Revenge finally returned, for real this time, and with it all the intrigue, deception, and underhanded meddling that you’ve surely been missing its shows’ absence.  The focus last night was “Doubt”; casting doubt on the charges against Daniel while simultaneously casting doubt on the other suspects as well.  The women of Daniel’s world are hard at work doing what they do best—manipulating and controlling everyone and everything in their path.  Check out our full review below.

The Players:

  • Director:  Matt Earl Beesley
  • Writer:  Mike Kelley
  • Cast:  Emily VanCamp, Madeleine Stowe, Gabriel Mann, Henry Czerny, Ashley Madekwe, Nick Wechsler, Josh Bowman, Christa B. Allen, Connor Paolo, Ed Corbin, Roger Bart, Courtney B. Vance, Derek Ray, James Purefoy

Episode Title:  “Doubt”

The Grayson’s pursue Jack and Amanda as potential scapegoats for Tyler’s murder.  Mason Treadwell returns, but it’s unclear whose side he’s on. Daniel’s incarceration unexpectedly reunited Victoria with a man from her past.  Jack continues to search for Amanda, and answers, with the help of Nolan.  Both Charlotte and Declan are challenged with wrestling with the truth to protect their families while their relationship hangs in the balance.  As ever, Emily shrouds herself in the underbelly of every scandal, manipulating various outcomes to serve her one purpose—Revenge.

The Good:

  • The Fairer Sex:  As usual, the two women who hate each other the most are the only two getting results.  Take away Victoria’s meddlesome behavior, and Emily’s constant manipulation and it would’ve been a rather boring episode.  The show wouldn’t be interesting if these two puppet masters weren’t behind the scenes ruining people’s lives.
  • Spin Doctor:  It was refreshing to see someone besides Charlotte standing up to Victoria.  Mason might not be an important character, but it still felt good to see Victoria put in her place, even for the briefest moment.  It’s a little early in the show’s tenure for everyone to see the error in their ways but you have to take what you can get.

The So-So:

  • Release the Kraken:  Takeda still has Amanda, but as Nolan pointed out if/when he figures out that Emily is working against him to get Daniel released he might be inclined to let Amanda go.  There’s no telling what Amanda would do is she was released so it’s hard to tell if this is something to dread or not.  Like it or not, Amanda’s return is more like an inevitability, whether it be this season or the next.

The Bad:

  • Good Brother, Terrible Boyfriend:  Sure, Declan wasn’t completely honest in last night’s episode, but he did what he had to to keep his brother safe.  Too bad it leaves poor Charlotte in the lurch.  Charlotte’s impending meltdown–because it’s right around the corner folks–will give the writers a chance to throw more obstacles the Grayson’s way.  The problem is, at some they will have to address the whole Emily-ignoring-her-sisters-very-glaring-emotional-issues-and-pill-addiction thing.  Because it is a thing.  Making Emily seem like the perfect anti-hero may become a little complicated the day that plot line can no longer be ignored.

The Quotable:

  • I’ve never been much of a drunkard.  Fitzgerald, Faulkner, Hemingway of course—these were pillars of saroesis.  Me, I’ve always been a lightweight.”

Overall:

While it was great just to see a new episode, sometimes intrigue just isn’t enough.  The episode was enjoyable, but it was lacking in jaw dropping/surprising revelations.  The audience has become used to Victoria and Emily’s antics, so the writers are going to have to throw in some curve-balls or a new troublemaker if they want people to stay interested.

Rating: 7/10

Revenge airs Wednesday night’s at 10pm ABC.

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