More goes down than usual in this episode of Revenge. Daniel and Amanda have sent out their Fire & Ice engagement party invitations, so we are reminded that answers about the possible murder will be answered soon when we get to see that party episode.
Conrad Grayson’s father comes to town after hearing about his son’s impending divorce. Grandpa is played by guest star William Devane, who 24 fans will recognize as the Secretary of Defense and father of Audrey Raine. That guy who chopped Jack Bauer in the throat and lived to tell the tale. We had a love/hate relationship with that man. Grandpa Grayson doesn’t want his son’s divorce to tarnish the family name and hurt the company he started, like the David Clarke thing did.
Conrad suddenly needs Victoria to play nice and tell Grandpa Grayson that Conrad is doing things well. Victoria agrees to keep things running smoothly, as long as they settle the divorce out of court and Conrad continues being a father to Charlotte.
Jack finds the tape of Mason Treadwell’s interview with young Amanda Clarke and gets Nolan to play it for him. It requires archaic devices like a VHS player for small tapes. Whatever those were called. In doing this, Nolan strays from Amanda’s wishes and instructions. He really came into his own in this episode. He decided that Jack deserved answers, since he got his heart and ribs broken, and chose to be a good friend to him. This was a big move on Nolan’s part. We wonder if and how Amanda will respond.
Jack loses his shit after seeing the tape. The tape showed him that Amanda was just a poor little girl that everyone gave up on, and that Victoria didn’t come clean to protect her. Jack goes to Emily’s hotel room and begs her to open her door to him. He tells her that he saw the tape. Emily does not open the door. At this time, the Graysons are having a fancy dinner with Grandpa Grayson, Declan, Charlotte, Daniel, Amanda, Conrad, and Victoria all in attendance. Jack storms in to confront Victoria for hiding her affair with David Clarke and keeping Amanda falsely imprisoned so that she wouldn’t talk.
Amanda just watches all of this go down, silently, even though she was the catalyst for all of it. We loved that. That’s the best revenge. No one suspects her. No one. She does look concerned for the Grayson children though. Everyone freaks out. Conrad stands and reveals that Charlotte is David’s daughter and that Jack is telling the truth. Daniel counters that Victoria was raped and soon realizes that his mother lied to him. Conrad tells everyone that the affair with David Clarke was a long one. Victoria leaves the table, not even trying to defend herself.
Conrad walks out of the house, but Grandpa Grayson catches up with him. Grandpa Grayson says that maybe Conrad’s days as CEO of Grayson Global are numbered. Since he coldly treats his family like it’s just another business, perhaps Daniel should take over. Conrad counters that Daniel is only a child. Grandpa Grayson points out that when he was Daniel’s age, he started the company. When Daniel marries, he will get controlling shares of the company too. Oooh. Charlotte is devastated and goes back to the bar with Declan. She starts drinking. Oooh, rebellious. Emily chases Jack’s car away from the hotel as he drives off and clearly loves him, or at least feels bad for putting Jack through all this.
When Amanda returns to her house after the dinner, she finds that her secret compartment for the infinity x infinity box is open, its contents gone. Inside is an RSVP card for the Fire & Ice party. The “will attend” box is marked and the name on the card says, “Emily Thorne.” Dun Dun Dunnnnn. Does that mean it was Emily Thorne who left the RSVP? Or is it someone else? Some are proposing that it is Ashley, and that Ashley has her own master plan.
We think this has merit. After all, there were plenty of victims on the flight and many could be related to anyone on this show, and why else does Ashley exist? Maybe the thief is Lydia. We kind of hope it’s Jack. Or that David Clarke is somehow alive. We also have to wonder who is going to shoot Daniel soon. Is it his dad, who needs to keep his company? Any of the aforementioned people? Is the body even Daniel?Will Tyler make a reappearance, this time with a loaded gun? Unlikely.
- This episode gave us some shirtless Jack, which we appreciated. A fisherman indeed.
- Amanda’s fake Boston accent was hideous, but we actually thought her nerdy, brown-haired incarnation, complete with glasses was adorable. We were probably supposed to note that Daniel didn’t notice her before she was blonde and had good clothes, but we really can’t blame him, due to the hat. A hat like that just screams, “Don’t notice me! I will turn you down, because I’m a hippie and I’m studying.”
- We had a moment where we saw how old Conrad Grayson looks. He looks nearly as old as his father. Victoria is waaaaay too hot for him, even if her hair and lips aren't looking too good in this episode.
- We have waited a long time for the Fire & Ice episode. We deserve to see it, especially after all the recent hiatuses this show has put us through. This episode went a little ways into making up for it.
Episode grade: B+