Revenge Review: She'll Handle It

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Revenge is on a simmer so far this season, with every episode growing slightly hotter than the preceding week. Eventually, this revengenda is going to reach its boiling point... and then?

The Graysons probably have another 6 or 7 lives between them, so we'll see, right?

Revenge Season 3 Episode 5 had Emily losing control while simultaneously declaring she would handle, well, everything.

Emily Pleads With Jack

You know what's interesting about a rhombus? Parallel lines. There were all sorts of parallels in this episode and that's only part of what made it a great one for Revenge.

This "love rhombus" that ABC is touting got a little interesting tonight. A little. Even though I'm personally still calling it a triangle with only two viable options, there were hints of Revenge Season 1 in there that made Daniel seem slightly possible as a romantic choice for Emily. Slightly.

In season 1, Daniel and Emily were a possibility. She admitted feelings for him. He reciprocated those feelings. It seemed like they had potential.

The introduction of Aiden Mathis into the Daniel-Emily-Jack triangle ruined that potential. Suddenly Daniel was weak and stood no chance with Emily. He became simply a means to her end-game. 

Tonight I almost - almost - felt bad for the guy. Daniel does love Emily, at least the Emily he thinks he knows. His conversation with Margaux revealed that he really doesn't know much about the woman he's planning to marry.

After Daniel called off the wedding, Emily showed him vulnerability. Fake vulnerability using a picture of FauxManda's family, but still. Nolan told her that the one thing Daniel needed was the one thing she couldn't give him: Herself.

In compromise, she showed Daniel a memory that wasn't hers but she told him about the father and childhood which were. She shared a real moment with him and with us, and the rare Emotional Emily moments are always great.

She told him she was the girl who lost everything, which paralleled her discussion with Jack about what happened to the little girl he met on the beach. The moments when Emily allows herself to get emotional are the moments that remind her that the little girl she was is still inside her somewhere. 

Emily's only choice at this point is between Aiden and Jack and tonight she professed her love for Aiden. Or so it seems. 

Aiden knows all of her, completely, and accepts her. Loves her. She can be herself with him in a way that she's never gotten to be herself with anyone else. He's her everything. There's safety in that.

Is she playing Aiden to keep his jealousy away from Jack? Is this a moment of keep your enemies close?

It certainly would be very Revengey of her, wouldn't it?

But then there's Jack and Margaux's budding relationship to consider.

Emily wants Jack to be happy and for him to stay safely out of her plans. Margaux satisfies both of those needs. Could her "you're my everything" to Aiden simply be her settling since she knows she needs to leave Jack alone and let him find happiness without her?

Apparently love rhombuses are enigmas wrapped in mysteries.

One mystery which was solved tonight was the one about Conrad's car. Patrick is definitely fruit from Victoria's tree, that's for sure.

The long-lost son cut Conrad's brake lines to rid his mother of her power-hungry cockroach of a husband except he ended up killing a priest instead. And instead of handing Patrick over to Conrad, she covered for him by having Charlotte make a tearful confession that she, in such a grief-stricken state over loss of Declan and their baby, had punctured the brake lines in order to save Jack.

Charlotte is also fruit from Victoria's tree.

Victoria did go looking for Patrick at the art gallery, but he was nowhere to be found. Earlier in the day, she'd wished him happiness and he'd closed up shop to go and find it with Nolan, presumably forgiving Mr. 170 IQ for snooping into his background. 

Patrick is not to be trusted. Even if he does look great without a shirt on. He's probably not to be trusted because he looks great without a shirt. 

Why can't Nolan ever be happy in love? 

Random bits of Revenge-y goodness:

  • Everything about Nolan and Emily was great tonight. He's her Jiminy Cricket and she really needs one of those sometimes.
  • The neckerchief seems to be Nolan's signature look this season.
  • Victoria telling Margaux to learn to control powerful men was maybe my favorite Vicki line ever.
  • No way Conrad really bought that Charlotte cut the brake lines on his car. Conrad knows Charlotte barely knows what a brake pedal is, much less where on a car to puncture a brake line.

What did you think of Revenge Season 3 Episode 5, "Control"? Are you Team Aiden, Team Jack, or Team Daniel (how??)? Do you trust Patrick with Nolan?


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Miranda Wicker is a Staff Writer for TV Fanatic. Follow her on Twitter.

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Revenge Quotes

Ross, if you're quite finished playing 'who's got the bigger hard drive' I have an update for you both.


Some believe confession helps a guilty soul find peace, releasing us from the shame and regret of our mistakes. In the face of mortality, many feel the need to seek this closure to make things right. Because if death doesn't kill us, our demons will.