Revenge recap: 'Madness'
Malcolm Black, this season's Big Bad, makes his presence known in the Hamptons, and Emily helps Nolan with a takedown.
From Louise’s crazy family drama to Margaux’s health scare, tonight’s Revenge was all about the craziness that comes with families. Tonight, the Revenge crew found out the hard way that Malcolm Black’s in town, while Emily goes on what she thinks is her last takedown. Let’s take a look, shall we?
David Clarke vs. Malcolm Black:
Tonight’s hour opens up with a flashback to 2003 that shows the events of David’s “death.” Quick recap for those who forgot: During a prison riot, former CTU Director Bill Buchanan, on Conrad Grayson’s orders, stabbed David Clarke. However, unbeknownst to everyone, Malcolm Black, who somehow knew of Conrad’s plan to assassinate David, had his men whisk the prisoner away in an ambulance and save his life.
Back in the present, David has recommitted himself to killing Victoria. Under the pretense of discussing their relationship in light of her confession, David invites her to join him at a lighthouse—their old rendezvous spot from back in the day—where he plans on making her death look like a suicide. However, Victoria should thank her stars, because Emily is able to talk her dad out of this plan. From Emily’s point of view, death would be too merciful. The ultimate punishment, Emily says, would be to make Victoria live with the pain of having lost everything. (But, what about Charlotte?! She’s just chilling in rehab waiting for the writers to need her again.) Furthermore, Emily convinces her dad that maybe it’s time to get out of the Hamptons.
Unfortunately for the Clarkes, their exodus is slightly delayed when Malcolm makes his presence known. Early in the episode, Malcolm pays Jack a visit to question him about his daughter’s whereabouts. Jack, being a terrible liar, is unable to persuade Malcolm that he knows nothing about Kate’s disappearance, which leads to Malcolm making a thinly veiled threat to Jack’s family. Obviously, Jack’s first call is to David, who springs into action.
After instructing Jack to act normal and to stay away from Emily for fear of Malcolm finding out Amanda is alive, David begins to set a trap for Malcolm. He tells Malcolm that his daughter is alive and the only way to see her again will be to come to a location of David’s choosing. Except, when Malcolm shows up, he won’t find his daughter (she’s dead) but instead will find David waiting to kill him.
After four seasons, Jack still has faith in the criminal justice system. After hearing of David’s plan, Jack tries to talk him out of it and says that they should turn the evidence David has on Malcolm over to the police. But, David cannot be swayed from the path because, as he tells Jack: “Conrad ruined my life, but Malcolm, he damned my soul to hell.” In another flashback we find out just what David means by this: Early on in his time as Malcolm’s captive, David asked one of Malcolm’s nicer security guards to deliver a letter to Amanda. Unfortunately, Malcolm found out and gave David a choice: either kill the security guard or Malcolm would kill Amanda. Naturally, David chose the former—a decision that has haunted him ever since.
Taking matters into his own hands, Jack steals the evidence and hands it over to the police, and thus foils David’s plan. The police arrest Malcolm and his crew before they make it to David. Because this is Revenge, where everything is awful, so we quickly find out that Jack chose poorly. After being arrested, Hampton PD turned Malcolm over to the Feds, who claim insufficient evidence and let him go.
NEXT: Secrets are revealed!
Emily’s “Last Takedown” (jokes):
Rule No. 1 of getting out of the game: saying this is your last mission will ensure that you’ll be dragged further into the game—and Emily finds this out the hard way tonight. See, Lyman Ellis, Louise’s older brother who’s running for congress, comes to town. However, Nolan, who has grown rather fond of Louise, suspects that Lyman knows something’s not right and asks Emily for her help. Upon finding out about Emily’s plan to leave the Hamptons with her father, Nolan declares that this will be her final takedown.
Initially, Emily’s a bit reluctant to help Nolan because of Louise’s apparent craziness—before her brief stint in Claremont, she was charged with assault after her roommate ended up in a coma. However, this doesn’t shake Nolan’s belief that something’s up because in spite of all this, his gut tells him that Louise is genuinely a good person. Not being to able to resist Nolan’s conviction and being called “Ems,” Emily agrees to attend dinner with Nolan, Louise, and Lyman.
Again, because this is Revenge, dinner does not go smoothly. Midway through dinner when Lyman brings up Louise’s history of mental illness, she starts having delusions and hallucinates her nasty and mean-spirited mother at the table. As everyone tries to talk her down, Louise imagines her mother calling her a waste of space and, in an attempt to slap her mother, accidentally slaps Nolan. Lyman takes this as proof that his sister needs to be taken away from the Hamptons immediately.
On a hunch, Emily has Louise’s “Xanax” tested and finds out that it was compounded with an anti-malaria drug that causes paranoid delusions and aggression. Louise’s family has been drugging her because as long as she’s incapacitated, her mother controls the inheritance her dad left her. The things people do for money, am I right?! Not wanting more of her family’s skeletons let out of the closet, Louise makes them promise that they won’t tell anyone and they agree. However, as Emily is about to leave, she sees the photo of her that Victoria gave Kate and asked Louise to destroy on the dresser and figures out just what Victoria did.
Margaux and Victoria (and Ben, kind of):
Following last week’s episode, things are still chilly between Margaux and Victoria. Margaux is upset that Victoria is going along with Emily’s story. Victoria tries to give Margaux a box of Daniel’s things from when he was a baby, but Margaux doesn’t want any of it because lies.
During a visit to the precinct to bother aspiring-detective Ben about Daniel’s murder, Margaux collapses and is rushed to the hospital. The stress of Daniel’s death caused Margaux’s blood pressure to rise, so she fainted. Don’t worry the baby is fine—and will stay fine if Margaux reduces her stress, the doctor says. (Ha! Like that’ll happen living here.) Eventually, Victoria shows up and, in an attempt to calm Margaux down, reveals that Daniel actually died saving Emily Thorne. However, she doesn’t stop there: She reveals that Emily Thorne is actually Amanda Clarke. Little does she know, Ben, who accompanied Margaux to the hospital, overhears all of this standing outside of Margaux’s room.
While at the hospital, Victoria gets a text from David asking to meet at the lighthouse. When she arrives at the lighthouse, she’s surprised to see Emily, who emerges from the shadows Batman style. The classic Emily-Victoria back-and-forth ensues, but is interrupted when someone shoots them with tranquilizer darts. Surprise! It’s Malcolm Black, who’s delighted to find out that Amanda Clarke is alive.