Revenge Review: A Journey With No End

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Holidays tend to bring out memories and family tension in the most normal of families. So, heading into this special installment, one could only imagine what the holiday would conjure up for our favorite villain, Victoria Grayson.

In "Lineage" we learned that the duplicitous apple certainly does not fall far from the scheming tree.

Yes, the introduction of Victoria's awful mother Marian was just one of the many highlights from the latest flashback-heavy episode. Let's take a trip to 2006, shall we?

Ems at the Bar

2006 was a time of new beginnings. Ashley had just arrived in New York and struggling to make her rent, almost resorting to a career as an escort. Daniel was a freshman at Harvard, dreaming of becoming a poet. Jack had finally gotten himself the boat, the Amanda. In a drawn out/semi-useless storyline, we found out that Kenny was invested in taking over the Stowaway because Papa Porter was involved in his father's death. But these characters were merely secondary to to everything else that was going on.

As mentioned above, we enjoyed a few Victoria flashbacks for the first time. Real, painful, childhood Victoria flashbacks, not just sexy sessions with David Clarke. Been there, seen that! I think this exchange between Victoria and her mother Marian, guest star Adrienne Barbeau, summed it up best:

Marian: Vindictive bitch!
Victoria: I learned from the best.

Simple and to the point. Satan's spawn has to come from somewhere, villains aren't just born out of thin air. I sometimes find moments of weakness where I feel bad for Victoria before she snaps back into her usual sociopathic mode. Tonight was one of those times.

How horrible to have a mother who tells you they wished they'd aborted you? She made a 15-year-old Victoria lie for her, shoot somebody and subsequently endure a court-mandated six months in a psychiatric institute. If that wasn't enough, when Victoria finally returned home and Marian's pedophile paramour made a move on young Vicky, Marian threw her out on the streets.

The Ice Queen kept her demeanor while she told her mother's newest suitor all about their past over Thanksgiving dinner. Little did we realize, the entire thing was a set up for Victoria to exact revenge on and humiliate her mother. At the end, an unusually supportive Conrad asked Victoria if she felt okay after her visit to the dark side. Had the darkness finally been lifted? Victoria said to ask her in the morning. Six years later we can confirm that Victoria is not done with the dark side. There's no such thing in breaking the cycle when you're involved in the game of revenge.

Aiden and Emily Pic

Meanwhile, west of the Hamptons in Manhattan, Emily and Aiden were trying to lift themselves from a different darkness. Emily was on her first Takeda mission where she met Ashley and saved her from a life of prostitution, though one could argue that sleeping your way up the social ladder is not all that different in principle. Emily also met the sexy Aiden. Before Aiden was enrolled in the Takeda school of revenge, he was trying to avenge his sister's abduction into sex trafficking. 

The twist here is that Aiden and Emily's families were both involved in the plane crash. Aiden's father was a baggage handler at Heathrow, a possible way for the bomb to have gotten on the same plane that David Clarke was notoriously blamed for taking down. What a small world, eh? Or is it more than that?

Can I just say that from the first second these two met I was sold on their chemistry? Holy hell, I'm so team Emily and Aiden, it seems like it's impossible there was ever another option. People claim Jack is boring, but I think Emily finds appeal in him because he reminds her of childhood innocence, the time when her life wasn't about exacting justice on terrible people.

I get it, but Emily is not that innocent girl anymore. Too much has happened. Besides, screw that when she can have Aiden! I loved when he called her by her real name in bed. He knows who she really is.

Lest you think I forgot about our favorite sidekick, Nolan's new beginning was taking Nolcorp public. Unfortunately this coincided with his breaking up with his boyfriend and CFO, Marco Romero. Nolan confided in Romero about his payout to David Clarke's daughter, making Romero a present day ally to Daniel Grayson.

One thing I'm still confused about is why Aiden is aiding Daniel in taking down Nolcorp. Nolan is Emily's friend, confidante, and sometimes helper. Why would Aiden want to hurt him? Is it the only way to help Emily advance her ultimate goal? After all, double infinity is really just a symbol for "a journey with no end."

What did you all think of the special Thanksgiving Revenge? Are you surprised that Victoria's mother was a monster? Did you enjoy how Emily and Aiden met? Were you interested in the Porter storyline at all? Hit the comments and don't forget to tune in to next week's Winter Finale!


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i love all the characters especially victoria and emily(amanda clark the real)but i really want to meet emily personally with her address please send me some messages sothet i can admire you more.


Sorry, last part got cut off. (THIS WEBSITE SHOULD HAVE A CHARACTER COUNT THAT TELLS US HOW MANY LETTERS WE HAVE LEFT) Overall, it was a good episode. I can't wait for this Sunday!! I'm absolutely sure it will be very satisfying!! This was a really good review Leigh! I really enjoyed reading it!


first of all: dammit! i cant believe i didn't watch Revenge or Once Upon a Time this last sunday! i seriously thought they were having a week off.
2. Damn! Vicoria and her mother! I got goosebumps in some of their scenes. Mariam scared me! How can a mother be like so ruthless like that! No wonder Vicky is like that (Perfect quote: "I learned from the best")
3. I seriously thought Aiden started working with Takeda before Emily did. Speaking of Takeda, i think there's someting fishy about him. @Drea: I also told my lil' brother (whom i have got addicted to this show) that is the master mind in all of this and everyone is his bitch. I feel like he's just using Emily to fulfill his own wishes.
Unlike most of you, I still don't trust Aiden.. I dont like the idea of him working with Daniel. There's something about him that making me think "he's the bad guy", but his sexy accent is getting on the way. Damn you, Aiden! Overall, it was a good episode. I can't wait for this Sunday!! I'm absolutely sure it will be very satisfying!! This was a really good review Leigh!


I'm not a fan of Aiden -- I see nothing interesting about him. The original cast is still doing a great job in the acting dept, but the plot this season is convoluted -- nowhere on the level of season 1. I also didn't like this episode. Victoria's back story was unoriginal. She's a conniving but sympathetic character. All that cliched drama in her back story wasn't necessary.


Drea I think your onto something there. I think your right that Takeda is the puppet master. Aidan mentioned in the episode that maybe they met how they did was because Takeda planned it. Not to mention I doubt Takeda would have taken Aidan in just at the request of fauxEmily. I can only presume that Takedas main problem is with Americon Initiative and the revenge he wants is against them. Or a less likely situation maybe it is against the Initiative and fauxEmily and he is using her to take down the Iniative whilst also ruining her life in the process. In a separate note, last week (i believe) and this week, not to mention the flashforward was of the Amanda sinking; i believe the next target for the initiative will be a boat/cruise ship. Obviously i dont mean the Amanda because that would be ridiculous but a large ship none the less.


My name is Maria Ofélia Henriques.
I would like you to write it well.
My favourite character is the owner of the bar. I also like Charlotte.


I do not think the story is very interesting.
The characters are quite common and the actors and actresses, too.
Anyway, I have seen some episodes.

Drea xoxo

what i loved : vicki and conrad interactions always!!! at least we understand where she came from. and sad that they could have protected grayson jnr but thought they knew better to develop this new egotistical monster. what i didn't like: everything else. :( my poor nolan is going to get caught out all because of that silly padma which btw WHERE IS SHE!!!! now his ex is going to destroy what remains of nolcorp. how aiden and ems/mandy met. couldn't care but interesting how my theory came true that everyone is connected and takeda is connected to everything as well!!! my friend and i discussed and thought takeda is the one seeking revenge the most and everyone is his puppets.


First--with regard to mothers--Freud had a point :) I think Aiden is working with Daniel to gain his confidence; I don't think he'll side against Nolan, in the end. He'll lose Emily, if he does. Nolan is family. As to Aiden and Emily, well, I got the impression that he has his own agenda, especially after she showed him the box of tricks. That whole interlude pointed me towards thinking that the box is going to disappear. I really don't want him to betray Emily, but that's what my perception is, atm. I don't know that there is anything in that box that Emily hasn't already memorized, but its loss would out her as Amanda.


@Beezus (sorry for not typing out your entire name =), about Nolan - he is bi, I think he even said so back in s1. Oh and about your babies - Ems and Aiden, I know, Ems looked so happy that she was finally with someone who knew everything about her and she did not have to pretend. I heart those two so much!

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Revenge Season 2 Episode 8 Quotes

You fought for me when no one else would.

Aiden [to Emily]

Aiden: Double infinitiy.
Emily: A journey with no end.