Revenge Review: Blood Is Thicker

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Just when the walls begin to close in on Emily Thorne, she finds a way to push one of them down and make herself a new exit.

It's interesting to watch the wheels in her brain start to turn as she figures out just how it is she'll extricate herself from yet another situation where she could be found out.

Revenge Season 3 Episode 18 saw Emily Thorne doing just that as Mason Treadwell threatened to spill his secrets to Victoria Grayson in exchange for a fancy brunch. It was quite the spectacle.

Victoria Grayson wants to get to the bottom of Emily Thorne's extended stay in the Hamptons, so she turns to the one man who might know: Mason Treadwell.

We met Mason Treadwell in Revenge Season 1. He authored the book on David Clarke, a best-seller, which featured interviews with a young Amanda Clarke while she was in foster care. He learned the FauxManda/Emily secret and, in exchange for exclusive rights to Emily's story about clearing her father's name by taking down the Graysons, agreed to go to prison.

But why continue to serve time for a crime he didn't commit when he can parlay Victoria's need for information into an early release, right?

Once Mason decided to go with "Door Number 'G,'" Emily and Nolan helped Mason Treadwell fake his own death so they could sneak him out of prison. I can't decide if this is the most implausible thing ever to happen on this show or not.

How, exactly, did Nolan Ross come to be driving the Coroner's van which ushered Mason Treadwell's body away from the prison? Will there not be any sort of follow-up on why the body didn't arrive at the morgue? Did they find a dead body to deliver to the morgue in Mason's place?

Why do I even care enough to be thinking those questions when this episode was clearly a set-up for the inevitable Jack-Emily pairing?

Oh yes, that's a thing that is going to be happening, Revenge-fans. The writing on the wall is ridiculously clear.

Jack continues to entangle himself in Emily's revengenda, and sure, he has as much reason as she does to want to take down the Grayson family. But at some point, his involvement has become about more than just his own personal revenge. He said as much when he told his mother that after dropping her in L.A. he'd be coming back to the Hamptons to help Emily. 

And then came the most glaringly obvious sign that Jack and Emily are getting together since Emily VanCamp revealed someone was dying in the finale.

[to Jack] Maybe Daniel's right. You love Emily, don't you?


Mother does know best, you guys. Even if she's been boozing it up because the Hamptons made her do it. (Or because Victoria is an evil, evil woman. EVIL.)

And then there were the very, very clear indicators that a Margaux-Daniel pairing are in the works and while those two make more sense than Season 1 Daniel and Emily or Margaux and Jack, could the writers BE any more obvious?

I'll give Daniel credit for the conversation he had with Pascal where he told the LeMarchal patriarch that he wasn't aware of his daughter's talents and that he hoped she wasn't falling for someone beneath her because her father never told her of her worth. That was actually a beautiful few lines Daniel uttered to Pascal, but that's about the extent of my kindness toward Daniel.

I really hoped Margaux would be smarter than that. That she would be able to see through this sort of nonsense.

Sigh. I guess not.

The final sign that Jack and Emily are being written together is Emily's rekindled romance with Aiden.

After helping Aiden in London by visiting his mother and urging him to give his mother some peace about her family, the two had quite the reunion in the beach house. It was pretty intense, honestly, with her breathlessness and his "I missed you, too."

It was a little too intense, which tells me that Aiden Mathis isn't long for the Hamptons and is probably the character we're set to lose--permanently--at the end of this season.

With Stevie Grayson's words ringing in his ears and Margaux and Daniel becoming more than just business partners, Jack will be the one to comfort Emily in her time of grief. 

If I were a betting woman, I'd throw down some dollars on this one.

I would also throw down dollars never to see Victoria rubbing noses with Pascal, playfully or otherwise. (Please tell me you saw that and were as disturbed by how juvenile and ludicrous that was!) 

Pascal LeMarchal is completely uninteresting to me so I can't even be bothered to want to care at this point. 

I also can't bring myself to care that Charlotte is dating the convict living with Nolan or that Nolan is having business partner troubles with him. Or that Charlotte is going to take the MyClone plan to Daniel to get her boyfriend whose name I can't even remember financed by her brother. 

There are entirely too many subplots happening right now with so few episodes left in the season. Let's get on with the Revenging already, amiright?

OH LOOK! Red Sharpie Takedown coming next week! Our TV prayers are being answered.

What did you think of Revenge Season 3 Episode 18? Did you think Mason Treadwell was really dead? Do you think a Jack-Emily pairing is coming?

Here's your first look at Revenge Season 3 Episode 19, "Allegiance."


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It is sad how the show is making way for jack and Emily to happen by sacrificing good SLs and better characters. I just can't buy into their love. Very contrived. In real world we call it a childhood crush. Just sad how the show has become that predicable. Can't the show surprise us by killing off jack? He has no chemistry with anyone. Emily totally towers over him. If I have to watch Jemily, I don't think I will tune in next season. Bye revenge..

@ Lee

Completely agree! And now they are having Jack help Emily in her revenge. It's so out of character for him, but I guess they need something for him to do so they can force him back into Emily's life. It's such a joke.


So they have totally ruined Margaux in the last 2 eps and are setting Aiden up to die to make it easy for Jack & Emily to finally get together. A pairing that has no real foundation other than nostalgia and guilt. Jemily may have been a nice romantic idea in S1 but they've spent 2 seasons showing us the depth of Aiden and Emily. We lost Stevie in this episode - Jack decides to take her back to LA and for him to return as a Revenger! What about his kid being a priority in his life? How the hell is Daniel remaining unscathed - that boy needs a come uppance for his trigger happy behaviour. If they have to kill someone off can it be Charlotte - they just can't find storyline for her.


If Aiden dies in the finale I am done with this show and no I am not saying that as a whining shipper I am saying that because the writers have repeatedly sacrificed good story telling to set up Emily and Jack to end up together without ever actually giving us a real reason that they should be. Daniel used to be a great character back in season 1 that you had to hate a little because he was a spoiled little rich boy and because he was a Grayson but you couldn't help but love him and root for him and Emily. The writers have made Daniel one of the worst characters on the show, a horrible human being. Can someone actually tell me that the writers did that for the sake of story telling and not to just get people to stop rooting for Emily and him (because even back then people didn't root for her and Jack). I would rather Emily just end up alone getting her revenge than end up with Jack.


I totally agree with you. Jack bores me rigid. I really don't think I'll be watching next season.


I'm not understanding why a show thinks that to have a good finale twist that someone has to die! That is not true. They could come up with something better than that.


I cannot EXPRESS how far and how ridiculous this show has gotten!!!
Jack is disgusting, he makes my blood boil!
That fact that they're even THINKING of killing Aiden to make way for Jack and Emily, well, I was already on the edge now I just won't even watch the show anymore! Hope it gets cancelled!
Pascal is boring what are they thinking!!


What has destroyed the show IMO is the endless bickering Aiden/Jack.. The show was about Emily's Revenge not her love life, that was just a side dish until the writers felt they had to cater to "shippers". Emily's plots and plans were interesting - I find both Aiden/Jack completely boring..Sadly in this process the writers seem to completely ignore/forget great characters such as Nolan, who was one of the main ingredients to why this show was a success in the first place. Shame!


altough I see what you are saying about Emily and Jack...I can't stop hoping that they will surprise us, killing Jack off ;-))) and I agree with you, where is Margaux brain??? why does she need to be played by her father and Daniel???? she called him great brain...or something, please!!! the guy is a murderer...or almost!


I love aiden and emily- they have so much chemistry+she's herself around him. But the writers have other ideas and are gonna kill him off so she can be with jack- who has no chemistry with anyone. Why cant they just kill him off. I honestly like the wole emily aiden nolan threesome as partners more then when jack tries to join in the revenge.



@ kika

and Charlotte...

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Revenge Season 3 Episode 18 Quotes

[to Pascal] Ah, I sense the stench of romance is in the air.


As children, we flinch at the sight of blood not yet realizing it means family, loyalty, and is the essence of life. But for all its virtue, there is the unavoidable reality that blood is often the child of pain, and a violent reminder that anything can be taken away in the blink of an eye.