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Season 4 | Episode 17 | “Loss” | Aired Mar 22, 2015

Jack has never had the easiest time on ABC’s Revenge. If something bad happens because of Emily Thorne, Jack usually feels the blowback. The local town bartender and single father constantly falls victim to the actions from people trying to hurt Emily. His bar burned down, most of his entire family has died, and the woman he married lied about her identity. And in last night’s episode of Revenge, Jack is being framed for drunk driving. Like I said, he’s never had it easy since Emily strolled into town.

“Loss” continues the war between Emily Thorne and her new nemesis, Margaux. But this time, Jack is the playing piece used in their battle of the Hamptons. Instead of attacking each other directly, Margaux plans to make an emotional strike at Emily through Jack. It’s the tried-and-true method: Go after the weakest link.

Friendship is Emily’s weak spot, and I’m sure Jack is her biggest weakness. Many fans hope for the Jack-and-Emily endgame, albeit her turning him down was a bit unexpected. But even with the heartbreak, Jack chooses Emily time and time again on Revenge. He made his choice in siding with her against Margaux, and now he’s become this week’s target.

Emily Thorne (Emily VanCamp) showing Victoria Grayson (Madeleine Stowe) the door.

Let’s take a look at Margaux’s plan to destroy Jack.

Picking up from last week’s Revenge episode, Jack was arrested for suspected drunk driving. He’s facing serious charges and jail time since he had his son, Carl, in the backseat. However, Jack is being framed. Margaux is paying off the police to frame Jack and send him to jail. Not because he betrayed her, but because he’s close to her real target, Emily.

Emily pays a top defense attorney to help Jack: his mother, Stevie. She gets Jack posted on bail, but the judge requires that a social worker check in on his parenting skills to make sure Carl is all right. The outlook isn’t looking good for Jack, as it’s becoming obvious that the courts plan to take Carl away.

Jack’s only proof to avoid jail is his blood sample when the police arrested him. However, his sample has gone “missing.” The courts deem it misplaced, but Emily isn’t convinced. She breaks into the apartment of Margaux’s minion, James Allen, to search for any clues. Unbeknownst to her, James is standing right behind her, and the two begin to fight. Emily overpowers the tough bodyguard and points a gun at him, demanding that he tell the truth to the police that Margaux framed Jack. He does one better—he has Jack’s blood sample! The throws the blood sample into the air and when Emily catches the vial, the man disappears.

Finally things are looking up for Jack; Emily has her smoking gun to free him. That is, until Margaux manipulates the judge. She bribes the judge with free endorsements for her next election if she eliminates the newly found evidence. The judge agrees, and Jack’s ace in the hole is gone, including his lawyer, as the judge holds Stevie in contempt.

Stevie knows something fishy is going on with the judge. She’s eager to throw out the blood sample and stop Stevie from pressing the issue further. Emily concocts a plan to blackmail the judge, a chance to force her to side with them instead. Emily spikes the judge’s drink at the country club with the same liquid that caused Jack to fail his breathalyzer. She won’t be arrested—causing her to have a scandal before her upcoming election—unless she tests the blood and frees Jack from prison. The judge isn’t one for scandal; she agrees, and Jack is ultimately freed.

“Loss” is the second episode in a row where Margaux tried to destroy the empire of Emily Thorne through her friends. She tried (and failed) with Ben during last week’s episode, and now she attempted to destroy Jack instead. The only person really losing in this war is Margaux. As Revenge has shown us through these four seasons, there are no winners in a game of revenge—there is only heartbreak and loss. Jack won his freedom, but until Margaux can realize her efforts are for naught, she’ll try to take everyone down with her.

Emily Thorne (Emily VanCamp) having a heart-to-heart with David Clarke.

Other Episode Highlights

  • Victoria’s plan to create a memorial hospital wing in Daniel’s honor hit a snag. Someone on the board voted against the plan. While initially she thought it was Emily (Victoria loves every opportunity to blame Emily!), Margaux is the lone vote against the decision. She did it to protect her child. However, she changes her mind and agrees to vote for the wing.
  • Ben came to question Louise about Lyman’s death. Nothing really ties her to the crime, as there is no foul play. Though Louise does admit to Nolan that it was an accident, expressing her guilt over causing her brother’s death.
  • Nolan has a new love interest with Tony, Jack’s social worker. However, Nolan is still technically in a fake marriage with Louise. Louise loves that Nolan is the only person who doesn’t keep secrets from her. But if he starts dating Tony behind her back, his new wife won’t be too happy.
  • Margaux continues to add up the losses. After rejecting Emily’s truce to stop the bloodshed, a taxi hits Margaux in the middle of the street. She loses the baby and lies to Victoria, claiming that Emily pushed her in front of the car. Margaux is using any ammunition to destroy Emily, including the death of her unborn baby.

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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