Revenge recap: 'Engagement'
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Wow. Just wow. I cannot get over how utterly nuts last night’s episode was. This was the Revenge I missed. And I didn’t even know it. Bombshell after bombshell was dropped on “Engagement” — and all in the last 10 minutes. It almost makes me feel hope for season 3. Sure, the show derailed this year. But if this week’s episode is even a taste of what we’re in store for next week, then count me in.
So, I suppose we did see the engagement ring last episode (and last season), but I don’t remember it being that big. I mean, it’s huge. Can you even wear a wedding band with a ring like that? Still, I loved the giant chessboard touch. Random for a rooftop, and yet the perfect symbol of the dual nature of engagement! Kudos, set designers. Emily’s planned a special sit-down with Daniel — she’s trying to make up for their shoddy engagement last year by purchasing two tickets to Paris. Permanently.
Declan wins boyfriend of the year. He just found out that his GF abandoned him to go clubbing in New York and make out with other girls, and his only response is: “She’s in a really dark place.” Charlotte, stop what you’re doing. I don’t like Declan, but you are not going to find better. While Charlotte is off hiding from the world for sheer embarrassment, Declan’s raiding Jack’s penny jar for change to ride the bus. He asks Jack for a ride, but no can do: Jack’s meeting Ashley. As he heads for the bus, Declan tosses off this priceless joke that must be commemorated here: Why are you supposed to bury a politician 100 feet down? “Cause deep down they’re really good people.” I may have just warmed up to Declan in a single scene.
Victoria’s surprised that Conrad was willing to give up control of Nolcorp, but Conrad insists that all he wants for her is to hasten recovery of long-lost son. Which is true to a degree, in that it will help his campaign. Turns out, Victoria’s been receiving countless letters from orphans attempting to claim the throne. The sooner they find the real kid, the better.
Daniel reveals that he and Emily are re-engaged. Conrad offers his congratulations and obviously Victoria is just as thrilled. “How repetitious,” she says sweetly, adding that she hopes that the two of them opt for a long engagement this time. “Actually, quite the opposite,” answers Emily. They’re getting married in two weeks and they’re moving to Paris. Surprise!
Victoria is trying to talk Daniel out of this rash decision. She admits that she made plenty of mistakes in her life. “The difference is I don’t make them twice,” she says. “Except bastard children, I guess,” Daniel shoots back smoothly. Touché, sir. Conrad confesses that he’s always had a soft spot for Emily, but he’s especially thrilled at the bump he’ll get in the polls for the engagement. Daniel can’t even be bothered by his parents’ selfishness: He just wants to get his hands on his trust fund and enjoy the Eiffel Tower. There’s just the teensy matter of, erm, firing Aiden Mathis.
NEXT: Victoria, queen of manipulative emotional showdowns
For some reason or another, Takeda handed over Aiden’s employment records to Daniel, records that of course revealed that Aiden is the son of Trevor Mathis, a certain nefarious (well, not by his own design) baggage handler. Daniel fires Aiden on the spot, putting a damper in all of his best-laid plans.
Ashley is back in Conrad’s good graces after some well-placed blackmail. But Jack wants to get more out of the photo, so Ash suggests showing it to Victoria. Drama! Meanwhile, Emily visits Charlotte to ask her to be her maid of honor — and also lecture her a bit on the girl-on-girl public display thing. “What were you thinking?” Ems asks. That’s the problem, Charlotte wasn’t thinking. She just didn’t want to feel at all. Thankfully, her new BFFL Regina shows up to comfort her following the reproving onslaught from Emily.
Downstairs, Victoria’s reading the post, i.e. the hundreds of letters from her long-lost sons. Emily walks in on her, prompting V to declare that an extravagant ring “doesn’t give her permission to flit in and out of the house.” And yet, Emily’s got a perfectly legit excuse for being there. But she forgets her battle with Victoria when Jack comes in. He’s meeting with the evil queen and Ems can’t believe it. Conrad’s one thing. Victoria? That’s a whole ‘nother kind of bad. What she doesn’t know is that he’s there to show Victoria the pic of Nan Flanagan (for those of you who don’t watch True Blood, I am truly sorry, but I can think of Jessica Tuck as no other character). Victoria isn’t even fazed. She immediately reveals that Ems and Daniel are engaged — again. And, to top it all off, she adds that Jack’s probably not invited to their engagement party seeing that he was the reason they broke it off in the first place, a fact he was not aware of. Ouch.
Regina and Charlotte are heading off for a little retail therapy. “Promise not to make anymore headlines,” calls Daniel after them. “This year, try not to shoot anyone,” Charlotte replies, re: Daniel and Emily’s Engagement Party: The Sequel. Meanwhile, Victoria goes to visit Alison (Nan!). “Were you expecting your husband… or mine?” she asks when the governor’s wife answers the door. Guess she wasn’t as unaffected by the photograph after all. Alison vows she has no interest in Conrad. Instead, she’s sabotaging her husband’s campaign by feeding Conrad information. Why oh why would she be doing this? The governor has a degenerative heart condition. Alison wants him out of office before the job kills him. “If Conrad wins, limit him to one term…. This job is practically a death sentence,” Alison counsels Victoria, who’s basically wearing a thought bubble that reads “score.”
NEXT: Emily and Daniel celebrate their engagement. Again.
Freshly fired, Aiden visits Nolan. He’s ready to put a stop to Emily’s revenge games. His solution? Bankrupt the Graysons. Alas, their bank accounts are unhackable thanks to the Fa1c0n. So Nolan goes to pay Edith a visit. He makes a deal with her: If she helps him track down the lost Grayson son, he’ll help free her. But there’s no son to track down, according to the Fa1c0n. Victoria had her henchmen pay Patrick $5 million to disappear years ago. “She’s playing you,” Edith declares. Still, there’s the small matter of Carrion. The Fa1c0n reveals that she planted a code in the program, meaning it can’t function without it. So either way, she’s getting out of jail. It’s just a matter of whether it’s Nolan or the Initiative who spring her. But since she likes Nolan, she leaves him with a parting riddle, like any good master villain. If he can solve it, he’ll have her secret code.
Jack meets up Conrad at his campaign headquarters, but he’s really looking for Ashley. He wants to know if he really was the reason behind Emily and Daniel’s first breakup. Let’s pause for a second here. How does Jack not believe he is at least in some way responsible? It doesn’t make sense to me. Anyway, Ashley takes this time to admit that she was the one who spilled the beans about the Jack/Emily kiss. “She always seems to get what she wants,” Ash adds petulantly. “People like them always do.” “Not him, not this time,” Jack says, looking at Conrad.
Bit of a dull engagement party, huh? Then again, how could it possibly compare to last year’s? Victoria does get MVP for delivering a surprisingly sweet toast, which started with this ace line: “If at first you don’t succeed, try, try again.” She pulls Emily aside for a heart-to-heart, but Ems is holding all the cards. They’re moving to Paris, whether Victoria likes it or not. “You’ll make a terrific grandmother, Victoria,” she says. “We’ll put a picture up, so they can see.”
Charlotte can’t hold her alcohol. Thankfully, Declan’s trolling the streets of NYC like Kick-Ass. “Stalker,” whispers Regina, while trying to hurry Charlotte away. Of course, Charlotte has to stop to vomit, a moment that is captured in all its glory by the various photogs trailing her. Declan tries to shield her, but it’s no good. She’s spotted by a cop, who takes her in thanks to her bigwig last name. That’ll be good for Conrad’s campaign. (Also, was I the only one who half-expected her to protest that her last name is Clarke?)
Daniel, charmer that he is, takes time out of his engagement party to tell Emily that he fired Aiden. Ems can’t understand it: Aiden was supposed to be the fall guy in Daniel’s attempt to free himself from the Initiative. But Daniel couldn’t ignore the file that Takeda provided him with. You can see Emily didn’t expect that. Luckily, Takeda’s in attendance, allowing Emily to confront him about his uncharacteristic behavior. “How could you do this?” she asks. “The boy has put you at risk,” he answers simply, before revealing that the Initiative is set to strike, and soon. And only he can stop it. Methinks Takeda’s channeling Ra’s al Ghul just a little too heavily.
NEXT: Emily’s porch sees a lot of action
It’s quite the night for porch meet-and-greets. Jack corners Emily as she comes back from her showdown with Takeda. “You’re really going to marry Daniel?” asks Jack. “What’s different this time around?” Emily admits that she tried to tell him that she initially broke off her engagement because of him, but Amanda showed up at precisely the wrong time. Suddenly he had a whole new life — and no place for her in it. Emily promises that one day she’ll explain everything, but that’s just not enough for Jack right now.
Next up is Nolan: He updates Emily on the Fa1c0n’s riddle, admitting that he has no idea how to solve it. And the clock is ticking. Emily tells Nolan that the Initiative’s plan is imminent, according to Takeda. But Nolan knows that the program can’t work without the Fa1c0n. Daniel interrupts their strategy sesh to inform Ems that he’s got to go bail Charlotte out of jail before his parents find out she was arrested. “The last thing she needs is a lecture from those two model citizens.” Honestly, the girl’s a chip off the old block. At this point, basically the entire family’s been arrested. It’s almost a point of pride. Emily tosses off a line about how Nolan must know who she’s I’m fighting for (Aiden, not Daniel), and you can see the light bulb go on over Nolan’s head. The answer to the riddle, natch: It’s in Street Fighter, the arcade game the Fa1c0n challenged Nolan to. Eureka! He phones Aiden, but the Brit is otherwise occupied… And here’s where this episode started to get seriously insane (and by insane, I mean insanely good): Takeda challenges Aiden to a Kill Bill-worthy showdown. And though it looked for all the world as though Aiden was going to die, it’s Takeda who meets the business end of a katana. That’s right: Takeda is dead!
But wait! This isn’t even the episode’s biggest reveal. Daniel goes to pick up Charlotte in jail, only to learn that all of her lashing out is because she doesn’t want to bring someone else into her family to hurt. Wait a second… “Daniel, I’m pregnant,” she confesses. I actually screamed at my TV at that moment.
Victoria visits Jack at the Stowaway — and despite all Emily’s warnings, Jack still agrees to team up with her to destroy his gubernatorial campaign. What he doesn’t know is that it’s actually being governor that will do the worst damage, as we learned from Alison earlier on. So what’s V up to?
Never mind that, though: It was the episode’s finale that was the real kicker. First, having secured the Fa1c0n’s code from Street Fighter, Nolan hacks into the Graysons’ bank accounts using Carrion. Emily walks in on him and Aiden just a second too late. “Aiden, we’re not ready for this,” she warns, but Aiden empties the Graysons’ accounts anyway, likely to due the murderous adrenaline coursing through his veins. And then… the power goes out. All across New York. Shame on you, Nolan. The Fa1c0n just played you like a fiddle. By imputing her code, he accidentally activated the Initiative’s plan. As Will Smith in Independence Day would say: Oops.
Whew, that was a heck an episode, amiright? And we’re not even at the finale yet! What are your thoughts on Takeda’s death? Charlotte’s pregnancy? The Graysons’ bankruptcy? The Initiative’s plan? Any predictions for next week’s two-hour finale? Share below!