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'Revenge' 3x21 'Impetus': Facing the truth

Emily: “Seized. Confined. Captive. Six years of my youth were spent that way. In juvenile detention, many lost hope. For me, being locked away was an impetus for revenge, and for the vow that once I got out, I would punish those who took my freedom.”

Nolan: "What is the first thing you think you’ll do as Amanda Clarke? I mean you've been running this race since you were a kid, and you haven't even fantasized about crossing the finish line?"
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Nolan: "What I need is reassurance that what we are doing is not completely messed up."
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“Impetus” is the May 4 episode of “Revenge.” If you haven’t seen the episode, then beware of spoilers. Be sure to check out the slideshow for more quotes from tonight's episode. The season finale of “Revenge” airs next Sunday night at 9 p.m. central on ABC (KTRK).

You know that person who kidnapped Charlotte at the end of the last episode? Yeah, that was Aiden. This is a very shocking twist. It is a little annoying that the guy who wrote Charlotte all those letters doesn’t come into play until the end of the episode, but the twist on who kidnapped Charlotte is great. Emily steps up her game big time. It would have been interesting to learn how Emily proposing this all went down, but we get some feedback from Jack and Nolan, so that helps a little.

Nolan asks Emily what the first thing she will do as Amanda Clarke will be. This is a great conversation because we get to learn more about how she has handled all of this. Emily is a machine, designed to keep out emotions. It makes sense, and it is so great to hear Emily have to explain all of this in her own words. It’s even better that Nolan is the one who brings this up because Emily wouldn’t lie to him about it. I can see her holding back a little bit more if Jack was the one to ask.

Victoria is starting to get suspicious. She runs Carl’s DNA against Charlotte’s. Honestly, it’s not too interesting, but it definitely sets up an exciting finale. It is annoying that Victoria believes that Conrad is lying about Charlotte being kidnapped. I would like to say that Conrad isn’t capable of that, but I don’t know. Conrad and Victoria aren’t really all that exciting, and haven’t been for a while. They accuse and stab one another in the back often. It’s habit. It’s nothing new.

Conrad saying all those things to Charlotte was a little much. I would understand him yelling at her, but saying that he can and would kill her is going a little too far. The rest of it is believable. There haven’t been any instances, to my recollection, where it looks like Conrad would take out one of his own children. Yes, Charlotte isn’t biologically his, but Conrad treats her as if she was. He was willing to go to jail to save her. There’s no doubt that Conrad is a terrible human being, but I personally don’t think he would harm his child.

All during Conrad’s rant to Charlotte, I was praying it was being recorded. Broadcasted is a much better option. Finally after almost three seasons, Emily takes down a Grayson. It’s nice that we get to see Emily’s reaction after all these years of fighting. She doesn’t react in a huge way, but she does tear up, which is a much more emotional response. If they were all popping champagne, it would take away from the reason why Emily is doing all of this. It’s for her father. Tears are as good as a celebration as any, in my opinion.

What did you think of the episode? Did the detective who questioned Emily bother anyone else? There's something suspicious about him. Leave me your thoughts in a comment below.

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