Revenge Review: Absolute Catastrophe

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"Absolution" flew by so quickly I've considered suing for whiplash.

Last week's Revenge episode had me thinking that Emily finding out about her father's murder was the big revelation. While it was certainly important, though, there were plenty more to follow.

We'll start with Declan and the continuation of his betrayal of Charlotte. You'd think that calling her a lying pill-popper on the stand would have been enough, but no. Declan rats her out at school too. He said it was for her own good, but I'm not convinced. Was it because he saw her taking drugs or that she was cozying up to her sleazy ex while she did them?

But it was about time Charlotte's parents started to recognize her existence again. Conrad asked Daniel to take care of his little sis and Victoria actually spent some time telling the girl about David Clarke.

Graysons in Mourning

Still, it took the charges being dropped against Daniel for them to pay any attention to their daughter. No matter what Victoria says, it still appears that Charlotte comes in second to her big brother.

Elsewhere, Nolan was holding back on Emily. I didn't see that coming but I could say that over and over again about this episode. 

I loved how she walked in and surprised him just as he pulled the hidden journal out of his safe. Busted! At least she didn't hurt him. Nolan's too cute to hurt.

But not with 2002 hair. I've never been quiet about my thoughts concerning Nolan's locks, but I hate the 2002 version. Suddenly I have a whole new appreciation for those bangs.

Checking the Grayson Christmas card list, so to speak, paid off as Emily tracked down Carole Miller. No, make that Carol Thomas. Oh, wrong again, how about Aunt Carole? And again, I never saw it coming.

The best part of that reveal was how Emily reacted to it. In this Revenge quote, Nolan tried to explain…

Nolan: This is bigger to me than your revenge against the Graysons. This is my...
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Doing anything to protect one's family was a concept Emily could understand. It almost felt like it brought her and Nolan closer.

When Jack paid a visit to Emily he had me wondering what his plan was. Was he going to tell her he was on the beach that night? That the bloody hoodie was really his? That he's in love with her and not Amanda?

Well I guess we'll never know but his confession to Daniel... now that floored me. Did he do it because he had to tell somebody? Because he thought Daniel was a descent guy or was he really trying to protect Emily from her soon to be in-laws? If it was the latter then confessing all to a Grayson seemed a strange way to do it.

At least Daniel had the guts to confront his father, but then things turned sideways. Instead of lying through his teeth and covering his ass, Conrad told his son the whole truth. And in return, Daniel sided with his father.

I think I was as surprised by that as Emily was. Unfortunately for Daniel, when he doubled down on Grayson, he just put himself square in the crosshairs of Emily's plot for revenge. Before this he was just collateral damage. Almost an innocent bystander but not any longer.

Even Ashley had a few twists in store for her. First off, Victoria screwed her over when her new boss mysteriously found out that she leaked the photos of Daniel. But Ashley should have known something was coming her way when Victoria's reaction was to her resignation was this...

The Hamptons are filthy with ambitious young girls like yourself. | permalink

That said volumes about what Victoria thought of her little protege. Then Conrad offered her a luxury car and a job and she's in seventh heaven.  My guess is that Conrad's setting her up as a scape goat or he wouldn't go out of his way for her. Beware of a Grayson bearing gifts.

So with so many confession and revelations, which Revenge twist most surprised you?

Who do you think is the guiltiest Grayson?


Editor Rating: 4.7 / 5.0
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C. Orlando is a TV Fanatic Staff Writer. Follow her on Twitter.


I wait all week for Wednesday to arrive. This show just keeps getting better and better. No two episodes are the same and there's always a twist that makes me go "I did not see that coming!" However, my ONLY negative comment is aimed at Charolette & Declan. Their storylines are weak. I love Declan's acting (and personally know the actor) but the girl playing Charolotte needs a bit of a acting challenge. It comes off as "too much" when there's really "nothing" there. But other than that, YAY for Revenge!


Tonight reminded me again why this is really the best show on TV. So many twists and turns, Em busting in on Noland when he is pulling the last diary out of the wall safe, she thinks she knows him so well, and then BAM, you didn't know about Aunt Carol did you Em? I did hope somehow that Daniel would take his father's info and use it against him and he will but not as Em and I had hoped for. The shot of him settling down in his father's chair spoke volumes. And what of the rose that Emily left at her father's grave, of course she never expected Victoria to take her half sis out there, and in Victoria's mind there is only one person who could have left it, what will she do to try and find "Amanda Clark" ? A fantastic eps, really the best damn show on TV!

Kitanishi h mcdonald

But Emily has to understand that he was just protecting his family, just like Nolan was.. That doens't make him one of them..he couldn't just spill the whole truth just like tha. I hope he's still make it up to her. For emily thats exactly what makes him one of them. He chose his corrupt family over the Truth she has fanatically embraced. She took interest in him when he separated himself from them verbally. Thats the only thing that prevented him from being a target and allowed him to be a mere puppet.


Cont: I will admit however Jack's character is starting to annoy me, if only for the fact his pining for Amanda (fake) has gone on long enough; especially when some episodes have skipped forward weeks.


This has definately now overtaken NCIS as my favourite show. This show has so many grey areas its unreal. At one stage during the episode they had me convinced that, since he set up David Clarke, Conrad has just been looking out for his family. Especially when he told Daniel to look after his little sister. Then he confessed all to his son, putting him in the firing line if the truth ever came out. Not to mention telling Ashley at the end how important he is and how Victoria is insignificant. Therefore revealing to the audience that he is the mastermind in the family. Would also like to point out how delighted i am with the ending. Surely this means that any romantic feelings Emily had towards Daniel are now gone and that leaves room for her and Jack. Maybe i'm just been soppy and want their childhood friendship to turn into love, i dont know, but their is no doubt in my mind Emily and Jack belong together. I will admit however Jack's character is starting to annoy me, if only for the fact his pining for Amanda (fake) has gone on long enough; especially when some episodes have skipped forward weeks.

Anna maria

But Emily has to understand that he was just protecting his family, just like Nolan was.. That doens't make him one of them..he couldn't just spill the whole truth just like tha. I hope he's still make it up to her.

Anna maria

@Anna we share the same name and the same thought! I completely agree with you! When I saw it I thought maybe Daniel was faking it to gain his trust and then screw him over but now I'm not so sure.. :(


FFS-it's scapegoat, not scrape goat.


I'm still Team Daniel. Yeah, so he didn't puke out his intestines on a chat show, but so what? He's not had a chance to talk to Emily yet, and b/w them, at a personal level, Emily's playing the game, not Daniel. And there's something Daniel has that other Graysons don't - a HEART. Which will make all the difference in the long run, because he is INHERENTLY a good person. Emily WANTS him to be evil so he's easy to group into "Grayson"... but I think this Revenge is too cool to play black/white love stories :)


Really great episode. Loved it.

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