Revenge Review: Blood On Her Hands
"Commitment" is a decision to remain faithful to a course of action. As Emily Thorne says in the beginning of this week's episode:
It isn't really our choices that distinguish who we are. It's our commitment to them. | permalink
The latest Revenge demonstrated who was devoted to whom and which characters were willing to walk away, while also providing our heroine with yet another motive for taking down Victoria...
Throwing Charlotte to the wolves. Suddenly Daddy's little girl was simply a reminder of an inconvenient truth. Or perhaps a convenient one depending how you viewed it. Conrad was more than willing to use Charlotte as a pawn to make Victoria submit to his demands.
Do I believe Conrad loves Charlotte? Yes, and I believe he's hurting but his ego is bigger than his heart. He's quite willing to play the role of cuckolded husband if it means being able to paint Victoria as the villain. Still, this was the first instance where we've seen a chink or two in the steely, egotistical armor of Conrad Grayson. His actions were vindictive, but his eyes were watering at various times.
And poor Charlotte. The kid was completely blindsided by Daddy's rejection. Wait until she finds out why.
Reeling in Amanda. Emily set Amanda up as her pawn to become the prime suspect in the Treadwell fire. But once Jack was caught in this dangerous game between her and Victoria, Emily used the truth to finally send Amanda on her way.
Amanda's a huge liability. She's loyal to Emily but also unpredictable and borderline psychotic. Remember, she did bash Frank's skull in when he asked the wrong questions. Emily deftly pulled Amanda in closer by sharing her plot for revenge and then finally convinced her it was time to leave. Amanda has feelings for Jack but when it all goes bad, this girl will save herself. Hopefully, this time she'll stay gone for good.
A perfectly romantic proposal. Damn. Emily Thorne practically had me fooled. As Daniel stood in the rain with a ring in his hand and his heart on his sleeve, Emily was shaking as she looked adoringly into his eyes. But maybe she was just cold. Does she actually love Daniel? Is he nothing more than a means to her end? It's the question many fans go back and forth on each wee.
But Emily was willing to call off their engagement after a stern talking to from Nolan, meaning there must be a beating heart in there somewhere... right?
Poor Daniel would have been crushed. He's handsome, sweet, rich and really seems to love her. Perhaps a broken heart would have been safer for Daniel than what we all know is headed his way.
The web of lies grows. Little does Victoria Grayson know how close she came to having the wolf at her door walk away. Nolan had used Emily's guilt over Jack to get his focused pal to rethink her plan for revenge. But Victora couldn't help herself. Rape?!? Her new lie just fueled Emily's hatred even more.
Daniel was rightfully furious and this twist certainly solidified his place by his mother's side, while also making him a quasi enemy of his own fiancee. Emily can't blame Daniel for his rage at her father, but it must now color how she looks at him. It's gotta be tough to lie in bed at night next to a man who wants to drag your dad out of Hell and murder him again.
All traces of mercy vanished from Emily's face in that closing scene. It. Is. On.
- Who does the wardrobe for these characters? Victoria's red dress at the beginning of this episode was simply stunning.
- The cheesy love notes between Jack and Amanda made me a little ill. Hopefully we're done watching these two paw one another.
- You'd think Declan could invest in at least one fancy outfit instead of showing up for meals with Charlotte's family wearing t-shirts. And I'm guessing Declan's high end education has ended before it's begun.
- Nolan plays the role of stern big brother one moment and then lost puppy at Emily's heels the next. Either way, he's so darn cute I can't get enough of him.
Now that Victoria has gone from seductress to victim, how will Conrad react? What type of Hell will Emily rain down on the house of Grayson next? And how long until Charlotte finds out she's not a Grayson? With no new episode next week, we've got plenty of time to ponder the next steps in the road to Revenge.
C. Orlando is a TV Fanatic Staff Writer. Follow her on Twitter.