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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Monica you are getting against the idea of a soulmate. Jack and Amanda are soulmates. He is the only one who 'gets' her. By fixing the swing and placing it so it faces the sea. They are meant to be. Two people who are meant to be together are meant to be together, there is no logical explanation to it. As for Daniel, she tells him she loves him in a moment where she felt it was going to keep her out of a fight, which totally sucks... And when he tells her back they are on the swing and she is holding the swing. Soulmates!


I like Daniel a lot and was sad to see that maybe he doesn't mean as much to Emily as she does to him. She did say that he's not a target, but that doesn't mean she's not playing/conning him. I think that he can show her that not all Hamptons (specifically Graysons) are bad. And I honestly don't get the big deal about Jack. Why are we supposed to be rooting for Jack and Emily? Why is Nolan rooting for Jack and Emily? He just became "friends" with Jack.. Jack doesn't seem like a super nice guy, if he was, wouldn't he show more respect and kindness to Nolan? And personally, I think it's just creepy that he's so into Emily.. He has no idea it's actually Amanda, he barely knows her but already feels such a deep connection that comes once or twice in a lifetime? I'd be creeped out.


Declan is adding nothing to the story - he needs to go - every scene he's in somehow seems awkward and forced. The gratuitous gay scene with Tyler and Nolan had no value but to shock - surely this series is good enough not to rely on such cheap tricks. I continue to be amazed that Emily/Amanda is not smart enough to know she shouldn't keep her little 'treasure chest of secrets' in her house, no matter how well hidden.


Vixen omg that's exactly what I think (Charlotte= lovechild of Victoria and David) Amanda has a sister


@ Jany Leslie was apparently some guy who filed a restraining order against Tyler. That was part of the blackmail info that Nolan found out on Tyler. @ Blade. You are right in the fact that Nolan is doing this for Clarke and not for Emily. And yes I agree with all saying that she didn't enlist his help at all, but the point is now she needs him. He's an asset that she didn't plan on having but she relies heavily on. No one is saying she's a horrible person for treating him the way that she does, but in the overall gist of this show about people not quite being what everyone thinks, the smart thing for her is to treat the guy a little better. He made a promise to her father, not her, as you said...he doesn't have to stay loyal to her to be loyal to her father's memory. And honestly the audience and Emily is banking on him being loyal because of her father...but whose to say that if pushed to a certain point that he'll remain that way. Just as Emily learned from the warden to "never underestimate your enemy" she should know to never underestimate people in general, their feelings, their morals, their sense of loyalty. I do agree with the sentiments that Tyler has to go. I just can't tolerate this guy. I know why he's there, I know why it's important having a character like him to add a bit of conflict for Emily but I just can't tolerate this guy at all. Frank is more intriguing then this nutcase.


Anyone else think that Charlotte will turn out to be the love child of David Clarke and Victoria Grayson and that's why Victoria said she thought she might regret having a second child and why in this episode the flashback had Conrad saying 'we could lose Daniel' and not 'the kids'?


"slipped in that Leslie was a man not a woman," who is Leslie?


this is seriously one of the best shows on tv right now. the last epsisode was really really good. even with so many sub-plots they can really keep the story going which is brilliant. i love nolan's character. i think the latest development with tyler makes him even more interesting.


To posters saying Emily's treatment of Nolan will "bite her in the ass": Nolan is not doing any of this for Emily/Amanda. He's doing it for David Clarke. He'll continue to be part of the takedowns no matter what Emily says or does. Furthermore, if he ever did anything bad to Emily, he would be breaking his promise to David.


I just want Frank to be dead or something he was getting a little too close to ma girl Emily's plans...he was also annoying me a bit, with the whole "I'm on my way back to you" or something...

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Revenge Season 1 Episode 7 Quotes

Tyler: How was your swim?
Daniel: Rough. This one's part dolphin.

I'm going to redeem myself with you Victoria or I'm going to die trying.