Revenge Review: Changing of the Guard

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It was father versus son on this week's Revenge, as Conrad and Daniel put in their final efforts to win over the board of Grayson Global.

Unfortunately, not every pre-calculated decision by the schemers of the Hamptons can predict how something will actually play out. Both Victoria and Emily failed to get what they really wanted in "Revelations." Let's break down the fall finale by storyline:

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Grayson vs. Grayson: Despite her many well-documented flaws, one of the only things Victoria Grayson truly does care about is her son's safety and well-being. So when the omnipresent Initiative called and threatened to take a greater interest in Daniel, it put Conrad and Victoria into overdrive. Did Victoria really think that sending a social climbing floozy, who can't even walk in her Louboutins, to seduce Salvador was going to push the board in Conrad's favor? 

I would hope these billionaires would take a little more persuasion than a night in the sack with a glorified hooker, but judging by today's news scandals I'm probably wrong. If anything, a smarter businessman would've realized that if Victoria and Conrad were desperate enough to send Ashley to his room, they were obviously up to something shady. My real question is: why didn't Emily just send the video to Daniel directly? It would've saved Aiden the trouble of getting involved.

Daniel obviously has his own misgivings about Aiden, aside from the ones Ashley planted in his head. After all, once Daniel won the top position at Grayson Global, he ousted Aiden from the board anyway. This is after Aiden did him the immense favor of helping him land Nolcorp. Maybe Daniel is really just jealous of all the PDA between Aiden and his former fiancee Miss Thorne.

Nolcorp takes a Nosedive: We debated the way Marco would act on last week's Revenge Round Table and we didn't have to wait long for our answer. Marco told Daniel about the missing $500 million, but he didn't say who it went to. Not only did Marco do Nolan dirty by ratting to Daniel, but now he's using the leverage of the other half of the secret in order to get a primo position at Nolcorp. Let the love triangle ensue!

I only hope that Padma is more trustworthy than Marco was. After all, Nolan let her in on his plan to pull a Trojan horse move on Grayson Global when he didn't even tell Emily. I feel like if there is anyone on this show that Emily can truly trust, it's Nolan - and vice versa. In fact, even though Aiden has aligning interests to take down the Initiative, and I'm totally attracted to him, I'm still unsure how trustworthy he is. 

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Reassuring someone that they can trust you always just sends up a red flag to me. It's almost too good to be true. I want it to work, but I'm dubious. As Amanda said, Emily is always going to have an excuse getting in the way of her happiness.

Porter's Past: After the Thanksgiving flashbacks, we learned exactly why the Ryan brothers had such an interest in The Stowaway. After a lovely little Christening, the guy who really killed the Ryans' father gave Jack a heads-up. Then they beat Matt to a pulp. Good thing Jack knows a thing or two about keeping a poker face. I was completely creeped out when the brothers showed up at the end with their faux concern.

After Jack pried up those floorboards, it turned out the eternal good guy has a few secrets of his own. A murder weapon stowed below the floorboards? Jack Porter just became a whole lot more interesting!

A few other tidbits I loved from tonight's episode:

  • Charlotte's speech at the reception poking fun at her parents.
  • Conrad's eye-rolling response to Victoria yelling at him. It's like "now what?"
  • The downfall of Davenport. She had the option to stop slutting herself out that night at the Russian club when Emily gave her the money and saved her from being pulled into sex trafficking.
  • Seeing Daniel's face in the creepy clock camera at the end. What an ominous closing to the episode!

So... what could Victoria possibly have to offer Emily that is going to form some unholy alliance? How will Nolan save Nolcorp? Is Aiden trustworthy? Let us know all of your thoughts on the fall finale in our comments section. We'll see you in 2013... and remember:

Don't do anything Emily Thorne wouldn't do.


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I was thinking the same thing...


We LOVE LOVE Revenge! Our friend, Kim Lee Ozawa, makes earrings for the show and told us to watch. Been hooked ever since!!


Agree with the review, just wanted to add how I loved Ashley's 1st dress! God it is to die for! :) Whoever doing the fashion for Revenge and OUAT, kudos!


Starting to get interested in the Porter storyline, never did trust, or like that Kenny guy.
You are right, a great poker face on Jack when the 2 dirt bag brothers came in at the end with their faux concern, AND the address book, coincadence, NOT.
Never did trust Aiden, and do so even less now, he is up to something.
I to wonder why Emily didn't send the vid to Daniel, curious for sure.
Daniel sure is becoming evil, kind of like it, it will be great when Nolan gets to him though, Nolan RULES.
That Marco guy has over stayed his welcome for me, don't like him at all, hopefully he will get what's coming to him, and not in a good way.
Still not sure about Padma, something tells me she is also up to something.
Hopefully Nolan knows what he is doing as far as trusting her goes.
Victoria is just awesome in anything she does.
Salvador, HOT HOT HOT, was hoping that robe would be open just a little bit more, so close.
I can't wait to see how Emily and Victoria are going to join forces, you know they hate each other, but are being forced to work together, that is so great.
Also can't wait to see the fall of Daniel.


Reviewer is misinterpreting Jack's finding of the gun. He wasn't 'keeping' it there, he didn't know it was there until Matt Duncan told him about it 5 minutes earlier in the episode.


How does Daniel keep Aiden off the board? I thought Takeda was the major power behind Grayson Global, and Aiden was his flunky. So Daniel can just ace Takeda out of a seat on the board? He may be joining Tyler out on the beach if he keeps that up.


I'm thinking Victoria will tell Emily that someone will kill Daniel if he stays CEO of Grayson, and ask Emily to try to convince him to step down. Since Emily still sort of cares about dimwit dan, she just might help him (and Victoria), which might make the british hound dog howl in anger, setting all the tops spinning again?


Amazing, just amazing !


Also hope the girl stays, they look good together. Will she learn about Nolan and Marco's history? Next ! loool
The break is gonna be too long, will have to REWATCH the whole show looool !!!


OMG !!! That show is DAMN GOOD !!!! After last week's episode, and Victoria's own "revenge", which had me applauding at the end, and the other pasts revealed, how Emily met Aiden and the "boys" dad got killed, and how Nolan got to where he is now, well 'Revelation" was even better !
Where should i start ! I mean, The Brit girl finally got kicked out loool. And she slept with the Daddy !!!! Wow !
Danny boy has become evil-er ! Still hanging on to Emily, which is probably why he screwed Aiden lol.
Aiden and Emily are a good match, even if he might have his own agenda, but he will help her. They are at the same point in their lives, understand each other, etc. Are they good for each ? I don't think so. But they sure look good together lol !
Back to the bar, well, u in trouble my man ! These 2 are dangerous, and have a hit list. Who's next ?
Nolan, honey, what a mess ! That Marco guy and Parv girl, they just did it !!! But that Troyen horse idea got me excited !!! Also hope the girl stays, they look good together. Will she learn about Nolan and Marco's history? Next ! loool
The break is gonna be too long, will have to REWATCH the whole show looool !!!

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Revenge Season 2 Episode 9 Quotes

I swear you so much as lay a hand on my son I'll kill you myself.

Victoria [to the Initiative]

Just be careful, nobody plays dirtier than the Graysons.