09/30/2013 02:15 am ET Updated Sep 30, 2013

'Revenge' Premiere: Emily Gets Back To Basics, Has Boyfriend Troubles (VIDEO)

There was a key line of dialogue in the opening scenes of the season premiere of "Revenge," but it wasn't about Emily's plots against the Graysons. It was a way to wipe the slate clean after a few missteps into the convoluted during the show's second season.

"Let's never say the words 'Carrion' and 'Initiative' again," Emily told Nolan, and hopefully the show will stick to those words. When larger conspiracies fell over this revenge drama, the story got muddled and the audience didn't appreciate it. The title sums up what fans are looking for in this show, and Emily has a long way to go in her quest to take down the Graysons. She doesn't need those kinds of distractions, and neither do we.

And so Emily got back to what she does best. When Ashley forced her hand, she put herself in Emily's crosshairs, and so she was taken care of. At an unveiling for Conrad's portrait, Emily managed to take down both Conrad and Ashley. She poisoned him to make it look like his Huntington's disease was acting up, and then framed Ashley for revealing the disease to the press. Now, Conrad will have to step down as mayor.

Unfortunately, her big reveal to Jack last season has led to consequences. When Jack confronted her about her role in what happened at the unveiling, Emily said, "These are terrible people, doing terrible things. This is what they deserve.”

“Did Amanda get what she deserved? Did Declan? Will I?” Jack said, pointing out the heavy cost of her revenge. "Finish this by the end of the summer, then leave for good. Or I’ll tell everyone the truth.”

“Hell hath no fury like a bartender/single father/jilted childhood love scorned!" wrote E! Online's Tierney Bricker of the twist. "But he's not the only love interest Emily has to watch her back around.” In the final moments of the premiere, Aiden visited Victoria and vowed to help her "destroy" Emily.

TV Fanatic's Miranda Wicker thinks the Jack-Emily dynamic is the endgame of the series, so his ultimatum is just a setback. "Jack Porter's been kind of a scruffy doormat for two seasons, but there's something about his salt of the earth persona that makes him hot," she wrote. "He'll come around. But not until he's made things difficult for Emily by speeding up her timetable.”

It's boy trouble times two for Emily on "Revenge," Sundays at 9 p.m. ET on ABC.

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