Revenge Review: Alliances

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For what was only the second Red Sharpie takedown installment in monts, Revenge Season 3 Episode 19 was a bit underwhelming in terms of the advancement of Emily's revengenda.

It did, however, turn up the heat in the remaining episodes of Revenge Season 3, given everything else which took place tonight. Namely Victoria's realization that Emily is definitely up to something and Jack's discovery that he and Margaux are not long for the dating world.

As far as Revenge goes, tonight wasn't one of the stronger episodes given that Emily's part in it took a back seat to the advancement of the other storylines competing for center stage.

While Emily did manage the takedown of Luke Gilliam, it was a little too easy. Scary easy, in fact, which is probably what Victoria wanted.

With Luke Gilliam's takedown, Queen V has surmised that Emily is still in the Hamptons not to target the Graysons but to get revenge for David Clarke. She's determined this by looking at a company photo--the same company photo we've seen in Emily's hands--and marking it with a black Sharpie, tracing the takedowns we've seen over the course of three seasons.

Now that she knows, what next? Warn the remaining un-sharpie'd folks in the photo? That's not really Victoria's style, you know?

Somehow, she'll find a way to extricate herself from the scandal which saw David Clarke going off to jail and eventually dying, but how? Pascal will likely just kill anyone who gets in her way, since, as we saw tonight, the man has no trouble getting his hands dirty.

Pascal not only killed Oscar Chapman at the lead of Conrad Grayson, but he also killed Trevor Mathis once upon a time, making it look like a suicide. Learning that news changed everything for Aiden and learning that Oscar Chapman is now dead as well will likely change things even more. Is that what will lead to Aiden's death (I'm speculating here...) at the Revenge season 3 conclusion?

Knowing Pascal has the capacity to be a trigger man, will he be the one to take down Aiden Mathis? Like father, like son?

Then again, given the Jack-Margaux break-up and Pascal's penchant for taking care of business, there's always a chance he'll shoot Jack in the finale, right?

The most interesting part of the night wasn't that Conrad is, once again, at the root of everything, but the Nolan-Javier battle to see who'll get to invest in MyClone.

The Javier-Charlotte relationship is completely out of left field and is actually sort of disturbing considering Javier has 1) stalked her while inside prison building his entire program based on her digital footprint and 2) she's 19 and he's, what, 25? 26? Ordinarily, that wouldn't be a big deal at all for me, but something about seeing it on Revenge makes it weird. Probably because Charlotte is very, very clearly still young and they've just written her to be older without really explaining how she got there.

Charlotte Grayson continues to be one of the most useless characters on this series.

She took Javier's program to Daniel and Margaux who, in typical Grayson fashion, wowed him with a car and his face on the cover of a magazine. Over promise, under deliver: It's the Grayson way. 

This is interesting for two reasons. One, Margaux can't see what kind of snake she's in bed with in Daniel Grayson (or they're completely rewriting her character to be the kind of woman who'd fall for his shtick). Two, it gave us Nolan Ross being a badass.

Nolan declaring war on Daniel Grayson, in a very forward, very open manner, might have been the best thing to come out of the past half-season worth of episodes. Watching him step out of the shadows after scaring the pants off Daniel and Charlotte only to say he's not letting Daniel have Javier without a fight was brilliant.

Now here's hoping Nolan keeps his promise and finds a way to win Javier back to Team Good Guy. 

Maybe we should come up with a plausible reason for which Pascal might off Charlotte in the finale.

What did you think of Revenge Season 3 Episode 19? How much did you love Nolan Ross declaring war on Daniel Grayson? On a scale of 1 to 5, (1= worst, 5=best) rate tonight's Red Sharpie takedown.

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Revenge Season 3 Episode 19 Quotes

[to Emily] I would love to stay and chat, but I have less boring people to talk to.


Victory can never be achieved alone. Allegiances must be forged to overcome superior forces. Some born from a shared goal, others out of desperate need, but for a union to succeed, one must determine if an ally is truly a friend or merely an enemy in disguise.