Revenge Review: Two May Keep a Secret If One Of Them Is Dead

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Has there been an episode of Revenge so far where giant secrets aren't revealed to the sounds of heavy violin music? Tonight was certainly no exception to this formula.

"Collusion" put Emily and Aiden's missions - and therefore Emily and Aiden - at odds, while revealing key information regarding the Initiative.

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Stonehaven's role was made clear tonight, as was that of Carrion. Stonehaven is a disaster relief firm. Carrion is a program that creates disasters. Both are necessary for whatever it is The Initiative has planned.

Yes, the plot has thickened. Again. But in true Revenge fashion, let's rewind about an hour to the beginning of "Collusion."

Daniel, ever eager, asks Emily to lunch. For oysters. Which are an aphrodisiac. Way to take it slow, Daniel. The oysters are in L.A. so instead of flying in the oysters, he takes Emily to them. But lunch isn't the only reason for the trip. Because he is nowhere near the businessman his father is, and no matter how ruthless and cutthroat Conrad may be, he's still a businessman: Daniel needs Emily's help to land Stonehaven. He believes her to be a lucky talisman, knowing nothing about her involvement in each of the three deals he's brought to Grayson Global.

Victoria, in an attempt to save Daniel from the Initiative's grasp, also flies to L.A. to offer herself to Jason Prosser. In exchange, she asks that Prosser outbid Daniel in the Stonehaven transaction. He agrees, but Emily and Nolan and their super computer look-up mojo thwarts her.

Aiden, after seeing a video of whom he is told is his sister, is tasked with killing Victoria Grayson. The Initiative sees her attempts to prevent Daniel from being successful as a threat which needs to be neutralize. But Victoria's a cat with at least 7 lives left. Emily prevents him from carrying out his mission, providing him with an alternative plan. An alternative plan which backfires, potentially costing her their relationship and gaining him as her enemy.

Thus, the major players in tonight's key events end up in the same locale. Instead of, you know, the Hamptons where all but Stonehaven were to begin with.

Unlike Leigh in her review after "Sabotage," I don't like Daniel and Emily together anymore. There was something charming about them in Revenge season 1. There was something more charming about him. But he's different now. Something about him changed once he ascended to the Grayson throne. Relationships have to be built on trust and Emily will never trust Daniel simply because he's a Grayson.

Even though she developed feelings for him and some of them still linger, she'll never be able to be herself - her true self - with him. So he'll never really know her. They were doomed from the start.

Emily and Aiden, however, have promise. Or they did. Maybe they still do. Theirs is a relationship built on both a shared purpose - revenge - and also honesty. When these two work together, they work well. They know each other. I'm hopeful that the girl in the video turns out not to be Aiden's sister or that she's not dead and Emily is able to find a way to help him find her. Emily is okay with collateral damage, but Colleen is definitely more than that. If Emily would abandon her own mission for anyone else's, it would be for Aiden's. Colleen, after all, brought the two of them together. 

Takeda knew about Colleen before he took Aiden on as a student, so Colleen is important to the story. There's something bigger going on than just that she's Aiden's sister who was taken by the Russians for sex trafficking. I'm interested to see how she fits into the Initiative's plan and whether it has anything to do with Padma. Does Padma also have a sister or other relative who has been taken in a similar manner?

I want to believe that Padma isn't evil and that she's just an Initiative pawn without the resources that Emily, Aiden, and Nolan have. It wouldn't shock me if she were some sort of evil genius, but I get the feeling there's more than that going on with her, that she's a victim somehow, which I suppose bodes well for Nolan's love life should she survive the season.

Other notable events from tonight:

  • Charlotte turned 18. Her first adult act is to change her last name from Grayson to Clarke. (This little nugget can be found on the Revenge quotes page.)
  • Conrad got Jack's drug charges dropped.
  • Jack got Matt Duncan to confess to murdering Joe Ryan.
  • Conrad swooped in and threw some money at the Ryan brothers problem to make it go away because that's what Conrad does.
  • Conrad made a deal with one of the Ryan brothers to help them get the Stowaway behind Jack's back because that's also what Conrad does.

What did you think of "Collusion"? Is this the end for Aiden and Emily? Do you think that was really Aiden's sister on the video?


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Love Emily and Aiden together!! They have so much chemistry! It will be interesting to watch if Aiden turns out to be Victoria's son. It would be interesting to see two half brothers fighting for the same girl...just saying:)


I have mixed feelings about this episode. I like Emily with Daniel, but I know that this is only part of a revenge plot. It just does not seem real with Aiden. very glad to see that Padmas true colors were finally revealed. I never trusted this character from the beginning. Glad to see that Nolan opened his eyes. Hope they use this character more. He is one of my favs. Victoria seemed restrained in this episode. They need to let Madelaine Stowe do what she does best, typically this is when she is acting with Conrad. They are two of the strongest actors on the show. They are so devious, but enjoyable when they are on screen.


I'm afraid that Nolan is in for another torture session when he said the end of Carrion is only in his head. Emily will have to save him...will Aiden help? Must be the shorter Ryan brother on the sunken boat because he got in the way of Conrad's duplicity. And Michael Trucco is just too fine to look at even when he's being a bad guy. I don't like Aiden, he's not controllable by Ems like the other men are and she's trying so hard to get him reined in, but he's got his own revengenda that trumps Ems, and will pit them against each other. At least this show keeps me thinking


Oh's so much more fun when you're in on every scheming so and so in town. I'm loving watching him play Padma like a fiddle and he and Emily are made for one another- schemer 1 and schemer 2 but in no particular order. Surely Aiden and Emily will find their way back to one another? I truly feel there is something between them that should last. It's just difficult for Aiden to deal with everything while Emily is "playing house" with Daniel so to speak and of course the "problems" with his sister. Certainly there is a lot of 'splaining to do where this story-line is concerned and I'm eager for everything to be exposed for what is is or isn't. In the meantime, I'm happy to watch all of the compelling characters in this nighttime soap opera because revenge is sweet!


So far I have not seen any chemistry between Emily and any of the men she has slept with. Actually her childhood friend, Jack, comes closest to being a possible true love...and she NEVER slept with him. The longer Emily pursues her revenge goal, the harder and less likable.she becomes...but still gorgeous!!


So far I have not seen any chemistry between Emily and any of the men she has slept with so far. Actually her childhood friend, Jack, comes closest to being a possible true love...and she NEVER slept with him. The longer Emily pursues her revenge goal, the harder and less likable....but still gorgeous!!


- Padma: speaking of things that felt forced, I never bought their romance. Since it seems the Initiatve has something on her, I feel a bit bad for her, but that’s just how much I care. But I love seeing Nolan play her :p Poor dude, bring Romero back, he might have acted a bit like a jerk, but he kept his mouth shut about many things for you too. I really hope that now Emily has an idea of what the Initiative is up to, she’ll get moving a bit (since her personnal revengenda seems to have taken a back seat this season). I feel like she’s been very passive this season, making place for other storylines to unfold, which is stupid because she’s the show, she’s what brought viewers coming week after week (well, her and Madeleine Stowe). Bring her back to the center of the story, I don’t care if it’s to bring Victoria Grayson or the Initiative down, but bring her and her black hoodie back! I know that my favorite episodes was when Emily went into full revengy mode.


- The Ryan Brothers: ten episodes that it has been building up, so now that things are coming together, I just don’t care anymore. And I’m not terribly excited by Conrad’s career in politics, so double bore for me. And I just don’t buy the way these two storylines came together: why couldn’t Jack and Amanda go to Emily for help? Or Nolan? Especially since Amanda knows what the Grayson family is like. Between the Ryan brothers and the Graysons, they picked the greater of two evils. More absurd: why does Emily doesn’t seem to know anything about what has been happening lately in the Stowaway? I know she’s been busy revenging all over the place, but is it really believable that neither Emily or Nolan did not have any idea that Jack was in trouble, or didn’t try to offer help? I don’t like it, because it feels like they went to Conrad for help for the storyline, for the drama, and not because it fits the story. It feels forced, like a lot of things this season. And because I feel they were so stupid to go to Conrad for help, I kinda feel they deserve to get screwed over.


The only thing I truly loved in this episode is Nolan figuring Padma out and his reunion with Emily. The rest, I think I mainly watch because it's Revenge and I adored its first season, because I find myself not giving a damn about many storylines. - The Initiative: I'm just not interested in an enemy that’s an all-knowing, super-powerful, mysterious entity. The ending scene of a few episodes ago, where we see a black room with some people in it spying on Daniel Grayson, made me groan and roll my eyes. So cliché, so uninteresting. But this episode sparked some interest, where we got some concrete things on the Initiative and their future plans. It will be fun seeing Emily and Nolan thwarting them. But I’m really afraid the Initiative will remain this mysterious evil (and boring) entity for quite a while.


I can't wait to see how this pans out - I think the writers did a great job once again with bringing in these two different revenge agendas into the story because its is interesting to see how far Emily will go this time and I completely understand how Aiden felt - I mean even if that was not Colleen, how would have you reacted if you lived on hope of finding your sister and now shown that she is dead? Oh and I think Jack and Amanda will die on that boat because now that Conrad is making a deal with the Ryan brothers - these two are pretty much doomed. Plus if they die and Emily is left to care for Carl, given that she is the godmother, I think that will fuel her anger towards the Graysons even more and Revenge will get back to being comletely awesome once more!

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Revenge Season 2 Episode 12 Quotes

Victoria: Don't you know that politicians tend to keep their concubines in the closet?
Ashley: Spoken like a woman that no one's sleeping with.

Every human is born of collusion. We come into this world the result of a covenant. Sometimes made of love. Sometimes of circumstance. But almost always made in secret.