Revenge Season 3 Episode 16 “Disgrace” Review: Who Made the Bomb?

Revenge Season 3 Episode 16 “Disgrace” Review
March 23, 2014 – ABC.

What is TWM?

Revenge Season 3 Episode 16 “Disgrace” 1Growing up in the world of dirtbike racing, TWM stood for my favorite magazine, Transworld Motocross. Even though Pascal is a big-time media mogul, I doubt he uses the acronym the same way. Now that we know that Pascal is the type of dirtbag who would tamper with the Voulez US books so that Voulez Europe can turn a profit, so I can see him being involved with the Flight 197 scandal. At this point the accounting heist is moot because Conrad is pimping out Victoria in exchange for a merger between the two magazines. Even before Emily found Pascal’s handwritten note to Conrad, it was pretty clear that he knew the truth about David Clarke when he told Conrad that their relationship “goes back twenty years,” in such an ominous tone. Since Flight 197 was bombed in 2002, perhaps there’s an older misdeed to which Pascal is referring.

Why Do We need Javier?

Of all of the random recurring guest stars this show has introduced, Javier has to be one of the most pointless. Yes, he’s got Nolan all tingly about hacking again, but he was kind of going down that road before Javier knocked on his door. The only useful thing that Nolan’s old cellmate did this week was crack a code for Jack in the archive room at Stevie’s old firm. Nolan probably could have excused himself for five minutes to do that himself. Until Team Revenge gets more use out of Javier, I’m counting him as completely unnecessary.

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Speaking of Team Revenge, it seems as though Emily’s circle of trust is getting larger. Jack has known Emily’s true identity since the season two finale and is now actively involved in the takedown of the Graysons. Stevie thinks Emily is merely Amanda’s friend from juvie but knows that she is currently at the head of “Amanda’s” revenge plan. Victoria will obviously never be on the other side of the scheme to ruin her own family, but she’s gathered that Emily tricked Daniel into marriage not for an astronomical payout, but for something bigger.

 

 

What’s the New Plan?

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Now that Emily has made it through an entire episode without any blackouts, she’s back on her game. For the sake of plausibility, hopefully we’ll see one or two more blackouts before the season is over, adding a wild card factor to this story line. What I don’t understand is how her divorce from Daniel has anything to do with helping her figure out what TWM is. I suppose it will become less mysterious in future episodes, but I would have waited to cut ties with the Graysons until after deciphering all of Stevie’s evidence from the David Clarke case. She did say that she wants the Graysons to “feel like they won,” but I can’t see any other advantage to pulling the trigger on her divorce right now.

It’s kind of a bummer that we didn’t see any of Stevie’s property battle over Grayson Manor. I failed to mention last week that she took a big risk in telling Jack that she was his biological mother, because an affair with Carl Sr. during her marriage to Conrad could nullify her prenup, assuming there was one. That would mean she would lose the beachside mansion, unless she knows something about Jack’s paternity that we don’t. If Conrad isn’t Jack’s father, then she’s running the gauntlet on Victoria for nothing, because we all know that it’s nearly impossible to keep a secret in the Hamptons.

What did you think of this week’s episode? What does TWM stand for? Will Victoria or Stevie discover who Emily is? Sound off in the comments below!