Television
“Revenge” Returns For More Deception
By LaDale Anderson
Oct 1, 2012 - 7:09:13 AM

HOLLYWOOD—“Revenge” was absolutely one of the best new dramas on television last season. With its jaw-dropping pilot, to its unbelievable finale, audiences could not get enough of the series. When we last left off, Amanda Clarke had returned to town pregnant with Jack’s (Nick Wechsler) baby, Emily (Emily VanCamp) and Nolan (Gabriel Mann) faced off with the White Haired Man, Daniel (Josh Bowman) hooked up with Ashley (Ashley Madekwe), Charlotte (Christa B. Allen) overdosed on pills, and the queen of all evil, Victoria Grayson (Madeleine Stowe), was presumed dead in a plane explosion. That’s not even the best part; season one wrapped with Emily discovering that her presumed dead mother is still alive.

 

Episode 1 of season two, cleverly titled “Destiny,” picks up one year after last season. With so much being jammed pack in the episode, I found it important to decipher only the clues the audience will need to know. The audience sees several images of divers searching for survivors from what appears to be a boat explosion. A gold time clock chain and a male’s body is also seen, though who that person is remains the mystery. This appears to set-up where season 2 will be heading. An important clue for the audience to be aware of is that all of this takes place over the Labor Day weekend. 

 

We then rewind to three months back, where Emily Throne is seen tied to a wooden post as waves of water pummel her body. It’s later revealed she is in training to attempt to drum up memories about her mother.  With a touch of magic, it's Memorial Day weekend in the Hamptons. Jack and Declan (Connor Paolo) are at odds over pregnant Amanda. Jack appears to be in a depressed state of mind, which makes me think he has Emily on the brain. Charlotte has been in rehab for her pill addiction, and is thrilled about her mother’s memorial taking place. She invites Emily to the event, who has been checking in on her little sister during her stint in rehab.  

 

Emily has business to take care of, so she tracks down Nolan, who has been boxing to build up his strength. She calls his bluff to travel back to the Hamptons with her. The duo visits the abandoned Angel of Mercy Hospital where Emily’s mother was last seen in a psychiatric ward. They realize that Victoria paid her mother a visit just one week before David Clarke was arrested. Emily is pretty sure Victoria played a hand in her mom’s disappearance.

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Emily Thorne (Emily VanCamp) on the defense.

 

I could not help but laugh at the thought of Ashley attempting to fill queen Victoria’s shoes. She’s way in over her head. Conrad (Henry Czerny) is still mad at the world, but especially at his duplicitous wife Victoria. Takeda seems to be hiding something from Emily, which explains why his protégé is sent to track her down. At the memorial for Victoria, every Hampton socialite paid their respect to the dearly departed, but sparks flew when Charlotte decided to share some kind words about her mother. She blew a gasket when her case worker, explained she failed her drug test. She shouted that Conrad had set her up and she whispered something explosive to Emily. The look on her face said it all.

 

Moments later, Emily was seen knocking on a door and boom, the vindictive Victoria Grayson answered the door. “What the hell are you doing here?” Victoria said. Two enemies come face-to-face again. Best moment I’ve seen on TV in awhile. Charlotte has known about her mother’s survival all along; a ploy for the government to keep her protected as they build their case against her ex-husband. Conrad is indeed a grimy guy; he’s after both of his children’s inheritances. It makes me wonder just what this guy wouldn’t do to stay on top.  Emily reunited with Jack and posed the question the audience has been asking since last May: “Are you absolutely sure the baby is yours?”

 

Emily, well aware that Victoria was up to her old tricks, had Nolan install a camera in a sea shell and paid Victoria another visit to plant the camera. Daniel continued to long for Emily, who, frankly, has moved on with her life. Too bad Ashley is too absorbed in her own world to notice it. Nolan and Emily spied on Victoria, who was seen speaking with, of course, the White Haired Man, the same guy responsible for murdering Emily’s father.  A stunning revelation to wrap up the episode, as Victoria sent her watchdog to eliminate Emily. Unfortunately, Victoria has no idea Emily nearly took out the guy once before, and I don’t see her having a problem actually doing it if her life is threatened.

 

I am just counting down the moments until Victoria learns the true identity of Emily Throne. It will be a classic moment of television not to be missed! “Revenge” airs Sundays at 9pm on ABC. Catch my recap each Sunday and share your thoughts with me at ladale@canyon-news.com.



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