Resurrection was always something I associated with church, more specifically Easter. But Revenge has given a whole new meaning to the word, and it has nothing to do with finding a colorful basket full of fake grass and chocolate eggs one fine April morning. In fact, it’s a complete contortion of the word.
Emily reminds us of the concept of resurrection: “For those who believe in resurrection, death is inconsequential.” And technically both Victoria and Emily’s mother are dead; the former Mrs. Clarke is pushing up daisies as far as Emily knows and Victoria is dead to the world outside of Charlotte, Voldemort (the nameless white-haired man), Emily, and Nolan. But as Emily’s ominous voiceover suggests when it plays over her dream in which her mother’s head morphs into an oddly oversized Victoria head (which I’d say was way outside of the show’s aesthetic, but was so akin to what actually happens in dreams that I can’t gripe), neither Victoria nor Emily’s mother is actually dead.
And while Victoria’s non death was pretty obvious to us (duh), it’s the fact that Emily might actually have family other than Charlotte that’s the exciting element. Interestingly enough, that’s kind of how tonight’s episode felt. There were a string of completely predictable moments, so easy to forecast we could have practically drawn a map to get us there, and a few things that flew straight out of left field. And then there are those things we’re not quite sure what to do with yet.
Round 1: Surprise, Surprise. Victoria Returns to Society With an Elaborate Scheme
After Conrad takes all of Charlotte’s money with the help of her crooked rehab doctor, Charlotte calls off her mother’s plan to flee the country. Of course, she’s helped along by Emily, who with a heavy heart, takes Charlotte to see her pregnant “sister” Amanda so that Charlotte will feel compelled to stay in the Hamptons. What Charlotte doesn’t know is that flee-dom comes at a cost: Voldemort made a pricey deal with Victoria in order to get her escape papers together and he’s willing to take that price out Victoria’s and Charlotte’s hides if she doesn’t find herself a pile of money.
Backed into a corner, Victoria pushes Charlotte away by pretending the plan wasn’t about her from the start. Charlotte goes crying to Emily, who’s her only ally since she’s convinced that Daniel helped her father take her money (poor, dopey Daniel hasn’t done anything wrong because, well, he hasn’t done anything), but Emily suspects there’s something else at play. And so do we.
And just like that, we all win, because Victoria does have something up her sleeve: she calls Conrad to have him help her plan an elaborate ruse. A sort of bloody coming out party, if you will. She asks Conrad to beat her up, a task he gladly accepts, and when Voldemort comes back to the house ready to kill her because he’s yet to see a dime of Charlotte’s money, she’s tied to a bookcase with blood all over her face and a legion of police cars seconds from the house. They find her and introduce her back into society. It’s a true resurrection because she gets to enter her old life with the clean slate that comes with being a female victim of a brutal kidnapping. Victoria emerges in her new life a clean (ish) woman. Well, that is if Emily keeps her mouth shut.
Also predictable, this time around, is Daniel’s status as a lovable, golden retriever puppy. He really never has any idea what’s going on. He’s being controlled by his father through his devious girlfriend, Ashley, who thinks she’s won the Stepford Wife role of a lifetime. His father lets him think that it’s his fault he stole Charlotte’s money; if Daniel had given up his trust fund to Grayson Global, he wouldn’t have needed it. And when Victoria returns, he’s indignant for only a minute before his father explains away the whole money-snatching situation by saying it was for Victoria’s ransom. And the son is back in the fold of the family who’s lied to him more times than we can count.
But Daniel’s not just a little gullible, he’s truly a loyal, sentimental sweetheart. He gives up all his money so he can replace Charlotte’s inheritance and offers to move out of the main house so she can have her space. He can’t let Grayson’s questionable bookkeeping just lie. And he can’t help but trust Emily and let her back into his heart when she comes at him with information about Charlotte’s crooked doctor. It’s clear that’s why Emily continues to stare at him like the little puppy she refused to give a treat. But with Jack out of the picture temporarily, we can bet they’ll play those sympathetic looks for weeks to come.
Round 2: The Miracle of Birth (or Pregancy, For Now)
Emily is not only dealing with her Victoria issues. She’s got a few matters of the heart to deal with as well: namely, her jealousy. Amanda has set up shop with Jack now that she’s pregnant and the paternity test is happening. There’s just one small problem: Amanda is worried it’s not Jack’s. She comes to Emily to tell her that, and the cold, new Emily cuts to the chase: she’ll rig the lab results in exchange for Amanda acting like Charlotte’s sister.
No one was surprised to see that the results claimed Jack as the father, followed swiftly by Declan’s sudden support of their new little family after telling Jack to tell Amanda he didn’t love her. What was a shock was how happy Jack was that the baby is his: wasn’t he just looking for an excuse to get out of this relationship? Of course, we could chalk this one up to the mysterious acting techniques of Nick Wechsler.
What’s more surprising is what Emily does after Amanda gets to deliver the good news. She calls Amanda to tell her that the results she got were fake, the baby is not Jack’s. Not only does this crush Amanda, it’s not true. Emily does this only out of spite, because Amanda is keeping her from Jack and it’s the one situation she can’t seem to crack.
Of course, Declan’s plan in the face of a growing family and shrinking funds isn’t all that surprising: he gets into some business he should know to stay out of. His rich friend Trey, who just popped up out of a Chinos and Plaid patch, pays him $500 dollars to hold onto his step mother’s bracelet so he can prove a point. Declan stupidly agrees, because he clearly wasn’t paying attention during Titanic. This is worse than not noticing some old croney shoving the heart of the ocean in your pocket while you’re not looking, because Declan at least has a choice here. And he chooses incorrectly.
Next: Bye, bye Voldemort, hello British Dreamboat?
Round 3: What the Hell? Why Is This Happening?