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Revenge Review: Forgive and Never Forget

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"Good for Revengey stuff. Sad for you." - Nolan.

The full, public introduction of Jennifer Jason Leigh as Kara Clarke tonight served as yet another Revenge game changer, altering the playing field and expectations, while raising even more questions than it answered.

Kara provides Madeleine Stowe's Victoria with a new type of adversary, a slightly unhinged one with skeletons and secrets galore, made even more delicious by the fact that her agenda isn't understood by anyone else.

Victoria Grayson, speechless, utterly baffled and legitimately unsure what to make of the situation? In that, Revenge has done the unthinkable. You half expected those pruning shears to end up in Kara's back.

The slow-motion hug. The empty expressions on both of their faces as they attempt to size up the other. The dueling motivations neither understands. Who says there isn't room for another sociopath on this show?

Kara and Victoria Hug

Safe to say this wasn't in Vicky's master plan. Under the impression that the white-haired man remains alive and that Kara is feeding him information, she and Conrad hatched a plan to remarry ... for legal reasons.

By tying the knot, they can't be forced to testify against each other if and when the Initiative (or the FBI) comes calling. After Conrad's romantic proposal, there couldn't have been a dry eye in the house. So touching.

The Wedding of the Century takes place on next week's episode, and with enemies both real and perceived trying to undermine the increasingly paranoid Graysons, it should be a memorable affair to say the least.

These Clarke girls really are a Thorne (sorry) in their side.

Kara also impacted Emily profoundly, but the wheels she set in motion with her daughter were emotional as well as tactical. When the memories came flooding back, our once-unflappable girl broke down in tears.

We learned a wealth of information about Kara tonight, through flashbacks and in the present day. She came back looking for WHM (her true love), but was forced to confront her past with David (her first love).

The mother who tried to drown her sought forgiveness in the lie she (and David) lived all of these years. These revelations would be difficult enough to stomach were it not for the FauxManda situation.

Imagine if your long-presumed-dead mother reappeared and you had to use the woman masquerading as you - who just had your own first love's baby, incidentally - to probe her for information? And then that information involved you dying, coming back to life, and fed a 20-year diet of lies? Then finding out mom is actually still alive?

Emily and Kara Photo

If all of those things combined don't register around Infinity times Infinity on the Freak-o-Meter, what does?! It's a lot to take in, and Emily VanCamp really sold her namesake's vulnerable, innocent side tonight.

The good news is that Emily came clean to Amanda about Carl and sought "Forgiveness" of her own. The question (which we'll address more in a second) is where the Emily-Amanda relationship goes next.

There were a bunch of additional, significant developments in what was another solid episode this week, each weaving into the plot separately and in conjunction with the overarching narrative of Season 2:

  1. Padma's request for information about David Clarke's contract. Deliberately or not, she tipped off Daniel to the fact that Grayson Global possibly OWNS HALF OF NOLCORP. Which ties in to ...
  2. Aiden teaming up with Emily to destabilize Grayson Global. Acting as Takeda's proxy, the smooth Mr. Mathis quickly won over Daniel (and Ashley) while keeping close tabs on the hedge fund. One still gets the feeling that there may be more to his connection with Ashley than meets the eye.
  3. That slime Mason Treadwell returning to sniff out the Kara story. No one has figured out the Emily-Amanda switcheroo yet, although Mason is hot on the trail after spotting her scar, or lack thereof.
  4. Kenny buying the Stowaway from Jack. It looks like his plan is coming together, and while it remains to be seen what his true motivation is, you can expect the consequences to be far-reaching.
  5. Nolan was the man. Pretty much goes without saying.

Which of these storylines do you find most significant, and how will they play out in the coming weeks? Before you weigh in with your predictions, theories and views, take a look at next week's promo:

What did you think of tonight's Revenge? Discuss in the comments below!

Review

Editor Rating: 4.5 / 5.0
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Fatin

Hating Aiden for screwing Nolan over. He's my favourite >_

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Completely crazy, what if ashley is aiden's sister???

Amie

@Stephie, I like Aiden too! Well, at least he is wayyy more interesting as a love interest for Emily than Jack. Loved how Ashley filled him in on Emily and Daniel being engaged and how she cheated on him - as always Ashley was a bitch of a friend.

Amie

Plus, remember that Nolan also played the "I am a better ally than enemy" card with Emily, so maybe that is Aiden's act as well, he is just looking out for her. Another couple I adore is Conrad and Victoria - the guy may be an ass at times, but I love the game they are playing - his proposal was awesome - even Victoria admired his motivations! The Porter boys are still boring. But can't wait to see how that whole Mason knows Amanda isn't Amanda sl works out. Can't wait for next episode!

Amie

A...mazing episode! As usual! I haven't had this feeling of "OMG I can't wait for what happens next" since they found the hatch on Lost! I love a show with good writing and they have brilliantly tied so many things together that almost all characters are there for a reason. I am loving the idea of Nolan corp being tied to Grayson Global - it will be interesting to see how Ems will try to make sure she destroys Grayson Global without hurting Nolan. I am intrigued as to what Aiden is trying to achieve with this, but I doubt he has an agenda of his own, because hurting Nolan would mean hurting Emily, and the guy ain't dumb, I think he is more interested in just luring Daniel into a trap, and along with it Grayson Global. Or maybe he just wants to get Daniel out of the way...I am not even sure which ship I am on anymore but I am enjoying seeing all of this. Plus, remember that Nolan also played the "I am a better ally than enemy" card with Emily, so maybe that is Aiden's act as well, he is just looking out for her. Another couple I adore is Conrad and Victoria - the guy may be an ass at times, but I love the game they are playing - his proposal was awesome - even Victoria admired his motivations! The Porter boys are still boring. But can't wait to see how that whole Mason knows Amanda isn't Amanda sl works out. Can't wait for next episode!

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YEAH, Sunday night I get my dose of Revenge! I had to rewind the scene where Vicky hears Kara's voice like 10 times, OMG those eyes of M Stowe, that is one scary scary woman! Nolan as always had the best lines..."If Jack is a 6 on the freak-o-meter and I am a 9, then you must be infinity times infinity" I laughed my a...off, TG for my DVR so I can go back and see what I am missing from laughing so hard. Did you see Nolan's jaw drop like a foot when they turned on the spy cam and there was Mommie's Dearest sitting there together at Grayson Manor.... I don't know what Aiden is up to but he is causes a problem for Nolan, Ems will have his head for sure, damn best show on TV!

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Muy buena serie

Deann

To the reviewer, I said exactly the same thing when Kara hugged it out with Victoria, ie "those pruning shears might end up in Kara's back!" That said, I loved this episode, and agree, too, with the reviewer's final statement that wonderful Nolan IS the man! He just rocks every ep, and I think Emily should be ashamed that she wasn't there to help him through his grief when he revealed that his dad passed. I think that Em will find that Aiden isn't as good a revenge partner as Nolan is, because Aiden has his own agenda. I was glad that Em heard her mother apologizing to fauxmanda, and that Em came clean to fauxmanda about her baby daddy. And I hope that Nolan realizes that Padma isn't the gal for him, because she's gone behind his back about David Clarke. And I just have to give props to Madeline Stowe, who slithers and slimes as Victoria...such a psychopath, and yet so fashionable! She scares me in a way that Kara never will, though I was kind of freaked out when Em handed Kara fauxmanda's baby! Yikes!

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i got to admit i found this episode a little boring and moved slower than usual.

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I like Aiden (maybe one of the few who does), so I don't mind him being around for a while. I no longer like Jack for Emily, nor Daniel, so I can go with Aiden. He's more manly than the two others combined (but Emily treats him horribly). I'm really enjoying this show. Loved that Emily came clean with Faux Amanda about the baby. I think Jack's feelings for Faux Amanda might become real.

Revenge Season 2 Episode 5 Quotes

Uh, a shower wouldn't kill you.

Emily [to Jack]

What a beautiful home. It's so smart to build it right on the ocean. You can always see your enemies coming.

Kara [to Victoria]
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