Sunday, Revenge did its best to reach new heights in deceitful entertainment. “Forgiveness” proves that ending old drama just makes room for a new one. Unexpected revelations played a major part in last night’s phenomenal show. So what made this episode so splendid? 

The Players:

  • Director: Matt Earl Beesley
  • Writers: Sunil Nayar
  • 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, Dilshad Vadsaria, JR Bourne

Episode Title: “Forgiveness”

Past issues made present create problems for Emily and Victoria. Jack takes on more responsibility, while Padma makes a move with dire consequences for Nolcorp.

The Good:

  • Long Live The Imposter: Instead of killing off or delaying Amanda’s return, the writers pushed her to the forefront.  Lucky for them, she shined at the center of conflict: resolving issues with Emily, confronting Kara and keeping a level head with Mason. That will come in handy as she and Emily figure out how to head off Mr. Treadwell. Just because he knows Amanda isn’t the real Amanda Clarke doesn’t mean the girls can’t rectify the situation.
  • Mommy Nearest: Was there anything as heartbreaking as watching Emily cry and clutch the doorjamb instead of the mother issuing a heartfelt apology? Even though she wasn’t the one to say the words, Emily showed real emotional growth by agreeing with Amanda forgiving Kara. She attempted to watch her friends back (Nolan), and even came clean about her paternity ruse. Having Kara around has caused our girl to confront some issues. Maybe now she can return her sole focus to the vengeance we call crave.
  • Vindication: After weeks of blind hatred, Padma made our loathing valid by undoing Nolan’s hard work with one request. If anyone still harbors hope for this minion, note the way she lied to Nolan about her inquiry. Ensuring this plot will get more salacious are the dirty dealings of Aiden and Daniel. Any kind of threat to Nolan is disconcerting, but at least Daniel’s resolve to overthrow his family has finally come to fruition.
  • Chemistry: Last season Conrad felt like a necessary evil.  This season he seems to be at the top of the pack, shining in his scenes with Victoria. Whereas Victoria was the head honcho of treachery, Conrad is not only keeping up, but surpassing her in some vain. Conrad did try and imprison Charlotte in a mental institution after all. No doubt their impending nuptials will produce all sorts of thrilling happenings.

The So-So:

  • Playing Meek: Until now, Kara has displayed the strength and presence of mind of her daughter. This week her breathy voice and erratic, flighty demeanor were a bit annoying. If she’s trying to play up her diminished mental facilities in order to get info from Victoria, that’s understandable. But if this is the new line taken with the character as a whole, it’s going to be more irritating than effective.

The Bad:

  • The Porters: Nothing about Kenny Ryan’s demeanor or mannerisms scream trustworthy. Yet, Declan and Jack are quick to hand over their livelihood to this seedy individual. Normally Emily or Nolan would be lurking around The Stowaway, preventing any lapses in judgment from ruining the Porter’s lives. Unfortunately, their calculating friends have one or two other things to deal with. The words, “We couldn’t have done it without you,” awakened the doubt in Declan’s eyes. Let’s not forget he wasn’t too dim to deny knowing Charlotte to Kenny. Trouble is, fans still don’t care about this very boring and tedious development.
  • Gullible, Party of One: It seemed as if Charlotte was on her way to turning over a new leaf in her family hierarchy. Too bad all it took was for Victoria to invite Kara to stay at their house for Charlotte to utter the words, “Wow, maybe you have changed.”  Oh dear child, your mother will never change (And that’s why we love her.).

The Quotable:

  • “When your memories are freshly opened wounds, forgiveness is the most unnatural of human emotions.”
  • “I needed someone. You walked through the door. Don’t let it go to your head.”
  • “Well my enemies have become increasingly difficult to identify.”
  • “Girl like that’s not going to go for a Groupon.”
  • “In my experience when a simple request gets an out-sized response, either something’s wrong or I’ve won something.  Have I won something?”
  • “See, that’s the thing about martini’s: two is not enough and four is too many.”
  • “There may be no sadder sight than a woman attempting to rob her own house. Unless of course you misplaced something — like the dead woman who I hear has been sleeping in this bed.”
  • “Do you gag a little when you say that: honestly?”

Overall:

Revenge gave viewers a rousing episode with fewer major revelations, save the one. One thing’s for sure, the writers really distinguished themselves. Whenever the story turns in a direction fans can’t figure out, they’re there to bring everything to the forefront.

Rating: 8/10

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

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