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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Great comebaack I was just scared that Tyler found the spot where Emily has everything on everyone, the tapes, pics, in that moment I was just praying she had moved it or that he'll get caught..


@Interested No I don't. Victoria already had Daniel before considering leaving her husband for David. If anyone is Emily's half-sibling, it's Charlotte.


I just have a question. Why didn't Emily use her bad-ass ninja skills on Tyler? I'm pretty sure they mentioned why, but I missed it.


I think that Charlotte Grayson is Emliy's half sister...that Victorica was pregnant with her and that's why she was planning to leave Conrad for David.The Flashback on the beach totally clued it! but great episode Tyler could have cracked harder but he was unknowing pawn by Emily so it was perfect!


Does anyone else think it will turn out that Emily and Daniel are half brother and sister??


One of the best episodes to date.


The whole time Tyler was holding Emily and everyone else at gunpoint I just kept think, "come on could take him out in a second!". I was amused to have Nolan basically say the same thing to her after it was over.
So should we assume a romance between Nolan and Ashley is going to begin? I don't like Ashley...she's a whiny bitch. Jealous of Emily she will stab her friend in the back to climb the social ladder.
I'm glad Tyler is gone....he was more sleezy than creepy to me.


I was surprised by the apology too, but am not sure it was made out of a sense of loyalty - Ems is so hard to read, and she does the manipulation thing so well - we've seen her doing this with 'Amanda', so I don't know how much honest remorse was in that apology, and how much of it was handling Nolan.

Kitanishi h mcdonald

Loved this episode. Pretty much everything perfect and Emily continues to be the best manipulator and chessmaster in the show's world. Still thinking that the puny little lawyer somehow ended up working for her or something. Also while I do agree that Victoria IS the main target of Emily, I do think that the show made it extremely clear that Victoria is not exactly that "evil", just flawed weak human who made series of seriously bad choices and is still governed by them. Conrad IS the real bad behind it all, the driving force behind David Clarke event. I do feel somewhat sorry for Victoria. She is a woman who made some stupid choices herself and was forced to make some even stupider by others. She has been living in that "fake" happiness with a taste of guilt in her mouth ever since then and now she is starting to get a payback on what she did and while she is standing tall and moving forward, she is ALSO someone who is getting completely devastated emotionally.


I wasn't what I Expected! A solid episode but I missed the peak! Tyler should've at least shot someone, not dead but bleeding out!
I love fake emily she is so georgeus! A real little sneaky bit**! She had everything pland! I she wanted she could've took Tyler down in the hous but no she was going for all drama! The part with F walet briliant! :D
The part when Tyler asked C about Amanda's dad, best moment for now! Really enjoyed fake Amanda tonight finally she had a purpose!
I like Nolan! I would love Nolan and Ashley but will see where they headed there!
Looks like a better installment next week, with Daniel messing with V and E (he plays V with the story he wants to marry E to help herand E falls for him trully!)!

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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.