Revenge Review: Blood On Her Hands

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"Commitment" is a decision to remain faithful to a course of action. As Emily Thorne says in the beginning of this week's episode:

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The latest Revenge demonstrated who was devoted to whom and which characters were willing to walk away, while also providing our heroine with yet another motive for taking down Victoria...

Throwing Charlotte to the wolves. Suddenly Daddy's little girl was simply a reminder of an inconvenient truth. Or perhaps a convenient one depending how you viewed it. Conrad was more than willing to use Charlotte as a pawn to make Victoria submit to his demands.

Do I believe Conrad loves Charlotte? Yes, and I believe he's hurting but his ego is bigger than his heart. He's quite willing to play the role of cuckolded husband if it means being able to paint Victoria as the villain. Still, this was the first instance where we've seen a chink or two in the steely, egotistical armor of Conrad Grayson. His actions were vindictive, but his eyes were watering at various times.

And poor Charlotte. The kid was completely blindsided by Daddy's rejection. Wait until she finds out why.

Reeling in Amanda. Emily set Amanda up as her pawn to become the prime suspect in the Treadwell fire. But once Jack was caught in this dangerous game between her and Victoria, Emily used the truth to finally send Amanda on her way. 

Amanda's a huge liability. She's loyal to Emily but also unpredictable and borderline psychotic. Remember, she did bash Frank's skull in when he asked the wrong questions. Emily deftly pulled Amanda in closer by sharing her plot for revenge and then finally convinced her it was time to leave. Amanda has feelings for Jack but when it all goes bad, this girl will save herself. Hopefully, this time she'll stay gone for good.

Will You Marry Him?

A perfectly romantic proposal. Damn. Emily Thorne practically had me fooled. As Daniel stood in the rain with a ring in his hand and his heart on his sleeve, Emily was shaking as she looked adoringly into his eyes. But maybe she was just cold. Does she actually love Daniel? Is he nothing more than a means to her end? It's the question many fans go back and forth on each wee.

But Emily was willing to call off their engagement after a stern talking to from Nolan, meaning there must be a beating heart in there somewhere... right?

Poor Daniel would have been crushed. He's handsome, sweet, rich and really seems to love her. Perhaps a broken heart would have been safer for Daniel than what we all know is headed his way.

The web of lies grows. Little does Victoria Grayson know how close she came to having the wolf at her door walk away. Nolan had used Emily's guilt over Jack to get his focused pal to rethink her plan for revenge. But Victora couldn't help herself. Rape?!? Her new lie just fueled Emily's hatred even more.

Daniel was rightfully furious and this twist certainly solidified his place by his mother's side, while also making him a quasi enemy of his own fiancee. Emily can't blame Daniel for his rage at her father, but it must now color how she looks at him. It's gotta be tough to lie in bed at night next to a man who wants to drag your dad out of Hell and murder him again.

All traces of mercy vanished from Emily's face in that closing scene. It. Is. On.

Side notes:

  • Who does the wardrobe for these characters? Victoria's red dress at the beginning of this episode was simply stunning.
  • The cheesy love notes between Jack and Amanda made me a little ill. Hopefully we're done watching these two paw one another.
  • You'd think Declan could invest in at least one fancy outfit instead of showing up for meals with Charlotte's family wearing t-shirts. And I'm guessing Declan's high end education has ended before it's begun.
  • Nolan plays the role of stern big brother one moment and then lost puppy at Emily's heels the next. Either way, he's so darn cute I can't get enough of him.

Now that Victoria has gone from seductress to victim, how will Conrad react? What type of Hell will Emily rain down on the house of Grayson next? And how long until Charlotte finds out she's not a Grayson? With no new episode next week, we've got plenty of time to ponder the next steps in the road to Revenge


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C. Orlando is a TV Fanatic Staff Writer. Follow her on Twitter.


This is my favorite show...the only thing I don't understand is the interruption of the sequence. Reruns right in the middle of a new show sort of throw you off and then skipping weeks...whats with that? Makes it kind of hard to keep up with.


This ep was prob the best after lydia falling down the building...
Its an amazing show that's not your typical drama with woe is me characters (except for Ashley) The portrayals of the character are so multidimensional and eerie. I am gonna miss FauxManda as she really grew on me in this ep with her showdown with Victoria. Victoria has sunk even lower, and there will be no redeeming her at any point. I will not show sympathy to her even if it turns out that Daniel is really dead. Conrad also needs a lesson in humility and I hope that hos fathers visit knocks some sense into him. I can't wait for the next two eps... gonna be amazaballs.


what a amzing epsiode, had me on the edge of the sofa the entire hour. this is one of my favorite nite since 'Lost'


When Danial proposed, it began raining, but the candles were still there and continued to light...


Loved this episode. So many interesting twists :) Does anyone know when the next episode is going to air?

Kitanishi h mcdonald

AWESOME episode. Real-Amanda/Emily is awesome ruthlessness of ruthless. Please never change or wimp out. You are uber awesome. I KNEW IT, I KNEW IT. it was quite obvious that the lawyer worked for Emily. Awesome episode. I like the whole gray morality setting and how everyone is just screwed up people, no good guys no bad guys. R-Amanda/Emily is screwed up, Victoria is screwed up, everyone is. Awesome. Hopefully producers don't mess up with the reveal of emily's masterplan or having her go soft. its nice to see that her determination to frack shit up was renewed by the last scene. Best show on tv, hands down.


Hold up- Victoria never claimed rape. She just didn't deny it. Daniel created that lie (accidentally, and via incorrect deductions). Victoria just said "I can't talk about it... I can't," which could be interpreted by the viewer as the memories are too painful for Victoria since she actually loved David Clarke. Daniel, of course, doesn't know this, and wrongfully assumes Victoria's pain is the result of assault. That's what makes this situation even more delicious- Daniel is perpetuating Emily's revenge without even knowing it, and it may not even be Victoria's fault. So for once, Emily is actually somewhat in the dark about even her own motives. (Of course, I recant all of this if, next episode, Daniel tries to comfort his mother and she blatantly lies about a rape- but did that happen this episode? Fa shon't!)


Fantastic episode as ever!! You forgot to mention the fact that Victoria's lawyer was on Emily's side the whole time and knows who she really is! That completely blind-sided me but was an excellent addition. Our Emily needs more people on her side :)


Regardless of what other people may think, I'm actually disgusted in Victoria. Lying about rape to conceal the truth that she was really in love with David Clarke is pitiful. It's bad enough that Charlotte will find out she is not the daughter of Conrad, but to possibly find out she is the "product" of what Victoria calls "rape"? This girl is going to spiral down extremely hard. This lie has also just aggravated (faux) Emily to push back even harder now. Victoria telling a lie to keep the truth under-wraps just prevented the breaking off the engagement between (faux) Emily and Daniel. I look forward to (faux) Emily kicking her ass even more now.


i love this show, it is so actually find such people in the world. also sometimes it reminds me a bit of nikita...her bf was also daniel and he was murdered and victoria is the same name used for the annoying mother of brooke in one tree hill.
i am sure that deep down emily loves daniel but i think she will realise after his death. annoying characters: amanda and ashley.
fav characters: daniel, nolan, emily
so and so: jack, charlotte and declan
conrad grayson is just an added character into the plot...

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Revenge Season 1 Episode 13 Quotes

You're going to be back to Victoria Harper. Which will only be fitting considering you'll once again be the desperate, penniless little bitch you were when I first met you.


It isn't really our choices that distinguish who we are. It's our commitment to them.