Revenge Review: Absolute Catastrophe

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"Absolution" flew by so quickly I've considered suing for whiplash.

Last week's Revenge episode had me thinking that Emily finding out about her father's murder was the big revelation. While it was certainly important, though, there were plenty more to follow.

We'll start with Declan and the continuation of his betrayal of Charlotte. You'd think that calling her a lying pill-popper on the stand would have been enough, but no. Declan rats her out at school too. He said it was for her own good, but I'm not convinced. Was it because he saw her taking drugs or that she was cozying up to her sleazy ex while she did them?

But it was about time Charlotte's parents started to recognize her existence again. Conrad asked Daniel to take care of his little sis and Victoria actually spent some time telling the girl about David Clarke.

Graysons in Mourning

Still, it took the charges being dropped against Daniel for them to pay any attention to their daughter. No matter what Victoria says, it still appears that Charlotte comes in second to her big brother.

Elsewhere, Nolan was holding back on Emily. I didn't see that coming but I could say that over and over again about this episode. 

I loved how she walked in and surprised him just as he pulled the hidden journal out of his safe. Busted! At least she didn't hurt him. Nolan's too cute to hurt.

But not with 2002 hair. I've never been quiet about my thoughts concerning Nolan's locks, but I hate the 2002 version. Suddenly I have a whole new appreciation for those bangs.

Checking the Grayson Christmas card list, so to speak, paid off as Emily tracked down Carole Miller. No, make that Carol Thomas. Oh, wrong again, how about Aunt Carole? And again, I never saw it coming.

The best part of that reveal was how Emily reacted to it. In this Revenge quote, Nolan tried to explain…

Nolan: This is bigger to me than your revenge against the Graysons. This is my...
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Doing anything to protect one's family was a concept Emily could understand. It almost felt like it brought her and Nolan closer.

When Jack paid a visit to Emily he had me wondering what his plan was. Was he going to tell her he was on the beach that night? That the bloody hoodie was really his? That he's in love with her and not Amanda?

Well I guess we'll never know but his confession to Daniel... now that floored me. Did he do it because he had to tell somebody? Because he thought Daniel was a descent guy or was he really trying to protect Emily from her soon to be in-laws? If it was the latter then confessing all to a Grayson seemed a strange way to do it.

At least Daniel had the guts to confront his father, but then things turned sideways. Instead of lying through his teeth and covering his ass, Conrad told his son the whole truth. And in return, Daniel sided with his father.

I think I was as surprised by that as Emily was. Unfortunately for Daniel, when he doubled down on Grayson, he just put himself square in the crosshairs of Emily's plot for revenge. Before this he was just collateral damage. Almost an innocent bystander but not any longer.

Even Ashley had a few twists in store for her. First off, Victoria screwed her over when her new boss mysteriously found out that she leaked the photos of Daniel. But Ashley should have known something was coming her way when Victoria's reaction was to her resignation was this...

The Hamptons are filthy with ambitious young girls like yourself. | permalink

That said volumes about what Victoria thought of her little protege. Then Conrad offered her a luxury car and a job and she's in seventh heaven.  My guess is that Conrad's setting her up as a scape goat or he wouldn't go out of his way for her. Beware of a Grayson bearing gifts.

So with so many confession and revelations, which Revenge twist most surprised you?

Who do you think is the guiltiest Grayson?

Absolution Review

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