What a comeback. When we last left things off, Daniel Grayson had been shot and killed trying to protect his ex-wife Emily. It was a sad moment, truly, but nothing could have prepared me for dealing with the aftermath. I seemed to be more distraught about his passing than Emily was. But than again, she has a terrific poker face and never admits anything is wrong, so.
Things pick up right back at the Grayson manor on that deadly night. Jack has just shot “agent” Kate. Daniel has died in Emily’s arms. Victoria and David heard the gunshots and came running. Victoria saw her son lifeless on the ground and fell to her knees, crying. You have to admit, this is a pretty low blow for the family. Out of all of them, Daniel was the most redeemable. He was the good guy. And he died trying to defend his mothers worst enemy. I can’t imagine that anger that comes along with that realization.
David gets all angry and brow-furrowed when he finds out the whole thing happened because Emily got involved in the Malcolm Black situation, despite being told not too. David, I know your new to this parenting thing, but that’s how it works. Children never listen– especially children like Emily Thorne! Truthfully, I’m still not sure if killing Kate and finding out her real identity was a good or bad thing… but since it wasn’t that hard, I’m going to say Malcolm Black won’t be too hard to take down. However, David seems to disagree with me. He’s completely terrified of what will happen if Black finds out his baby girl was murdered by David’s baby girl. So, they devise a plan. In seconds they move Kate’s body from the scene of the crime and make the scene look like it was attacked by an angry ex-husband. Yes, they totally went there, dishonoring Daniel’s name like he was nothing, especially after he sacrificed himself for her.
I have mixed feelings on this. From one side I do get it. He’s dead… and they’ll all be dead if they don’t cover this up. But on the other hand, Daniel doesn’t deserve it. Especially after dealing with his questions of self-worth right before his death. He finally became the man he wanted to be–not his father– and now their making him into this monster.
Emily is obviously questioned and she does something very unlike her–she fumbles… messes up the story… says she found the gun in the basement and then the attic. It doesn’t add up and Ben (oh Ben) is totally onto her. He knows she’s a great liar, but could this be her breaking point. Jack freaks out because obviously he’s got a lot at stake. Namely baby Jack and his whole police career. And he’s the one that killed Kate, self-defense or not. Honestly, who thought it was a good idea to lie to the police. I’m beginning to think everything that’s happening really is Emily’s fault.
Victoria is against disgracing her sons name, but David, scary David, makes it clear that if she doesn’t, she’ll be lying in a coffin right next to him. It’s safe to say, the honeymoon, ‘i love David Clarke’ phase, is definitely over. Victoria is starting to see that this David isn’t the same man she fell in love with…. or the man she “thought” she knew. He’s coldhearted, but they have one thing in common– doing everything to protect their children. In fear that Victoria will blabber the truth, he leaves her to stay with Emily. Neither of them find this idea suiting.
While I despise Margaux, seeing her find out the news was heartbreaking. Here she was making drinks for her baby daddy only to get a call from the news desk that he’s been killed. My empathy for her ended quickly though, the minute she came to the Grayson manor to give Victoria her condolences and put her nose where it’s not suppose to be–telling Victoria that Daniel called her right before and didn’t seem angry or upset. She doesn’t believe he came here to kill Emily, but she’s definitely convinced she killed him in cold blood. Go away Margaux is all I have to say. You push this too far and you’ll end up like Daniel.
Emily goes to the precinct to answer some more questions and she really has to bring her A-game if she doesn’t want them to see her as a suspect. No problem! She’s being questioned by Ben, who states that while she said a huge fight occurred before she killed him, Daniel had no bruises. Here’s where Emily gave her most heartfelt speech. Literally, everything she said was almost true. She didn’t want to hurt Daniel because she knew he was telling the truth. She had ruined his life and she was to blame for the confused person he had become. So why did she shoot him? She knew he had no choice. She knew he was going to kill her because he tried it once before… on their wedding night and she covered for him. If I didn’t know better, I would have believed Emily myself. The line that really resonated with me was that ending. “Daniel said I ruined his life on our wedding night…I guess he was wrong.” So yes, lying pays off because Ben felt bad for her and she was completely cleared of any charges against her. Win-win.
As for agent Kate. They needed to make it seem like she went back to her job and didn’t “disappear.” Nolan and Jack went into the hotel to clear out her things, which was really hard for Jack. It’s going to be interesting to see him deal with killing someone point-blank. Especially someone her slept with. Nolan took all the files back to his casa, where he blindly allowed Louise to come stay. You know she was distraught hearing the news about Daniel, but took the opportunity to bake Victoria some goods and visit the woman she wants as her mother. Hey, maybe it will work, there’s now a void to fill. After Victoria realized that Louise is stayin with Nolan, she asked her to retrieve a photo envelope from the things they bring back from Kate’s hotel. Inside, was the picture of Emily stating she was the target, which is really why Kate came after Em’s in the first place, eventually leading to Daniel’s death. Victoria knew if they found it, they would realize it’s all her fault. And who needs that?
Back at the manor, Nolan was tracking Malcolm’s private planes to see if any of them were headed to the Hamptons. Everyone thought they were in the clear because Black took the bait and flew to Miami, where Kate’s phone was traced too. However, the real shocker came when Mr. Black exited his vehicle, questioning the Sheriff about his Agent Kate. When the Sheriff seemed to have figured out too much, he killed him right then and there. Yep, Mr. Black does not mess around. And he’s also outsmarting them already by being in the Hamptons without being noticed. But still, he doesn’t seem that menacing, and the Sheriff definitely deserved what was coming after stopping David Clarke on the highway and demanding he open his trunk. What a nerve-wrecking scene. I was certain Kate’s body would be in there and David would kill the Sheriff and throw him in as well. Thanks for that curveball writers.
Margaux makes a stop to the manor to tell Emily that she’s not believing her story. She knows Daniel didn’t try to harm her and she knows Emily is lying. And she’s going to make it her life’s mission to ruin her. Sound familiar? I can safely say that’s not a good life choice Margaux. It only gets you in deeper… and sometimes believing the lie is better than finding out the truth. She’ll learn that the hard way eventually. She informs Emily that she’s not allowed at Daniel’s funeral, which is heartbreaking, but approved by Victoria. She’ll do anything to ruin Emily.
Before the funeral, David informs his daughter that if things had went differently, which is code for if she hadn’t meddled, Victoria would be dead and this would all be over. The truth hits Emily hard knowing things could have been so different–and so much better with Victoria gone. Yes, David was going to poison Victoria… He really isn’t the man we thought he knew.
The funeral service for Daniel was sad, but what made it even sadder was Emily lurking in the background, uninvited. And in case some of you were still wondering if any of it was real–it was. As Emily says goodbye to her ex, she remembers all the good times they had. When they met, when he proposed, waking up next to him. The good days when she loved him, despite knowing she was going to ruin him because he was simply collateral damage in her game of revenge.
I’d like to say that the days of Revenge are over considering Emily finally has her father back…but they’re not. They now have to deal with a furious Malcolm Black. Jack needs to find a way to cope with killing Kate. Plus, he’s also in danger because he’ll probably try to protect Emily by telling Black he did it eventually. Margaux–the fashion magazine editor turned investigative journalist–will stop at nothing to clear Daniel’s name, while carrying their baby. And Victoria, well she needs to watch her back cause David wants her dead, Emily hates her and she’s got no one else in this world except Margaux and crazy Louise. Great company. This episode was a wonderful return from the freezing, freezing winter hiatus. Let’s hope it’s enough to save Revenge for another season or so.
Photo Credit: ABC/Revenge/Jordin Althaus
Revenge- Two Graves (4×23)
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!
Revenge- Plea (4×22)
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.
Revenge- Aftermath (4×21)
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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