Season 1, Episode 6 of Revenge — "Intrigue" — is all about life, liberty, and the pursuit of lobster tails as the Graysons celebrate the Fourth of July, Hamptons-style. And is anyone else with us when we say that we love Bull the bartender? He’s the kind of guy who’s rugged, but gentle enough so you think you can change him. Or maybe that’s just us. Uh, let’s move on, shall we?
At the start of the episode, Emily (Emily VanCamp) and Daniel (Josh Bowman) are busy whispering sweet nothings into each other's ears, which makes sense, because it's not like anything more important is going on. Oh, wait — Lydia (guest star Amber Valletta) has just fallen onto a cab, and Nolan (Gabriel Mann) pounds on the door to inform Emily of just that.
After Daniel leaves, Nolan shows Emily the video of Lydia and Frank's fight (a.k.a. the only surveillance footage that's actually creepier than the Paranormal Activity movies). Nolan is upset that he came close to being seen by Frank, but Emily wants him to stay focused and send the footage to Conrad (Henry Czerny). We also discover that Lydia is somehow still clinging to life. Not even Superman can withstand that kind of abuse.
Over at the Grayson manor, Victoria (Madeleine Stowe) decides not to throw a party this episode, and is just going to enjoy some downtime. Just kidding! Of course Victoria is throwing a party this episode! That's all she ever does! And this one is in honor of the Fourth of July, because what's more American than staying wealthy by any means necessary? Nothing, if you ask us.
Nolan is hesitant about sending the footage of Lydia's fall from grace (or rather, fall from balcony) to Conrad, but Emily encourages him, so he finally complies. Conrad opens the footage and is shocked (or as shocked as the cool-and-collected businessman gets).
Conrad meets with Frank to let him know that he’s firing him, since he suspects that Frank also told Victoria about the check he gave to Lydia. Conrad tells Frank to take his jet and fly somewhere far away. (Conrad is like, "I don't care where you go. Then again, if I had to make a suggestion, it would probably be Orlando. I mean, have you seen the 'World of Color' show at the Magic Kingdom yet? You're just gonna love it! Trust me!")
Conrad tells Victoria that Frank is crazy about her. Conrad then tells her what Frank did to Lydia, showing her the video. He pulls out a gun, saying he's willing to use it on Frank.
Meanwhile, Daniel turns down Tyler's (guest star Ashton Holmes) offer to hang out in favor of spending the night alone with Em, so Tyler does what he does best: He flirts with Ashley (Ashley Madekwe). Tyler gets Ashley to agree to a double-date tonight with Dan and Emily. Could Tyler be a worse friend?
Ash somehow talks Emily into the double-date, so Daniel comes by to pick her up, just as Jack (Nick Wechsler) stops by to offer to move her porch swing so it faces the sunset. (Swoon!) Jack explains that a guy who used to live in the house with his daughter had thought that would be a good idea. Emily is like, "What a weird coincidence! I also used to live here with my dad! It's so strange that two sets of single dads lived here in such a short time span! Oh, wait — forget I just said that."
The double-date doesn't go so well, despite the swanky bottle of wine. First off, Ash is nervous about her job, since she's heard that Frank has been fired. Then, Emily suspects Tyler of lying about his trip to the Bahamas, at which point Tyler storms off, with Daniel not far behind. Needless to say, Ashley is not pleased. Then again, considering that every party that Ashley has ever planned has gone horribly awry, Ashley should be used to social events ending in dysfunction.
Charlotte (Christa Allen) stops by the bar and wants Declan (Connor Paolo) to take her out on a date. Declan panics and tries to get money from his brother, but Jack — having just seen Daniel swoop in and take Emily on a date while he was standing there — is currently feeling about as romantic as Emily Dickinson. (Although Jack did take the opportunity to ask Daniel to start working at the bar on July 4th and thus skip his parents’ party, which surely softened the blow.) So Declan is forced to steal lobsters from their cages. This should end well, right?
Victoria is feeling thirsty late at night, and so she runs downstairs for some water. And who should she see there but Frank, who's there to tell Victoria that he attacked Lydia for Queen V's benefit. Plus, he also has a gun, because brandishing a gun is apparently the key to Victoria's heart.
Sure enough, the owners of those lobster cages are just as burly and knit cap-adorned as you might imagine. And as we all know, burly knit cap-wearers are seldom friendly on soapy TV dramas. In fact, they would have gotten very unfriendly if Jack hadn't stopped by with his baseball bat.
Daniel also witnesses the near-beating, since he's come by the bar for his first day (but not before a little morning nookie with his sweetie, natch). Daniel dutifully opens his wallet and pays the lobster guys the $400 Declan owes them. Because who doesn’t carry $400 in cash everywhere they go?
You know how some people see not having a job as an excuse to sleep in until 1 PM and then sit around all day in their sweats, eating Chips Ahoy and watching The Nate Berkus Show? That is so not Frank's style. He bribes the security guard at Lydia's building to let him watch the tapes from the night she
died was badly hurt, pausing it on a shot of Nolan getting into the elevators. Uh oh!
It's finally time for the Graysons' Fourth of July party, and that means one thing: an ice sculpture of the Statue of Liberty. Okay, fine — two things: an ice sculpture of the Statue of Liberty and boatloads (get it?) of drama. Victoria isn't wild about Daniel working at the bar and blames Emily for it, so untrustworthy Tyler says he'll talk some sense into Daniel. Um, right.
What Tyler actually puts into Daniel isn't exactly clear, but it sure isn't sense. Instead, Tyler visits Daniel on his first night at the bar, where Daniel and the aforementioned Bull have been put in charge, so that Declan and Jack can go hit up the Graysons' party. Tyler drugs Daniel, puts him in a bed upstairs, and then Tyler slams his own head into a pillar until it bleeds. (Tyler has a weird way of celebrating the holidays.)
Jack, seizing the opportunity, pulls Emily outside of the party and delivers a tear-inducing speech about how she's the wind beneath his wings or something. For some reason Emily rejects him again, informing him that she's with Daniel. The next time we see her, remind us to slap some sense — some actual sense — into her. (A light slap, of course, but still a slap nonetheless.)
Back at the ice sculpture-laden bash, Frank confronts Nolan, asking why Conrad hired him, but Nolan says it wasn't Conrad. Frank then watches as Nolan whispers to Emily, telling her that she's on her own. Meanwhile, Victoria freaks when Tyler tells her that Daniel caused the gash on his forehead. (Plus, we also see Declan plant one on Charlotte on the Amanda. Big bro could learn a thing or two!)
Finally, Frank calls Victoria and tells her that he doubts Conrad set up the surveillance footage, and that he thinks they're all being set up, which Victoria passes along to Conrad. Looks like our girl Emily isn't quite as sly as she thought!