'Revenge' Recap: Emily's Dark Past Is Revealed. It's Super Dark.

Thu, November 17, 2011 12:02am EDT by 1 Comment

Plus, do you think Lydia is really suffering from memory loss?

The “real” Emily Thorne (Margarita Levieva) made herself at home on the Nov. 16 episode of Revenge by cozying up to the people in “fake” Emily’s (Emily VanCamp) life, including Jack (Nick Wechsler), who she seemed to take a particular liking to. Scenes from next week’s episode reveal her hanging out on “the Amanda,” though maybe they should rename that boat the S.S. Foreshadowing. I’ve got a feeling some bad stuff is about go down.

As always, Victoria (Madeleine Stowe) spent this week’s episode guarding her secrets; and as always, the ever-weasely Tyler (Ashton Holmes) spent the episode sticking his wet weasel where it doesn’t belong. Thanks to some late-night spying — and a paper shredder that produces unusually thick strips — Tyler now knows what Lydia (Amber Valletta) had planned to reveal in her speech the night she was attacked. So basically, he knows everything.

And because there’s nothing soapier than a beautiful lady with amnesia in a wheelchair, Lydia made her triumphant return this week. In a wheelchair. With partial amnesia. She claims to have no memory of what happened the night she was attacked — plus fuzzy memories of other key events — but can we be real for a second? Like, really real? I think we all know Lydia is lying her bed-ridden face off. She’s just biding her time. That’s what sneaky bitches do. They bide stuff.

There were also plenty of same-sex shenanigans, but it wasn’t round two for Nolan (Gabriel Mann) and Tyler. No, this week’s blatant homoerotic moments came courtesy of the two Emilys — or the two Amandas, whatever. Every time they were on-screen together, the hair-touching and eye-humping was undeniable. And the more we learn about their past at the correctional facility, the more I think they had a “special” relationship. Like the kind you’d see on The L Word. Or in that Lady Gaga video where she makes out with herself dressed like a man.

And why exactly was “Emily” placed at said correctional facility? She told Daniel (Joshua Bowman) it was because her foster father was abusive, and she did “something” to shut him up. She’s suddenly not the sweet, innocent girl he thought she was. Daniel should watch more promos for the show; he needs to clued in. Desperately.

Speaking of Daniel, he actually served up two of my favorite moments this week: Not only did he provide the sexiest alibi ever for Emily — “She was in bed with me… all night” — but he also told off Victoria in a way she’s never been told off before. Too bad Victoria doesn’t like to be challenged. He told her to “stay away from Emily,” but I’m thinking she interpreted that as “Please continue to destroy Emily. In fact, try harder from now on.”

So what do you think: Did Lydia really lose her memory? Is “fake” Emily going to be jealous that “real” Emily is spending time with Jack? And when the hell are Nolan and Tyler going to hook up again? Hit the comments section, frenemies! 

— Andy Swift

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