When we last saw our faux-Hamptonite friends, Charlotte had just conked Emily over the head and torched the Stowaway, Margaux had her brother Gideon arrested and Victoria started to poison David’s opinion of Emily—who he doesn’t realize is Amanda.
And now, Revenge Season 4, Episode 3: “Ashes”…
The Stowaway burns in Montauk. Jack rushes inside and finds Emily. He gets her out as cops and firemen swarm the place. Charlotte looks on from the crowd and walks away.
NYC. Daniel and Margaux lounge in post-coital bliss. Margaux would like to stay but she has to go. “Who has to hire three COOs in six months?” she asks with a sigh before leaving. Daniel sees that Charlotte called several times.
Victoria and David break into an abandoned (but fully furnished!) house in the woods. David wants to go after this Emily Thorne character, but Victoria tells him to lay low for a bit while she straightens things out.
Ben arrives (wearing a shirt, unfortunately) to show his support for Jack. Emily tells the authorities she saw the smoke and ran into the bar to see if she could put it out and fainted. When asked if there was anyone else there, she lies and says it was empty. How many free passes is Char going to get? How many places is she going to char? Okay, sorry, bad pun. I couldn’t help myself.
The next morning, Nolan comes to confront Emily at the manor. Apparently she checked herself out of the hospital. Noles drops a bombshell: Victoria has resurfaced in public. But Emily has more pressing matters. Is she planning revenge against Charlotte?
Victoria finds Daniel in the lobby of the NYC hotel where he’s been staying. She informs him that all Grayson assets were frozen, which he already knows, and that he has to help her. He won’t listen to her attempt at explaining being missing and leaves. In the shadows, former mental patient Louise lurks!
Nolan consoles Jack at the Stowaway. After Noles leaves, a local comes in and says he’s sorry for telling Jack the bar was empty—he had gotten that information from a young girl, maybe 20, who used to work there. Detective Jack puts it all together.
Louise, the beautiful redhead from the mental hospital, surprises Victoria on the streets of the city. They share a warm reunion, and Louise wants to spend time with her, but Victoria can’t help her. This feels like the beginning of a Single White Female rip-off.
Emily comes to visit Jack at the remains of the bar. Jack knows that Emily lied to the cops and demands answers. Ems admits that Charlotte ambushed her and set the bar on the fire, but refuses to change her official statement.
Victoria reunites with Charlotte at the hotel. Charlotte tells Victoria that Emily is really Amanda. Victoria promises, “That pathological creature is going to get what she deserves,” but is stunned when Charlotte confesses her attempt to kill Emily. Victoria tells her everything’s going to be okay, then drops another bombshell: David’s alive! Victoria takes Charlotte to meet David. He emotionally embraces her. David and Charlotte get to know each other. Victoria tells David that it was Charlotte who exonerated him. She feels uncomfortable and David goes to get some firewood. Charlotte is upset that Victoria’s lying to him.
Nolan is annoyed that Emily has used his technology to track Charlotte’s phone. She assures him she’s not going to hurt Charlotte. She heads out.
Daniel and Margaux have lunch. She offers to call in some favors to get him a good job (for some reason he doesn’t want to go back to the publishing biz) but he refuses.
Victoria sees Emily coming up the walkway, so she grabs a shotgun and tells her to back off. Ems calls out to Charlotte and apologizes as Victoria cocks the gun. Emily challenges her to shoot, but Victoria chooses not to, instead promising that she’s going to make Emily’s life miserable.
Emily walks to her car and runs into Ben, who was checking for drinking teens and saw her vehicle. He tries hitting on her AGAIN, and she shuts him down AGAIN.
Daniel is kicked out of the hotel for not paying the bill for two months. Being the casual alcoholic that he is, he asks if he’s still welcome at the hotel bar.
Nolan, who has been downgraded to sassy sidekick-without-a-life, debriefs with Emily. She is convinced Victoria is hiding something big.
Ben visits Jack at the Stowaway and tells him the fire department has declared the fire an accident. Jack is eligible for insurance, but doesn’t know if he wants to reopen the bar.
Victoria tells David that Emily was there. She heads into town and asks David to stay behind and look after Charlotte. When she leaves, he pulls out the knife he used to kill Conrad and heads out.
At the manse, Jack visits Ems and gives Emily a picture he found at the bar of them as children. They have a warm moment. Jack tells her he doesn’t want to reopen the bar.
Louise and Daniel have a forced meet-cute at the hotel bar. She yells at him for some contrived reason and then apologizes. “I’m not usually this crazy,” she assures him. HA! She baits him with finance talk.
Victoria drops in on Margaux. They have a drink and Vic starts the manipulation process, crying about being penniless. Margaux gives Victoria a loan.
At the manse, Nolan tries to reconfigure the security system as Emily sleeps soundly. He sees a shadowy figure enter—David!—and rushes to save her. He stops David from hurting Emily, but David escapes without being exposed.
Closing Thoughts: Creator Mike Kelley was apparently adamant that David Clarke never be resurrected, and I’m beginning to see why. This season is incredibly boring, and David is just not interesting as a mentally unstable vagrant. Is it too late to pull a Dallas and make the past few episodes a dream?
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