Revenge Review: The Masque of the Red Death

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It may be Easter everywhere else in the world, but it's Halloween in the Hamptons. Murder and mayhem were behind the masks on tonight's Revenge, as was a bit of madness, particularly for Nolan and Charlotte.

It's always fun to see Victoria go just a little crazy - and with the help of the "Masquerade," Emily and the Revenge-ines were able to make that happen.

Emily and a Masked Man

"Masquerade" advanced the Revenge story line 6 weeks from where we left off in "Victory." In that 6 weeks, Jack has helped Conrad come within 4 points of his opponent, Aiden has been a company man, Daniel has been wearing a tin-foil hat, and Emily has hopefully been doing something to further her plans.

All of that has been happening while Nolan went A Beautiful Mind on us and started using the windows in his office as writing surfaces in order to decipher Falcon's identity and find Padma. Poor Nolan is looking haggard. Exhausted. Even skinnier than he was before which means really, really skinny. 

And it was all for naught.

R.I.P. Padma Lahari. We knew you not really well at all. Maybe you were a mole, maybe you weren't. We'll never know since Trask killed you. 

Aiden and Emily, in an effort to help Nolan, decided to make a play at the Initiative. Aiden invested their money in a way that he knew would draw them out of hiding and it worked. While Trask was giving Daniel a lecture about how the Initiative isn't petty enough to send him two bullets and a picture in an unmarked envelope, Aiden was sneaking into the back seat of Trask's car.

I have to admit, at this point, I was kind of excited that Aiden was face to face with Trask. It felt like what I have to imagine momentum feels like. If only momentum had come without Padma's dead body and with her very much still living one instead.

Oh well. At least Trask is dead now, too. But not before he could put Daniel on Aiden's tail by saying there was more to Aiden than meets the eye. Now Emily will have to run interference with Daniel to keep him from learning Aiden's identity. She'll have to employ any means necessary, a tactic that leaves Aiden more than a little unhappy.

In fact, the fact that she and Daniel are apparently on again, since he so conveniently leaked a photo of the two of them to the infamous "Page Six," Aiden is downright disgusted that this is how she has to play the Take Down the Graysons Game.

I can't say that I blame him, honestly. The idea that the woman he loves may have to sleep with another man in order to get the information and proximity she needs in order to take down his parents is a tough pill to swallow. But he'll swallow it. And he'll be sure to let Emily know he doesn't like it.

It's clear that all of this is starting to wear on Dear Old Ems. 

Losing Amanda, and Jack since he doesn't think he can trust her now, nearly losing Aiden after he learned his sister was dead, and watching Nolan lose Padma? Everything is starting to take its toll.

At what point does the collateral damage surrounding her Revengenda become too great? When she's lost absolutely everyone in her life who matters because their losses from simply being involved were too great to bear, will the fact that the Graysons are destroyed be worth it?

So many questions for Emily to grapple with and maybe it's just me, but I see them bubbling under the surface. They're in her head affecting every decision she makes on her journey. She tried to keep people out so this wouldn't happen, but she knows she can't work like that. She can't live like that. People need people and Ems needs her people.

Victoria, on the other hand, is the master of keeping people at arm's length. Even her husband when they were happily married and not just putting on a show for the voting public.

Watching Emily wiggle into her mind and heart with the notes and flowers was reminiscent of Revenge season 1. The flashbacks to Victoria's teenage years and the time surrounding her pregnancy and when she gave her firstborn son up for adoption made Victoria appear sympathetic. It was no doubt a difficult decision which has haunted her since the day she left the baby at the church.

It's clever of Emily to fake being pregnant in order to find out just what happened to Victoria's baby. Or at least I hope she's faking it.

Other notable moments from tonight:

  • Jack and Nolan teaming up to plant questions in the audience at Conrad's Q&A. Nolan's eyes twinkled when he learned what Jack had in mind for Conrad! 
  • Jack and Ashley teaming up to tank Conrad's election. I didn't see this coming, but I like it. As long as there's no teaming up taking place between the sheets.
  • Charlotte throws a mean punch.
What were your thoughts about "Masquerade"? Are you surprised that Padma is dead and appears to have been honest the whole time? Be sure to check out the Revenge quotes page and watch for the "Masquerade" Round Table! Let's chat about the masked madness in the comments!

Masquerade Review

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Revenge Season 2 Episode 18 Quotes

[to Emily] Wow, start your revenge-ines.

Nolan

All too often, we mask the truth in artifice, concealing ourselves for fear of losing the ones we love or prolonging a deception for those we wish to expose. We hide behind that which brings us comfort from pain and sadness or use it to repel a truth too devastating to accept.

Emily