Revenge 2×18: Masquerade
It’s Halloween in the Hamptons, which kind of surprised me, because aren’t rich people only supposed to stay in the Hamptons during the summer? It’s a minor detail, but it kind of annoyed me. I wish Revenge could reinvent itself and would get their story straight again. Trying to keep up with who Emily wants to take down this week (the Initiative or Victoria) is giving me a whiplash.
Let’s talk about the content of this episode. The setting was very nice… I always like a good Masquerade Ball, people always run in to someone they didn’t expect and slip sensitive information to the wrong person. I also enjoyed the scenes between Victoria and Emily, who had to beg for an invitation but still didn’t get it. Victoria doesn’t forget getting double crossed easily. It was a small victory for Emily that she attended the party anyway because Daniel asked her to be his date. He also plays the game better these days. He immediately told Page Six that he and Emily were back together, no second guesses anymore Ems! You could already spot the tiny cracks in her (actual) relationship with Aiden.
Aiden actually had an interesting storyline this episode. He was able to get Trask out of hiding – although the same guy implicated that Aiden was fishy to Daniel – find Padma and kill Trask, because Padma appeared to be dead. Yes, I say appeared, because I read some spoilers online and after the Toby debacle on Pretty Little Liars I’m not going to believe someone is dead until we get a close look of the corpse. Whether she is dead or not, I thought Gabriel Mann did a great job on the rollercoaster of emotions he had to show this episode (from freaked out and neurotic to completely defeated). It was nice to see that Emily really was there for them, even after he blamed her for everything for a few seconds. Their bond is so strong. I’m glad the writers never went with a romantic arc for these two, because seeming them act like brother and sister is far more interesting.
Back to Victoria… Conrad found out Victoria had even more skeletons in her closet then he knew of. Seeing all those flashbacks from her youth makes me understand her ice queen act a little bit more, because geez Victoria had a horrible youth. No wonder she became such a bitch. It doesn’t justify her actions, but it’s nice to see where the character is coming from. Emily tries to drive Victoria crazy by making her think her son is reaching out for her. Although we learn in the end the nun promised to never reveal the identity of Victoria to her son. I think Emily’s “I’m pregnant” act is just a way to figure out who Victoria’s kid really is, so she can invite him to the Hamptons. Before this episode I hoped her first son would be Aiden, to get him conflicted about avenging Colleen when he wasn’t related to her in the first place. But I don’t think he went on a trip to see a couple of nuns a few years back, because he already was busy avenging his sister.
There were also some small developments for the Porters and the Clarkes at the Masquerade. Charlotte gave someone a black eye for talking smack about Faux-manda. In the meantime Conrad told Ashley she was just a mediocre employee because she isn’t handling the Ryan situation very well, ouch. Jack overhears the conversation and decides to ask Ashley to join Team Jack to take down the Graysons. I don’t think that’s a smart move (does Jack even have a right move?!), because Ashley might hate the Graysons but she will always love power more. The episode had some nice moments, but I hope the show gets it together in the final four episodes, so I won’t fall out of love with Revenge completely. – 7,5
This week’s favorite quote
Emily’s voice-over: “All too often, we mask truth in artifice concealing ourselves for fear of losing the ones we love or prolonging a deception for those we wish to expose. We hide behind that which brings us comfort from pain and sadness or use it to repel a truth too devastating to accept.”
Nolan: “Wow. Start your revenge-ines.”
Conrad: “And here I thought I knew all the skeletons in your closet by name.”
Victoria: “I try to keep the ghosts out, but they always force their way back in.”