Revenge Review: It All Comes Down To This

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After going on hiatus following "Masquerade," Revenge returned throwing punches. Virtual punches, that is, as Emily and Nolan teamed up to take down the Fa1c0n. 

While making forward progress in the Revengenda, "Identity" also revealed new information about several of our main characters.

Desperate Nolan

The most important - and perhaps most anti-climactic - thing to happen tonight was that Emily and Nolan managed to take down the Fa1c0n thanks to her ego and Nolan's video game skills.

That's right. The Fa1c0n is a woman and Nolan Leslie Ross is a Street Fighter champion. 

Using Victoria's medical records, Nolan lured the hacker formerly known as Edith Lee out of hiding. Under the ruse of asking for her help in wiping information about himself off of the internet, he planted a program on her computer which allowed him access to her machine. Once he had her picture and enough information, he turned her in to the FBI.

But not before he and Emily used information gained from the Fa1c0n to embarrass and hurt Victoria on a live interview with Nightline.

Conrad, in his quest for the governor's mansion, scheduled himself a live interview just five days before the election. During the interview, the reporter asked about Victoria's firstborn son. Conrad played the role of concerned and defending husband and said he knows that if Victoria could make a different decision, she would have chosen life. 

Except she did choose life. Her own. And an art scholarship to a school in Paris.

When baby Patrick was six months old, Victoria was given the opportunity to study art in France. She chose to travel and gave her son up for adoption. 

It's not often that I feel sad for Victoria, but watching her utter the words "the story is true," remove her microphone and then walk off the interview made my heart sink. She's made some horrific choices in the name of whatever it is she's after personally. She'll drive her own child into paranoid delusions in order to protect him if she has to. Ruin her best friend on the opening day of the summer season, even!

But somewhere deep inside that cold, hard exterior, she feels pain and anguish over how aspects of her life have gone. I felt bad for her tonight, like she's a victim of the circumstances of her life and has done what she's done in order to try to make her life better but instead she's just made it a different kind of worse.

The same is happening to Emily, but for obviously different reasons. She's trying to make her life better, but in so many ways that's just not happening.

The further into this she gets, the closer she gets to her goal of taking down the Graysons, the greater her personal sacrifice. She's lost friends and loved ones and somewhere along the way, it seems she's lost herself. If she even really knew who she was to begin with.

Emily is struggling with the weight of her plan right now and it's showing. It's taking its toll on her. 

She has no guarantees that getting revenge on the Graysons for what they did to her father will make her feel any differently. Any better. She presses on, however, because she hopes to feel free. At peace. 

Aiden's words to Takeda, about revenge not fixing anything, is something I've often thought about as a viewer of the show. Once Emily takes down the Graysons, what then?

Does she ride off into the sunset with Aiden? Tell the world she's the real Amanda Clarke? Go about her life as Emily Thorne with no one by her side because she lost them all in the process?

Tonight she lost Jack and Carl. The longer she goes without Jack knowing at least part of the truth about who she is and what she's doing there, the harder it will be to regain his friendship. At this point, they both want the same thing. Keeping him completely in the dark regarding her plans to bring ruin to Conrad and Victoria only serves to alienate him when she could give him enough of the truth to appease him and turn him into an ally.

Other notes:

  • Oh, Charlotte. Poor, easily led Charlotte.
  • Declan. Please get a clue. Get a diploma from the fancy prep school, and then get a clue.
  • My heart broke for Aiden tonight when he slipped Daniel's ring on Emily's finger and told her to marry Daniel to get this plan over with. Broken. Heart. 
  • Nolan was all sorts of awesome tonight with his "Bruce Frickin' Lee" and everything else, too.

What did you think of "Identity?" Did you feel even a shred of pity for Victoria? Check out the Revenge quotes page and watch for the "Identity" Round Table. Until then, let's chat about tonight's Revenge-y goodness in the comments!


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Aiden is a distraction from her personal goals...his story merely intersects with hers but he should not stay.


Sooo... I live in NZ and am reading these in advance... Because I am impatient. Just want to say I truly hope Aiden doesn't die. I really like his character and feel like he's a great match for Emily. Jake is always the victim. I don't think he's the man for Ems. Nor is Daniel. Aiden is a keeper. He gets her mission and he loves her. To the point he'll sacrifice his own happiness for her. Nolan is a rock star and has always been a fav. Looking forward to seeing what happens but hoping Aiden sticks around!!!!!


@LucasCorso you're so right. I was thinking the same thing... But...she could just look young, like the fabulous Lucy Liu (44 years old, really?! :D)


Edith seemed like a twenty-something. Yet she is supposed to have been integral in framing David Clark in the early 90s. Was she like four years old when she started at Grayson Global?


I guess when aiden asked takeda "what then", thats probably cause he lost direction himself, when he found out that his sister is dead and he killed trask, he became confused of whats next. Anyway, itd be so great if aiden is the missing son. I love Gabriel Mann, awwsome!


I am so glad that Nolan is coming back into power with NolCorp, and I have to say that I loved that much of this episode revolved around him...NOLAN is MY HERO! I love that guy! And I am thrilled that he whupped Falcon's skinny arse! GO NINJA NOLAN! He is by far the best character on Revenge. I was sickened to see Charlotte going back to being an idiotic party girl, and I agree with the reviewer that Declan needs to catch a clue about her, ASAP. Victoria is a sociopathic nightmare of a person, and I think her first child was better off without a mother who would abandon him so easily for art school in France. I hope he realizes how horrid she is when they find him and I hope he wants nothing to do with her. Daniel and Em together disgust me. I much prefer Aidan, but I think his time is limited now that Takeda is hacked off at him


For me there is nothing better than when Emily & Nolan get all Revengey together.............that was the real highlight for me. Sorry cannot feel sorry for Victoria at all...just cannot. Yeah Jack finally has a backbone but still in all he has a habit of trusting the wrong people and there he is with Ashley. Still cannot warm up to Aiden he has just never been viable for me and I am not sure why.


Interesting things said at the end of this week's episode. Jack saying he's just using Ashley, yeah right! ,Takeda warns Aiden about going back to Japan. HMM!, Emily going back to Aiden again after Daniel or wait, doesn't she still have a secret thing for Jack (Mr Naive), Jack says "we are doing alright". I think Jack just kinda plays the victim of circumstance though he thinks he knows what he's doing (not). Charlotte is just plain dumb but.... she's young and needs more life experience. Declan is mousey enough isn't he?


Remember Daniel lied about Aiden...those trades were at Daniel say so....


I think that either Daniel or Aiden will die. Emily will be left to pursue Jack, but his mistrust of her will be a task. Takeda did not look pleased with Aiden. Could Aiden be Victoria's son? What do we know about his beginnings? This is all leading to a finale which I hope will shock me and other viewers. Great to see Nolan win for a change and great to see him and Emily back as a team!

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Revenge Season 2 Episode 19 Quotes

[to Regina] I'm not hiding. I just don't have the luxury of being invisible.


A person's true identity can often be difficult to discern, even to themselves, causing one to question their character, their calling, their very existence. For most, time provides clarity, but for others, these questions remain unanswered for an identity cannot be fully defined when it is a guarded secret.