Revenge (TV series)

2011 American drama television series

Revenge (2011-2015) is an American television series, airing on ABC, about a young woman who sets out to exact revenge on the people who wronged her father.

Season 1

Emily: [opening voiceover] When I was a little girl, my understanding of revenge was as simple as the Sunday school proverbs it hid behind. Neat little morality slogans like, "do unto others" and "two wrongs don't make a right". But two wrongs can never make a right... because two wrongs can never equal each other. For the truly wronged, real satisfaction can only be found in one of two places, absolute forgiveness or mortal vindication. This is not a story about forgiveness.

Lydia: You must come from a family of polar bears because that water is ice cold.
Emily: Only at first... Then you can't feel anything.
Lydia: Sounds like my marriage.

David Clarke: [in his letter to Amanda] If you're reading this, then two things have come to pass: I'm finally able to provide you the life you were unjustly denied. And sadly, I won't be able to share that life with you. I hope these journals provide answers to the questions you've had all these years. I am not the man they say I am. I did not do the things they say I did. All I ask is that you promise to do the one thing that’s been so hard for me to do. Forgive.

Emily: [closing voiceover] When deception cuts this deep, someone has to pay. My father’s chance to bring justice to the truly guilty was stolen from him. His only option was to forgive. I have others. They say vengeance is a dish best served cold, but, sometimes, it’s as warm as a bowl of soup. My father died an innocent man, betrayed by the woman he loved. When everything you love has been stolen from you… …sometimes all you have left is revenge. Like I said, this is not a story about forgiveness.
Frank: Why are you so interested in this girl anyway?
Victoria: Because she's interested in my son.

Emily: [closing voiceover] Trust is a difficult thing. Whether it’s finding the right people to trust or trusting the right people will do the wrong thing. But trusting your heart is the riskiest thing of all. In the end, the only person we can truly trust is ourself.
Victoria: Charlotte, it's eleven o'clock.
Charlotte: Yes, Mother. It happens twice a day.

Nolan: I have to know... How did you do it? How'd you get your hands on a sex tape?
Emily: I bought the building that his mistress lives in. As part of the renovations, I had cameras installed.
Nolan: Uh... wow. That's commitment.
Nolan: [to Emily] Show's startin'. Correct me if I'm wrong but, I smell the distinct aroma of retribution in the air.

Emily: The greatest weapon anyone can use against us is our own mind by preying on the doubts and uncertainties that already lurk there. Are we true to ourselves, or do we live for the expectations of others. And if we are open and honest, can we ever truly be loved? Can we find the courage to release our deepest secrets? Or in the end, are we all unknowable, even to ourselves?

Emily:Emily: Most of the memories I have from childhood are happy ones. Warm summer days filled with love and light, and the certainty that even the darkest storm would eventually pass. And for a while at least, they always did.

Emily: The greatest weapon anyone can use against us is our own mind.

Nolan: Come on down. Testosterone's on the house.

Nolan: What are frick and frack doing here?
Jack: Getting loaded.
Nolan: And laid by the look of it.

Victoria: Sometimes I wonder if having a second child was a mistake.

Nolan: I smell the distinct aroma of retribution in the air.
Tyler: I'm pretty sure the ball was out.
Emily: I'm pretty sure you're lying.
Emily: In revenge, as in life, every action has an equal and opposite reaction. In the end, the guilty always fall.

Nolan: What's my little girl with the infinity tattoo up to today?
Emily: Suddenly she's thinking of filing a restraining order.
Nolan: Well, isn't that the pot calling the kettle black.

Emily: Guilt is a powerful affliction. You can try to turn your back on it, but that's when it sneaks up behind you and eats you alive. Some people struggle to understand their own guilt, unwilling or unable to justify the part they play in it. Others run away from their guilt, shutting their conscience until there's no conscience left at all. But I run toward my guilt. I feed off of it. I need it. My father died never knowing if I would ever come to believe his innocence. For me, guilt is one of the few lanterns that still light my way.
Emily: They say vengeance taken will tear the heart and torment the conscience. If there's any truth to it, then I now know with certainty that the path I'm on is the right one.

Emily: Like life, revenge can be a messy business. And both would be much simpler if only our heads could figure out which way our hearts will go. But the heart has its reasons which reason cannot know.

Nolan: [showing Emily the video of Frank's attempted murder of Lydia] That thud you hear... is the sound of Lydia hitting the roof of the taxi five stories down.
Emily: I can't believe she survived.
Nolan: I can't believe I survived.
Frank: [on the video] Victoria, it's Frank. I have some bad news to report. Lydia Davis just jumped off her balcony. Call me when you get this.
Nolan: You know, if I'd shown up one minute earlier, that psychopath would've caught me.
Emily: Yeah, but he didn't. And you made it out with the list and the video camera.
Nolan: [handing Emily the photograph Lydia was going to use to expose her] And this.
Emily: We got lucky.
Nolan: You might want to revisit your definition of "lucky" in the dictionary. Lydia might die because of us.
Emily: If Lydia dies, it's because she sold her soul to the Graysons. This wasn't supposed to happen. I didn't set any of this in motion, they did.
Nolan: Fine. Let's say she survives. Wakes up tomorrow remembering only one thing: this picture. Eventually, someone's gonna find you out.
Emily: Not if they believe it's all been Frank. As far as the Graysons know... Lydia attempted suicide. When they see this video, they'll know that Frank lied to them.
Nolan: Let's send a copy to the police.
Emily: No police. Frank dug his own grave. All we need is for Victoria and Conrad to bury him in it.

Emily: [Ashley is planning Victoria's 4th of July party] Ashley, this looks fantastic. Very festive.
Ashley: Thanks, although I have to admit it is slightly humiliating having to plan a party celebrating the defeat of England. I don't do well with rejection.
Emily: Obviously. That was over two hundred years ago.
Emily: As Hamlet said to Ophelia, "God has given you one face, and you make yourself another". The battle between these two halves of identity... who we are and who we pretend to be... is unwinnable.

Nolan: [to Tyler] Ah, ambiguous sexual identity — I get it. I’m about a three on the Kinsey scale.

Emily: Just as there are two sides to every story, there are two sides to every person. One that we reveal to the world, and another that we keep hidden inside: a duality governed by the balance of light and darkness. Within each of us is the capacity for both good and evil. But those who are able to blur the moral dividing line hold the true power.

Emily: Tyler never showed up for dinner. I'm impressed. How'd you do it?
Nolan: Well, I can't take all the credit. I took a page from the angel of revenge herself. Dug up some dirt, used it for leverage.
Emily: What's the dirt?
Nolan: Suffice it to say our boy is a bit of a con man. What he doesn't know is you can't con a con.

Tyler: Gay? Eh. Hustler? Maybe.

Nolan: My first solo takedown.
Emily: There's an old saying about those who cannot remember the past being condemned repeated. But those of us who refuse to forget the past are condemned to relive it.

Emily: This wasn’t part of the plan.
Nolan: Neither was aiding and abetting your evil twin.

Emily: The past is a tricky thing. Sometimes its etched in stone, and other times its rendered in soft memories. But if you meddle too long in deep dark things, who knows what monsters you'll awaken.

Victoria: What part of get out are you having trouble with?

Victoria: Looks like your not the only one flaunting last night's dress.

Daniel: Oh the walk of shame.
Ashley: More like a bloody knuckle crawl.

Conrad: Good thing I was here when she woke up.
Victoria: Oh, it's a miracle.

Nolan: She's just delivering her dose of daily hell a little earlier than usual.

Suspicion [1.09]

Emily: Its been written that a lover is apt to be as full of secrets from himself, as is the object of his love from him. For my father, the secrets withheld by the woman he loved proved powerful enough to destroy him. I'm just beginning to now understand the enormity of that burden.

Emily: We all have secrets we keep locked away from the rest of the world: friendships we pretend, relationships we hide. But worst of all is the love we never let show. The most dangerous secrets a person can bury are those we keep from ourselves.

Emily: I fear I'm losing control.
Satoshi: As you were warned, revenge is a stony path. Remember, inside the viper's nest, you must be a viper, too. How can I be of service?

Nolan No "thank you?"
Tyler: Of course. 20 million of them

Tyler: Side out, bitch.

Loyalty [1.10]

Emily: My father wrote, "Always question where your loyalties lie. The people you trust will expect it, your greatest enemies will desire it, and those you treasure the most will, without doubt, abuse it.". Some say loyalty inspires boundless hope. And while that may be, there's a catch: pure loyalty takes years to build, and only seconds to destroy.

Conrad: Envy can be a powerful motivator.

Daniel: I think my Dad would rather have Tyler as a son than me.

Amanda: Memory lane isn't exactly a road I like to go down.

Ashley: You kiss a billionaire once you make 200 grand. I've been kissing Victoria's ass all summer and I'm lucky she lets me call her by her first name.

Emily: One thing you can count on. I never forget.

Duress [1.11]

Emily: Defense lawyers use the term duress to describe the use of force, coercion, or psychological pressure exerted on a client in the commission of a crime. When duress is applied to the emotionally unstable, the result can be as violent as it is unpredictable.

Emily: I googled friendship on the interwebs. Apparently, when you have a fight with a friend, you're supposed to apologize.
Nolan: Word of advice. Leave the joke cracking to me. You suck at it.

Emily: Duress impacts relationships in one of two ways: it either tears people apart or strengthens their connection, binding them tightly in a common objective.

Infamy [1.12]

Emily: For the average person leading an ordinary life, fame holds an hypnotic attraction. Men would sooner perish than exist in anonymity, but the unlucky few who've had notoriety forced upon them, infamy can be a sentence more damning than any prison term.

Emily: People are fond of saying that you cant un-ring a bell, and while that may be true, you can certainly smother its ring to the dull world of conjecture and lies. But some words ring out like church bells, rising above the din, calling us to the truth. Some words are immortal. Long buried or even burnt, they are destined to be reborn like a phoenix rising from the ashes. And when they do, they can literally take your breath away.

Mason: I've always been amazed at how you can make 20,000 square feet feel warm and inviting. Still, without Conrad, it feels somehow empty. Now, rumor has it, he's moved into the South Fork.
Victoria: And good riddance. This is one village that won't miss its idiot.

Nolan: Bad girl.

Nolan: Spineless, seer-sucking dilettante! I haven't been this disappointed since Phantom Menace.

Commitment [1.13]

Emily: Some say that our lives are defined by the sum of our choices. But it is'nt really our choices that distinguish who we are; Its our commitment to them.

Emily: This seat taken?
Nolan: It's a free beach.
Emily: Amanda's gone.
Nolan: Yeah, well, kudos to you. Looks like the ends finally justify the means, or should I say meanness.
Emily: Are you finished?
Nolan: I don't know. Are you?
Emily: I'll never be finished. But after what happened to Jack I think it's clear I need to minimize the fallout from what I'm doing. I think it's a good time to press pause on all of this.
Nolan: And do what?
Emily: Regroup. Maybe there's a better way to level Victoria than by marrying her son.
Nolan: And what do you plan to do with Daniel?
Emily: I'm gonna give him his ring back. Tell him that I need to give marrying into his family some more thought. That's actually kind of true.
Nolan: For once. [puts his arm around her] Baby steps.
Emily: Don't do that. [he takes his arm back]

Emily: For some, commitment is like faith, a chosen devotion to another person or an intangible idea. But for me, commitment has a shadow side, a darker drive that constantly asks the question - How far am I willing to go?

Perception [1.14]

Emily: Years ago, I met a boy who introduced me to a book 'The Marriage of Heaven and Hell'. In it, William Blake writes "If the doors of perception were cleansed, everything would appear to man as it is - infinite". But in reality, our perception is often clouded by expectations, by experiences. As of late, I find my perception is clouded by only one thing - revenge.

Emily: Jack saw the tape, Nolan. What the hell happened?

Nolan: What's on the revengenda this evening, hmm?

Emily: Truth is a battle of perceptions. People only see what they are prepared to confront. Its not what you look at that matters, but what you see. And when different perceptions battle against one another, the truth has a way of getting lost, and the monsters find a way of getting out.
Conrad: As soon as you think she's going to let you fly, she clips your wings and puts you back in your cage.

Emily: It could be nothing or it could be Pandora's box.

Nolan: Fire and Ice. Subtle. Was fire and brimstone not available?

Victoria: It's just an engagement. Anything can happen.

Emily: As of late I find my perception is blinded by only one thing. Revenge.

Chaos [1.15]

Emily: There comes a moment in each of our lives when the control that keeps us sane slips through our fingers. Most of us aim to seize it back. The best way to fight chaos is with chaos.

Emily: Chaos, by its very definition, cannot be controlled. Once introduced, all order and intention is rendered useless. The outcome of chaos can never be predicted. The only certainty it brings is the devastation it leaves in its wake.

Nolan: Sail away. Fall in love. Go make little volunteer babies.

Tyler: How do I look?
Amanda: Under medicated.

Jack: I should have left months ago but you know, life gets in the way.

Declan: It's been a weird summer and you're nursing a heartache and some broken ribs.

Victoria: One day you may or may not become Daniel's wife but I will always be his mother.

Daniel: Just promise me one more time. No secrets of any kind, ever.

Scandal [1.16]

Emily: My father's false imprisonment taught me that in a crisis, you quickly find out who your real friends are. Tragedy and scandal, it seems, have a unique way of clarifying people's priorities.

Emily: Adversity creates unexpected alliances. But treaties of this nature seldom form within an equality of power. Loyalties forged in apprehension and mistrust...easily broken when held up to the unforgiving light of the truth. But in the darkness of our most desperate hours, its often these loyalties that lend us the strength to do what we know must be done.

Emily: A conflicted heart feeds on doubt and confusion. It will make you question your path, your tactics, your motives. When you stare ahead and darkness is all you see, only reason and determination can pull you back from the abyss.

Nolan: Y'ever notice how, whenever you want her to leave, girlfriend keeps popping up like the homicidal-stripper version of Whac-a-Mole?

Doubt [1.17]

Emily: Doubt is a disease. It infects the mind, creating a mistrust of people's motives and of one's own perceptions. Doubt has the ability to call into question everything you've ever believed about someone, and reinforce the darkest suspicions of our inner circle.

Emily: Nature can be cruel. Predators are everywhere. Those who don't need to be protected from outside forces often need to be protected from themselves.

Emily: In society, women are referred to as the fairer sex, but in the wild, the female species can be far more ferocious than their male counterparts. Defending the nest is both our oldest and strongest instinct. And sometimes, it can also be the most gratifying.

Victoria: Mason Treadwell's blog is front page news, and the damage is already done, but I want to hear it from you. Did you take pills the night of the party?
Charlotte: Declan lied about everything. He saw someone on the beach, same as me.
Victoria: Did you or didn't you?
Charlotte: No, I told you.
Victoria: Charlotte, look at me. You're high right now, aren't you?
Charlotte: So what if I am on drugs? My father's a mass murderer. My half sister is an arsonist. Guess the fruit doesn't fall far from the tree, does it?

Justice [1.18]

Emily:Clarence Darrow, one of history's greatest lawyers, once noted "There is no such thing as justice, in or out of court." Perhaps because justice is a flawed concept that ultimately comes down to the decision of twelve people. People with their own experiences, prejudices, feelings about what defines right and wrong. Which is why, when the system fails us, we must go out and seek our own justice.

Emily: Justice, like beauty, is in the eye of the beholder. Some see an innocent victim, others see evil incarnate getting exactly whats deserved.

Victoria: You're going to catch your death.
Daniel: That seems inevitable.

Jack: I don't know if she's screwing with me or she's in serious trouble.

Nolan: You bugged the Queen's castle?

Nolan: Sorry to interrupt your regularly scheduled plotting.

Nolan: When has anything Amanda's ever done made sense?

Absolution [1.19]

Emily: Absolution is the most powerful form of forgiveness; a full pardon from suspicion and accountability. Its the liberation of a stolen future, a future my father never lived to see. Absolution is a mercy the people who killed him will never know.

Emily: Absolution is the washing away of sin, a promise of rebirth, and a chance to escape the transgressions of those who came before us. The best among us will learn from the mistakes of the past, while the rest seem doomed to repeat them. And then there are those who operate on the fringes of society, unburdened by the confines of morality and conscience. A ruthless breed of monsters whose deadliest weapon is their ability to hide in plain sight. If the people I've come to bring justice to cannot be bound by the quest for absolution, then neither will I.

Nolan: Rough day at the office?
Emily He's one of them, Nolan. Conrad confessed everything to Daniel before the interview.
Nolan: "Everything" everything?
Emily: Daniel could've come clean. He could've... ended the whole thing. But instead...
Nolan: He doubled down on Grayson. So what are you gonna do now?
Emily: I'm gonna marry him. And I'm gonna track down the man who killed my father.
Nolan: And what are you gonna do when you find him?
Emily: I'm gonna kill him.

Legacy [1.20]

Emily: When deception cuts this deep, someone has to pay.

Victoria: For a man with a penchant for writing letters, you would think that Roger would have left a suicide note.

Conrad: It's perverse, don't you think? Destroy the man you love then weep for him eternally?

Frank': I wouldn't say an anonymous threat was a sign of towering strength.

Emily: Don't you have any friends or family of your own to harass over the holidays?

Lydia: What are you coveting, Sweetie? Is it the Dolce or what's underneath it?

Emily: Destruction is in my DNA. Take it up with Darwin.

Nolan: The guy you just toilet capped at the club, could press charges.

Grief [1.21]

Emily: They say grief occurs in five stages. First there is denial, followed by anger. Then comes bargaining, and depression. For most, the final stage of grief is acceptance. But for me, grief is a life sentence without clemency. I will never accept, and I will never forgive, not even after the man who killed my father lies dead at my feet.

Emily:They say grief occurs in five stages. First, there's denial, followed by anger. Then comes bargaining, depression, and acceptance. But grief is a merciless master. Just when you think you're free, you realize you never stood a chance.

Ashley: Please don't say you're sorry. You so clearly are not

Charlotte: Mom, what have you done now?
Victoria: Nothing I wouldn't do again.

Conrad: You look like a demonic succubus.

Jack: You think I don't see right through this?
Daniel: See through what Porter? It's a check not a shoe bomb.

Reckoning [1.22]

Nolan:Don't do anything revenge-y until I get there.

Emily: In every life, there comes a day of reckoning. A time when unsettled scores demand their retribution. And our own lies and transgressions are finally laid bare.

Gordon: I trust you had a pleasant nap, Miss Clarke. Rather than waste my time on a wild goose chase, I thought I'd give you the opportunity to tell me where you've hidden Grayson's evidence. In return, I may even let your friend here live.
Emily: Actually, he doesn't concern me.
Nolan: [sarcastically] Gee, don't surgarcoat it, Ems.
Gordon: Well, if that's the case, I take back my offer.
Emily: The evidence that you want is in locker 428 at the Port Authority bus terminal. The orange key from my keychain will open it.
Gordon: If that's true, what's to stop me from killing you right now?
Emily: I could be lying.
Nolan: She's really quite good at it.

Season 2


Destiny [2.01]

Emily: [opening voiceover] Destiny. To believe that a life is meant for a single purpose, one must also believe in a common fate. Father to daughter, brother to sister, mother to child. Blood ties can be as unyielding as they are eternal. But it is our bonds of choice that truly light the road we travel. Love versus hatred. Loyalty against betrayal. A person's true destiny can only be revealed at the end of his journey... and the story I have to tell is far from over.

Satoshi: You would throw away your training on the unsupported assumption that your mother remains alive.
Emily: Dead or alive, I'm gonna find out what happened to her. And when I do, God help the people who kept me from her. And that includes you.
Emily: [closing voiceover] Some say that to believe in destiny is to dismiss the role of free will. That self-determination cannot prevail in the presence of fate. When the truth is, the only part of destiny we can control is the fate we choose for another.

Resurrection [2.02]

Emily: [opening voiceover] For those who believe in resurrection, death is inconsequential. It's not an ending, but rather a new beginning... a second chance. A reunion. But the very idea of resurrection is so seductive a concept, it's easy to forget, before you can rise from the dead... you have to spend a few days in hell.

Emily: [closing voiceover] For those who believe in the resurrection, death is inconsequential. In the resurrection, those that were dead live, and those who live believe they shall never die.

Nolan: Don't you think it's a little bit dangerous to be catnapping out in the open? Or are you actually baiting the white-haired Mannibal Lecter to come for you?
Emily: He's not gonna kill me.
Nolan:: Oh, really? Did he pinkie swear?

Nolan: I don't think my employees have any respect for me.
Emily: Why would they? You're not wearing pants.
Nolan Ross: Well, I mean, they don't know that. You know, I once did a video interview with Katie Couric butt-naked in my jacuzzi. She had no idea.

Resurrection [2.03]

Emily: [opening voiceover] In a race between danger and indecision, the difference between life and death comes down to confidence. Faith in our abilities, certainty in ourselves, and the trust we put in others.

Intuition [2.04]

Emily: [opening voiceover] Some think intuition is a gift. But it can be a curse, as well. A voice calling us from places that are better left unexplored. An echo of memories that will never die, no matter how hard we try to kill them.

Emily: [closing voiceover] When at a crossroads, my father was fond of saying "Go with your gut." Intuition, he said, always has our best interests at heart. It is a voice that can tell us who is friend and who is foe. Which ones to hold at arm's length, and which ones to keep close. But too often, we become distracted by fear, doubt, our own stubborn hopes, and refuse to listen.

Forgiveness [2.05]

Emily: [opening voiceover] They say let he who is without sin cast the first stone. And to be without sin requires absolute forgiveness. But when your memories are freshly opened wounds, forgiveness is the most unnatural of human emotions.

Emily: [closing voiceover] Over time, we commit acts with intentions, either good or bad, that require forgiveness.

Victoria: All men are born hardwired to betray. It's just a question of when.

Illusion [2.06]

Victoria: And here I thought you were offering me a way out of this.
Conrad: Never.

Emily: [opening voiceover] If we choose to, we can live in a world of comforting illusion. We can allow ourselves to be deceived by false realities... or we can use them to hide our true intentions.

Emily: [closing voiceover] To successfully create illusion, the first thing you need is trust. But to perfect an illusion, the false reality must appear as authentic as the one it hides. Careful attention must be paid to every detail. The slightest of imperfections can, like a pin to a balloon, burst the illusion. And the truth behind the illusion becomes revealed.

Victoria': They said it would take an act of Congress to get you out on bail tonight.
Conrad: No, no. No, all it really took was the Initiative.
Victoria: What did you promise them?
Conrad: I don't think I'll know until it's too late.

Penance [2.07]

Nolan: Hey Nolan, this one time at revenge camp, I met this fellow avenger and guess where he's going to be summering?

Emily: [opening voiceover] Penance is a sacrifice. A voluntary punishment to show remorse for a sin. The more grievous the sin, the greater the self-inflicted suffering. For some, the ultimate penance is death. But for others, it is simply a means to an end.

Emily: [closing voiceover] To properly do penance, one must express contrition for one's sins, and perform acts to repair the damage caused by those transgressions. It is only when those acts are complete that the slate can truly be wiped clean, and amnesty gives way to a new beginning.

Mason: You know, it's amazing what you can find when you know what you're looking for.

Legacy [2.08]


Revelations [2.09]

Emily: [closing voiceover] Revelations can help us accept the things we need the most. Expose the secrets we so desperately try to hide. And illuminate the dangers all around us. But more than anything, revelations are windows into our true selves... both the good and the evil. And those wavering somewhere in between... with the ultimate power to destroy all that we cherish most.

Nolan: [approaching Emily and Aiden] Sacrificial lamb, reporting for the slaughter. I wasn't expecting an actual firing squad.

Nolan: Okay, Ems. I can't say you didn't warn me about that tricky little bastard. God, Danny boy really learned how to play dirty.

Nolan: Unpleasant? Pshaw. Isn't it every man's dream to give over 49 percent of his company to a hostile conglomerate?

Power [2.10]

Nolan: Well bros before hos only works if he's not still in love with the ho, bro.

Emily: [opening voiceover] Power... born out of nature, coveted by man. Wars rage on, and victors are crowned... But true power can never be lost or won. True power comes from within.

Emily: [closing voiceover] Power can be hoarded by the mighty, or stolen from the innocent. Power provides the ability to choose... but has a proclivity for corruption. The use of power is not to be taken lightly... for it is never without consequence.

Daniel: Nolan. I see you found my office.
Nolan: Isn't this where I wait to get my Grayson Global ID badge?
Daniel: When I said I wanted to meet, I figured we'd get one on the books.
Nolan: Haven't you heard? Books are obsolete.

Sabotage [2.11]

Emily: [opening voiceover] 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 a plan to failure, and the perpetrator along with it.

Emily: [closing voiceover] 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.

Daniel: Did I tell you how beautiful you look in that dress?
Emily: [amused laugh] Twice, actually.
Daniel: Well, what can I say? Some things are worth repeating.

Collision [2.12]

Emily: [opening voiceover] Every human is born of collusion. We come into this world the result of a covenant. Sometimes made of love... sometimes of circumstance... but almost always made in secret.

Union [2.13]

Emily: [opening voiceover] In its purest form, a union becomes part of our very essence. But when that bond is broken... our essence is forever changed.

Emily: [closing voiceover] From the moment we're born, we're drawn to form a union with others. An abiding drive to connect, to love... to belong. In a perfect union, we find the strength we cannot find in ourselves. But the strength of the union cannot be known until it is tested.

Victoria: Daniel, must we continue this endless display of animosity? I don't know how much longer I can weather this.
Daniel: Emily came clean about how you manipulated her into spying on me. It's pathetic.
Victoria: The fact that she agreed to my proposition should call her own motives into question.
Daniel: Oh, say what you will about Emily, but at least she had the courage to tell me the truth. Which is more than I can say about you.

Sacrifice [2.14]

Emily: [opening voiceover] Sacrifice, by its strictest definition, takes something precious in exchange for the appeasement of a higher power. An abiding devotion to a cause that cannot be satisfied with a simple promise. Because an oath, no matter how solemn, asks nothing in return. While true sacrifice... demands unspeakable loss.

Emily: [closing voiceover] Sacrifice demands the surrender of things we cherish above all else. Only out of the agony of those losses can a new resolution be born... An undying devotion to a cause greater than one's self... And a moral duty to see a journey through... to its absolute completion.

Conrad: Congratulations, Victoria. With one bullet, you've slaughtered us all.

Retribution [2.15]

Emily: [opening voiceover] In its purest form, an act of retribution provides symmetry... The rendering of payment for crimes against the innocent. But the danger of retaliation lies in furthering the cycle of violence. Still, it's a risk that must be met, when the greater offense is to allow the guilty to go unpunished.

Daniel: You never sent me the report I asked for detailing your abandoned R&D.
Nolan: Yeah. Guess I kind of forgot about it.
Daniel: No, see, I don't think you did. I think you don't want me to know about Carrion, and you'd rather get fired than tell me what it does.
Nolan: Let's see if you're right. Fire me.
Daniel: [whispering] Nolan, if I find out you've done anything other than destroy that program, I won't just fire you. I will cripple you with lawsuits and make sure you never write another line of code again. You got it?
Nolan: Control, alt, delete. Got it.

Aiden: [returning Emily's laptop] Back in your hands, where it belongs, for you to do with as you wish.

[pause; after a moment, Emily hurls the laptop into the ocean]

Aiden: What are you doing?
Emily: Protecting Jack, like I said I would.
Aiden : The evidence on that laptop could send the Graysons away for lifetimes.
Emily: The kind of punishment I came here for had nothing to do with prison. That computer was never part of the plan. It only clouded my judgment.
Aiden: So, back to basics?
Emily: No more distractions.

Emily Thorne: I've retraced every step Amanda made. The computer's nowhere to be found.
Nolan: Well, nothing's pinged on my end, so no one's turned the computer on, which means the Graysons don't have it, either. And they may be losing Daniel, too.
Emily: What do you mean?

Nolan Ross: Well, he came over here in person to tell me to destroy Carrion. Threatened to break my digital kneecaps if I didn't comply.

Emily: He's having a crisis of conscience.
Nolan: Or maybe he's just freaked out to realize he's actually got one.

Illumination [2.16]


Emily: [opening voiceover] To carry a secret is to play with fire. Try to pass it on, and you risk hurting someone else. Hold on to it... and eventually, you'll get burned.

Victory [2.17]

Emily: [opening voiceover] In the art of war, if you know the enemy and know yourself, you need not fear the approaching battles. But if you know only yourself and not your enemy... for every victory, there will also be defeat.

Nolan: I tried. The encryption's insane. It's gonna take weeks.
Emily: Then, Nolan, you need to get started. Look at me. I know you that are hurting, but you need to stop blaming yourself, get on your computer and dig until you find them. And I swear to God, when you do, I will help you save her. I give you my word.

Identity [2.19]

Emily: [opening voiceover] A person's true identity can often be difficult to discern... even to themselves. Causing one to question their character, their calling, their very existence. For most, time provides clarity. But for others, these questions remain unanswered. For an identity cannot be fully defined, when it is a guarded secret.

Aiden: When this is all over, when... when they've paid for what they did to your father, then what?
Emily: I can be with you.
Aiden: Then marry the son of a bitch. And take them down. Once and for all.

Engagement [2.20]

Emily: [opening voiceover] Engagement can be a commitment to love, or a declaration of war. One must enter every battle without hesitation, willing to fully engage the enemy, till death do you part.

Jack: Thought you went to school.
Declan: Charlotte flaked on me again. She was supposed to drive me.
Jack: Does it have anything to do with that paparazzi video of her with that girl? Why didn't you talk to me about it, man? I gotta hear about it from a group of barflies? What's going on?
Declan: She's in a really dark place and she's... she has been ever since Amanda...
Jack: She into drugs again?
Declan: I don't know. I don't know, maybe. It's pretty hard for me to tell with her blowing me off every day.
Jack: [Declan takes a handful of bills from the bar's tip jar] What are you...?
Declan: I need money for bus fare.
Jack: How many buses are you taking?

Declan: Hey, do you know why you're supposed to bury a politician a hundred feet down? 'Cause deep down, they're really good people.

Truth Part 1 [2.21]

Emily: [opening voiceover] Darkness scares us. We yearn for the comfort of light, as it provides shape and form, allowing us to recognize, to define what's before us. But what is it we're afraid of, really? Not the darkness itself, but the truth we know hides within.

Charlotte: Look, you're not gonna tell mom and dad about me being pregnant, are you?
Daniel: You think that's a conversation I want to be a part of?

Newscaster #1: All five New York City boroughs and additional outlying areas have been completely powerless for going on five hours. Thus far, authorities are at a loss to explain how multiple power grids, in addition to numerous communication networks could have all failed at once...
Nolan: Carrion.
Aiden: But I thought the only person with the ability to activate the program was the Falcon. How could she do that if she's behind bars?
Emily: She didn't have to. You did it for her.
Nolan: Emily's right. The Falcon must have altered Carrion so that when we hacked the Amanda Clarke Foundation...
Aiden: It triggered the chain reaction.
Emily: And she made sure that you used Aiden's administration code to set everything in motion. Everything that we did to prevent this...
Aiden: Will now prove that I caused it.
Nolan: And we don't even know what they're going to do while the lights are out. This could be catastrophic!
Emily: Aiden, you need to go dark.
Aiden: No, I can take care of this...
'Emily: [interrupting] No, you listen to me. I have been through this before. I'm not gonna sit back and watch the Initiative turn you into their next David Clarke.

Truth Part 2 [2.22]

Declan: You're gonna be a great mother.
Charlotte: Based on what? I have the worst role models in parental history.

Season 3


Fear [3.01]

Emily: [opening voiceover] Fear. It's a fire that burns from birth in even the coldest heart. It motivates and paralyzes the best of us or is used as a weapon by the worst. But when your path is one of treachery and deception, the greatest fear of all is that the truth is absolute.

Jack: I think about all the opportunities you had to tell me. That night under the fireworks, the night Sammy died...
Emily: I wanted to.
Jack: But you didn't. So I ask myself... Why? Why was this so important to you? Then a couple weeks ago, I was leaving my uncle's place in Pittsburgh and Carl was asleep in the back. I looked in the rearview and, just as he was waking up, his eyes caught mine, and... he just sprang to life. And in that moment, I saw... the love that a child has for their father. And I understood... why you're doing what you're doing. Why you told me when you did. To save me. [kisses her, then pulls away] I didn't know how I felt about you until this moment. And I'm sorry. I just don't feel anything. I'll keep your secret, but it's just me and Carl now. Leave us alone.

Emily: I'm not killing anybody, Jack. But I will let them suffer. These are terrible people doing terrible things. This is what they deserve.
Jack: Did Amanda get what she deserved? Did Declan? Will I once the Graysons start connecting dots? Because they know what Amanda Clarke was trying to do to them. They just killed the wrong girl.

Emily: [closing voiceover] Fear is the most primal of emotions, it can linger as a memory burnt into one's mind of a parent taken too soon. Or burrow into one's soul as self-doubt over a child's rejection. But the one thing we all fear the most is the unknown.

Victoria: [after finding Aiden on her veranda] What are you doing here?
Aiden: Same thing as you. Looking to destroy the girl next door.

Sin [3.02]


Confession [3.03]

Emily: [opening voiceover] A guilty heart is silent, its pulse muffled by the secrets it keeps. While some believe confession can release a tortured soul, others view it as a sign of weakness. Because ultimately, whatever you say, however you feel about what you've done, it's irrelevant, for the hand of death is equally unforgiving.

Emily: [closing voiceover] Some believe confession helps a guilty soul find peace, releasing us from the shame and regret of our mistakes. In the face of mortality, many feel the need to seek this closure to make things right. Because if death doesn't kill us, our demons will.

Mercy [3.04]


Control [3.05]

Emily: (closing voice-over) In order to regain control, we must sometimes relinquish it, by doing so we believe we're protecting the ones we love, the ones we cannot live without. But the most dangerous truth of all is, that control is merely an illusion.

Emily: (opening voice-over) When on a mission of revenge, one must maintain total control over risks, emotions and one's enemies. The single greatest thread to success is losing control of your allies.

Dissolution [3.06]


Resurgence [3.07]


Secrecy [3.08]


Surrender [3.09]


Exodus [3.10]


Homecoming [3.11]


Endurance [3.12]


Hatred [3.13]


Payback [3.14]


Struggle [3.15]


Disgrace [3.16]


Addiction [3.17]

Emily: (opening voice-over) Addiction, an impulse that once indulged is impossible to pacify. Even when starved, the hunger survives.

Blood [3.18]


Allegiance [3.19]


Revolution [3.20]


Impetus [3.21]


Execution [3.22]



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