Revenge Review: Mommy Dearest

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Behold! The history of the red sharpie! When she wasn't playing with fire, Little Orphan Amanda was hiding under the covers using a red marker to cross out pictures of her father's face. Just one of the many life skills she picked up in Ms. Hayward's house, right?

Revenge Season 2 has been all over the place in terms of storytelling and pace, but "Victory" channeled the feeling of Revenge Season 1 as Emily teamed up with Eli to come up with and carry out a plan to take down their former foster mother.  

For Emily, victory was most definitely sweet.

Aiden and Nolan Scene

I try not to think too much about the timeline of Emily's life when episodes flash back to her childhood or adolescence because things tend to get a little weird. However, part of me has appreciated these episodes with Eli and the flashbacks to her time at Ms. Hayward's house because they've forced Emily to confront both her past and her present. Who would she be if certain events had never taken place?

Would she be a different person if she had been adopted? Would she still be on this vendetta against the Graysons if her foster home hadn't burned to the ground? Would her father's letters have changed her opinion of him before it was too late?

While I like Emily resolute and prepared to take action, questions like these are bits and pieces of emotional evidence to prove that she's human like the rest of us. She wishes her life had turned out differently and voiced that tonight, which was a nice moment for her.

However, even though she wishes her life were different, she's still tied to the life she did live and can't hurt Eli. He was a constant in her life until the point at which she was sent to juvie for burning down their house with a fire that, as it turns out, he started.

Watching Emily and Eli set up and then take down Ms. Hayward was pretty great, particularly because the woman was so vile and disgusting. When I thought that Eli was actually double-crossing Emily and working with Ms. Hayward, I was momentarily stunned that he could choose the side of the woman who was so brutal and cruel to him and his foster siblings. Thankfully, that was a ruse and he was Team Emily the whole time.

Despite learning that she went to juvie because of Eli, Emily walked away from this red sharpie attack with the knowledge that she can trust him. He's a friend. 

Finally, another person who knows her true identity! Which brings us to Mason Treadwell. 

Emily's foster mother sold the letters her father had written to her to Mason Treadwell. However, they were reduced to ashes when Emily burned Mason's house down.

Irony, party of one.

Thankfully, Mason kept a back-up of the letters details in his brain and spilled the secret that Ms. Hayward wasn't the only mother deserving of Emily's attention. Once upon a time, there was a teen mother who had a son and put him in a place much like the home in which Emily spent her adolescence.

Victoria Grayson has another son.

I suppose Victoria had this skeleton hanging in her closet right next to last season's Versace. Hopefully she had it dry cleaned first?

And speaking of our own Mommy Dearest, Victoria set Daniel up by sending a photograph of his lunch with Emily and two bullets to the office in order to play on his alcohol-fueled and paranoid sensibilities. He thinks it's the Initiative tracking his every move and wonders whom he can trust, if anyone. It was kind of evil and just so perfectly Victoria.

Finally, the Initiative.

Ugh. Padma and Nolan broke my heart. And I'm still not sure I want to trust her even though she seems to have been legitimately taken hostage by Trask and his men in black.

Is The Falcon really that good that he knew that Nolan and Aiden were there and had a tracking device planted on Padma? Who is this person?

This mystery person who continues to stump Nolan and helped to steal away his lady love had better watch out. Nolan will find The Falcon's trail and then he and Emily will be on that trail like Jack is on Conrad's trail of veiled instructions to assassinate threats to his campaign.

Finally, Declan did something useful! Three cheers for Declan!

What did you think of "Victory"? Who wins for mother of the year: Ms. Hayward or Victoria Grayson? Is Padma still alive? Be sure to check out the Revenge quotes page and watch for the Round Table, coming soon. Until then, let's chat in the comments!


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Great episode. It was nice to see Emily and Eli got closure and he walked away as a friend. She has too much on her mind so it's a good thing she doesn't have to worry about this. Nice plot twist with Victoria's son! I'm pretty sure he isn't a regular person and has an agenda of his own.


Loved this episode!
What a surprise that Victoria has another son! So now we don´t know who is her son nor who is Falcon or maybe they are the same person?
Only thing I did not like about this episode - Jack, he continues to be soooo boring, that I have to FF through most of the scenes involving him. I so wish he had died instead of Amanda!


What if Nolan is Victoria's son? When you think about it, he's about the right age and it would explain David's connection to him and how he knew about Victoria's first son when looking into Nolan's history. Except, Nolan doesn't know! Oooooh.


I am dying to know about Falcon. And what did I just hear Victoria Grayson has another son......I am sure Emily will pull out this skeleton of Victoria as well.

Drea xoxo

Falcon is around i say their 30s-40 so therefore it can't really be padma but nice guess. She is however connected. Could be her dad but again too much complications. The new fraction of Victoria's secret son brings to questioning of his father and when....… If he was born in 70s then plausible. Episode was great, still weary of eli but then happy at the same time. I say season 3 everything will get wrapped up in order for the show to be remembered in a positive light.
i remain with my theory that David is somehow alive somewhere by the initiative...just to easy for him to have died in prison...... The next initiative strike will happen in finale and may be connected to Nolan now....
jack needs to give it up and move on, I'm bored with this petty vengeance accept and continue to help ems destroy grayson


adored it


I thought that this was an interesting episode. I don't care much for Eli. He can still be trouble. I hope he is gone for now. I'm happy with the way things are going but I really found the turtle head gps thing to be really implausible. How could they think The Initiative would not suspect some duplicity and make sure they couldn't be traced or even that they would simply give the hostage back? Did they learn nothing from Aiden's sisters story? Seriously? If Emily was there she might have seen what was happening. I could see it. Daniel is a pawn that needs to be sacrificed already. I feel that Daniel is no longer for this world. He drinks too much, he mite say or do the wrong thing. I guess now we know why the finale will be Nolan centric. The hunt for Padma and the falcon will surely come to head at the same point. Love it!


Spindae every week you come in here and b and moan. Why don't you just stop watching? I thought it was a great chapter that brought us back to season 1 via the red sharpie!!!

Spindae 2o

disliked this ep completely.
Only Jack and Porter had an interesting road. and I like where Jack is headed. I hope he finds out who Emily is really is by season finale.
Em and her sweet Brother brought us to the revelation of a new Son of Victoria. what is so. . .
Daniel is pathetic as always. and Nolan and Aiden have no chemistry at all. their scenes are painful to watch. The show has reached as it seems it limits. I doubt they will go more than S3.


Falcon is probably padmas father.

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Revenge Season 2 Episode 17 Quotes

Padma, I swear to you, on my life, I won't let any harm come to you. Or your father. But we're going to need some reinforcements.


In the art of war if you know the enemy and know yourself, you need not fear the approaching battles. But if you know only yourself and not your enemy, for every victory, there will also be defeat.