Revenge Season 3 Episode 17 “Addiction” Review: A Gambling Man

Revenge Season 3 Episode 17 “Addiction” Review: A Gambling Man

Revenge Season 3 Episode 17 “Addiction” Review: A Gambling Man
March 30, 2014 – ABC

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Again, the two most pointless characters get together. Yes, I’m referring to Charlotte and Javier, not Morgan Fairchild. What the heck was that all about anyways? Back on point, if Aiden hadn’t come back from Bermuda with the solution to the TWM riddle, I expected Javier to cook up some sort of algorithm to solve it. Sadly, he doesn’t deserve the benefit of the doubt I had given him. However, Emily the Ice Queen is no longer “out of sight, out of mind” with Mr. Mathis. As if he could ever forget about her in Bermuda! How could he refuse her after she flew all that way? At least now he’s back in the Hamptons and back on Team Revenge.

It makes sense that TWM stood for Aiden’s father’s initials after Emily figured out that DC was David Clarke, but why the need for his middle name, Warren? And what kind of parents giving birth before 1985 name their kid Trevor? I would have expected him to be named something more classic, like Thomas or Timothy. Now that Aiden has uncovered the TWM mystery, I’d like to know how Emily plans on debunking Pascal’s involvement with Flight 193 and what the Grayson family secrets have to do with it. Pascal’s allegiance definitely lies with Victoria, as it should since he’s trying to get into her pants. Why Emily seems unaware of his latest conquest is beyond me. She’s smart enough to guess that Pascal is in Victoria’s pocket (in more way than one), but perhaps this is another instance in which Emily wants to be caught.

You Don’t Know Me

When I heard Victoria say that to Pascal, nay, when I hear anyone say that, I always think of the old Superbowl commercial with that guy and his idea for beer flavored Doritos. I’m sure the quote originated from somewhere else, but that’s always what comes to mind. Pascal obviously does know what Victoria wants, or at least Conrad does, which is good news for his new business partner. After watching Conrad cry his way into making Stevie give him Grayson Manor, I’m no longer convinced that Emily and Victoria are the Hamptons’ master manipulators.

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Of course, in giving the property deed to Conrad, Stevie really only gave it to his ex-wife Victoria, so I don’t understand why she would relinquish it. Furthermore, Conrad is going to give the deed to Pascal to give to Victoria, but why would Victoria believe that Pascal had anything to do with procuring the deed from Stevie? There’s absolutely no connection there. What is it about magically having her home back that’s going to make Victoria hop into bed with Pascal? And while we’re asking questions, what was with Victoria’s hair at the casino night? There was no 1920’s “flapper” theme going on, so why was she sporting anything less than her usually polished style? Not sexy.

 

We Share the Blame for What We Became

Clearly the episode title refers to Pascal’s gambling addiction and Stevie’s alcoholism, though it’s odd that they don’t reference any addictions of more prominent characters. I guess we could say that Emily is addicted to Aiden, but that’s a bit of a stretch. It was rather predictable that we’d Stevie her on the brink of relapse after she told Jack at the beginning of the episode that he “never will” see his mother drinking.

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That wasn’t the only foreshadowing I found in this week’s episode. Did Emily remembering the quote from Aiden’s proposal have a hidden meaning? He said their love is one he’d “lay down his life for,” so will we see him sacrifice himself to save Emily? I definitely hope not, though Team Jack is probably having a heyday with Daniel’s implication that Mr. Porter still loves Emily. Of course he does, but it’s doubtful that Emily would get with her dead BFF’s husband. If Aiden does end up dying, it could push Emily into another psychotic break with more blackouts (where did they go?), after which she might find herself in Jack’s bed. Alas, I’m getting ahead of myself. Aiden is alive and well and I need to stop making predictions.

What did you think of this week’s episode? Will the Grayson Manor property deed help Pascal do the deed with Victoria? Is there more to Javier than meets the eye? Sound off in the comments below!