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Revenge Review: A Journey With No End

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Holidays tend to bring out memories and family tension in the most normal of families. So, heading into this special installment, one could only imagine what the holiday would conjure up for our favorite villain, Victoria Grayson.

In "Lineage" we learned that the duplicitous apple certainly does not fall far from the scheming tree.

Yes, the introduction of Victoria's awful mother Marian was just one of the many highlights from the latest flashback-heavy episode. Let's take a trip to 2006, shall we?

Ems at the Bar

2006 was a time of new beginnings. Ashley had just arrived in New York and struggling to make her rent, almost resorting to a career as an escort. Daniel was a freshman at Harvard, dreaming of becoming a poet. Jack had finally gotten himself the boat, the Amanda. In a drawn out/semi-useless storyline, we found out that Kenny was invested in taking over the Stowaway because Papa Porter was involved in his father's death. But these characters were merely secondary to to everything else that was going on.

As mentioned above, we enjoyed a few Victoria flashbacks for the first time. Real, painful, childhood Victoria flashbacks, not just sexy sessions with David Clarke. Been there, seen that! I think this exchange between Victoria and her mother Marian, guest star Adrienne Barbeau, summed it up best:

Marian: Vindictive bitch!
Victoria: I learned from the best.

Simple and to the point. Satan's spawn has to come from somewhere, villains aren't just born out of thin air. I sometimes find moments of weakness where I feel bad for Victoria before she snaps back into her usual sociopathic mode. Tonight was one of those times.

How horrible to have a mother who tells you they wished they'd aborted you? She made a 15-year-old Victoria lie for her, shoot somebody and subsequently endure a court-mandated six months in a psychiatric institute. If that wasn't enough, when Victoria finally returned home and Marian's pedophile paramour made a move on young Vicky, Marian threw her out on the streets.

The Ice Queen kept her demeanor while she told her mother's newest suitor all about their past over Thanksgiving dinner. Little did we realize, the entire thing was a set up for Victoria to exact revenge on and humiliate her mother. At the end, an unusually supportive Conrad asked Victoria if she felt okay after her visit to the dark side. Had the darkness finally been lifted? Victoria said to ask her in the morning. Six years later we can confirm that Victoria is not done with the dark side. There's no such thing in breaking the cycle when you're involved in the game of revenge.

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Meanwhile, west of the Hamptons in Manhattan, Emily and Aiden were trying to lift themselves from a different darkness. Emily was on her first Takeda mission where she met Ashley and saved her from a life of prostitution, though one could argue that sleeping your way up the social ladder is not all that different in principle. Emily also met the sexy Aiden. Before Aiden was enrolled in the Takeda school of revenge, he was trying to avenge his sister's abduction into sex trafficking. 

The twist here is that Aiden and Emily's families were both involved in the plane crash. Aiden's father was a baggage handler at Heathrow, a possible way for the bomb to have gotten on the same plane that David Clarke was notoriously blamed for taking down. What a small world, eh? Or is it more than that?

Can I just say that from the first second these two met I was sold on their chemistry? Holy hell, I'm so team Emily and Aiden, it seems like it's impossible there was ever another option. People claim Jack is boring, but I think Emily finds appeal in him because he reminds her of childhood innocence, the time when her life wasn't about exacting justice on terrible people.

I get it, but Emily is not that innocent girl anymore. Too much has happened. Besides, screw that when she can have Aiden! I loved when he called her by her real name in bed. He knows who she really is.

Lest you think I forgot about our favorite sidekick, Nolan's new beginning was taking Nolcorp public. Unfortunately this coincided with his breaking up with his boyfriend and CFO, Marco Romero. Nolan confided in Romero about his payout to David Clarke's daughter, making Romero a present day ally to Daniel Grayson.

One thing I'm still confused about is why Aiden is aiding Daniel in taking down Nolcorp. Nolan is Emily's friend, confidante, and sometimes helper. Why would Aiden want to hurt him? Is it the only way to help Emily advance her ultimate goal? After all, double infinity is really just a symbol for "a journey with no end."

What did you all think of the special Thanksgiving Revenge? Are you surprised that Victoria's mother was a monster? Did you enjoy how Emily and Aiden met? Were you interested in the Porter storyline at all? Hit the comments and don't forget to tune in to next week's Winter Finale!

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Leigh Raines is a TV Fanatic Staff Writer. Follow her on Twitter.

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Crazybrit

woh,OMG!! the only thing i wanted to post is victoria mom is even BITCHIES DEN VICTORIA,poor young victoria,dat old bitch is all wrinkle,seriously good cast on victoria mom,they look almost alike,with those bitchy face,ahhaha

Derenaislove

And what is with Nolan?One moment he is gay than he is straight and than he is gay again.Or mabe he is Bi.

Derenaislove

Never really cared what hapened to Porters,such a watse of time they're.
Victoria's back story on how she became so dark and evil was interesting.Her mother is even a bigger Bitch than her.
Finally my Babies Emily and Aiden,Oh God i love them so much,can't get enough of the bed scene.It's good to know their back story and how they met and fell in love.They're just mean to be.Kinda relieved now that things are getting even crazier that Emily has Aiden.

Fatin

If Nolan is screwed over after what I just learned about him, I will drag Emily out from the fictional world and beat her up.

Beverly-brooks

Enjoyed this episode as to how Aiden and Amanda met. I just hope that he will not turn out to a snake in the grass. Victoria as usual show her nastiness and where she developed it with this episode. Her mother was a very mean to her. I just don't like Ashley at all.

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o.k., OMG.............LOVED how Victoria handled Thanksgiving, she's so fabulous.
Great casting for Victoria's mother.
Not interested in the Porter stuff.
Not sure if I like the softer side of Emily, and her hooking up with Aiden, still can't decide if I like him.
This Marco guy better not mess with Nolan.
NOLAN RULES !!!
Conrad is awesome AND HOT !!!
Don't like Ashley at all.
This is the best show BY FAR on t.v., can't get enough.

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So Ashley has a history with Emily? She has certainly hidden it well in the present day. Or did the writers just think of that plot twist?

Deann

BTW, if anything happens to my beloved Nolan in the season finale, I will have to quit watching the show, because I adore him, he's such a great guy, and so sexy whether he's with a female or a male companion!

Deann

Wow, great episode, and though we learn what an evil python Victoria's mother is, I still think that Victoria could have taken a lesson from her evil mother and realized that even getting revenge years later won't stop the cycle of horrible abusive behavior until she takes the reins and stops behaving like a rabid animal. There are a lot of people out there who had poisonous parents, in fact, none of us have perfect parents, but we didn't become sociopaths because of it. That is a choice, to continue to wreak havoc on the lives of others for your own enjoyment. So I have no sympathy for Victoria, or her mother, actually. I LOVED Aiden/Emilys moments together, and I loved how they met, it was so James Bond-ish on Emily's part. They really have chemistry.

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I really enjoyed this episode. I still don't like or trust Aidan, but I can see why Emily would have wanted to help him. He's a male version of Victoria. Not sure if the writers intended it that way, but there it is. I'm even more pissed at Ashley now than before, because Emily was a real friend to her from the moment that they met and she's done nothing but conspire against her, to curry favour with Victoria and land Daniel. Unlike everyone else here, I'm actually glad that they illuminated the situation with Jack's father and his new business partner. He has a good reason for what he's doing, and isn't just a bad guy trying to steal the business from Jack. But Jack's blindness to his father's character is understandable. If you have a loving parent you will assume that they are fair and good to others as well. It wasn't the most exciting part of the episode, but I think it would have been odd to do a flash back and leave that part out. Victoria's mother is trash, but that doesn't excuse all the horrible things that Victoria has done over the years to hurt, betray and destroy the lives of people close to her. She's just the other side of the same coin.

Revenge Season 2 Episode 8 Quotes

You fought for me when no one else would.

Aiden [to Emily]

Aiden: Double infinitiy.
Emily: A journey with no end.

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