Revenge Season 2 Review “Forgiveness” – It’s Not Always Divine

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I had a sinking suspicion that Amanda’s medical crisis might somehow reveal that she isn’t who she claims to be. In this week’s episode of Revenge, “Forgiveness,” tabloid trash reporter Mason Treadwell reappeared in the wake of Kara Clarke’s resurrection looking smugger than ever, but by the end of the episode he had an even bigger scoop than he could have imagined.

Baby Boy Porter has a name: Carl, after Jack’s deceased father. He seems to be doing well, but then so does his mother, surprising given how far she fell, where she landed and how much blood spilled onto Victoria’s marble floor. I was more than a little surprised to see her up and about and back to normal so soon. It was one of the times I felt I needed to suspend my disbelief more than usual.

The theme of the night was forgiveness, not a little ironic given the name and the plot of the entire show. Kara desperately wanted the woman she thought was her daughter to forgive her, not only for letting her believe that she was dead, but for the attempt on her life that put her in a mental institution. On the pretense of just being Amanda’s friend, Emily was able to admit that she wants to forgive her mother, but given the shadowy details regarding her mother’s involvement with the white-haired man, that’s understandably hard for her.

On the other hand, Emily needed to ask for forgiveness from both of her closest allies. First from Nolan, as she had been neglecting to listen to his messages and didn’t know that his father had died. And then, in a surprise twist, from Amanda after Emily confessed that she’d lied about little Carl’s parentage. It’s never really clear whether Emily is playing Amanda or if she’s genuinely come to care about the woman taking her name, but in this instance her apology might have been sincere. Might have been. Still not convinced.

Speaking of Nolan, he got his heart broken a little when he found out that instead of coming to him about the framed check from David Clarke that gave his company its start, she decided to start digging around at Grayson Global about Clarke’s investments when he worked there. It’s unclear whether Padma knows what she just put in jeopardy, but at the very least she outright lied to Nolan about all of it…and now he knows enough to be suspicious.

Emily is going to need her allies now that it looks like Aiden might be working with Daniel against her. He’s a character I can’t figure out yet, but given how gorgeous he looks and sounds, I’m not complaining just yet.

Also, as suspected, the real reason behind Conrad’s burning desire to remarry Victoria has nothing to do with passion and everything to do with spousal privilege. Raise your hand if you were surprised. Yeah…I didn’t think so. What was surprising was seeing Kara immediately go to Victoria and thank her for taking care of Amanda. I’m sure she doesn’t mean a single word, but their interaction over the bloody roses was priceless.

Back to Amanda, thanks to a scar that Emily has which Amanda apparently doesn’t even know about, Mason was able to figure out that our new mother is not actually who she claims to be, something he was not afraid to tell Amanda to her face. If she hadn’t just given birth and been noticibly softened by it, I would expect her to take care of him like she did with Victoria’s bodyguard. As it is, she needs to go to Emily immediately. Amanda has never been the brains; she needs Emily now more than ever.

Oh and there was some more stuff with Declan and the too-helpful man trying to set him up for something. I really want to be more invested in that storyline, but it just pales in comparison to everything else. I wouldn’t put it past the writers to have it end up playing into the larger picture, but until I can see that connection, I continue to be ambivalent.

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