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Revenge Review: Keep Your Enemies Closer

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In a town like the Hamptons, it pays to keep the your rivals and frenemies close to you, as we learned in "Sabotage," when Emily, the Graysons and others made it their business to keep certain people in their sights.

The person currently on nearly everyone's radar? Helen Crawley. Yep, The Initiative is taking over Revenge.

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Smooth toast, Daniel. By the way, that's a million dollar bottle of wine those two faux lovebirds are toasting with. Or apparently a million dollar bottle of vinegar. The bottle may have been undrinkable, but it got Daniel side-by-side with Emily and a front row seat to an awkward conversation with Aiden. Emily's relationship with Daniel is the one "too close for comfort" relationship that I worry will turn into more.

I never disliked Emily and Daniel as a couple and I don't think she and Aiden will be able to work out with their respective revenge agendas. However, Emily having feelings for Daniel will mess with her head, as it has in the past. Sure, he's changed and become a colder and more crass person this season, but he hasn't really changed in terms of how he treats Emily. She is also trying to ruin his parents' lives so there could never be an endgame.

As for everyone else, it seems Helen Crawley and The Initiative have wormed their way into a lot of lives this season. Emily, Nolan and Aiden staged a coup so that Aiden could fake rescue Crawley and seem trustworthy to her. Hopefully now he can get some answers about his sister, who I personally do not believe is really alive. 

Helen also has Victoria and Conrad trying to stay up to date with her moves. They worry about Daniel, yes, but they also want to be rid of The Initiative and the control and chaos they come with. Victoria decided to put on a low plunging dress, have a cocktail and accidentally let it slip about his Helen's business proposal to Jason, Conrad's longtime rival. Of course, Victoria only has this information thanks to another frenemy of hers, our heroine Emily Thorne. Lots of fake, double cheek kissing around those parts!

As someone who was huge fan of Nip/Tuck, I'm always excited to see Dylan Walsh back on my television screen. Throw in Julian McMahon and I'll be doing a little happy dance in my living room. I'd be willing to be Walsh will recur in a few more episodes, especially now that his company is looking into Stonehaven United Solutions. 

Then we have the biggest false alliance that leads back to The Initiative, Nolcorp and Padma the mole. We all knew she was shady. Then she came back with that hackjob of a sob story about wanting to take any job at Nolcorp as long as she was down the hall from Nolan. Look, I love Nolan but she was sketchy from the very beginning when she told Daniel about that framed check from David Clarke. 

Marco may have betrayed Nolan but Padma is the worse of the two. She's entangled with The Initiative. I think Marco just felt like he got screwed in a business deal and there was no reason to lie for his ex boyfriend and boss. I don't think he was actively doing anything else.

So what is this elusive Carrion program and why does The Initiative want it? Do you feel confused when it comes to The Initiative's intentions? You know, besides to ruin and control everyone's lives.

On a less threatening note, Ashley is back in the Grayson fold with a ploy to basically blackmail Conrad. Plus, he slept with her and probably enjoyed her company since he didn't seem all that pissed off to rehire her. With her suggestion for Conrad to help out Jack, maybe he is going to indulge those political aspirations after all. Jack and Amanda now owe Conrad, but is it worse than dealing with the Ryan brothers? Besides they aren't exactly rid of the Ryans yet. Amanda flashing a gun at one of them isn't going to do much.

So who has the most unholy alliance of them all? What do you predict will happen next?

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hope Ems gets back with Aiden . not Daniel, no way. her and Aiden are Hot togethere.

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Lol the wine turned ! Damn, what a waste ! AND, I knew Padma was the mole ! Poor Nolan, he's not very lucky in love ! Now, what's gonna happen to him... Hope Emily helps him, but frankly, I doubt it.
Happy for Jack and declan but Faux-manda is trouble herself ! Stealing the watch and buying the gun ! Didn't she learn anything ! Good episode, loved the auction.

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Here's an off-the-wall idea -- Maybe Taikeda helps Amanda deal with the Ryan brothers. Any thoughts?

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I seem to be the minority here but I love Emily and Daniel together. There isa sweetness between them I love :) Good episode.

Amie

3. Are Aiden and Ems headed for a huge bump on the way, hell yes. And at this point I am a bit lost with what Ems plans to achieve since Aiden made sure that they keep tabs on the Initiative without having her involved with Daniel, but it seems Ems wants it her way, I guess. But from next week's promo I gather a major moment is coming. 4. Not surprised that Padma is working for the Initiative, knew that ever since she found that check from David Clarke and went behind Nolan's back. But what sucks is Nolan has a plan to destroy GG from the inside and she knows about remember? See, what I mean when I say I can't wait to find out?

Amie

2. I quite enjoyed how they passed the whole episode making us think in the beginning that Aidne betrays and leaves Ems to die....but in the end I doubt they have convinced Helen of the fact that Aiden is fully commited to them, that lady knows things and I am sure they are watching Aiden closely. I think the part I enjoyed most was Nolan playing a role in that whole scenario and even being called Q by Aiden when Nolan again called him Mr. Bond. Like someone here already pointed out, it was kind of cute how Aiden and Nolan are maybe starting to bond? Like I think Aiden thanking him for being on their side was genuine, and I think there was a little moment somewhere in the previous episodes when Nolan kind of looked like he cared about exactly how serious it was between Ems and Aiden even tho I am sure he still ships her with Jack...interested to see how that will turn out later. 3. Are Aiden and Ems headed for a huge bump on the way, hell yes. And at this point I am a bit lost with what Ems plans to achieve since Aiden made sure that they keep tabs on the Initiative without having her involved with Daniel, but it seems Ems wants it her way, I guess. But from next week's promo I gather a major moment is coming. 4. Not surprised that Padma is working for the Initiative, knew that ever since she found that check from David Clarke and went behind Nolan's back. But what sucks is Nolan has a plan to destroy GG from the inside and she knows about remember? See, what I mean when I say I can't wait to find out?

Amie

The thing about Revenge is that no matter how you view one episode, it always leaves you with a question on your mind - what will happen next. I find myself asking that question following almost every episode. Here are my thoughs: 1. Unfortunately, Emily and Daniel just don't do it for me anymore and if the horrible tasting wine was any sign, that relationship is also dumed to end up bitter. Daniel may think he is in power but its blinding him to see exactly how many ppl are playing him. 2. I quite enjoyed how they passed the whole episode making us think in the beginning that Aidne betrays and leaves Ems to die....but in the end I doubt they have convinced Helen of the fact that Aiden is fully commited to them, that lady knows things and I am sure they are watching Aiden closely. I think the part I enjoyed most was Nolan playing a role in that whole scenario and even being called Q by Aiden when Nolan again called him Mr. Bond. Like someone here already pointed out, it was kind of cute how Aiden and Nolan are maybe starting to bond? Like I think Aiden thanking him for being on their side was genuine, and I think there was a little moment somewhere in the previous episodes when Nolan kind of looked like he cared about exactly how serious it was between Ems and Aiden even tho I am sure he still ships her with Jack...interested to see how that will turn out later. 3. Are Aiden and Ems headed for a huge bump on the way, hell yes. And at this point I am a bit lost with what Ems plans to achieve since Aiden made sure that they keep tabs on the Initiative without having her involved with Daniel, but it seems Ems wants it her way, I guess. But from next week's promo I gather a major moment is coming. 4. Not surprised that Padma is working for the Initiative, knew that ever since she found that check from David Clarke and went behind Nolan's back. But what sucks is Nolan has a plan to destroy GG from the inside and she knows about remember? See, what I mean when I say I can't wait to find out?

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I loved it at the bar hen Nolan made some comment about Aidn looking like James Zond and Aiden following up with "and what do you have for me Q?" I think Aiden is getting fonder of Nolan.....

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Two things come to mind:
1. Has Nolan been on the Initiative 'eye-sights' since Nolan posed as the TV repair man at the WHM house?
2. The questions that Emily asked a blind-folded Helen Crawley were those when Emily & Daniel were in his office. Isn't Helen going to know that Emily was asking those questions? Is this going to lead the Initiative to Emily's doorstep?

Beverly brooks

I'm sorry to see Padma back, she was just to mean to Nolan. Next to Emily/Amanda, Nolan is my very favorite actor on this series.

Revenge Season 2 Episode 11 Quotes

No matter the preparation, a plan will always have a week point.

Emily

Well it looks like fauxmance part deux is a runaway success. How's your other boyfriend handling it?

Nolan
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