Revenge Review: Crashing the Clambake

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Daniel's birthday turned out to be an event that no one who attended will soon forget.

As Emily pointed out in the opening, when the pressure becomes too great, the results can be unpredictable. Thankfully, for our entertainment if not theirs, most of the characters on Revenge were put under extreme "Duress."

Revenge or True Love?

Conrad and Victoria. As the Hamptons infamous duo's divorce heated up, their true colors continued to seep through. Did anyone else notice how Conrad didn't wait to be told to come in to Emily's home? He knocked but then he walked right in and then never even said hello to her. 

Of course, all of Conrad's focus was on Daniel in that moment, as the Grayson kids became the pawns in their parents' split. Conrad was more than willing to toss Tyler aside in order to win Daniel's loyalty. Little did he realize that the closer he kept Daniel, the more ammunition he was feeding Victoria.

Next door, Victoria could barely choke out the word "clambake" when it came to her son's birthday celebration. Laid back and casual simply wasn't the party she was looking to plan and she stared daggers at Emily, believing the blonde destroyed her fun. 

I loved how Victoria and Emily are always polite and civil but at the same time snipe at one another every chance they got. These two ladies are such fun. Inventive fun, you might say.

Emily apologized! I almost couldn't believe it, but I also couldn't have been happier. Nolan has continued to prove his loyalty and he deserved a little back. Emily's "I'm sorry" was the icing on the billionaire's enjoyably creepy cake.

From there, she stole back his Shamu camera. In the world of Revenge, that was downright sweet. It certainly didn't hurt that Emily found Tyler's empty med bottle while she was snooping.

But my favorite parts of the episode were the scenes where Nolan and Emily worked together. They have this wonderful brother/sister vibe between them. And Nolan never looked more adorable than in that moment when Emily invited him to Daniel's party. Too bad his attendance was marred by bloodshed.

Poor Nolan is a lover not a fighter. He was no match for a crazy Tyler with a knife. At least he can spin a cool story to tell about the scar, though.

Declan's a moron. Not that that's news but what was he thinking? He made a point of telling his brother's new girlfriend that he had feelings for Emily. If you looked past the fact that Amanda's a murdering imposter, she and Jack seemed pretty happy together.

If little brother continues to stir the pot, I'm not sure who Amanda will take her wrath out on. I doubt we'll get lucky enough for it to be Declan.

Tyler's last stand. It was no surprise when Tyler crashed the clambake. He was finally hauled away in cuffs but not before attacking Nolan and pulling Emily's gun on her. In the end, both Daniel and Jack got to play hero by tackling the Hamptons' resident psycho. 

But now that Emily has planted Frank's cell phone on Tyler, Conrad feels like he's home free. As much as I think Victoria is an evil witch, I'm hoping she crushes her arrogant soon-to-be ex. Faking a miscarriage? Seems like a strong start.

So what did everyone else think? This first new episode of 2012 has me looking forward to a delightfully devious new year of Revenge, especially when we have a proposal to look forward to next Wednesday.


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Um did anyone think it was weird how Nolan's bodyguard was conveniently absent? Frank ends up dead so what, he thought he no longer needed protection?


I think this might have been my favorite episode, until the next one of course. I will miss Tyler as the best all time psycho villian but his exit was a neat package. Emily is fabulous staying one step ahead of even the most devious characters!
She plays everyone to perfection except her shadow sister Amanda/Emily who will turn out to be a wild card!


Does anyone else think the doctor who is willing to forge the documents regarding Victorias pregnancy will turn out to be Tylers brother? Maybe in exchange for Tyler staying out of jail and therefore enabling Tyler to come back at some point in future episodes?


Best show on tv for me also. The way Emily literally stayed one step ahead...I just know we haven't seen the last of Tyler. An unfortunate thing. Emanda is a dead woman walking, you just know she's gonna snoop and get caught. I wonder who will die next, I'm thinking her BUT I hope its dumbazz Declan lol. I actually really like Daniel, me thinks Amily does too. So in love with Nolan in general and especially his relationship with Amily.


Weird it doesn't let me log in with facebook..anyway..
It was SOO good! I LOVED this episode! Emily's so smart, like Dexter was in the beginning! When we found out there were no bullets we knew she'd planned everything! And I love her relationship with Nolan! This is definitely the best show in tv right now!
Dec;an's an ass for stirring the pot with Amanda and Jack..I actually like them as a couple, but I think she's getting to deep in character, questioning the Graysons after what Tyler said, and she knows the truth does't she? I jope she doesn't do something stupid..


F.L.E,we know from previous episodes that RealEmily's records exist,so RealAmanda's do too...the court-ordered-seal that was referred to notwithstanding.


Best. Episode. Ever. That dinner scene in the first few minutes are the best moments!


Damn it keeps improving week to week. This show is already one of best on tv. I feel like screaming at my tv half the time, its so naughty lol. Love Nolan and glad he and FauxEmily are back on. When does Declan get killed? Oh and can't wait until the inevitabledemise of FauxManda. Its slobber worthy to watch stupid (but loveable ) Jacks continued attraction to FauxEmily. He just can't quit her, no matter how hott and available FauxManda is


I was so glad things got ironed out with Nolan/I have a feeling we have not seen the last of Tyler as he is a great villain so to speak/I am also getting less keen on Ashley she is annoying to me.... Finally it seems that Daniel may be playing Emily??????or his Mom may be having Daniel play Emily??????or is it that he really cares for her it will help his Mom so why not???????? The real Emily Thorne still remains a problem though and that should be interesting not to mention good ole Jack who has been waiting forever for Amanda but is still drawn to Emily/will he ever get it?????


@ Loius E. - While I don't know the precise American policies on this, the law of most common law countries holds that you can't keep juvenile records - including fingerprints,etc - they are expunged from the system on release. Or kept closed, which means they won't come up in a general search.

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Revenge Season 1 Episode 11 Quotes

Please call Emily and see if you can lend her your severely overqualified hand.


When duress is applied to the emotionally unstable the result can be as violent as it is unpredictable.