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Revenge recap: 'Resurrection'

The Graysons expect Charlotte’s inheritance to solve all their problems; Nolan gets audited

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Emily VanCamp, Madeleine Stowe

Tonight’s episode of Revenge was called “Resurrection,” but what we really witnessed was a death. Emily’s sinking deeper and deeper into her scheming and her plots, and she’s losing herself in the process. I can only hope that a resurrection will follow, that we will see her come out of this darkness eventually, but for now we can only stand by while she self-destructs.

“Resurrection” kicks off with Young Emily on a road trip with her mother, while our Emily narrates via voice-over. Mom’s having a grand ol’ time, but Young Emily isn’t feeling it. She gives her mom a long stare and asks where Dad is. (Side note: Isn’t it adorable that the young actress has got Emily VanCamp’s cold stare down to pat?) Mom sidesteps the question and says that they’re on vacation. Young Emily laughs and just when everything seems relaxed, her mother morphs into Victoria and says, “Before you can rise from the dead, you have to spend a few days in hell.” Resurrection, it seems, is not all butterflies and rainbows. It has a price. And that price might be your soul.

Our Emily wakes with a start to see she’s got Nolan in a chokehold. Never try to wake someone up in the middle of a bad dream, Nolan! Especially not someone with ninja skills. Nolan (sounding like Christian Bale’s Batman) tells Emily this is why she shouldn’t fall asleep watching horror movies. Emily, taking a page out of Carrie from Homeland’s book, spent the entire night watching Victoria on the clam cam, and now she only has bad dreams to show for it. Nolan notes that letting her guard down like this will just provide “Mannibal Lecter” (Nolan’s nickname for the white-haired assassin) with more of a chance to kill her, but Emily says she’s not worried about him…

At the Graysons’ house, Daniel is going through the company’s financials. Ashley walks in and gives him her very best come-hither look, but Daniel’s not having any of it. Conrad is inflating the returns and Daniel wants to know what money he plans to use to cover his tracks. (We, of course, know it’s Charlotte’s inheritance.) Daniel’s phone rings and he picks up when he sees it’s Emily. (Sorry, Ash, you stand no chance against Ems when it comes to Daniel’s heart.) Emily tells him she’s done some research on Charlotte’s doctor and says she has reason to suspect he’s keeping her in rehab on purpose. Daniel does some nifty research of his own (hint: it involves an online search engine) and says he’ll take care of it. Emily hangs up and we see she’s caught in a sniper scope — but it’s just Aiden creeping on her from the sand dunes.

NEXT: Nolan takes his pants off