I heard you, 25 e-mails on Revenge. Most of you e-mailing on it knew Rebecca covered it but for those who don't, Rebecca blogs on that show. She's blogged on it this week even though it's been like two or three weeks since the latest new episode aired.
And on that, bad news, April 18th is when the show returns with new episodes.
Good news: Every episode of the show can be streamed online at ABC for free right now.
I watched the last five.
I hadn't watched it before.
Here's the basics. David Clark's some kind of rich financial wiz. He has a young daughter named Amanda. He's a widower and he is having an affair with the woman whose summer home is next to his. Her name is Victoria Grayson and she's married to filthy rich Conrad Grayson. They have a son named Daniel.
Victoria and David talk about running away together. Conrad is working with terrorists -- money laundering, I think -- and discovers he's about to be caught. A plane carrying something (I don't know) was targeted and taken down (with passengers on it, all killed) and now he's going to prison.
He tells Victoria who isn't too concerned until he tells her that they'll lose everything, that no one will speak to her and Daniel will grow up in shame (while he says he'll go to prison).
What appears to happen (we'll learn more in the next episodes) is that Victoria stands by her husband, sells out her lover and helps Conrad frame David.
So David ends up in prison because of Conrad's crimes.
And little Amanda? She ends up in juvie and her life is a nightmare. (In part because Victoria pays people from time to time to ensure that's the case.)
It's present day. The Hamptons.
Emily Clark is new this summer. She has the place next to the Graysons.
Jack, a local whose family owns a bar that's going under, feels like he knows her. And his dog Sammy loves her.
Sammy was Amanda's dog.
Emily is Amanda. She's back for revenge.
She cares for Jack but won't even let him know she's really Amanda.
So she goes after the people who framed her father.
Nolan's her friend. And he's the only one who knows the truth. (One other person did. "Amanda" who was really Emily. The two met in juvie and Amanda paid the woman to take over her identity.)
In the episode I started with, she went after the reporter who was going to save her father. He interviewed her (as a child in juvie) and said he was going to rescue David. But then he got too close to the truth and confronted the Graysons and made it clear he could be bought off. He was bought off.
He wrote a book declaring David was a liar and responsible for the plane crash. It was the first of several true-crime successes. And he's at the Hamptons to visit Victoria and do a book reading and to work on his memoirs.
Emily and Nolan meet him at the book reading and angle an invitation to his home. Emily finds that he keeps all of his old interviews there (on videotape) and that he doesn't use a computer and he doesn't make photocopies of his manuscripts (banged out on a type writer) until they're done. He's almost done with this one.
So Nolan pretends to be interested in the man and gets him to go to dinner. While he's out, Emily breaks into his home, grabs the videotapes, sets fire to the house and leaves. When Nolan and the author arrive at the house (from the street actually) the writer breaks down and begins screaming and wailing.
Emily's destroyed him.
And she does that about every episode.
She's currently engaged to Daniel Grayson. And Daniel's on trial for the murder of Tyler. And he's innocent of that which sort of recalls when her own father was innocent. Only this time, it's a Grayson who's a victim.
This is a fast paced show with a lot of stuff going on but it's fun to watch and you catch on quick even if you start with the last episode.
Victoria has another child: Charlotte Grayson.
But watching those videos, Emily learns something.
The author is asking David how to prove what he's saying? Victoria's denying the affair. How can it be proved?
Charlotte, he explains, was the name of one of his favorite aunts and Victoria knew that and he always felt that's why she named their child after his favorite aunt.
Charlotte isn't Conrad's child, he's David's.
This is probably one of the best hour long shows on TV. I really enjoyed it and wish I hadn't or at least had waited a few weeks. I don't know if I can wait until April 18th to find out if Daniel goes to prison.
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