Recap: The two policemen lead Mark toward the elevators, and Krystle runs after them and insists they've arrested the wrong man. The detective tells her that Mark had both motive and opportunity to start the cabin fire, and she yells, "Impossible!" Mark urges her to stay out of it and tells her the police are just doing their job. After they disappear in the elevator, Blake approaches Krystle and hands her her release papers. She asks him what he told the police about Mark, so he admits recounting to them everything he knows about the man: a tennis pro gigolo who has an eye for rich ladies. He tells Krystle that the police have a lot of evidence against him, but she reminds him that he saved her life and she therefore cares what happens to him. She insists that Mark isn't a murderer, but also concedes that she has no idea who set the fire.
Over at Carrington manor, Tony the stable hand - who, for some reason, is shirtless while riding his horse - asks Fallon how Kirby's doing after her fall. Fallon's all, "Wuh?" so he explains that Kirby insisted on riding Sampson, the buckiest horse in the stable...and, as anyone could predict, she took a tumble and got injured. Fallon tells Tony she'll check on Kirby, then orders him to put a damn shirt on.
Kirby is laying on her bed, still dressed in her riding clothes when Fallon enters the room and asks her if she's OK. She offers to call a doctor, but Kirby refuses and snarks, "Leave me alone!" Fallon tells her she once took a risk when she was pregnant with Baby Blake...and by a risk, she means she nearly aborted the little gaffer. Kirby looks unmoved and orders her again to leave her alone.
Alexis is in her hospital room, fanning herself and looking fabulous in her silk head-wrap and a full face of makeup. When Blake drops by for an impromptu visit, she warns him not to agitate her 'cause she still has a headache from her concussion. He informs her that the police arrested Mark, and she mulls that over for a few seconds, then lets out a sigh of relief and says, "Thank God it's over." Blake asks her why Mark would want her dead, so she claims that he tried to go after her money, and when he got nowhere with her, he began to manipulate Fallon - but she stopped him from succeeding. That's an interesting version of events. Blake looks appalled and is all, "Wha-a?!" and concedes that for once she did him a favor, however unintentional it might have been. He jokes that if she keeps this up, people may start liking her, but she pooh-poohs that notion and says, "People either loathe me or adore me. There is no middle ground with Alexis Colby. There never has been and there never will be." So there.
Fallon summons Krystle to the mansion to get her to look in on Kirby and see if maybe she can get her to open up about her sudden squirrelliness. Krystle's like, "Can do" then informs Fallon that Mark was arrested for setting the cabin fire after being implicated by Alexis...and Fallon shakes her head in dismay and says her mother will do or say anything to get what she wants.
In an effort to make it appear [to Krystle] that he's fair-minded and not railroading Mark, Blake barks at someone on the phone to locate Neil McVane and an investigator named Morgan Hess and set up meetings with both men.
Krystle enters Kirby's bedroom and tells her she just spoke to the doctor, and he assured her her baby's fine. Kirby starts crying and wails, "I have to lose this baby!" then whispers, "I can't keep it...because it's not Jeff's." She suddenly looks horrified at her impromptu confession and mumbles, "I didn't mean it" and Krystle tries her best to comfort her - but as they hug, she scrunches her face in pensive confusion.
Blake arrives at Morgan Hess's seedy office and finds the PI bruised and his arm in a sling. Hess warily asks Blake if "the black haired woman" he was once married to sent him - and Blake says no, but that he's aware of the threats he made against her when she didn't lend him the money he requested. Blake asks him where he was last night, and Hess says he was in the Emergency Room after getting worked over by his gambling creditors. Blake mulls that over, crosses Hess off his Arson Suspects List and heads back out.
Jeff returns home and finds a morose looking Kirby sitting by the lily pond. He tells her he heard about her accident, and she assures him she's OK and is actually more worried about her father. When Joseph suddenly appears on the estate, Kirby shrieks, "Papá!" and runs over to where he's standing. Joseph stiffly informs Jeff he has a phone call in the library, then asks Kirby if she's all right. She assures him she's fine, then asks her Papá where he's been for the last couple of days. He doesn't really answer and mumbles something about how he had a lot of thinking to do about her and her happiness and doesn't want her to get hurt by anything or anyone. She hugs him and assures him that all is well with her, but he continues to stare moodily in the distance.
Steven drops by Adam's office at ColbyCo, and Adam's all, "Hey, bro!" and wants to discuss his South China Sea report. Steven says he needs Jeff's OK to proceed with anything, and this prompts Adam to rail about how he's a way better executive than Jeff...then disdainfully says that, unlike Jeff, he didn't have a rich uncle to rely on while growing up. He accuses Jeff of being unable to recognize anyone's ability unless they grew up in his "rich club", then makes the point that Jeff's actually an outsider, now that he's longer a Carrington in-law. He urges Steven to join forces with him against Jeff, but Steven says he has it all wrong, and believes that Jeff has worked hard for what he has. He says that Jeff is like a brother to him (ouch), and refuses to "knife" him. He stalks out of the room, leaving Adam glaring after him.
Alexis is lounging in her hospital bed, indulging in caviar, chocolates, and champagne...the usual hospital fare. LOL. Krystle drops by decked out in a sparkly white evening gown...and when Alexis makes a snarky remark about how she's partying so soon after nearly dying in a cabin fire, Krystle sanctimoniously tells her she's on her way to a charity event. She asks Alexis why she would tell police that Mark had a motive to set the cabin fire, and reminds her that Mark risked his life when he dragged her out of the inferno. Alexis rolls her eyes as she chows down on her bonbons, insists that Mark is guilty, then says she's in no mood for this conversation. Krystle accuses her of retaliating against Mark just 'cause he rejected her, but Alexis haughtily insists that she's the one who did the rejecting. Krystle says she highly doubts that Mark is the killer - and that the real killer is probably still out there and may try to finish her off. She turns and flounces out of the room, leaving Alexis staring concernedly into space.
Neil McVane is in Blake's office at Denver-Carrington, allowing himself to be interrogated by Blake about his alibi on the night of the cabin fire. McVane says he already admitted to police that he was consumed with murderous thoughts toward Alexis - but needed courage to commit the murder, so he tried to find it in a bottle. Consequently, at the time of the night of the fire, he was boozing it up at a cheap bar in the south side of town. It's interesting that he's walking around free after blabbing his murderous intentions to the police. Detective Blake asks him for the name of the bar and says he's going to talk to the bartender to verify his alibi...and McVane's like, "Whatever" and asks him why he cares so much about bringing the person who tried to kill Alexis to justice. Blake says he cares less about justice for Alexis than being regarded by his estranged wife as a fair man. Er...OK.
Jeff orders Adam to stop conducting studies in the South China Sea and demands to know who gave him the authority to do so. Adam says he's been dealing with "these people" all along, and Jeff recalls that that was the purpose of his Season 3 trip to Colorado Springs, when he took Kirby along as a translator...then tried to attack her in a motel room. Jeff puffs his little chest and reminds Adam that he's running ColbyCo now, and that any time he has to make a policy decision, it needs to be run by him first. Adam snarls, "I understand" and Jeff bitchily reminds him he's just the hired help.
Krystle stops by the police station to visit Mark, and he glumly says, "The judge didn't believe me" and that he's been charged with arson and attempted murder. Krystle looks horrified and is all, "Nooooo!!" He says his bail is $100,000, which means he could be stuck in jail for awhile. A few seconds later, a cop enters the room and tells Mark he's free to leave and explains that Blake Carrington just posted his bail. Krystle sees Blake ambling by, rushes over and thanks him for posting the bail money, and asks him why he did it. He replies, "I'm not an unfair person" and tells her he personally checked out the alibis of Hess and McVane (even though it was totally unnecessary 'cause the police had already conducted that part of the investigation) and determined that neither man could have set the fire. He continues to believe that Mark is the culprit.
Alexis is asleep in her hospital room when the door quietly opens, and someone dressed in blue scrubs enters and tip-toes across the floor. Alexis stirs several times when the floor creaks, but doesn't wake up. The creeper grabs a spare pillow and holds it in front of his face so that viewers can't identify him, then tries to smother Alexis with it. She struggles and manages to wrench the pillow away from her attacker and toss it across the room, and the creeper flees as Alexis screams for help. A nurse comes in and asks whassup, and Alexis wails, "Someone just tried to kill me!" The nurse just goes, "Wuh?" and says the only person she saw in the hall just now was a doctor. She tells Alexis she was probably just having a nightmare.
Alexis has been released from the hospital and is back in her penthouse, and I notice she's sporting a shorter, sassier new 'do. When Steven comes back downstairs after bringing her bags up to her bedroom, she glances around with a frightened expression and remarks on how many dark, scary corners the penthouse has. She tells Steven about the pillow scare in the hospital, but Steven just shrugs and says it was probably just a nightmare. She says she's not so sure, then recalls that Krystle told her whoever set the cabin fire might still be on the loose. Steven reminds her that she bravely survived the fire and breezily urges her to push the bad thoughts out of her mind. She gazes at him lovingly and coos, "My handsome son"...and suddenly Adam - ack! - appears in a nearby doorway with just a towel wrapped around his waist and eavesdrops on their conversation. Alexis tells Steven he's the only one of her children who she believes truly loves her, and he bids her adieu with a kiss and says he has to get home to his son. After he leaves, Adam makes his presence known, and Alexis looks startled and says she didn't realize he was home...and he glares at her and says he had no idea she was home. That was a really weird interaction.
Jeff drops by Denver-Carrington to inform Blake that he's running ColbyCo, then suggests they pull a fast one on Alexis - the way she did to him when she sneakily got control of his infant son's Denver-Carrington stock. He wants to kill her merger plans before she can block it, and Blake grins and credits him for always being someone he can count on - but points out that his plan won't work 'cause both boards are behind the merger, and right now Alexis has all the clout. He then gets a call from Joseph, who's mumbling unintelligibly from a pay phone in an industrial area. He moans, "Oh God..I have to help Kirby.." and Blake orders him to speak more clearly. Joseph says his life is falling apart, then mumbles something that sounds like, "The house...unleashed it.." and Blake is all, "Wha-a?!" and then Joseph says, "There's no other way...goodbye" and drops the phone. An alarmed Blake tells Jeff they have to head over to the mansion, like pronto, because something is terribly, terribly wrong.
Adam has packed his bags and is ready to move out of the penthouse. Alexis pretends she wants him to stay, but he says it no longer makes sense for him, a grown man, to be living in his mommy's apartment. She knows he was upset about the will, but insists it's all forgotten, and that she'll have Gerald reinstate him as an heir, asap. Adam criticizes her for thinking that everything is all about money..."to be doled out when and how it strikes you". He makes it clear that he wasn't amused when she insinuated that he tried to kill her simply because she threatened to remove him from her will...and she says that even though she doesn't always approve of his actions, he's still her son and she loves him. He snaps, "I don't want that sort of love anymore" and laments having gone through extremes in an effort to earn it. He informs her that he's moving into La Mirage...then exits the penthouse, leaving Alexis standing in her living room, looking lonely and freaked out.
Blake and Jeff race around the mansion in search of Joseph, but there's no sign of the uppity majordomo. Blake then recalls Joseph's last words...house, unleashed...then puts his detective cap back on and wonders if perhaps Joseph was talking about the house he once shared with his late wife Alicia. By George, I think he's got it! Blake and Jeff rush back out to the car and prepare to race across town.
Joseph is in his marital home, a small bungalow, looking tired and haggard. He opens a drawer and pulls out a pistol, along with a box filled with bullets. While he's doing that, Blake and Jeff are motoring it down the street, but a giant truck suddenly backs up and blocks them - damn it, there's no time for a delay! - and Blake has to back up and take an alternate route. As that's happening, Joseph is loading his gun, one bullet at a time. Eeeek! Blake, meanwhile, narrowly avoids crashing into another car before arriving at the bungalow a few minutes later. Phew...that was one harrowing drive. Joseph's quivering hand cocks the gun, just as Blake and Jeff rush up the front steps and find Joseph's suicide note tucked behind the door knocker. Blake rings the bell, then reads the note and yells, "Nooo!!" He and Jeff pound on the door...and when no one answers, Blake motions for Jeff to burst through the door, which he somehow easily does even though it's a pretty strong looking wooden door. A few seconds later, they hear a gunshot being fired in the bedroom down the hall, and watch in horror as Joseph slumps to the floor.
Jeff rushes to the kitchen to call an ambulance, while Blake cradles Joseph, moaning, "Whyyyy?? Good God, whyyyy?"