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Revenge Review: Forgive Me Father

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There wasn't even a Red Sharpie take down and tonight's Revenge was still fantastic. Alliances were formed and revealed! Feathers were ruffled! Plans were changed! All the exclamation points!

Conrad may not have given his "Confession," but watching Emily try to get it was certainly entertaining.

Nolan's Housewarming Party

Finally, after three episodes, we're getting somewhere. Let's hit the highlights first, shall we?

We got some answers to questions that have had us on the edge of our collective seats for a few weeks now. Among them:

Aiden and Emily are in cahoots.

Nolan threw a housewarming party. A $2 million dollar housewarming party. He invited Victoria who, by her own assertion, has never had to be invited to a Hamptons party. Her presence is just expected. My, Victoria, how times have changed now that you're bankrupt.

Watching Victoria squirm while Emily publicly announced Victoria's private business at Nolan's party was quite fantastic. There's not much that can be done to make Victoria sympathetic. Not even Patrick. Any time she gets a comeuppance is a good time by me. 

At first it seemed as if this was an off-the-cuff moment of insult on Emily's part. That Aiden's presence had shaken her up enough to lose her normally collected composure publicly. Later we learned that Emily and Aiden are working together and we all rejoiced! YES!

There was no way that he had actually turned on her like he proclaimed to Victoria. There wasn't any plausible reason why he would have wanted to take Emily down, at least not that we'd been shown, and yet the question was still there. Does Aiden really hate Emily?

No. That answer is absolutely no. And she doesn't hate him either. 

In fact, that tender moment between the two of them on the beach, where she laid her hand across the scar from his Daniel-inflicted bullet wound, says that she cares very much for Aiden. Very much.  Whew. It's such a relief to know they're working together and not against each other. Even if she's upset that he inadvertently complicated things for her with Daniel by showing up. 

Daniel, as it turns out, really is an easily intimidated coward. 

He's afraid that Aiden has come back to seek revenge after Daniel shot him at the end of Revenge season 2. A paranoid Daniel is a hard to control Daniel. Maybe now is the time for Emily to start dosing him like she's dosing Conrad so that he'll also think he's dying? Except Daniel has nothing to confess, really. Conrad does, though. 

He was on his way to confess when his "illness" caused him to crash into a telephone pole ejecting Father Paul from the car and to his death.

First, Emily ruined the man's life by completing a take down she shouldn't have. Now the man has actually lost his life on a quest for forgiveness and Emily has to pay the price of that. Father Paul's blood is on her hands.

And that's the theme of Revenge Season 3 so far: knowing when to cut your losses and walk.

So far, Emily doesn't know that limit. She's tested repeatedly, but she keeps pressing forward with her plan leaving mountains of collateral damage in her wake. At some point, enough is enough, right?

Maybe. Maybe not. The intrigue is in seeing just how far Emily will go before pulling back.

Other standout moments from tonight:

  • Shirtless Justin Hartley sighting! 
  • Is it possible that Patrick is Nolan's new beau? Sparks seemed a little...sparky. 
  • Awww, Jack was having fun for once. You go, Margaux.
  • Daniel, the next time you throw a dismissive "babe" at Emily, I hope she adds you to her Red Sharpie Takedown list.
What did you think of "Confession?" Are you relieved to learn that Emily and Aiden are on the same side? What happens to Conrad now that Father Paul isn't around to get him to confess? Check out the Revenge quotes page and then let's chat about tonight's episode in the comments.

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I love all of Nolan's outfits. How on Earth could that party possibly be worth $2mil? Plastic Swans... cmon!

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I can't stand Emily. Lately she seems plain cruel to me, I just can't sympathize with her.

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I agree Kandi. While an Emily/Jack pairing has a certain romantic appeal in real life it would never work. They are so different personalities and have lived in such different worlds it would be hopeless. Also Emily is fabulously wealthy and Jack is virtually broke. Can you really see him being happy to live off Emily's money? With his pride? Emily and Aiden are two peas in a pod, both have a revenge mentality, both are possibly sociopaths, both happy to destroy others if they think they deserve it. They think the same and have shared so much recent history. And the chemistry is definitely there. Go Mr Bond! I'll vote for you!

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(cont.)...my opinion because I loved Daniel and Emily season 1), but you throw Aiden into the mix and they clearly have so much history and have incredible amounts of chemistry. He isn't some childhood fantasy, he is the real deal who knows all aspects of her and loves her regardless. He is her true love. She clearly only holds onto the idea of Jack because he is part of her childhood from before her life fell apart. He stands for her dad and her good life but he is just a symbol nothing more.

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I am SOOOO unbelievably happy that there are a lot of people on her who don't buy the whole Jack/Emily pairing. Emily/Amanda and Jack knew each other when they were children. I have said this before and I said it again, that is a HORRIBLE basis for an end game pair. I had huge crushes on plenty of boys when I was a little girl, even went on to date some of those boys when I was older, but having not seen or talk to them for years I would have no feelings for them if I ran into them when I was older. There is no real history between Jack and Emily and therefore no reason for me to root for them. They also have zero chemistry. I have no interest in seeing her end up with him just because the writers decided when the show started that that is who she should end up with. If they wanted to do that they should have never introduced Aiden. Like seriously writers, don't give us fans another option. If it came down to Daniel and Jack obviously Jack would win (literally only by default though in my opinion because I loved Daniel and Emily season 1), but you throw Aiden into the mix and they clearly have so much history and have incredible amounts of chemistry. He isn't some childhood fantasy, he is the real deal who knows all aspects of her and loves her regardless. He is her true love. She clearly only holds onto the idea of Jack because he is part of her childhood from before her life fell apart. He stands for her dad and her good life but he is just a symbol nothing more.

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Looks like Conrad will be able to back peddle the confession. With the death of Father Paul, Conrad doesn't really have that much incentive anymore, he can go back to being the sleaze he really is. As another commenter here suggested, Conrad might find out that his diagnosis is not correct which will definitely put a clamp on a Confessional I think. I didn't know (cause I don't follow any of that crap) that Emily VanCamp and Josh Bowman are dating in real life. And why am I the ONLY one that likes / believes / has a soft spot for childhood romance? I loved that Jack and Amanda were little soul mates and when the show started he had a sail boat named after her. I know that everybody else hates that relationship but that's the one I was hoping would succeed. OK, I'm crazy.

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I love Nolan but thought the outfit with the turtleneck and the little military jacket was ridiculous. He usually dresses very sharp but hated that outfit. before he was an actor he was a professional model. I like jack and emily together but so many viewers don't seem to like him.

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Charlotte...I don't even know what to say. Emily should just stop trying. The girl clearly doesn't like her much right now and everytime she opens her mouth she makes it worse !
Victoria bankcrupt, that was priceless ! The Queen has fallen ! But they still lived/live as if they have money ! Appearances !
Now, my Nolan looked on point in that cruise captain outfit ! I would love to see him and Patrick more often, but I don't think it'll happen.

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I just loved this episode ! OMG this show is officially back ! I deffo saw sparks between my Nolan and my beloved Patrick/Justin ! BUT, I too think that he has an agenda...
RIP Father. I don't Connie was to blame as Victoria's word tell me that she might have done it. Conrad was so close to telling the truth though ! Too easy but still ! Him not running tests left and right is so not like him But oh well, we will see !
Aiden, hun, you had me there. I never doubted but less than 5 minutes in that episode and I doubted ! I am sooo happy that it was a ruse ! However, i thought Jack was a loose canon well Daniel won ! Damn I hate this character ! There is chemistry because Emily and the actor for Daniel are dating in real life. I have to admit that Jack and Emily...nah not so great. Especially when he gave her the deadline/ultimatum, kissed her then was like "sorry, no sparks", that just killed it for me. Happy he had some fun with Margaux but, really, it's bad.
Charlotte...I don't even know what to say. Emily should just stop trying. The girl clearly doesn't like her much right now and everytime she opens her mouth she makes it worse !
Victoria bankcrupt, that was priceless ! The Queen has fallen ! But they still lived/live as if they have money ! Appearances !
Now, my Nolan looked on point in that cruise captain outfit ! I would love to see him and Patrick more often, but I don't think it'll happen.

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I knew it!! Aiden wouldn't betray her, he loves her, he took a bullet for her...sweet! I think Patrick and that Psycho of Victoria could have planned the accident...why not? Jack...oh please, find something to do...please...you and Charlotte are really painful to watch!