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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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Nolan's the best boss ever! His break up with that guy was a little too fast and too easy, the dude didn't even try to know more about Nolan's connection with D. Clark whereas Nolan trusted him enough to be honest about it. (On a side note it's me or Romaro was a female version of Padma? Oh and it's so weird and fun at the same time that Nolan is cute no matter if he's with a guy or a girl!).
Poor Daniel, his parents keep manipulating him over and over and he never has a clue, maybe this time he'll resist but ever since he chose to follow in his dad footsteps and now that he's trying to take Nolan down I don't care about him anymore.
Emily and Aiden are cute but I have a feeling he won't be around for long. It was obvious when Emily told him not to disappear anymore. Sorry that was long, I didn't realize I had so much to say! Great show!

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Very interesting episode, I liked it! It was revengey all the way an I actually kind of enjoy the Porter's story line because it inverted the roles. In Emily's case, the victim's daughter who wants revenge on the people who framed her father is the good guy. in Jack's case the one who wants revenge (Kenny) is the bad guy. So we get to see both sides of it. Another interesting thing is that Kenny and Emily are avenging their parents when Victoria was avenging herself for what her mother did to her, you could see it consumed her. Emily is right, it never ends, you pass it on unless you give it up.

Amie

I was disappointed with the Ashley part of the story - I mean the promo photos made it obvious what she was doing way back when but I feel like they haven't given me anything juicy from Ashley's past life in terms of the present - still I have so many questions - does Ashley know Aiden? Does he know her? Are they connected in any other way...also Daniel...why exactly did he call Nolan's ex-CEO? How did he get a hold of him? Why him specifically? Finally, I am so team Emily and Aiden, I feel like getting a t-shirt with that exact sentence on it! So hot and Emily looked so happy with him!

Amie

Good episode, not as awesome as the previous ones because we essentially only needed to know how a few characters were connected in the past so that we could have a more clear picture about the present. So for me it was a good filler kind off episode - its not like we learned anything really important or shocking, so I am all set for the mid -season finale and I JUST CAN'T WAIT! I enjoyed seeing Emily on her first mission and how she and Aiden became involved in this whole story - interesting point about their families being tied up in what has to do with the crash. As for Victoria, yes it was really terrible to see what she went through, I guess the surprise for me in that scenario was to find out that her own mother made her take the blame for a man she killed....now that was realy horrible and it reveals a lot about Victoria and explains some of her previous actions....everything else I kind of expected - mother who married for money and fought for the attention of men with her daughter. I was disappointed with the Ashley part of the story - I mean the promo photos made it obvious what she was doing way back when but I feel like they haven't given me anything juicy from Ashley's past life in terms of the present - still I have so many questions - does Ashley know Aiden? Does he know her? Are they connected in any other way...also Daniel...why exactly did he call Nolan's ex-CEO? How did he get a hold of him? Why him specifically? Finally, I am so team Emily and Aiden, I feel like getting a t-shirt with that exact sentence on it! So hot and Emily looked so happy with him!

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Goodness this episode had many people being very revengey....... While I feel badly for what she went through as a child I do not feel badly for Victoria overall..............she had a choice and opportunities and she went the other way and for that she has no one to blame but herself. I am pleased that Nolan may suffer for his loyalty and while I do love Emily she needs to be more tuned into Nolan and his plight as he is a far better pal to her then she to him. I also could care less about the Porters...........was there no one ever looking for the guy who was killed? No one ever heard about it and wouldn't Jack at least recognize that this guy was related. He is portrayed as so dumb it seems he cannot even buy a clue. I could care less than not next week with him & the baby. Finally once again why this winter break...it is past annoying and to me screws up the momentum something fierce.

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Team Amanda/Aiden all the way! No surprise about Ashley, but did she not know Aiden was the bartender in that club? Did Ashley know Amanda's voice? Questions??? Love Victoria/Marian storyline, and now we know why the ICE QUEEN IS THE ICE QUEEN! She did learn from the best!

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The Porters can go. Boring, from the first episode.

Soapjunk

Aiden&Emily, Infinity times infinity!

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Best TV show ever! I couldn't agree with you more - the chemistry between Emily and Aiden is unbelievable, I just hope it doesn't turn out that he's a bad guy. And OMG - Victoria's mother, she managed to scare me even more than Victoria, if that's even possible haha!

Leon alexis

Now I do understand why Victoria is so cold-blooded woman. Her past is horrible and awful!

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.