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Revenge- Kindred (4×14)

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“You handle your own empire… I’ll handle myself.”

Even without the threat of Malcolm Black, things are still dangerous in the Hamptons. For one, there is the imminent threat of Margaux, who pretends to be so badass, but doesn’t realize just how much pain revenge actually causes. In order to ruin someone else, you have to be willing to ruin yourself. Is she capable of that? Then there’s Louise’s crazy momma, who is willing to take her daughter down if she doesn’t give her back the conservatorship and her inheritance. But is she able to outplay her daughter, who has Emily Thorne on her side? Me thinks not. Let’s dig in.

It’s always a good day in the Hamptons when Emily’s biggest concern is if she’s suppose to continue being Emily Thorne or go back to being Amanda Clarke. I mean, who is she really? With the Malcolm Black drama over, Emily finally has some time to bond with daddy dearest. For her birthday–her real birthday, one she hasn’t celebrated in years– he gifts her her actual birth certificate. Now, she can finally go back to being his little girl. But does she want to? After much thought and some help from Ben, who once spent 6-months undercover, she realizes Amanda has been dead for quite some time. Despite all the bad crap that comes along with being Emily Thorne, there’s also a lot of good. For one, she realized that she’s actually happy. Yeah, can you believe it? When all is said and done, Emily finally has her father back, good friends Nolan and Jack and a possibly love interest in Ben. I’m sobbing because yes, she’s ready to move on from Aiden.

Nolan and Louise are married and throwing the biggest wedding bash the Hamptons have ever seen. Okay, probably not the biggest but Louise is incredibly excited to finally be able to spend her money the ways he wants to. However, the happiness comes to an end when Lyman hands his sister a police report from the night of her fathers death which details how she killed him. Louise cancels the party and tells Nolan that she think she might be responsible for her fathers death. But, Nolan doesn’t just believe what some crazy Southern lady says. So, he does some digging of his own and enlists Emily to help Louise unlocked those repressed memories. Cause you know, on the side Em’s is a psychologist. It works however. Louise remembers pushing her father down the stairs, but lies and says she didn’t do it.

When party time rolls around, Louise is a runaway bride… much like her mother suspected. Nolan tracks her location– Clairmont Psychiatric. Emily does what she does best: dresses up like someone coming to inspect the facility and sneaks into Louise’s room. There, she hands her a wedding gift from Nolan…. the actual police report from that night, which her mother altered to frame her daughter and take her inheritance. That’s harsh. What kind of mother would do that?

Louise makes a huge comeback, finally sticking it to her mother. She tells her that she knows the truth, remembers her mother and father fighting because he found out she was cheating with the judge (who also altered the report). When she tries to tell her daughter her mind is spinning out stories again, she shows her the real report… the one her husband dug up by tracking down the retired beat cop. I couldn’t help but scream “YES” at this whole scene. Louise started off this season as a looney…. which is what her mother intended. The visions, the obsessions with Victoria, using Daniel. While we still don’t understand why she wanted to be in Victoria’s life so badly, it may just have been because Victoria was the only person who showed her kindness at the mental institute. Maybe she just really wanted a mother figure to accept her. But look how far she’s come! She’s cleared her name, gained her money back, married her best friend Nolan, scored a friend like Emily and even bonded a bit with Victoria. Win! Louise definitely takes home the award for baddest bitch tonight. I’m so happy her storyline proved to be worth it in the end. Who knows, maybe her and Nolan will even fall in love after this? Oh and momma… if you step out of line again, you can be sure there’s a bed waiting for you at Clairmont! Just saying.

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Margaux became Hamptons newest villain and Emily’s biggest threat. Just because she hadn’t exposed her secrets yet, doesn’t mean she isn’t cooking up a whole pot of “I’m going to ruin your life.” Her PI was pretty lame at his job however proving that he couldn’t deliver immediate results. Really, a picture of Emily and David on a gossip tabloid hinting that she’s his new score? Gross! That’s her father. When Emily saw the cover, she immediately knew who was behind it. She paid little Margaux a visit, threatening to expose all the secrets she had on Pascal, which would ruin her and the little magazine conglomerate. Margaux promised to stay away from Emily, but really, she was pushing her PI to find some credible evidence to take down Emily once and for all… you know in Daniel’s name. Does Margaux really think this is what Daniel would want? She should have just taken Victoria’s warning. Revenge brings on more pain…

That’s especially true in this instance. At the wedding reception, Margaux saw her ex Jack for the first time in ages. Jack is honestly such a pure soul. He means no harm to anyone, he simply just got caught up in a string of unfortunate events. Anyways, he congratulates her on the baby and the two bond…in a friendly way. Soon after, her PI provides her with evidence to take down Emily… except it’s a confession from Jack saying that he killed an FBI agent and Emily was in on it. What now? Obviously Margaux doesn’t want to hurt Jack. But there’s no way of incriminating Emily without it. Here comes the biggest realization… Is there more to the story that she doesn’t know. She thinks Emily is this big bad, but she didn’t know that Jack was actually partially responsible for what happened that night. Victoria too for a fact. See, wasn’t it just easier to grieve and move on?

Victoria took back her throne this week by going full Regina George on the socialites. Hoping to bring some justice to Daniel’s memory, Victoria created a foundation in his name. The ladies she used to call friends (and I use that term lightly) weren’t convinced that a foundation for a man killed for harassing his wife is actually a good idea. Victoria doesn’t care. Things take an interesting turn when a new woman joins the group… Natalie Waters, aka Victoria’s new arch enemy… or bestie. It’s too soon to tell. Natalie makes a sour impression from the get-go arriving to brunch late and telling Vickie she’s in her seat. No sweetheart, this is my seat Victoria responds. So pull up a chair over there with the peasants. On the foundations opening night, none of the ladies show up except for Natalie, who gloats about the fact that she might have just dethroned the queen. Too soon. The next day, Victoria pays the ladies a little visit during the wedding party. It seems they all forgot that Victoria knew all of their dirty little secrets– like that one of their husbands was sleeping with the poolboy… or that one of their husbands was sleeping with another from the group… or that one had a little cocaine addiction to keep skinny. This was enough motivation for all the ladies to pay up double to the foundation and never think to undermine the queen again. Natalie was impressed of course, but there’s something shady about her. What is she after? What does she want from Victoria? In the end, Victoria gets a call from some British man about a death in the family. Honestly, who does Victoria have left? Conrad is dead. Daniel is dead. Only Charlotte remains and she’s at a rehab facilities. Did she overdose? Is this the end of the almighty and powerful Grayson clan? 

I have mixed feelings about the Ben and Emily storyline…. I did do a little jump for joy when Emily finally gave in to Ben. That kiss was cute. For a moment, I forgot that this was the twisted world of revenge. Emily seemed like just a regular girl next door, finally falling for the boy whose been chasing her all along. Except, Ben isn’t THAT boy. Jack is. Which is why the should-be romantic moment was totally ruined because Jack walked over and spotted the girl of his dreams making out with his ex-partner. Yes, ex-partner… Jack’s been having a hard couple of weeks lately. Killing Kate really took a toll on him, regardless of whether or not she would have killed him and Em’s. He’s taken it so hard that during that right after he was awarded a medal for his heroic acts, he quit the police force. Conflict of interest was his reason. I guess I can see where he’s coming from. You can’t be the hero on paper and in real life. One has to go. 

But now, Jack doesn’t get the girl either. Truth… I didn’t feel like Emily and Jack had that romantic connection between them this season. I was totally behind them a couple of season back, but now they just seemed like friend… worse, brother and sister. But my heart did sink when Jack saw Emily in the arms of another man. He’s waited 20 years for this moment… For Emily to finally fulfill her mission of revenge and realize she’s loved him all along. I mean, he married a woman he thought was Amanda Clarke for gods sake. However, a part of me doesn’t feel bad. Emily has also been through a lot. And when she came to check on him this week, he totally pushed her away. He hasn’t really been trying to woo her…. or even giving any hint that he would like to take this friendship further. So you can’t blame a girl for trying to move on her dead boyfriend with a guy who is showing interest.

This has definitely been a solid installment of Revenge… one of the best this season (and it’s been a heck of a good season.) Who do you think died in the Grayson family? What’s next for Louise and Nolan? Will Emily and Ben work out or will Jack come in the way when he finally reveals his feelings? And finally, what will Margaux do about her need for revenge? Will she throw Jack under the bus or just let it go once and for all? Tweet us your thoughts @CraveYouTV!

 

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Revenge- Two Graves (4×23)

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And just like that, we close the chapter of Revenge. We say goodbye to Victoria Grayson, David Clarke, Emily Thorne and most importantly Amanda Clarke. Can I say I’m totally content with the ending? Yes and no.

Amanda said, when you embark on the path or revenge, always dig two graves. One for Victoria- may she rest in peace. The other, for Amanda and all the parts of herself she lost along the way. That was metaphorical. The second grave, was for her father, David Clarke, who got a piece of her back that was gone before the revenge. In the end, she gained time to get to know him, but lost him to the cancer. You always lose something while gaining something else.

But let’s reverse a little shall we. We picked up this final episode with Amanda admitting that she was guilty of killing Victoria after finding out Ben had been murdered. She knew the only way to end this once and for all was to get transferred to a maximum security prison and break out with Nolan and Jack’s help.

When Victoria found out Amanda was out of jail, she began taking precautions. But, eventually, her heart got in the way of things. Margaux had set everything up; she got Victoria a passport and a private jet out of town. But, Victoria decided to attend her own funeral where she heard Louise speak fondly of her. She decided she didn’t want her to mourn her death, so she asked Margaux to bring Louise to her. She was obviously really shocked, but agreed to keep Victoria’s secret.

Victoria admitted to putting her mothers body in the explosion, hence the dental records that came back linking the body to Victoria. Before she sacrificed her mothers corpse, she went to visit her in the hospital. I didn’t really get the point of this whole scene and only really figured that Victoria had the same relationship with Emily as her mother had with her. Plus, she’d also failed as a mother with all of her children, but her weakness was that heart of hers, which ultimately got her killed.

When Amanda learned that Victoria used her mother, things were really set in motion. Nolan figured out that Margaux was helping Victoria by hiring hit-woman White Gold. When they realized White Gold was coming for Emily, it was too late. Thankfully, David made the call to 911 and they saved Jack, who did quite the job defending himself from the assailant.

This led Amanda to make the ultimate choice- she was ready to kill Victoria. But how? How would she find out where she was hiding. Louise! After finding out Victoria had played her, she realized that Nolan had been right the whole time; Victoria was a manipulative bitch who didn’t care about anyone but herself. She physically brought Amanda to Victoria’s hiding place and I couldn’t have been more proud. At this point, Victoria knew she was going to die– you could see it in Amanda’s eyes. She was done playing- she knew the only way to end this once and for all was to end Victoria. As she was about to pull the trigger, David shot Victoria. As she lay dying, she used her last breath to pick up a gun and shoot Amanda.

Okay, at this point, I was like holy crap, Amanda cannot die. We’ve come so far. Done so much. Four-years worth of revenging…. They can’t both die at the same time right? Right! Amanda was saved, spent a lot of time with David in his last few months before the cancer took him, reconnected with Charlotte and married Jack.

Sort of perfect ending if you think about it. She got her revenge, she got to know her dad, she got rid of the bitch and she got the boy. Sure, she lost a lot of people along the way and part of herself, but I feel like it was worth it. She knew what she was getting herself into when she started this whole thing. And that’s what’s most important.

Louise finally redeemed herself. Margaux also took the high road, helping Nolan bring down White Gold and turning herself in in honor of Daniel. She wanted to be proud of the person she was and helping Victoria destroyed her soul. It’s funny if you think about it. Victoria thought she had all these minions who seemed faithful but weren’t because eventually, they realized they were fighting for the wrong thing. Amanda was painted as this evil person, but she did everything out of love. Victoria, she did it for self-preservation and she wasn’t afraid to throw anyone under the bus.

As Amanda and Jack jetted off into the sunset, after having a beautiful wedding with Carl as the ring bearer, she had a terrifying dream. At least, I hope it’s a dream. In it, the doctor thanks Charlotte for agreeing to use her mothers heart for a heart transplant to save Amanda. It seems rather ridiculous that they would include this though and maybe, Amanda’s heart really does belong to Victoria now. Maybe in a funny way, she ended up having to save her. And this was Charlotte’s way of getting back at her mother. Or, it’s just a reminder that she’ll never shake Victoria. Either way, we’ll never know and I guess its left up to interpretation.

As for Nolan, I feel like that was also left open for a possible spinoff show. He was so worried about what he would do after revenge since he got so good at it and Amanda made sure to send a guy his way that a. could be a potential love interest and b. needs help getting revenge for his mother. Oh, how things never change.

Were you satisfied with the series finale? Are you happy Amanda and Jack ended up together? Do you wish David Clarke made it through? Are you glad Victoria is finally 5 feet under? You know she never stood a chance against Amanda. I say, I’ll be content with the finale because Amanda, well, she pretty much got everything she wanted and more. I raise my glass to you Ms. Clarke!

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Revenge- Plea (4×22)

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Alright Revengers, are you ready for the end? Next week is the series finale of Revenge and I am completely devastated. While I agree, the show needs to end, I don’t think all of my questions can be answered in one episode. I don’t think the closure I need from this weeks episode can come in 45 minutes! With that being said, lets tackle the biggest moments of this weeks episode…

  •  Louise got smart for one second and figured out that Victoria might be faking her own death. Who knew Louise could consider Victoria as anything but an “angel.” That didn’t last long however because she told Margaux that she found a hoodie similar to the one Ems wore when she allegedly attacked Victoria and the French liar once again fooled Louise into believing bull. Ugh get it together Lou-Lou!
  • After all this time, you’d think I wouldn’t be surprised by Emily’s bold decisions, but I still am. Why did she think switching her ankle monitor was a good idea? I don’t care how good Nolan is at his job, you know she’s going to get caught. You know Ben won’t let up and he’ll come to check on her. She was asking for trouble. If she involved Nolan and Jack in this for years, she could at least accept their help. Although I guess it’s a good thing they didn’t go cause they would end up dead.
  • Charlotte Greyson returned and it was tragic and totally useless. Rehab has done wonders for her yeah. She turned over a new leaf and is “helping” people, but did we really need to see her just to know that she didn’t care if her mom “died” again. She might be the smartest person in the Hamptons knowing her mom is capable of faking her own death just to get ahead.
  • Jack willingly helping Emily, believing her and bringing down Margaux was sweet to see. Thank god he finally came to his senses. And Margaux was key in Emily finding out how Victoria got away with such an elaborate plan. Also, how the hell does Emily know how to get keys in jail and stuff? Her life skills are on a pro level, for real.
  • David only has 6 months to live… give or take since the cancer has spread to his brain. This pissed me off. Emily did all of this just to lose her father to cancer? And without even getting a decent amount of time with him? I call BS!
  • Emily finally told Jack she had feelings for him and it wasn’t all that it should have been. When they kissed the nigh Sammy died, it still felt real. Then Emily fell in love with Aiden and now seeing her “want” Jack seems delusional and totally passionless. Boo.
  • Can you honestly believe Margaux stooped down so low? She was even the one who attacked Victoria just to frame Emily. And she’s using her magazine to expose that truth. It’s so sad since she was actually a pretty legit character before hitching her wagon to Victoria’s.
  • So the bitch isn’t really dead. She’s totally alive. Victoria is alive. We knew that, we speculated, but it was still really shocking seeing her casually walk out of the shower only to come face to face with Ben.
  • Who was in disbelief because this whole time he thought Emily was crazy but she was actually telling the truth. She was the one he should have trusted. Unfortunately, when he finally realized all of that he was stabbed by Courtney Love’s character and died. Oh Ben. He never even saw it coming which makes him a crap cop. But it was still sad. Let’s just say Emily won’t be happy to hear about this and there’s one more person just gone that could have corroborated Emily’s story! So, how will she get out? How will she prove her innocence?

Do you think Emily will die next week? The episode is called Two Graves which links back to the very first quote of the show… When starting Revenge, always dig two graves. Is one for Victoria and one for her? For her dad? For her old identity- Emily Thorne? I’d be super pissed if Emily, Nolan or Jack died… I’d literally take my red sharpie out and start avenging them. But, the promo doesn’t look too promising for either Victoria, Jack or Ems. What do you think? Use this week to mental prepare yourselves!

2. Victoria is alive. I mean, we speculated it would happen, but seeing her casually walk out of the bathroom still stunned us.

 

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Revenge- Aftermath (4×21)

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Ding dong, is the bitch really dead? Maybe, maybe not, but one thing is for sure…. she’s turned the tables on the revenge game and it’s not looking pretty for Emily.

After Grayson manor exploded, no one seemed to think much of it. Amanda thought that it was pretty good timing considering she was closing the chapter on Emily. Louise and Margaux seemed to think it was karma. No one thought it was Victoria’s evil plan to make Emily pay for everything she’s done. That is until they found a body and positively ID’d it as Victoria’s.

Then people thought it was simply a suicide, considering Vicki left a suicide letter for Margaux. Nolan was like ‘omg I can’t believe she’s gone’ and Amanda figured a world without Victoria was pretty sweet. That is until Louise began thinking with her southern little head and saw Victoria’s staged break in. That’s when Emily became suspect number one. After all, Victoria, her sworn enemy, died in her house. Coincidence? I think not.

When she came in for questioning, she didn’t have an alibi like the rest of the suspects. Well, she did but it was a dead guy and Ben wasn’t falling for it. He needed proof and Emily willingly gave up her car to be fingerprinted so that they could see, she did actually talk to Mason Treadwell that day. And that’s how she fell into the trap. Who would have thought Victoria and Mason were actually working together? They finally pulled out the big red sharpie themselves…  and all of this was staged to frame Amanda for Victoria’s death. When he met up with Em’s in her car, he wasn’t sick… he was dropping Victoria’s hair and spraying her blood on the floor. How cruel.

When he finally called her to tell her what’s up– after she cleared his name of course– he also sent her a little goodbye message from Victoria, which conveniently deleted off her server just as the cops, with Ben in tow, came to arrest her for murder. Emily genuinely got played and she didn’t see this one coming. Gah! In fact, neither did I.

The big question is, is Victoria really dead? I can’t seem to believe she’d actually blow herself up just for the sake of revenge. But, the actress that plays her, Madeline Stowe, said Victoria is definitely not returning if the season gets renewed. So maybe she did really pull the trigger one last time. The second question, is this really the end of Revenge? I was really leaning towards heck yes. But after this weeks episode, I just don’t see how they can wrap all of this up in two episodes and actually be fair to the audience. I’m thinking, Revenge needs to be renewed for at least another half season!

Other Important Moments

  • Margaux is trying to expose Emily but honestly, a woman from her grave can do it better. Can we just get rid of this character once and for all? And can she take Louise too?
  • Jack returned from LA because clearly it looked totally suspicious that he was leaving the minute Emily’s house, with Victoria in it, blew up. He iced Em’s out completely until Ben told him that Emily went chasing his plane to stop him from leaving. He won. Emily loved him. He came to tell her that night but unfortunately witnessed her getting arrested for murder. Now, it’s really all up to Jack, David and Nolan. Will they believe their girl and get her out?
  • Em’s also finally found out her dad had cancer. There’s nothing this girl can’t overcome and this will just be another obstacle for them. Plus, being framed for murder might be worse at this point.
  • Charlotte Grayson returns next week. What team will she be on? Team Emily? Team Mom? Or Team WTF is going on? I pick the last one.
  • Poor Nolan. He was finally falling for someone and then boom, the dude breaks up with him cause his adoption just went through and he needs to be a single dad. Touching but I also think he’s up to no good, so maybe not as touching as I thought.

What are your thoughts? Will Emily free herself from this “revenge” plot of Victoria’s? Is Revenge done for good? Will she finally walk off into the sunset with her dad, Jack and baby Karl? How mad would you be if Emily ended up getting screwed over in the end!?

 

 

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