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Revenge Review: Mutually Assured Destruction

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Although last week's Revenge was a blast from the past, "Grief" showed how that history led to the sad and murky present.

Oh Sammy.  The moment I saw him lying in the bar I knew he was a goner. Of course he's got to be the oldest Labrador on record but I'll look past that niggling detail.

Even though I knew it was coming, Sammy's death made me cry. Such a sweet old dog. I felt for both Jack and Emily and, although I was glad they had one another, what I didn't feel was the love connection between them.

I'm sure plenty of fans will disagree with me but I've never felt the chemistry between these two characters and despite Jack's noble ways and righteous attitude, I still haven't warmed to the guy.

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That said, my opinion of Daniel was also plummeting moment by moment. The guy went from wanting to run to Paris to get away from his lying, cheating, family to taking his rightful place at his Daddy's side. What's most disturbing was that he made that drastic change after finding out his father was involved with terrorism and framed and murdered an innocent man to take the fall. 

Yeah, Daniel's becoming harder and harder to like.

I really thought Charlotte would be unconscious by the end of this episode. Her parents didn't give a damn about her therapy. Daniel seemed too wrapped up in his wedding to give his sister much attention and then she thought Declan jumped into bed with a Yonkers girl. I was far from shocked when Charlotte scored more pills. What did surprise me was that she wasn't overdosing on the floor of her bedroom by the end of the episode.

So Conrad's been shacking up with Lydia. I've wondered what happened to her after he whisked her out of the mansion. Now the question is whose side will she fall on. Will Lydia grab hold of Victoria's supposed offer of immunity or will she remain loyal to Conrad?

Loved Conrad's thoughts on Victoria in this great Revenge quote:

You look like a demonic succubus. | permalink

Not a bad description of this evil, twisted couple.

But the hero of the episode was definitely Nolan. He encouraged Jack to take the $1 million so that the Graysons would leave him alone. Then he not only jumped in at the last minute and did Emily's recon work, he also kept her from getting herself killed.

If he'd only left it at that. The moment he knocked on the door of the White Haired Man's home, I knew he was doomed. The man's a hired assassin. There's no way he wouldn't smell a con a mile off.

Nolan was so cute as he swelled with pride that he'd won Emily's favor with his exploits. As smart, rich, and powerful as Nolan is, deep inside he's still the lonely outsider looking for acceptance. 

Unfortunately, it may have gotten him killed. 

Being that Nolan's my favorite character and Emily's only true ally, I have to believe he's simply unconscious and not dead but what's the White Haired Man's plan? Will Nolan still be Emily's right hand man after this incident, assuming he survives? And what will Emily's reaction be when she finds out Nolan's now a target?

What's your guess as to what will happen in next week's season finale of Revenge?

Review

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

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I wish Emily would get back to the business of knocking off one bad guy each week and stop being so emotional. Her job is to punish those who killed her father - stick to that! And get rid of Charlotte and that little twerp brother of David's. They just confuse the situation without being interesting at all.

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I hope that Nolan isn't dead. He and Emily are very interesting to watch. I think that possibly the white haired man will think that Conrad sent Nolan to spy on him. So the white haired man will go after Conrad. Maybe Conrad will get killed and Daniel will be in charge of the company. Then he and his mother will be at odds all the time. His sister is probably gonna overdose to get attention. Because no one pays attention to her unless she is using drugs. Which is really sad. I so love this show. It keeps you guessing what is gonna happen next. I really hope that know one dies because I love the show the way it works. If one of the characters is not there it changes the entire show

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That was the most difficult hour of television I've watched in a really long time, not including the countless Dubya pressers. We had a 14 year old yellow lab and put him down last October. sadly, last night, watching poor Sammy brought it all back and I was filled with sadness, anger and grief. I loved that dog more than any person I've ever known and when Jack was saying goodbye it reminded me of the moment I had to say goodbye to my pooch. It was just awful and I presume I wasn't the only one who had this experience last night.

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Well, we know that Nolan is not dead according to next's week pictures, so I'm relieved by that. He's also my favorite character along Victoria and Emily of course. Daniel is becoming more annoying by the minute. I don't think he has a masterplan. Seems to me that Conrad told him just enough of the truth to have him as an ally. He (Daniel) just seems confuse and overall stupid. I did feel chemistry in that kiss between Jack and Emily... that was a very convincing moment for me. It was "realistic" for Emily to have her soft spot touched when Sammy died. It buffles me that Emily is a trained assassin and she still leaves her curtains open for people to spy on her. #smartiepants PS: My weeks are going to suck so bad without the show... I love it to death... Read more tv spoilers at: http://www.tvfanatic.com/2012/...

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Well, we know that Nolan is not dead according to next's week pictures, so I'm relieved by that. He's also my favorite character along Victoria and Emily of course. Daniel is becoming more annoying by the minute. I don't think he has a masterplan. Seems to me that Conrad told him just enough of the truth to have him as an ally. He (Daniel) just seems confuse and overall stupid. I did feel chemistry in that kiss between Jack and Emily... that was a very convincing moment for me. It was "realistic" for Emily to have her soft spot touched when Sammy died. It buffles me that Emily is a trained assassin and she still leaves her curtains open for people to spy on her. #smartiepants PS: My weeks are going to suck so bad without the show... I love it to death...

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I have to agree with the reviewer, Nolan is the best character on Revenge, and though I love Emily and I do like Jack, I just think Daniel is a lost cause. He's going to end up as twisted and evil as his parents, which is sad. I think Charlotte is destined for an overdose and death or rehab, and I don't think Emily and Jack will be able to keep their feelings for each other under cover, especially with Victoria's spy peeking in the windows.
I sincerely hope that Nolan is okay, because if he's off the show, I am not going to watch it anymore. He's a fantastic character and a wonderful actor, and he seems to be the only one with a conscience in the whole group.

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As a previous poster said that Jack is too "goody two shoes". Jack and Emily/Amanda winding up together is so soap opera-ish, I expect better from this story. I am very interested in who or what the white haired bad guy is working for that scares Conrad so much -- C.I.A.? A C.I.A. sting that went very, very bad. Love the show!

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It was so sad to see Sammy die but it needed to be done...he was really old. I hope my Nolan isn't dead...I just hope he is knocked out or something.... but either way I don't want to be the white haired guy when Emily gets her hands on him. As for Daniel...he is turning into a sleazy dirtbag like his father. For him to side with his father and not his mother is a change....but his character does that alot. As for Charlotte...she needs some attention, a slap and a kickin the B.U.T! I mean really!!! To throw your life away with drugs with the status she has is a waste...a big one! Now, the black chick who I can't think of her name at the moment is one sneaky you know what! Oh, and yes there is absolutely NO chemistry between Emily and Jack...I almost thought he or she had bad breath or something...that was the worst kiss ever!

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real Emily/her friend/almost sister and is surrounded by phonies who she is conning. I do hope she reaches out to Charlotte though. As annoying as Charlotte can be, I do feel sorry for her and would like to see Emily step up and help her half-sister, her only remaining family, even if she doesn't tell her WHY she's doing it. Plus that would be another nail in Victoria's coffin - stealing one of her kids away from her for good. RIP Sammy. :'(

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I don't know about Jack & Emily but I really don't want her with Daniel. He is a Grayson - 100%. Up until a few months before he met Em he was a party boy who almost got someone killed. He's been a 'good guy' for less than a year and in that time he shot his best friend (even if Tyler deserved it and Jack wasn't the killing shot) There is no chance that he's going to be a decent guy in the long run. I think Ashley will end up telling him about Jack and use that to weasel her way into Daniel's bed. However, Daniel can't do much to Jack without worrying about him spilling the beans (unless he kills him outright). Nolan and Emily rock as a team and I adore him for trying to protect her. Sweet of him to tell his aunt so she could talk to Emily. Maybe losing Sammy, Amanda/Emily's last tie to her 8 yr old self except memories will end up making her more ruthless in going after the Grayson's. After all, she's lost everything else - her dad, her dog, the real Emily/her friend/almost sister and is surrounded by phonies who she is conning. I do hope she reaches out to Charlotte though. As annoying as Charlotte can be, I do feel sorry for her and would like to see Emily step up and help her half-sister, her only remaining family, even if she doesn't tell her WHY she's doing it. Plus that would be another nail in Victoria's coffin - stealing one of her kids away from her for good. RIP Sammy. :'(

Revenge Season 1 Episode 21 Quotes

I will never forget. I will never forgive.

Emily

For most the final stage of grief is acceptance but for me, grief is a life sentence without clemency.

Emily
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