Revenge takes another step towards justice. With it, they brought the sensational return of the heroine we’ve been desperately awaiting. “Sabotage” dealt with the plans made by many, and the vicious attempts to undermine those efforts. That’s the kind of deception you don’t want to miss.

The Players:

  • Director: John Scott
  • 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, Barry Sloane, Dilshad Vadsaria, JR Bourne, Michael Trucco, Wendy Crewson, E.J. Bonilla, Dylan Walsh

Episode Title: “Sabotage”

Victoria plans her next move while Aiden and Emily launch their next attack. Jack, Declan, and Amanda anxiously ponder the future.

The Good:

  • Sabotage: An episode title’s never been so boldly proclaimed before. The moment Victoria uttered the word during the opening sequence, it was clear that in her hands, anything works. The wild look of resolve in her eyes was enough to forgive—and even delight in the obvious reference.
  • Permission Granted: Watching Emily and Victoria volley back and forth has always been entertaining. Trading open hostility for venomous tones is what the relationship needed to feel anew. With these two double-crossers at the helm there’s little chance the partnership will last much longer. Savor their clandestine meetings while you can.
  • The Conniver Returns: While tethered to Daniel, Ashley lost her acerbic edge. Strong-arming her way back into the Graysons graces with a loaded remark about buried secrets. She steered Conrad back on track for public office with one overheard conversation and a simple suggestion. Let’s hope the most recent attempt to legitimize her character sticks.
  • Perfect Party Accessory: As usual, Nolan operated with an unmatched skill at the wine auction; edging the competition along was child’s play. The knowing grin he plastered as Emily claimed that Aiden was bearing the brunt of her faux coupling with Daniel was more delightful than expected. Plus, his continued insistence on referring to Aiden as Bond provided the perfect opportunity to drop the Money Penny bomb on her.
  • Rare Form: After weeks of inactivity, Emily has returned to her former glory. Not to be outdone by last week’s milestone, she brazenly listened to phone calls and made out with Daniel a lot. But with help from Nolan—her real shining moment was staging the kidnapping of Aiden and Helen. It came complete with fake murderous shootout.   Throughout the episode we struggled to discern who had the upper hand – The Initiative or Emily. This week the points go to Em, but you can be sure Helen and her henchman will make a play for recovery soon.

The So-So:

  • The Stalling Stowaway: The cold look Amanda gave at the news that Jack was a victim of a payback plot orchestrated by the Ryan’s was formidable. Unfortunately it wasn’t enough to make us feel invested in the Porter’s problems.  Involving Conrad merely gave Ashley the chance to shine, while Amada attempted to insult the Grayson patriarch.  Every week we’re an episode away from caring about this story, but nothing ever clinches the deal. Will it ever matter to us?

The Bad:

  • Why: Nolan’s struggles were meant to create his own plot and problems. But being Emily’s henchman is more honorable than continuously being railroaded by his significant others. After unabashedly hating Padme for weeks, the revelation that she counts herself among The Initiative validated every malicious thought. But that know-it-all reward still leaves Nolan prostrating at the hands of The Initiative. If he can’t figure this out soon, let’s hope Money Penny does.  Otherwise our favorite character will be left in the wind.

Overall:

“Sabotage” dealt with dirty dealings; both done in the shadows and in the light.  We enjoyed watching Emily take control and execute a complicated ruse. Watching Victoria manipulate the masses always tickles our fancy. Even though Nolan was instrumental in making sure Emily’s plan was a success, he needs to get a clue in the near future. Watching him become a pawn is almost as painful as suffering through the Porter’s plot.

Rating: 9/10

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

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