Revenge Review: The Stroke of Midnight

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Summer might be over in the Hamptons, but the drama is certainly heating up on Revenge

Revenge Season 3 is picking up momentum as we head into the final six episodes, and thank all the things for that.

Emily and Victoria's very public showdown on Revenge Season 3 Episode 16 might be one of the best Emily-Victoria fights we've seen yet. And their dresses at the Opera? To. Die. For.

But that's certainly not all that happened tonight...

Just as I had written off Stevie Grayson as an unnecessary addition to the season, Jack's long-lost mother swoops in with a crucial piece of evidence to help our favorites move Emily's Revengenda forward so they're one step closer to clearing David Clarke's name. 

Which was, as you know, the entire reason the show existed in the first place and which has been, as you also know, a storyline from which the series has veered greatly over the past season and a half.

If it takes introducing a few new characters to get back to where we started, I'm good with that. And back to where we started seems to be the direction things are headed. 

Jack and Nolan, with the help of Javier, Nolan's friend from prison who conveniently landed on Nolan's doorstep and had himself house-arrested to Nolan's house, broke into the archives room at Stevie Grayson's first law firm to steal hard copies of information from the time when Stevie worked there.

Among the information in the files was a handwritten letter acknowledging that the "TWM" for the "DC" plan had been taken care of. Emily doesn't know what TWM stands for, but she does know the handwriting on the letter.

Dare I say it, but we might even get another Red Sharpie takedown before the season ends. Pascal LaMarchal is on the list.

Margaux's father, media mogul Pascal LaMarchal, arrived from Paris at the behest of his daughter to help her rid herself of Conrad. What he found was that he's still carrying a torch for Victoria, making her Conrad's bargaining chip in his financial maneuverings against Pascal.

What Margaux found, thanks to Conrad, is that her father has been cooking the books at Voulez. The magazine has been losing money - $1 million a quarter - but Margaux's reports have all shown that the magazine is being successful. Pascal has been indulging what he sees as one of his daughter's whims.

While I may not have any feelings one way or another about Margaux, something tells me she's not the kind of woman who appreciates being treated like she's just a pretty face. (In other words, she's not Charlotte.)

That, I believe, is at least part of the reason Jack has joined Team Takedown when it comes to Pascal, but his hope that there won't be any collateral damage is a sure sign that there will be. And it'll probably be Margaux. 

I'm calling it right now--that will be the catalyst to reunite Jack and Emily.

(Again, for the record, don't yell at me about this. I don't necessarily want Jack and Emily to end up together. I just think that's the way the show is going to end up whenever it ends. Jack and Emily are end game no matter how much you or I don't like it and think it should be different.)

But how can Jack and Emily end up together, you ask? Isn't she married to Daniel?

Nope. Not anymore. And thank the writing gods for that. 

Daniel has turned into a bit of a rabid dog and, quite frankly, I wouldn't mind if the character went away for a while or for good. I get that he's angry that Emily lied to him and conned him into marrying her (essentially, she did con him), but for crying out loud, HE SHOT HER. 

HE SHOT A PERSON.

Sorry, Daniel, but no.

You don't get to act like you're the victim when YOU SHOT A PERSON. Three times, even! YOU HAVE SHOT THREE PEOPLE! Daniel Grayson should be IN JAIL! 

Ahh! Sorry. The rage about this is strong with me. 

To get out of the marriage, Emily had to humiliate herself in front of all of the attendees at the opera, leaking her medical records to the press showing that she faked the pregnancy to get Daniel to marry her. When Charlotte showed Victoria the information, Victoria saw that as the moment to perform her own takedown and ran with it. 

Unbeknownst to Queen V, she played right into Emily's plan. But Emily doesn't know that Victoria is piecing things together about Emily and her motives for being in the Hamptons, so that's an angle to watch.

What did you think about Revenge Season 3 Episode 16? What do you think of this new information Emily and the gang uncovered? Which woman had the better dress at the opera?

Here is your first look at Revenge Season 3 Episode 17, "Addiction."

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Revenge Season 3 Episode 16 Quotes

Grace is at the core of tragedy, for if there's no height at which to drop, no pride taken in a life lived, you have nothing to lose. But once in the freefall of disgrace, the only way to change the momentum is to use it to your advantage.

Emily

Emily: You're testing me.
Nolan: Just want to make sure you're not going to black out and become your own worst Emily.