'Revenge': A handy guide to untangling the show's tangled web
We must begin, of course, with Emily.
Emily Thorne ( Emily VanCamp) is currently in a secret relationship with Aiden ( Barry Sloane). But Aiden's loyalties are being tested by pressure from the Initiative and by Emily's rekindled -- but mostly fake -- relationship with Daniel ( Josh Bowman).
Daniel doesn't know that this new romance with his old fiancee is based on two secret premises. His mother, Victoria ( Madeleine Stowe), wants Emily to influence Daniel so he'll stay away from the Initiative. Emily, meanwhile, is using Daniel as a way to gain further information on that same nefarious organization.
Although Daniel's own scheming is of a minor sort at the moment, he does seem to have a few secret arrangements with Marco ( E.J. Bonilla), Nolan's old boyfriend.
Speaking of Nolan ( Gabriel Mann), the software mogul remains steadfast in his devotion to Emily and her quest for vengeance -- even though this loyalty cost Nolan his own company. Nolan also remains loyal to Padma ( Dilshad Vadsaria), even though we now know that this loyalty is misplaced -- Padma reports to the Initiative.
Conrad Grayson ( Henry Czerny) has mostly remained aloof from much of this for awhile now, but his new quest for political office means that he's entangling himself yet again. For one thing, Conrad is back in cahoots with uber-ambitious Ashley ( Ashley Madekwe). Ashley, Amanda ( Margarita Levieva) and Charlotte ( Christa Allen) come together to tie Conrad to Jack ( Nick Weschler).
Why would that happen? Well, Conrad needs a good public image, and Jack has been wrongfully accused of drug possession by his evil business partners. Conrad does get Jack out of jail, but we have to wonder about the debt that now exists between the bartender and the billionaire.
As for Amanda, she is pretty much fed up with the mess surrounding her and has bought a gun. She isn't quite ready to use it on the Ryans, but that's surely coming. At this point, Amanda is loyal only to Jack, Emily and her baby. Everyone else should probably watch out.
Got all that? Then you should be ready for the next "Revenge" episode!