Sunday night's episode of Revenge featured one major takedown, one major hookup and plot twists galore as the beloved ABC guilty pleasure continued weaving its tangled, second season web.
TV Fanatic staff members Steve Marsi, Christine Orlando and Leigh Raines break down all facets of "Penance" and look ahead to the coming weeks in our weekly Round Table Q&A discussion.
Weigh in with your own responses to these Revenge topics below!
1. What was your favorite quote or scene from "Penance"?
Leigh: "This one time at Revenge camp..." Ladies and Gentleman, Nolan Ross.
Christine: "This one time at revenge camp, I met this fellow revenger and guess where he's summering?" How do you not love Nolan?
Steve: Conrad and Victoria holding hands while at the mercy of Kara Clarke. Terrific acting by Henry Czerny and Madeleine Stowe in navigating this complex, impossible-to-define relationship.
2. Mason Treadwell's downfall: Satisfying or disappointing?
Leigh: Very intricate and hard to pull off. Proud of Emily. I'm satisfied.
Christine: Sort of disappointing. Like I've said before, I was looking forward to Emily crushing him like a bug but I can't imagine Mason doing well in prison. I'm sure his stay won't be pleasant.
Steve: Consistent with the show's efforts to keep Emily on somewhat of an even keel. Killing him would've been too easy and stripped her of her humanity. Sparing his life and even offering him a lifeline (albeit way down the road) while still putting him in his rightful place? A job well done by Mrs. Thorne, I'd say.
3. Kara Clarke's arc: Awesome or overhyped?
Leigh: If she's gone for good than it was overhyped. I'd like to see a little more from her. I still can't believe she doesn't recognize her own daughter. That's some bull.
Christine: If she's really gone... then overhyped. I feel as though she really didn't do anything but stalk around Grayson manor holding sharp objects and looking menacing.
Steve: She had her moments, especially this week, but it was uneven at best. It was fun seeing her go after the Graysons, but we still have no idea what her deal is, and she was dealt with so fast. The jury's still out.
4. Emily and Aiden: Hot or not?
Leigh: Scorching. That porch kiss was all I hoped it would be and more.
Christine: Well, they certainly have more chemistry than Emily and Jack but then again Emily's got more chemistry with a park bench than she does with Jack. Aiden's grown on me a bit but overall I'm just not feeling it. Maybe Emily can meet new guy Nate played by Michael Trucco. Now they could be a hot couple.
Steve: I wasn't a huge Aiden fan at first, but Barry Sloane has become a strong addition to the cast and can definitely picture the two Takeda disciples attracted to one other. So yeah ... HOT.
5. Unsung hero of the night: Amanda or Nolan?
Leigh: Nolan. Amanda tried to eff everything up. Nolan risked his entire company for his cold, complicated, sociopath of a best friend.
Christine: As usual, it's Nolan. The risks and sacrifices he's made to protect Emily are impressive. I really want to know if there's any more back story there that fuels his desire to help her and keep her safe.
Steve: I agree with my colleagues, but let's at least give FauxManda credit for trying. Sure, she almost effed everything up, but she still was ready to dispatch Mason, Frank-style. Girl's got serious brass.
6. More surprising: Daniel's hostile takeover attempt, or Conrad and Victoria's genuine affection?
Leigh: I don't find anything about Daniel hostile. I know they are trying to sell it, but I'm not really buying it. Conrad and Victoria holding hands was definitely a wow moment. Here are these two people who would basically kill each other, but when it comes down to it they're in this whole mess together.
Christine: Neither was surprising but I enjoyed Conrad and Victoria more. They may be a match made in Hell but they were made for one another.
Steve: I love the bizarre bond between Conrad and Victoria when the chips are down. So great. We've seen it before, however; Daniel going all-out trying to usurp his parents? Who knew pretty boy had it in him.
7. What do you think Dec was up to this week?
Leigh: Filming his cameo for the Gossip Girl series finale.
Christine: I'd have to care to even think about it.
Steve: Pining for Charlotte, lamenting how he can't afford college, trying to perfect a believable eastern Long Island accent.
What do you think? Sound off in the comments!