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


All of them need to end up in jail or dead by the end of this farce of a show
Emily is the most inhumane character I've ever witnessed. At least Olivia Pope and Mellie Fitzgerald have some small measure of a conscience, Emily Thorne... absolutely none. Her heart (if she even has one) is as black as coal. Disgusting, can't wait to see them all pay dearly for their numerous crimes. They show no remorse or repentance which what makes it all so bad. At least when characters on Scandal do bad things they experience extreme cases of guilt and/or regret, I've yet to see anyone on Revenge do the same.


Actually Emily said to Aiden in a shaky voice that she had never seen a thing like it and noted how Conrad showed no remorse for his actions. Emily is redeemable, but the show is called Revenge. I am so sick of people whining about Emily ruining people that are far from saints. It's called Revenge people. That said I was in shock for a few minutes after seeing Pascal's gory death.


Really so you give Scandal a perfect 5 every week yet that show has the most unredeemable characters of anything on TV. Honestly these reviews are more and more biased every week... Every other site has been relatively supportive with season 3 of Revenge. I understand we all have our opinions but what is the point of reviewing a show that you do not like. This was a great episode and deserved a much better score. Maybe it is finally time to quit this site, with all the new spam and commercials and the heavily biased reviews.

@ gio85

Because the characters on Scandal are much better written and far more human than the sociopaths/psychopaths on this show

@ whathappened

Why do you even watch Revenge?

@ gio85

I agree with you. This episode was really good. I honestly didn't see that coming. It deserved at least a 4.5. I know the season has been very uneven but this episode was mind-blowing! Miranda - As for Emily's reaction of moving on with her revengeda, you have to understand that she is not normal because of the Graysons. They made her like this.
Tonight she saw one of the main culprits kill someone that could've brought and end to her revengenda. This is supposed to make her more determined to complete her mission.


Dear Miranda, yes I agree with you that some of the characters we see nowadays on tv are completely unredeemable with the choices they make and the actions they portray on tv, for instance shows like the following I would say has the most pointless violence on tv. however no matter how much we try to understand this, its pointless because we live in such a violent society and some people really like to watch all of these violent shows. plus there is the old favourite that its just a tv show and not real life, well art imitates life that's all I will say. I have been a loyal fan of revenge from day one, I might not share your feelings about how unredeemable Emily has become because over the seasons there have been times where her plans did not go accordingly and that was when she actually showed mercy, empathy or emotion towards someone. the main focus of the show has been that in order to enact revenge one needs to distance yourself emotionally from everything which is what Emily was taught by takeda. so in a way she knows what she has to do in order to bring the graysons to justice and as such in war there are always casualties of war, which is a price you have to ask yourself whether you are willing to pay in order to bring people like the graysons to justice. its all about which lines a person is willing to cross. in fact once a person crosses a line whereby they directly or indirectly are involved in ending another person's life than they lose a part of their own humanity. and in all honesty when they day does come that Emily has brought the graysons to justice she will never ever truly be free because she will have to still live with the consequences of her own actions. this is the same fate for all of us. and this is the reason why Nolan always tries to prevent her from going to far. but I feel for Emily for everything that has been done to her by the graysons either directly or indirectly they need to pay and you cant blame her wanting revenge on these people and unfortunately if you wage a war against the devil you have to play dirty as well... Emily will never be sweet innocent Amanda again because the graysons made sure that her innocence was taken the day Conrad and Victoria conspired to let her father take the blame for their the say hell has no fury like a woman scorned...


What I learn from reading this review is that this page is overload by commercials. I could barely read the review properly. Like seriously?? I used to like TV Fanatic but this overflow of commercials on the page isn't going to work for me. I know that you have to make money out of commercials but seriously???

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@ Marika



I don't agree...
What should Emily do? Cry? Talk about it non stop?
Daniel Grayson almost killed her. It was not as violent but still. This was only one of the things she has seen/lived.
Plus.. the guy had also murdered someone in cold blood not so long ago. And do we remember why? Oh yes... to save himself. Same thing Conrad did.
The death was violent and Emily was shocked as her expression shows but I see no reason for her to be too emotional about it.
Now more than ever she needs to think and act fast.


love the "NO1CURR" LOL

@ n

I don't get the joke

@ perfecto13gurll

"Noone cares"

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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.