Revenge Review: The Power of Guilt

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Revenge taught us a powerful lesson this week: Never underestimate the power of "Guilt." Just when you thought the tables might turn on her, Emily rallied and regained control of the game. But even she didn't see where this plot for vengeance would lead.

The Victoria Stare

Conrad's a serious bastard. He's still sleeping with his mistress, writes her a check for $10 million... and expects to appease his wife with a car? Albeit, a $200,000 Mercedes but still. That's nothing compared to Victoria's humiliation. From there, Victoria passes the car onto Charlotte, hoping the high priced toy will buy her some forgiveness. It seems to work as well for her as it did for Conrad. How apropos.

Between she and her husband, Victoria seems the only one with a conscience. The guilt of what they did with that flight really does seem to be eating away at her like a festering cancer. Unfortunately, it appears these guilt pangs never last, so I'm not sure they make her any better than Conrad in the end. It's all about actions, not reflections, right?

So, who is really in control here? Conrad, Victoria, or Frank? Frank obviously has feelings for Victoria. I don't think there's any lengths he won't go to protect her. Plus, he's into this conspiracy up to his eyeballs like the rest of them.

Meanwhile... I was happy to see Daniel and Emily make up but I'm surprised Daniel didn't kick Tyler out for lying to him. And what is Tyler's end game? Is it to get in with the Graysons? A job at Grayson Global? We need to learn more about him because right now he's just an annoyance, a plot device, and I wish he weren't taking up screen time.

Nolan, conversely, was a heck of a friend to Emily, or, should I say, a friend to her father. It's good to be reminded that he vowed to do his best to protect her. He's certainly doing all he can and I like his quirky loyalty more each week. I can't even blame him for planting a nanny cam. 

But I'm worried for Nolan. He left his fingerprints all over Lydia's apartment and easily could have been spotted on the balcony by the crowd below. That video of Frank and Lydia might come in very handy if he gets hauled off to jail.

Emily's set up of Lydia was perfect. She had already planted the seeds of doubt in Conrad. Then, Lydia's own greed and crazy need for Victoria's acceptance made the rest far too simple. I remember thinking that Lydia got off too easy in the pilot. I'm not sure her grievances were worthy of a death sentence, but that was never Emily's plan. Then again, can she really play the naive card here? Actions such as hers can have consequences beyond their initial intentions.

Revenge took things to a whole new level this week, weaving together various developments from the opening few episodes and possibly making a dent in Emily's icy exterior. How will she react to a scheme gone fatally wrong? Will she move on to the next phase unaffected, or might shades of Amanda peek out now? Just how deeply has Emily buried her real persona?


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Very late to the 'party' here, but... Firstly it was absolutely brilliant. And that death was perfect. I just am in shock as to how close the truth came to coming out. Lydia almost exposed the whole lie - and then where would Emily/Amanda be? I would assume Conrad and Victoria would be jailed. But there was no real mention of it. Perhaps they would have passed it off as Lydia being crazy, etc. But it was very interesting. At any rate, I am obsessed with this show. It is absolutely amazing!


I like Nolan Ross (Gabriel Mann) hes hot .Could Emily and Nolan be related stepbrother or sister?thats how Nolan kmows Emily and Emilys father.?


Great episode. Xanatos Speed Chess.


Jordan: "Was it really necessary to expose the secrets of all of the psychiatrist's patients, just to frame Lydia?" Exposing the private sessions was to get back at Dr. Banks. It was after Lydia threatened to take back the house and dig into Emily's past that Emily decided to pin the incident on her. I think Emily will feel some remorse for Lydia's death. However, it's way too soon in the series for Emily to start reflecting on all of her actions. That's something that can be explored in future seasons. For her to do so at this point would just make her look indecisive.


how does this show not have 5 stars every single week?


Such a good show! Love Nolan! Also, its good to see Eric Paolo in something else!


Wow, this episode was amazing! I can't wait to see how the season is going to play out. Does anyone else think Daniel is shot by his best buddy Tyler? Just throwing it out there...


I do not think Tyler wants Daniel but I do not think Tyler is what he claims/he is sticking around and came from a supposed internship that fell through but he has no suit with him?????? Also it was Daniels CC that was left at the bar so if Daniel is not partying who will pay?????
Nolan is a good friend to Emily I think but then again he is hard to read....last night though and the previews changed my whole take on the pilot with the body on the beach....not sure anyone I thought at first was involved really are....just saying all is not as it seems..... really makes you anxious for the next episode and the hour flies by damn it.....


again the BEST show on tv this year


I love this show; I can't wait until the next show each week! For those that are saying they believe that Charlotte and Emily are 1/2 sisters: I think if she were, it'd be more obvious that she was the favorite, as in the love child! I just hope they didn't kill off Jack or Daniel and that it was Tyler...

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Revenge Season 1 Episode 5 Quotes

The guy was feeding him shots like a frat boy to a freshman.


You staggered home like a drunken sailor.