Revenge Recap: The Tantrum of the Opera

Revenge Season 3 RecapMargaux’s much-discussed father arrives in the Hamptons in this week’s Revenge, and Pascal LeMarchal does not disappoint: By the end of the hour, he’s duped his daughter, repeatedly hit on Victoria and booked a Red Sharpie facial with a highly intrigued Emily, bien sûr.

Elsewhere in the episode, a night at the opera seems to be Emily’s undoing, Daniel and Victoria think they’ve won and Nolan acquires a houseguest who may as well have BAD NEWS stamped across his felonious, if cute, face.

Let’s go over what took place in “Disgrace.”

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MORE OF STEVIE’S STORY | Emily thinks Stevie might have been involved in David Clarke’s undoing, but Jack pleads with her to back off. “Please, just let me have this one thing,” he asks. I’m stunned when she complies. Still, Jack’s recently revealed mom doesn’t want to give up on doing right by David Clarke, even posthumously. “I was one of the people who thought he got a raw deal,” she maintains, adding that her work as a divorce lawyer is directly linked to her drive to help the underdog. (Side note: Um, sure? Aren’t there better outlets for good-doobie lawyers than negotiating who gets the shih tzu and the Aspen timeshare?) Anyway, “For me, it’s all about justice,” she avers.

Stevie tells Jack that right around the time she met with David Clarke in 1997, she received a suspicious piece of evidence linked to his case. But not long after, she was picked up for a DUI and disbarred, and her firm confiscated the evidence. The kicker? She’s pretty sure Conrad was behind shutting her down.

NOLAN SAID KNOCK YOU OUT | So next thing we know, Jack and Nolan are suited up and on their way to Stevie’s old firm. The plan: Jack’s going to break into the archives – with the tech whiz’s help – while Nolan distracts (I guess?) by taking a meeting with the firm’s patent lawyers. Nolan awesomely drops an LL Cool J reference while refuting one counselor’s description of his reentrance into the tech world: “Don’t call it a comeback,” he says. “I’ve been here for years.” (Ha!) Meanwhile, Jack’s sweating through his suitcoat in the archives, because the servers he’s looking for aren’t marked by date and he has no idea what to grab.

Some quick thinking on Nolan’s part connects Jack via phone with Javier, the recently released hacker Noles mentored in the clink who happens to be crashing at Chez Ross. Javier translates the encoded server labels for the freaked-out barkeep, who sneaks out with Stevie’s missing evidence in his satchel.

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ET VOILA! | And where does Jack immediately bring the pilfered info? Straight to Emily, who says she won’t help him out of respect for his earlier request to let it all go. Still, you know our girl can’t keep her manicured paws off of some ill-gotten intel, so she’s all over it when Nolan later stops by.

Stevie’s missing evidence is a scan of a handwritten note to Conrad. It mentions how the author “handled TWM” and references Conrad’s “DC plan.” The later is most likely related to Em’s dad; she’s not sure what “TWM” is all about. But she’s pretty certain she knows who wrote it: Pascal LeMarchal. And even when Emily reluctantly informs Jack that his girlfriend’s dad might be dirty, he wants in on the action.

BIENVENUE | Speaking of the French magnate, we learn he’s in town because Margaux asked him for help ousting Conrad from Voulez. But Papá LeMarchal has other things on his mind: namely, trying to get in Victoria’s pants (he only succeeds getting her in a slinky, black Dolce & Gabbana number) and rebuffing Conrad’s attempts to merge their companies.

And when Conrad doesn’t get what he wants, he makes sure Margaux finds out that her father is using Voulez as a quarterly write-off – and deceiving her that the fashion mag is making money. I have a few things to say about this. 1) Margaux, have you been sniffing too many perfume inserts? How on God’s green Earth did you think a magazine based in the Hamptons would turn a profit in its first year? Or ever? 2) Is this really supposed to make me hate Pascal? Because, meh. And even if I did agree with Margaux that her pop is “an evil man,” it doesn’t matter much: As he declares during a big night out at the opera, he’s bent on sticking around for a while.

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THE JIG IS UP | The opera event proves pivotal for Emily, as well, but let’s back up for a minute. Earlier in the episode, she is summoned to the Grayson study, where Daniel and Victoria take great glee in showing her the P.I.’s pictures of her and Aiden kissing. Victoria offers Em a huge settlement to skedaddle, then threatens to take her to court, but Emily tearfully recounts how much she’s done for Daniel… then drops the act and informs them that was just a preview of the performance she’ll give on the stand. (Heh. Bitchy Emily is still my favorite.) After she leaves, Daniel tries to channel his dad as he growls, “I want her out,” but the effect is kinda like when the cub version of Simba tries to be Mufasa in The Lion King: Cute by way of pathetic, and entirely unthreatening.

Later, Victoria and Brooks, Daniel’s P.I., have the inadvertently porniest scene I’ve ever witnessed on broadcast television. Actual dialogue from the interaction:

VICTORIA: You’re good.
BROOKS: Thank you, Mrs. Grayson, but your son said I’d satisfied his need for my services.
VICTORIA: Well, I have a new angle I’m working on, and I think you’re just the person to help me out.

When there’s someone at the door, I half expect it to be a guy delivering pizza topped with bow-chicka-wow-wow or a plumber asking if anyone requested a good snaking, but alas, it’s newly rehired Grayson domestic Marta with Victoria’s dress for the opera.

BRAVO! | We later find out that Victoria used Brooks to determine that Aiden is in Bermuda – so why is Emily sticking around New York? And why didn’t she take the handsome payout offered? Victoria and Daniel surmise that Em is targeting the Grayson family, not its bank account, and Victoria seizes a moment at the opera to wreak havoc for her daughter-in-law.

As a performance of Pagliacci progresses onstage, Voulez gossip columnist Charlotte (Side note: BWAHAHAHAHAHAHHAHAHAHA… no seriously [gasping for air]… Revenge, you’re killing me here) gets a tip that Emily’s fake pregnancy has been revealed online via leaked medical records.

Victoria runs with it, publicly denouncing Em as a husband-trapping golddigger before all of the opera-watching Hamptonites, and the phalanx of photographers in the theater’s lobby make sure to get a good shot of Em’s hasty exit from the building. She later moves out of Grayson Manor while Daniel reminds his soon-to-be-ex-wife that the settlement is no longer on the table and that her threat to tell everyone he shot her won’t hold much water – after all, she held a press conference announcing that Lydia wielded the gun that night.

But as Jack deduces when he and Ems are alone later, the wily Ms. Clarke leaked the records herself in order to stage a big break with the Graysons. “I needed them to feel like they won,” she says.

Now it’s your turn. Do you think Victoria ultimately will give in to Pascal’s unrelenting pursuit? Can any good come out of Javier as Nolan’s open-ended houseguest? And is anyone with me that Stevie is not the crusader she claims to be? Sound off in the comments!

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  1. WOW says:

    This show is so dumb now. Remember how last season, it was all the about how the “Initiative” were involved in the David Clarke situation, and we remember how convoluted that became. Now that the show has basically banished them from the canon of Revenge, they substitute it with Mar-GO-AWAY’s father. Now he is the guy that was helping Conrad (and maybe Victoria) with framing David Clarke. It is amazing how this show is able to just throw anything out there in terms of the main story and hope the audience buys it without question.

    • wrstlgirl says:

      I agree. I’m having a really difficult time getting into this. It’s just so ridiculous.

      • dee123 says:

        It’s ALWAYS been ridiculous. Get over yourself.

        • dax says:

          exactly .. its never been cutting edge super-real show.. it is soapy revengenda and thats what makes it so GOOD! it’s like the cheat food you have after having a healthy diet of homeland/house of cards.. I still look forward to the show every week!

    • Jimmy says:

      The whole Initiative plot nearly ruined this show, which is why its creator is no longer involved, and while Revenge never really recovered it’s had signs of being better this season. That said, maybe they should start thinking of an endgame. Pull a Lost and do two shorter seasons to tie it all up.

  2. Emgee says:

    Wasn’t it JACK who deduced it when they were alone later?

  3. Candice says:

    Nice Recap. The story is moving along. I can’t wait to see the rest of the season.

    At the top of my wish list this season is a dead Daniel Grayson.

  4. Alichat says:

    “But as Nolan deduces when he and Ems are alone later, the wily Ms. Clarke leaked the records herself in order to stage a big break with the Graysons.” It was Jack, not Nolan.

    On another note, can we kill off Daniel now. Seriously. I’m sick to death of that whiny little boy.

  5. Zalea says:

    I used to LOVE addictive, soap-opera-y, fun, dramatic! But lately I feel like Revenge keeps hashing out the same story line over and over. The writings need to take a major turn somewhere. Emily has been on the path to getting revenge for her dead father from Episode One, Season 1…and she wavers..and she gets back on track..knocked down..back up… It’s getting wayyyy too old and the writing needs to freshen things up. We need a completely new major plot twist. Let Emily be exposed and have things go in a completely different direction. I’m so BORED by the yes no yes no of avenging her father’s death… I’ve gotten to the point where I’m watching episodes and getting excited for possible new stuff..and leaving disappointed by the end of every episode.
    Also, Daniel’s character needs to be reinvigorated..he has become this strange one dimensional caricature of himself. They’re trying to make him a ‘dark, evil villain’..but even villains needs some sympathy built into their character in order to make them interesting and complex. He needs to be fleshed out a bit and this new evil person! His character needs serious development,…as does the writing!

  6. Jase says:

    Javier’s clavicle looked promising. Imma need him to be shirtless and wooing Nolan soon.

  7. Jake says:

    I am so annoyed that they have completely did a character assassination on daniel — now just taking him way too dark that he has become unlikeable. I really wish that the writers have a better plan for him then this. A once promising character is just sad because josh bowman can offer so much more to the show and it’s being wasted

    • cocochanel says:

      Sorry but I have NEVER liked Daniel since season one. He has always been a spoiled whiny mamas boy bitch. Hope they kill him off like he was supposed to have been killed in season one.

  8. iMember says:

    Great episode tonight. Love it when Emily is pulling the strings like she did tonight.

  9. Para says:

    The Best Quote of the ep, ‘Cause you are using C++…’ It sounds so funny as a software developer

    • Carrie says:

      Yeah! I wish they would hire a consultant for the techie stuff — Nolan’s solution to Javier’s problem didn’t make any sense at all! (Yes, I am a geek.)

    • Chester says:

      I was left wondering if there were some tech development of which I was completely unaware.

  10. KalEpic says:

    AMAZING episode! Next week looks even better!! Revenge is BRILLIANT this season.

  11. Britt says:

    Margaux is boring. Charlotte is boring. Daniel is annoying. I don’t think the writers know what to do with any of these characters.

  12. Dee says:

    I love the show! This ep was gooooood, kinda predictable that Le Marchal would be involved in the david clarke case when he told conrad about when he helped him 20 yrs ago. Cant wait to see what happens next week.

    On the other hand, Kimberly Roots, please keep writing the revenge reviews! Not only it was a good/very well explained what happened through out the episode, but the personal comments were hilarious!!

  13. Krit says:

    kimberly roots that was fun to read thank u

  14. Elizabeth says:

    I like the new guy Javier, enjoy Pascal more than his daughter who seems to be a pretty boring, one note character. I wanted more Nolan in this episode, he is my favorite character, he and Ems make a great team. I’d love to see Daniel and Charlotte gone permanently, think their storylines and characters are totally played out.
    I loved the twist at the end of this episode.

  15. Anonymous says:

    All I’m waiting to see is for ‘Ems’ to put ‘Vicky’ in her place — leave her begging for undeserved mercy…No bloodshed is necessary. In fact, I’d very much prefer for Ems to position herself to beating Vicky at her own game. I want to see ‘Vicky’ get the revenge she deserves not only for blindly allowing herself to be drawn into an equally sleazy and murderous family, but perhaps especially (in keeping with the story line’s main theme) for not having the compunction/integrity to leave Ems’ father before it was too late…I want Stowe’s character to be exposed for the homewrecking harlot/opportunist I believe her to be, whilst at the hands of Ems — not a moment sooner, however, than the latter has discovered a newfound happiness/peace of her own, ideally with Jack. (Of course, Aiden deserves to be happy as well, especially given the personal physical, mental, and emotional sacrifice for Emily.)
    Let’s hope this series reaches a logical, and yet fulfilling dénouement.

  16. Karl says:

    My guess is the show is suffering from prolonging the storyline syndrome. The writers were too in love with their main characters and trying so hard to copy season 1’s plot points that they completely ignore how boring and one-dimensional their characters are. Bring something fresh! Kill somebody in the family, possibly Daniel. Now THAT would create a major chaos to every characters, and Victoria can now get her own revenge against Emily. Get Charlotte to know who her real sister is. Get her to know the truth, dammit. This girl has no idea what her parents did to David Clarke when the rest of the characters already knew.

    Season 3 is almost over, and we have…what? Let’s back up and glimpse at season 1 episode 1. Now compare it to our recent episode. What exactly did Emily achieve? Did the Graysons paid for any of their sins? Is there any damage done to the so called royalties of the Hamptons? Is there anything beneficiary and twists that bring Emily’s revenge forwards? No, no, no and no.

    • That’s why I finally stopped watching Revenge. Nothing was happening in terms of Emily getting her revenge. I found myself pulling a ‘Scott Evil,’ by Season 2, shouting ‘JUST SHOOT THEM ALREADY’ at Emily every episode. Its ridiculous that she’s waiting this long to destroy the Graysons. Just do it already!

  17. nikki says:

    I think Revenge should do what The Good Wife has done. I did not see that death coming at all. When last did Revenge shock anyone like that?

  18. dee123 says:

    Hopefully Daniel is going to die. I need to see that smug smile off his face.

    • Mikael says:

      I’m right there with you! Daniel is insufferable and needs to go SOON. He’s not a “love to hate” character like Victoria and Conrad. I just hate him. I think he’s ruined this season.

  19. PattieG says:

    Bring back Mike Kelley. While the Initiative was an error, he can right the ship.

  20. troll says:

    What’s this show about again????

  21. Laura says:

    Episode was decent in that it set up for some forward motion, but I really need to see Emily actually accomplish something soon or I’m not going to want to watch much longer. Hopefully what she accomplishes is killing Daniel, because he is so insufferable I want to reach through my screen and throttle him myself.

  22. Lisa says:

    TWM = The White-haired Man ?

  23. SJ says:

    Great episode, horrible recap. I don’t actually know why I keep coming here for the recaps. You guys do a terrible job at them. Take a note from the AV Club or HitFix and stop editorializing so much! You’re not Nikki Finke (who herself is insufferable).

  24. Amy says:

    Jack scenes are so dull. Can’t he just sail away!!!

  25. david says:

    anyone else getting the feeling that finale will have emily exposed but getting revenge?

  26. Evan says:

    New “Revenge” drinking game: drink every time Victoria brings up Patrick. You are guaranteed to blackout within the first five minutes of the episode.

  27. GeoDiva says:

    You know things are going downhill, when your 17 yr old daughter says, “This is bad”. I am so sick of Victoria and her smugness. Emily is a multi-millionaire, so,why do they keep thinking she’s a golddigger….oh maybe because she’s one herself? What a ho!

  28. Nosey says:

    I am actually impressed w/ the addition of Stevie, Pascal, and Javier. So far I love their characters. But I thought I would like Patrick and Margaux, b/c I thought they would add spice, but not seeing where either character was needed. What Margaux did to Daniel early on, I thought she would be a fire cracker, more nosey and vindictive on the show, I think Ashley staying on and finding out her true identity would have been a better plot. Patrick tampering w/ the brakes, I thought he would be dangerous, and thought he would be Victoria’s puppet, doing her dirty work, her manipulating her son is the direction I thought they were going to take it, but his exits and returns have been weak. But I actually like the direction Daniel’s character is going. I know most wish him dead, I can’t see where killing him would improve the show. I honestly can’t see a major character they can kill. The Good Wife shocker is believable, but not on Revenge. But I think someone Victoria really cares about will suffer. If they want to do an eye for an eye though, Daniel should go to prison for a crime he did not commit and not be killed.

  29. Anna says:

    Getting so sick of this show lately. When is the FINAL EPISODE? OMG! Even my friends are turning away from the show. That’s too bad. It’s just getting too complicated. It needs to end soon.