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Revenge recap: 'Repercussions'

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Revenge Recap
Isabella Vosmikova/ABC

Revenge

type:
TV Show
Current Status:
In Season
seasons:
4
run date:
09/21/11
performer:
Emily VanCamp, Madeleine Stowe
broadcaster:
ABC
genre:
Drama

What happened, David Clarke?

No, I’m not talking about the 20 years you spent imprisoned by Conrad Grayson; we all know that royally messed you up. I’m talking about the period of time between “Meteor” and “Repercussions,” because something’s changed. Last week’s David seemed to be on to Victoria and have a larger plan up his sleeves. This week’s David was befuddled, and is just now starting to smell something fishy.

I don’t know about you, Revenge fans, but I thought I saw a glimmer of recognition in David’s eyes when he stood face to face with “Emily Clarke” at Grayson Manor.

But on Sunday night, it seemed clear he still doesn’t know that the blonde next door is the same blonde he used to dance with to “Everybody’s Talkin'”—excellent song choice, might I add.

The biggest question I have, however, is that if David could recognize Charlotte by her eyes, and she was just a baby the last time he saw her, how would he not recognize Amanda? Is it possible that, as Nolan put it, Conrad broke him, that Emily’s “rushing to meet a man that doesn’t exist anymore”?

There are a lot of unanswered questions, which I’m pretty sure is the whole point. After all, in addition to David Clarke’s 180, the show itself seemed to turn around between this week and last. Where most of this season has over-the-top to the point of being ridiculous, this week instilled in me, for one, a genuine bit of the anticipation and intrigue that I haven’t felt since Season 2.

Anyway, here’s what we DO know…

Victoria’s playing hardball.

Was it really Victoria who arranged to have David nearly hit by a car in order to gain him mandatory police protection? That’d be extreme, right? Was it her idea to take him to see Amanda Clarke’s grave? That’d be too cruel, correct? Then again, this is Victoria we’re talking about.

What do you guys think? And, at the end of the day, does it really matter whether she was behind this? No matter the answer, it’s clear that Victoria has no plans of telling David that his daughter is in fact alive.

And right now, she definitely has the upper hand over Emily, making this valid point: “All the lies and the death count you’ve caused in his name… what will he feel? Guilt, shame?… Your father is alive and now you must live with the repercussions of what you’ve done.” It seems that this actually gets to Emily, who goes running to ask Nolan What have I done???  But worry not—she still plans on revealing her true identity to David.

Poor, poor Charlotte

There was an ever-so-brief moment when we thought that Charlotte was going to put the past behind her and do her sister a solid by making a proper introduction to their father. Instead, she caved in to Victoria by introducing David to Jack and Carl—his not-son-in-law and not-grandson—as his son-in-law and grandson.

Giiiirll, I know she’s your mom and all—but do you remember who you’re working with here?

Also, why is Char—is it okay if I call her Char?—always the one that’s being manipulated? Emily says Victoria’s manipulating her, Victoria says Emily’s the one doing manipulating. But no matter who’s at fault, Charlotte’s always a pawn, and a damsel whose distress no one seems to really care about. No wonder she’s taken up heavy drinking.

NEXT: We call them ‘Trouble’…

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