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Revenge recap: 'Abduction'

Malcolm Black holds Emily and Victoria captive, and Louise receives a surprise visitor.

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Emily VanCamp, Madeleine Stowe

The promos for “Abduction” promised us a lot of verbal jousting from Emily and Victoria. Sadly, it didn’t deliver on that part because we didn’t spend nearly as much time with them in captivity as we should’ve. There’s nothing better than watching those two go back and forth. But nonetheless, tonight’s episode brought this Malcolm Black chapter to a close and set up what will hopefully be the driving arc for the rest of the season as Emily earns herself a new rival.

The Clarkes vs. Malcolm Black

We pick up with Emily and Victoria waking up and finding themselves trapped in a cage. As she is wont to do, Victoria immediately assumes Emily had something to do with this—which isn’t too far-fetched given everything Emily has done—but the women quickly discover that Malcolm is behind all of it. Naturally, Victoria’s first inclination is to offer Malcolm money in return for her release, but Malcolm is an independent man and doesn’t need her money. All he wants is to find his daughter.

After informing a frustrated David of Malcolm’s release from custody, Jack returns to the precinct to get Ben’s help with tracking Malcolm down. Ben quickly informs Jack that he knows everything, and he’s not happy about being lied to. (For some reason he expected complete honesty from a girl who has turned down all of his advances.) Ben is not particularly keen on putting his life on the line to help a bunch of people who have been lying to him. Eventually, he comes around and thank god he does because Jack and David are going to need all the help they can get.

Back near the beach, David heads to Grayson Manor to talk to his daughter, but she’s nowhere to be found. He receives a video message from Malcolm Black, who reveals that he’s kidnapped Emily and Victoria. The three men decide to recycle David’s plan from last week and to make Malcolm think his daughter is still alive, except this time they’re going to use snippets from old voicemails to accomplish the task. Intent on protecting him, David foolishly decides not to ask for Nolan’s help. Malcolm eventually does call and they use the poorly edited and awkward-sounding audio. It’s clear that some part of Malcolm suspects shenanigans are afoot, but nonetheless, he agrees to meet David for a prisoner exchange later that night.

In an attempt to buy the guys some time, Victoria—with Emily’s cooperation we later find out—offers to give Malcolm information on her daughter’s whereabouts in exchange for her freedom. She tells Malcolm that he needn’t wait to meet up with David and instead should seek out Jack Porter. At this point, Emily tackles Malcolm’s guard, Ivan, but is quickly stopped when Malcolm pulls a gun on her.

Once alone, Victoria and Emily have a much-needed talk where Emily tells Victoria that David was planning on killing her and has been doing so since he returned to the Hamptons. In all the confusion, Victoria had not wondered how Emily knew to draw her to the lighthouse. Even when these two women are working together, they don’t turn down an opportunity to hit each other where it hurts. I would’ve loved for this scene to go on for longer, but Malcolm interrupts to tell them it’s time to go meet David.

Meanwhile, Jack returns home to find Ben tied up and one of Malcolm’s goons waiting for him. Surprising us all with his improved fighting skills, Jack quickly takes out the henchman and frees Ben. Based on a symbol Emily drew on this goon’s back with a piece of coal when she attacked him, the two guys figure out where Emily and Victoria are being held.

As to be expected, David and Malcolm’s prisoner exchange does not go as David had foolishly planned. First, Malcolm shows up with only Victoria in tow. Second, Malcolm quickly finds out that Kate’s dead when he uses a fancy laser thermometer (which apparently is a thing) to measure her body, which is still sitting in David’s van. In retaliation, he shoots David and takes him as a prisoner, and thus completing his Clarke Collection.

NEXT: Louise receives a surprise visitor