In the Season 2 premiere, "Revenge" disorients viewers by shifting time and locations. It opens with a rescue team scouring the ocean, presumably looking for survivors of the plane crash. Shockingly, a diver slowly reveals wreckage of the Amanda before finding a man's severed arm.
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That bloated appendage will have to wait as time rewinds to three months before the opening scene. Emily is at revenge camp in Japan with Takeda 2.0 and a mystery man. Her hardcore training reveals repressed memories of her mother, but Takeda warns her to stick with the original mission. The mystery man promises to keep Emily on track.
Emily's unclogged memory bank leads her and Nolan to an abandoned hospital. They discover that Victoria had Emily's mom locked up because she knew about the affair with David.
Nolan is more mature this season, but his style and wit are as hot as ever. He is training to fight and decided to sell his tainted house because of the bad memories. Emily reluctantly lets him stay at her house. Maybe she realized it would slash her revenge-related commute time.
Despite his lethal car accident and stint in rehab, no one seems to mind that Daniel is hitting the bottle. He and Ashley are a cozy couple, but Conrad hints that she is unfaithful. She was always a little too friendly with Daniel's daddy. Did their relationship take an icky turn in Victoria's absence?
Charlotte traded her luxurious home for a room in rehab. She kicked the pill habit, but her crooked doctor is on Conrad's payroll. He wants power of attorney to control his daughter's inheritance money.
Charlotte realizes her dad's plan and shares a secret with her half-sister: Victoria is alive! Of course, she is alive. That "Seven Devils" montage was stellar, but it didn't fool anyone. The only surprise is how quickly she returns.
She claims the government is keeping her in hiding while they build a case against Conrad. Emily has Nolan fashion a clam cam, and they spy the "White-Haired Man" plotting with Victoria.
Declan is trying to keep the business together, but the health inspector shuts it down. Meanwhile, Jack is preoccupied and obviously unhappy with Amanda. After a chat with Emily, Jack doubts Amanda and tells her to get a paternity test before they go a further.
Jack never explained why he slept on the boat or what he did all night. It seems like he will have a close connection to another murder.
"Destiny" waits for no one, and this overwhelming episode moves at an uncomfortable pace as it introduces new characters and continues previous storylines. With the foundation laid, Season 2 can resume a more palatable pace. It will be interesting to see if the search for her mother helps Emily retain her fleeting humanity or pushes her into becoming a cold-hearted villain like her enemies.
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