Note: Do not read on if you have not yet seen Season 2, Episode 11 of ABC's "Revenge," titled "Sabotage."
They say the best laid plans often go awry, because no matter how detailed the preparation, a plan will always have a weak point...and there will always be those looking to exploit it, to doom the plan to failure, and the perpetrator along with it.
This week's installment of "Revenge" kicks off with a juicy tease: the promise of a dead guy by episode's end and a cut to "Two Days Earlier." And, if we're observant, we'll notice that said dead guy has our Emily's infinity tattoo ...
A very angsty Aidan has made contact with The Initiative while Emily has been pretending to date Daniel. Helen Crowley hints that Aidan's sister is alive. Emily reminds him that there's no proof and no actual reason to believe that she is, but for Aidan, any chance that it's true -- no matter how fractional -- is worth investigating.
Whilst visiting Jack in prison, Fauxmanda promises not to "do anything" in the way of vengeance against the Ryans. Yeah right, remember what this show is called? She seeks help from the Graysons with the help of Charlotte, and when that doesn't prove fruitful, steals a watch and trades it for a gun. Meanwhile, Ashley convinces Conrad that if he's planning to go into politics, he better help out Jack for PR reasons. Jack gets out of jail, but it definitely won't be free.
Speaking of Ashley, she returns to the Graysons -- specifically Conrad -- with a hefty proposition. Since she knows where the bodies are buried, figuratively -- and uh, literally -- she feels it wasn't in her best interest to start over somewhere else. After all, as she puts it, the Graysons will always need her services. She gives Conrad a contract that contractually frees her from dealing with Vic. Nice work, Ashley!
At Nolcorp, Marco is causing all kinds of trouble -- secretly communicating with Daniel, bringing past indiscretions to light, and being mean to Padma, who has returned to work in the name of love ... allegedly. Nolan has had enough of Marco and tells him to get out. Let's hope that goes better than it did in 2006.
Emily organizes a wine auction for a charity benefitting foster children. She invites Daniel, and at Vic's request, Jason -- a long time rival of the Graysons. She even invites Helen Crowley, who shows up because she is "curious." Daniel buys a million dollar bottle of wine, Padma shows up crazy late, and Helen Crowley gets a good scare after getting trapped and gassed with Aidan in an elevator. The two are taken to the basement, tied up, and fitted with torture hoods. A figure in a ski mask yells voice-scrambled threats. Miraculously, Aidan gets out of his chair and shoots their captor, fleeing with Helen just as another ski-masked figure is coming down the stairs. The masked figures were Emily and Nolan, and the bullets were fake. Did Helen figure that out?
Every plan has a fatal flaw. Sometimes it's the heart, even in those who are supposed to be the most careful. But a careful nature doesn't always ensure success. When a plan is built on an unstable foundation, failure is not only a possibility--it's a certainty.
It seemed Emily and co. pulled off their plan this time ... though, who knows, when even Padma is double crossing with The Initiative?
"Revenge" airs Sundays at 9 p.m. EST on ABC.