Revenge-Resurgence-Josh Bowman and Madeleine Stowe

Revenge is supposed to be sweet, so why is there a sour taste in our mouths? “Resurgence” gave us a takedown, but not without a bit of a letdown. Even with a stunning revelation about Emily, things felt extremely unfinished.

The Players:

  • Director: John Scott
  • Writer: Christopher Fife
  • Cast: Emily VanCamp, Madeleine Stowe, Gabriel Mann, Nick Wechsler, Henry Czerny, Josh Bowman, Christa B. Allen, Barry Sloane, Karine Vanasse, Annabelle Stephenson, Ana Ortiz

Episode Title: “Resurgence”

Nolan sets his sights on an old foe while Conrad attempts to rebuild his family’s reputation.

The Good:

  •  French Connections: So far, Margaux hasn’t been a dull character, but before last night it was hard to figure out her angle. The way she attached herself to Conrad was illuminating. First, planting the idea for his memoir before fighting for the right to publish the work. All her mysteries have yet to be solved; whether Margaux airs on the side of good, evil, or journalism is still to be discovered. The ferocity in her eyes when she spoke of Conrad having the guts to tell his true story hooked us. Hopefully it wasn’t for nothing. If it’s anything like the way she entranced Jack we won’t be let down.  Watching him grapple with grief and unnecessary guilt from the loss of his wife was tough, but it was more than rewarding to see him happy. We’d rather see him with his true love Emily, but everything in good time.
  • Silver Lining: Letting Nolan lead a takedown is always the easy way to win our favor. Especially when it’s someone who hurt him in the past like PR Powerhouse Bizzy Preston, played by guest star Ana Ortiz. On one hand, we felt robbed when Nolan stopped short of destroying Bizzy’s marriage the way he did her business. Since he secured the disgraced publicist for future works, we can’t be too upset. Plus, Nolan’s quest to civilize Emily has always been one of our favorite hopeless causes. 

The So-So:

  • Never Forget the First: Everything started off the right way. Emily dropped the bomb about her first husband right at the end of the opening in the most dramatic way. She purposefully confided in Bizzy, who almost immediately confessed it to Victoria and then… nothing. No other mention was made of him. It’s not unusual for good stories to be dragged out, but it seems like something so captivating should be treated with more importance. This should be rectified sooner than later. Making us wait for news on Emily’s past is practically cruel.
  • Independence: So Aiden has been cast out of the Hamptons as unceremoniously as he arrived. It will be a pleasure to miss out on his constant reminders to Emily on how happy they’ll be together but it creates some issues. Of course Emily will find a way to get eyes and ears inside the Grayson mansion, but what will Aiden be doing? As a member of the regular cast, we expect to see him in some capacity. Right now it’s unclear what use he could be. Hopefully, it won’t mean more of his sickening remarks of love towards Emily. At least the speech Victoria gave when kicking Aiden out was inspired; declaring independence from the Brits will get us every time. 

The Bad:

  • Almost Only Counts in Horseshoes: Twice in one episode they buried the lead. This time it’s Daniel’s romantic transgression that’s taking too long to get off the ground. A lot of time was spent making sure Sarah and Daniel rekindled the fires in their relationship. When it was time for them to finally kiss, they broke off at the last second. This goes beyond dragging things out; even when all the evidence is right in front of everyone’s face no one can get things done. Where was Charlotte in all of this anyway? Besides bringing Sarah to the party, she was barely in the episode. With Victoria clearly taking over Sarah’s return to Daniel’s heart, Charlotte has been edged out of her own play. 


“Resurgence” was an episode that was anything but. The night felt transitional, with the focus shifting in a couple new directions. However, all the changes slowed things down. Next week, a character from the past is supposed to shake things up.  We welcome any shocking turn of events, but that doesn’t mean Revenge doesn’t have a few loose ends to tie up.

Rating: 7/10

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

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