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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Secondly as many people including Mirands has said: They are clearly tearing down Aiden (and I am so glad the writers are doing this) for a Jack and Emily reunion. That to me and to the casual viewer has always been the endgame. I didn't see it at first but now that Jack and Emily are at odds with each other, the chemistry is palable and they could do well together.


Two things I've observed going into this season:
They are clearly bringing it witht the story this year. It has never been more intsense and powerful and two the writers are writing the story as if this could possibly (and with the state of the ratings) be the final season. Why I say this. If Emily completes her Revengenda this season, whats going to be the focus of season 4. They can't expect to prolong it so much. I mean there is only so many obstacles that they can throw in the way of her plan before it becomes monotonous (like Revolution). I know they could come up with something but would it be as compelling as the reason for the show in the first place?
Secondly as many people including Mirands has said: They are clearly tearing down Aiden (and I am so glad the writers are doing this) for a Jack and Emily reunion. That to me and to the casual viewer has always been the endgame. I didn't see it at first but now that Jack and Emily are at odds with each other, the chemistry is palpable and they could do well together.


So glad the writers are finally dropping the pretense with who Emily will end u with. It's obvious Jack is her endgame so it's exciting to see the writers finally bringing them together (and making Daniel and Aiden into chauvinist tools). I kind of hope this is the last season so we can finally get Jemily in the finale!


Hate jack, way to go Aiden for selling him out


The Graysons did NOT kill Father Paul. I am so tired of them always getting the blame for everything. They didn't kill Amanda either, that was Nate Ryan's doing. Declan's death was pure accidental. Conrad had cleared the building. How was he to know Declan would go in there? The person responsible for Father Paul's death is whoever cut the cord to Conrad's car. That person wanted to kill Conrad. He or she didn't think Conrad would give a priest a ride in the Ferrari. Conrad was lucky as heck. Loved Aiden selling Jack out. No, it was not nice in any way. But it was funny. And certainly not something Emily would never do to anyone else... Emily is afterall a sociopath, just like the Graysons do their evil things. Jack and Charlotte are the only pure innocent people on this show.


I've never liked Aiden and last night's episode does nothing to help that. He needs to go. Daniel is a complete idiot. He rants about his family, but they totally control him.


Victoria and Emily are great!!! As are Nolan and Aiden and Conrad:)
Jack is still boring and now annoying too... I wish he would just go away and take Charlotte with him. I love Aiden telling Conrad it was Jack:) He cares for Emily, not for Jack and is perfect for Ems!
I hope Nolan can have some happiness with Patrick and am sure he found out much more than just the fact that Patrick is gay! Cant wait to find out the info he got for his 20 thousand!


After 3 stellar episodes ~ this was my least favorite of Season 3 because it was so Jack-centric. Revenge was my favorite show for 2 whole seasons ~ no matter what shortcomings there were in Season 2 at least stupid Jack had Fauxmanda to occupy his pants and pea brain and keep him away from Ems. He is just so wrong for her on all accounts and I hate when the writers keep trying to push his holier than thou attitude down my gagging throat. Please Revenge ~ let Jack join his dearly departed wife at the bottom of the Hamptons sea. Emily deserves so much better than him.
Fave moments:
Nolan come to papa
Nolan and Patrick ~ who's playing who
Queen V and Patrick ~ a family that revenges together stays together
Conrad hallelujah I'm cured!

Spindae 2o

Sooooooooo GREAT EPISODE! - First of I knew Patrick would be more wicked than any character we met before. I know he will make a huge blast in S3 and this is just were it started. I´m sorry but it is so obvious Nolan´s heart will get broken. I really don´t know who can be his happy ever after. - Grayson killing the Priest was a nice play off. But the progress of the story was a beautiful way of show the characters and the proper progress from were they started to were they´ve ended up. -Emily-Jack-Aiden really beautiful played out. I never liked Aiden but him plotting up to take down Jack will be a easy way to write him of. FAST. But the honest surprise was Jack joining the Revenge it was a neat way to introduce the story. Cause honestly how could Jacke find peace when he knows Grayson intentionally killed his brother and wife.


"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" --> so true! maybe they think they might not get a fourth season, thats why they are quickly trying to bring jack and emily together.
i agree with @whathappened. season 1 was about daniel, season 2 was abt aiden. both of them seemed perfect for emily in their perspective season. now either one seems like an unbearable match for emily. oh well! i just watch it to see emily and victoria at each other's throats.

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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.