Revenge-Addiciton-Madeleine Stowe, Oliver Martinez, and Emily Vancamp
Revenge can’t help but lose ground. “Addiction” was nothing like its namesake, distracting us with tiring story lines. Will they ever get back on track?

The Players:

  • Director: Tara Nicole Weyr
  • Writer: Joe Fazzio
  • Cast: Emily VanCamp, Madeleine Stowe, Henry Czerny, Josh Bowman, Nick Wechsler, Gabriel Mann, Christa B. Allen, Barry Sloane, Karine Vanasse, Gail O’Grady, Oliver Martinez, Henri Esteve, Morgan Fairchild, Kristin Carey

Episode Title: “Addiction”

Emily uncovers a mystery while Pascal tries to rekindle his romance with Victoria.

The So-So:

  • The Rules: Anyone Jack loves must fall victim to the Graysons, that’s how this show works. We’ve been counting the seconds until his happiness with Margaux would begin to unravel. Of course a European job offer isn’t the real danger—though she’ll use that as her exit when the bottom falls out. The threads began to sever when Margaux allowed herself to be susceptible to Daniel’s manipulations. It’s not surprising she’d believe there’s something between Emily and Jack. But to brush aside Emily and accuse Jack at casino night made her look like a jealous, foolish teenager. Jack’s mother is crumbling faster than his French connection. Conrad’s guilt trip over Jack’s conception was too much for us. He appeared earnestly upset, but only buried bad intentions would cause Stevie to immediately give up her only ammo, Victoria’s deed and struggle with the bottle. Jack’s women are not long for this world.
  • Love Without Drama: Javier is presented as a new prospect for Charlotte. He’s the only person in her age bracket and his ankle bracelet makes Javier just Charlotte’s type. Their meeting at Monte Carlo night was rushed, but the swift makeouts of youth are part of the charm of the era. This is already building faster than either of their other potential stories. Nolan is still slow to begin his work with Javier, while Daniel’s only mentioning taking down Emily’s friends with Charlotte. If Daniel ever gets around to it, Javier would either be Charlotte’s in to Emily’s inner circle or the reason she’ll remand her feelings about her sister. Since Javier’s already programmed his ankle bracelet to allow for romantic rendezvous, we’re betting those two will see more action before anyone else.
  • TWM: It’ not that surprising that Pascal would spy on Emily. Her pursuit of her newest lead has been so obvious it’s good it was meant to be intentional. Stealing his poker chip and creating a casino night for his charity less than 24 hours later kind of made her the most brazen infiltrator. The way Pascal was connected to the past was equally predictable. A quick trip halfway around the world brought Aiden back fast, after Emily dropped Pascal’s note to Conrad. Making Aiden’s father the TWM Pascal refers to provides no insight considering we already knew he put the bomb on the plane. Much like the uselessness of baring the only inkling gleaned from the evening at the tail end of the episode. At least we know we’re in for a little more will-they-won’t-they between Emily and Aiden. Everything else in a mundane mystery.

Overall:

“Addiction” was an episode as pointless as Morgan Fairchild’s cameo. Things don’t quite make sense. Just how long will Emily be able to blame her wealth on trinkets from her Grayson past? We’re getting back on track with David Clarke, but it’s happening so slowly we can’t help but distract ourselves with Charlotte’s new romance. Though Victoria’s got a boyfriend too, on a night when nothing happens, who can bother to care?

Rating: 6/10

Revenge airs Sundays at 10 p.m. on ABC.

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