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Thursday, September 29, 2011

That's What You Get When You Trust Your Entire Life's Work to a Young Blonde You Just Met

Revenge - "Trust"

Is Emily/Amanda going to take out one person per week, like some sort of revenge procedural? How many people could possibly have been involved in framing her dad? Is she going to tip her hand by personally being involved in someone’s downfall too many times and then not killing them?

The episode started with Amandily socializing with the Hamptonites at a polo match, which everyone seemed to be taking a little too seriously. We found out the Victoria is snooping into Amandily’s life, trying to find out everything about her. Victoria decided, in the end, to have a guy follow Amandily. Amandily went on her first date with Victoria’s son, Daniel. He was perfectly nice and not hate-worthy. Nolan helped Amandily get ownership of her dad’s old house.

Amandily took down a man who testified against her father by giving him a bad business tip that caused him to lose $2 billion. Why would the investment expert put all of his money into one pot, based on the world of a girl he just met? Unrealistic. Jack and Amandily met again at her surprise birthday party, and there was chemistry. Jack’s little brother, Declan, was beat up by a rich kid named Adam, because Declan is interested in Victoria’s daughter, Charlotte (who happens to be Adam's girlfriend). Then Jack’s dad had a heart attack and might be dead.

The episode had a trust theme. Amandily VO’d “the only person we can truly trust is ourself.” First of all, questionable grammar. It makes her sound like Smeagol/Gollum. Secondly, this is a cynical and questionable sentiment. Even though most people’s favorite person in the world is themselves, we wouldn’t say anyone can really trust themselves much more than other people. First of all, delusion often blinds us to our real motivations. We often don’t know what we want or want the wrong things.

And, finally, we lie to ourselves and break promises all the time. No one has ever let you down more than you’ve let yourself down. Think of all the times you promised to wake up early, work out, eat right, be nicer, work hard, finish a project, etc., and you didn’t come through? The best answer to “who to trust,” in our opinions, is to trust certain people in certain areas. Everyone has their strengths and weaknesses. No one is fully trustworthy, but no one is fully untrustworthy either. It looks like Amandily can trust herself to get revenge and be really good at landing hot rich guys. Not too shabby.

Although this show is still soapy fun, it’s missing depth, and the episode started off a little too slowly for our taste. It was still solid, but we want something to make us care a little more. A real relationship or two needs to start emerging. Watching people pretend is cool for a while, but real connections are more interesting. Maybe that's why we're starting to become huge Nolan fans. That's a fun guy right there.

Episode Grade: B-

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