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Revenge- Contact (4×08)

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So… what happens when you finally tell the father you thought was dead that your actually his daughter? A lot of heartache.

We picked up right where we left off last week. Victoria was on the ground after getting hit by faulty wire during the pretty lame “big storm.” David tells Emily to call 9-1-1 but she’s not budging. His daughters indifference shocks him, but she explains she doesn’t deserve to be saved. True that homegirl! She begs her dad to tell her how he got the pictures and offer up an explanation as to where he was all this time, but he chooses Victoria. He hops into the ambulance leaving a devastated Amanda behind. Literally, watching the fallout of this father-daughter relationship kills me. Can you imagine what she must be going through? The disappointment. The realization that even though her father is back, he’s not the same man and she can’t really rely on him. Just like always, she has to rely on herself.

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The Clarke’s– Emily visits the hospital after getting a nudge from Nolan. He isn’t on David’s side, but rationally thinking, he understands why David reacted the way he did. She ambushed him with a lot of information. Plus, he’s not exactly too sure of whose telling the truth. There’s a moral obligation to believe his daughter but for all he knows, she could by lying to him to get rid of Victoria. It’s a tricky predicament. David explains he wasn’t the one who took the photos of Amanda, but he doesn’t want to let her in on too much info. She explains she’s dedicated her whole life to clearing his name. He realizes that his daughter planted the knife in that dead mans hotel room to save him and he gets kind of upset with her explaining he never asked for her help. Everything she’s worked for kind of goes to hell at this point because her dad isn’t the least bit grateful. Cold David. A simple thank you would have been sufficient. 

Jack and Kate- A new FBI agent comes into town to investigate the murder of David Clarke after Ben and Jack found a mans dead body, with pictures linking to the murder. Ben is totally on board to offer up his expert knowledge on the case, but Kate requests Jack’s help. She wants to know everything he knows, since he’s so closely tied to the case. This could become potentially dangerous to Jack, who is obviously covering up a lot of stuff for David, Charlotte and Emily. They go to the hospital to question David about the man. David denies knowing him, although a flashback reveals he’s been in contact with the man. That’s who took the pictures of Amanda! Kate gets a call saying that the knife (David’s knife) found at the scene traces back to the man, so he isn’t being framed. Case solved. David realizes this was all his daughters doing. Jack is just thankful that this case is over and Emily came through on her part. He goes out for a drink with Kate, who starts making some moves on him. Ben sees everything and starts a drunken fight at the bar. When Jack tries to break it up, he flips out on him stating that he just strolled into the unit and is probably getting offered jobs, while he’s been busting his ass. Jack tells him to cool off and drop the David Clarke/Conrad Grayson case before it gets him his badge taken away.

What Really Happened to David– Emily goes to visit her dad again and notices a car with David Clarke files inside. She somehow changes in two seconds and manages to hide under Victoria’s bed. I don’t know how she pulls off some of these ninja-moves. When two men posing as doctors come in to kidnap David, she comes to his aid kicking some major ass. Maybe he does need her help after all?  Later that night, David calls his daughter and meets her at a secret place. He tells her that he was never kidnapped by Conrad, but by one of his opponents. The man taunted him with pictures of Amanda, threatening to kill his daughter if he didn’t do what she wanted. When he found out his daughter died, he escaped. He tells her that he’s super proud of the woman she’s become but he can’t be her father. Not yet at least. There’s still men out there for him and he doesn’t want to put her in any more danger. He clearly doesn’t understand that Amanda can really take care of herself. She can probably take better care of him, than he can. But, she must respect her fathers wishes if she eventually wants a relationship with him. 

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Amanda’s Secret- Of course, will Amanda really ever give up her revenge? Her plotting? No way! She pretends that the best thing for her relationship with daddy dearest is to let him handle it. Obviously, she doesn’t think he can do it better than her. Em’s already has one of the suspects in her basement, the dungeon, aka her secret torture room. And she’s got a hot rod with his name on it waiting to get some answers.  Clearly, Amanda needs some new hobbies.

Daniel, Louise, Margeoux: The Triangle- Things with Daniel and Margeoux aren’t good. She stormed out of his place after figuring out he slept with Louise. He tries to stop her but she admits loving him is hard, but it’s even harder because she knows he can be a better person, yet chooses not to be.  Her confession really resonates with him. Someone is actually in love with him. Completely, without any other intentions. I’m looking at you Amanda. As she leaves the apartment, she walks into Louise who invites her for some drinks. “Why so you could try to kill me again,” Margeoux asks. These two are definitely officially enemies. Louise isn’t phased however. She’s glad that she finally came between Daniel and his bae. She visits Victoria at the hospital, but the guard tells her it’s family only. Harsh realization for Louise… she isn’t family! She isn’t even a friend. On her way out, she has another vision/hallucination of her (I’m assuming) dead mother. She tells her the only way to finally get a relationship with Victoria is to provide her with a grandchild. Literally, this girl is twisted! She takes “mommy’s” advice and tries to lure Daniel into sleeping with her. He flips out, finally firing her and calling her a ‘lunatic’ before demanding she leaves his man-cave for good.   Thank god!! Someone needs to put this girl in check… or send her back to the looney-bin. 

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Margeoux takes matters into her own hands and enlists Nolan’s help. If anyone can hack into Louise’s sealed criminal files, it’s him.  Nolan doesn’t take the bait admitting he doesn’t think there’s anything wrong the southern gal. That is until he spends the afternoon drinking with her, accidentally stumbling upon her iPad with Photoshopped pictures of her and Victoria. Mommy issues much? “Why can’t I just have a normal friend,” he wonders. I’m right there with you Nolan. I’m starting to think everyone in the Hampton’s is royally messed up. He finally agrees to help Margeoux, under one condition: she gives his image some positive PR.

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Daniel’s Realizations- After his confrontation with Louise, he musters up the courage to visit his mother in the hospital. He tells her that Margeoux finally told him she loved him, but he was unable to say it back because he’s closed off his emotions. He doesn’t feel anymore. It would be easy to blame all of this on Emily, but it goes much deeper than that. His mother is the root of all of his issues. He thanks her for being a cautionary tale of what he doesn’t want to be. Does this mean Daniel will finally become a legit man? We also get another scene with Daniel and Emily and it’s magical. These two are definitely going to end up together in bed by the end of this season right? If not…. they should. Daniel visits Em’s as she’s crying on her porch after an encounter with her dad. He’s seen enough fake tears to know these are real. And his advice is not to give up so easily. She ruined his life to avenge her father. Now, she can have a relationship with him. She can’t let all of her “evil-doings” go to waste.  I swear, Emily had feelings for Daniel once upon a time. The fact that he could never stand up to his parents was a huge reason why they didn’t work out and he became collateral damage. But now, they can start over fresh with a second chance. She lost Aiden, she’s definitely never going to be with Jack and I think she would be good for Daniel and he would be good for her. I hope he can be her guiding light this seasons. After all, he’s the only one who even understands what she’s going through… or understands “parental” drama.

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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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