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'Revenge' recap: 'Loss'

Emily fights to clear Jack’s name in court, and Victoria tries to protect Daniel’s legacy.

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Emily VanCamp, Madeleine Stowe

If you want to know what to expect going into a given episode of Revenge, just read the episode title. It will tell you everything you need to know—and tonight’s episode was no exception. “Loss” dealt with, you guessed it, loss. We spent most of the episode watching parents deal with losing time with their children and preventing this from happening to another character. All of this, however, is topped by an event that puts one of our characters through one of the most tragic losses anyone could ever experience. 

But first—it’s all about Operation: Save Jack Porter. Things aren’t looking good for him. Because Carl was in the car with him, Jack is facing up to five years in prison. Emily knows what it’s like to lose a parent, so she is on Jack’s case and is determined to make whoever framed him pay—i.e. Margaux. Her first move is to call in Stevie Grayson (Conrad’s first wife and Jack’s mother) to represent him in court. For Stevie, this is a chance to make up for all the time with Jack that she lost. All of that will have to wait, however, because the police lab “lost” Jack’s blood sample—the blood sample that could’ve proven Jack was not drinking when he was pulled over. Time to get to work.

Judge Knowles, who is presiding over Jack’s case, takes pity on him and releases him on bail because she doesn’t want to separate him from Carl. Wishing to appear tough on crime because she’s up for election, however, Judge Knowles orders that a social worker assess Jack Porter’s living situation to determine whether or not Carl is in a safe environment. The social worker, whose name is Tony Hughes, is super judgmental when he first comes to assess Jack and takes issue with the fact that he works in a bar and leaves his child with David Clarke. Tony pays the club a visit and after an impassioned speech from Nolan about how great of a father Jack is compared to his own, Tony starts to reconsider his position on the whole situation.

Video footage taken from Nolan’s club on the night that Jack was arrested shows Margaux’s guy, whose name is James Allen (is this the first time we’re hearing this?), spiking Jack’s drink with something. Emily puts on her after-midnight best and breaks into James’ home to strong-arm him into confessing to working with Margaux at Jack’s trial. Unfortunately, James manages to escape, but not before handing over the blood sample he stole from the police lab. 

Emily manages to convince her new boy-toy Ben to surreptitiously place the sample back in the lab. Later, Stevie tries to have the sample admitted into evidence, but Judge Knowles rejects her request. But, the Judge doesn’t stop there, she also locks Stevie up for contempt to silence her. After some digging, Emily and company realize Judge Knowles recently received endorsements from several LeMarchal media outlets and this is why she’s ruling against Jack’s case. (ASIDE: All of this is reminding me of a very recent segment on Last Week Tonight with John Oliver on why electing judges is problematic.) It’s time to take the fight to the Judge. 

Later that night, Judge Knowles is enjoying dinner and a glass of water at the club that’s spiked with the same drug that caused Jack to fail his breathalyzer test. After she leaves the club, Ben pulls her over and she blows a .15. That’s when she receives a call from Emily with some demands: either she test Jack’s blood sample or the Revenge Queen will expose her transgressions (accepting bribes) to the world. No surprise, the judge submits to Emily’s blackmail and Jack is declared innocent. Guys, Revenge makes getting away with bribing and/or blackmailing a judge look so easy—don’t try this at home!

NEXT: Victoria fights for Daniel’s legacy