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Revenge recap: 'Epitaph'

Everyone deals with the aftermath of Daniel’s death.

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Revenge
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Revenge

type:
TV Show
Current Status:
In Season
seasons:
4
run date:
09/21/11
performer:
Emily VanCamp, Madeleine Stowe
broadcaster:
ABC
genre:
Drama

And we’re back! In its first episode in the New Year, Revenge dealt with the fallout of its tragic midseason finale while also setting up the main conflicts that will drive the rest of the season. There’s a new revenge plot brewing and a newcomer arrives in the Hamptons at the end of the episode. But, more importantly, tonight’s episode reminded us that we’re still not over Daniel Grayson’s death.

We pick up almost right where the last episode left us, except we’re at the Clarke beach house, where we find David and Victoria rushing out the home toward Grayson Manor after hearing the gun shots. They arrive right as Emily mournfully closes Daniel’s eyes. Naturally, Victoria loses it when she sees Daniel’s body, and screams at Emily “What did you do?!” It’s rather heartbreaking to see Victoria’s grief and the guilty look on Emily’s face. But these characters can’t stop to grieve because there are more pressing and dramatic matters to be taken care of.

It’s right at this moment that Kate’s phone rings with a secret message from Malcolm Black asking where she is. Having  just found out the truth about Kate’s parentage, David quickly points out that they’re all screwed now that they’ve killed Malcolm Black’s daughter. Black is a dangerous man and responds rather violently when his family members are hurt. Showing just how far he’s been drawn into Emily and company’s crazy world, Jack quickly suggests that they make sure Malcolm Black doesn’t find out about his daughter’s death.

Once they decide not to tell the police about Kate’s death, they need to come up with an explanation for Daniel’s death before the police arrive. The story: An angry and possibly drunk Daniel showed up at Emily’s home that night to confront her about how much she had ruined his life. He eventually grew violent and Emily, fearing for her life, had no reason but to shoot him with a gun. In flashbacks shown while Emily’s talking to the detective, we see how they staged the scene to make it look like Daniel forced his way in. Still shaken from everything that’s happened, Emily mixes up some of the cover story detail. While the detective brushes it off, eager beaver patrol office Ben hears her story and grows even more suspicious.

While Emily and Jack are dealing with the police, David and Victoria return home. Chief Alvarez, who is hardcore crushing on Victoria, shows up at the Clarke summer home to ask her some “questions about the circumstances of Mr. Grayson’s death.” David lies and says that she’s not emotionally ready to talk to anyone and is upstairs resting. Before he takes his leave, Chief Alvarez tells David that he left the keys to his van—the very van where they stowed Kate’s body in—in the back door. Once Chief Alvarez leaves, Victoria emerges from the upstairs bedroom and makes her objections to the cover story clear to David. For one, it’ll ruin Daniel’s reputation. Secondly, and most importantly, the complete opposite is true. When Daniel died, he was excited to be a father and had moved on from hating Emily. It’s hard not to empathize with Victoria’s pain.

Meanwhile, Nolan takes care of making it look like Kate is still alive. Hoping to direct Daddy dearest away from New York, Nolan lays some digital breadcrumbs to make it look like Kate went on an impromptu vacation to Florida. He also sent the phone itself to Florida in case Malcolm tracks it. However, before shipping it away, Nolan ripped all the data off the phone. With the newly acquired data, Nolan can track all of Black’s private planes. And, it just so happens that one of is prepped to depart from Ottawa. Who can guess where it’s heading?

Elsewhere, Victoria and David’s relationship, or lack thereof, continues to crumble when she finds out that David convinced Charlotte’s doctor to not let her come home for her brother’s funeral. Refusing to “be a prisoner to his lies,” Victoria tries to leave David, but he stops her. “I was a prisoner for two decades because of yours. You can hold on one more day.” he coldly retorts. That earns him a much deserved slap to the face from Victoria. What’s tragic about all of this is that it’s reminiscent of Victoria’s marriage to Conrad: She stayed with him and followed his lies out of survival, and she’s being forced to do that again. It’s clear that this partially motivates her decision to not remain at the Clarke’s summer home.

Needing someone to keep an eye on her while he disposes of Kate’s body, David forces Victoria to stay at Grayson Manor with Emily. “Are you out of your mind?!” is Emily’s immediate response, and it’s hilarious.

NEXT: Something wicked comes to the Hamptons

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