We zoom in past a 3-D rendering of the Revenge logo on a black background. On a black title card: "'Before you embark on a journey of revenge, dig two graves.' Confucius (504 B.C.)" This is serious, guys. We're now looking at the dark waves of the ocean lit only by the full moon. Female 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.'" We cut to the waves of the ocean crashing lightly on a moonlit beach as a gun goes off and a man falls to his knees. Angus and Julia Stone's "For You" begins to play. Voiceover continues: "But two wrongs can never make a right. Because two wrongs can never equal each other." What if they're the exact same wrongs? This voiceover's math is sketchy. This is Southampton, New York on Labor Day evening. Fireworks go off in the night, masking the sound of two more gunshots pumped into the man at close range. Up at the beach house, there's an engagement party going on for Daniel and Emily, according to a wedding-style cake. "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." Emily Thorne, a beautiful blonde who seems lost in thought (played, appropriately, by Emily VanCamp), is found by the wedding planner who has desperately been searching for her and Daniel, meaning Daniel was the guy who totally just ate lead on the beach. Emily doesn't seem worried at all as she slyly brushes off gun powder from her hand and says Daniel's just on the beach because they're having a fight. When the party planner leaves, Emily sidles off to talk to a suspicious looking man named Nolan. They have one of those sneaky conversations where the two people stand next to each other but face opposite directions. They snipe at each other seemingly about having the nerve to be present at their own murder plot.
Back on the beach, a man is dragging the dead body out of the water and up the beachfront in the shadows. This happens as a young couple back at the dance reception is getting frisky and bold. They run down the dock to the beach together right by the bushes where the shadowy figure is crouching beside the body. He hides as the couple undresses down to their underwear and run out to the water.
The party has paused briefly for a speech from Daniel's mother Victoria Grayson (Madeleine Stowe) that is mostly some crap about the theme of the party symbolizing beginnings and endings and the love between a man and a woman, like all party themes seem to do. Emily fake-smiles through this as she pulls out her cell phone and places a call. The phone rings back at the corpse and gives away hoodied shadow man's hiding spot to the young couple. Naturally, they're a little upset that someone's been privy to their rendezvous. Hoodie Man grabs the cell phone, but doesn't answer, and takes off running when the young, half-naked guy starts making his way over to confront him.