In the Thanksgiving episode of Revenge we go back in time to 2006 and see the origins of our favorite Hampton schemers.
You Can't Have Thanksgiving Without a Little Homicide
Ah Thanksgiving, that time of year when you gather your family and friends together for turkey, stuffing and some light murder. Or at least that's how it seems to work in the Hamptons. Out of the four storylines in this Thanksgiving throw-back episode, three ended in murder of some kind. This seems just about right when you consider the nonstop scheming of the Hamptons set. It was especially strange to see Jack's (Nick Wechsler) father make a reappearance, as part of a protection-murder story. It was almost as if the writers realized there would be no townie plotline in their flashback episode and just threw a random murder in so it would fit with the 'shooting people' theme of the episode.
A Turkey Day Breakup
Back in 2006-land, Nolan's (Gabriel Mann) company is just on the verge of going public and Nolan is in a happy relationship with a cute CFO named Marco who gives him robot toys. He seems like a keeper! Unfortunately, he soon finds out Nolan gave a substantial chunk of his money to the daughter of a convicted terrorist and this causes them to breakup over the holidays. As per usual, Emily's (Emily VanCamp) presence is ruining Nolan's life, even from afar. In present time, Daniel (Joshua Bowman) calls up Marco in his quest to take over NolCorp. Will this mean trouble for Emily's true identity?
An Elaborate Payback
Once again back in Thanksgiving 2006, Victoria's (Madeleine Stowe) mother Marion is in town with her new beau. It turns out Victoria has come from a long and storied line of golddiggers. Victoria uses the family holiday as an excuse to tell the heart-warming story of the one time her mom shot a dude and then pinned the crime on Victoria. Just a little lighthearted dinner chitchat! Marion's new boyfriend takes off and Victoria tells mommy dearest that she would offer her a room in her giant beach mansion, but alas her mother never taught her pity. Later it turns out the whole thing was an elaborate ruse staged to pay Marion back for what she put Victoria through as a child.
The Russian Job
In the Alias portion of the episode, Emily is on a secret mission to find a Russian human trafficker named Dmitri. Is it just me or is Emily's back-story just getting more and more needlessly complicated? She was in juvie and then she trained in Japan to become a more fabulous James Bond, and then she took down some Russian human trafficking rings? Does she also have a time-turner? There she meets Aiden (Barry Sloane) for the first time, who is after the man that kidnapped his younger sister Colleen and sold her into said trafficking ring. It also turns out Aiden's father had ties to that fateful downed flight. So now we know a little more about Aiden, but sadly not enough to really make me care about his love connection with Emily.
Daniel as a poet: most implausible storyline on Revenge? And what will Marco tell Daniel? Share your theories in the comments!
"Especially since you've been opening your wallet more than your books."
--Conrad to Daniel about college.
"Everything looks different in the harsh light of day."
-- Emily to Aiden.
"You might think I knocked you down but you landed on your feet."
-- Marion to Victoria about her childhood.
"Pity's not a quality you've taught me."
-- Victoria to her mother.
"If you would have told me six years ago that I would be here, in this bed, with you I wouldn't have believed them."
-- Aiden to Emily in the present day.
"Perhaps Daniel should have been a poet after all."
-- Conrad to Victoria.