revenge fashion posts!

  • Sobaika

    I get promotional tie-ins and the holiday season and what not, but whoever thought up those commercials should get fired. 

    And yeah, I have no idea what’s happening on the show either. I find CFO Sad Eyes and her entire ‘romance’ with Nolan more boring than any of the Jack/Declan/bar shenanigans. At least there’s potential for man candy.

    • JosephLamour

      Seriously. WORST COMMERCIALS EVER. Also, seeing Jack *try* to dance to that singer who seems like she’s trying really hard to be Duffy was painful.

      • Sobaika

        AWKWARD PERSONIFIED.

      • http://profiles.google.com/thehilariest The Hilariest

        Wasn’t the singer Jessica Simpson? Or did I drink a few too many glasses of wine last night?

        • Sobaika

          Definitely not her.

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

           I had that thought too so I kept looking until finally I realized she was way too skinny to be Jessica Simpson.

      • http://twitter.com/ms_smartiepants Beth Mellone

        The commercials WERE terrible, which makes me sad because the singer at the culminating party was Gin Wigmore, a fabulous Kiwi gal whose music, yes, is similar in style to that of Duffy and Amy Winehouse (I think there’s room for more than one person to utilize a particular music style without being considered a copycat, no?). I highly recommend checking out her album Holy Smoke. (This advertisement has been paid for by…lol, just kidding, I just really wish Gin were more popular here in the States).

        • JosephLamour

          I agree, but when you introduce yourself in such a way that looks really similar to Duffy’s first video and biggest hit ‘Mercy”… you invite comparisons you may not want? To me, it just seemed like Neiman Marcus was like… wheres Duffy?! Oh, she had a baby and is still writing an album? Have anyone else like her?

        • adnama79

          Thanks for supplying the name of the band/singer.  I was having no luck with Google.

          New favorite.  “Man Like That” is a great song. 

          • http://twitter.com/ms_smartiepants Beth Mellone

            Thanks! I’ll check her out. I love getting music recommendations (from real people, not iTunes).

      • http://twitter.com/latxcvi LaT

        DUFFY! That was the vibe I was getting from her but I couldn’t place it.  Thank you! (And thanks, too, for the explanation of how Grayson Global could potentially own NolCorp.)

    • Inspector_Gidget

      The whole Gift of Revenge thing was so misguided.  And to insert it into the middle of such a Byzantine episode!  Keep the webisodes on the web, please.

  • Inspector_Gidget

    Twists and turns like nobody’s business!  It’s amazing to me that, unlike, most soaps, they rocket through plotlines at breakneck speed on this show.  When someone goes into a coma on Days of Our Lives, they’re in that hospital bed for months.  Not this show! Two weeks later, people barely remember it happened.

    Not that I’m complaining, really.  Last night was fun indeed.  If hard to keep up with.

  • http://www.djplaw.com/ Tadiana

    I fast-forwarded through all of the Gift commercials until almost the end, when I slowed down for a minute to look at the singer and wonder if she was someone I was supposed to recognize and if I was seriously out of touch because I thought the song was boring and sung badly.  Then I fast-forwarded through the rest.  Glad to see I didn’t miss anything.

    I’ve worked on employment agreements before and, while they typically have this type of a “no profiting from opportunities that you should have turned over to the company” type of clause, I’m having a hard time suspending disbelief that this would give Grayson Global ownership of Nolan’s company without an excruciatingly long legal battle, especially when, IIRC, that ownership interest had been divested.  More likely they’d be able to get the profits enjoyed by Emily.

    My bigger question (besides why would Nolan cooperate so easily, because, well, television) was, why does coming up with this twist so Daniel can get control of Grayson, really profit the Aidan/Emily plan?

    I had to replay the kiss scene a couple of times.  About time Emily saw the light.  Who’d want Jack when you could have Aidan?

  • justjoan123

    I am so confused!  If the commercials were for Target why were the gift-wrapped boxes identified with Neiman Marcus labels?  Puhleese do not tell me NM now owns Target.  And where was the red bullseyed dog?

    • turtleemily

      Target and NM are each donating $1 million to the CFDA for its 50th anniversary. Looks like they’re both selling from this multi-designer “collection”, but it’s not clear on if they’re donating from sales of only those items or if they’re donating that money whether they sell enough of the collecion merch or not:

      http://www.target.com/c/target-neiman-marcus-collection/-/N-5ouwb#learn-more#?lnk=HEROCONTAINER|HEROCONTAINER&intc=723057|null

      http://www.neimanmarcus.com/category.jsp?itemId=cat44320738&parentId=cat8900735&navid=footer_holiday24

      So for $29.99 you can have the Band of Outsides hat set that Jack and Nolan had; $99.99 for Charlotte’s Nela Rose dress; same price of Amily’s Robert Rodriguez dress; and $149.99 for Declan’s Thom Browne blazer (which also comes in a women’s cut for $129.99).

    • f_yeah_marie

       I think it’s NM for Target, kind of like when they have designers doing stuff for them once a month (Zac Posen, Proenza Schouler, Missoni, etc.).

      • MilaXX

         yes I think T & Lo did a post on Donna Karan or DVF  recently. She has a tie in with it.

        • f_yeah_marie

           I actually love those Target tie-ins.  That’s about the only time I can afford those designers’ clothes!

          • MilaXX

             I don’t mind the lower end retail tie ins, I just disliked those fake commercials last night.

          • f_yeah_marie

             I don’t think anyone liked those commercials…they were really awkward and over the top with their promotion.

  • Akh621

    There were a few confusing things tonight and those commercials were creepy. Still, favorite Nolan line tonight: This one time, at revenge camp…”  I love the idea of Emily “re-gifitng” an empty box to Victoria!

    • amandafg

      “This is one time, at revenge camp..” NEARLY KILLED ME. I actually had to pause the episode to text a friend, it was too much. I’m really very easily amused. And I love Nolan.

    • adnama79

      Yes to both – I was hoping it was an empty box and bummed I didn’t see her open it.

  • Inspector_Gidget

    I still can’t shake the nagging feeling that my man Aiden is getting bumped off soon.  Doesn’t it seem coincidental that he’s suddenly announced as a series regular, starting the episode *after* the big boat murder reveal?  Could be a classic case of misdirection. That, or I’ve been around Emily Thorne too long.  Conspiracies everywhere!

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

    I feel like Aiden is part of The Initiative.
     

    • f_yeah_marie

       I truly hope not…I would be gutted!  And it would mean that Emily placed her trust in the wrong person :(

    • Inspector_Gidget

      I’m thinking Ashley. She’s looking shifty lately.

      • annieanne

        Oooohhhh……….didn’t see that one coming. That would be an excellent twist.

      • Dhammadina

        Didn’t Aiden say that he knew Ashley? Or that Emily was underestimating her? Or something like that? Then I started to worry a lot more about Ashley in general. Anyone else? 

        • adnama79

          Yes, last episode Aiden made a skeptical comment about Ashley and Emily said she’d known her for years – and something about her being a hustler.  In the 1st season there was a comment about Emily and Ashley going back, as well.  I’m thinking Ashley also did some juvie time?  I think she’s just a known quantity to Emily and someone she can blackmail if need be, but otherwise a nonstarter.

          Ashley as initiative sounds cool, but I think maybe it’s something else brewing.  When she went Team Daniel tonight, it made sense from the generic scheming hussy perspective (follow the man with the money and not the one facing an arraignment) vs. the initiative perspective (keep the puppet in power so you can pull the strings).

  • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_LI35AZLWSZEYRDZ4PUCBHUCZUI Jonathan

    I think Emily might have cashed out or stock or something? I thought it was made clear that it would be a problem for Emily/Amanda but it would be a problem for Nolan and yeah I am a bit confused by that plot as well, If Aidan is really helping Emily then my hunch is that Daniel’s plan to stake a claim on NolCorp will somehow backfire on Daniel, A) because Daniel isn’t the sharpest tool in the shed and B) Emily actually cares about Nolan. 

    • MaryAtRealityTea

      That’s what I think too. In what world is DANIEL able to out-smart Nolan and Emily. Especially when it seems Aiden is behind  Daniel’s scheme and it appears he is Team Emily. Furthermore, I could see this turning into a ploy in which Nolcorp actually takes over Grayson Global unless the Grayson agree to some very undesirable circumstances. Wouldn’t that be amazing! 

    • f_yeah_marie

       I think Emily cashed out.  I can’t remember what episode she mentioned it in, but she no longer has any ties to NolCorp.

      • annieanne

        She did. But if Grayson Global owned all of Nolcorp from the beginning, then Emily never actually owned any stock to sell and all her gains from Nolcorp belong to GG.
        BIG ‘if’……

        • Fay Dearing

          They’re not going to be able to go back that far and claim the money from Emily. When she cashed out, she cashed out. If Grayson does get Nolcorp only the current stockholders are going to get screwed.

          • Inspector_Gidget

            Her money shouldn’t be at risk, but her cover would be. I think the big concern is that a huge lawsuit like this would lead to a thorough investigation of all the stockholders.  Amanda, being a 49% shareholder, would have a huge red target on her. Someone digging into her finances would no doubt wonder how the money from the sale of half the company wound up in Emily Thorne’s bank account.

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

    i like that Emily is a little more no-nonsense this season.  And she is looking FIERCE!  She must be on the Paleo diet or something-

  • f_yeah_marie

    Not even Nolan could save those cringe-worthy commercials.  I got so much second-hand embarrassment from watching them, ugh.  Last night I came across an article about five ways to save Revenge and one of the items was to get rid of Aidan.  I THINK NOT.  He is a perfect match for Emily.  Not only are they in revenge camp together, but he thinks on the same wavelength as she does.  I’m only half annoyed that all we got was part of a hot makeout session at the very end of the episode.  If Daniel and Emily can have a sex scene, then she and Aidan can have one (or multiple ones) as well.

    • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_LI35AZLWSZEYRDZ4PUCBHUCZUI Jonathan

      I love how Revenge needs to be “saved”. I’m pretty sure it is doing extremely well in the ratings and faces almost no chance of being dropped from the line up. 

  • turtleemily

    Completely random observation (although maybe not so random since I read this show’s recaps on a fashion blog), but was this the first episode Victoria’s worn pants?

    • f_yeah_marie

       I believe she wore jeans (gasp!) when she was laying low in the cabin since she was supposed to be dead.  If it wasn’t jeans, it was slacks or some kind of pants.

    • zelavie

      It’s the first time I remember jeans, and she ROCKED them!

    • pop_top

      She wore jeans last season when she went to lunch at the Stowaway with Charlotte and Declan. Naturally, she fit her venue to the  T – big hoops and all.

  • MilaXX

    Oh thank goodness. I thought I was just pverly tired and missing important points. Reading your recap I see I’m understanding as much as you all. Also, really Neiman Marcus?!

  • MilaXX

    Speaking of nighttime soaps, do any of the BK’s watch Scandal? I have to admit, now that they have this secret circle with Fritz, Olivia, the Supreme Court judge and the other guy who’s name I forget, things are all kinds of delicious and ridiculous.

    • pookiesmom

      I do, I do! I kind of love it (especially with the new bizarre megaconspiracy subplot added in), but sweet jeezy creezy has nobody on the production team realized how mind-blowingly annoying those camera flash noises are? FOR THE LOVE OF GOD, FIND ANOTHER WAY TO TRANSITION FROM SCENE TO SCENE, WILL YOU?? I almost had to stop watching because they were giving me seizures of rage. /endrant.

      • MilaXX

         I don’t mind them because they remind me of Huck hacking or eavesdropping on everyone. Huck makes this show for me.

    • Sobaika

      I’m thinking of getting into it – I hear it gets really juicy.

      • MilaXX

        Yes it is delicious. This season even more so with the secret circle, which btw includes the first lady and the character Huck having a bigger role this season. Since they like to drop bombshells at the very end, I find myself anticipating the last 3 -5 mins of the show.

      • pop_top

         Get in! Get in! It’s really good.

  • oohsparkley!

    Did anyone catch if the check from David Clarke to Nolan for the initial investment was a personal check or a Grayson Cos. check? That might be their claim to ownership?  It is confusing why Nolan would hand that over so easily.  I doubt that any personal investment could be presumed to be property of Grayson, not matter what the employee contract said – unless it was in a competitive or similar business.   I kind of liked the commercials for the gift of revenge, but I was confused at first that they were part of the program.  I miss things when my dog needs to go out and bark at geese and deer. I need to upgrade my technology so I don’t miss anything important.

    • annieanne

      It was a David Clarke check. So I had the same question: If David Clarke is making a personal investment in a company which is not in competition with GG, how do they have a claim on the investment? That’s a lawsuit that’s either thrown out of court the day its filed or its litigated for a couple decades.

      • DinahR

        hmmm… good catch on the personal check.  Also who’s to say it was an investment then, maybe David Clarke just gave Nolan the money and Nolan used it to start the business.  Someone could probably argue that anyway, true or not. 

  • annieanne

    The Jack’s bar storyline has suddently got microscopically interesting from the introduction of eye-candy Anders (from Battlestar Galactica) as skeevy partner’s brother.
    There are definitely plans for that bar. Initiative plans perhaps?

    • out for a walk

      Aha! I knew I recognized that eye-candy from somewhere!

  • http://twitter.com/meg_a_wo_man Megs

    Am I the only one that misses that company picnic photo that Emily had… the she used to target people and crossed off their faces as she destroyed their lives?  Are absolutely done with that now that The Initiative is in the house?

    • f_yeah_marie

       I somewhat miss it.  I liked the orderly story line, but it would have been way too formulaic had they stuck with it.  Besides, the Initiative is the true mastermind behind David Clarke’s downfall, not the Graysons.  It makes sense for Emily and Aidan to focus their energies on them instead.

    • Inspector_Gidget

      There was a certain purity in it that was satisfying.  I don’t think it could keep going for several seasons that way though. That said, I hope they don’t go too overboard with the shadowy Initiative stuff either, as that could easily spin WAY out of control. Season 5: Daniel Grayson runs for President as a puppet of the Initiative, while Nolan hacks into the CIA database and Emily sends Aiden to the Middle East to… you get the idea.

      • f_yeah_marie

         Fanfiction is what crack-tastic plot points and pairings are for ;)

  • neofashionista

    I actually think I want Em to end up wth Nolan crazy I know but I think he truly loves her and of all the people in her life he is the only one I trust. Even Aidan is suspicious.

    • f_yeah_marie

       I felt this way very briefly, but in the end I’d rather they remain friends.  They do have a chemistry, but to me it’s not romantic or sexual. 

  • shanna bowie

    I am the only one who liked the commercials and I am ok with that. Yes they were cheesy but they were also soapy and silly so I thought it was cute tie in. 

  • CozyCat

    Victoria would NEVER allow Charlotte to be seen in public in that awful dress!

  • CozyCat

    I’m sure there’s a special session at “revenge camp” on how to hide your secret fortune.  Kind of a merit badge in money laundering.

  • DinahR

    I think no show can beat Dallas at soapy business shenanigans.  Dallas works the fine line between making contracts and corporate takeovers interesting enough to be a storyline, yet simple enough to comprehend and keep track of week to week.  It’s usually clear what a character is trying to do, what ends they are trying to achieve and what obstacles are in the way. Also, they make sure lawyers get mentioned, contracts are disputed, legality is an issue and time elapses.  This keeps it ‘real’ enough for tv viewing but it takes a lot of set up during the episodes to get there.  Which is fine, cuz it’s Dallas — they know their stuff. 

    It feels like Revenge is just cramming this corporate stuff in because … I’m not sure why, because they work other angles much more deliciously.  IMO to make the ‘Grayson Enterprises takes over Nolcorp’ angle work in a tv-believable way more storytime needs to be devoted to explaining it, explaining why Nolan is just caving in, and why no lawyers would duke it out for eternity.  But I don’t want Revenge to go that route either, cause it’s not what people watch this show for. Revenge was never able to make even the simple hardships of Jack’s bar interesting or just make sense (if he would consider a partner, why not Emily or Nolan or even Daniel?) so I don’t have a lot of faith in the handling of Grayson v Nolcorp.    

    Revenge is awesome with unbelievably complicated shenanigans of a personal nature. Vendettas. Secret identities. Secret organizations. Backstabbing. Doublecrossing.  A talented, beautiful cast all dressed up in gorgeous fashion with an ocean view. Perfect! I wish they’d leave the ‘soapy business drama’ to Dallas and get back to Hampton’s Batman, focus on the current characters’ individual motivations, and bring in the The Initiative fullstop already!