‘Revenge’ recap: Episode 19, ‘Absolution’

Emily and the rest of America are trying to figure out who killed her father.

The one percent are still out for Daniel. Don’t you love how current events make it into “Revenge” plotlines?

Picking up from last week’s “shocker” that the Graysons had David Clarke murdered, the question still remains as to who actually did the killing. Fake-Emily’s pensive as she visits her father’s grave and places a red rose on the tombstone. She’s then hanging out with Charlotte, who wants to learn more about her father, which leads her to finding a black-and-white photo of David in one of the prison common areas — it was taken on the day he died. Fake-Emily says he looks scared. There are a few people in the background of the picture, and if you look closer you’ll see that David’s journaling in it. Where’s that last journal? Fake-Emily sure as hell doesn’t have it. Who could? Nolan!

Fake-Em (violently) calls Nolan out on the journal — amazingly, he has it handy, and claims that he didn’t want her to see a vulnerable side of her dad — Nolan had to protect David’s image. When she’s reading the journal (is that a tear in your eye, Em?) she gets to a part that says “CM will come tomorrow with proof.” CM? Fake-Em goes to her computer to investigate: In Grayson Global, there was a Carol Miller, and a quick web search (notice it was some cheap Google imitation) leads Em to her obituary: Huh, she died around the same time as David Clarke did in jail. Naturally, this makes Em only more curious, so she does what any reasonable girl would: breaks into the hospital medical records and calls Carol Miller’s doctor to get the deets on her. When the doctor tells her that the data she has doesn’t match, but that he has a patient named Carol still alive in Lancaster, PA, Em knows what’s up: Carol Miller isn’t dead at all. She’s in hiding.

Meanwhile, Victoria is totally going to get her own revenge on Conrad. She calls upon a man from the SEC with the request for immunity on the condition she tell him some pretty big secrets. He’s cool with the arrangement. Later in the episode, the SEC raids Grayson Global…wonder who planted the seed there?

Good news for Daniel tonight: His charges are officially dropped. But yet, he’s still the buzz of the town (someone even wrote “Murderer” on Em’s car as she picked him up from jail). Oh, did anyone else love how Daniel was the main topic on “all the major shows” like “Nightline” and “Good Morning America”? Two major shows…two major ABC SHOWS. Thanks for sneaking that little pat on the back in there, writing team.

So anyway, acknowledging that this media hoopla is not going to go away on its own, Em suggests to Daniel and the rest of the Grayson clan that Daniel do a TV interview and tackle the situation head-on. Everyone’s in agreement that it’s a great idea. Ashley gives her two weeks to Victoria because Brooks offered her a media relations job at his firm, but Victoria convinces her to stay on as the official liaison for Daniel’s interview.

Nolan really takes center stage tonight. Upon storming the grounds of Carol Miller’s casa in Lancaster (with a fake search warrant and another identity — seriously, how many does this girl have?), guess who Em sees is over for a little visit? Nolan! That’s his aunt Carol. They’ve always been on Team David Clarke. Nolan was sure his role model David Clarke was innocent, so Carol, Conrad’s personal secretary, started investigating the company. She came across proof that it was really Conrad who was scheming, and she and Nolan were about to make it public, but, too late, David was killed right beforehand. When Nolan learned David Clarke was dead, she told her aunt to get the hell out — and fast. She had to protect herself. But as Conrad’s secretary, Carol had access to a lot of his info, except one piece she never could crack: Who was that scary-looking, white-haired man with the blue eyes who always visited Conrad off the books?

In Porter land, now that Daniel’s out of jail, Jack tells him the whole story about what happened that night on the beach. He also tells him that the bloody hoodie from Lee Moran’s (the Graysons’ dead hit man, you recall) car is not really Lee’s but Jack’s! Daniel’s like, “What? My parents would never have something like that arranged,” but Jack’s all like, “Dude. Don’t put it past them.”

And now for a couple (seemingly, you know never know with this show) minor plot points: Charlotte gets caught with drugs and suspended. Ashley loses her new job with Brooks just as fast as she gets it (Brooks didn’t like how she leaked the photos of Daniel a few episodes back).

Conrad gets drunk (this is before the SEC arrives). When Conrad drinks, the word vomit ensues. He confesses everything to Daniel, from David Clarke to the planting of the fake confession by Lee! We didn’t see the whole thing on camera, which woulda been nice, but hey, what can you do? Anyways, even with all this game-changing knowledge he’s still set to do his on-air interview tomorrow. Victoria tries to pull him from it at the last second when he starts asking her about her inside jobs, like planting the fight that got him house arrest, but he continues on. This could be his chance to distance himself from the Grayson name! He could start fresh! He has the whole world in front of him! Nah, but that doesn’t happen: He sticks up for his dad and the family name.

Conrad gifts Ashley a beautiful Lexus and is all like, “I like that you can get your hands dirty” (ew?). He offers her a job so long as their hands can be dirty together (double ew?). I think it’s safe to say she accepts. Nolan offers to foot Declan’s tuition at Collins Prep so that he officially has no ties to the Graysons anymore. Aw, cute bro bonding.

Victoria takes Charlotte to her dad’s grave and explains that he was a good man who made a bad mistake, and that she loves her ever the more because she sees so much of David in her. There’s that rose from earlier, just hanging out on the tomb: “Mom,” Charlotte says, “Somebody’s been here.” Kinda spooky!

So we still don’t know who exactly killed David Clarke, but Em, disappointed in Daniel for not speaking up about his family, vows to marry Daniel, find the killer and then kill him herself. She’s getting somewhere: She watches a taped interview between Conrad and Treadwell: Conrad’s all unsuspicious, saying how much he liked David and that he fit in at the company well. Just then, Carol Miller interrupts the tape: Conrad’s got a visitor. We get a glimpse of that terrifying white-haired man she spoke of earlier…and it’s the same man who was in the background of the black-and-white jail pic of David Clarke we saw earlier tonight. I think we have our killer! Now we just have to figure out: Who is he?


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