S1E12: Last week's Revenge was all about building up suspense without providing much of a follow through, but this week's episode kicked things up a notch by bringing Emily's focus back to what she does best: revenge. It was the best move for the show, really. Too many weeks had gone by without one of Emily's infamous - and carefully strategized - vendettas. Add that to the game-changing twist that developed in the last few seconds of the episode and you've got all the ingredients for a dynamite show. But let's not get ahead of ourselves.
"Infamy can be a sentence more damning than any prison term." - Emily
This week Emily's got her sights on Mason Trreadwell, the author who gained both fame and fortune by publishing a book of lies about Emily's father, David Clarke. We learn that Treadwell at first sought to write about her father's innocence, promising to help, but he was eventually bribed by the Graysons and instead wrote a book backing their version of the story. Once again, here was someone who had the potential to clear an innocent man's name, yet he chose to look the other way. So Emily decides to pay him back in full. First, she enlists Amanda's help to get a little one-on-one time during which Amanda (with Emily reciting her lines in her ear) accuses him of betraying her trust, basically guilt-tripping him for all the wrongs he's done. And it seemed to kind of work at first, until Victoria senses his wavering allegiance and reminded him just how much he'd stand to lose if he turned all noble now. Since he once again failed to voice what really happened, it was time for Emily to move on to plan B.
"I'm sure the girl's just here to get some closure." - Mason
"The only question is how far is she going to go to get it." - Victoria
Victoria's still set on keeping an eye on Amanda and her reasons for remaining in the Hamptons. But those suspicions have to be put on the back burner, at least for the time being. Now that Victoria successfully pleaded duress in regards to her pre-nup, she's looking to fully take over the company of Grayson Global, leaving Conrad with nothing. In order to do this she must own the majority of the stocks, which is where Daniel comes into play. If he were to be granted access to his shares of the company then their combined shares would grant them full ownership of the business. Sounds like a good plan, right? Well, it would be, but Conrad is well aware that this could be his son's intention and decides to create an obstacle. He reinstates Daniel's trust, but won't give him his shares until he either turns 30 or gets married. The reason behind the engagement party we saw in the pilot is beginning to make more and more sense, don't you think?
"I will not have him rushing into a marriage with a woman I don't even trust." - Victoria
Once Daniel hears of the stipulation he immediately wants to marry Emily. He claims that he truly does love her and that it's not just about taking over the company, but you have to wonder if that's entirely true. I know that if I found out there was some incentive behind my boyfriend's proposal I'd be a little wary of sayig "yes." And of course Victoria is absolutely against the idea since she still feels uneasy with Emily's intentions, but her morally-deprived lawyer suggests for her to play along with it as to not lose her son as an ally. After all, "the contract doesn't specify that it has to be a successful marriage." So we should expect a proposal scene sometime in the near future. Set your DVRs accordingly.
This just leaves us with Emily's mysterious plan for Treadwell. While Nolan keeps Treadwell preoccupied, Emily goes over to his house, steals the recordings he'd saved from his interviews with her father, and burns his house to the ground...along with his only existing copy of his prided, yet unpublished memoirs. His life's work goes down the drain. But the real excitement is brought to us in the last few minutes of the show when Emily begins watching the recordings of her father's interviews with Treadwell. And in a startling new discovery, we learn that David Clarke and Victoria had a child together: a baby girl named Charlotte.
OMG, I can't believe that Charlotte is David's child and not Conrad's. That means that Emily and Charlotte are sisters - well, half sisters, but still this is huge! I can only imagine how this is going to affect Emily's overall plan for the Grayson household.
So what did you think of tonight's shocking new development? How do you think Emily will handle this significant turn of events? Let me know your thoughts in the comments section below!