Last night, Revenge upped the ante and momentum. “Intuition” was every bit the pulse racer as the first two episodes. But as the season progresses, will the effort to grow other characters cause it to lag? Or can this primetime soap stop itself from blending in with the pack?

The Players:

  • Director: Randy Zisk
  • Writers: Dan Dworkin & Jay Beattie
  • Cast: Emily Van Camp, Madeleine Stowe, Gabriel Mann, Nick Wechsler, Henry Czerny, Josh Bowman, Christa B. Allen, Ashley Madekwe, Connor Paolo, Margarita Levieva, Jennifer Jason Leigh, Barry Sloane

Episode Title: “Intuition”

Amanda toys with the Grayson’s, and gets dire results. Elsewhere, Emily and Aiden are taken aback while Daniel attempts to pull the reins.

The Good:

  • Reunited: What a joy it was to see Conrad and Victoria back together. They don’t want to be, but the actors play off each other so well that the characters shine.  The barbs they traded over breakfast about the Initiative were great. The best moment was Conrad’s indifferent response to coming home to a pool of blood: “Guess it’s a Tuesday.”
  • Kara Unleashed:  What kind of cocky spy/trained operative turns their back on a known psychopath? Aiden must have thought he’d won Kara over, even though he warned Emily of the very same thing. Kara showed everyone she has the cunning mind and cool head of her daughter.
  • Poor Amanda: At the start of the show, Amanda was ominous. She declared Emily would never be done, and that her schemes were ruining her baby’s life. By the end of the episode, Amanda was in a coma and the baby was in the NICU. Thanks to Emily’s scheme to match the signatures on the ledger to a bribery check, Amanda had proof Victoria was at Emily’s mother’s hospital. Too bad Victoria burned it after Amanda’s fall. For a moment, it was nice to see Amanda return to her sassy self with her stripper friends. But it’s not enough to warrant her sticking around. This coma is a chance to kill her off. Or hold her return until a dramatic moment later in the season. Here’s hoping the writers take advantage.
  • Mommy Dearest: The reunion viewers have been pining for wasn’t what we hoped. It’s more. Seeing her mother over Amanda’s bed jogged Emily’s memory. She remembered that her mother tried to drown her. Perhaps Kara was in the throws of a psychotic episode, or trying to save Emily from the faceless man in the flashback?  Or maybe Emily’s mother is just like her; the kind of woman that will do anything for vengeance.

The So-So:

  • Deception, Day 1: For once, Daniel had the presence of mind to notice he’s being handled. Conrad’s phone call sparked Daniel’s childlike ruse to check Ashley’s voicemail for the evidence. Hey, at least he’s trying. Too bad all it took was a thinly veiled ploy for him to give up the info to his double agent girlfriend. Still, Daniel’s resolve seemed to force Ashley to stand up to Conrad. Does a step in the right direction constitute a passionate love scene? It’s too soon to tell if Ashley’s turned a new leaf or if Daniel’s just keeping her at arm’s length.

The Bad:

  • Regrets Suck: Much to our dismay, the Padma/Nolan thing finally happened. It’s hard to say which part was worse. Was it the moment she indignantly demanded to know how Nolan neglected to tell her his father was dead? Or was it when she said she’d like to go to Paris? As if Padma had no inkling he would jump at the opportunity to make that happen. If you can, find solace in Padma’s long gaze at Nolan’s framed check from David Clarke. It proves all our animosity and disgust for her comes from a real place.  It also proves Nolan has a knack for falling for people who are out to use him. Who knows who Padma’s working for?
  • Stolen Moments: The most obvious reveal of the night was that Trey and Kenny Ryan are in cahoots to snag the Porter’s bar. So what’s the holdup? There seemed to be some hope for this plot last week thanks to Kenny’s sinister glare. Unfortunately, things took an obvious turn. Writers, continue to push Declan back into Charlotte’s arms. Roping him into the Grayson drama is the only way to legitimize his character. The only silver lining is we can start forming a hypothesis on who was tossed over the boat: Kenny, Trey or Declan?
  • Hollow: Can we please have more scenes with Nolan and Emily? We get that as a show grows, the characters have to flourish in different directions. But when that means breaking up one of its key relationships, things need to be readjusted.

The Quotable:

  • “Playing sock puppet with Amanda again? Can I help?”
  • “You will never be done.”
  • Padme: “Tell me about a lawsuit zincster.com brought against you in 2001.” Nolan: “Ever hear of them?” P: “No.” N: “That’s because they lost. End of story.”
  • “You always have a choice.  It’s whether or not you’re able to live with your choice that’s the question.”
  • “Regrets suck.”
  • “You shouldn’t have, but I’m so glad you did.”
  • “Guess it’s a Tuesday.”
  • “Intuition always has our best interests at heart.”

Overall:

“Intuition” featured an abundance of information, along with exciting tidbits to tide ravenous fans over. The key to keeping the show in the black is the momentum. They need to kill off these boring, useless plots. There’s no need for the most exciting show on TV to become a status quo.

Rating: 8/10

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

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