Revenge-Homecoming-Emily VanCamp and Stephanie Jacobsen

After Emily’s shooting, it seemed impossible for Revenge to have a lackluster return. But this show’s made an art form out of poorly placed filler episodes. “Homecoming” pulled Emily right out of the choppy waters by uncomforting hands. As she comes to grips with what’s real and fake, we’re stuck wrestling the realities of this fledgling drama.

The Players:

  • Director: Matt Earl Beesley
  • Writer: Ted Sullivan
  • Cast: Emily VanCamp, Madeleine Stowe, Henry Czerny, Josh Bowman, Nick Wechsler, Gabriel Mann, Christa B. Allen, Barry Sloane, Karine Vanasse, Justin Hartley, Holly Hawkins, Stephanie Jacobsen, Amber Valletta

Episode Title: “Homecoming”

The Graysons close ranks to protect their own as Emily’s allies scramble to get her to safety.

The Good:

  • No Kiss Kiss No Bang Bang: Let the record show the revolving door for guest stars slams shut just as quickly as it was opened. Shortly after her return, Lydia’s being pushed out of the Hamptons, this time by the man she loves. When Mama and Papa Grayson learned of their son’s attempted murder they found a way to protect him. It was a little satisfying to see Conrad forced to betray and incriminate someone he loved at Victoria’s urging. Finally the tables have been turned! And if Patrick’s speedy return is any indication, there’s a good chance Lydia will be back. Anyone who can bring the street fighter out in Victoria is too valuable to waste.
  • The Unknown: Again we find ourselves questioning a new face and where their allegiances lie. It’s obvious from her passionate lip lock that Niko is holding a candle for Aiden. Nothing could make us happier since that will give him someone to run off with when Emily comes to her senses and claims Jack as her own.  Still, while she’s inside the Revenge circle in some capacity, her motives are unclear. Clearly Niko isn’t on Emily’s side. Her attempt to inject Emily’s IV with some unknown nefarious substance made that evident. The question is whether Niko is simply working to keep Aiden all to herself or whether there’s someone in the background pulling her strings.

The So-So:

  • Memory Lane: Playing with the idea of amnesia with Emily sparked some real possibilities for drama. We’re not doctors, but years of TV dramas have perfected our ability to predict the psychology of an amnesia patient. Emily’s years of pretending to be someone else left her prime for confusing her reality, or worse, telling the truth. She woke up spitting out the latter. Luckily, the only person she was honest with was her sister. Whether the writers are ready to allow Charlotte to reach her potential as a character will determine if she figures out that Emily’s David Clarke’s daughter.  The only other useful thing that came about was Jack’s change of heart. His decision to embrace Emily and her quest puts us another step closer to their eventual romantic entanglement. Dangling a carrot like amnesia only to rid the show of it before the episode ends feels like a wasteful move.

Overall:

“Homecoming” like many other Revenge episodes, raised our hopes only to disappoint again. The amnesia story was less than fruitful, although Victoria did seek out Margaux as an ally. Though inklings of truth were dropped and new faces were seen, there was an anticlimactic atmosphere to the scenes.

Rating: 7/10

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

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