After a lackluster return, Revenge got its mojo back! This week, there were interesting developments happening all over the place, which completely made up for its previous mediocre episode. “Justice” features a look at Daniel’s trial and paints a picture of what horrible people do when their put in horrible situations.

Check out our full review below…

The Players:

  • Director: Bobby Roth
  • Writer: Liz Tegelaar & Sallie Patrick
  • Cast: Emily VanCamp, Madeleine Stowe, Gabriel Mann, Henry Czerny, Ashley Madekwe, Nick Wechsler, Josh Bowman, Christa B. Allen, Connor Paolo, James Purefoy, Courtney B. Vance, Veronica Cartwright

Episode Title:  “Justice”

Emily tries to protect Jack and save Daniel at the same time. Victoria’s henchman is forced to come out into the open. Conrad confronts Victoria’s artistic lover, while Daniel’s festering doubt of Emily puts him in a compromising position. Declan struggles with what to say on the stand as his decision will shape the face of his relationship with Charlotte.

The Good:

  • The Nod: The moment of shared opportunism between Brooks and Ashley hasn’t been mentioned, but his nod to her (during her time with the press) was all they needed to bring it to the forefront. But is it too much to hope she’ll get her rightful scenes with Nolan (he has blackmail on her and their banter is quite enjoyable)? Until then, this small pittance will have to do.
  • Going to Dark Side: The rumors of “Old Daniel,” might be a thing of the past. He may have picked the most inopportune time to evoke his bad habits, but watching him take that bottle of brown to the head was the most interesting thing he’s done all season. 
  • Excuse Me/My Wife: Every once and a while the audience needs a little reminder that Victoria isn’t the only evil person in the Grayson clan. The motivations for Conrad’s conversation with Victoria’s lover are foggy (To present a united front? To rob Victoria of her happiness? Jealousy?) but one point is clear: Conrad is as much of a jerk as his wife. Oh, beg our pardon, ex-wife.
  • Loose Ends (SPOILER ALERT): With one well calculated move Emily protected Jack, saved Daniel, and put a person with a load of the Graysons’ dirty laundry in the hands of the police. Things didn’t go exactly as planned, but they worked out pretty well. The girl is good!

The So-So:

  • O.J. Says What?: In all seriousness, who carries around a bloody hoodie? Not just have it in their possession, but physically carry a crucial piece of evidence of an open murder trial on their person as they cross various state lines. Who does that? Sure, that hoodie was used in a major power play that helped mostly everyone, but come on folks, keeping bloody clothes around is so 1995. 

The Bad:

  • Resourceful Girl: It takes a lot to be surprised by Victoria’s moves these days. Her brand of evil has become par for the course. Badgering her daughter to seduce her estranged boyfriend into telling the truth, then blaming her when it doesn’t work, should have been expected. But it still stings. If you were craving some fresh hell from Victoria, fresh hell you got. To make matters worse, the whole family continues to talk openly about Charlotte’s pill problem without ever truly addressing or fixing anything. Apparently this bomb will tick for weeks before it explodes.
  • How Did She Not Know (SPOILER ALERT)?: It seems like a huge oversight that the always calculated and prepared Emily, would believe her father’s killing was random, and not orchestrated by the Graysons. It’s the rule of thumb for every bad guy: dead birds sing no songs. Since this particular bird knew the Graysons were involved with a terrorist organization, it wouldn’t be a stretch to assume they had a hand in killing David Clarke. It corrupts the essence of Emily’s character that a detail so minuscule could slip through her well-guided hands. Please dear writers don’t rob the fans of the deep seated feeling that keeps them tethered to this drama: Emily knows all.

Overall:

There can be no further argument about it; Revenge is really back! Take note of how the momentum builds as May sweeps creeps closer and closer. There was no dead air this week; every scene was either a direct conflict, or the catalyst for a direct conflict. The final bombshell was lacking, but the rest of the episode was pure gold.

Rating:  9/10

Revenge airs Wednesday nights at 10pm on ABC.

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