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'Revenge' recap: Episode 18, 'Justice'

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When we last left our favorite Hamptonites (last week), it was September, and yet this week opened mid-December and halfway through Daniel's murder trial. How time flies when you are awaiting trial for murder of your college roommate.

Seems this would have been more appropriate to air last week, when we had waited six weeks to see the episode. But, enough of my whining about the extensive breaks the show has taken, and onto the recap.

First off, am I the only one who feels that the past two episodes have felt like the cliff notes version of the show? We've moved through four months, an entire trial, and all of the backstabbing and bickering in between in just two hours.

Granted, dragging us through the entire pre-trial and trial would be a bit drawn out, but these episodes have moved a little too quick to cover the trial, new story lines, and typical drama. Maybe this is what life is like in Montauk in the winter when no one is around?

This episode reveals that Nolan and Emily have spent the past four months leading Jack around the eastern seaboard on a relentless search for Amanda. Where exactly is Takeda hiding her? I would ask if they were ever going to return to the show, but you just know they will appear at the worst possible moment.

Though Jack's dedication to his childhood sweetheart is lovely, it's hard to believe he would leave Nolan running not only the bar, but also playing guardian to Declan. The roles seem to be reversed, as Declan is putting family first and throwing away his relationship with Charlotte to save his brother. Poor Charlotte's life continues to unravel, as is to be expected when your mother encourages you to flirt with your ex to convince him to purger himself.

Victoria and Conrad's constant undermining of each other's happiness is getting a bit tiresome. We understand, you despise each other. But, since for some unknown reason you still live (or at least spend most of your time) in the same house, you would think they could be slightly civil towards each other. No such luck.

I am not even sure what the point was of having Victoria's love affair from 20 years ago come back into the picture for two episodes, since there are already too many story lines being squeezed into each episode. Conrad continues to show his power by ending this affair, but we discover that there is yet another person aware of what the Graysons did to David Clarke.

And finally, we discover that the Graysons arranged for David Clarke's murder in jail. After seeing Victoria arrange a hit on her own son, it is hard to believe this didn't come out earlier.

It will be interesting to see how this changes anything, since Emily already blamed the Graysons for ruining her father's life and had vowed to ruin their lives. All I can hope is that this brings us a new photo that can be marked off episode by episode with giant red Xs.

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