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Emily Thorne's greatest takedowns in four seasons of 'Revenge'

In sad news announced last week, ABC’s drama Revenge has been canceled, making this Sunday the final Revenge Sunday ever. After four seasons, our favorite vengeance-seeking daughter, Emily Thorne/Amanda Clarke, will hang up her boxing gloves and red sharpie for good. Might as well, right? Her dad is back, and everyone who is bad is gone. The time has come.

Even though Revenge has diverged into some storylines that stray away from the original “Emily wants to take down the people who put her father away” storyline, let us not forget what made the show great to begin with. In honor of the series finale, here is a recap of Emily Thorne’s best red-X takedowns.

Emily Thorne takes down Lydia Davis

Lydia Davis, Part 1 (Season 1, Episode 1)

It was Emily’s first takedown, and it set the bar pretty high. Lydia lived in the house Emily grew up in, and Emily wanted it back. So what did she do? Naturally, she exposed the fact that Lydia was having an affair with Conrad Grayson to Conrad’s wife, Victoria. Victoria, being the Regina George queen bee of the Hamptons that she is, didn’t take to the affair too kindly, and exiled Lydia for good. That’s one way to manipulate the real estate market.

Emily Thorne takes down Tom Kingsly

Senator Tom Kingsly (Season 1, Episode 3)

Tom Kingsly was a senator in New York who was running for re-election. He also previously worked as a federal prosecutor, his biggest case being that of David Clarke. In fact, Tom Kingsly was one of the main reasons David went to jail in the first place, so naturally, Tom isn’t exactly well-liked by Emily. One of Tom’s platforms for re-election is family and family values. Of course, it is kind of hard to preach family values when it’s exposed that you’ve knocked up your mistress. It wasn’t the messiest of takedowns by Emily, but it was definitely effective.

Emily Thorne takes down Dr. Michelle Banks

Dr. Michelle Banks (Season 1, Episode 4)

This takedown wasn’t so much about seeking revenge for someone who did David wrong; it was much more personal to Emily. Banks was Emily’s therapist when she was a child, and was the reason Emily was put in juvenile detention for so long and robbed of what little childhood she had left. Banks left her gig as a terrible therapist for kids and started a new one as a terrible therapist to the Hamptons’ housewives. Emily steals the tapes from Banks’ sessions with the women and puts them on the website HampstonsExposed.com. Putting Banks away while also embarrassing dozens of housewives in the process? Two birds, one red-sharpie-covered stone.

Emily Thorne takes down Mason Treadwell

Mason Treadwell (Season 1, Episode 12)

Mason Treadwell was an author who was tasked by David Clarke to write a memoir telling David’s side of the terrorist attack he was framed for, in hopes that Treadwell would help David clear his name. Instead, Mason wrote all the lies that the Graysons fed to the public and the judge … all while accepting a fat check in the process. Mason, a super-old-school writer who doesn’t believe in pen drives, was working on another book when Emily set it on fire. And the typewriter he was typing it on. And his entire house and life’s work. No one can ever say that Emily doesn’t make sure she absolutely gets the job done, no matter how many houses she has to burn down to make sure of it.

Emily Thorne takes down Lydia Davis a second time

Lydia Davis, Part 2 (Season 3, Episode 12)

In the fall finale of season three, Emily and Daniel just celebrated a lovely wedding on a yacht. Well, it was lovely until Daniel got mad and shot Emily and she washed up ashore on the verge of death. The thing is, even if Daniel doesn’t exactly love, or tolerate, Emily anymore, she has spent three years pretending to be head-over-heels for this guy. So she isn’t about to let something as minor as a bullet wound ruin all the strides she’s made to get into the Grayson family. But someone has to go to jail for shooting her. And it just so happened that Lydia was alive and has been digging her nose into Emily’s background. Well, Emily wasn’t about to let that happen. By framing Lydia, she got rid of Lydia once and for all, while also proving to her new family that she has no hard feelings for that whole “Daniel shot me on our wedding night” thing.

Emily Thorne takes down Sara Munillo

Sara Munello (Season 3, Episode 13)

Even though Emily pretended to forgive Daniel for shooting her, he was never really happy about being married to her. Basically about a day after they said “I do,” he started running around on Emily with his ex-girlfriend, Sara. As I previously said, Emily spent three years pretending to be in love with this guy, and there was no way she was going to let this chick come in and ruin all her hard work. So what do you do to get rid of the girl sleeping with your husband? You call her mom. When Sara heard her mom say that she will disown her from their family if she keeps being a mistress to a married man, that was enough for Sara to realize she was making a horrible mistake. This was probably Emily’s easiest takedown, but it proved she would do whatever it took to keep her man … whom she never really loved and was only using in hopes of ruining his family.

Emily Thorne takes down Victoria Grayson

Victoria Grayson (Season 3, Episode 22)

Ever since the beginning of Revenge, even with all the other takedowns, the endgame has always been the Graysons. Victoria and Conrad Grayson were the ones most responsible for framing David, and buying the jury and judge to make sure he took the fall for something they did. Victoria was most at fault, because David was in love with her, and she still went behind his back to ruin him. Even with dozens of takedowns and lives ruined, Victoria Grayson was always Emily’s number-one target. Finally, in the season three finale, she did it. Victoria was getting to know too much about Emily’s real persona, so instead of letting Victoria know she was right all along, Emily put her in a mental institution and made her think it was all in her head. Emily took both of Victoria’s children, her house, and every “love of her life.” At the end of the day, Victoria was strapped to a bed in the middle of nowhere—and there was nothing she could do about it.

The Revenge series finale airs this Sunday 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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