Revenge Review: Game Changer

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Revenge fans, consider the game changed after tonight!

In an onstallment reminiscent of the high drama of Revenge season 1, "Endurance" altered the methods of Emily's revenge.

Revenge Season 3 Episode 12 was one epic hour of television.

Jack Slugs Daniel

Let's start with that moment right up there, shall we?

Jack punching Daniel in the face was the highlight of my evening.

AHHH! Go, Jack, go! I actually raised my fist and gave out a little "yessssss!!!" and my husband looked at me like I'd lost my mind. And hey, maybe I have just a little bit.

But Daniel Grayson is such a whiny little jerk that watching him get punched in the face was amazing. That Jack was the one to do it only made it that much better. I would like a gif of that punch so I could watch it over and over again.

We learned quite a few things tonight.

First of all, Sara didn't actually try to kill herself. She just got drunk in the bathtub and nearly drowned. Not that I like the character at all or feel like Daniel needs even a smidge of stolen happiness with her given his current jerkface behavior... but the idea that she would kill herself because the guy she spent three years hating was getting married was more than a little farfetched. I'm glad we got an explanation about that.

Niko is Takeda's daughter. That explains how she met Aiden and how she's so good at the vendetta game and why we're not sure if we can trust her or want to trust her. She plans to avenge her father's death, which means Aiden better watch out since he's the one who killed Takeda.

I think Niko can take him. Hell and fury and women and all.

Finally, Nolan is really good at the Revengenda thing.

Once Emily was moved to Grayson manor, their communication was even more restricted than it was when she was at the hospital. So he devised a plan where Jack would visit and Carl would give Emily a stuffed Golden Retriever puppy as both a throwback to their childhood and a way to sneak in a walkie-talkie so that Nolan could monitor things for Emily.

That allowed Nolan to switch out the contents of the Infinity box before Patrick stole it - after knocking Nolan out with a piece of firewood! - so that Emily's identity would still be in tact. Score for Nolan!

Now the Graysons just think Emily's a grifter there to con her way into their family and she's ready to play along with them until she gets what she came for, which is their demise.

She was ready to walk away from her revengenda, but the news that she can no longer have children (which I suspect isn't actually true and is a ruse Victoria's playing as payback for the fake pregnancy) has spurned Emily to take further action and carry out her plan.

There are going to be some FIRE.WORKS in coming weeks! 

There's also going to be a shift where Emily will turn to Jack and eventually the two will end up together. The writing is all over the screen for it.

Going back to that stuffed dog for a second, it was an incredibly symbolic move going all the way back to their childhood when Amanda left her dog with Jack and the dog remembered her when she returned to the Hamptons. 

Secondly, Emily's comment about how one day she might have a family of her own while holding Carl and then finding out that she can't have children of her own (supposedly) is practically telegraphing the fact that she'll eventually be raising Carl as her own, likely resuming the name Amanda Clarke (which somehow Jack will be totally okay with because this is television).

Margaux listening to Jack and that choice costing her money and then whatever Conrad decided to do with the magazine behind her back will somehow come back around to Jack and Margaux will end things with him. 

And since Emily ended things with Aiden tonight, for no clear reason other than she just did, there's a big set-up for Jack and Emily to get together. Now we just need to place our bets on when it's going to happen.

Because it's going to happen.

It doesn't even matter if it makes sense to us that she was 8 and he was 12 or however old they supposedly were when David Clarke was framed and she left. (Why did they ever mention concrete ages in the first place?!) Jack and Emily will happen. Mark my words.

What did you think of Revenge Season 3 Episode 12? Do you love the new angle Emily's taking with her revengenda? Did Revenge just step up its game tonight?


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

Drea xoxo

It reminded me of old revenge. the final scene was fantastic!!! never saw it coming emandy and vicki agreeing!!


Loved the episode except the Emily/Jack/Aiden stuff, I really feel that the writing on this particular instance has been abysmal, because they are practically forcing Emily and Jack to happen. I would still prefer to see her end up with Aiden, but I guess that ship has sailed completely. And I hated how Aiden just accepted it and ran off to Nico minutes after, so out of character for him IMO, because we saw how much he really loves Emily. Guess it'll blow up in his face when she finds out he was the one who killed Takeda

Miranda wicker
@ Tennisvampire

The love "quadrangle" HAS been abysmal. It's been a constant set-up/tear-down to make the various relationships viable and it does feel forced. The Niko thing and Aiden is just...weird. If Emily's not going to be with Aiden, they need to write him out of the show. Don't divide our screen time with Niko avenging Takeda and Emily and the Graysons. Just focus on Emily.

@ Miranda Wicker

Exactly, couldn't agree more. They are making a jerk out of Aiden, and the only reason that they are doing it is so that they could write Jack back in the picture. I could see her and Jack work at the end of S1, but now... Not so much. I mean, Aiden has been the one supporting her plan basically from the beginning, and probably the only one who completely understood her need for it, and now, when she decided to stay on that path, he suddenly can't take that? I mean, there was no reason for her to assume that it would bother him so much that she had to break things off with him. I get that he would be upset that this situation had to carry on, but the old Aiden would have stayed by her side no matter what. And another side note, I couldn't help but wonder, Nico kept going about how Emily's mind is clouded, and she's not thinking clearly? Could this be the result of those drugs she was giving her? Although, to me that seems as a pretty medically convoluted plot, much like the whole Connor and Huntington's thing


i loved the episode, but I am against the Jack and Emily part...I think Jack got seriously pissed at Emily when he found out she is still in the game, telling everyone that Lydia was the one who shot her... I have always rooted for Emily and Aiden, it is clear that the writers want Emily and Jack together, for the simple fact that Aiden did not even try to fight Emily decision to leave him...

Miranda wicker
@ Fra

I also think he got pissed at her when he found out she'd lied, but I also think there's a part of him who is totally on board with her Revengenda and is secretly excited to contine the takedowns, especially now that he's even more inside than he was before. I'm team Emily/Jack as end game, but I don't at all like how they've been shoved back together this season. It worked in season 1.


Yesssssss finally Jack and Emilyyyyyyy.

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Revenge Season 3 Episode 12 Quotes

Daniel: You think you know everything, don't you?
Jack: Yeah, I do. Now pick yourself up and get the hell out of my bar.

When my father was in prison, he wrote in his journals about how the value of life can be directly measured by our will to endure. That we have a remarkable ability to resist fatigue, to withstand pain, to keep fighting, as long as we don't lose sight of what we're fighting for.