"Revenge" Recap: Episode 17, "Doubt"
When we last left our favorite members of the 1%, Grayson’s golden child Daniel had been wrongly accused of the murder of the late-and-great ginger Tyler Barrol and had been sent to Riker’s Correctional Facility without bail. Now the murder trial, spearheaded by Queen Victoria and her soon-to-be-ex-husband Conrad, is picking up pace as the Graysons attempt to run with their new “hooded man theory."
The defense believes that, according to the accounts of our favorite skinny-dipping teen dream team Declan and Charlotte, a third person was on the beach the night Tyler was killed. According to the theory, said mystery person (a scruffy “hooded man”, according to Declan and Charlotte, so specific) knocked Daniel out before shooting the final bullet that ultimately killed Tyler. But, shock of all shocks, when sketched out on paper, the “hooded man” looks exactly like our favorite sexy Montauk bartender Jack Porter! After all, how many scruffy, brunette, hoodie-sporting men are there in the Hamptons? Victoria is also eager to somehow pin the entire debacle on Amanda Clark (aka fauxmanda, who has yet to be seen since the night of the murder).
In order to do this, she attempts to spin the theory that fauxmanda convinced Jack to kill Tyler, or, in her words, the classic “typically sensible man driven to illogic by a conniving temptress” plotline. However, to run with this crazy theory that sounds like it’s straight out of some kind of "Gossip Girl" murder mystery, she needs a good spin doctor, and who else to do so other than our favorite tweed-and-bowtie-wearing master of snark, Mason Treadwell? After a little convincing, Treadwell is persuaded to come out of his wine-cooler-induced pity party to start blogging about the murder trial and convince the public that Daniel is being framed.
Meanwhile, poor Danny boy isn’t doing so hot locked up in the slammer. Mama bear Victoria, desperate to bust him out of jail by any means possible, decides to take matters into her own hands by paying some thugs to beat Daniel up to make it look as if his life is at risk. Thankfully, the plan works, and Daniel returns home bruised and battered on house arrest. It is also at this point that Victoria meets a former flame, who resembles the love child of Gerard Butler and that douchebag who played Norrington in "Pirates of the Caribbean." Apparently, he’s some long-lost-bohemian-painter love of hers, and they end up having a little adult slumber party back at his place snuggled up against some crappy oil canvas paintings (sorry, Conrad).
Back at the CSI headquarters, aka the Grayson’s kitchen, news has come out that Charlotte has been playing the whole emo, moody, rebellious teen card, and was chasing pain pills with vodka-sodas the night of the murder, so all of her and Declan’s word about the “hooded man on the beach” is null and void. It turns out that Declan aired out all of Charlotte’s dirty laundry to protect his brother, Jack, from taking the fall for Tyler’s murder (bros before hoes, when will Charlotte ever learn?). With that goes the defense’s entire argument to protect Daniel. This sends Victoria into a crazy "Real Housewives"-betch-fest, bitch-slapping Charlotte for being a druggie and a bad sister and screaming to anyone who will listen to her for more than five minutes (so, just Ashley). However, one person remains in the potential “third party on the beach” theory: Emily. When Victoria approaches Daniel to plant this idea in his head that Emily could have been the one who killed Tyler and is now letting him take the fall for it, Daniel becomes enraged, telling Victoria that if she drags Emily into this, he will confess to everything. And thus, the drama continues.
What do you guys think? Who are the Graysons going to accuse of killing Tyler? Is Daniel going to be sent back to jail? What is Emily’s endgame? And who the hell is that painter guy, anyways?
"Revenge" airs every Wednesday at 10 p.m. on ABC.