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Revenge Recap: Did Emily Find ‘Confidence’?

5 years ago by Nadya Vlassoff

Emily VanCamp stars in the Revenge episode “Confidence” on ABC – Photo: ABC

This week on Revenge, Emily Thorne had to face her past with Aiden in the episode “Confidence” while Victoria spilled even more family secrets to the press and the Graysons continued their string of lies.

Although Revenge fans may have seen it coming, Emily got the biggest shock of her life when she learned her mother is still alive!

Another flashback

“Confidence” began with a flashback to another training exercise between Emily (Emily VanCamp), Takeda (Cary-Hiroyuki Tagawa), and the ever-mysterious Aiden (Barry Sloane). Takeda insisted that the only way Emily can learn how to get true revenge is by not trusting anyone. Through the flashbacks, fans finally got insight into Aiden and Emily’s romantic past. As was revealed this week, one of the reasons that Emily has so many trust issues is because Aiden ditched her at Takeda’s training compound to rescue his sister even after she had begged him not to go.

Back to present day …

Although Aiden shot and killed the White-haired Man (James Morrison) last week, Emily wasn’t thrilled about it in “Confidence”. Now that he’s dead, she can’t get answers from him. She did, however, find the fake new passport belonging to Victoria (Madeleine Stowe) that revealed her plans to escape yet again.

But can Emily trust Aiden? Especially when he says, “No matter what you’re thinking, I’m not the enemy.” Really, Aiden? Really? Fool me once, shame on you. Fool me twice, shame on me. Or as George W. Bush once said, “you can’t get fooled again!”

If Takeda was worried about Emily’s commitment to revenge back in training, it’s too bad he wasn’t around to watch Emily trick, guilt, and strong-arm everyone into doing her bidding in last night’s episode. It certainly looked like she found her “confidence.”

Madeleine Stowe plays Victoria Grayson on ABC’s Revenge – Photo: ABC

Victoria’s secret

As for the family dysfunction within the Grayson household, another press conference was held surrounding Victoria’s return. Charlotte (Christa B. Allen) was still pissed at Victoria while Daniel (Joshua Bowman) complained about how everyone lies to him. We get it Daniel, your family sucks. Grow a pair.

In an attempt to expose her mother’s lies, Charlotte crashed Victoria’s interview and screamed that David Clarke is her real father. Although the shocked reporter got the scoop of her career, Victoria quickly threatened a lawsuit. In the end, in the middle of her press conference, Victoria confirmed that Charlotte is the daughter of David Clarke. We didn’t see that one coming! And neither did Charlotte since she doesn’t have anything else to hold over her mother. Bummer!

So, what else can the Grayson family possibly do to each other at this point? Apparently, after this week’s episode, there’s not a lot they won’t do. Oy ve!

Couple trouble

Despite all of the help that Nolan (Gabriel Mann) had given Emily to this point, it still wasn’t enough to move past the friend zone. Another would-be couple bit the dust when Jack (Nick Wechsler) told Amanda (Margarita Levieva) that he wouldn’t commit to her after she lied and went to the Grayson’s press conference. Too bad for Amanda, she only went because Emily guilt-tripped her into it.

The biggest and best plot twist of the Revenge night came in the final minute. When Emily listened to a newly recovered voicemail left on the White-haired Man’s simcard, she learned it was the voice of Kara Clarke (Jennifer Jason Leigh). That’s right! Apparently the White-haired Man was a little too familiar with Kara. We knew that Aiden killed Emily’s mother’s lover, but she just found out. Did the White-haired Man know that Emily was Kara’s daughter? If so, why did he try to kill her anyway?

So many questions. How will Emily deal with the newfound info? If her growing sinister side is an indicator, someone could end up six feet under a lot sooner than we thought.

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Nadya Vlassoff

Nadya Vlassoff joined The Deadbolt in 2009 and currently serves as associate content director and contributing editor. A former writer for the boutique apparel and accessories blog MelroseStreet.com, Nadya has interviewed and worked with a variety of top names in pop culture, fashion, entertainment and sports.