Revenge is best served cold, but hardly without assistance. “Dissolution” showed the ruin between not only Conrad and Victoria but Emily and her allies. The men of Emily’s secret life can hardly be controlled. Perhaps it’s possible they’re best left to their own devices?
- Director: Bobby Roth
- Writer: Gretchen J. Berg and Aaron Harberts
- Cast: Emily VanCamp, Madeleine Stowe, Gabriel Mann, Nick Wechsler, Henry Czerny, Josh Bowman, Christa B. Allen, Barry Sloane, Justin Hartley, Annabelle Stephenson, Gloria Votsis
Episode Title: “Dissolution”
Conrad puts Grayson manor on the market and Emily must work hard to keep the family in the home.
- Jack Reborn: If you’re keeping score, Mr. Porter has been having a run of success in the underhanded world of revenge. This week he gets rid of Patrick by initiating a peace treaty with Conrad. The news that Patrick was the one to sabotage the breaks in Conrad’s Ferrari spread, but his forced exit was faster than even we expected. We doubt Patrick’s exodus will last as long as Emily’s mother’s. The cloud of unfinished business surrounding Nolan’s paramour is thick with urgency. It was Jack’s plan that ensured Patrick’s dismissal, moving as quick as Emily at her best. Let’s hope all this progress isn’t for naught. We’d hate to get this far only for Jack to fall victim to another simple plot.
- Sister Sister: Charlotte’s partnership with her mother bears signs of adulatory imitation; meddling in Daniel’s love life isn’t just for Victoria anymore. From the second Charlotte asked him to go to the bakery we smelled a set-up. We’re sure she already knew that Daniel’s injured ex worked there. It became very obvious very quickly that Charlotte was nudging the two together. Now their former flame and possible rekindling will be the focus of next week’s episode. Like Jack, Charlotte has come into her own, which makes us delightfully weary of what she has in store for Daniel and Sarah.
- Money Bags: You’d think that when the man whose name was attached to the disappearance of your fortune presents you with a room full of gold bricks suspicion would arise. Greed can be blinding. Victoria still has time to get wise about Aiden’s sudden discovery. Reintroducing the Graysons to their wealth was a simple way to keep the couple ensnared in the Hamptons. It just seems like the moment chosen to do so created a cloud of intrigue they were hoping to avoid.
- Plans: After nearly six episodes Emily finally revealed her “final” plan: Framing Victoria for the death of Emily Thorne. That still leaves room to wonder whether the shots to her gut in the flash forward were planned or if something went awry. Either way, that doesn’t change the fact that the biggest moment of the night was bogged down by the blasé fight for Conrad and Victoria to stay in the manor. It seems like Revenge can’t escape the pattern of a few weak episodes lightly peppered with scheming before unleashing one nearly satisfying night of drama. Breaking out of this cycle would go a long way to restore the show’s once stellar reputation.
“Dissolution” went a long way to reveal a little. Sure, Patrick got the boot and Charlotte started making plans of her own, but what more can be said? The Graysons were always going to stumble across their fortune again. Somehow the drudgery of the housing drama eclipsed even that. Letting the night rest on one important revelation isn’t good enough to hold our attention. Perhaps they should focus on Emily’s inability to control any of her cohorts. Now that Nolan has decided to think for himself anything could happen.
Revenge airs Mondays at 9 p.m. on ABC.
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