Revenge Review: Mercy Is For The Weak

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Is it just me or was tonight a really good night for Revenge? There were secrets and seductions and lovers quarreling. And those snakes Conrad and Victoria managed to weasel their way to the top of the Hamptons piles again.

How did they get there? Well, it certainly wasn't by playing nice. After all, "Mercy" is for the weak.

Victoria's Bold Move

When a takedown goes wrong on Revenge it goes really, really wrong. Emily went from being a confession away from having everything finished to Victoria and Conrad coming out on top again. In a matter of days, nearly all the work she's done has been undone. And now Aiden's gone rogue (again) and she only has a few weeks left to carry out her plan before Jack exposes her true identity to the world.

Let's start with the worst of the episode.

Way back in Revenge season 1, there was something about Daniel that made him seem like a plausible love interest for Emily. Now there's nothing about Emily and Daniel that makes me want them to end up together. 

He's so, so horrible. As Victoria and Conrad's only child together, the slick, conniving, rotten apple didn't fall far from the Grayson family tree. And he's turning into a bit of a mysogynist to boot!

He paid off and lied to the police to cover up Conrad's accident and he gave them Emily's story for Emily after she confirmed Conrad's version of events in the hospital because he couldn't trust her? Didn't think she'd tell the same story? She was a woman?

There's nothing at all redeeming about him anymore. 

Instead of letting his father take the fall and distancing himself from his parents, he decided to cover up the real reason for Father Paul's death in order to protect himself. He's just not smart enough for Emily. If he were smarter, he would've done something like she did to him. He would've used the accident to make himself relatable in order to sell more magazines.

Ugh. Daniel.

And now for all the best things about tonight.

Conrad knows he doesn't have Huntington's because shock of all shocks, the doctors did more tests after his accident. Finally, and thankfully, we can put that story to bed. Watching him crush the pills and reclaim his place at the head of the Grayson family was so classic Conrad. The man is a cock roach who will survive anything life throws at him.

Victoria's ascension to the art gallery ownership throne and using Patrick to do it was classic Victoria genius. Of course she had an end game. Victoria always has an end game. For a split second I thought she was going off the cuff in her demands that Sheila hand over the gallery, but then it clicked that Patrick's "grapevine" had been Victoria herself and the two were in cahoots to help Victoria break away from Conrad.

The misdirect at the art gallery was made possible by Nolan's solo trip to Florida to talk to Patrick's ex-wife.

After seeing Patrick shirtless at the club, Nolan decided to give computers a go again and gave us one of the best Revenge quotes of the night in the process. He discovered that Patrick was hiding a secret life, which left us to wonder if Patrick was a con man of some sort. As it turns out, well, he might be a con man. We don't know that yet.

What we do know is that Patrick is Nolan's new love interest.

And speaking of love interests, Emily's got a problem on her hands. Two problems. One for each hand.

Jack wants in on the revengenda. He wants to be part of the takedowns. He has every right as someone who has lost just as much as Emily, if not more, at the hands of the Graysons. But Emily wants to protect him from further loss. He needs to have deniability in the event this all goes south.

Aiden, however, out of jealousy after finding out that Jack knows Emily is Amanda, has gone rogue (again) and thrown Jack under the Grayson bus as the one who cut the brake lines on Conrad's car. Thanks, Aiden. Thanks a lot.

With moves like that, the writers are clearly painting Jack as the "love rhombus" victor by ruining Aiden as a possible love interest for Emily. Why would she want to be with someone who continually sabotages her plans because he thinks he knows better and/or is too jealous to think clearly? 

The answer? She wouldn't. And I can't blame her.

What did you think of "Mercy?" Are you shocked that Conrad seems to have gotten away with Father Paul's death? What did you think of Victoria and Patrick's scheme? Let's discuss Nolan and Patrick!


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@skoobie79 Oooooomgggg you're soooo right!!! Throughout ALL the seasons Daniel has ALWAYS LOVED Emily! He's cared for her for so long and only wanted to be with her! Emily, because the writers are making her out to be some sort of a psychopath, refused to see that!! Instead only made it harder and harder for him! Season 1 was amazing because there WAS that inner-conflict, she was falling in love with Daniel and the lines were getting blurred! That's when the show was good! Now they're pushing this ridiculous Jack-Emily scenario that truly is fan fiction quality! It's like HELLO!? Kids don't FALL IN LOVE! THEY DON'T KNOW WHAT IT IS!!! Truly garbage writing! Jack should've died a long time ago and it just should've been about Daniel and Aiden, the two realistic options

@ whathappened

I don't understand the hatred towards Jack! :( He is the only match for Emily. They are in love not when they were kids, but now that they are adults!
He is the only one for Emily not because they were childhood friends. That is not the reason why. Jack, being the gentle , down to earth, hardworking and sweet guy that he is... HE can balance out Emily who is a strong and aggressive woman. They belong together, so get stuck with it Jack haters.


PS I'm not defending Aiden's ratting out Jack today out of jealousy. But that's just part of the writers trying cheap tricks to knock out Daniel and Aiden, the more rational, viable choices for Emily, to pave the way for the completely unbelievable happily-ever-after with Jack.


...knowing full well that his parents are constantly creating trouble for both him and Charlotte. Second, it'd have been far more compelling if the show tried to show a genuine relnship of love and conflict b/w Daniel and Emily given that he's a Grayson but one that is trying to do some things right, rather than this trite BS of 'childhood sweethearts' with Jack who she has LITERALLY nothing in common with. That's not how real life works, where adults need no greater reason to 'love each other eternally'. Aiden, for all his recklessness, is a better option for Emily than Jack, because he KNOWS the most about her, and cares deeply about her for who she is RIGHT NOW, not who she was when she was five. This 'endgame' nonsense is like fanfic writing. The Jack storyline is the weakest link of this series.


I don't think Daniel is misogynistic. He LOVES Emily. He doesn't know her HUGE secret and HER (misplaced) hate for him. He loves "Emily" for who she pretends to be with him. He paid off the cop on behalf of the Graysons. There WAS no statement given, of any sort, it was all fudged by the cops. So there's no question of him over-running Emily's authority. He doesn't underestimate her intelligence or capabilities, he acknowledges them even in this episode. As for the alarm system. I'm married, and I'd not think my husband was 'misogynistic' if he installed an alarm system in our house to protect US from someone. Daniel & Emily aren't married yet, but that's technicality since they're engaged and living together. It's not a decision that requires a round-table conference and it was done for THEIR benefit. Emily is a full-blown hypocrite because she's ready to KILL people to avenge her father, but she's got the highest moral ground about Daniel trying to defend his reckless family, knowing full well that his parents are constantly creating trouble for both him and Charlotte.


THANK GOD. Nolan's gay again:)
Love Season 3 so far. And i really hope it was Charlotte who tried to kill Conrad. Or maybe Daniel? Either would be epic.


This episode was plain boring, but to be fair my viewing experience was less than pleasing disregarding the episode. The show needs to take it up a notch.


I hate the writers for making Jack looking good at Aiden's expense. I mean, come on! I don't want Emily and Jack ending up together. That is just stupid. Jack is boring! P.S. I don't think it should come as a surprise that Charlotte is behind tampering with the brakes.


I likes this episode but yes there were some daft scenarios. Daniel making Emilys statement to the police - really? Jacks about turn and change, do people really think he's joingin Team Revenge? Emily does not want that at all. Which leads me to Aiden. Do people really think the writers are writing him dumb so to make Jack the only viable option - like this early? He's no fool and I'd say next week we'll see how that little cliffhanger plays out. Do we not think it possible that Emily is using Aiden to 'Control' Jack and keep him out of her Revengenda? I know people moan about the show, but come on, things are n't that obvious - Aiden goes rougue so now Jemily is a sure thing.


I love this show, however, I am so tired of ABC and their gay agenda. The scene with Justine Hartley and Gabrielle Mann was contrived and just stupid. Those actors are too good for this level of script writing. I am still on Aiden's team. He really loves Em and he is letting his human emotions take over.


I also think Charlotte was the one behind the brakes and is the one who shoots Emily. She has been acting way to hostile to Ems of late and has become more shady. It could be a red herring but I still think that Charlotte has graduated from being the teen angsty screw up to something more. Just not sure what that it yet.

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Revenge Season 3 Episode 4 Quotes

You are my guardian angel, Emily. Lord knows where I'd be without you.


Charlotte: Success is all about branding.
Jack: Well, branding can keep calling me Jack.