Revenge, Ep. 2.09, “Revelations”: Loose ends tied up

Revenge, Season 2, Episode 9: “Revelations”
Written by Ted Sullivan
Directed by Kenneth Fink
Airs Sundays at 9 pm (ET) on ABC

“Nobody plays dirtier than the Graysons.” Coming from Emily (Emily Van Camp), this is a particularly ironic statement. “Revelations”, Revenge’s winter finale, drops some pretty big bombs and ties up some loose ends. Although it does drag a bit in the middle, it manages to pick itself up, especially when we finally find out the real identities of Jack’s bar partners, Kenny and Nate Ryan.

The whole Jack/evil partners thing has run thin this season but the finale takes the storyline to a more interesting place. Now that Jack has his father’s gun and he knows their real identities it should lead to some better twists when the show returns.

Nolan starts the episode as a “sacrificial lamb reporting for duty” and by the end of the episode he definitely looks like that. As much as I love Nolan, one of my favorite scenes of the night comes when Daniel, Nolan, and Marco all meet up in the Grayson boardroom. Nolan, like most characters on Revenge, doesn’t exactly like being screwed over and Mann plays this perfectly.

Though Nolan’s always gone to the greatest lengths to help Emily, there is an unmistakably haunted look on his face through most of the night. I can’t help but wonder if he’s regretting his association with Emily, but I can’t wait to see what Nolan’s contingency plan is. If he’s good as a sidekick he’s going to be an excellent “Trojan Horse”.

I was struck by Victoria and Conrad this episode. They were trying to save their son in the only way they knew how- lying and scheming. I’ve never been the biggest fan of Daniel as a whole. By design he’s always been a character that’s meant to be kept in the dark. These last few episodes, though, he feels like a whole new character.

This season is when all the seemingly unnecessary players have started to come into play. Declan stopped whining and started putting two and two together about Kenny and Nate. Ashley started to play a much more important role in the Grayson family dealings. As for Daniel, it didn’t take long for him to turn into his daddy and when he double crosses Aidan we know that his transformation is pretty much complete. I think it’s pretty safe to say, though, that his weak impression of Conrad is going to be his downfall.

“Revelations” is a good lead into the break. It manages to tie up a few important strings and promises to show us some fireworks when it returns. It also manages to leave us with one big question- how awesome is it going to be watching Victoria and Emily team up?

Tressa Eckermann

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