Last night, Revenge pulled viewers into another complicated hour of intrigue, deception and retribution. “Resurrection” was a multi-layered episode. Each moment either presented a new challenge or sewed up old ones. If this is what fans can expect from the season, we’ll never have a dull moment. Scroll carefully, there are spoilers ahead.

The Players:

  • Director: David Grossman
  • Writers: Sallie Patrick
  • Cast: Emily Van Camp, Madeleine Stowe, Gabriel Mann, Nick Wechsler, Henry Czerny, Josh Bowman, Christa B. Allen, Ashley Madekwe, Connor Paolo, Barry Sloane, Margarita Levieva, Jennifer Jason Leigh

Episode Title: “Resurrection”

Emily continues to work her way back into the Graysons’ lives while still tied to Amanda and her unborn child.

The Good:

  • Agree to Disagree: Victoria and Conrad’s latest scheme reached levels of deception higher than any fan could dream of.  The dialogue during their clandestine meeting was extremely enjoyable. However wrong it may be, the thought of someone sticking it to Victoria—literally—was oddly satisfying. Her and Conrad’s joint effort to cover up the stolen inheritance and faked death proves they are forever paired.
  • Guarantee: Nolan is right; tricking Amanda into believing her baby isn’t Jack’s is dark, even for Emily. More importantly, the lie serves her purpose, not the vengeance she seeks. The move could speak to a change in Emily’s moral compass. It could also be a one-off event. Regardless, the unraveling of this ruse will undoubtedly be rewarding.
  • Real Work: It seems Ashley’s true position in Grayson Global is to monitor, influence, and report on Daniel. Her effectiveness may be lacking, but she appears to serve as Conrad’s confidante. Let’s hope that post is a lasting one, because her role as Daniel’s arm candy may soon end. The sparks between Daniel and Emily continue to fly. She might be more inclined to form a genuine bond with him now that Jack’s in the family way. Only time will tell.
  • Americon Initiative: Aiden has seemingly silenced The White Haired Man for good. In his absence, someone from the faceless evil corporation will have to enter the fold. That opens the door for all sorts of interesting turns.  And of course, new henchman to slay.

The So-So:

  • NolCorp: Nolan’s office is lame in a very obvious way. All that orange is a level of tacky that’s far beneath Nolan Ross. The, “fashionably dressed technologically savvy sidekick,” is beloved, but petty melodramas are not the reason people watch Revenge. Unless this audit becomes more salacious, the writers would do well to rethink this direction.  Nolan and Padma’s interactions seem to highlight the possibility of a new notch on Nolan’s bedpost. It could also end the questions on whether Nolan is gay or bisexual. Until the plot picks up the writers should note: We want more Nolan, but not like this.

The Quotable:

  • “The good news is your daughter is a drug addict and you’re already dead. That makes you damn easy to get rid of.”
  • “What now revenger?”
  • “So it’s true. Even the devil himself didn’t want you.”

Overall:

“Resurrection” is the kind of episode that puts a lot of questions in your head. Will Daniel ever discover Ashley’s true role in his life? When will Amanda discover Jack really is her baby’s father? Will Emily find her mother? Any show that leaves fans wondering while they salivate for the next episode is on the right track. Let’s hope the writers haven’t set the bar too high for themselves. This kind of thrilling hour should be the norm.

Rating: 9/10

Revenge airs Sunday nights at 9:00 p.m. on ABC.

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