Revenge Review: The Price of Past Sins

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To say that I've been all over the board this season in terms of my eagerness to watch Revenge or catch an extra hour or two of sleep is a bit of an understatement.

I feel like I'm on some kind of carnival ride that keeps jerking me back and forth from side to side so violently I might end up with whiplash.

Revenge Season 3 Episode 20 might be one of the goriest episodes we've seen of this entire series, and it really has proven that there are almost no redeemable characters left.  (I said ALMOST.)

But no one, not even Emily Thorne, deserves "to win at all costs."

I realize that it's problematic to think about shows like Revenge in terms of redeemability of characters or the reality of the situations in which these characters find themselves. I get it. I do. I also know that I can't help that I do this.

I think about these characters and what I'm often left with is the fact that they're all pretty horrible people. Everybody except Nolan, that is.

Nolan Ross is the Jiminy Cricket of the show. He's often the only one who stands up and goes "Wait, what??"

Except me. I'm doing that every Sunday night. Week after week I'm sitting on my couch completely befuddled as to how so many horrible people all wound up in the same place.

Yes, Nolan definitely screwed with Javier's program so that it would embarrass people and he could expose the flaws in the programming, but Nolan didn't push someone into a helicopter and then sort of shrug about it later in conversation.

Conrad and Emily did, though. (Not together. Stay with me.)

Conrad Grayson pushed Pascal LeMarchal into the whirring blades of a helicopter.

I can't get the blood spattering across Conrad's body or the sound of Victoria's shrieks out of my head, and not that I'm glorifying the violence, but I totally didn't see that coming and that's what redeemed this episode (and maybe the last part of this season entirely) for me.

Two points to Madeleine Stowe for her performance tonight, by the way. I hate Victoria Grayson and do not under any circumstance want to see the woman happy, but wow, Stowe played her part brilliantly, right down to the icy stare and recoil she served Daniel and the shocked recognition on her face when she realized they'd all been played and Pascal had died for what might be nothing but which was probably Emily Thorne.

I want to root for Emily to get her revenge. I want to want her to take down the Graysons for good and forever. But then she sees something like Pascal's death--witnesses it with her own eyes--and scoffs it off with Aiden like she's completely unphased by the brutality of it. 

Excuse me, what? It's okay to show her shocked or shaken after witnessing something like that. Instead she just poured a cup of tea and settled into more planning with Aiden like "Oh well. Lead dead. Moving on."

I have a hard time pulling for a character who doesn't at all seem phased by the casualties of war. Even Dexter wrestled with his demons. I know that Pascal killed Aiden's father and she wanted revenge for Aiden, but casualties of war are still casualties. She can still be troubled by what she's seen, but her way of carrying on as if nothing terrible has ever happened is something to which I'm having a hard time relating.

Speaking of that ER-inspired death, much about Conrad's murdering Pascal is sort of a mystery to me.

For instance, did Conrad plan to lure Pascal up to the roof to kill him? Did Pascal think going to the roof to talk would give him the ability to alert Conrad to the fact that he was wearing a wire? Is that what Pascal wanted to do?

Or did Conrad decide to kill Pascal in order to protect Victoria and ultimately himself?

We may never know.

And can Daniel Grayson get any more manipulative and self-serving? He did learn from two of the best, so yes, he probably can. Run, Margaux, run, and get LeMarchal Enterprises far, far away from Daniel Grayson while you're running. The mess he's about to make while taking care of things during Margaux's grieving period is going to be epic. 

Finally, Charlotte's kidnapping might actually have the girl being useful, though for what purpose, it's unclear. 

She received letters addressed to Charlotte Clarke appearing to have been written by David Clarke. She and Jack checked out the cabin Nolan tracked from the return stamp (because the kidnapper was dumb enough to have an at-home stamp printer and tie his letters to his home address??) and Jack tried to convince her that this wasn't David.

But he found a ring that used to belong to David and knows that something is amiss in that cabin. He's not certain David Clarke is still alive, but he definitely knows something is up.

That something is, of course, Charlotte's kidnapping by creepy stalker guy staring into The Stowaway's window like something out of a horror film. 

And that's where we are leading into next week when we've been promised a takedown of Conrad Grayon. My money isn't high on that actually happening given the prologue to tonight's episode mentioned making alliances, but hey, we can always dream she'll finally take one of them down, right?

Right. So let's do that.

What did you think of Revenge Season 3 Episode 20? Were you surprised to see Pascal die so suddenly? On a scale of 1 to 5, with 1 being not at all and 5 being A TON, how much do you care that Charlotte has been kidnapped?


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Pascal's shocking death was a shot in the arm for this increasingly tedious show. I don't find it hard to root for Emily at all - it's not just about David Clarke but they happily blew up an aeroplane full of innocent people to cover their tracks. They deserve everything they get. With the show flip-flopping about who's a good guy and who's a bad guy, it was good to get a reminder of how ruthless Conrad really is. If I have any criticism of Emily, it's that her plans are a bit crap to be honest and lately she's becoming a bit toothless. I mean, is she going to make Daniel pay for shooting her? That all seems to have been forgotten in order to go after Pascal, who may or may not have had a tenuous link to the bombing. Where is the badass Emily from Season 1? I want her back!


none of this make sense, because Daniel would be in jail for shooting people...HELLO!!!!!
maybe they are all horrible people...what difference does it make? there might be no redemption, since we are talking about revenge, not salvation!


finally Daniel is embracing his roots...the sneaky devil he is! I like the way the writers are finally make him be what he has always been...a Greyson! More than ever! well, Emily was a little upset...however Pascal was not a saint...he had murdered two people before...and sorry but Dexter was never upset about his victims if they were guilty, he was upset about being a monster...another story...since he was the killer, Emily is simply a witness! I don't get your "shock"...we are talking about revenge here, a soapy tv series...none of this make sense to me, in any case!


This is definitely a valid argument, Miranda. Its getting to the point that it's difficult to root for Emily. She might be initially shocked by how gruesome a death she just witnessed, but she seems to recover quickly. It begs the question of how many people have to die before Emily achieves he final goal and whether it even matters to her. The problem is, while Emily may not be directly responsible, she must be aware by now of the horrifying lengths the Grayson's go to in order to protect themselves. So, for her reaction to be "what's next?" after she gets over the shock shows that in many ways she's no better than the Grayson's in her willingness to allow any related consequence. If Emily is really the one behind Charlotte's abduction, it proves she either disregards or accepts the risk of putting the Graysons in a desperate situation, which has proven the source of their most heinous crimes.


Pascal was a scum and I'm glad he died and he got off easy if you ask me - And now you rant about Emily and her part in it and not feeling any emotion about it. RealIy????? I shake my head to that statement! I knew that Pascal was a dead walking when he walked away with Conrad, but did I suspect he was the one that would kill him? No, but that changed as soon Pascal swapped positions with Conrad that he was gonna push him in to the blades. The plus side was seeing Victoria in despair, it made me smile and knowing damn well that Victoria knows Emily set up that fake number - It made me all warm and fuzzy. Also that her "lovely" son was behind it and lied to her. Charlotte kidnapped or whatever - Well I don't really give a flying f*** about that other than it will serve a purpose that the Grayson will suffer if she will get killed. Regarding Daniel the sociopath/psycho, please have that puny man skinned alive ASAP - Watching him die a very heinous way would make my day.


Finally !! I was so bored with this pascal, pascal-victoria story,soooo bored, conrand is the kind of guy that does that is has to be done,killing someone never was an issue, he killed hundreds in that bombing ,so a french who is treating him isnt an exception,pascal was the same, victoria too,so she deserves some karma ,although she will blame emily and her ex for this and probably like that finale scene will become angrier ,i think emily is behind the kidnap, it looks like it ,why some onemwould that much reserch ? And the party for thas cloneapp was hillarious ,the result top,javier another boring character gone ,a new nolans jacket and emilys outfit awesome!!
Dany dany, i hope your the one that dies is the finale,as a bad manipulative and repulsive guy ,your make a better dead.


Emily is inhumane? Really?
She might be cold due to the things she suffered since her dad went to jail but.she feels for those people who really matter.
Why oh why would se fell soory for Pascal? She didn't do it, there is no way she saw it coming...
And yes she said that Aiden could do whatever he wanted with Pascal after Conrad's confession but then again it's Aidens revenge and he has the right to do what he thinks it's best.
Emily and Aiden were shocked by how Pascal died but why the hell should they feel guilty???
Besides... he probably would have gone to the death row anyway


people should ask themselves what they would have done they were faced with Emily's situation. would you have forgiven the graysons for destroying your life, the way they destroyed her life? we all know Conrad Grayson is a bastard, it was no surprise what he did. we were all surprised that he got his hands dirty, both aiden and Emily said it. I was even more surprised at how Daniel has completely gone to the dark side like his father, by lying to his mother. plus I don't know why people feel sorry for pascal when he was the one that was to blame for aiden's father's death. plus he had a hand in the bombing of the flight, clearly pascal was not a saint...if you really want to complain about unredeemable characters then I suggest complaining about the characters on "the following".


I thought this was one of the better episodes of the season. But I can't post a comment without mentioning that amazing suit that Nolan had on at the party... Nolan is just the greatest! I'm pretty intrigued in the Charlotte storyline as well, so I'm glad they gave her something to do. I want to know who this person is. I knew from the second they were on the roof that Conrad was going to do that to Pascal, but yes, it was still pretty gory! I was wondering the same thing about Pascal's intentions for going up there. Like maybe he was going to tell Conrad everything because they probably wouldn't be able to hear through the wire over the sound of the helicopter. But now we may never know!

@ Amy Lynn

Nolan's jacket looked like he'd already done the helicopter scene with Pascal.

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Revenge Season 3 Episode 20 Quotes

Conrad: I thought your imminent departure would bring me solace, but oddly there's another sensation kicking around inside me.
Victoria: A burst appendix, I hope.

A revolution begins when the desires of many are addressed by the actions of one. It's a ripple of change that starts when the first stone is cast at those in power and only ends when one side lies defeated or if two sides become one.