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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Weren't they supposed to blow the Amanda up and have a body on it?
I'm hoping Nolan has something good up his sleeve, because he's in a tight spot.
And Aiden, I don't trust him, he's seeming too possessive of Emily. Can't blame him, but still it doesn't seem in character for her to put up with that.
I love this show, and I can't wait until January, but I'm also getting upset with all writers' secretive twists hinted at. Nashville is beginning to intrigue me just a little more than this show....


Good bye Ashley, but you may return. I wonder who that person was the lady from the Initiative was talking to. I know many people suspect Takeda,but it could be anyone. I think Jack will stop the Ryan's or at least one of them. He could use Emily's help there. I agree with many others Emily will lead Daniel by the "you know what" till she gets what she wants. RIP JR Ewing cause Victoria Greyson has taken your place at top villian in my book! Can not wait to see how Victoria schemes again.


this is the last time I am watching this show it's so confusing so many characters enough


I found the episode a bit disappointing since it's the winter finale. Maybe Revenge spoiled us too much with explosive and fast-paced episodes (and the promo for this one was awesome), so this one seemed a bit flat and slow. Thank God for the last five minutes, which made me curse the long 4 weeks we'll have to wait. - Daniel kicking Aiden to the curb XD Loved it!! After Ashley's betrayal, it doesn't surprise me Danny wants Ems by his side again, so why give his rival a reason to stay?
- Nolan's plan =D I was really worried for him and thought that after Daniel played his trumpcard (Marco), Nolan's plan fell through. I love his plan even more now that Aiden can't be the inside man =) I hope he'll soon tell Ems too, I miss my favorite duo!!
- Loved Ashley's exit. I wonder how they'll bring her back... The things that don't work for me:
- The Initiative: I find this storyline quite boring. They're all-knowing and powerful and untouchable, what's fun about that? I find the Grayson's to be much more entertaining rivals. But now that they're there, I'd really like to see Emily go full against them.
- The Porters: The last episodes were interesting, but not enough for the looooong build-up.


The classic Clock Camera, saw it coming! Sooo looking forward to 2013! Merry Christmas Emily Thorne


My heart broke for her at the christening. I do think Takeda organized her & Aiden's meeting but I don't think it is Initiative-driven... but what a twist that would be.


I think the reason they sent the video to Victoria and not Daniel was to not be as obvious - if it was sent to Daniel almost immediately after that discussion, it could have been a little too obvious. By sending it to Victoria, it (should have been) more credible b/c he was just collateral damage. Had a hard time having any sympathy for Carl's friend, despite the beating. I get why he did what he did, but he used Carl's gun, and by not fully telling the truth and hiding from it all he left them all in danger. "No cops" - he was beaten to a pulp, did he not think they'd show up at the hospital? Not a believable story. And do the brothers know he did it or are they going friend by friend?? That guy needs to fess up before a bunch of people die. Kenny seems as if he *may* be the more reasonable one. I know people are really rooting for Daniel and Emily, and yes they have chemistry, but remember, they are dating in real life! I like Aiden as the couple. My heart broke for her at the christening.

Spindae 2o

aiden would and probably will screw Em over as soon as he can sacrifice her for Initiative. That is the thing U should be aware of! Between aiden and daniel i prefer Daniel, he fooled Em but he was played!!


The previews for next season make it look like Emily is going to rekindle her romance with Daniel. I want her to stay with Aiden. Aiden knows who she really is and he loves her anyway. Aiden knows all of Emily secrets. I think Aiden will be hurt if Emily leaves him to go back to Daniel. Once Aiden realized he's lost his seat on the Board and his girl is going back to Daniel, will he align himself with Objective? That would be deadly for Emily.


oohh and victoria enlisting emily's help :))

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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.