The was some nudge-nudge, wink-wink code for viewers early in the first episode of the third season of Revenge last weekend.
Emily Thorne (Emily VanCamp) was speaking to Nolan Ross (Gabriel Mann).
Emily said to Nolan, "Let's never say the words Carrion or Initiative ever again."
And that was code for, "Okay, fans, we know Season 2 sucked."
Carrion was some sort of computer program. The Initiative was a clandestine criminal organization. Audiences cared about neither, and now Revenge - which airs Sundays on ABC and City - is trying to get back to basics in Season 3.
"We're definitely at that point now where we're kind of like, 'We've tried, we've experimented with certain things that didn't work, we know what did work, let's get it back to that place,' " VanCamp says.
"We want to incorporate new elements as well, but be cautious as to what that is, and what characters we're bringing in. We have to make sure they're compelling and interesting, make sure there's an emotional connection to the story, rather than just throwing people in and out.
"Going into Season 3, we have the tools to make it the best it can be. Now we know what people like. So hopefully that's what we're doing. We want to give the audience what they want, and I don't think we necessarily were doing that last season, or as much as we could have been. This season is going to be kind of making up for that."
Well, that's the goal, anyway.
The first season of Revenge was a delectable primetime soap opera set amongst the rich and beautiful in the Hamptons.
The Emily Thorne character - whose real name is Amanda Clarke - was seeking revenge against the evil Grayson family for the framing of her father, and her anger was raw and clear and palpable and targeted.
But the second season got way too complicated, bringing elements to the tale that at best were unnecessary and at worst were unintelligible and, frankly, uninteresting. I still don't have a valid reason in my head as to why Emily Thorne even was in the Hamptons during the second season.
"It was too much," VanCamp agrees. "There were moments when we got a little bit lost in all of these worlds. We needed to refocus on the central characters and see them interact together.
"More than anything, Sunil (Nayar, the new show-runner, replacing Mike Kelley) is trying to take the show back to what it was in season one. Viewers got confused in Season 2 with the Initiative and Grayson Global and NolCorp. When things get over-complicated, people stop watching. We really needed to simplify.
"We're trying to take it out of the corporate world and moving it back to the Hamptons, back to the beach, you know?"
It's one thing for the cast and producers of Revenge to plan another vacation for everyone. The question now is whether fans are willing to get sandy again.