Revenge Essentials: 'Grief' Recap
Are the morally ambiguous denizens of the Hamptons finally done with revenging? In the twisted penultimate episode of "Revenge," everyone explicitly stated his or her wants: Transparency. Trust. Forgiveness. But the heart wants what the mind denies, and all they got was more blackmail, shame, lies, and videotapes. (And even a death.)
It's nightfall and lovely revenger Emily Thorne looks distressed as she furiously digs a deep hole on the beach. It's a grave. But for whom?
Flashback to 36 hours earlier: In the snowy Hamptons, Emily watches a video from a hidden cam inside Conrad's office. Surprisingly, the mysterious man known only as "the white-haired man" -- who Emily believes is responsible for her father's death -- waltzes right into the office.
'You look like a demonic succubus.'
As usual, there's a lot of spying going on, and we find that Emily has been videotaping her fiancée, sweet Daniel (who's become less and less sweet as the series rolls on). She takes a memory card out of a fake George Orwell biography. (We're also guessing that the copy of Terry McMillan's "A Day Late and a Dollar Short" is fake.)
At the Graysons' posh NYC apartment, Victoria waltzes in wearing a slinky red dress, to which Conrad says, "You look like a demonic succubus." She's looking for evidence that will put Conrad in jail for David Clarke's murder. But Conrad's presumed-dead mistress Lydia shows up wearing a slinky robe and drinking Scotch. Victoria loses focus -- and also this round.
But later, she’s up for Round 2 when she questions the fake De Kooning painting in the foyer. Ever the cunning woman, she rips it open and finds what she's looking for: a bundle of tapes that serve as evidence to destroy Conrad.
'This is getting kinkier and creepier by the moment.'
Emily wants Nolan to email a copy of the Daniel footage to Conrad so she can pin it on the white-haired man and get Conrad to think he's spying on the Graysons. "This is getting kinkier and creepier by the moment," snarks her partner in crime. She assures him that he doesn't know what she's capable of. Nolan knows she's a "certified sociopath," but she isn't capable of murder, is she?
Planning to kill the white-haired man, Emily dresses in black, loads her gun, and demands that Nolan give her the white-haired man's address. She means business. But when she rings the doorbell of the house, Aunt Carol appears out of nowhere and Emily realizes Nolan intentionally gave her the wrong address to foil her murderous plans. Oops.