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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Rating: 4.6 / 5.0 (231 Votes)

First of all...yes, I feel confused about the Initiative's intentions; in fact, I often feel confused about a lot of stuff on Revenge. What's clear is everyone has an agenda and nothing is as it seems. Visually the show is fun to watch and I'm talking more about the actors than the scenery which they chew with relish (forgive the pun). Padma's line was all too much for me and I'm afraid I really can't buy Nolan's interest in her, or any other female for that matter. He'd fare better with far less drama if he would just stick with men, right? And the Ryan brothers are most certainly still "around" and that's one big mess for Declan and Jack especially. in addition, I wonder what Helen Crawley meant when she said about her attackers, "I have a good idea!" Does she know who it was or will they get away with that deception? I'm not so sure, she seems pretty worthy opponent for our clever Emily. All in all, I DO think the writers need to tighten things up a bit and not make this too incredibly convoluted. Emily can carry this show and they should rely on her revenge-filled charisma more as they did in season I. Stick with the title and the title character and keep everything pointing at her or emanating from her!


Both my husband and I gave up on this show. I don't like the Initiative background. I much prefered it when Emily was just the vengeful girl. It has just wandered all over the place. The show lost 2 viewers here.


I've given up on this series. As I was watching it, I realized I really only watch it because of actor nostalgia--Emily from Everwood, Nick from Roswell, and Gabriel Mann from the Bourne movies. This has become an inadequate reason to watch a show which is seems should have ended last season. Instead, it's dragging on and on. From now on, I'll just read your summaries.


Where is badass faux Emily, she would have taken those brothers down in a snap. Can't believe motherhood has made her nice or more tolerant. I'm so confused about everything else except I feel bad for Nolan, he's not stupid and I hope he has already figured out what is going on with Padma. Also are Padma and Marco related, they have a similar look.


Emily and Aidan or Emily and Daniel, wow what a choice. Never shipped two ships so hard before! And I knew that Padma was a dirty rat, sucks Nolan's gonna get hurt AGAIN! Hope the team buries her!


I knew it!! Never trusted Padma from the beginning. Guise, I am demily forever!


I called it! I knew that after Padma inquired into the whole David Clarke thing that she was sent into Nol Corp for a reason. She's a player in this game. Its so hard to root for Marco when he is such a douche. I also wonder how the Amanda gets blown up when Jack and Em's storyline has nothing in common. Should be very interesting. Can't wait for ep 14 already.


I also wish Emily would help Nolan because it seems that she has forgotten all about him. I knew Padma was also shady but the Intitiative. I still cannnot bring myself to love Emily and Aiden because I so badly want Emily and Nolan back. I believe that Aiden sister is alive.


The return of Ashley.Nolan getting duped by Padma.
Emily and Daniel belong together.


and I wish Emily would help Nolan!

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Revenge Season 2 Episode 11 Quotes

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


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