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'Revenge' recap: 'Bait'

Margaux makes a move against Emily (again), and Victoria finds out Natalie’s true purpose in the Hamptons.

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Emily VanCamp, Madeleine Stowe

After a month-long break, Revenge is back. Tonight’s episode finds our two favorite women, Victoria and Emily, taking a break from attacking each other to deal with other wars. Victoria finally learns why Natalie Waters (Gina Torres) has come to the Hamptons, while Emily handles Margaux’s latest attack on her life. It’s all very Revenge, but in a way that’s missing the it factor that made Revenge so addictive and engrossing in its first season. But, hey I’ll take anything that comes close to filling the Gossip Girl-style hole in my heart. More importantly, it seems as though the show is staging an Everwood reunion, which is the best news ever. Okay I lied, the most important part of the episode is obviously Jack’s confession of love to Emily, but we’ll get to that soon enough. 

Margaux vs. Emily

Tonight’s episode picks up the morning after Nolan and Louise’s wedding reception and we find Emily and Ben together in bed. Emily brings up the subject of her messy past, but Ben shuts her down saying that they don’t need to talk about it. He says that his life was very boring until she came into it. Because this is Revenge, we know this isn’t the case and he definitely has some skeletons of the Stevie Wonder variety that will certainly become a factor in this season’s plot.

Elsewhere, Margaux is carefully plotting her take-down on Emily Thorne. Her P.I. is upset that she’s holding off on releasing the tape of Jack and Emily discussing Kate’s death. All in due time Margaux assures him. Thankfully, Nolan has a mole inside Margaux’s company in the form of her personal assistant Simone, who informs Nolan that Margaux is planning something. Eventually his informant sends him the incriminating video, which sends Emily and Nolan into battle mode—and this is unfortunate for Louise, who was looking forward to honeymooning in Italy with her new husband. 

Four seasons in and we know how this story is going to go. Margaux thinks she has the upperhand, but in the end it turns out she doesn’t. After finding out that Simone gave Nolan the tape, Margaux calls the FBI in and they wait for Emily to break into her company’s server room to destroy the video file, which is stored on an air gapped computer. No surprise, Emily is many steps ahead and Louise, pretending to have gotten lost looking for her Soul Cycle class, is the one who shows up that night. Earlier in the episode, Nolan noted Louise’s disappointment at having to postpone their honeymoon and decided to let her in on part of their plan. It’s no matter for Margaux, however, because she has the video evidence to convince the FBI of Emily’s crimes. Oh wait, she doesn’t because her computer magically crashes when she goes to show them the video. Nolan embedded a device meant to erase the computer in a toy bracelet that Baby Carl gave Margaux when she met with Jack. 

NEXT: Emily really drives the revenge point home with Margaux