Revenge Review: Up In Flames

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What could be worse than losing one's fortune or fame? How about losing one's children? Victoria Grayson's kids have been slowly slipping away all season and with the information uncovered in "Infamy," it looks like it will only get worse. But let's recap the rest of the episode before we get to the big secret most of us saw coming.

Girls Making Out!

The Destruction of Mason Treadwell. As Nolan put it, "What a tool." Between the arrogance and the ridiculous bow ties, how could anyone like that man? Then, to find out that he lied to a desperate, grieving child.The spineless little weasel gained young Amanda's trust only to abandon her for a pay day from the Graysons.

Amanda was a poor, scared, little girl who was betrayed over and over again by the adults in her life. It's those scenes that convince me it's long past time for someone to pay. It's time for Revenge.

And Emily delivered. It was so satisfying to watch Treadwell writhing on the ground as he saw his precious memoir go up in flames and Nolan standing behind him, grinning his admiration for Emily's handy work.

The Marriage Card. From last week's previews I didn't think Emily would be the first one to play the marriage card... but she was. Her little speech about not wanting to live with some one because her beloved parents were so traditional was really well played. With one hand she let Daniel go to take care of his mother and with the other she subtly pulled him back to her. Smart girl.

Conrad certainly didn't think much of his son - or, should I say, he believed it was more of a case of like father, like son. Conrad thought the marriage clause in the trust was enough to keep Daniel away from his shares of the company. Unfortunately for Conrad, his son was quick to see through his very pretty distraction.

But when Victoria asked Daniel to access his shares she never thought she'd be pushing him towards marriage. The matriarch unwittingly drove him right into Emily's lingerie-clad arms. 

I had to give Victoria points for trying to stay ahead of things. She used Ashley to leak the marriage clause details to Emily, something the little conniver was more than eager to do. But since Emily's not in this for love, the news simply played into her plans.

The Wild Child. Amanda's inner crazy girl started to make an appearance as her jealousy over Jack and Emily grew. Poor, quiet, Jack didn't know how to handle Amanda's Coyote Ugly impersonation or her girl-on-girl action.

I do have to ask: will Amanda ever wear a shirt she isn't falling out of? Oh, nevermind.

In the end, Emily made Amanda an ally once again or at least a well played pawn and Jack decided to live a little and enjoy the wild side. I'm sure it will all blow up in his face soon enough. He might as well have some fun in the meantime.

The Secret Revealed. Most of us have believed that Charlotte was David Clarke's daughter for quite some time but tonight was the first we got any sort of confirmation. And more importantly, Emily's been made aware that she may have a half sister. Now what she'll do with that information is the mystery, but this has the power to rock Victoria's world.

Other tidbits worth mentioning:

  • Nolan and Emily were quite the devious duo. Watching these two work together was just too much fun.
  • I loved Nolan more than ever when he uttered:
    You know I haven't been this disappointed since Phantom Menace. | permalink
  • Emily's lingerie and Victoria's evening gown were both striking. I'd love to know the designer.
  • Declan was only marginally an idiot tonight. He spent half the episode making his smart, rich, beautiful girlfriend feel guilty about being smart and rich enough to attend a great school. But at least he made the attempt to keep up, Cliff Notes and all.

So, do you think a DNA test will prove that Charlotte isn't a Grayson? What will Emily do with the information?  How will Victoria react when she knows the truth is out there and will Conrad kick his only daughter to the curb if she's biologically not his? Debate away as we have another long week until we get more Revenge.


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


Amazing episode, as usual.


With the information from this episode, I'm wondering if Jack and fake Amanda are involved in Daniel's shooting. Emily planted fake Amanda's zippo in the writer's house, and fake Amanda has been growing more unsteady and jealous with each episode. It makes sense that she would try to exact on Revenge through someone Emily appears to care about, and we know that she's already capable of murder. And although I don't think Jack shot Daniel in the season opener, it can't be just a coincidence that he's on the beach and ready to pull Daniel away from the shore. I don't we draw nearer to the ill-fated engagement party, I get more and more worried. I hope that (a) Daniel isn't actually dead, but just wounded, and that (b) Emily did not have anything to do with his shooting. I suspect (b) is true, because there is a lot to gain by marrying Daniel. Needless to say, I love this show!


Great show! Nolan's disappointed line, Nolan's Bad Girl line, Victoria thinking she was breaking up RealAmanda/Daniel when she was pushing them closer together, Nolan/RealAmanda/Daniel at the firing range, RealAmanda burning the picture, and the Charlotte reveal even though I assumed it was true. Maybe Victoria lied about Charlotte to David and Charlotte is Conrad's (since many already suspected the reveal, a twist?). I assumed the lawyer was working for RealAmanda with the talk about the financial records (which are needed for the master plan) a few episodes ago. I also suspected RealAmanda burned down her first foster home (even before we saw her burn the writer's home).


LOVE this show!!!!!!!!!!!


Awesome episode:) I was nearly 100% sure that Charlotte was Emily's half sister, so I wasn't that surprised. When Emily burned down that house.. I was literally jumping for joy.


Nolan and Emily working together is the dynamic that I enjoy the most.
Called me a prude but your girl kissing another girl in front of you is not a very nice move. Maybe is because I like Jack so much and I don't trust Amanda at all.
The takedown was great and pretty well deserved.
I sincerely didn't think that Charlotte was going to be Emily's sister because that would make her Victoria's favorite, and not Daniel. After all she is her daughter and the man's she truly loved. Or maybe she's a reminder of what she did to David and that's why she has such a hard time with her.
I want to see what Emily does with this information.


I thought Daniel was going to be his son


Great episode! Probably my favorite one yet! Loved Nolan and Emily's camaraderie in this episode! I really hope it continues. ^_^


I think Conrad knows the truth about Charlotte. I think he is letting her live with him as a way to drive the stake alittle deeper into Victoria"s Black Ice heart.


Conrad must know Charlotte is not his biological daughter, but I think he doesn't care. And she is one more weapon against Victoria. Also having Emily marry Daniel is Victoria's worst nightmare, she knows something isn't right but exactly what is another story....What fun..

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Revenge Season 1 Episode 12 Quotes

I share a last name with the CEO. You'd think I'd have less to prove, not more.


Infamy can be a sentence more damning than any prison term.