Revenge Review: The Body On The Beach
It took 15 episodes but we finally made our way back to Emily and Daniel's engagement party this week - and it was pure "Chaos."
How quickly things changed from one Wednesday to the next. Everything I thought after last week's episode got turned on its head here. Well, almost everything.
Let's start with Grandpa Grayson. I thought I loved this guy. He was charming and funny upon his introduction. He took Victoria's side and chastised Conrad for not looking out for the family, but then it became clear that Grandpa's definition of family wasn't quite what I had thought.
It's more about the importance of the family reputation and how it will reflect on Grayson Global. He looked to oust Conrad and replace him with Daniel because Daniel's a fresh face and a clean slate. Since Conrad's such an ass, I could live with that.
But bullying poor Charlotte for the betterment of the company was despicable. The kid had her entire life turned upside down and with Declan's encouragement was making the smart decision to seek therapy. That was until Gramps came along and tried to convince her otherwise. And when he realized Charlotte was about to tell him to go shove it, he blackmailed her with Declan. That was low.
You have to wonder how much Grandpa really cares for Charlotte now that he knows she's not truly a Grayson. He certainly seemed more concerned about Takeda pulling his money than he was for his distraught granddaughter.
And will Emily do something to help her half sis now that she knows the teenager is stealing prescription drugs? Let's hope Emily's heart makes an appearance some time soon.
On to Jack. I've never been a big fan. I especially thought it was hypocritical of him to give Declan a hard time about letting a drunk, overwrought Charlotte sleep it off at their place while telling his younger brother that it was okay for Amanda to burn down Treadwell's house because he deserved it.
But once Jack got that phone call and made the decision to go to Haiti I finally began to like him. His goodbyes to Declan, Emily and Nolan were heartfelt. I loved that he hugged Nolan like a true friend and nothing could have made me happier than Jack giving Emily back her dog, even if he didn't realize that's what he was doing.
I'm normally more of a Daniel fan but he was hard to like tonight. He made it so darn easy for Victoria to manipulate him. Emily has her own money, home and friends. Just because she didn't want to skip the continent to get away from his family shouldn't automatically mean she was marrying him for his money.
Granted, so she's really marrying him for revenge but it's not like he knows that.
The only thing I got right about this episode was that Tyler returned. It was the only way I could figure that Daniel didn't end up dead on the beach. Now... how exactly did we see Daniel fall to the sand and not Tyler? I'm assuming we'll get those details in the weeks to come.
Other things worth noting:
- The picture of the dark rolling waves in the beginning were beautiful yet so ominous and the perfect visual set up for the rest of the episode.
- Nolan prodding Emily to "Sail away. Fall in love. Go make little volunteer babies" was one of the best lines of the show. Very sweet.
- Whenever I think I've got Amanda figured out she makes me question whether she is Emily's loyal ally or weakest link.
- Does anyone else think Nolan needs a haircut?
So why doesn't Daniel remember anything? Will Jack get dragged into the murder plot or find Amanda and head to Haiti? Where will Takeda take Amanda and does he know who she is?
Has Emily's plot for revenge spiraled into truly uncontrolled chaos? We've got two weeks until we find out more. Theorize away.
C. Orlando is a TV Fanatic Staff Writer. Follow her on Twitter.