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.


Editor Rating: 4.6 / 5.0
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To highlight an error in the review...Frank's cellphone already got planted in the Graysons' garden.It was his wallet that got placed in Tyler's pocket ( are the fingerprints that may match Amanda Clarke in a database not going to be found on it while Tyler's aren't?)


THANK THE HEAVENS! Tyler is finally gone. That guy made my skin crawl and it was getting to the point that I couldnt look at him w/o cringing.Hopefully he wont be returning at all or anytime soon at least. Emily apologized to Nolan.That was due and made me happy.Especially now that they've reached their groove.I like their dynamic but it works better this way where she isnt using him or treating him like crap but actually trusting him and being his friend.Their moments made me smile.Loves me some Nolan.:-)


Great. I'm glad she apologized to Nolan. Declan remains a moron.


Great episode. Love that Emily apoligized to Nolan. Jack cannot fool anyone he still carries a torch for Emily.
That wasn't Daniel's proposal, that will be next wednesday.
Should the faux Amanda will start to investigate the truth about David Clarke?
Why is Ashley so mad at Emily?


I thought the episode was solid. Emily needed a fall-guy, Lydia wasn't solid enough whereas Tyler had a far more likelihood of making it stick.
that is not to say that Tyler is out of the picture completely.
I thought her apology to Nolan was sincere because she realized she overreacted her invite to him later cemented that.
Got to give the girl her due, she executed her contingencies with brass. Declan mouthing off is a variable that is certain to mess with things. 'Amanda' is already weary of Emily and Jack, with good reason.
Now that thing with Clark being brought to her attention she is likely to start doing some diggin' of her own and should she find out she is likely to take out Daniel.
having said that Jack also seemed very determined to protect his 'Amanda' from anyone trying to hurt her again. and the Grayson's going after Amanda could spell disaster in the form of Jack.


For those of you who keep saying Emily could have attacked Tyler or he should have really shot someone, did you guys miss the part saying the gun had no bullets? It was a set-up all along - and Emily played along by being scared. Nolan said that in the end about her faking emotions while knowing the gun was empty and how brilliant it was.


I don't think we've seen the last of Tyler and he could end up opening Emily's door under the carpet now that he knows there's something down there!


Great episode but the ending was a bit of a letdown..I can't believe that this is the way emily and daniel ended up engaged!like really daniel? Using ems to help your pyscho mom..not cool buddy


What a fabulous episode. Emily Thorne is one BAMF.


@AmyGirl: I think because (faux) Emily is still trying to keep up appearances and if she did try something like that it probably would have raised more questions about her. Not to mention, she's trying to keep up a low profile, so doing something like let's say; taking down a crazed gunman would not help. Yes, it would make her look like a hero, but I think she was just trying to establish that she's just like everyone else.

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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.