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14 October 2011 @ 02:05 am
Revenge: "Duplicity" Episode Review  
Revenge 1.04 "Duplicity"
"The greatest weapon anyone can use against us is our own mind, by preying on the doubts and uncertainties that lurk there. Are we true to ourselves, or do we live for the expectation of others? And if we're open and honest, can we ever truly be loved? Can we find the courage to release our deepest secrets? Or in the end, are we all unknowable....even to ourselves?"


In this episode Emily goes after her next victim, a psychiatrist who was responsible for institutionalizing her and keeping her away from her father while he was in prison, and practically brainwashed her in believing that her father was a bad man. We understand, through flashbacks, that it was Victoria who orchestrated this move by blackmailing the psychiatrist to institutionalize a young!Emily (or young!Amanda) in exchange for her own private practice in the Hamptons that only Victoria would have the connections on giving her. Now, Emily takes down this woman psychiatrist who gave her much personal and emotional turmoil and gives her a taste of her own medicine.

What's interesting is how she manages to do this, not just by destroying her social ladder status and career by exposing her means of recordings of clientele sessions to the public, but also by knocking her out and placing her in a storage locker and temporarily holding her hostage -- something that resembles the very thing that the psychiatrist did to her when she was a little girl, by being locked away, crying out and wanting to see her father. I found that scene rather interesting, not just with her standing back and observing the scene from afar, listening to the cries and pleas coming from the storage locker itself, but her expression while she does it. Some have speculated that she might be having second thoughts on her methods, because mostly she only plants seeds that leads to a person's own destruction instead of manhandling them. So this was the first that we've seen that really takes it to a personal level by locking this woman up to give her a taste of her own medicine and suffer the way she made Emily suffer. But her expression while this is going on, and while watching the news after making the anonymous tip to the police of the psychiatrist's whereabouts, is something I am curious about. Is she rethinking her strategies? Did she feel guilty after doing what she did? Did she feel like this justified what happened? Emily is very well-thought out in her plotting of revenge, however in this case perhaps she thinks that even she took it a bit too far. In her monologue at the end she says that perhaps were are all unknowable even to ourselves, so maybe she feels that she didn't think she would ever go that far in her schemes of vengeance. I'm not entirely sure if she does though based on those little scenes alone, so it's up for debate.

Still, in my opinion, that was the best scene to ever occur. She does sit back and watch the chaos unravel around her, however here it's obviously this is more personal to her because this is the woman who made her suffer when she was just a kid. Who made her believe these lies about her father, and who kept her away from him for all those years. So yeah, even if she had gone to all that trouble to give the woman a taste of her own medicine instead of just destroying her life forever, I say it's rather justifiable in my eyes.

Onto the other things that happened in this episode, Nolan remains awesome with him being a Emily/Jack shipper. I mean really. I love that Nolan kind of admires Emily a bit with the way she gets back at these people, he seems to be very tickled at the ways she has managed on getting her payback. But I also think he worries about her, too. I would love to see a friendship made between them down the line, as right now it's more business and Emily seems to not want him to butt into her plans, but I feel that him butting in might be a good thing, as it has saved her in the past.

Now with the whole Daniel situation, it's just a mild case of guys being dumb and not confronting the issue that is clearly a misunderstanding.

Or, in this case, something that was done deliberately by his buddy, Tyler, whose only goal seems to be wanting Daniel to forget about this new chick he's seeing and become his bachelor roommate again, drinking and partying and having a good time. Now, Jack Porter going to see Emily at her house was orchestrated by Nolan (because again, he's a shipper) but it wasn't meant to be something of a triangle mix-up. He just wanted to give Jack and Emily more time together. In any case, I hope Daniel comes to his senses. He clearly does by what we saw at the beginning of he pilot episode, but I hope it's sooner than later, although either he finds it out that it's his friend who did this or else Emily is gonna have to do something about it.....


Oh, and great news! Revenge gets a full-season order! \O/
 
 
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