Revenge Review: The Best Laid Plans

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Is it just me or was that one crazy packed hour of Revenge? I'm not saying the episode's fullness was bad necessarily, but wow, that felt like a lot. It certainly wasn't a slow hour, that's for sure.

"Sin" filled in a few holes from last week, pushed Emily to a crisis, and, well, fleshed out a new character.

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Since the Revenge Season 3 opener left us with a questions galore, "Sin" attempted to answer some of those questions. The first and probably most important answer of them all?

Aiden really is working with Victoria. I think.

It seems that in the time between the Revenge Season 2 finale and the Season 3 premiere, Aiden and Emily had a bit of a falling out. Where "bit" means a big, giant, epic break-up that left him so hurt he would seek to destroy her completely. 

There's always a chance he could be Team Emily and leading Victoria on, but the fact that he broke into Emily's house during dinner leads me to think he really does hate her. Or he hates Daniel and he's pretending to take down Emily but Daniel's really the one that he wants. Either way, I'm going to need some answers. A flashback, or a letter or a conversation at their upcoming encounter. Something. Answers. Now please. Thanks.

Just as Jack was last week, Nolan was a bit of a Jiminy Cricket for Emily tonight, imploring her to think about what she's doing and whether or revenge is really worth it. Her own father begged her to forgive, above all, and still she's carrying around her superiority and belief that ruining Conrad and Victoria and anyone even tangentially associated with Grayson Global and her father's framing is the right thing to do.

Two episodes in and it seems like the theme of the season, or at least the first half, is going to be Emily grappling with what it is she's doing and how her attempts to take down Conrad and Victoria are rippling out to everyone else. Innocent people are getting caught in her crossfire and until this point, she's been unable to acknowledge that fact. Slowly, however, she's starting to see that her actions are having serious consequences which she cannot foresee.

Watching her argue with Nolan and be so convinced that she was right - only to be proven wrong - was kind of a nice moment. It's not often that we see Emily's vulnerabilities, but it's those emotional moments that make her sympathetic.  Emotional moments make almost all the characters sympathetic. 

Yes, even Conrad. 

I can't believe I sat here feeling bad for him while he comes to terms with the fact that he's actually not immortal. And he's lonely. He thinks he's dying of a disease as debillitating and devastating as Huntington's and he thinks he'll be doing it by himself because he's run off anyone who might have ever cared about him. 

As soon as he finds out he's not dying, he'll go right back to being his usual despicable self, and will indeed continue to be shades of that person in the meantime, but I wanted to sit down next to him and just pat him on the shoulder. He needed a friend. If he still had money he could probably just buy one, but he thinks he's dying alone and he's broke. It's a tough day to be Conrad Grayson.

Even though she's no mother of the year, Victoria's admonishment to her family at the dinner table earned a little bit of a golf clap from me.

Patrick isn't the one at whom the family's ire should be directed. He's done nothing except come back into the picture, and while his true motives for doing so may be unsavory, they don't know that yet. (And neither do we. Also, I demand at least one shirtless Justin Hartley scene per episode. That's totally reasonable.)

What the Graysons do know is that this is a man who was given away twice, once as a baby and again as an adult, by a woman who cared more for her own reputation and station in life than she did her own child. While they're probably used to people coming into their lives attempting to extort them, make a phone call. Check him out. Stop being Grade A jerks, you bunch of jerks!

Two Three random things and I'm done:

  • I'm glad Charlotte showed some emotion over the miscarriage. I almost thought she was going to tell Jack she'd had an abortion, and even if they'd gone there with the story, it wouldn't have changed the fact that she's only 18 and she's suffered some huge losses. I'm surprised she's not on drugs or hospitalized again, honestly. 
  • Margaux's dress-dropping and the sly look on Daniel's face and the way he downed that drink at his parents house almost made me think he cheated on Emily. My first thought was "well, she was with Aiden when she got with him and this was mostly a sham. No big." And my next thought was "CHEATER!!" Glad to see my second thought was right and he's not a cheating cheater who cheats. New Daniel can stay.
  • The basket of blueberry muffins bit cracked me up a little.
All in all, this was a much stronger episode than the Revenge season 3 premiere, at least in my opinion. It felt a little more old-school Revenge but also showed character growth and development over the first two seasons. I'm hoping for more episodes like this one in the coming weeks.
What did you think of "Sin?" Was it better or worse than the premiere? Do you think Aiden is really helping Victoria or is he just that good at playing a double agent?


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Miranda Wicker is a Staff Writer for TV Fanatic. Follow her on Twitter.


i'm guessing that their idea with aiden's plot is, she left him for daniel,she doesn love him but is more important for her to be with daniel than with someone like aiden that knows her secrets,her life and her real persona,someone with a lot more in commun with her,but that isnt enough to leave the vendeta and the people in it,so he gets dump,gets arrested ,he tips the police to nolan ,he gets shot by daniel, and emily doesn't know,doesn't care for him so he gets biter and now is agains her.thats me trying to find "writer" logic in aiden's new mission.
emily can`t say anything about takeda,one because ,why did he kill him? to save her(according to him)it could be discover why would she knows both,takeda and aiden ,and ultimate be out why she is there in the first place.
my theory with him is that he just wants to stop her revengenda by screwing every plan ,so she can leave to a different life maybe with or without him,otherwise he could just tell everyone the true about her and make her face more consequences ,but doesn't do it because ,maybe it would be too boring for us to watch her go without difficulties in her plans in probably the last of one of the last seasons of revenge before they are out of good ideas.

Kitanishi h mcdonald

Emily already knows Adien killed Tekeda.
Still does not stop them from having Aiden be the shooter and then getting stabbed with a katana through the guts in season finale. so whats so horrible he needs take her down
Aiden has always been an obsessive controlling asshole, so no surprise there.

Kitanishi h mcdonald

I need the redemption and repentance thing,I can NOT root for a sociopath and need someone to root for.

The problem with that is that its the most cliched thing EVER. "redemption after revenge' is so tired out and the REASON this show got popular in the first place is because since day one it implied it would not go for that and Ems constantly went on with her revenge despite the moments where typical protagonist would stumble back to goodie-two-shoes route. The main point of interest of this show IS that Emily is a ruthless antihero.


Emily already knows Adien killed Tekeda. that was last season. I just dont understand Adians motive here. i mean It was a break up. complicated but for them it just came down to she was going in a different direction with her life than he was.... so whats so horrible he needs to take her down. She didnt kill his sister. she is trying to take down the very people responsible for the whole flit 180(?) crap. i dont get it.
Emily needs to switch it up she is becoming predictable and annoying.


I bet the shooting in the first episode is staged by her and Aiden to get her out of the marriage and then she'll have more time to plot during "recovery" and maybe get Jack back on her side through sympathy. I am sure Aiden is still on her side.


Aiden is on Team Aiden.He doesn't care what anyone else wants.And I want him dead.He is after Victoria but doesn't care about "the girl next door's" plans. I need the redemption and repentance thing,I can NOT root for a sociopath and need someone to root for. I don't see how Conrad confessing to the priest would do more than the confession to Daniel that they recorded (and then apparently threw away the recording in last season's ridiculous blunder).


I'm not sure that Aiden is 100% out to get Emily. If he was, he could have just said to Victoria "Emily is really Amanda Clarke".

Kitanishi h mcdonald

Innocent people are getting caught in her crossfire and until this point, she's been unable to acknowledge that fact.
I feel this is a plot inconsistency, as Ems had no problems with THOUSANDS of people loosing their jobs and money in the whole investor takedown in S1. She never really cared about "helping the innocent", so this change in motivation is incredibly jarring and strange for me.

Kitanishi h mcdonald

I hope to gods Aiden is not double-agent. He is the most annoying and most NEEDLESS character in the show, so hopefully Ems finds out about him having killed Takeda and he gets a sword in his gut, because karma's a bitch. Episode gives me conflicting feelings. On one hand, its nice to see Ems get her hands dirty again instead of tip-toeing around her revenge plan like in S2. On other hand I fear we are going towards a cliched boring "redemption" bullshit. I hope I am wrong. I hope that evne if the whole redemption is on her mind, the whole boat shooting will set her back on revenge road again. because let's be frank - we watch this show for her being badass. The VERY FIRST thing the show taught us is that "this is not a story about forgiveness". SO please, writers, DON'T make it about forgiveness and repentance and all that silly bs.


This episode definitely deserved more than a 4.0, Miranda. I think your being a bit harsh towards Revenge. It was a vast improvement from the premiere last week and I definitely starting to get a season 1 vibe, the writers should be awarded for this.

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Revenge Season 3 Episode 2 Quotes

Trust is difficult without proof.


It is believed that original sin can only be cleansed by the waters of baptism. But it is the sin that follow that are not so easily washed away. And since forgiveness of trespasses is only granted to the truly penitent pure evil can never be erased.