Fug the Show: Revenge recap, episode 201


It’s BACK. And I am going to start off by saying something that is possibly unpopular, and it is that I think Emily VanCamp was and continues to be miscast in this role. She is not bad as Emily — she is a good actress, and she’s clearly trying her hardest — but something about her performance is consistently a little flat for me.  She’s great at the emotional stuff, but the Internal Steely Core of Bad-Ass Revengery just isn’t there for me. I also worry that her relationship with Josh Bowman is slowly going to transform her into a creature as wooden as he is. We’ll know for certain if we hit a point in the season where neither of them is capable of fully closing their mouths.  Cross your fingers that doesn’t happen. But without further ado, here’s your first Revenge recap of this season, this time with way, WAY more plot, plus loads of shirtlessness. (Spoilers if you haven’t seen it yet. Obviously.)

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  1. TaraMisu
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    LOVE Nolan’s haircut (and 6 pack)
    I am so hatefully jealous of anyone who can wear yellow. It makes me look diseased.
    Yay Victoria!
    Boo Amanda!

  2. Jeanie
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    So glad this show is back! Love Nolan and the Clam Cam!!

  3. Suzanna
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    Mixed Up Files of Mrs Basil E Mentalinstitution– you slay me! I am so glad the Revenge Fug Recaps are back!

  4. Ayelet
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    Best recap EVER. Thanks, Jessica. You’re hilarious.

  5. Annie E
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    I actually had forgotten that Emily and Charlotte were half-sisters until now. The Emily/Charlotte points of this episode make a lot more sense now. Last season Charlotte was snoozeville but I am slightly more interested now that she’s Emily’s link to the Graysons. Daniel suuuuuucks.

    • mhorv4
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      But nobody but Emily/Amanda (as compared to Amanda/Emily) knows they are real sisters because they all think she is the real Emily.

  6. Carolyn
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    I kind of want to kidnap Nolan for those occasions when a minion is necessary. He could stay in my pocket for safekeeping.

  7. Melissa
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    I love Nolan more than is healthy but I don’t care. I think Gabriel Mann’s haircut is stellar, I hated his hair last season. He looks great with a buzz cut too.

  8. Erin
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    I love that the haircut and six pack didn’t erase Nolan’s affinity for popped-collar polos. I watched that opening sequence many times, and that looks like Conrad’s arm rolling in the deep — the tony watch, the wedding ring, the stripes. If it’s Jack, he’ll have made a LOT of lifestyle and style changes in the three months prior.

    • Jessica
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      Isn’t it plaid, though? I feel like plaid SCREAMS “Jack,” and the use of the pocket watch that Jack was holding earlier makes it seem like it’s supposed to be Jack. BUT I like the idea of every season ending with a Grayson presumed dead in an explosion of a vehicle.

  9. ES
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    Emily Van Camp is dating Josh Bowman? That’s the third co-star she’s dated, right?

    • Jessica
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      Yes indeed. She LOVES a co-star.

      • DeepSoap
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        At least this time her co-star is not playing hr brother (although her characters do have a mutual half-sister.) Progress!

    • Ebsun
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      Not a co-star connection but she also dated Klaus from TVD. If only mathematical formulas stuck in my head like celebrity trivia.

    • May
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      Actually he’s her 4th. She was also with co-star Jospeh Morgan on Ben Hur

    • Esmom
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      Ooh, who else has she dated? Her b-f from Brothers and Sisters comes to mind.

      • Ebsun
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        She dated Chris Pratt for a while. I remember reading an interview with the show runner from Everwood somewhere and he said that they had actually dated from the beginning of the show.

  10. Christy
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    + 500 cool points for the ELDEN reference. LOOOOOOOOOOVED that show so much.

    Also, we all need to take a drink whenever Nolan says “revengey”. It makes me happy.

    I cannot wait to see a JJL/Stowe showdown.

  11. Lena
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    YAY, the recaps are baaack! “Maybe just try thinking real hard in the shower first.” – The. Best. Thanks, Jessica! Can’t wait for next week!

  12. currygirl
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    Rehab Center For Kids Who Can’t Read Good. Love you Jessica! This was a great recap!

  13. Anne
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    I TOTALLY agree with Emily. Bleh, she just doesn’t do it for me, and her one liners with her “mean face” are not cutting it. She’s certainly better than the assistant turned Daniel’s fiance (I can’t even remember her name) though.

    • Esmom
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      Me, too, although I’m not sure who would be better in the role.

      • jenny
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        I agree with Jessica’s point — but at the same time, it’s very reminiscent of Jennifer Garner in Alias. And I love both shows, despite neither of these women being fully believable as real bad-asses.

  14. Lynne
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    Oh Nolan, how I’ve missed you. There’s going to be more shirtless Nolan, right? I’d like a guarantee if possible.

    I kind of love the costuming on this show and frequently want to shop in their wardrobe department.

    • Jessica
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      If he is shirtless, I will bring the shirtlessness to you.

    • Lizzy
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      I love the costuming, too, because it’s not all Dynasty-over-the-top. Emily wears classy, simple frocks. I love Nolan in his rare instances business attire. (OK, the bar brothers’ jeans and flannel is too on the nose.)

      I think Emily Van Camp works precisely because she isn’t menacing when she’s in revenge mode. Unlike typical soap opera baddies who might as well be twirling their figurative mustache half the time (so really, how could anyone be surprised they’re eeeevil), she would totally fly under everyone’s radar.

  15. Becky
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    Bravo, Jessica! This is the funniest thing I have read in quite a while. Thanks for the much-needed stress reliever.

  16. elizabeth
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    The Revenge and Hart of Dixie recaps are my absolute favorite posts! This was great!

  17. Katie Lynn
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    90% sure that the white studded tank top is the SAME tank that Zoe wore last night on Hart of Dixie when Lavon Hayes spilled that glass of wine on her.

  18. Soapiness
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    I don’t know… I hated the recap. I mean, I love you’re other recaps, but with this one there’s no fun or excitement…. Your boredom or the fact that you don’t like the show comes across, making the recap feel a bit lame… or forced.
    That being said, have you picked up the new EW issue? They’re doing cast reunions and one of them is Melrose Place!

    • Jessica
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      I actually had a lot of fun writing it. Sorry you didn’t enjoy.

      • Louise
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        Please continue to recap this show every week. I think we should set up a time share with Gabriel Mann. Everyone deserves a little ascot. REVENGE!!!

        • BostonLawyaGal
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          I LOVE your recaps! Jessica you are a comedic genius. This show (along with Hart of Dixie) is so Fugcap worthy. I may fight you for Nolan, tho. Consider yourself on notice.

  19. mhorv4
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    My question is-why does everyone assume that the Grayson’s trechorous deeds are forgotten (and apparently the investigation into them is actually significantly set-back) because of the plane crash. Isn’t it safe to assume that the USDOJ would back up any evidence it receives immediately?

  20. Leigh
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    OMG – my boss came running to my desk to ask me why I was crying. This is the funniest thing I’ve read all month, and sadly NO ONE here watches the show so I can’t share the brilliance. Thank you Jessica for just making my month – I think I live for these recaps even a little more than I do the show. Are you following 666 Park Avenue…? Cause I can see your recap penmanship written all over that!

  21. Corriner
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    Jessica – you slay me!
    I *finally* got on the Revenge bandwagon this summer and watched season 1 – and this recap (and I’m sure the season 1 recaps which I am going to read immediately) have made the show so much better!

    There is definitely something cheese-tastic about Revenge that they need to explore further. It’s just not quite wacky or mad-cap enough to be great.

    Also, Nolan really is the best. And Josh Bowman’s mouth breathing is actually so distracting I don’t ever listen to anything he says.

    Cheers!

  22. Kristan
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    1) Fug this show forever, please! Your snark brings me joy. :)

    2) Amanda is just… But I guess times *are* tough, so it’s not like Jack has Maternity Clothes as a line item in his budget.

    3) I wouldn’t stress too much about the details of the hand/clothes on the dead arm in the sunken ship. Remember, just like Season 1, the writers can always pull a switcheroo on the body.

    4) Also, I didn’t think that Conrad was saying Ashley *would* cheat on Daniel. I think he was saying she already *had*. And yes, I assumed Conrad meant with him. They were definitely sending each other signals in the last couple eps in May.

  23. Mel
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    Love the show & your recap! Oh….and that red dress Emily wore to the memorial was amaze!

  24. Margaret
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    I stopped watching the show about 4-5 episodes into season 1, but I still read your recaps faithfully, and I think this one is one of the best yet. Plus it’s so much shorter to read the plot via your snarkiness than actually watch the show. Love it!

  25. Isabella
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    I have just had to laugh into a pillow to keep from waking the neighbors with my howling. Jessica, you may be my lobster. Best recap ever.

  26. Kiran
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    I actually really like EVC. I think she brings a detached, almost sociopathic edge to the role that makes her kinda scary to me and her emotional moments more interesting and genuine when they happen. Loved the recap tho!

  27. Erin
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    Amazing recap. Nolan is awesome – did you watch the revenge recap they played a week before and nolan narrated? it was so great. Also, love his nicknames for people “oh, hey, Mandy”.. I like the new haircut – I never thought he was attractive until now.
    Thank you for addressing the casting switch up. I also thought there was a second ninja warrior leader for a while… especially because I couldn’t remember his name.
    So excited REVENGE is back – and the recaps!

  28. ML
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    The shot of Emily and Nolan at the party, all smirkyface, made my day.

  29. Ledi Fermin
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    THANK YOU!!!! Finally, someone said it! I couldn’t put my finger on it, but that’s the reason why I stop watching the show. She just doesn’t do it for me. The show is called REVENGE, so you’d expect a little more ggggrrrrrrrrrrrr outta the main character.

  30. Erin
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    I agree that she’s not the perfect actress to play this role (luckily the soapiness totally makes up for it), but I also can’t really picture anyone else in it… thoughts?

  31. Elaine
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    HOW is nolan/gabriel mann FORTY?! mind blown.

  32. Roz
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    Nolan called Daniel “Spaniel”! This needs to be a permanent nickname.

    Also love that Emily broke out the red dress in Victoria’s absence. Seems right.

  33. Laura Berg
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    What an awesome recap! Had me laughing so hard I got the hiccups. Please recap next epi, too!

  34. Tamburlaine
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    I don’t watch this show, but I love your recaps! More Nolan, please, whenever possible (Gabriel Mann does look much better with shorter hair). Those photos where he and Emily are together are just great. And Emily’s red dress is gorgeous.

  35. Rachel
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    Love your recaps but didn’t seem to have as much about the fashion this time! That’s what I love about the Hart of Dixie recaps :)