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Revenge- Madness (4×12)

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Jack went and messed everything up this week on Revenge. Has anyone noticed how stressful this second half of the season has been? Every week I find myself not breathing, heart thumping, palms sweating. It’s that good! 

David wants to kill Victoria despite his plan being initially screwed up by Emily. The timing is perfect considering everyone will rule her death a suicide since she just lost her beloved son, but Emily thinks that enough blood has been spilled. She’s sacrificed everything to avenge her father’s death and now that Victoria has lost everyone, dying would be a privilege. As the story goes, you may want to get rid of your enemies before it’s too late. 

Louise’s brother Lyman comes to town and he’s really suspicious. Nolan doesn’t trust him one bit and Louise get’s super nervous because she knows he’s going to want to take her back home aka the mental institution. Emily decides to attend the dinner, to give the situation an observant, fresh look. She runs into Louise in the bathroom, popping a bunch of pills. Louise tells her their just Xanex to calm her nerves, but Em’s doesn’t believe her. At dinner, Lyman continuously brings up how important mental health is to him and how he needs to take his sister–whose had episodes of violence, panic and aggression– back to the hospital where she’s under continuous surveillance. This prompts Louise to have hallucinations of her mother again, telling her she’s not worth it and everyone sees that she’s just a waste of a human being. She ends up freaking out, screaming and slapping Nolan in her “episode.” Nolan is disspointed, telling Emily she was right, but she wasn’t. In fact, Louise probably isn’t crazy at all. Her family is. Someone want’s her to be crazy. The drugs she’s taking are Xanex compounded with larium, which cause paranoid delusions and lead to aggression. But why would someone benefit from Louise being crazy? She tells Emily and Nolan that as long as she’s incapacitated, her mother controls her inheritance, which is definitely beneficial for her and Lyman, since she blew all of hers on his campaign. How disgusting right?

Being the good friend that he is, Nolan confronted Lyman about the drugs despite Louise’s wishes. Lyman pretended not to have any idea what he was talking about. Was he involved? Maybe. It also just might be all the mother’s doing. After all, from those hallucinations we see she wasn’t ever pleasant to Louise. No wonder she always wanted Victoria as her mother. (Bad choice thought.) I’m glad we’ve strayed from the Victoria-obsession however because it just didn’t fit and Louise is definitely capable of more. However, I don’t take her off the hook just yet. She could very well be lying to both Emily and Nolan in order to stick around the Hamptons. She might be crazy after all. On this show, you just never know.

Margaux will not let Daniel’s death go in vain. She visits Victoria, who wants to give her a box full of Daniel’s old things and gets really upset with her because she wants the truth about Daniel’s death. She’s been calling Ben multiple times a day, telling him she wants to prove that Emily isn’t innocent. She finally overhears Ben calling Emily asking her out on a date and flips out. That’s the reason why no one will ever pursue anything Emily’s ever done. She has something about her that just charms all the men in her life. Margaux gets so upset, that she passes out. You know things like that aren’t good for the baby. For a second I thought she might have lost the child, which would have been sad and would have sent her on a downward spiral. Instead, Margaux was told to calm it down and even bonded with Ben a bit, seeing he wasn’t really a horrible guy. But, of course, the good times aren’t forever. Victoria paid her would-have-been daughter-in-law a visit, realizing that the lies about Daniel almost made her lose her child. So, she comes clean, telling Margaux that Daniel didn’t die trying to hurt Emily. He died trying to protect her. And everything started with a little girl named Amanda Clarke, who now goes by the name of Emily Thorne. Of course Ben overheard everything, but it’s hard to tell from his facial expression what his reaction will be. Is he surprised that Emily is Amanda? Confused? Mad that she’s been lying to him? Intrigued because he’s actually impressed with everything she’s pulled off? Will he want to pursue the truth? Will Margaux back down? Will Ben let her? Will this bring Emily and Ben closer together? So many questions. Margaux and Ben just got relevant people! 

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Malcolm Black pays a little visit to Jack, scaring the life out of him. Hey, I’d be freaked out too knowing this crazy man that’s capable of anything now knows or suspects I’m responsible for the disappearance of his daughter and is threatening my child. He calls David the minuter Black leaves and they go into panic mode. David calls Malcolm, striking a deal with him. He’ll return Kate alive to him under one condition– Black must skip town and leave him and his family alone. Well, it would have been a nice deal if Kate had been alive. But, she’s not and hasn’t been for days now. It’s all part of David’s bigger plan. He knows there’s no way to get rid of Malcolm besides killing him and he’s prepared to die to finish this mission. However, Jack won’t allow it. As Malcolm is on his way to the meeting spot, Jack tells David that he stole the flash drive with all the evidence against Black and turned it in to the FBI. David gets super pissed, telling Jack “you have no idea what you’ve just done” as Malcolm and his men get arrested. 

Well it looks like Jack shouldn’t meddle into things that are way above his pay grade. He’s a newbie to this life, clearly. As he goes to the precinct to check on the arrest he finds out Black was turned over to the FBI where an agent ruled that there wasn’t enough evidence and freed him. Yes, Malcolm Black is free and he’s more pissed off than ever. 

Emily lures Victoria to the lighthouse, pretending to be David. She’s pissed because she found the picture that Victoria gave Kate. Victoria is really the reason Daniel is dead but she won’t admit it. The two enemies clash as Emily tells Victoria that she should probably start running because once David finds out about what she did, he’ll come after her. But everything suddenly becomes irrelevant as Victoria and Emily get shot with a syringe that pretty much knocks them out. It’s the work of Black of course. Before Em’s passes out, Black walks up and creepily caresses her face as he realizes David’s actual daughter is still alive. It’s a really tense moment and I hate to say this, completely exciting.

This changes up the whole game. Who wasn’t getting sick of Emily and Victoria’s bickering. Either kill each other or move on. But now, they must work together towards a common goal, against one common enemy. They can’t just give up on each other because without each others help, they won’t make it alive. It’ll be an interesting dynamic for both of these women, who are strong in their own ways. This also gives David the chance to save his women and finally stick it to Black… or he’ll end up dying for them both, which will be sad because then Emily won’t get her happy ending. But is she even destined for it? It seems like there’s no escaping the Clarke name. This is more than just revenge for being framed for a crime David didn’t commit. That’s been long done. 

With Emily and Victoria kidnapped, it also gives Jack and Ben a new mission. They both have feelings for Emily, regardless of whether their platonic or romantic. But with Ben’s new intel, will he risk it all to save Emily? Will he stop being a good cop, risk his new position as detective and get involved in this mess? Will Margaux help? Will this finally be the thing to reveal Emily’s true identity to the world and free David Clarke from the monsters that force him to lead a life of crime and murder? Will things finally come to light? I really hope so! But in the meantime, I’m so excited for this new direction! Till next week Revenger’s!

 

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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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