Revenge Round Table: "Absolution"

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Is Daniel Grayson truly his father's son? Or might Emily's fiance be plotting some kind of long con against Conrad?

Such are the questions our Revenge Round Table is wrestling with following last Wednesday's terrific "Absolution." Gather around now as Matt Richenthal, Leigh Raines, Christine Orlando and Dan Forcella break down the latest episode and look ahead to the final installments of season one...


What was your favorite moment from the episode?
Matt: Conrad's drunken admissions to Daniel. Sometimes, simply, one-on-one conversations can be the most mesmerizing, as Homeland proved this year on "The Weekend." But should we assume Conrad told Daniel EVERYthing? No way, right?

Leigh: "Aunt Carole meet Amanda Clarke." Also, I liked when Aunt Carole pulled the gun on Emily because it's not often that she's taken by surprise. Emily expects everyone to do what she says and suddenly here's this insider who didn't buy her BS for a minute!

Christine: There were so many moments that surprised me, but I loved Aunt Carole pulling the gun on Emily and then Nolan walking down the stairs. It was great to see Emily so truly stunned. Also, the end scene of Emily brooding over a drink. She really expected more of Daniel.

Dan: My favorite moment was also Aunt Carole, but more so because now somebody else knows the truth. Things were running a little stale in that Emily and Nolan were the only ones holding the truth about what has happened.

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What will Nolan's aunt bring to the table for the rest of the season?
Matt: Really good cooking, I assume. Unless she's Jewish. In that case, just a lot of nagging and some bagels.

Leigh: I think Aunt Carol provided valid information that will help Emily. Hopefully she will serve as an ally and a comfort to Emily. After all, not many other people know her true identity.

Christine: If nothing else she gives Nolan even more of a connection to the David Clarke story. I feel as though he and Emily have bonded a little more.

Dan: I think she will be murdered quickly, probably by the Graysons, and not have much effect. Well, that is, other than the downward spiral it will send Nolan on.

What are your thoughts on Daniel's decision to back his father?
Matt: Dude is totally playing a long con, Sawyer-on-Lost style. I think he's just siding with Conrad now in order to wrestle control of the company away from his completely in the near future.

Leigh: I think at this point Daniel is lost and only knows life as a Grayson. His choices are Conrad or Victoria. Conrad told him the truth. That's what swayed him. He doesn't know Emily is really Amanda.

Christine: Disappointed but it made sense. It was idealistic to think that he'd turn on him family members, even if they deserve it. But now Emily can lump him in with the Graysons without regret.

Dan: Yeah, I was disappointed to say the least. I really wanted things to work out for Daniel, but now it's not looking good.

Who was at David's grave before Victoria and Charlotte?
Matt: Emily. I don't think this was meant to be a mystery, more of a tease regarding what steps Victoria might take to pursue who left the rose.

Leigh: Emily.

Christine: I believe it was Emily, but I'd be interested to see who Victoria and Charlotte think was there.

Dan: Will Charlotte and Victoria have any idea? Will they care? Will it be Victoria's new mission to find out? It raises a lot of questions.

Do you care at all about what Declan is doing?
Matt: On the show? Not at all. To get his hair ready for the show? Yes, and he provided a bit of insight in this interview at Paleyfest.

Leigh: I was hoping when Declan traded the UES for the Hamptons that they'd give him a haircut and clean him up a little. I'm sick of watching him get bossed around by prep school bitches.

Christine: Goodness, no. He's almost as boring as his brother.

Dan: Not even when he was on Gossip Girl did I care what Declan was up to.


First of all, it showed at the beginning of the episode Emily left the rose.
Aunt Carol as long as they're careful i hope they dont kill her cuz she could give impt. info
Daniel just sided with the parent that told him the 'truth'


Wow, glad my name isn't Declan!!


Is it possible that Daniel really isn't Conrad's son? Could he be the son of Victoria's lover that was in the last couple of episodes (sorry-I can't remember his name).


I definitely think Daniel sided with Conrad because he was horrifed that his own mother had him beaten in order to return home, which was way over the top as far as mom support. It surprises me that Jack does not realize Emily is really Amanda when he sees Sammy's reaction to her each and every time. Also, Sammy must be the oldest Golden in history; that just doesn't make sense.


I love Daniel but he is too dumb to con Conrad. Besides family is family and he loves his dad. It would be disappointing if he betrayed his family gor someone he doesn't know. I am so tired of both of those Porter brothers. What"s the point of them again?


1. My favourite scene was also Aunt Carol. You don't see Emily off guard very often so that was definitely interesting to watch.
2. I think it would be interesting if she was killed which results in Nolan planning his own revenge against The Graysons.
3. I was pretty disappointed, to be honest. His decision is understandable: He might know the truth now but I think he's just trying to protect Conrad - He's his father after all. At least Emily doesn't have to bother about Daniel getting in her line of fire anymore.
4. I wonder who Victoria suspects.
5. He's pretty much "Meh."


Fav Scene: The scene were Daniel is giving the interview and Victoria realizes that Daniel is no longer in her court. Priceless. I think Conrad put a spin on the truth. He would never have told Daniel everything simply because he knows Daniel will tell his mother and or Emily. He also needs Daniel to take over the company and do what is needed. But then again, Emily did say Conrad told Daniel everything. So who really knows. 3. She may be able to give Emily the info that she got from the accountant. That could be useful if she wanted to bring Conrad and Daniel down. 4. Biggest shocker since the switcheroo death in Chaos. But it is a genius move that propels the season forward and takes it past Emily's hit list. 5. Emily. Dumb question. We saw her place the rose. But it did look to fresh for a ground covered in snow. So it could mean something, but we won't know until Victoria looks into it. 6. No he is a nonentity and I hope that its he who dies permanently.


1. Aunt Carol
2. Leigh answer
3. He is up to something.
4. Emily but Victoria will think fauxamanda is back in town.
5. Nope, the Porter boys bore me every second they onscreen.


1. Aunt Carol
2. Information, closer connections between Nolan and RealAmanda
3. I think it's a long con.
5. No, unless he's going to die and then I'd be happy.


If I'm not mistaken, we actually saw Emily leave the rose at her father's grave at some point.

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