May 24th, 2012
01:12 PM ET
[If you haven’t watched the “Revenge” season finale yet, stop reading now … and get yourself to a TV immediately!]
Did that really just happen?
During the last 15 minutes of “Revenge’s” first season finale, you-know-what hit the fan. And I’m not talking about one of those battery-operated, kid-friendly foam fans. Think jet turbine (cough-foreshadowing-cough).
Let’s start from the beginning, shall we:
Emily swiped the evidence that could exonerate her father from Daniel’s briefcase, and said she saw a white-haired man (James Morrison) take off with it. (Convenient scapegoat, right?)
While Conrad had Grayson Manor checked for bugs and hidden cameras, like the ones Emily secretly planted awhile back, Em realized Nolan was nowhere to be found.
When she learned that her partner in crime was actually in the custody of the White-Haired Man (let’s call him James), she agreed to meet him face-to-face - as Amanda Clarke.
After voluntarily knocking herself out with chloroform (incredibly stupid, or incredibly bada**?), she woke up in chains alongside Nolan, who suggested, “If you came here to rescue me you might want a do-over.”
Emily sent James to find the evidence, pulled a lock-pick from her sleeve and freed herself and Nolan. Nolan then left to retrieve the evidence, safely tucked away in his desk drawer, and deliver it to the Feds. Emily stayed behind to avenge her father’s death.
On the verge of killing James with an ax, Emily had a flashback of her father and realized the best way to honor his memory would be to just walk away. (I didn’t give it much thought at first, but James’ quip about Em being a fighter like her mother is probably worth noting.)
Earlier that day, Ashley told Daniel she saw Emily and Jack kissing the night before. Enraged, Daniel confronted Emily about it when she got home – as if “slipping on the ice” doesn’t make for a stressful enough day. They decided to part ways, which didn't shock Victoria. Turns out she gifted the couple an empty box at their engagement party.
Later, we saw James in Conrad’s office and, surprisingly, he didn't reveal that Emily is actually Amanda Clarke. Is it possible that they’re playing for the same team now? He winked into the camera hidden in the picture frame that Em uses to spy on Conrad.
With Daniel out of the picture and the evidence on its way to Washington D.C., Emily was free to tell Jack the truth about her identity – and that she loves him. Except this is “Revenge” we’re talking about…
Amanda was back in town, and sporting a big, pregnant belly. She said it’s Jack’s baby, but I’m not buying it.
In perhaps the most touching moment of the entire finale episode, Emily sat at home, devastated that Amanda was cashing in on her happily ever after, when Nolan called. “Don’t do anything revenge-y until I get there,” he said before taking off to comfort his best friend.
But, to our horror, Amanda’s untimely return wasn’t the biggest twist of the season finale.
It seems Charlotte, who ruined her chances with Declan after pranking his new friend from school, tried to kill herself. The outcome of her attempt remain to be seen, though.
And it looks like Conrad isn’t the type to give an empty threat. He told Victoria that if she boarded the plane to D.C., it would be the last thing she does.
Surely enough, the jet carrying the Grayson matriarch, Lydia and the evidence that could exonerate Emily’s father blew up shortly after takeoff. James could be seen fiddling with the plane before it pulled away.
I have yet to come up with a plausible reason as to how Victoria survived the crash, but I refuse to believe that “Revenge” killed off Madeleine Stowe’s character.
And then, the biggest twist of all: Nolan was able to copy the drive he found in the evidence packet before handing it over to the Feds. The drive contained surveillance footage of Victoria talking about David Clarke’s wife who’s – get this – still alive.
So which twist had your heart beating the fastest? Amanda’s impending bundle of joy, Charlotte’s suicide (attempt?), the fact that Victoria might be dead, or the fact that Em’s mom is alive and well?
We know what this iReporter thinks of the finale, but as Em says, “Let it play” in the comments below.
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