I’d have to say that “Union,” this week’s episode Revenge, probably gave us the most human Emily that we’ve ever seen. We’ve always known that she’s strong, but it takes a special sort of strength to stand by the girl you handed your real identity to as she marries the guy you’ve always loved, especially when your replacement lover has seemingly abandoned you in his own grief.
Yes, Jack and Amanda were married this week, in a ceremony that closely mirrored the make-believe wedding Jack and the real Amanda (Emily) had on the beach as children. But while the nuptials were sweet…or as sweet as they can be when the groom has no idea who his new wife really is…there was so much more to this episode.
Aiden found out that the Initiative actually killed his sister six years earlier and he took his grief out on Emily. Eventually he came around, right when she needed him the most (after Jack married the fake Amanda and Daniel dumped her to protect her from the Initiative), and I’m glad she has him, especially since Nolan was occupied with going against her wishes regarding Padme’s connection to the Initiative. They did enlist her to get the Carrion software by kidnapping her father, but she has no idea why.
Neither do we, really. The Initiative is as much of a mystery now as it was when we first heard about it. And we won’t be getting any answers from the only known contact; Victoria blew her away when she realized Daniel was being manipulated into the same position David Clarke had been years earlier. Since the Initiative was setting her son up to take the fall for their crimes, Victoria took out one of their chiefs. I have a feeling, though, that all she did whack one mole, and five more are about to rear their heads.
In addition to having to help Victoria clean up her mess, Conrad tangled with Jack and Amanda when Emily gave them the money to reimburse his investment in the bar. Of course, with the real estate deal in place, he didn’t want to do it, so Amanda stole some of Emily’s files on the Graysons and confronted Conrad. That does take some of the pressure off Emily, but it also put Amanda and Jack in a very dangerous position. This is why Emily is the brains; Amanda doesn’t think things through. Now one of the thug brothers is lurking on Jack’s boat as he and Amanda sail off for their honeymoon, and we know that the ship is going to sink and a man wearing a wedding ring isn’t looking like he’s going to survive.
Is there any hope for Jack and Emily, or by giving Amanda the pipe-cleaner ring she’d made as a child, was she finally letting that little girl dream of the boy on the beach go for good? Is she better off with Aiden, a man who knows exactly who she is and what she’s capable of doing? Or are there still people out there who hope she and Daniel will team up to take down Conrad, Victoria and the entire Initiative?
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