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'Revenge' recap: 'Clarity'

An episode four seasons in the making.

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Emily VanCamp, Madeleine Stowe

“Emily Thorn was not built for good,” Nolan says to Emily midway through tonight’s episode when she presents him with, what some might call, a stupid idea. “She was built to clear her dad’s name, which she did brilliantly.” It’s an interesting idea, and this season has definitely been playing around with this idea. Is Emily Thorne good for anything but dishing out much-needed revenge? Well, tonight’s episode answered that question. “Clarity” ended with a moment in the making since Revenge premiered: Emily revealed to the world, in an act of kindness to Margaux (and, unintentionally, Victoria), that she was Amanda Clarke.

Here’s what led to this big reveal. 

Coming Clean

In the aftermath of her accident, Margaux has decided to give up seeking revenge on Emily. Sorry, scratch that. She’s actually just given up doing it herself. In the wake of her little lie at the end of last week’s episode, Victoria has taken up the responsibility to get justice for her son and unborn grandchild. Victoria becomes even more determined once an unfortunate newspaper article claiming that the hospital accepted a bribe from her causes the board to change its mind and not name the new wing after Daniel. In the board meeting, Emily tries to defend naming it after Daniel, but she is of no help. 

Emily doesn’t know that Margaux told Victoria she pushed her, but, nonetheless, the board’s decision makes her feel even guiltier. Following her dad’s advice to leave revenge behind, Emily decides that the only way to make things right is to come sort of clean about the events of the night of Daniel’s death. At the groundbreaking ceremony for the new wing, Emily intends to confess to the world that Malcolm Black attacked her and Daniel died trying to protect her. It’s a bold move, but it isn’t without it’s problems; it requires Jack to recant his statement to the police. 

Almost everyone is against Emily’s plan, especially Stevie Grayson. She knows how Emily operates and doesn’t want to see her son go through anymore hell because of this manipulative woman. Stevie risked her sobriety to help Emily once, but refuses to let her son go down the same road. “You’re a train wreck, Emily! Jack will not be your collateral damage,” says Stevie Grayson in one of several memorable lines from “Clarity.” It is true, though. Emily’s crusade has left a lot of destruction, and very rarely does anything good come from her train wreck. Because of his feelings, Jack is considering going along with her plan, but Stevie talks him out of it, albeit briefly. “You come from two alcoholic parents. Make sure Emily isn’t your glass of scotch.” 

Later that night, Jack shows up at Emily’s home while she’s entertaining Ben, who just made detective, and his brother Kevin to tell her that he can’t help her. Emily swears she’ll be able to protect him and make sure nothing happens to Jack or Carl, but Jack says he can’t take that risk, which surprises Emily. She believes she’s proven how capable she is, which, admittedly, she has; however, things don’t always go as planned on Revenge—as everyone there is aware. Ben is also upset when he later finds out about Emily’s plan because she didn’t think of consulting him and didn’t seem to consider what that would mean for him. He expresses his discontent and hopes Emily will skip the groundbreaking and just come to the bar to celebrate the promotion. 

NEXT: Support be damned, Emily has a plan