Revenge Review: Looks Like the B!tch is Back ...

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Revenge would make a fascinating case study in game theory.

With such shrewdly intelligent players in varying degrees of conflict and cooperation, the outcomes are always in flux. To every action there is an equal or opposite reaction ... or sometimes several.

This was one of those weeks on Revenge where it felt like not a lot happened until the final five minutes, when the pieces finally came together and gave the entire episode a different perspective.

"Resurrection" marked the second coming of Madeleine Stowe's Victoria Grayson, whose return to life is now complete thanks to a complicated plot only the calculating ice queen could pull off.

As usual, Emily Thorne was working her own shadow agenda, putting wheels in motion that influenced Victoria's actions, then nearly watched her plan spin out of control and get her killed.

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The show always does a terrific job of crafting a multilayered narrative to keep you guessing the truth (or lack thereof) behind every statement or the hidden meaning behind almost every detail.

Let's break down tonight's developments and how they changed the game:

Emily gained the upper hand on the White-Haired Man (thanks to Clam Cam), and with it confirmation that her mother is alive. WHM was going to eliminate her as part of the David Clarke frame job, but he doesn't always follow orders. Before she could find out any more, Emily somehow let her guard down and had to be bailed out by Aiden.

You can understand why the producers want to keep her hands clean when it comes to full-blown murder, but it was a little disappointing to see her caught helplessly off-guard by the White Haired Mannibal Lecter.

WHM takes more than a few secrets to his grave, most notably why he didn't follow orders. That he and Emily's mom had a connection of some sort seems like a safe bet, but what did he do with her instead?

Takeda's mysterious pupil, seen briefly earlier in the Grayson Global boardroom, will presumably now assume a bigger role in the Revengenda, especially with relations between Emily and her fashionably-dressed, tech-savvy sidekick strained a little. NolCorp business, and a new CFO, may occupy more of its owner's attention.

Nolan was hilarious as always (and pants-less to boot, as an added bonus this week), but we finally saw a glimpse of him at work, and it wasn't all that pretty. His accountant-turned-CFO, Padma is clearly being set up as a possible love interest, and it'll be interesting to see where that goes, both personally and professionally.

NolCorp being audited proves that the eccentric Mr. Ross may want to pay a little more attention to his company (especially with the iPhone 5 release and all), and now that he and Emily both have new Hamptons interlopers taking on roles in their lives, we get a sense that the dynamic duo may be drifting apart for a time.

Emphasis on for a time. Romances come and go, people die and rise again, but Ems and Nolan are forever.

Victoria learned of Conrad's plot to commandeer Charlotte's inheritance, then schemed up an almost equally sinister plot to return to society. Her endgame is far from clear, but you can't underestimate her. Ever.

The Devil himself didn't want you, Conrad says. Please.

White Haired Man Photo

The Devil probably feared being outfoxed and cut her loose. Yet there's still something endearing about Victoria, maybe because she appears so unsure of her own actions, past and present, and is stuck in a loveless marriage to someone even more reprehensible than she is. You know he enjoyed hitting her way too much.

How will Emily respond to Victoria's "Resurrection"? Will Charlotte's growing bond with her influence matters? What is Emily's plan for the Graysons at this point exactly? Does even she know the answer to that?

The first flashback certainly hinted that Kara Clarke was not stable, and may have even kidnapped her own daughter. Yet the full story behind her institutionalization and Victoria's role in that has yet to unfold.

Emily needs Victoria to find out the truth about her mother, yet also wants payback times double infinity. What comes next between the two could raise the stakes - and lies, and duplicity - like never before.

All we have to say is thank goodness the b!tch is back.

Daniel was the only Grayson in the dark tonight, or so it appeared. He did the right thing for the right reasons in helping out Charlotte, even if he didn't know the half of what was going on behind the scenes.

It was also nice to see Daniel and Emily teaming up, albeit with different motives.

Ashley sneered a lot. Especially following Conrad's "family-only" remark.

Jack is the father! Only he's not ... only he totally is! You have to love Emily's maneuvering on this one. Is she hoping FauxManda will come clean and peace out, because she doesn't want to "lie" to Jack? Amazing.

Declan just wants to save money so he can go to college and doesn't have to live in Montauk for the rest of his life, man! Sucks to be him, until his rich classmate offers to ... pay him cash to harbor stolen property?

A little After-School-Special-ish, but we'll see where that goes.

Not the absolute best episode this week, but still plenty entertaining, with enough developments to keep you invested and setting the stage for what will most likely be even more riveting chapters to come.

Here's the promo for next week's all-new episode, "Confidence" ...

What did you think of tonight's Revenge? Comment below!


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I also think WHM has/had a relationship with Emily's mother.

Leon alexis

I liked this ep. Nolan,s great! Jack,stop boring,do something,I like you!


I think that WHM fell in love with Emily's mom. Call me crazy but I really think something went on between them. In s1 finale he said that she must get her spunk from her mother. He clearly knows the mother to make that statement. Also he was supposed to kill her, but he didn't. Maybe something about her reminded him of something. No one is born evil, they are created- look at Once for proof. Also why would he kill Emily unless it serves in his best interest that Emily's mother not find out about her. Yes it could be so Americon plot does not get out, but it could also mean something more. Should be interesting to see unfold. An amazing ep, can't wait for the next one!!! Come one sunday!


I thought Nolan's storyline was pretty lame. I love Nolan, but this storyline and the overacting of the new CEO was not pretty. I hope they don't screw up Nolan by making him into a second Declan. I agree with Nala about Emilys mom - she was clearly kidnapping her daughter in the first flashback... does anyone know if Kara and Bitchtoria are going up against each other later on? That would surely be nice!

Kitanishi h mcdonald

Oh double standards, how I love thee, I guess this was worse than half of Gossip Girl kitsch then, I take it? Anyway, for me it was pretty much perfect episode for purely the reason that Emily for once did not exactly get what she wants - her plans were turned around and she did not achieve a rift between Victoria and Charlotte. I doubt she will stop trying though. the only small annoyance in the episode was that Emily had to be saved from white-haired man. I would rather preferred her to defend herself, but I guess writers for some reason want to keep her free from murdering someone. Oh well, and that still is not enough for this brilliant episode to go down to 3.5, because brilliant episode was brilliant.


Nolan is my hero


3.5 ? Seriously Steve ? Seriously ?


Good episode. Not the best but they can't all be. Slower until the end when things got real interesting. Can't believe white haired guy went down so easily but hope we can learn more about Aidan next.


I love Victoria...she's so sinister and you never know what she's going to do next. I don't read spoilers so I probably missed something, but: I know Emily's mom is mental, but besides that she doesn't seem that innocent either... I'm looking forward to learn more about her!


I love Nolan quote about Victoria being a scary movie you cannot watch before you go asleep. I wonder when will Daniel figure out Ashley scheme because he is the most clueless person in the house. I want to know why WHM did not kill Emily because of Victoria but will kill her because of her mom.

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Revenge Season 2 Episode 2 Quotes

Trey: I didn't know you had a boat in this marina.
Declan: Yeah, it's real easy to miss between the yachts.

Don't you think it's a little bit dangerous to be catnapping out in the open, or are you actually baiting the White-Haired Man-ibal Lecter to come for you?