Revenge Recap: In Vino Veritas

EMILY VANCAMP, JOSH BOWMANNolCorp’s saboteur was revealed, Aiden courted some questionable company and Daniel paid a lot of money for an old bottle of vinegar in this week’s Revenge. Let’s review the major developments that took place in “Sabotage.”

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SOUR GRAPES | Aiden’s sulking about witnessing Emily and Daniel kissing at the end of the last episode, and when she finds out that he saw – and he’s miffed – she reminds him that getting closer to Daniel means getting closer to The Initiative. (Side note: I love the pointed tone of Emily’s voice as she’s re-explaining this all to her British boytoy. It’s very “See? This is why I fly solo.”) I thought that Aiden might try to hide his contact with Helen from Em, but he confesses all. Emily warns him not to believe Ms. Crowley’s claims that his sister Colleen is still alive, and though he says he doesn’t, methinks he does. Aiden also wants her to drop her Daniel seduction because his meeting with Helen has opened a line into the secretive organization; she’s not convinced.

Meanwhile, Daniel’s really ready to resume their old relationship, but Em slows him right down. Instead of jumping into the sack, they instead plan a wine-auction fundraiser for a charity that helps foster children who’ve aged out of the system. (Is that the new third base? I can’t keep up with the kids these days.) The evening features several noteworthy moments. First, Aiden and Nolan have a cute, little Ian Fleming-inspired interaction in which Noles calls the Brit 007, which prompts Aiden to do a fair Connery-as-Bond impression and call Nolan “Q,” which you just know made the rich nerd’s week. Meanwhile, Emily’s looking stunning in an emerald gown and totally thinking, “Please. Nolan may be Q, but in this situation, I’m Bond. And Aiden’s the equivalent of those girls that always end up drowned in oil or dipped in gold – pretty, but expendable.”) Then, Daniel pays $1 million for a bottle of wine that he and Emily later find out has turned. (Again, I can’t sing the praises of box o’ wine loud enough – though after about half that box is gone, I usually try.) Later, Helen shows up and pressures Daniel to buy Stonehaven United Solutions, which offers disaster-recovery services and which she happens to know is going to do quite well in the near future. (Hmm… Whatcha got up your shadowy sleeves, Initiative?)

As Aiden accompanies Helen out of the party, their elevator stops suddenly and gas flows in through the vents. They pass out and wake up tied to chairs in a basement, where a masked and voice-disguised figure threatens them with a gun and wants information on Stonehaven. Aiden breaks free and apparently kills the figure as another masked man comes into the room. We saw some of this in the cold open, where it appeared as though Aiden had unknowingly shot Emily, but when the second man pulls of his mask and reveals himself as Nolan, we realize that it was all just a ruse – albeit a ruse featuring a Tarantino-inspired tight shot of Emily’s rack, clad in a tight tank top and burst fake blood packets. Weird. We later find out that Aiden was in on it, too… and he’s still not jazzed about the fact that he can’t come over to Em’s to debrief (probably in more ways than one) because Daniel and his stupid gross wine are there. So Aiden shows up anyway – just to fetch his things, he tells Daniel — and it’s awkward.

THE DEVIL YOU DO | Someone tipped off Daniel to an abandoned NolCorp software-development project: the “cyber plutonium” Nolan and Marco discussed last week. The Grayson Global CEO wants to know what became of the project, which is called Carrion. (Ha.) I want to know why there’s a zero missing on the end of the $15 million allotted to the research unless… guys, maybe this project is so big and so bad it requires its own currency? Padma returns to Nolan’s side, and to Marco’s dismay, the blonde assures her she still has a job at NolCorp. Near the episode’s end, Nolan finds a ghost email to Daniel that makes it look like Marco was tipping him off about Carrion. Noles fires his ex — and we later see that the NolCorp employee feeding information to The Initiative is… Padma. (Not exactly shocking, is it? I might feel the betrayal more strongly if Gabriel Mann and Dilshad Vadsaria had been given more scenes – like the very touching ones around his father’s death – together. Share your thoughts on the matter in the comments.)

MANY HAPPY (?) RETURNS | Ashley’s back, using her deep knowledge of Grayson chicanery (her word, and it’s a fabulous one) to strike an ambiguous deal with Conrad that somehow has her back on the family’s payroll. Can’t wait until Victoria finds out! Speaking of Her Highness, she flirts with Conrad’s longtime rival Jason Prosser in order to “accidentally” slip him the tip about Stonehaven United, which he promptly makes a plan to buy. (Victoria-and-Conrad scene of the week: When he’s talking about running for public office, her subtle cough is perfect. And when she asks why he was wasting time on a social visit with a man he hates, his response: “That’s what I get for opening my own door.” I could watch these two do this all. day. long.)

AMANDA’S GOT A GUN | Amanda visits Jack in prison, and as they’re talking through the glass partition, he surmises that the cops tipped off Nate and Kenny and that’s why the raid in the previous episode went so poorly. (I know. I’m with you. I can’t. Let’s not. Let’s just… go with it, OK?) He doesn’t want Emily or Nolan’s help in making bail, either. But if the cops trace the gun, she suggests, they’ll realize “that it was used to kill Kenny and Nate’s father six years ago and that it belonged to my dad!” Jack says exasperatedly, and oy, if Nick Weschler is even half as annoyed at having to recap that storyline again as I am to re-recap it again, he is one frustrated dude. Also, um, aren’t those conversations usually recorded? Maybe that’s not the place to share that kind of intel?

The best part of the scene, however, is Amanda’s reaction once it’s established that the Ryan brothers are seeking retribution for their dad’s death. She gets the crazy stripper/murderer eyes and I am reminded how much more fun she was when she was a total freaking nutjob. Jack sees it too and forbids her to do anything about the situation. She promises… and later trades one of Conrad’s watches (again, just go with it) for a 9mm from the trunk of a car. She’s about to use it on Nate in the storeroom when deus ex Ashley-na shows up – thinking that the appearance of being a civic crusader would help his political future, Conrad has pulled some strings to get Jack’s bail reduced, so he’s home. And Conrad is upstairs at The Stowaway, looking around like he’s in the Natural History Museum or something. His internal monologue must be something like, “It’s so lifelike! And so… depressing. Where’s the gift shop?”

Now it’s your turn. What did you think of the episode? Did you suspect Padma’s duplicity all along? When, exactly, do you think Aiden is going to lose it and do something severely stupid? Sound off in the comments!

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50 Comments
  1. jonbua says:

    Padma hadn’t looked prettier, and then it all faded during that last minute.

    • iMember says:

      Seems like Revenge’s stylers have a plan all on their own.

    • BJohns says:

      Her red dress should have been a sign but noooo, I couldn’t believe it until she started saying she heard Marco having a conversation, as if he would be that crazy to let her that close in earshot to hear his phone call.
      Poor Nolan.

  2. iMember says:

    Very glad Jack’s storyline has lead back to the Graysons. Things are definitely coming together. Emily and Nolan working together again is fantastic. And Padmaaaa. Oh Padma. You sneaky lady. This was such a great episode! I can’t wait for next week’s.

  3. donbut says:

    Is there anyway Padma is Aidens sister

  4. Josh says:

    Padma is a ******* B**** hope Emily finds out and beats her Down

  5. Frank says:

    Is it just me or is the show getting a bit too convoluted these days? I mean, besides the side stories (some of which are boring (DECLAN FAMILY), we have the major stories that seem to branch out into new questions weekly. And all of it doesn’t seem to have a coherent purpose as of yet. I don’t even remember half of the things I know I am supposed to from weeks ago and I’m afraid the writers are going in way too many directions.

    Anyone else think it needs to tighten up a bit?

    • Judy says:

      Thank you for saying this, Frank! I am a HUGE fan of Revenge, and loved every minute of every episode of season 1, but I am seriously on brain overload this season. Everything was so systematic and manipulative in season 1, and now I just end each episode pretty confused. They need to take a lesson from Ringer — that show had some great potential, but they just tried to do too much and it wound up being a convoluted mess (and got cancelled, by the way…).

    • Jenny says:

      No it’s not just you. I find myself having a hard time keeping up with everything. It’s not that I don’t understand what’s going on, there’s just too much going on. Too many questions as well. It just doesn’t flow this season. I had hope with last weeks where she got revenge on one person like in season one but we came back to a mess of storylines once again. And boy they are a mess!

    • ratneck says:

      Frank, agreed. I’ve been having a hard time since the beginning of season 2.

    • jimbo says:

      Couldn’t agree more. If they don’t get their act together I may quit watching it rather sooner than later.

    • ZmaX says:

      Really? it’s pretty straight-forward…we obviously don’t have all the answers (but the foundation has been set) but that’s kinda the point, considering we’re only half-way through the season. Good news is that creator Mike Kelly did say he’s going to clear up the bigger storylines as we move forward so it’s more about Emily and less about the initiative.

  6. Nick says:

    Pretty good epsiode, I wonder what Padma’s up to & why it involves the Initiative, next week looks good!

  7. jonbua says:

    You know, Revenge returned last week and I thought it was headed in the right direction again, but tonight’s episode was a ball of bore. It’s not even Padma, I prefer her character over that gay ex whose name I can’t even remember. What ever happened to Charlotte’s rehabilitation? Why hasn’t Ashley gone to sit in a corner? Why is Aiden starting to look like the gum Emily can’t get off her shoe? Why can’t we have Nolan’s mansion back? Why does it seem like they’re holding Daniel back from becoming the big bad evil that his dad once seemed to be? I hope he doesn’t. “Jack&Emily” is done once Carl was born, being with Aiden seems like a cheap 007 move, and Daniel gets really cute when he’s with her, which is why I ship that.

    • luli says:

      FORGET MY COMMENT… I don’t know what happened to the post talking about revenge and then spoiling the ending of tonights episode of ONCE. Jonbua, i’m sorry.

    • Taro says:

      I agree with you. I thought this week’s episode was boring. Yes I can follow the plot and the many sub sub plots but it doesn’t interest me much anymore. Frankly, nothing surprised me in this episode except for the fact that the million dollar wine had gone bad. Didn’t expect that!

      I also like Daniel with Emily because it’s about the only time we can see both characters laugh and smile.

    • Jeremy says:

      I get that Josh Bowman is attractive- but Daniel is a really horrible person who has done some pretty despicable things this season. He’s still covering up David Clark’s frame-job and murder and he stole his dad’s (yet still lives in his pool-house) and Nolan’s companies out of sheer greed. Emily’s happiness with Daniel is purely and she despises everything he stands for.

      I think last season when Emily and Jack actually had some interaction, he made her very happy as well- in a more genuine way since they had a real history together as kids. However I can’t argue that the writers have driven a block between Emily and Jack with Carl, and that the two haven’t interacted all season. I put it down to poor plotting- I really have no idea what the writers are doing ship-wise at this point.

  8. N says:

    Loved Nolan! Padma =P

  9. diane says:

    I fast forwarded most of the episode. Boring.

  10. xy77boy says:

    I really hope by the end of the season, Victoria figures out Emily’s true identity and then the fallout from that can be season 3. That is the only thing that can save this show. Season 2 sucks so far. This Initiative thing is the worst thing to happen to the show as well as the Ryan brothers.

  11. Jenny says:

    Too many storylines, so intertwined that its a mess. I fast forwarded through all of the porters scenes. Kept asking myself when they came up, who cares?! I mean really.

    • Mikael says:

      I fast forward through all of the Porter scenes too. I just couldn’t take that boring storyline anymore. I’m still a big fan of the show, but I don’t like that Nolan’s company was taken away and he seems helpless. I hope he’s just playing stupid. And Padma’s gotta go. I want to see Emily taking people down again.

  12. Stefan says:

    Loved revenge s1 eps 1-15, from there on, it’s just been a complete mess. I thought that the first half of season 2 would be as good as season 1 was leading up to the flash forward, but no, it has just been a coorporate mess. All of the storylines seem to be about taking over companies and such. Only thing I loved this season was about Mason Treadwell finding out who Emily really is. Hope revenge gets back on track by the end of the season so we can get a good, juicy filled with lots of twist, season 1 like, season 3.

    • Jeremy says:

      You hit the nail on the head. Revenge was about frivolous garden parties and lavish wealth, not corporate checkers and international super-villains. This season has been beyond disappointing. I keep having faith in what Mike Kelley is telling his audience- that the Initiative storylines will wrap up and the focus will get back to Emily’s revenge and keeping her identity hidden. But somehow, I think he’s just stringing us along for more conspiracy junk.

  13. Sarahliz says:

    Too many storylines? If you really can’t follow 2 separate stories, what are you doing watching anything other than Honey Boo Boo?

  14. Andrea says:

    I find myself looking forward to the end of the episode because thats the only time anything exciting actually happens. The storyline is getting way too heavy. Does anyone care about the stowaway storyline? Or Helen? When Aiden first appeared I liked him, but now he could dissapear and I’d be totally fine. I feel like the show has lost it’s spark- it’s just a mess now.

    • Jo says:

      I agree, I’ve been hoping Aiden’s the one killed off !!! Please please please, one can hope…Can’t stand him, he’s ruining the show for me! He needs to articulate more, I find myself rewinding everytime he speaks to hear what the heck he just said…urgh!

    • JB says:

      I tend to agree. I feel like Emily has much better chemistry with Daniel than Aiden. I think instead of making the plot more convoluted and bringing in tons of new characters if Emily brought Daniel over to her side and told him everything so that it was Daniel in Grayson Global working with her — that would be interesting.

      • Jeremy says:

        I disagree- it would be far more fun to have someone like Jack (who was always loyal to David) working with Emily to bring down the Graysons than Daniel doing a 180 and suddenly giving a damn about David Clark. He already picked his side. Emily should be bringing him down along with his parents.

  15. Nicholas Short says:

    I, on the contrary to a lot of people, absolutely love the inter-twining mass array of story-lines appearing on Revenge. It appears that these days very few hit USA tv-dramas actually force the audience to really think or be challenged, and that’s what’s so great about Revenge – it keeps me on the edge of my seat, coming back week after week, largely due to the fact that it’s so intellectual – and if you pay enough attention, you can begin to start working out where everything is going. The large amount of story-lines is simply, astoundingly clever writing and immaculate series planning – I can do nothing more than take my hat off to the writers of Revenge, and sit back and enjoy the coming episodes – Bravo!

  16. Tyluv3 says:

    Okay. I’m going to be the first person to say this. Padma is working with The Initiative as apart of NOLAN’S PLAN. Think about it, if Nolan knew the initiative were out for Aiden, strong arming him, he must’ve seen them coming after him as well. He knew from working with Emily that the initiative were working with Daniel and through that connection, they were going to try to get close to NolCorp. It seems to easy to put the plan on Padma, i truly believes she is trying to help Nolan and Nolcorp.

    Though i do think she set up Marco by herself for her own personal intentions.

    • I have the same theory since the writers obviously love twists and I relish following their breadcrumbs. Much as I would love Nolan to be rid of Padma, my feeling is she could be the trojan horse in Nolan’s plan…he did ask her at Conrad and Vic’s remarriage how far she was willing to go to save Nolcorp and I can’t believe a genius like him would unwittingly make himself vulnerable to the Initiative when he was working on that project for Daniel last ep. OR if Padma is conveniently shady, it may lead to Nolan trusting Marco again. I have absolutely no liking for Padma or Marco as I’d rather see Emily and Nolan in cahoots again but as long as it gives Nolan more screentime and he frees himself from silly Little Simba I’ll be a happy Revenger.

  17. MJ says:

    I completely love Revenge and I love it whether she is using her red marker or the many story lines. I actually enjoyed last night’s episode. I think it is setting us up for something big and I can’t wait.

  18. Eric says:

    I do agree with others when they’re bringing up the convoluted story lines that don’t seem to make sense. I do find myself forgetting about what happened. I personally think they brought Emily’s mom in way too early and took her out way too early. With a potential story arc like that, it’s something I think will need to be brought up again. So I still have faith in the writers and especially in Mike Kelley. I did read an article stating that he plans on bringing everything back to the Graysons, especially the divide between Emily and Victoria. I had my suspicions about Padma (but also Marco) ever since the first episode of the season when she talked about NolCorp being audited. And my suspicions didn’t get worse until tonight’s episode so now I feel super bad about Marco. The whole Porter vs. Ryan brothers story line is frustrating me and unless it all comes back to something having to do with The Initiative or a link between them and the Graysons, it’s a story line that should have been thought about a bit more. But I have faith this show is going to get better this second half.

  19. aquarius1271 says:

    I am so close to quitting this series that I watched obsessively in season 1. This second season is beyond boring and an absolute confusion plotwise. I cannot keep track of all the comings and goings. Such a huge letdown!

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