There is only one person who can rattle “Revenge’s” Conrad Grayson (Henry Czerny) — his father. This week Grandpa Grayson, played by William Devane, star of “Revenge” creator Mike Kelley’s favorite primetime soap “Knots Landing,” hits the Hamptons. How did you imagine the founder of Grayson Investments? Does he have a Harvard degree like his grandson Daniel? Is he a bigger snob than Victoria? Wrong. He’s a salt-of-the-earth, self-made man. Watch the clip above and see which Hamptonite he instantly befriends. It’s the last person you’d expect.
Then keep watching to see Emily (Emily VanCamp) in yet another disguise: working class nerd. Call her Good Wilhelmina Hunting. It turns out that she and Daniel (Josh Bowman) met long before she made it to the Hamptons — and Daniel once had a truly hilarious career ambition. Hint: what rhymes with trust fund? Daniel’s given a lot of consideration to that question.
The Head Bitch In Charge – Victoria (Madeline Stowe) is behind Grandpa’s sudden interest in spending time with his family. It turns out the Horatio Alger success story has a fondness for the former Greenwich Village art gallery employee turned socialite. She plans to use gramps to pressure Conrad into giving her a fat divorce settlement. Watch Victoria tell Conrad exactly what he can do to get his father off his back.
Stowe shared her own thoughts about marriage on “The View” earlier this week. Fortunately, hers is far happier than her television altar ego’s. She and actor Brian Benben (“Dream On“) have been together for thirty years, which is a full century in Hollywood time. However, she describes their relationship as “difficult” and “volatile.” It seems like Stowe may be drawing on some personal experience during all of her scenes of marital discord.