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Revenge recap: 'Meteor'

It’s a race for David’s heart, and neither Emily nor Victoria seem to know who’s winning.

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Revenge Recap
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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

“You can’t make the people you love change, even if it’s for your own good.”

Yes, Jack might have been saying this to Emily (or should I call her Amanda from now on?) about the half-sister who refuses to forgive her, but it was a glaring theme throughout “Meteor,” an episode that, like its name implies, proves that the very nature of chaos is that it’s out of your control.

Facing that realization head-on are Emily and Victoria, the two women after David Clarke’s heart. Emily, fresh off seeing her back-from-the-dead father for the first time in more than a decade, watches as the woman who’s out for her blood seems to be starting a new family with her father. But, like everything in Revenge, you can’t trust what you see. Victoria’s facing the fact that, no matter how hard she tries to put on a Grayson-like front, what’s left of her broken, dysfunctional-ain’t-the-half-of-it family is unraveling at the speed of light. And it only gets worse as she tries to add more members, both David and, begrudgingly, Margaux—somebody has to be the breadwinner, after all—making her lose the grip of her two children. The only reason Charlotte’s sticking around is to try to begin a relationship with her back-from-the-dead father. Daniel is even more of a lost cause, a prodigal son with no intention of returning home. And during “Meteor,” we see that David, too, is now quickly drifting away from her grasp. In fact, he seems to be quickly taking over the reins himself.

And it all began with the father/daughter reunion that nightmares are made of.

David starts wearing the pants…

At the end of last week’s episode, David packed up his knife and left the cabin—sans permission slip from Victoria the Warden—to take it upon himself to kill Emily Thorne. And unlike literally everyone from her past thus far, David actually seems to recognize that Emily is not who she says she is. (And thank God for that, because I, like many of you, would have just about given up on Revenge if he hadn’t.) But naturally, breaking and entering and standing over your daughter while she’s sleeping isn’t the best setting for your own Who’s Your Daddy? finale. Rather, temporary guard dog Nolan shoots at him, not knowing who he is, and David escapes through the balcony.

Which brought us to “Meteor,” where we learned that innocent, put-upon David is done being either of those. Like everyone else in the Hamptons, he has a larger and twistedly intricate plan—one that he’s willing to endure torture both physical and emotional, by having to stick around Victoria. (Let the “like father, like daughter” comparisons commence now.) After revealing to Victoria that he went to Emily Thorne’s house to try to kill her but “couldn’t go through with it”—and after Victoria lost her marbles—David resorts to extreme measures to take back the reins on his life, with his own timeline for revealing to the world that he is alive.

NEXT: A long overdue reunion