Note, this entry will contain references to relevant broken laws in prior episodes that I have not covered yet.
In the second episode of season 4 of Revenge, “Disclosure,” David Clarke and Victoria reunite officially; this time Victoria is actually conscious, at least after the nightmare she has about David strangling her. Back from the “dead” for just a few short days and David Clarke is already breaking the law.
Broken Law # 1 Alert! (From Episode 4×01)At the end of episode 4×01, we saw David sneak up behind Victoria and abduct her. No matter how many people may dislike Victoria, David still had no permission to behave this way.
NY PEN LAW § 135.20 Kidnapping in the second degree.
Broken Law # 2 Alert!NY PEN LAW § 135.10 Unlawful imprisonment in the first degree.(From episode 4×01)
For a reminder of other similar incidents in Revenge, see my entry on episode 1×15 where Tyler conducted himself in a very similar manner towards Fauxmanda.
Rightfully so, Victoria is terrified after having been abducted by a man she believed to be dead. When she escapes from the trunk of David’s car, she kicks him hard in the face, something that is also against the law. Victoria would likely get away with this because of self defense, but I’ll still include it.
Broken Law # 3 Alert!NY PEN Law 120.00 Assault in the third degree (In relevant part).
New York Penal – Article 35 – § 35.15 Justification; Use of Physical Force in Defense of a Person (in relevant part)
Broken Law # 4 Alert! (From Episode 3×22)NY PEN Law § 125.25 Murder in the second degree (In Relevant Part).
Although Victoria admitted to David that she had been institutionalized, pretty soon there will be no record of this ever happening. Emily makes sure that Dr. Miller will get rid of any trace of Victoria’s time in the institution, which is against the law on Emily’s part and on the doctor’s.
Broken Law # 5 Alert!Rewarding Official Misconduct NY PEN Law § 200.20
Broken Law # 6 Alert!Official Misconduct (in relevant part) NY PEN Law § 195.00
Nolan overhears this exchange and makes a bitter comment about Emily putting “thornes” in his revenge-free summer. Meanwhile, Daniel and Margeaux develop plans to take Gideon down. Daniel starts off by slashing all four of Gideon’s tires. Someone will have to give Gideon a ride to Daniel’s broken law.
Broken Law # 7 Alert!NY PEN Law § 145.10 Criminal mischief in the second degree.
Charlotte catches Gideon cheating on her with another girl who proceeds to call Charlotte a moron. Charlotte reacts by slapping her in the face, which is the least of her legal troubles, but still is against the law.
Broken Law # 8 Alert!NY PEN Law 120.00 Assault in the third degree (In relevant part). See broken law # 3 of this entry, apply it to Charlotte, and omit the self defense aspect.
Daniel yells at Charlotte for spending the rent money he gave her on drugs, which brings us to another one of her legal issues.
Broken Law # 9 Alert!NY PEN Law § 220.18 Criminal possession of a controlled substance in the second degree (or 3rd depending on weight) (in relevant part).
After her conversation with Daniel, Charlotte makes her way up to the roof, messed up on drugs and just about ready to either fall or jump to her death. Fortunately for her, Nolan placed a tracking device on her to help Emily find her, and Emily arrives just in time to stop her with the help of Jack and his partner. Jack’s partner has his eyes on Emily and a lot of questions for her as well. Charlotte snarks at Jack once again about the kidnapping, which is becoming a more and more common crime on this show. Jack takes Charlotte to Emily’s, and Emily finally admits to Charlotte that she was the one who kidnapped her and that she’s the real Amanda, Charlotte’s sister. Emily and Charlotte appear to be having a pleasant heart-to-heart over David’s infinity box, until Charlotte picks it up and hurls it angrily across the room. She’s angry that Emily chose revenge instead of embracing Charlotte as family and telling her the truth. Emily admits to Nolan that Charlotte is right about her, and that she spent 3 years avenging a “dead guy” who will never know about it anyway. Just as Nolan tells Emily that she just might have to give Charlotte a lot of time before she’s ready to talk, Emily gets a phone call from Charlotte.
When Emily and Charlotte meet up later in the episode, Charlotte tricks Emily into reading a note she wrote her in order to distract her. She claims to have written the note because she would lose her temper if she actually tried to have a conversation with Emily, but she uses a kind-sounding, albeit completely fake, tone. Once Emily’s engrossed in the note, Charlotte sneaks up from behind her and strikes her with some sort of piece of wood. Knocking Emily unconscious is insufficient for Charlotte; she ends up pouring turpentine all over the place and knocking a light over on it, setting the place on fire deliberately. She then creepily says, “bye sis.” When Charlotte runs out of the burning building, a stranger asks her if anybody else was inside, and Charlotte lies and says that the place was empty. This brings us to the worst of Charlotte’s legal troubles for this episode.
Broken Law # 10 Alert!NY PEN Law § 110.00 Attempt to commit a crime.
Broken Law # 11 Alert!NY PEN Law § 150.20 Arson in the first degree (in relevant part).
In another instance of sibling rivalry, Margeaux deliberately botches an important business meeting for Gideon by arranging for him to be seen with drugs. He threatens that if she doesn’t get him another meeting and fix the situation, he will kill her, which is not ok in the eyes of the law.
Broken Law # 12 Alert!NY PEN Law § 135.60 Coercion in the second degree (in relevant part).
Margeaux complies, or at least leads Gideon to believe that she does. However, when she brings him to the airport to fly to the second meeting, it turns out that she has planted drugs on him, and he gets caught by one of the airport’s drug dogs and arrested for drug possession. Although Gideon is the one who got arrested, Margeaux is the real guilty party here for framing him, and if she got caught, she would be the one to get arrested.
Broken Law # 13 Alert!NY PEN Law § 215.40 Tampering with physical evidence (in relevant part).
Broken Law # 14 Alert!NY PEN Law § 220.18 Criminal possession of a controlled substance in the second degree (or 3rd depending on weight) (in relevant part). See broken law number 9 of this entry and apply it to Margeaux. **Note, I have no way of knowing the weight of the drugs that Margeaux planted on Gideon. If it weighed 10+ grams, it’d be 2nd degree. If not, if it weighed one gram or more, it’d be 3rd degree, which is a class B felony.
Thank you for reading, and let’s see what trouble our favorite Revenge characters get themselves into next week!