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Revenge Review: The Lines Begin to Blur

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Lines were blurred, loyalties were tested and secrets were revealed in another riveting episode of Revenge. "Charade" stripped away the masks and showed us the true identities hiding behind them.

So Tyler's broke? No real surprise there. Most viewers guessed that weeks ago. Now that his secret was out, he's opened up a bit more to Ashley. She called his plot against Conrad ambitious. I'd say it's criminal. And I wondered what information was really on that memory stick.

Of course he didn't share with Ashley that he swings both ways. Would she be equally as accepting about that? No surprise that Tyler has a restraining order against him but I did love how they slipped in that Leslie was a man, not a woman. But the real shocker here was how far Nolan was willing to go to take Tyler down. 

Nolan's bisexual. Wow. How did I not see that one coming? I suppose we haven't seen him romantically linked with anyone thus far, male or female but when Tyler moved in for the kiss and Nolan didn't back away, I'll admit that I was taken aback. I know that Nolan's planning to take Tyler down but I'd hope that he'd have better taste in bed partners, no matter what their gender.

Speaking of Nolan, I really felt for him. It seemed all he truly desired was someone he could connect with. Emily continued to treat him as nothing more than a necessary tool in her plot for Revenge. Jack blamed him for his fiasco with Emily and turned Nolan away once again. For all of his money, intelligence, and power, Nolan has a lot of trouble making friends and Tyler, being a good conman, could read that.

Frank at Work

The original Emily Thorne. So Amanda and Emily were roomies in juvie and ended up swapping identities, with the help of the warden no less. What on earth is the back story there? Why would the warden help them pull that off? Was it strictly money or was there more to it?

So the real Emily Thorne's a stripper with a violent streak. As soon as she asked Frank to meet her outside I figured out what her plan was. If she kept silent all of these years she must have been pretty loyal to Amanda. For as tough as Frank was, he was no match for a stripper with a tire iron.  

Why do I feel for Victoria? The woman set up the love of her life to take the fall for terrorist activities. She sent a young child off to the foster care system. Yet somehow, that sad, depleted look still got to me. Thank Madeleine Stowe for building such a complex character.

I loved the fight she and Conrad had when we found out that Victoria was once the other woman. Then he threw her love for David back at her. She's never looked at Conrad the way she looked at him.  The following response was priceless...

Conrad: I really never have loved any woman the way I've loved you.
Victoria: Just my luck. | permalink

Victoria's stuck in a loveless marriage. Her husband cheated with her best friend. She's lost Frank, a trusted friend if nothing more, to this horrible conspiracy. She's becoming more and more isolated and it will only get worse.

I found the scene where Daniel brought her a drink absolutely heartbreaking. She truly adores her son. She's suspicious of Emily partly because it's her nature but also because she's trying to protect him. Knowing that the dead body on the beach was most likely her beloved child made this scene painful to watch.

The Porter boys. I wasn't all that impressed with either of them this week. Jack kicked Nolan to the curb as he licked his wounds. And I thought Declan flew off the handle at the anniversary party. That simply wasn't the place to vent his frustration to Emily. Lucky for him that Charlotte found his candor attractive.

So is Frank really dead? He must be, right?  This show can only have so many coma patients but I'm definitely going to miss him. And now that the real Emily Thorne's back in the picture, how will the new Emily handle it. She can't exactly have a stripper named Amanda Clarke running around town.

Then again, a plot for Revenge never did run smooth.

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Amygirl

Did Emily legally change her name? I assume so, because other commenters have referred to her as Amanda which slightly confuses me considering that's no longer her name.

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first question (think i've found the answer), i was away last week (11/9) and can't find the episode on my "on demand"--WAS it even on last week? second, did anyone notice or have any thoughts on the voice of amanda in the juvie scene with the real emily--it was ashley's voice, i'm certain--this has me so confused! any thoughts on this? thanks all, enjoy tonights episode!!

Dairblairtruelove

Jack didn't just move it....He rebuilt it. It was falling apart and Jack reminded Amanda that the family who used to be there had this chair facing the ocean(family= Amanda and her father). The carving is not at this place like Louis said. Jack's hands build it!

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No,the infinity symbol is carved into the railing,near the steps.The bench was just moved by Jack to where David had wanted it.

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The reason Emily holds on to the arm of the bench is because her father had carved their "infinity " symbol on it -- we saw it in first episode. It's a touchstone for her.

Dairblairtruelove

@Louis that's what I think too. I think Charlotte is the living proof of her adventure with David and everything that came out of it. The way she says she is so proud of her son, yet almost omit Charlotte in everything is really bad... @Aquariuz : Last episode Jack didn't even interact with Amanda. And you gotta say, putting your heart out there and coming back home to see Daniel drunk (drugged) on your bed, Jack is a good guy to not have said anything to Amanda about Daniel (Daniel kissing another girl at the bar too...such a good guy that Daniel...Oh wait he is rich...he can do everything). Yeah Amanda and Daniel are 'stronger' but only NOW, later we do not know what will happen

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I don't buy that David would have cheated on Amanda's mother (who died in Daniel's lifetime,as young Amanda remembered her).I think that Victoria was pregnant by David when David was locked up,and Charlotte reminds Victoria of her guilt,hence the lack of closeness.

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Giving this a bit more thought--if Charlotte WAS David's child, then why does Victoria treat her so poorly? Victoria loved David--not so sure she ever loved Conrad, though. Just going on how she treats the children, I'd say that Daniel was David's child, instead. I'm just not sure if Victoria/David were together at the time of David's conception. That would force a separation between Daniel and Emily, and push her to Jack, perhaps :P

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Next episode will apparently have plenty of flashbacks with Emily and Amanda at the juvenile facility,along with a reviving Lydia. I think that Declan may be Conrad's child (remember he said something about "it doesn't make him my father" when Porter Sr. died) while Charlotte is David Clarke's.(I don't like Declan,but Charlotte is the character male viewers would feel safest dating,and having a jerk like Declan have a chance with her lets us tell ourselves we could too). I agree Nolan went too far with Tyler,but apparently we will soon learn more about Nolan's relationship with David Clarke.(And did the Graysons do anything to make sure David died before Amanda turned 18?) The show needs to have a defined finale of "the plan" not too far off,rather than be stretched and milked.(It could continue with reciprocal revenge against her,or her righting wrongs for other people,if the ratings are still there).I wonder about Dr. Banks...she put personal gain ahead of professional ethics in making sure Amanda got committed,but she had no reason to know David Clarke was framed,and if she found that out,and realized she had done what she did to Amanda based on lies,she might prove a terrible enemy for Victoria.I have to say that the ending HAS to include David Clarke's name being cleared,or the scheming liars who took him down have won completely,turning his daughter into just another of them even if she ruins them all.

Aquariuz

@Juliette: I'm sorry but I don't quite agree with the soulmates thingy. For now. Jack kinda seems like a psycho for being so into Emily. Sure, they're childhood friends, doesn't mean they should end up with each other. For now, Emily-Daniel is stronger than Emily-Jack.