Revenge: Victory

Posted on March 25, 2013

Watching this episode last night with a guest who doesn’t normally watch the show, an interesting conversation RevengeS2E17+3arose. “I don’t understand what everyone’s doing,” said our guest, not unreasonably. “Oh,” we said. “That’s easy. There’s this big, bad group called the Initiative and they’re basically behind every bad thing that ever happened to any of the main characters. Nolan and Aiden negotiated with the Initiative for the release of Nolan’s girlfriend’s dad, except they wound up kidnapping Nolan’s girlfriend. Now, Nolan wants REVENGE on them. They already killed Aiden’s sister, so he, too, wants his REVENGE. Jack is an idiot but he wants his REVENGE against the people that killed his wife. Dominique Deveraux wants REVENGE against his sadistic foster mother. Emily, as always, wants REVENGE against the Graysons AND the Initiative for destroying both her life and her father’s.”

“Oh. So, it’s like this Revenge Squad thing? Like everyone in the show wants REVENGE against everyone else in the show?”

“Oh, no. It’s all about Emily and her REVENGE.”

“But you just ran down a list of characters seeking REVENGE on a show called ‘REVENGE.’ How can it just be about Emily?”RevengeS2E17+4

Well, damn. He had us there.

There’ve always been competing agendas on this show. You can’t really have a soap opera without them. You also can’t really have a soap opera without characters declaring their intention to seek REVENGE on each other for imagined or real slights. But somehow, we didn’t notice that the show had turned from a story about Amanda Clarke’s REVENGE into a story about basically half the Hamptons seeking out REVENGE on the other half. We can’t say that change bothers us. Yes, Emily’s story should remain center stage. The show suffers when the camera moves away from her for too long. But unlike the time the writers got far too invested in the financial status of Grayson Global and turned the Initiative into a Boogeyman that all the characters feared without really telling us why they feared them, this time, the writers are making sure that all the subplots either revolve around Emily or will involve her down the line. Her “I swear to you, I will make them pay” to Nolan at the end left no doubt that this subplot is going to remain close to him instead of spinning out wildly and introducing a bunch of very temporary characters.

And on that note, we’re shocked to see Dominique seemingly exit the story, his REVENGE complete. That can’t be right, can it? Why introduce this character, have him stir up all kinds of shit, and then have him leave? What exactly did he add to the story? Oh, sure; we got the delicious spectacle of YET ANOTHER Grayson family function turning into a spectacle of scandal in front of cameras (When Conrad complimented Victoria on the turnout, we wished she’d said, “They’re just here to see which stripper’s gonna fall off a balcony or which public figure is going to drop a bombshell.”), but aside from revealing the existence of destroyed letters from her father, RevengeS2E17+1we don’t really see what any of this does for Emily. Then again, that tête-à-tête with Mason Treadwell was absolutely delicious. So now Victoria has a long-lost son. Well of COURSE she does.

But really, this all worked for us. We’re a little confused about the particulars, but that’s nothing new. What appeals about this current direction is that the storyline is expanding outward, but it feels more organic, and it feels like Emily has a stake in almost every other character’s story. That’s the way to do it, writers.

Also, we are dying to have a bitchy breakfast meeting with Victoria Grayson. There’s crepes! Crepes and scheming, darlings. Isn’t that what life’s all about? Shouldn’t it be? And shouldn’t every elaborate jewelry case have a secret compartment for a mother’s special bullets? We think so.

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  • Mismarker

    Crepes and scheming is the name of my new fake band.

    • Rand Ortega

      Awesome. It would make for a great fake cooking show, too.

      • Leslie Streeter

        And there would be lots of wobbly pronouncements from the tops of stairs with full mimosa glasses.

    • lobsterlen

      Crepes, Scheming and Mimosas could be on of those performance arts audience participation plays. Have it in the Hamptons during the Summer we would have a hit on our hands.

  • Ok, I don’t watch this show, but wasn’t Dominique Deveraux the name of Diahann Carroll’s character on Dynasty? Yes, I’m old…

    • Sobaika

      Yup, it’s a little TLo joke 🙂

  • Super_Red

    Yay!! I’ve been looking forward to your review of last nights episode, because I absolutely loved it. Delicious is exactly the way to describe her meeting with Mason – though I love any opportunity for Mason Treadwell to make an appearance- and all the little pieces that are coming together just thrill me.

    I have a feeling that Jack is going to interfere with whatever Emily is doing… the poor idiot is just going to stumble into something and be thrust in the middle.

    It seems unlikely that her foster brother will just disappear, but I’m so glad that he did right by Emily in the end.

    • Inspector_Gidget

      Yeah that was weird and abrupt, even more so than her mother’s exit. Definitely seems like there’s more potential to the brother angle.

  • MilaXX

    I dunno, I like the show still, but I don’t love it as much as I used to. It still feels a little convoluted. Also as another BK pointed out to me last week, the show picks ans chooses when people remember Emily/Amanda. Eli remembers her, but her own mother does not? This week the foster mother doesn’t?

    • VestigialMe

      It actually makes some sense since the reason Eli recognizes her was the infinity tattoo. He’s been holding onto her memory because she was one of the few good things he had in his life. Her mom, on the other hand, never saw her slowly lose all faith in her father and how much that symbol meant to her.

    • pop_top

      I think the foster mother was unlikely to remember Emily. It was for about 3 years that she had her, yes, but she was hardly bonding with her in that time. Also, she didn’t seem to have realized that the front row was completely composed of her former kids, now adults.

      Aside from Amanda’s mother’s mental illness probably complicating things, I think the other reason her mother didn’t recognize her was because she’d last interacted with her when she was about 4? Emily was about 8 when the plane went down in the early 90s, so about 20 years have passed and she has changed a great deal from that little girl.

      Like the poster noted above, Emily’s tattoo was a give away, much like Mason finally figuring it out because of the back scar Amanda didn’t have, but that she should have had. All the people who have recognized Emily have had more or less concrete things to base it on other than memory.

      • MilaXX

        Perhaps so, I just ran into a woman who remembered me from 3rd grade which is what made think about what the other poster said. I could give the bad foster mom a pass, but mom? That stretches it a tiny bit.

        • Kristin McNamara

          That was ME! THANK YOU. I don’t care how old the kid was when her mother last saw her… her. mother. would. know. Nobody could look SO unlike themselves 20 years later (unless perhaps they’d gone under the knife) that a parent wouldn’t recognize them. I mean, think about when you see baby/little kid pictures of your friends…. I *know* that with varying degrees of severity, those reveals are always met with some form of “OMIGOD YOU LOOK EXACTLY THE SAAAAAME!!!”

          –That’s all I’ve been trying to say about this show since like, October. hahaha 🙂 Drives me bonkers!

  • Inspector_Gidget

    OMG OMG I just figured it all out! Victoria had an affair with James Purefoy, right? And her secret son is… AIDEN! mwahaha

    • Leslie Streeter

      Please lets.

    • pop_top

      Oh my gosh, so Emily would have hooked up with and had feelings for BOTH of Victoria’s sons?
      And Aiden and Emily would share Charlotte as a sibling?

      And Victoria could potentially have to pick between her sons regarding who should be the initiative target?

      Such soap deliciousness!

      • And of course Daniel and Aiden will both find out just as one is strangling the other to death.

  • Inspector_Gidget

    Also, if Nolan and Aiden got their own spinoff sitcom about a pair of bumbling secret agents, I would totally watch that.

  • Sobaika

    I don’t know… It looks like they’re trying to get rid of the stuff that doesn’t work (boring business dealings, CFO Sad Eyes and her 2 minute relationship that’s now the love of Nolan’s life – what?) but this show spent 3/4 of this season using up all my good faith. At this point I really only have it on as background noise.

    • Mismarker

      Totally agreement. It’s such a convoluted mess right now. My husband is still *fully* invested in this show but I don’t mind having to pop out of the room to put kids to bed while it’s on.

    • MilaXX

      yep. How about the only time the show remembers that Declan and Charlotte are high schoolers is when they need Declan to plant a bug on another student? Shouldn’t the truant officer be after both of them by now?

  • Nicole Chubb

    All the writing and re-writing of REVENGE popped my fave Simpson’s quote in my head. What would a good alternate title to this show be?
    Homer: I saw this in a movie about a bus that had to SPEED around the city, keeping its SPEED over fifty, and if its SPEED dropped, the bus would explode! I think it was called “The Bus That Couldn’t Slow Down.”

  • Funkykatt

    I swore this was to be my last episode because I was getting too confused. I was almost at the point where I was hoping they would speak in a foreign language necessitating subtitles so I would need to read therefore making it easier to follow along but the last scene has be back on board. Yes, thanks writers!

  • oohsparkley!

    The super-quick resolution to Emily’s foster brother’s plot does seems strange, but I’m ok with it. Maybe they will call him back somehow. I don’t like my Nolan and Aiden to be bumbling, fumbling incompetents. I like my Nolan and Aiden to be kick-ass, super spies. But I’m sure it’s just plot conflicts and they will succeed at something eventually. I think Jack is also improved by revenge, he’s not such a wimpy victim, but he’ll probably mess it up.

  • Zippypie

    Aiden has to be Victoria’s son. HAS TO BE. Please! 😀

    • turtleemily

      I almost think it could be Jack.

  • CarolinLA

    SOOOO unsatisfying to have Dominique get the revenge on the foster mother. But thank God Mason Treadwell is back. I hope for good. There’s got to be more in those letters.

  • I must tell you boys something: I don’t watch this show but often read your re-caps because they are so durn funny. I want a breakfast meeting with Victoria Grayson and a little crepes and scheming and I don’t even know who she is!

  • GTrain

    Good riddance to Dominique. I’m kind of surprised by Nolan’s love for Padma. I’ve been watching this show from the start and I don’t remember when it escalated to all this I’ll defend you to the death stuff.

  • Joshau Norton

    Crepes and scheming, darlings. Isn’t that what life’s all about?

    Yes. Definitely crepes and scheming.

    And mimosas. .

    Crepes, scheming and mimosas.

  • zelavie

    I haven’t watched since maybe the 4th or 5th episode of this season – I was getting pretty bored with all of the non-Emily stuff. TLo’s recaps sound like the writers are coming back around to the good stuff, so is it time for me to pick the show back up?

  • DinahR

    I’m lukewarm on this show. I don’t care about the revenge plots or problems of the characters anymore, or pretty much any character outside of the original cast. I find myself watching more for the Hampton’s ambiance, fashion and every single one of Victoria’s disastrous get-togethers. “Crepes and scheming”… Yes! That is what it’s all about! Delicious scenes like that are pretty much why I watch this show. Victoria makes this show for me.