Revenge-Victory-Gabriel Mann and Barry Sloane

Last night’s Revenge was an all around success. “Victory”  was a win for both the good and bad guys. But a huge get for one party means a major loss for Nolan. For Daniel, the person succeeding isn’t who he thinks as Emily earns the best prize of them all.

The Players:

  • Director: Colin Bucksey
  • Writers: Dan Dworkin and Jay Beattie
  • Cast: Emily VanCamp, Madeleine Stowe, Gabriel Mann, Nick Wechsler, Henry Czerny, Josh Bowman, Christa B. Allen, Ashley Madekwe, Connor Paolo, Barry Sloane, Dilshad Vadsaria, Roger Bart, Burn Gorman, Collins Pennie, Akinsola Aribo, Michael Nardelli, JR Bourne, Emily Alyn Lind, Maggie Mae Reid

Episode Title: “Victory”

Eli assists Victoria with her new charitable foundation as Emily and Eli plan to take down a common enemy from their past.

The Good:

  • Mights and Maybes: Our wondering how Emily would be different had her father’s letters reached her at Hayward House ended with a new piece of ammunition. The letters that Emily’s abusive foster mother kept provided Eli the opportunity to make up for framing Emily for the home’s fire. His two-faced personality made us wonder if he was truly there to scam the charity right up until he ousted the Hayward. We enjoyed watching Emily and Eli band together. 
  • Dream Deferred: Before we could get attached to the idea of Padma going into hiding, Nolan and Aiden proved that without Emily their plans go awry. What was supposed to be the killing of a few terrorists and the release of Padma’s father became her abduction and the loss of the Carrion program. The bit where Trask forced her to sit in front of a camera is an open ended. What did he force her to record, a ransom video, a blackmail tape, or a fake confession for a future terrorist attack?  This isn’t the way we wanted Padma off the show, though Nolan’s struggle to get her back will strengthen his solo story arc.  
  • Porter Rising: The writers must be tired of these siblings being called weak points; it’s the only way to explain their simultaneous show of strength. Or maybe Charlotte’s constant prattling about Eli provoked Declan into stealing Trey’s phone to contact Kenny Ryan? His most interesting moment of the series provided his brother the opportunity to convince Kenny to hand over Nate’s recorded conversations with Conrad. Hearing their final chat prompted Jack to accept a position with the Grayson campaign to find evidence. Add lying to Emily about letting it all go and you have a family fully immersed in the game of Revenge. Declan has a bit of catching up to do, but if his role shapes into Jack’s confidant and henchman there’s endless potential ahead.
  • Cloak and Dagger: Daniel went to lengths he felt were great to keep Emily safe, though making reservations and referring to Emily on the phone as Mr. Taylor hardly seems like enough. Especially since Victoria was able to track,. photograph, and threaten the two with a picture and a couple of extra bullets. Daniel tried to keep Emily safe, but he didn’t bother with being honest. Him blaming The Initiative instead of his parents for Aiden’s role as the fall guy show a streak of that Grayson born deception. 

The Quotable:

  • “I’m sorry to bother you Lee Harvey, I guess I just get a little nervous when I’m about to kill people.”–Nolan

Overall:

This solid episode piqued our interest for the future. The Porter’s continued dalliance and Emily’s discovery are especially promising. Imagining the ways Emily can manipulate the news of Victoria’s hidden offspring makes next week’s “Masquerade” seem all the more promising.

Rating: 9.5/10

Revenge airs Mondays at 9 p.m. on ABC.

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