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Season 4 | Episode 14 | “Kindred” | Aired Jan 25, 2015

Nolan Ross, the genius mind and sarcastic ally to Emily Thorne, has found a wife. That’s right, Nolan is off the market! After many seasons of doomed relationships on Revenge, the tech genius walked down the aisle in a surprise wedding. In fact, it’s a big surprise, as up until the moment he stepped into the bar, he and Louise weren’t dating. Like, at all.

At the end of last week’s episode, Louise and Nolan surprised Penelope (Carolyn Hennesy), Louise’s conniving mother, with the news of their marriage. The plot was a ploy to save Louise’s inheritance from Penelope. The victory stopped her, but the real prize could be a potential blossoming relationship between the newlyweds.

Nolan’s love life is scandalous, to say the least. His past relationships ended in either death or disaster. I think that’s not really a good sign for the new pair! (#Loulan? #Nolise?)

For a while, it didn’t seem like Nolan wanted to start dating again. He was enjoying the carefree life of being single and running the country club. He finally has an excuse to place dolphin artwork everywhere! Still, he helped out a friend, but in this week’s episode, the stylish CEO was practically smitten over his new bride. Could there potentially be more to this faux marriage than a takedown?

Louise didn’t start out as a relationship prospect. They were friends, brought together over their eccentric quirks and humor. Louise needed a trusted shoulder and Nolan needed a gal pal. It was a pair made in comedy gold. Their marriage may be doomed—this is Revenge, after all, so a perfect love life is unheard of. But from the glances, I think this unusual pair might have a shot. Based on Nolan’s past relationships, Louise fits his type.

Yes, Nolan has a type. Let’s face it, we all have a type; Nolan is no different. Unlike the mysterious Emily, who is hard to pin down (Ben, really?), he’s attracted to a certain type of person. Cultured, witty, a slight disposition for murderous tendencies—his partners playfully pique his interest before pulling him into a whirlwind drama. That’s not to say he doesn’t like it.

The redheaded beauty has more in common with her husband’s exes than she realizes. It’s no wonder this friendship could turn into a relationship. Let’s take a look back at the qualities that could catch Nolan’s eye.

Damsel in distress

Nolan likes to save people. It’s a quality he shares with Emily, to a varying degree. If someone he cares about is in trouble, he will do anything to help them out. Even if it puts him at risk.

Nolan’s main squeeze in the third season, Patrick, was spinning out of control. He couldn’t handle the pressures of the Hamptons and started to lash out. He cared so much for Patrick’s safety that he actually worked with Victoria, of all people, to protect him. Speaking of protecting, let’s not forget Padma. Oh, Padma, how doomed you were! The Initiative tormented this stunning beauty, and Nolan desperately tried to save her.

In her short time on Revenge, Louise has needed saving. Whether it’s the pills or her mother, she’s needed a white knight. It’s the quality that drew Nolan to tie the knot.

Sharp mind, witty banter

Louise is no dummy. There’s a brain hidden beneath those flowing locks of red hair. All her early plotting against Daniel/Victoria showed the gears are always turning. Manipulation is a powerful tool in Louise’s fashionable belt. Her intellect may not be the same as Marco’s or Padma’s, but she’s a rival in other places. Louise can fling a fun, witty one-liner effortlessly against Nolan’s endless quips; his exes didn’t stand a chance.

Love of culture and fashion

If there’s one constant about Nolan, it’s that he’s a stylish guy. He loves art, fashion and enjoys a good Hamptons party. His most recent ex, Patrick, adores art. As an artist, he explored his passion and painted what he loved. Louise, on the other hand, is more of the cultured set. She grew up in the debutante world of the South and loves fashion. Louise experiments with her choices (who brings a black parasol to a burial?), and she’ll match Nolan’s daring looks for the fun of it.

A killer attitude

The Hamptons have a way of changing people on Revenge. One way or another, people will do whatever it takes to get what they want. Even if that includes murder.

Nolan’s former lovers know their weapons. Tyler, the destructive former pal of Daniel Grayson, has threatened the lives of the Hamptons’ elite on more than one occasion. The worst yet may be Patrick. He has a tendency for accidental deaths: He’s tried to kill Conrad and has killed two people already.

In contrast, Louise is opportunistic. Sure, she tried to burn Margaux alive in a sauna. It’s not Louise’s fault she did it—it was the pills! She’s still a caring person at heart; she just went after what she wanted in a very scary manner.

The Louise/Nolan marriage so far is a sham; it’s a plot just to take down Penelope. Though, Louise fits the bill for Nolan’s type. I still hope for a Patrick/Nolan reunion (they were so cute together!). But from the looks of their friendship and his past relationships, I wouldn’t be surprised if love was soon in the air.

Revenge airs on Sundays at 10/9C on ABC.

TV Families | EW.com
Mark Harris
February 23, 1990 AT 05:00 AM EST

The Bradys are back, with a passel of 90’s hassles. Do they represent the typical American Family? Did they ever? Who does? Stare and compare!

Kind Of Family
TheBradyBunch 1969-74: Blended
The Bradys 1990-: Enormous
Married…With Children 1987-: Postnuclear
Thirtysomething 1987-: Extended
The Flintstones 1960-66: Modern Stone Age

Family Pet
The Brady Bunch: Tiger
The Bradys: Alice
Married…With Children: Buck
Thirtysomething: Grendel
The Flintstones: Dino

Typical Guest Star
The Brady Bunch: Davey Jones
The Bradys: There’s no room
Married…With Children: Sam Kinison
Thirtysomething: Carly Simon
The Flintstones: Ann Margrock

Expression Of Joy
The Brady Bunch: Groovy!
The Bradys: Ritual hugging
Married…With Children: ”Oh, great.”
Thirtysomething: ”Of course I’m happy for you. Really. But what about me? Why does it always have to be about you?
The Flintstones: ”Yabba-dabba doo

Expression Of Rage

The Brady Bunch: ”Hmmm…”
The Bradys: ”If you back away from something you really want, then you’re a quitter!” (the angriest any Brady has ever been)
Married…With Children: ”Aaagh, God, take me from this miserable life!”
Thirtysomething: ”I’m not angry, OK?”
The Flintstones: ”Willllmaaaa!”

Typical Problem
The Brady Bunch: Marcia and her rival both want to be the prom queen.
The Bradys: Bobby gets paralyzed.
Married…With Children: Al doesn’t buy his family Christmas presents.
Thirtysomething: Nancy gets cancer.
The Flintstones: Fred and Barney are staying out too late.

Typical Solution
The Brady Bunch: The prom committee decides to have two queens.
The Bradys: Bobby gets married.
Married…With Children: They hate him.
Thirtysomething: If only we knew…
The Flintstones: Wilma and Betty decide to follow them.

House Style
The Brady Bunch: Conservative but mod, circa ’69
The Bradys: Conservative but mod, circa ’90
Married…With Children: Roach motel
Thirtysomething: Enviable
The Flintstones: Suburban cave

Clothing Style
The Brady Bunch: Early Osmonds
The Bradys: Made in the USA
Married…With Children: Flammable fabrics
Thirtysomething: Eclectic earth tones; nice ties
The Flintstones: One-piece

Most Annoying Character
The Brady Bunch: Alice’s cousin Emma, the substitute housekeeper (too strict)
The Bradys: Marcia’s husband, Wally (chronically unemployable)
Married…With Children: Steve (supercilious)
Thirtysomething: Ellyn (goes through Hope’s drawers, babbles, changes hairstyle every other week, generally mistreats her friends)
The Flintstones: Mr. Slate (bossy)

Attitude Toward Sex
The Brady Bunch: Never heard of it
The Bradys: Omigod — even Cindy does it!
Married…With Children: Peg: Yes. Al: No.
Thirtysomething: They didn’t get all those kids by accident.
The Flintstones: Prehistoric

How Spouses Fight
The Brady Bunch: They don’t.
The Bradys: Infrequently, but it happens
Married…With Children: Tooth and nail
Thirtysomething: They stop talking
The Flintstones: Fred and Barney go bowling while Wilma and Betty max out their charge cards.

How Kids Get Into Trouble
The Brady Bunch: Greg takes a puff of a cigarette.
The Bradys: Carol’s grandson steals her business cards and sticks them in the spokes of Bobby’s wheelchair.
Married…With Children: By committing felonies
Thirtysomething: Ethan plays with a forbidden toy rocket.
The Flintstones: They don’t.

How They’re Punished

The Brady Bunch: ”It’s not what you did, honey — it’s that you couldn’t come to us.”
The Bradys ”Next time, ask.”
Married…With Children: By the authorities
Thirtysomething: It blows up in his face.
The Flintstones: They’re not.

What Family Does For Fun
The Brady Bunch: Takes special three-part vacations to Hawaii and the Grand Canyon
The Bradys: Has flashbacks
Married…With Children: Exchanges insults
Thirtysomething: Talks
The Flintstones: Attends showings of The Monster at the Bedrock Drive-In

Unsolved Mysteries
The Brady Bunch: How exactly did Carol’s first husband and Mike’s first wife die?
The Bradys: What’s with Marcia’s new face and Bobby’s blonde hair
Married…With Children: What kind of hair spray does Peg use?
Thirtysomething: Why did Nancy take Elliot back? What do Gary and Susanna see in each other?
The Flintstones: How does Barney’s shirt stay on if he has no shoulders? Where do Fred and Wilma plug in their TV?

Worst Behavior
The Brady Bunch: The Brady children once made Alice feel under-appreciated.

The Bradys: Marcia’s son Mickey watches Bobby’s car-crash tape for fun.
Married…With Children: The Bundy’s kill their neighbor’s dog.
Thirtysomething: Elliot has an affair and talks about it.
The Flintstones: Characters don’t wear under-clothes.

Best Reason To Watch
The Brady Bunch: This is what life should be.
The Bradys: They’re all grown-ups now!
Married…With Children: Terry Rakolta hates it.
Thirtysomething (Tie) This is your life. This isn’t your life.
The Flintstones: This is what life might have been.

Best Reason Not To Watch
The Brady Bunch: Blurred vision from rerun overdoses.
The Bradys: You’re all grown-ups now.
Married…With Children: She has a point.
Thirtysomething: After a while, you think it’s real.
The Flintstones: The Simpsons

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