Previously on Revenge: Illumination
Ironically named since no one is really victorious in this episode. Padma makes contact with the initiative and sets up a drop off time. Nolan, Aiden and Emily are ready for the drop. But when the drop gets moved up Emily is busy deal with her stepbrother and can’t make it. Once the transfer as been made, Padma is kidnapped and Nolan and Aiden are left dumbfounded on the roof. They follow the tracking device they had give Padma only to find the initiative had been one step ahead of them all along. Nolan dives deep into trying to track down Padma only to find that his archenemies Falcon is working for the initiative.
Eli makes good on his promise to Emily all those years ago. He exposes their foster mother and all her treacherous ways and tries to retrieve they letters that Emily’s father wrote to her while she was staying there. He couldn’t do that, but he manages to discover where the letters might be. With that information in hand Emily visits Mason Treadwell in jail and discovers that Victoria has another son.
Aiden: Can you stop breathing so heavily?
Nolan: I’m sorry to bother you Lee Harvey. I guess I just get a little nervous when I’m about to kill people.
Emily: In the art of war if you know the enemy and know yourself, you need not fear the approaching battles. But if you know only yourself and not your enemy, for every victory, there will also be defeat.
Victoria is throwing her annual masquerade, which had to be cancelled last year because of Daniel’s trial (as soon as she said that I was like WHOA that was a long time ago). An invitation which went to the campaign instead of Victoria was ominous and no doubt sent by Emily who has developed a plan to spook Victoria as far as her first born is concerned.
Emily had not received an invitation to the affair and when she tries to solicit one is turned down. Her disappointment doesn’t last long since Daniel, who has recently figured out it was Victoria who sent the threatening message against Emily, invites her to go as his date. Victoria is a bit confused when Emily shows up, but she is put in her disappointed place quickly.
Aiden, meanwhile has discovered that Padma is dead and killed Trask himself. I wonder who the new initiative point person will be. With that out of the way Aiden is free to help Emily spook Victoria by wearing a surprising similar suit to a man who poses as the aforementioned abandoned child. Victoria takes Emily’s well-placed bait and heads to the convent where she was helped during her pregnancy. Emily then claims she too is a pregnant woman, unsure of what to do. I assume her efforts will bring her closer to the answer of what happened to Victoria’s other son.
Emily’s findings about Victoria’s son will be salacious and downright scandalous.
Jack will soon be discovered as the person foiling Conrad’s campaign OR Amanda will start to aid him.
Nolan in his grief for Padma will continue his search for Falcon, which will come to a head shortly.
Emily: I’m not leaving you alone, Nolan.
Nolan: I love you, too.
Conrad: [to Victoria] And here I thought I knew all the skeletons in your closet by name.
Conrad: You are deceptively brilliant.
Ashley: I learned from the best.
Conrad: You meant Victoria, didn’t you?
Previously on Revenge: Sacrifice
Jack has survived his gun shot wound only to wake up and learn that Amanda is dead. His devastation however turns into a fire for retribution when he seems Conrad Grayson and remembers what he learned about Amanda’s motives on the boat. Jack shares his newfound information with Emily and Nolan, who are obviously already aware of the ploy.
Emily’s grief is overwhelming and Nolan and Aiden are a little worried, but Aiden reassures Nolan as long as Emily stays focused on the Graysons and the initiative things will be fine. Emily takes care of Jack and searches for the laptop but with no success. Jack asks Emily to read the eulogy at Amanda’s funeral and although she is hesitant at first she agrees.
After identifying Amanda’s body, Charlotte is concerned about the size of the funeral. She knows that there will be few people there so she goes in search of other people who were important to Amanda. She stumbles across a foster brother, who eventually gets in contact with Charlotte.
Prior to the funeral Jack discovers the hiding place of the laptop and realizes there was more of a connection between Emily and Amanda than they initially let on. Jack is upset at how much Emily knew and what he kept from him and refuses to accept an explanation or apology from Emily. In the last scene of the episode Emily encounters Eli James (played by Collins Pennie), her long lost foster brother.
Nolan: [to Emily] Like I said, I’m life’s pawn. I just have to figure out who’s moving me next.
Daniel: [to Conrad and Victoria] All part of the plan? Exactly how much blood are you two comfortable, because I just hit my limit.
Eli is a sketchy character and figures out that Emily is actually Amanda, which is exactly what she was worried about. Even worse, Eli has started in on aligning himself with the Graysons, which Emily fears will lead to an exposure of who she is. We find out that Emily burnt down Eli and her foster home in order to keep them from separating. Eli works his magic on the Graysons and ends up as co-chair of the Amanda Clarke foundation, a position that Emily had been vying for.
Jack is still digging for the answers to what happen the night that he was saved and Amanda died. His quest leads him to a dock and a boat owner who reveals a man with sandy blond hair bought the boat that Jack was saved with. Jack assumes Nolan but when confronted Nolan is quick to prove that its not him. He places the blame on Kenny Ryan so as not to lose Jack’s trust.
While haunted by the ghost of her past Emily finds out that the Graysons are using the Amanda Clarke foundation to hide their assets. When the initiative attacks again, they will not be left stranded without access to the large fund to which they’ve grown accustomed. Emily and Nolan begin working on gaining access to the funds and Nolan finds he has come across a familiar foe, Falcon.
Jacks quest to continue Amanda’s will end sooner rather than later and without success
Eli will be found out before Emily
Daniel will continue to fight the initiative and put his life in danger
Eli: Guy’s got the weight of the world on his shoulders. Not at all the, uh, footloose dock boy you told me about, is he Amanda? You look pretty good for a dead girl.
Nolan: The man, the myth, The Falcon, is back on the Grayson’s payroll.
Emily: Then let’s go hunting.
Previously on Revenge: Collusion
Its time for Jack and Amanda’s nuptials, but like any wedding there is a lot of prep to be done. First, there is the obligatory blackmail that Amanda must do to secure her hubby’s safety. She confesses to Conrad that she has the evidence she needs to clear her father’s name and she would be willing to go to the police at anytime, unless he accepts Jack’s money (generously given to him by the one Emily Thorne) and leave the Stowaway alone. Conrad acquiesces but Nate Ryan, well-balanced guy that he is, does not. His wheels begin turning as he figures out how to free up Conrad’s worries.
Aiden’s quest to truly know what happened to his sister is assisted by Nolan. Working under direct order of Emily, Nolan is trying to help Aiden uncover the truth. Emily wants her Aiden back and knows he won’t return until he has his answer. Nolan and Aiden discover that Colleen died six years ago, Helen Crowley was just a cat playing with her food. Nolan meanwhile discovers that Padma’s father has been kidnapped and the initiative is using her to uncover Carrion. Now in the know, Nolan and Emily will help her.
Daniel’s life is teetering on the edge as the Grayson’s livelihood may very well go up in smoke. Queen Victoria sets a plan in motion that gives her a moment alone with Helen Crowley. Opportunist that she is, Queen Victoria uses this moment to shoot her. Now what shall she do with the body.
Also the wedding was beautiful. Emily had some difficulty with it, given the life she chose over an opportunity to marry Jack. But when Aiden shows up Emily breathes a sigh of relief. One hot guy for another, right?
Nolan: [to Padma] Hey, careful who you’re calling black, little kettle.
Ashley: Victoria, do you mind? We’re actually in the middle of things.
Victoria: And fully clothed! How refreshing!
Helen is definitely dead. And Victoria definitely killed her. What does this mean? It means we’ve got another scheming pile of cover-up on our hands. Luckily the mastermind already pretty much has is figured out, she just needs the other two on board. She fakes Helen returning to her home and stages a falling-out/disagreement with Daniel under the watchful Initiative camera’s. Then she places just the right amount of evidence against Amanda Clarke at the Porter’s place. And all in time to put on a killer (no pun intended) red dress and happy face for the labor day party. Is summer over already?
Emily, Aiden and Nolan decide to let Padma lead them to the Initiative now that Daniel will be keeping Emily at arm’s length for her own safety. Yeah, right Daniel! She definitely needs big bad gullible boy to protect her. During their discussion it is discovered that Jack and Amanda might be in trouble. Aiden is left to assist Padma, Nolan and Emily set off to find “The Amanda”.
After one blissful night together on the deck of their ship, where they probably froze their asses off, Jack and Amanda wake up to a gun-toting Nate. He threatens and throws his gun around, no biggie. Then he separates the two. Amanda manipulates him into believe it was all her and had nothing to do with Jack, meanwhile confessing her true mission was always to get revenge on the Grayson’s. Jack and Amanda mislead Nate to believe the evidence he is looking for is below deck. When he find he’s been deceived there is a scuffle and Jack gets shot. Amanda sacrifices herself but pushing him into the life boat and across the water. She fights off Nate long enough that he doesn’t get another shot at Jack.
Nolan and Emily find Jack and Nolan takes him to the hospital while Amanda goes after Emily. She finds her intact and as they are about to leave. Nate blows up the boat. Emily comes out unscathed, but Amanda is in bad shape. As she dies she asks Emily to take care of Jack and thanks her for giving her a family. Emily is distraught over Amanda’s death.
- Victoria framing Amanda for killing Helen is gonna piss Emily off
- Jack will be upset, but how long do we have to wait until he is with Emily
- Nolan and Padma will join in the crusades against the Initiative
- This new guy will be way creepier than Helen
Conrad: Congratulations, Victoria. With one bullet you’ve slaughtered us all.
Victoria: The bitch had it coming.
Daniel: How are we gonna live with this?
Victoria: Like we always do. We go about our lives as if nothing ever happened.
Daniel: And what about Amanda Clarke?
Victoria: Poor girl. She chose the wrong enemy.