Revenge Round Table: "Revelations"
Sunday night's episode of Revenge saw Daniel usurp his father, Aiden and Nolan all at the same time, but the fallout from his successful Grayson Global coup is sure to be epic when the show returns in 2013.
TV Fanatic's Steve Marsi, Christine Orlando and Leigh Raines and newcomer Lauren Hoffman break down the many "Revelations" from Sunday and look ahead to the new year in our weekly Round Table Q&A.
Weigh in with your own responses to these Revenge topics below!
1. What was your favorite quote or scene from the episode?
Leigh: I actually loved Nolan's response to Daniel's takeover. "Well played BOSS. I guess I work for Grayson Global now. See you around Marco." Short, concise, obnoxious brush off from my favorite CEO. Nolan FTW.
Lauren: I quite enjoyed the takedown of Ashley. Once a prosti, always a prosti. Daniel whipping out his phone and snapping a pic in the hotel room was clutch as well. Finally a smart decision from mini-Grayson!
Christine: Victoria confronting Conrad about his dalliance with Ashley. Conrad's ho hum response coupled with his comment about what a father / son chat with Daniel on the subject would have been like was very funny. It was just another day at Grayson manor.
Steve: Emily and Aiden having to change their plans about 12 times over the course of the episode due to changing circumstances. I'm liking these two together, and hope they work more closely with Nolan now.
2. More ruthless Grayson Global CEO: Daniel or Conrad?
Leigh: Bitch please, Daniel is scratching the surface. He has no idea what it takes to be a ruthless CEO. Conrad is a certifiable nutjob.
Lauren: Conrad easily. However I'm pretty sure we have just witnessed the student becoming the master. Screwing Aiden over, the very person who helped him gain the power in the first place, definitely upped the ante of what's to come from Dannyboy. The young Grayson who once had aspirations to be a poet is dead, but his actions thus far are childsplay compared to what Conrad is capable of. Cue the initiative.
Christine: Oh please. Daniel's just a baby in this. Conrad has been involved with global conspiracies. He's set up his wife's lover to take the rap on a terrorist plot. Daniel can't even comprehend his father's ruthlessness, nevermind replicate or surpass it.
Steve: Daniel did a nice job this week by cutthroat CEO standards, but he's in over his head. He has no idea what the Initiative is, and is obviously going to get played by Emily. Game, set, match.
3. Most surprising twist of the week: Conrad and Ashley having hooked up, Nolan revealing his plan to sabotage Grayson Global from the inside, or Jack becoming interesting?
Leigh: Jack becoming interesting. Murder weapon stowed under the floorboards! Who knew? Plus I love how protective he is over Amanda and Carl. He is smarter than he seems. I can't believe I'm so on board for a Porter storyline!
Lauren: Nolan's plan to sabotage Grayson Global from the inside is surely the BEST twist of the week with the most promise, intrigue and more from my favorite bisexual tv character since Marisa Cooper. Ashley sloring it up with papa Grayson was expected so that would definitely rank last in my book. As for Jack... his storyline just became more watchable/interesting, yet he as a character still does less than zero for me.
Christine: The first two on this list were a given but Jack was interiesting? Did I miss something? The only interest was trying to figure out why his Daddy didn't dump that gun in the middle of the ocean. At least the Ryan brothers are hot. Evil, but hot. Jack and Declan... still boring.
Steve: All were fun to watch but Nolan's was the most surprising. That was an angle I didn't see coming, and one I'm excited to watch play out next month (along with how far Jack will go to protect himself).
4. Revenge fashion statement of the week: Ashley's red quasi-hooker dress, Emily's hunt club attire, or Nolan's pink popped collar under a pink button-down?
Leigh: Nolan just kills it everytime. But would you expect anything less?
Lauren: Thank the lord I'm not the only one who needed to discuss the hunt club getups in great detail. I half expected Ryan Phillippe as Sebastian Valmont to come running towards the house shouting "Aunt Helen!" a la Cruel Intentions.
Christine: "Quasi" hooker is being generous. And Nolan's get ups always make me smile but I've got to go with Emily. Between the tight fitted hunt club look and blowing targets out of the sky, she rocked it.
Steve: With an honorable mention to Mr. Ross and his pink on pink, Ralph Lauren model Emily wins it for me.
5. More ominous moment: Daniel's face in the creepy clock camera, or the Ryan brothers showing up to offer faux concern for Jack's dad's friend?
Leigh: The part with the Ryan brothers physically scared me more. I was nervous for Jack. Daniel in the clock was ominous because he has no idea what is going on. That room with the Initiative looked like some creepy CIA operation.
Lauren: Seriously? Are these two even in the same category? The Initiative introducing themselves vs. the Ryan vendetta. Stop. The "welcome to the fold" note was more ominous on its own.
Christine: I don't know about ominous but I'm a big fan of Michael Trucco and JR Bourne who play the Ryan brothers. Is there any way they can dump the Porter boys at sea and stay in the Hamptons permanently?
Steve: I think that's their plan, Christine, so you may be in luck. The Ryan brothers' thinly-veiled threat felt more ominous on a personal level, but our first glimpse of the Initiative's HQ was chilling as well.
6. Daniel clearly still wants Emily. Will they get back together or will she merely use him as part of her Revengena?
Leigh: Revengenda. Which sucks because I'm so into Aiden. Daniel is a douche.
Lauren: If they get back together it's definitely Revengenda. Daniel has no trace of the person Emily possibly loved left in him.
Christine: I think Emily is done with Daniel on a personal level. On a Revengy level, the boy is still fair game.
Steve: It would seem that the writers are setting her up to have mixed emotions again, but compared to her clearly genuine feelings for Jack, I don't think she has much left for Daniel. Revengenda all the way.
7. The promo for the show's return promises ABC is giving you "just what you want." What's on your Revenge wish list for 2013?
Leigh: I wanna know who dies on the boat. I want to see Victoria and Emily's unholy alliance. How will the Initiative approach Daniel? What will happen to Nolcorp and the Trojan Horse operation? Basically I can't wait for everything!!
Lauren: Nolan's Trojan horse takedown. First rule of dirty dealing - always have a contingency plan that bites your opponent in the ass harder than they bit you. That was an amazing scene because it gave me hope for the future joy the show will bring me.
Christine: I want to see Nolan crush Marco like a bug. Maybe Padma can help. A Victoria / Emily alliance sounds like fun. Ashley can get a job at Amanda's old strip club and once Jack and Declan end up on the bottom of the sea then Amanda and the Ryan brothers can join forces and run the Hamptons drug scene from the bar. And they all live happily ever after..
Steve: The storylines to come together and build toward some truly jaw-dropping episodes. Revenge Season 2 has been good but sometimes lacking for direction; I can't wait to see where they take it in 2013.
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