Revenge-Hatred-Emily VanCamp, Annabelle Stephenson, Josh Bowman, and Jayne Brooke
Revenge may be taking a break, but not before it leaves us in a precarious position. “Hatred” is the name of the game in Montauk but not everyone knows how to use it to their advantage. Emily plays mind games as her body mends, but her brain may be playing tricks on more than just her enemies.

The Players:

  • Director: John Terlesky
  • Writers: Gretchen J. Berg and Aaron Harberts
  • Cast: Emily VanCamp, Madeleine Stowe, Henry Czerny, Josh Bowman, Nick Wechsler, Gabriel Mann, Christa B. Allen, Barry Sloane, Karine Vanasse, Justin Hartley, Annabelle Stephenson, Stephanie Jacobsen, Brett Cullen, Dar Dixon, Jayne Brooke, Gail O’Grady

Episode Title: “Hatred”

Emily irons out her position as the new Mrs. Grayson.

The Good:

  • Blackout: Did anyone doubt that Emily would make quick work of Daniel and Sara’s brazen affair? Daniel may be quickly taking up the throne of subterfuge and cruelty that the Grayson name begotten him. However, as Victoria pointed out Sara’s sweet regular life made her susceptible Emily’s well placed maternal attack. But all that matters not—except when you ponder how evil Daniel will become now that Sara has left him. We have Emily’s blackouts to worry about. Notice please that both occurred when she was in the pool and then confronting Daniel. Could scenarios akin to her shooting be the triggers? Regardless, the first put her fully dressed in Nolan’s house confronting Daniel and the second in Conrad’s hotel bed wearing what looked like his pajamas. As Emily seems to be mobile during these moments, it kind of looks like a new personality or break with reality is emerging.
  • Straight Up: Nolan’s sense of justice is right on the mark; sending Niko on a hunt for the man that killed Declan was such a plan we wish it was really going to happen. Declan must be avenged! Still it’s hard for Nolan to properly cover Aiden’s murderous tracks when he hides the missing weapon under the same bed he’s sharing with his victim’s daughter. We always hoped Aiden would be discovered, but who knew it would happen so easily? Niko isn’t the type to let something like this go unattended; she is Takeda’s daughter after all. We just hope Aiden isn’t able to pawn the blame off on something else—cough Nolan cough—before Niko does away with her paramour.
  • Burn Baby Burn: We pretty much guessed that Patrick’s origin story involved a rape considering the way Victoria always ducked out of the conversation. This is the Ice Queen we’re talking about so the whole thing could be a lie.  However after three years of watching Madeleine Stowe spin falsehoods, that performance had a slight ring of truth.  Learning of Patrick’s troubled childhood around the same time as Victoria’s story of attack and chase made the fire he started at the gallery a foregone conclusion. It might also signal the flaming out of his character. With his ties to Nolan severed and his relationship with Victoria strained it’s unclear what position Patrick will have in the Hamptons.  Perhaps we’ll find out about the time we discover whether he only allowed his painting to succumb to the flames, or if the whole gallery went up in smoke.
  • Moving In and Out: How sweet are Margaux and Jack together? When you put the fact that he belongs with Emily out of your mind, the two really do create a pretty little tableau of love.  Of course that means that their union is already on its way to unraveling. First Margaux researched Conrad’s atrocities in secrecy and against Jack’s wishes. Wonderful man that he is, Jack pretended not to notice. There is no way he’ll turn a blind eye to his girlfriend entering into business with that same man. Obviously Margaux realizes this since she’s already lying to Jack. Doesn’t look like these two will be able to enjoy cohabitation for too long.

The So-So:

  • The Reveal: We’re guessing the powers that be at the Revenge office have little say over how ABC advertises their show. How else could anyone explain the ruining of the final emotional scene of the night? If you saw even one of the promos leading up to the episode, you already heard Daniel’s most crushing admission.  (“Sterilizing you was my gift to the universe.”)  When you can see that there are only five minutes left in the episode and that pivotal phrase has yet to be heard, it kind of ruins the suspense and surprise of the moment. Do better ABC.

Overall:

“Hatred” is the fuel of Revenge. Emily’s constant hate of those who ruined her father’s life and Victoria’s hatred of the men who put her where she is and the woman who have gotten in her way.  The real hatred we’re watching for is Niko’s, and whether it settles on the right person. There’s a new “Revengengenda” on the horizon when the show returns March 9. With Conrad’s first wife arriving, we’re hoping for a resurgence of the original passion we once had for the  show. And if it’s not too much trouble, maybe Charlotte could make an appearance or two.

Rating: 8/10

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

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