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Season 4 | Episode 15 | “Bait” | Aired Mar 8, 2015

Revenge, at its heart, is a battle between two ruling forces—a metaphorical chess board where both sides manipulate their “pawns” to defeat the other. Good vs. evil. Emily Thorne vs. Victoria Grayson. Revenge fans vs. season two. In the life of Hamptons’ elite, someone wants to reign supreme.

Returning this week on ABC’s Revenge, the Hamptons doesn’t just have one war brewing–it has two. Former Hamptons “royalty” Victoria Grayson is at odds with her frenemy, Natalie Waters. Natalie is the mysterious yet sweet Hamptons newbie who has taken a keen interest in Victoria. Natalie is hiding something, and if Victoria has her way, she’ll expose Natalie for the person she really is.

Emily and Victoria have found peace in Revenge‘s fourth season. Well, for the time being; it only takes Victoria’s infamous witty remarks for these two to fight. And I love it when that happens! However, Emily’s problem nowadays is with someone who wants to topple her kingdom of lies: Margaux.

Margaux wants the chance to reveal Emily’s true identity and clear Daniel’s name once and for all. But she’s dealing with a more powerful foe: Emily Thorne, queen of the red sharpies.

Revenge may throw a modern twist into royal schemes, as compared to Reign or Game of Thrones. But in the Hamptons, someone is always plotting to proclaim, “Off with her head!”

Let’s take a look at the takedowns this week:

Victoria gains a frenemy

Victoria has lost everything—her money and status—after Conrad’s death. She’s dying to climb back up the social ladder, so she jumps at the chance to inherit money from her father-in-law’s will. Conrad’s father, Edward Grayson, is dead. With both Daniel and Conrad dead, Victoria assumes she’ll inherit Daniel’s money. Unbeknownst to Victoria, Edward’s money has been left to his new wife: Natalie!

Natalie has been hiding a dirty little secret. She’s played coy this entire time, and after that jaw-dropping reveal, Victoria was ready to attack. But we can agree, she’s classier than that. Instead of poolside cat fights, she’ll go right to nuclear warfare—total and utter character assassination.

Victoria wants to attest the will’s authenticity while Natalie is claiming her late husband is the love of her life. No lawyer thinks Victoria has a case, but Lyman, Louise’s brother, is willing to dig up dirt on Natalie. For a price, that is.

Natalie is Edward’s former nurse. She met and married him on his sickbed, even divorcing her husband to do so. Lyman discovers Natalie also has a history of swindling from her patients. She files an injunction and serves Natalie with legal documents to contest the will.

This week’s winner: A tie (leaning toward Victoria). Victoria made the first few strikes in challenging the will and getting Natalie to admit her feelings about Edward in public. Her and Lyman’s plan to destroy Natalie is well underway.

But you can’t rule out Natalie; she’s getting romantically closer to David. Is it a ploy? Does she like him? She might have some leverage against Victoria now, while using her ex in the process.

Margaux (Karine Vanasse) plotting to take down Emily Thorne (Emily VanCamp).

Margaux’s first plan of attack

Ever since Daniel’s death, Margaux has been itching to destroy Emily. She has a smoking gun: a video of Jack and Emily admitting to killing Kate and covering it up. Margaux doesn’t want to hurt Jack, so she’s looking for another way.

If Margaux’s strength is her media empire, Emily’s strength must be planning ahead. Simone, Margaux’s colleague, tips off Nolan about the video, causing the dynamic duo to plot their own elaborate takedown. Unbeknownst to them, Simone is double-crossing Nolan. Margaux is on to them, and has a plan too.

Emily plans to break into LeMarchel Media to steal the video file. However, Margaux is ready with the FBI to catch her in the act. The chess pieces are set, but who wins this match?

This week’s winner: Emily, of course! Emily has her own crack team of “agents” to foil Margaux’s plan. Even the FBI can’t stop her.

Louise plays undercover and surprises Marguax in the server room. She fakes stupidity, but Margaux knows Emily is involved. She logs onto the computer to show the video to the FBI, and the server malfunctions. The video is gone!

Emily got Margaux to do the dirty work for her. Margaux was manipulated by Jack, her ex, into wearing a bracelet from his son, Carl. Little did she know, the bracelet had a microchip to scramble the computers. Margaux has no more leverage! Emily is a master at this game. If Margaux wants a real shot, she needs to get on Emily’s level, and fast.

While no one got the red sharpie in this episode, “Bait” lined up the playing pieces for the contenders. Natalie is playing a subtle game, while Margaux is changing up her strategy. Revenge is incredible when all the moves line up for a jaw-dropping take down, and “Bait” is building up for this season’s next big battles. Emily and Victoria may have won this fight, but there’s still the war.

Other episode highlights:

  • Louise and Nolan defined the relationship! He wants to work on their sham marriage instead of getting a divorce. I’m excited for this pairing, as I discussed previously why Louise is Nolan’s perfect match. They’re hilarious to watch together.
  • Jack admitted the truth: He loves Emily. He confesses his love for her, but she turns him down! Jack and Emily are endgame, right?! This can’t be the end. She can’t seriously be into Ben …
  • Speaking of Ben, Margaux blackmails him for help with information about his missing ex-wife. What retaliation does she have up her sleeve this time?

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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