Recap: Alexis tells a despondent Amanda that she can't cancel the wedding at this late date 'cause everything's all arranged for the ceremony and it'd be too embarrassing for the royal family. When Amanda poutishly whines that she doesn't want to marry a man she can't trust, Alexis says it's unlikely that Prince Michael is having an affair with Elena...but even if he were, she'd be a total moron to squander the chance to live a life of luxurious royal leisure 'cause of one measly indiscretion. A manservant pops into the suite to remind the two that they're expected to attend tonight's meet n' greet reception to mingle with the newly-arrived American guests. Once he's out of earshot, Amanda tells Alexis she wants no part of this farce and intends to break off the engagement. A dismayed Alexis implores her to at least break the news diplomatically...and until that time she'll just tell everyone she suddenly came down with the flu.
Upon arrival in Moldavia, Krystle laments to Blake how bummed she is about how the will reading went and how pissed off Sammy Jo now is at her. She says she worries that the skanklet is going to do something desperate - but Blake urges her to not worry so much and allow it to spoil her enjoyment of the wedding.
Sammy Jo plays a message that Krystle recently left on her answering machine and asks Rita if she thinks she'd be able to make her voice sound the way it would if she weren't speaking with a contrived southern accent. Rita pretends to mull that over and says, "Sure, if I practice" and a delighted Sammy Jo says she'd appreciate her doing exactly that.
At the royal reception, King Galen is introduced to Blake and Krystle and engages in pleasant chit-chat with the two, while Jeff bugs Lady Ashley to give him an answer to his marriage proposal. Claudia encounters Steven and Luke and the three have an awkward interaction...and then Claudia is whisked away by Dominique, who tells her she looked like she needed rescuing. Elena tries to talk to Prince Michael, but he tells her to get lost and orders his security guard to keep her far away from him.
Blake asks Alexis why Amanda isn't at the reception and doesn't buy that she has the flu. Alexis concedes that maybe he can do something to help and fills him in on the situation, which prompts Blake to immediately rush over to Amanda's suite to harshly ask whaddup with her being so stubborn, unreasonable, and childish. Amanda whines that it was humiliating seeing Prince Michael with naked Elena in his room and is soooooo confused about what she should do next. Blake advises her to think through the situation carefully, then make a decision and stick to it. He adds that if she ultimately does decide to call off the wedding, he'll stand by her.
The next morning, Blake confronts Prince Michael about his alleged dalliance with Elena, and Michael says that despite his reputation as a playboy, he loves Amanda and has never been unfaithful to her...and that Elena manipulated the situation to make it look as if they were about to hit the sheets. Blake takes his word for it and later relays this to Amanda...and she thinks it over and decides she'll believe Michael's claim of innocence.
Jeff, Adam, Steven, and Luke are playing volleyball while Lady Ashley watches and enjoys a glass of lemonade. When Dominique saunters over and asks her why she seems so morose, Ashley tells her that Jeff proposed and that she's pretty sure it's just the fantasy of a young man who, for some reason, likes the idea of legally binding himself to an older woman he used to crush on when he was eighteen years old.
Alexis tells Galen she's very upset about Amanda's wedding angst and that she can't get Elena to do anything to help remedy the situation. Galen says he's loathe to interfere and would rather the kids resolve their own relationship issues, then changes the subject to the two of them hooking up after the wedding. He says he'd loooove it if she stayed in Moldavia and became his queen - but she's like, "Meh" and tells him she has an empire and a husband to look after. Galen snorts derisively and urges her to consider sharing her life with him...and as she mulls that over, Dex appears in the doorway. When he witnesses what looks suspiciously like the Alexis and Galen in the act of romantically canoodling, he storms away angrily.
Dex is guzzling booze when Alexis returns to their suite. He rails at her for carrying on with Galen, then grabs her and whirls her around to forcibly face him before growling, "How far has this gone?!" Alexis snappishly retorts, "As far as your thing with Amanda went!" Dex is all, "I'm outa here" and says he's catching the next available plane out of Moldavia...and as he storms out of the suite, Alexis shrieks, "Dexxxxxx!! Don't you walk out on me, you bastard!"
The next morning, Alexis summons Elena and demands to know the truth about her and Prince Michael, and Elena cheekily tells her "the truth" is that she and Michael have known each other since they were children and that he'll always love her. King Galen enters the room, shoots Elena a disapproving glare, and tells her that her father stands to lose a lot of money with the ColbyCo oil deal if Michael's wedding to Amanda falls through. He orders Elena to 'fess up to Amanda and tell her the truth, and she looks suitably contrite and agrees to have that awkward conversation.
Elena heads straight over to Amanda's suite to clear up the misunderstanding she deliberately caused when she sneakily stripped naked in in front of Michael. She admits that Michael didn't actually invite her to his room, and that she sought to convince him - by baring her naughties - that he should break his engagement and revert to his original decision to make her his bride. He was in the process of rebuffing her when she (Amanda) happened to walk in on them. Elena implores Amanda to say that she believes her, and Amanda says she does, then asks her if she (Elena) thinks that she (Amanda) is the right wife for Prince Michael. Elena's like, "Fuck no" and tells Amanda she definite does not have what it takes to makes it as a Moldavian princess.
Claudia admonishes Adam for avoiding her 'cause he's such a scaredy cat for running afoul of Blake. When he weakly denies doing any such thing, she orders him to start acting like he gives a rat's ass about their relationship - otherwise she'll dump him like yesterday's news.
Steven notices Claudia and Adam talking...and when Luke sees the wistful look on Steven's face, he says their relationship doesn't stand a chance if he can't put Claudia out of his mind. Steven mumbles about complicated it all is, blah blah...then decides 'ah fuck it' and tells Luke that once they return to the States, he and Danny will be moving in with him [in his tiny apartment??]. Luke perks up at that, and the two press against each other for a stiff looking man-hug.
Blake sees Adam kissing Claudia and scrunches his wrinkly face concernedly at the brazen PDA.
Dex runs into Amanda and tells her he's about to flee "the mixed up world" he suddenly finds himself in. She implores him to stay, then clutches his arm in a weird show of desperation - but he tells her to get lost and shoves her away from him. Prince Michael storms into the room at that exact moment and takes a swing at Dex, but Dex ducks and swiftly knocks Michael down with a sharp blow to the chest...and then the two idiots start wrestling around on the floor until Amanda yells at them to stop. She tells Dex she's reverted to her previous sentiment of being in love with Michael and orders him to leave...and after an exasperated Dex stomps off, Michael asks Amanda if there really is going to be a wedding. She blushingly says yes, and the two start smooching in earnest.
Dex comes upon Yuri and a cadre of shady looking men unloading weapons concealed in wooden wine boxes and demands to know what's going on here. Yuri responds by knocking him out, then orders one of the shady men to tell Dex's driver that he was taken to the airport so that no one starts looking for him. The men cackle gleefully and vow that nothing will ruin tomorrow's carnage causing plot.
Blake chastises Adam for defying him and publicly canoodling with Claudia. He orders him to stop seeing her - otherwise he's going to force him to do something very dickish they're both going to regret. Adam's like, "Noooooo, daddy" and promises to immediately get in line and do whatever he decrees.
Adam fibs to Claudia when he tells her he bitchily declared to Blake that he'd never give her up. He breathily adds that one day soon he's going to have Denver Carrington and her.
As Alexis and Amanda get fussed over with manis/pedis/hair brushing, Alexis gives Amanda tips on how to walk down the aisle and hold her bouquet.
Jeff asks Lady Ashley if she has an answer to his proposal, and she says she does in fact have an answer: right after the wedding she's jetting back to Paris 'cause she's wary of marrying a guy who's still in love with his dead?/missing? ex-wife-turned-fiancee. Jeff stares sadly into space - but admits that, yeah, he still thinks about Fallon a lot.
Recast Fallon returns to the Los Angeles police precinct to ask the detective she spoke to previously if he happened to come across any missing bulletins for a young, fuzzy haired brunette, and he says no and that it doesn't look like anyone's searching for her. When he asks her what she's living on these days, she says she found money in her purse and pawned the jewelry she was wearing. And because she no longer wants to go by hey you, she gave herself a name: Randall Adams. She tells the detective she's also considering getting on a plane and going wherever the spirit moves her - somewhere that has mountains, for example. Hmm..
Sammy Jo gives Rita a makeover, then asks her to put on a blonde wig she bought after hitting every wig shop in town to find one that has Krystle's trademark side hair wings. Rita puts on the wig and says she really likes the new blonde her...and somehow doesn't seem to recall that she came face-to-face with her blonde twin Krystle, the very person Sammy Jo is trying to morph her into, three mere episodes ago. Sammy Jo is delighted by how startlingly similar she now looks to Krystle and says it's time she taught her uppity aunt a lesson.
Back in Moldavia, Dex is in a shack, tied up to a chair. When Yuri enters the shack, Dex asks what he's after, and Yuri smugly replies, "Destiny." Dex struggles against the ropes that bind him and shrieks, "Don't hurt Amandaaaaaaaaa!"
Amanda, meanwhile, is decked out in her royal wedding gown, posing with Alexis in front of Lady Ashley for a pre-ceremony photo shoot.
With everyone gathered in the chapel, Blake walks Amanda down the aisle...and as that's happening, rebels infiltrate the estate and easily incapacitate the army of bumbling red uniformed royal guards. Over in the shack, Dex struggles against the ropes and eventually manages to free himself. He bursts out of the shack and races in the direction of the chapel.
Prince Michael and Amanda exchange marriage vows...and a few seconds after the two are pronounced husband and wife, the rebels crash through the windows and doors and open fire with their machine guns. The guests are all, "The fuuuuuuuuuuuck???!!" before the menfolk heroically leap atop their loved ones to act as human barriers against the relentless spray of bullets. Yuri shoots King Galen at close range - just as Dex flies into the chapel and tackles him to the ground.
In the next scene, the gunfire has ceased...and amid an eerie silence, the wedding guests lay motionless on the floor, dead or playing dead [spoiler: mostly playing dead], while the rebels survey the slaughter.
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Recap: As security guards lumber around the Carrington estate, Blake is barking to a police detective over the phone to find out who was responsible for the attempted kidnapping of Amanda - damn it! - 'cause if they continue to turn up nothing, how is he supposed to know she's safe in Europe? ... and he says this as if the safety of a future Moldavian princess who will soon have access to a royally appointed team of bodyguards needs to be Denver PD's top priority.
Dex drops by the mansion to break the sad news to Krystle that Rock Hudson met his end in Libya, and Krystle stares back at him in pensive horror and is all, "Noooooo.." Dex tells her that later he'll be talking to Charles (who was also in Libya) to get the full account of the mission gone awry, then sadly shuffles out of the room. Krystle tells Blake she's so sad that her wonderful, platonic friend is dead...and that she's going to have to tell Sammy Jo that the bio dad she met two episodes ago is gone forever.
Sammy Jo is sitting on her couch watching The Love Boat when Rita comes home clutching the day's paper. She shuts off the TV and shows Sammy Jo the article about Rock's death...and Sammy Jo's all, "Wuh?" then stares despondently into space while moaning, "I could have been somebody." She whines about inheriting her bio dad's unluckiness in life, then says of being chronically unlucky, "That sure sticks to me like tar." A few seconds later she perks up when she suddenly remembers that Rock acquired many millions of dollars doing whatever it was that he did for a living.
Claudia asks Adam if he's worried about Blake seeing them together at Amanda's wedding...and by worried she means skeered about what Blake might have to say about it. Adam puffs out his little chest and insists that he's in no way afraid of Blake, is plotting to seize control of Denver Carrington, and has spent enough of his life waiting around for others to decide his fate. When Claudia says she's perfectly content managing La Mirage under Blake's dickish supervision, Adam asks what she'd do if Blake abruptly fired her...and she stares vacantly into space and offers no retort.
Prince Michael, Amanda, and Alexis arrive at the royal Moldavian estate...and as a team of manservants carry in their dozens of suitcases, Alexis gushes about how lovely the summer palace looks. King Galen makes his appearance, is introduced to Amanda, and gushes to an uncomfortably creepish degree about how positively stunning she is, and how proud he is to become a father-in-law to such a perfect English rose. A few seconds later, Duchess Elena (Prince Michael's ex) flounces in and is introduced to Alexis and Amanda, who she promptly stares daggers at.
Amanda pouts to Michael about Elena's presence in the palace and objects to her being on the guest list for their wedding. Prince Michael explains to the nitwit that Elena's father is a prominent man in Moldavia who needs appeasing after his daughter was so callously dumped, and that state affairs always take precedence over personal feelings. When Amanda continues to demand that Elena be banned from the wedding, Prince Michael insists that she's the only woman he loves...then tells her to stop fucking pouting 'cause his daddy probably isn't going to let him un-invite Elena.
Yuri is told by a shady looking guy that he has orders from the Minister to meet up tonight to discuss Operation Crash the Royal Wedding and then Open Fire on Everyone.
Prince Michael broaches the subject of banning Elena from the wedding to his father, but Galen nixes that idea and tells him that Elena has promised not to make any trouble.
Alexis cattily tells Amanda she doesn't think Elena is all that, and Amanda poutishly says she hates politics, court intrigue, and has no idea how she's going to live up to the expectations of being a royal princess. Alexis stares at her incredulously and then gushes about the fabulous life she's going to enjoy living in palaces, jetting off to exotic locales, and having an army of servants catering to her every need. More importantly, she'll have a man who loves her and will one day make her queen...and Amanda mulls that over and smiles blushingly at the thought of her future queendom.
Krystle arrives at Delta Rho to talk to Charles and is all, "Ack!" when she finds Sammy Jo sitting in Rock's leather chair, guzzling a glass of Rock's expensive champagne. She shoots Krystle a smug grin and chirps, "Welcome to my home!" and says she's taking full advantage of the opportunity that so unexpectedly fell into her lap. When Krystle frowns disapprovingly at the brazen show of disrespect, Sammy Jo explains that she was merely thirsty and found the champagne in the fridge...and that she's plenty respectful of all the money Rock earned during his lifetime. A few seconds later, Charles and Dex arrive and are startled to learn that Rock fathered Krystle's skanklet niece, who is now demanding to hear exactly how her father died.
Jeff is hanging with Lady Ashley in her La Mirage suite, working the phones as he diligently monitors Denver Carrington's oil drilling project in Louisiana. Lady Ashley sits in his lap and jokingly accuses him of flirting with some hot Louisiana chick on the other end of the line...and he blushingly denies it before the two start smooching intensely.
Charles tells Krystle, Sammy Jo, and Dex the tragic story of Rock's demise: somehow the Libyans figured out they'd infiltrated the prison, and while Rock was helping the American reporter flee, he was fatally struck by a bullet after the bad guys opened fire. Charles gets choked up and says he made the choice to continue rescuing the reporter instead of carrying out Rock's dead body 'cause he figured it was what Rock would have wanted. Krystle nods pensively and says she got the sense that Rock had a feeling he might not survive this mission...and Sammy Jo complains, "I really don't like this stuff", then stares at a framed photo of Rock and looks suitably sad as she tells the photo she's sorry they never got to know each other.
Blake tells Adam he's damn impressed with the way Jeff is taking care of the Louisiana oil drilling project despite not physically being in the office. Adam sourly calls Jeff a hero even while being absent from the workplace...and Blake's like, "Uh, speaking of being absent.." and asks whassup with him spending so little time at the mansion lately. Adam says he resents not being given the same amount of privacy as Jeff, and Blake clarifies that he couldn't care less about what he does in his personal life - just as long as no other family member is hurt by it.
King Galen tells Alexis how impressed he was with the way Amanda handled meeting his ministers, then gets all grab-handsy. When Alexis shoves the milquetoast weasel away, he asks her if she's rebuffing him 'cause she's expecting her husband to arrive, and reminds her that she admitted to having marital problems with Dex. Alexis breezily says that every marriage has its problems, and that whatever's going on with Dex is none of his damn business.
Prince Michael escorts Amanda back to her suite and tells her he has some work to do. After he leaves, Elena appears from out of nowhere and cheekily asks, "You actually think he's in love with you, don't you?" She tells Amanda that Michael has only ever loved her, and that she shouldn't delude herself into believing that her arranged marriage could ever change that. She brags that she spent last night with Michael, who made sweet, passionate love to her...and that it wasn't the first time they've doinked since he declared his engagement. [OK - but seems physically impossible considering that Michael just returned to Moldavia after proposing to Amanda while in Denver.] Elena bitchily declares it won't be the last time she'll hit the sheets with Michael, then flounces out of the suite, leaving Amanda staring after her in enraged bewilderment.
Sammy Jo drops by the mansion to visit Danny...and while she's there she needles Steven about his "pretty new boyfriend". She re-invokes her intention to sue for custody of Danny now that he's a single gay guy and she's a rich heiress. Steven gets enraged by the threat and grabs her while threatening to kill her - just as Jeannette walks by and gasps at Steven's shocking display of violence. Sammy Jo smugly points out to Steven that Jeannette will be her witness in court, and Steven calms himself down and tells her she's welcome to visit Danny any time - but only if the visit is supervised and within the four walls of the mansion.
Claudia meets with Blake to tell him she'd like a written contract with respect to her job at La Mirage, but he's like, "Uh, nope" and says he's thinking about selling the hotel...and that they can discuss it more after the wedding. Claudia smugly informs him she'll be there as a guest, plans to have a rollickin' good time with her upgraded Carrington beau, and doesn't give the tiniest of rat's asses how he feels about her and Adam dating. With that said, she huffily storms out of his office.
Little Danny doesn't like the story that Sammy Jo is reading to him and begs his nanny to read him something different. Krystle enters the room and tells Danny they can all have lunch together - but Danny points his little finger at Sammy Jo and snarls, "I don't wanna eat with her!" and scampers out of the room. Krystle clucks sympathetically and acknowledges to Sammy Jo how difficult things have been for her, and Sammy Jo smarmily declares how thankful she is to finally have the chance to get what she wants and isn't going to let anyone stop her.
Sammy Jo storms into the Delta Rho office where Charles is on the phone and barks, "Hang up!" and says she expects a full report on the management of the ranch. A dismayed Charles tells her to chillax about the power that's suddenly gone to her head and says that after the will reading on Friday, she may not inherit as much as she thinks she should. Sammy Jo points out that as Rock's only spawn, she's pretty much guaranteed to be the sole heir...then orders Charles to fetch her a ham and cheddar cheese sandwich, along with a root beer float to wash it down. LOL.
Amanda arrives at the palace's formal dinner party, and everyone gushes about how stunning she looks in her shapeless white dress. Elena cattily asks her if the "sweet gown" was made by a lesser known American designer, and Amanda says indeed it was. When Elena smugly points out that she's wearing the necklace that Michael brought her back from Acapulco, Alexis wryly calls it "a sweet souvenir" - before King Galen breaks up the snidefest by hustling everyone into the other room to check out a priceless painting. Alexis pulls Amanda aside and tells her that Elena is pulling the most common ploy in the book, and advises her to just smile and enjoy her caviar.
After dinner, Alexis is strolling the palace grounds with King Galen. He tells her he admonished Elena for her catty bitchitude, then asks if she's ready to consider ending her marriage to Dex. Alexis tells him she loooooves Dex and isn't ready to give him up - just as Dex arrives at the royal residence and suspiciously watches the two from a nearby terrace. When Alexis spots him, she rushes over to kiss him hello, then introduces him to Galen.
Krystle tells Blake she's off to the reading of Rock's will, and he urges her to keep her distance from Sammy Jo, who always seems to succeed in upsetting her. Krystle reminds him that she promised Rock she'd look after his daughter - but Blake snorts derisively and says that Rock wouldn't have burdened her with that responsibility if he'd known what an intolerable skank she was.
Will reading! Rock's lawyer informs Sammy Jo that the bulk of Rock's estate has been bequeathed to her - but with one proviso: all monies are to be held in trust with Krystle as the estate's executor. As Krystle stares pensive-concernedly into space, a furious Sammy Jo's all, "Noooo!!" and rails about how tired she is of people telling her what to do. She shrieks, "I'm not going to put up with that kind of crud anymore!" and tells the lawyer she'll find a way to get all of her money free and clear, even if she has to drag them through a hundred courts. Krystle tries to temper her niece's rage by saying this isn't the time or place for such an outburst - and Sammy Jo shoots her the stink-eye and growls, "See you in court. And maybe Steven too." She declares that she's more than ready to take on "all the high and mighties", then flounces out of the room.
Jeff and Lady Ashley return to La Mirage from horseback riding and once again start smooching intensely. Lady Ashley says she's excited to attend the royal wedding as the official photographer, but Jeff's all, "Meh" and instead proposes that they get married. Ashley's all, "The fuck?" and tells him she hasn't even thought about the two of them marrying and suggests they both think long and hard before leaping head-first into a chemistry-free, legally binding union.
Elena sneaks into Prince Michael's room wearing nothing but a frilly bathrobe and tells him that Amanda can't make him happy, not least 'cause she wasn't raised to be a royal princess. Prince Michael sighs wearily and asks her to leave, and she responds by forcibly kissing him and stripping off her bathrobe - just as Amanda enters the room. She stares at the naked Elena in stunned horror and tells Prince Michael she stopped by to apologize for her obnoxious poutiness, but sees it isn't necessary, then shouts, "And neither is this!" before taking off her engagement ring and throwing it at him. She races off down the hall, where she runs into Dex and throws herself into his arms. She cries, "My whole world is falling apart!" and implores him to get her far far away from Moldavia.
Back in New York, Rita is practicing talking without a southern twang (aka exactly the way Krystle talks) for a commercial acting gig when Sammy Jo returns to her apartment. She stares at Rita in fascination as she listens to her non-twang, stares contemplatively into space, and says a bad idea just popped into her head...which is soon going to morph into an implausible, ill-conceived scheme.
Recap: Prince Michael and his security entourage enter his La Mirage suite, and the men are all "What the fuuuuuck?!" when they see Amanda sitting on the sofa. Yuri (the head security guy who wears an eye-patch) demands to know how she got into the suite and if she's alone...and when Amanda looks put out by the aggressive inquisition, Prince Michael tells Yuri to chillax and go deal with the luggage. Amanda explains to Michael that she's well known around the La Mirage, so when she told the front desk people she's his fiancee, they promptly let her into the suite. Prince Michael orders Yuri to check and recheck the security protocols within the hotel, then apologizes to Amanda for the unpleasant freakout just now. Amanda poutishly tells him she has no desire to live under lock and key...and that while she loves him, she doesn't love the feeling of being caged. Prince Michael urges her to think of being caged as feeling loved and protected, then assures her that for now they're safe and under guard...and that inside this suite they're free to do whatever they like. Amanda perks up at that and gives him an amorous smooch.
Jeff drops by Alexis' ColbyCo office to show her the concert crowd photograph he's pretty sure is a Fallon sighting. Alexis studies the photo and concedes that, yep, the woman in question bears a strong resemblance to Fallon, then lectures him about how hard it is to let someone go when you lose them. When Jeff insists that the woman is definitely Fallon, Alexis cries, "Fallon is dead!" and advises him to get on with his life.
Krystle canoodles Kristina and tells Blake she's soooo happy to be back home...then muses about how Sammy Jo was once a vulnerable little baby. She tells Blake she promised Rock Hudson she'd look out for her niece if something were to happen to him, and Blake rolls his eyes dismissively and says she's a big girl and is just going to wind up hurting her (Krystle) again. He then steers her into their bedroom, where a giant fur rug is spread out among candles. Oh ick. Krystle's all, "Ooooh! How romantic!", and the two lay down and start to go at it atop the rug, which...blech, blech, and double blech.
Over at the La Mirage, Lady Ashley asks Jeff whassup with him being distracted, then correctly guesses that he's still pondering whether or not it's really Fallon in the concert crowd photo. When he insists that it is Fallon, Lady Ashley firmly tells him she won't be used to "blot out painful memories" and that she wants to be the woman he's thinking about while they're doinking. She declares that she's suspending their May-December hookup until he can come to a resolution about his Fallon obsession, and Jeff nods his agreement before sadly shuffling out of the room.
After dining out at a fancy restaurant, Prince Michael tells Yuri that he and Amanda are skipping an outing to a local nightclub 'cause they want to return to La Mirage. Yuri's all, "But the nightclub is on the agenda!" and makes it clear he doesn't like the idea of him changing his plans in such willy-nilly fashion - but Prince Michael's like, "I don't give a shit if you like it or not, we're heading back to the hotel now."
At the La Mirage bar, a shady looking dude tells Yuri, "I was counting on you", and Yuri explains that whatever nefarious plan they hatched had been all set to occur at the nightclub - but then the prince abruptly changed his itinerary. The shady looking dude snarls, "Get the job done! Is that clear?!" and Yuri promises that next time, nothing will go wrong.
Adam runs into Jeff, who's returning to his bedroom after a gym workout, and mockingly suggests he focus less on his muscles and more on his brain. Jeff accuses him of altering the Fred Oates cable and vows to never let anything like that happen again.
At ColbyCo, Steven tells Luke that after deeply pondering the idea of them moving in together, he's decided he can't bring himself to make a commitment to anyone, least of all a fellow gay. He insists he's not ashamed of their romance, but Luke argues, "Are too!" and storms out of the office.
Dominique drops by Alexis' office to demand an explanation as to why she opposes selling an asset (a timber company) from Tom Carrington's estate that she and Blake both agree needs selling. Alexis says she strongly feels that the estate should hold onto this asset, and is relishing the fact that she (Dominique) and Blake require her approval before they can go ahead with the sale. Dominique huffily snarks, "This isn't the end of the deal! We'll see you court!" then flounces out of the room.
Blake and Amanda are having breakfast and looking over the guest list for the wedding. Blake notices that Dominique's name isn't included, and a puzzled Amanda says she's sure it was on the list before she handed it over to Alexis. Blake scrunches his face irritably and says he's going to give Alexis the what for for trying to exclude his half-sister from the blessed event.
Alexis and Amanda are enjoying a private fashion show in downtown Denver when Blake wanders in to admonish Alexis. He pulls her aside and asks her whaddup with her removing Dominique's name from the guest list, and Alexis smirkingly says it was a mere oversight and that she'll make sure to [re]add it.
Dex arrives downtown just as Prince Michael and Yuri exit the royal limo. Dex ambles over and tells Prince Michael he hopes that he and Amanda will be very happy - just as Amanda and Alexis exit the fashion show building. As Amanda and Prince Michael climb into the back of the limo, a group of bad guys suddenly launch a sneak attack and knock Dex to the ground, toss Michael out of the limo [that probably shouldn't have made me laugh as hard as it did], and restrain Amanda inside the vehicle before the driver squeals off. Alexis stares in horror after witnessing her daughter's abduction, while Dex, Prince Michael, and Yuri pile awkwardly into Dex's car to race after the limo.
During the car chase, Amanda struggles with her grab-handsy abductors in the back seat...even though there's not much chance she'd be able to escape from a moving car with two burly men sitting on either side of her. Eventually, the idiot driver ends up on a dead end road...and the bad guys are all, "Ack!" and flee the limo. Dex runs over and flings open the back door to make sure Amanda's OK, then orders Prince Michael to hold her in his arms comfortingly and gently coo at her that she's safe now - while he runs off the try to catch the bad guys on foot. Yuri gets in on that action and gets ahead in the foot chase so he can misdirect Dex about where the bad guys ran.
The Denver reporters gather en masse at Carrington manor for a press conference to get the skinny on Amanda's attempted abduction. One reporter asks Prince Michael if he considers this an act of terrorism 'cause of all the political unrest in his country, and Michael breezily says that since it happened on American soil, it was was likely just a band of U.S. outlaws. Blake chimes in and says he'll do whatever it takes to ensure the safety of his family...and after an irrelevant question about Adam's abduction as a baby pre-Dynasty, Blake abruptly calls an end to the pointless Q&A. Once the reporters have filed out, Blake says that the royal wedding should be held in Denver - but Prince Michael points out that since it's a state affair, it needs to be held in his country...not least 'cause the Moldavian army is loyal to the royal family and can provide excellent security. Amanda agrees that she thinks the wedding should take place as planned, and Alexis concurs and shoots Blake a fuck you smirk.
At La Mirage, Claudia coos at Adam to stop worrying so much about Amanda...but he continues to hold his head in his hands and laments about how she's never going to forget the trauma of being kidnapped. He then whines about how much more Blake likes Jeff than him, and that Blake doesn't approve of their budding romance. Claudia envelopes him into a bear hug, moans, "Tighter..", and smooches him in a show of solidarity for being totally on board with continuing their icky hookup.
Over a boring lunch at La Mirage, Lady Ashley wanks Dominique about everything she's accomplished in her life - but Dominique worries that she's somehow betraying her poor, younger self who struggled so hard to make it in the music industry. Lady Ashley tells her that she's been tapped to be the official photographer of the Moldavian wedding, and that she's falling in love [presumably with Jeff] and doesn't yet know what to do 'bout that.
Steven is playing walkie talkies with Danny at the mansion when Claudia drops by to spend some quality playtime with the tot. When Steven heads upstairs to get changed for work, an irked looking Adam asks to speak with him privately. He glares at Steven and says he's trying to figure out exactly what he is: gay? straight? bi? too confused to decide? Steven snarks back that it's none of his damn business what sexual orientation the writers want to assign him at any given time, and Adam says he's utterly fascinated by what a deviant he is (yeesh). He then orders Steven to leave Claudia alone, and to not turn to her whenever he's ashamed of hooking up with Luke...and when Steven's like, "Or what?", Adam hisses, "I'll make you wish you were never born."
Prince Michael caresses Amanda as she lays in bed beside him and gets all schmaltzy about her being a real life sleeping beauty...then says he's soooo relieved that she's OK after nearly being abducted by a group of bumbling idiots with no getaway strategy.
Over breakfast at Luke's apartment, Steven and Luke discuss their Saturday plans. Luke proposes they fly to Key West for a vacay, but Steven says he can't 'cause he has to travel to Moldavia for Amanda's wedding...and speaking of Amanda's wedding, would he like to attend as his plus one? Luke looks flattered by the invitation, but says he's worried about him flaunting their relationship to his homophobic family. Steven points out that caring for someone isn't the same as flaunting and insists he wants him there as his guest, regardless of what his shitbag of a father thinks.
Jeff is teaching Little Blake how to play chopsticks on the piano when Little Blake asks why his mommy went away. Jeff furrows his furry brows and has no answer for the troubled tot.
Jeff tells Lady Ashley that Fallon had an annoying tendency to always run away from him, and that if she is alive it's on her to deliver herself back to them. When Ashley says he'll never be happy unless he resolves the whole Fallon conundrum, he insists he's over his ex and wants her (Ashley) to be part of his future. He coos, "I love you, I want you.." while giving her another of their chemistry-free smooches.
Alexis is packing up her jewelry for the Moldavia trip when Dex enters the room. She tells him she's still pretty freaked out by her first hand account of Amanda's abduction and hates how helpless she felt as she watched it happen. She thanks him for rescuing her daughter, and he assures her that Amanda is just fine...and that while there's a tiny bit of political disgruntlement in Moldavia, overall it's a crime free country. He says his main concern is that King Galen will try to court her, and Alexis looks delighted by his jealousy - just as her manservant Lin enters the room with a cable for Dex. He instantly tears up at whatever the message is, so I'll assume it's the sad news of Rock's passing.
Blake is going over the security plan with Prince Michael and Yuri to transport Amanda and the prince to the airport prior to their flight to Moldavia. Yuri says he blames himself for the abduction and that he'd sooner die than let harm come to Prince Michael and Amanda...and an oblivious Prince Michael assures him that his devotion to the royal family is unquestioned.
Amanda bids farewell to Blake and Krystle, and excitedly says the next time they see her will be at her wedding. Squeal! Once she and Prince Michael are both out of earshot, Blake shoots Yuri the stink-eye and warns the eye-patched one that if anything happens to Amanda or the prince, he's holding him personally responsible. Yuri nods gravely and replies, "Not to worry. I know what my duty is."
En route to the airport, Prince Michael kisses Amanda and promises they'll live happily ever after...and the limo driver nods at Yuri before shooting him a sinister grin. Subtle, dude.
Jeff is staring at the Fallon portrait, which has been newly repainted to resemble Emma Samms, as he flashes back to himself telling the Emma Samms version of Fallon that she's the first girl he ever loved. Emma Samms, who struggles valiantly to conceal her British accent, returns his I love you...before Jeff carries her over to the bed and mounts her. When Jeff comes out of the flashback, he glares at the painting and screeches, "Nooooo!! Damn it! You're dead, Fallon!"
At a Los Angeles police precinct, a detective is telling a brunette with poofy hair that he needs to know what her name is if she expects him to help her. The camera then pans over to the brunette - Emma Samms, not surprisingly - as she tears up and says she has no idea what her name is, then pitifully begs, "Pleeeeease help me!"
And so begins the oddest recast in the history of primetime TV.
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Recap: Blake smiles goofily at Krystle as he gushes about how much he loooooves her and assures her that he has absolutely no problem with her jetting off to New York with Rock Hudson and introducing him to Sammy Jo for the first time. He then frowns at the thought of her skanklet niece and reminds her how selfish, immature, and demanding she can be. Krystle concurs, but points out that there's a soft side to Sammy Jo that needs to be given a chance...and she's hoping that her bio dad will be just the person to bring out that side of her.
Dex explains to Alexis that Amanda had come to him for advice about marrying/not marrying Prince Michael - but Alexis refuses to buy that, snaps, "I'm not a fool!", and stomps off to work.
Lady Ashley drops by Jeff's office to tell him how happy she is that he's in one piece after his heroic rescue of Blake et. al. ... and Jeff says he merely launched a rescue operation when Blake found himself in a perilous situation of his own making. Lady Ashley says she recalls watching him, when he was just a young lad of eighteen while vacationing in Europe, rescue a little boy. She says that since then she's always been proud of his bravery, and Jeff says he's surprised that the beautiful and sophisticated lady he crushed on even noticed him back then. Lady Ashley assures him she did more than notice him...and after staring hungrily at each other, they start smooching in their usual chemistry-free fashion.
Amanda pays a visit to Alexis at ColbyCo to assure her that nothing happened between her and Dex during the previous episode 'cause she's convinced herself she's suddenly in love with Prince Michael. Alexis perks up at that pronouncement, and beams happily when a smiling Amanda says that she expects to be married in Moldavia within the month. She thanks Alexis for helping her see Prince Michael for the awesome dork he is, then says she's off to do some wedding shopping.
Over at Denver Carrington, Blake tells Jeff that oil drilling off the coast of Louisiana needs to begin in seventy-two hours, otherwise the bank may call in the loan and make it impossible to begin drilling. Jeff assures Blake he has the matter under control and agrees to contact Fred Oates, aka the best drill ship operator in the business. As Jeff loudly informs Blake that he'll send a cable to Fred tomorrow confirming the all-important start date, Adam appears in the doorway and tells Blake he needs his signature on some papers. As Blake signs, Adam stares contemplatively into space while silently plotting his nefariousness.
Adam sneaks into Jeff's office in the middle of the night and finds a copy of the cable to Fred Oates. He cleverly changes the start date of drilling from May 11 to May 14 by turning a "1" into a "4", then tiptoes out of the office.
Krystle and Rock are at the mansion, discussing the last minute details of their trip to New York. When Blake enters the room, Rock thanks him for the use of his private jet and for trusting him to accompany Krystle. Blake clarifies that it's Krystle he trusts...and Rock nods amiably and concedes that, yep, Blake deserves such a damn fine woman 'cause of how hard he's willing to fight for her.
Sammy Jo enters a New York pub, spots Krystle's lookalike from the Photo Finish episode, and seats herself next to her at the bar. After a few minutes of chit-chat, she learns that the lookalike..
Blake looks over the photographs Ashley took of him and gushes about how super talented she is...and Lady Ashley gushes back at him about how the camera saw him for what he is: an open, honest billionaire dipshit. She confesses that she came to Denver with the blechy idea of seducing him, but has since thrown that idea out the window when she finally got it through her thick skull that he and Krystle are meant to be together. Blake blushingly says her restraint makes her beautiful (say wuh?) and that if he weren't so devoted to Krystle, he'd be on her like white on rice.
Rock tells Dex he'll be flying to Libya from New York, and that he expects this latest rescue to be a simple twelve hour mission. Dex shakes his head, prophetically calls it "a death mission", and doubts he's going to be able to ex-filtrate the imprisoned men so quickly. Rock insists he can and asks Dex if he wants to join him, but Dex says that the only rescue mission on his agenda is marriage rescue, then wishes his friend good luck.
Dex brings flowers to Alexis' office and tells her their incessant fighting has gone too far, and that he wants to dial back to how things were pre-Amanda. He informs her he chartered a yacht so they can have the extended honeymoon they never had, but Alexis tells him she can't possibly go sailing 'cause she'll be too busy making arrangements for Amanda's Moldavian wedding. Dex is all, "Wha-a-a?", asks why she withheld the news that Amanda's engagement was back on, and accuses her of manipulating him. Alexis glares at him, then barks at him to leave so she can get some work done.
Adam informs Blake that Fred Oates hasn't arrived in Louisiana, and Blake scrunches his wrinkly face concernedly and says that drilling can't start until he gets there...and that drilling absolutely needs to start in forty-eight hours. Adam shakes his head in faux dismay as he says he can't seem to locate Jeff, and Blake looks visibly annoyed that Jeff is MIA at such critical a time for Denver Carrington's bottom line.
Jeff, meanwhile, is hanging with Lady Ashley at La Mirage. They banter flirtily before getting into some intense smooching action...and nope, still no chemistry there.
Adam is in the study, talking to Fred Oates about him getting to Louisiana asap so that Denver Carrington can start drilling on May 11. Blake just happens to overhear the call, credits Adam for his fine work, and remarks on how annoyed he still is about Jeff's carelessness. Adam says, "We all make mistakes", and adds that clearly Jeff had something else on his mind - but Blake grumbles that Jeff damn well owes him an explanation.
Steven drops by Luke's apartment unannounced to hang for the evening...and when he can't find him, he starts his search in the nearest gay bar. He finds Luke hanging with a group of attractive dudes, and when Luke sees Steven enter, he motions him over - but Steven reacts by shooting him a pissy glare before angrily storming out.
Adam gets canoodly with Claudia and breathily natters about the electrical sparks that shoot off whenever they hook up. When Claudia asks him what in blazes he's talking about, he nonsensically explains, "We generate our own power...our own power to take over Denver Carrington" and makes it clear that a company takeover is about to become his priority. Claudia stares back at him in befuddled horror, and continues to stare concernedly into space when the two get into some intense smooching action.
Blake admonishes Jeff for the Fred Oates cable debacle and snarks that the company could have lost millions. Jeff insists he did not make a mistake communicating the starting date and is certain the documents he approved indicated May 11, not May 14. Blake's like, "Whatever" and says they have Adam to thank for saving the day...and Jeff stares into space, his caterpillar brows furrowed concernedly.
Luke is in Steven's office, and the two are bickering about Luke hanging at the gay bar. Luke points out that he can't be expected to sit home every night on the chance that he (Steven) will drop by, and Steven sheepishly apologizes for acting like such an unreasonable tool and says he was disappointed when he wasn't home. Luke tells Steven he can easily solve this issue by moving in with him - just as Alexis breezes into the room and asks whassup with the palpable tension between them. After Luke beats a hasty retreat, Steven moans to Alexis that he still misses Claudia, which ends up hurting Luke...and Alexis says he's going to have to be willing to give part of himself to those he loves and to make a damn choice about whether he wants to live his life as a straight-gay man married to a wife-beard, or a full on gay man with a male partner.
While en route to New York, Rock remarks on how little he knows about Sammy Jo. Krystle tells him that she's a pretty hard-edged skank due to the life of hard knocks she's had thus far, but Rock just shrugs and says that all that counts is that she's his daughter.
Krystle and Rock arrive at Sammy Jo's apartment just as Rita is on her way out. The doppelgangers stare curiously at each for a few seconds - until Krystle introduces herself as Sammy Jo's aunt. Rita shakes off the weirdness of them being identical and says she's off to go do whatever, but that it's OK with her if they wait inside the apartment until Sammy Jo returns.
Alexis is having a business meeting at the La Mirage when she spots Lady Ashley, who's sitting at the bar, hand Dex a cryptic letter from Minister Han (of the Chinese delegation), and then joke about its crypticness before Dex promptly leaves. Alexis is so dismayed by the interaction that she flounces over to Lady Ashley and demands to know why Dex left in such a hurry. Lady Ashley says it's 'cause they were done with their brief conversation - but Alexis says she's onto her flirty attempt to seduce Blake and hopes she doesn't now have her eye on Dex. She warns, "Dex is mine in the boardroom and the bedroom!"
Sammy Jo arrives home, is all, "Ack!" when she sees Krystle in her living room, and gets snarky about her being in her apartment uninvited after the mean way she kicked her out of the mansion. Krystle is about to introduce her to Rock when she accidentally knocks over a stack of photos of Sammy Jo posing seductively in skimpy-wear. She gets all judgey and asks if this is kind of modelling she's been doing, to which Sammy Jo snaps, "It's none of your business!" and bitchily grabs the photos out of her hands. Rock pulls Sammy Jo away from Krystle and tells her to behave herself...and when Sammy Jo glares at him and snaps, "Who do you think you are? My father?", he counter-snaps, "That's exactly who I am."
After the commercial break, Krystle and Sammy Jo discuss the shocking revelation amongst themselves. Sammy Jo muses that she knows nothing about her bio dad, and is worried that he was less than impressed with her bratty behavior. Well duh.
Alexis arrives home and finds Dex waiting for her in the bedroom. He makes it clear that there's nothing between him and Amanda...or any other woman, for that matter. Alexis asks what he was talking to Lady Ashley about, so he explains that she was merely passing along a message from Minister Han. He then grabs her by the arm, accuses her of thriving on drama and excitement, and makes clear that he's not going to let her control him. He snarls, "You're the only woman I want!" then violently rips open the furry purple top she's wearing (!!). The two stare hungrily at each other for several seconds until he roughly kisses her, then carries her to the bed before staring hungrily at her again while slowly unbuttoning his shirt. Yowza!
Blake tells Adam he's grateful for his hard work lately, but isn't thrilled about his cozy togetherness with Claudia. He reminds Adam that up until recently she was Steven's wife-beard, and Adam just kind of brushes off his new relationship and assures him he'd never do anything to hurt Steven or Claudia.
Sammy Jo is having a private brunch with Rock. She tells him she never would have married Steven if she'd known he was gay, then adds that she misses her baby every now and again. She says she once tried to sue for custody, but gave up 'cause of how hard it is to fight the Carringtons in court. She then guzzles an entire glass of champagne, and Rock looks amused by her lack of awareness of how expensive what she just drank was.
Jeff tells Lady Ashley he's absolutely sure he wrote the correct date on the Fred Oates cable, but Ashley just kind of shrugs and tells him that everyone makes mistakes. She pulls out a photo and explains that she was hired as the official photographer for a recent concert in Los Angeles, but arrived late and was only able to photograph the crowd. Jeff studies the photo, pales, and goes, "Oh my God.." and says it looks like one of the concertgoers is Fallon.
Rock is on the phone with his lawyer, arranging for him to bring him legal papers to sign before he leaves the country. When Krystle enters his hotel room as he finishes the call, he tells her he's off to his latest rescue mission and that she'll have to fly back to Denver without him. He asks her to please take care of Sammy Jo in the event that something happens to him, but Krystle's like, "Noooo!" and explains just how much Sammy Jo despises and resents her. Rock says to get over it and firmly reminds her that Sammy Jo is his only daughter and also her family...and Krystle mulls that over for a few seconds and agrees before moaning, "God help me."
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Recap: As smoke billows from the plane wreckage, Blake crawls around on the ground nearby. He finds Rock Hudson and the pilot barely conscious, urgently warns them that he smells gasoline, then drags each man to a safe distance from the crumpled fuselage. A few seconds later, the wreckage catches fire, which results in a ridiculously massive explosion.
At La Mirage, Adam canoodles Claudia and tells her he's on the cusp of plotting to take over the Denver Carrington empire. When Claudia points out that the company is big enough to share with all of Blake's beneficiaries, he breathily retorts in the creepy way he often talks, "I want it all.." and ignores the ringing phone.
Krystle breaks the news to the Carrington clan that the plane Blake and Rock Hudson were on went down in the Rockies, and adds that she can't fathom why the two men would be on the same private plane. Jeff and Steven leap into action and announce that they're off to Mountain Patrol Headquarters to join the search, while Amanda moans about possibly losing her father so soon after being cast on Dynasty.
Blake squints up at the darkening sky and tells the pilot and Rock (who's since passed out) that a storm is brewing and that he's going to scout around for some shelter.
Alexis urges Prince Michael to repair his fractured relationship with Amanda, who she insists is in love with him...then reminds him of the oil deal she made with King Galen in exchange for him marrying Amanda. She firmly says, "A lot is at stake here", and Prince Michael gets irked at that and tells her that no one buys him unless he chooses to be bought, and that he's pretty sure a lot of other countries would be interested in investing in Moldavia and make deals that don't entail him being forced to marry a nitwit. He announces that it's probably best he stay at La Mirage from now on, curtly thanks her for her hospitality, and goes downstairs to his suite to pack. A few seconds later, Dex enters the room and gets a call from Charles, informing him about the plane crash. When he relays the news to Alexis, she tears up and poutishly moans, "Oh Blake, nooooo.." while Dex stares at her in crestfallen dismay.
Blake staggers back to the crash site just as Rock regains consciousness. He tells Rock he found a shack nearby, and Rock tells him the pilot was awake but passed out again, and that he likely fractured his leg in the crash.
Jeff and Steven arrive at Mountain Patrol Headquarters. The patrolman in charge informs them that the search and rescue effort has been put on hold 'cause of the incoming bad weather - but Jeff's like, "Damn it! Blake Carrington is out there!" and that he refuses to take no for an answer in getting access to a helicopter and an accompanying licensed pilot. When Steven insists on coming along, Jeff lures him to a closet, then knocks him unconscious with a [well deserved] punch in the face to forcibly keep him out of harm's way.
Over at the La Mirage, Lady Ashley is photographing Dominique, who's whining about how much she misses Billy Dee Williams. A few seconds later, Krystle calls to inform Dominique about the plane crash...and she, in turn, relays the news to Ashley. When Ashley tears up, Dominique asks her whassup between her and Blake...so Ashley confesses her raison d'être for being on Dynasty: after hearing about Blake's awesomeness for years, she finally met him and was instantly impressed by how "dynamic, successful, and attractive" he was, and after her rich husband died decided 'why not go to Denver and make a move on the old goat?' in spite of his marital status. When she wistfully admits that it doesn't look like Blake is dumping Krystle anytime soon, Dominique shoots her the stink-eye, then sternly tells her she won't stand by idly and watch her destroy that blissful marriage.
Jeff and a licensed pilot named Hank are flying above the mountains in a helicopter, searching for any sign of the crashed plane. When Hank expresses doubt that they'll be able to find anything in the dark of night, Jeff says he's sure that Blake is alive and that he's so damn resourceful he'll figure out a way to signal them to his location.
Inside the shack, Blake shoves wood into a small stove for added warmth. A weak looking Rock says he'd rather not die just yet 'cause he has unfinished business...and when Blake snarks, "Does that unfinished business include my wife?", Rock's like, "Yep" and says he still plans to do everything he can to steal her away. LOL.
Krystle is staring pensively at a photo of Blake when Adam bursts into the mansion. He sheepishly apologizes for not being present when the Blake is missing news was first delivered, and is visibly miffed that Jeff (and not he) sprung into action so quickly by racing over to Mountain Patrol Headquarters to launch a daring search and rescue operation.
During a fireside chat at the penthouse, Amanda tells Alexis she's worried about Blake's fate - but Alexis assures her that Blake is nowhere near ready to die yet. She recounts a story about how he once rescued Joseph Anders from a house fire and was hailed by everyone as a hero...and Amanda remarks on how much she must have loved him once, then asks what ultimately ruined their marriage. Alexis glosses over her infidelity with Roger Grimes by breezily replying, "Life", then counsels Amanda on how to gauge whether or not you love a man, e.g. do you admire him? feel happy/miserable in his presence? feel the need to cheat on him in his own marital bed? Amanda mulls that over for a few seconds, then grins and says that this advice could be just the thing to give her the nudge she needs to reevaluate her relationship with Prince Dork.
Dex arrives at Mountain Patrol Headquarters and radios Jeff to ask him if he found anything. Jeff says no, but that he and Hank are determined to carry on with the search. Hank stares over at him with alarm and is like, "Uh, actually, we need to head back to headquarters before we run out of gas" - just as Jeff spots a distress signal on the ground below and orders Hank to land the chopper.
Jeff storms into the shack and is relieved to find Blake, Rock, and the pilot alive and doing as well as can be expected after surviving a plane crash in the mountains.
Dex informs Alexis that Blake was found near the crash site, and has since been checked in and released from the hospital. He then accuses her of still being in love with her ex-husband - but she shakes her head dramatically from side to side and says she only cares for him as someone who's the father of her children. She assures Dex that he's the man she's truly into...and when he moans, "I want to believe you", she urgently plants a giant smooch on his lips.
Blake returns to the mansion with Jeff and Steven, and Krystle gives him a tearful hug and natters on and on about how relieved she is that he's OK. He asks her if she's moved back home yet...and when she admits that she's still living at the La Mirage, he pissily tells her he'll order one of his manservants to drive her back to the hotel. He adds that Rock Hudson is OK in case she was wondering, then shoots her a hateful glare before ambling up the staircase.
Krystle makes a beeline over to Delta Rho to tell Rock how happy she is that he survived the plane crash. Rock asks her who she worried about more when she heard the news, and she stares at the floor and mumbles that Blake will always be her top priority. Rock tells her that Blake saved his life and that he owes him a lot [even though the dumbass was largely responsible for the crash in the first place] ... and informs her that since it's clear they'll never be a couple, he'll be leaving Denver soon to embark on another dangerous military style rescue mission.
At Carrington manor, Amanda squeals happily at the sight of Blake. He asks her whassup with her and Prince Michael, then adds that he's secretly glad the engagement is off. Amanda poutishly says she didn't like being jilted and is currently feeling very confused and mixed up. Alexis sweeps into the room with a lavish flower bouquet, asks Amanda to run along and find a vase so she can speak to Blake privately, then asks Blake to pleeeeease tell Prince Michael that he made a grave mistake when he cancelled the engagement. Blake argues that he doesn't much like the idea of his daughter marrying the royal dickwad, and accuses her of selling Amanda as part of a business deal. Alexis barks back that she merely bought Amanda a chance at happiness, then snarks about how tired she is of his holier-than-thou 'tude. Krystle suddenly rushes into the room, grabs Alexis by the arm, and forcibly ushers her toward the vestibule. She snarks at her to get the hell out before she's thrown out...and when Gerard appears carrying the flower bouquet now prettily arranged in a vase, Krystle grabs the flowers and throws them at Alexis in a needless fit of rage.
Krystle tells Blake they need to decide, for once and for all, whether or not their shitty marriage is worth saving. When she says she votes for save, he nods and says he definitely likes the sound of that. She makes it clear she's only ever thought of Rock as a platonic friend and that she made her decision to stand by him (Blake), regardless of how vile and grotesque an ogre he repeatedly transforms into. Blake applauds himself for giving her the freedom to make her choice, says he couldn't bear to live his life without her, and gives her a blechy smooch.
When Dex finds Amanda loitering in the penthouse, he makes it clear that while he cares for her, he's deeply in love with Alexis. Amanda concurs with that sentiment and says that her feelings for him have only ever included hurt, desire, and anger...whereas whenever she spends time with Prince Dork, she's generally happy and fulfilled. (That sounds like a rewriting of history, but OK.) Dex nods approvingly and urges her to marry the prince, and she gives him a thank you hug - just as Alexis steps off the elevator. Amanda hastily explains that she was just thanking Dex, and Alexis shoots her the stink-eye and snaps, "For what?" before storming upstairs.
Amanda arrives at La Mirage - just as Prince Michael is about to enter his limo. After bickering back and forth about what she describes as his ill treatment of her, Amanda tells him she's suddenly made a discovery about them...and by discovery, she means she's convinced herself she loves him. Prince Michael perks up at that and gives her an intense smooch.
Krystle returns to Delta Rho to tell Rock she didn't finish telling him what she was going to tell him and figured 'why not dramatically reveal this news closer to the end credits?' She informs him that after he dumped Iris and left Dayton, Iris discovered she was pregnant...and nine months later gave birth to a baby skanklet she named Sammy Jo. Rock stares at Krystle incredulously and is all, "Wha-a-a-a-a?"
Adam skulks around the mansion and overhears Blake thank Jeff for risking his life in the search and rescue mission...and then Jeff wanks Blake by gushing about how much he's always admired and respected him and looked up to him as a father. Blake re-invokes his weird idea about formally adopting Jeff, then says he plans to rewrite his will to include him as an heir...and by heir, he means he wants Jeff to inherit control of Denver Carrington. Adam looks aghast at that pronouncement, then rushes back to his bedroom muttering, "You won't do this to me! I'm your eldest son! Denver Carrington is mine!" He stares at his angry reflection in the mirror before picking up a framed photo of Blake and smashing it atop his dresser.
Recap: Blake is at the La Mirage, cuddling Kristina, when Krystle returns to her suite and is all, "Wha-at are you doing here?" After Nanny Martha swoops in to take Kristina for her morning bath, Blake tells Krystle he purposely stayed away for several days to give her time to ponder their shittastic marriage - but says it's time for her to come home now. Krystle says she wants him to really really understand why she left - namely, the complete lack of trust between them - and he gets all pissy-defensive and continues to insist that his flirtation with Lady Ashley is casual and innocent. Krystle says that the contrived coziness between her and Rock Hudson is just as casual and innocent - but Blake dickishly refuses to believe that, however is willing to forgive her slutty behavior if she meekly agrees to come home and resume her life as his pliable trophy wife. A dismayed Krystle says she neeeeeeds him to trust and believe her...and when Blake just stares stubbornly at the floor, she wearily tells him he should go now.
Alexis summons Luke to ColbyCo to urge him to return to his job 'cause 1) he's very efficient at PR, and 2) Steven's happiness is super important to her. Luke shifts uneasily and declines the offer before quickly adding that he hopes this doesn't make him her enemy - 'cause who the hell needs that shit?
Steven and Luke are dining at a swanky restaurant, discussing Luke's polite rejection of Alexis' offer to reinstate him at ColbyCo. A few seconds later, Adam and Claudia enter the restaurant and spot the two...and Claudia gets upset and wants to leave. Adam urges her to let go of the past and is all, "Why don't you get divvvvvvvvvorced already?"
At the hospital, Dominique nonsensically grumbles to Lady Ashley about her imminent release from the hospital. Ashley says it's normal to be depressed after an operation - but is keeping her fingers crossed she'll soon get out of the bitchy funk she's descended into and get back to her normal, boring-as-fuck self. As Ashley exits the hospital, she runs into Blake and flirtily tells him he's just the medicine Dominique needs and suggests they have lunch this afternoon. Blake awkwardly says he's too busy for lunch today...and when Ashley says she hopes she's not the cause of his recent separation with Krystle [you are, idiot], he mumbles that he and Krystle will find a way to work out their problems on their own.
Alexis tells Amanda that the sample bridesmaids' dresses that whoever (?) sent over are far too fugly for a royal wedding. Amanda snaps at her to stop fussing, then wistfully says she soooo wishes she could call off the wedding on account of she's not passionately in love with Prince Dork. Alexis admonishes her for wanting to throw away "a brilliant marriage" for a man [aka stepfather] she can never have. When Amanda plays dumb about her lust for Dex, Alexis urges her to focus her desires on Prince Michael, who seems dumb enough to be willing to marry her just so his father can reap the rewards of a profitable oil deal.
Dex drops by Krystle's suite to inform her that Rock Hudson has been captured by a group of bad guys in Paraguay and is currently locked up in a prison camp. Krystle's all, "Wha-a-a-a?" and scrunches her face pensive-concernedly.
In Paraguay, Rock Hudson is dragged into a crude prison cell by three men in military uniforms. As he's being chained to the wall, one of the men barks, "There will be no trial! You will be shot! Comprende?" and a weary looking Rock's all, "Aye yai yai.."
Claudia drops by Carrington manor to tell Steven that she's jetting to Mexico to get herself a quickie divorce. Steven's like, "Nooooo.." and urges her to drag this out more so they can continue to endlessly ponder "what's happened here" and what they mean to each other. Claudia argues that it's unhealthy to continue brooding and suffering in a non-salvageable marriage and wants to end it with the tiny scrap of dignity she has left. Steven bobs his head in reluctant agreement, assures her she can see Danny any time she wants, and expresses sorrow that the marriage didn't work out. Blake enters the room just as Claudia leaves...and when he learns she's filing for divorce, he snarkishly asks Steven why in blazes he didn't stop her. When Steven says that this is between him and Claudia, Blake snidely asks what will be left of the Carrington clan if they split up. Steven replies, "Me and Luke" and reminds his father about his promise to support his reemerged gay lifestyle. When Blake glares pissily into space, Steven asks him if he's already changed his mind 'bout that, and Blake softens his glare and grudgingly says he won't break his half-hearted promise to stand by him.
Over at the penthouse, Dex and Charles are poring over a map, strategizing about their plan to rescue Rock Hudson from Paraguay. When Alexis arrives home, Charles folds up the map and abruptly leaves...and when Alexis asks Dex whassup, he declines to respond. She says his plans always seem like dangerous missions and demands that he call off whatever he's about to do...and Dex gazes at her lovingly and says her snappish tone about his safety is making him feel kinda warm and fuzzy. She insists that she doesn't want to lose him, then gives him a big smooch as an incentive to keep from going off on another mission - but after a second smooch, Dex pushes her away and says he has to go upstairs and pack for Operation Rescue Rock Hudson.
Blake asks Prince Michael why he should approve of a marriage to Amanda, so Michael declares his undying love for his daughter and says he's pretty sure she loves him too...even though she may not realize it yet. Blake points out that Amanda would be marrying a near stranger and living in a not yet politically stable country...and that he wants to be sure that the marriage is based on love, and not for a for-profit reason. Michael assures Blake that he really truly absolutely does love Amanda and will do everything within his power to make her happy.
Steven is over at Luke's, eating dinner and moping over Claudia's divorce plans. When Luke says that Claudia is doing what she feels is best, Steven snaps, "Is she?" ... and Luke stares dully into space and wonders why he's staying hooked up with the world's most depressing wet blanket. Or maybe that was me, projecting.
Claudia is in her Mexican hotel room, crying in her pillow over the divorce, when Adam unexpectedly arrives. She looks relieved to see him, cries, "I needed you!", and orders him to doink her. The next morning, the two lay in bed and enjoy some post-coital afterglow...and Claudia marvels about how awesome he is in the sack.
In Paraguay, the bad guys are taunting Rock Hudson and torturing him by grabbing at his wounded leg. Suddenly, Dex, Charles, and a third guy disguised as soldiers rush into the cell, knock out the bad guys, and rescue Rock amid a brief shootout.
Dominique returns to her La Mirage suite after being released from the hospital and snarks at Blake and Lady Ashley about being controlled by "well meaning people". Blake tells Lady Ashley that Dominique is just tired, then thanks her for being so helpful to his sister. He clasps her hands gratefully - just as Krystle appears in the doorway clutching a get well soon gift for Dominique. She looks aghast at the sight of Blake and Lady Ashley holding hands, mutters, "I'll come back later", and storms off.
Prince Michael gives Amanda a lovely necklace, ring, and earrings that once belonged to his mother. He schmaltzily tells her she's far more gorgeous than the jewels, and that with her smile she'll conquer Moldavia - just as she has him. When he tries to kiss her, she poutishly declares that she hasn't been conquered and that sex is not part of their arrangement. A bummed Prince Michael calls her "cold as ice" before stalking out of the room...and Amanda gazes admiringly at her bejeweled reflection in the mirror.
During dinner at the penthouse, Prince Michael apologizes to Alexis for being in such a glum mood after learning of Amanda's no sex ever policy. Alexis assures her future son-in-law that Amanda will eventually come around...and Prince Michael says that even though he's not used to waiting around for other people to decide stuff, he won't give up on his frigid fiancee.
Jeff and Lady Ashley return to her La Mirage suite after a night out. As he glances at the many photographs she has of Blake strewn around the room, she gushingly calls Blake "a wonderful subject". Jeff muses about how she seems to like focusing on older men 'cause they have character, depth, and experience...then half-jokingly asks if younger men stand a chance with her, and gives her an intense, yet chemistry-free smooch.
The next morning, Rock visits Krystle at her La Mirage suite, and she hugs him and tells him how relieved she is that he's alive. He says he was terrified he'd die without ever seeing her again, and assumed that from now on they'd be a couple. Krystle's like, "Um, not" and breaks the news that, despite her temporary living arrangement at the La Mirage, she's still devoted to and in love with goat daddy. Rock's all, "Wha-a-a-a?" and says he can't bring himself to believe that, and says he'll wait around patiently until she changes her mind.
Dominique is playing piano in her suite while coughing pitifully. Lady Ashley drops by to remind her that they have plans to go to Carrington manor for dinner...and when Dominique grumpishly says she's not in the mood, Lady Ashley orders her to get in the mood 'cause Blake is expecting them.
Jeff counsels Steven about his failed marriage and urges him to not turn his back on Claudia. He then trash-talks Adam, particularly the way he moves in on other men's wives, e.g. Kirby, and now Claudia. Steven pissily says he begged Claudia not to hook up with Adam - but since his words fell on deaf ears, she can marry the psycho fuckwit for all he cares.
"Dinner" at the mansion turns out to be a big welcome home from surgery party for Dominique, and she's thrilled by the surprise and thanks everyone for coming. Steven encounters Adam and Claudia, who tells him they're officially divorced. Steven bitchily asks Adam what his role in all this is, accuses him of strong-arming Claudia into filing for divorce, then storms off before Adam has a chance to retort.
Prince Michael attempts to get canoodly with Amanda, who shoots him the stink-eye and snarkishly tells him to get his fucking hands off of her. Prince Michael sighs wearily, tells her he's had enough of her bitchitude, and loudly declares that he's breaking their engagement. As the party guests titter and stare, he stomps off while Amanda rushes out of the room in tears. When Blake starts to run out after her, Krystle urges him to leave her alone, then informs him that Rock Hudson is back in town...and that she knows this 'cause he stopped by her La Mirage suite to let her know he's OK. Blake gets enraged at the thought of Rock pursuing her so brazenly and decides he's going to need to give the cheeky interloper the what for.
The next morning, Blake phones Rock and demands they talk, but Rock says he can't 'cause he's about to leave for the airport to fly to Portland, then hangs up on him. Blake looks incensed, then rushes out of the mansion.
At the airport, Rock boards his private plane and is surprised to find Blake aboard, waiting for him. Blake growls about wanting to settle things once and for all, and calls him out on trying to break up his marriage. The pilot interrupts to inform the two that he needs to take off right now, otherwise they'll be grounded for several hours due to an impending storm - and Rock tells him to take off now.
While airborne, Blake continues to rail at Rock for trying to lure Krystle away from him, so Rock asks him if Krystle is really truly absolutely happy in her marriage, or if he's afraid she'll see him for the dickish ogre he really is. (I'm pretty sure that ship sailed quite some time ago.) Blake insists that Krystle will never leave him, mostly 'cause he refuses to ever let her go, and Rock replies, "It's settled. I'm taking her." Blake bellows, "Like hell! My wife isn't up for grabs!" and steps aside while his stunt double lunges at Rock's stunt double and gets into some weird looking huggy-type wrestling moves. After bouncing around the seating area, the two idiots hurl themselves toward the cockpit (that's just separated by a flimsy curtain!) and accidentally knock out the pilot, whose lifeless body slams against the controls. Rock stares in horror at the dashboard and does his best to prevent the plane from taking an immediate nose-dive...and Blake props up the pilot against the seat so he doesn't flop forward onto the controls again. As the plane lowers into a mountainous area, Rock informs Blake [via a weirdly calm sounding voice-over] that he's going to do his best to keep the plane straightened out while he looks for a suitable place to land. A few seconds later, he coolly says, "Brace yourself" as the plane makes a scary looking descent.
Recap: This episode picks up at the awkward moment where the previous episode left off. Alexis tells Dex he looks still looks pale and weak, then sarcastically thanks Amanda for taking such good care of her husband. She motions at Prince Michael, who's standing behind her, and explains that he traveled with her to America to get some business done and enjoy all that Denver has to offer...and Amanda rolls her eyes disinterestedly and announces that she's leaving. Prince Michael urges her to stay and have dinner with him and Alexis - but she tells him she has plans for the evening, then beats a hasty retreat. Alexis orders her manservant Lin to show Prince Michael to his guest suite...and once he's out of hearing range, Dex asks Alexis why in blazes she brought the prince to Denver, since it's pretty obvious that Amanda has zero interest in him. Alexis glares at him poutishly for a few seconds, then dismissively tells him to go to bed and rest his weakened body.
The next morning, Amanda is breakfasting with Blake and Krystle, who's gabbling excitedly about an Arabian horse she's had her eye on that's just come up for auction in Albuquerque. When she tries to get Blake interested in her horse passion, he just stares back at her blankly before grunting something unintelligible. Amanda gets a phone call from Prince Michael, who invites her to dine with him this evening so he can apologize for hooking up with her in Acapulco while engaged to a duchess, and she agrees to meet up with him at 7pm. After she rushes off to her art class, Blake grumbles to Krystle that he doesn't approve of Prince Michael 'cause he thinks he's too sophisticated for his angel-faced, babe in the woods daughter...and Krystle nods in pensive agreement as she sorts through the mail. When she notices a yellow envelop with her name on it and no return address, she sighs wearily, throws it into the fireplace without opening it, and urges Blake to do the same if he happens to receive any more of them. She then informs him that she'll be in Albuquerque on Thursday night to attend the horse auction...and when he snarkishly asks her if her business partner will be accompanying her, she says he's currently out of town [languishing in a crude prison in Paraguay, waiting patiently for Dex et. al. to rescue him].
Over at the Delta Rho, Charles and Dex are discussing Rock Hudson's predicament. Dex hangs his head shamefully about leaving Rock stranded in South America, while Charles assures him that, according to recent sightings, he's still alive. Krystle appears in the doorway in time to overhear that last part, gasps in alarm, and asks if something has happened to Rock. Dex decides to come clean and reveals to her that he, Rock, and a small team of former military operatives have been working underground for years to rescue hapless Americans who find themselves held captive in third world countries. Their most recent rescue mission involved smuggling an American man across the border - Brazil? Bolivia? Argentina? - and Rock stayed behind to "clean up the mess". Dex assures Krystle that he's OK (fingers crossed, anyway), then adds that Rock is always gabbling to the guys about how much he digs her. Krystle thanks him for telling her the truth and asks him to please keep her in the loop.
At La Mirage, Claudia runs into Dean Caldwell, who points out that since she's now separated from Steven, they can start to date openly. Claudia's like, "Meh.." and says that while he's sweet and kind, she has no room in her life for him...and he shrugs amiably and urges her to give him a call if she ever reconsiders. Claudia heads over to her office, where Adam is broodily staring into space. He urges Claudia to call it quits with Steven by getting a quickie Mexican divorce, but she tells him she can't quite bring herself to take that final step.
Amanda and Prince Michael are enjoying after dinner drinks at Carrington manor. He tells her he called off his engagement to the duchess, then formally proposes. Amanda's all, "Ack!" and calls his proposal "a bit sudden", then asks if Alexis' recent trip to Moldavia has anything anything to do with him and the duchess breaking up. Prince Michael admits that Alexis and his father spoke about them getting married and calls their parents' involvement a blessing - but Amanda argues that this feels more like a business arrangement and that she has no real interest in marrying him. Prince Michael schmaltzily tells her he's loved her since the first moment he saw her - but she reacts all angry-bitchy and snappishly orders him to get the hell out of her sight.
When Steven tells Blake he doesn't believe that he could ever approve of his newly reemerged gay lifestyle, Blake unconvincingly argues he does approve, then urges him to invite Luke to tonight's black tie dinner at Carrington manor. Steven mulls that over and decides 'sure, why the hell not?'
Over at ColbyCo, Amanda tells Alexis that Prince Michael proposed to her, then snappishly asks her what she (Alexis) is getting out of the deal. Alexis avoids answering by urging her to look at marriage with Prince Michael as a rare opportunity to live the life of her dreams as a princess. When Amanda points out that she hardly knows the royal dork, Alexis is like, "He's smart, kind, and a prince. What more is there to know?", then quickly excuses herself to head off to a meeting. Amanda makes a beeline over to the phone to call Dex and poutishly tell him she has an emergency she needs to discuss with him asap. The two agree to covertly meet in front of some downtown building at 11pm.
Lady Ashley drops by Blake's office to express her concern about Dominique's depression and lack of will to recuperate from her heart surgery. Apparently, she's been spending her days wistfully listening to audio tapes of herself singing...as if she lost the use of her vocal cords instead of undergoing surgery to repair a bum heart valve. Ashley says that Dominique probably just needs "a push to land on her feet" and suggests to Blake that they come up with an action plan over dinner...and Blake says that Thursday would be a good night for them to do that 'cause Krystle will be in Albuquerque, attending a horse auction.
At the black tie mansion dinner, Blake seats Luke next to him so they can engage in some tense chit-chat. Luke gamely tells him a little about himself, namely that he went to Yale and spent his years there in earnest study. Amanda, who's devoid of gaydar and/or didn't receive the memo that Luke was expressly invited to dinner 'cause he's Steven's new boyfriend, asks if he had any fun at Yale...and by fun, she means did he date women? Luke awkwardly tells her that he did date women, and eventually got engaged and married before surprising no one when he finally decided to come out of the closet. He then puts his cards on the table and says he gets that he's not a typical dinner guest, but nevertheless is honored to be welcome at Carrington manor. He thanks Blake and Krystle for their graciousness, and Blake says that any friend of Steven's is welcome in his home...except for poor Ted Dinard, who got manslaughtered by Blake in Season 1 after committing the crime of platonically hugging Steven.
Later, while playing pool in the game room, Adam "lets it slip" to Blake that Claudia hooked up with Dean Caldwell, an indiscretion that maybe, possibly, likely led to the disintegration of her marriage to Steven. Blake's all, "Wha-a-a-a?" and scrunches his wrinkly face into an angry, perplexed expression.
At 11pm, Amanda climbs into the back of Dex's limo to report her "emergency": Prince Michael proposed to her, mostly 'cause Alexis and King Galen told him to. Dex stares back at her blankly and is all, "And you're telling me this because..?" then asks her if she wants to marry the prince. Amanda says it'd be weird to marry one man while hopelessly smitten with another, so Dex makes it clear that despite them hitting the sheets that one blechy time, he's extremely devoted to Alexis and has no desire to end their toxic marital union. He urges her to accept Prince Michael's proposal, and Amanda retorts by growling, "I hate you! I'll show youuuuuu!" before angrily exiting the car.
Steven thanks Krystle for being so nice to Luke at dinner last night, and she says it wasn't hard 'cause of how bright and charming he is. She then changes the subject to Sammy Jo, and how she hopes to have the opportunity to tell Rock Hudson that he unwittingly fathered the skanklet while he was hitting the sheets with her sister, Iris.
Over at the penthouse, Alexis demands that Dex tell her who he was with last night (for those five unaccounted for minutes), and he admits that he met with Amanda after she asked him for advice about whether or not she should marry Prince Michael. When Alexis snarkishly asks him what advice he gave, he says he strongly urged Amanda to marry the prince...then gets all weirdly sanctimonious as he chides Alexis for selling her own daughter.
Prince Michael thanks Dex for letting him stay at the penthouse while he's in the U.S., and Dex says he's welcome to stay as long as it takes to accomplish his goal. He adds that Amanda is young and vulnerable and that he doesn't want to see her hurt, so Michael assures him that he loves her very much and has no intention of hurting her - even though it's plainly obvious that he (Dex) is the man she's hot for.
During a meeting at Denver Carrington, Claudia tells Blake she's happy to hear that he's made peace with Steven's recently reemerged gayness, and that she's inching closer to fully accepting the reality that her wife-beard marriage arrangement is officially over. Blake asks her if it's true that she extramaritally doinked a man named Dean Caldwell, and Claudia admits that, yep, she definitely did. When Blake wonders aloud if her affair pushed Steven into the arms of Luke, she points out how ridiculous it is to suggest that her infidelity re-reverted Steven into a gay man. She says it's obvious that Steven has consciously made a choice to come out of the closet, and that no amount of disapproving glares from Blake is going to change his sexual orientation.
Amanda asks Prince Michael if he'd be willing to marry her on any terms...and by any terms, she means she's OK with having a picture book marriage, as long as it's in name only. Prince Michael says that since he's so eager to seal the deal that Alexis and King Galen plotted behind everyone's back, he'd be more than willing to debase himself by abiding by any terms she sets.
Lady Ashley stops by the tennis courts at La Mirage to watch Jeff and Blake play, and coquettishly tells them she'll buy the winner a drink. A few seconds later, Krystle appears at the courts from several feet away...and when she spots Lady Ashley flirtily observing the match, she scrunches her face with pensive concern.
Blake tells Amanda he's kinda bummed that after spending so much of their lives apart, she's about to leave for a foreign land and become Mrs. Royal Dork. He asks her if she loves her fiance, and she non-answers with: "He's a prince. I'd be insane not to." Blake correctly assumes that Alexis is behind the enforced betrothal and promptly heads over to ColbyCo to give her the what for. Alexis admits that, yep, she encouraged the relationship, but has deluded herself into believing that Amanda has agreed to marry Prince Michael 'cause she's so deeply in love. When Blake asks her what her ulterior motive is, she haughtily deflects by accusing him of forcing their (grown) children to live under his control. Blake retorts that he wants to make up for the fact that they have a schemer for a mother, then segue ways into Steven's recent decision to abandon his wife for a gay lover. Alexis pales and is all, "Wha-a-a-at are you talking about?!" as Blake rails about how he's going to make damn sure that Amanda doesn't get manipulated into throwing her life away by marrying into Moldavian royalty.
Alexis makes a beeline over to Steven's office to complain about how humiliated she was just now when Blake told her about all the problems going on in his personal life. She asks him if it's really true that his marriage is over 'cause he's dating a man...and Steven's like, "Um, d'yuh" and tells her that young, sensitive Luke understands him in a way that Claudia (or anyone else, for that matter) can never hope to. Alexis stares despondently into space for a few seconds, then breathily tells Steven he's always been special to her, briefly reminisces about the day he was born, then promises to always be there for him.
In New York City, Morgan Hess is talking to - hurray! - Sammy Jo about all the compromising photos of Blake/Lady Ashley and Krystle/Rock Hudson they've hired various people to take and then mail anonymously. A dismayed Sammy Jo complains that the suggestion of infidelity hasn't done a thing to destroy Blake's/Krystle's marriage, and doubts that anything can split those two up. Across the restaurant, a brunette huffily walks away from a man at the bar...and by a brunette, I mean Linda Evans donning an unflattering brown wig. Sammy Jo gets a good look at her and is visibly startled by her "strong resemblance" to Krystle, then seems intrigued as she tells Morgan that the woman who walked past them just now is a dead ringer for her aunt.
Over dinner at La Mirage, Lady Ashley tells Blake she hopes they can come up with something that will inspire Dominique to smile again and help her get back to being her cheery, if inherently snooty self. Blake shoots her an affectionate smile and gushes about what a caring she is, then says it's no wonder Jeff finds her so attractive. She grins at him as she saucily asks, "What about you?" and he blushes while staring back at her mutely.
When Blake returns home, he's surprised to find Krystle sitting in the study. She tells him she never made it to Albuquerque 'cause the Arabian she wanted to buy was abruptly withdrawn from the auction, then asks him if he was working late. He tells her he had dinner with Lady Ashley and emphasizes that it was nothing more than a platonic, pleasant evening - but Krystle immediately gets angry and says she's sick and tired of the hypocrisy of him painting her as a wicked wife for innocently smooching Rock Hudson while he's out publicly wining and dining Lady Ashley. She storms upstairs, bundles up Kristina, then announces to Blake that she's taking the baby and moving out of the mansion. Blake's all, "Nooooo!!" and begs her to stay and talk this out - but she reminds him that they've already tried that, then whirls on her heel and flounces out the front door.
Run far and fast, Krystle!
Recap: Dex tells Alexis he really really wants to go home now that he's been languishing in his hospital bed all week...and Alexis shrugs indifferently and informs him she's jetting off to somewhere secret and pretending it's a business trip. When he asks her where she's going, she asks him where he went when he contracted malaria...and he shuts down and says he can't talk about it. Alexis rolls her eyes derisively and mockingly says she's pretty sure his trip had something to do with Rock Hudson and one of their adorable "blood oaths to secrecy", then tells him she too has little secrets of her own. With that, she kisses him goodbye and flounces out of the room.
Amanda arrives at the hospital just as Alexis is about to climb into her limo. Amanda says she just heard that Dex is in the hospital and wants to make sure he's OK - but Alexis fibs that he's not accepting visitors right now 'cause he's fast asleep, then urges her climb into the limo with her and head back to the penthouse.
Blake visits Dominique in her hospital room, where she's listening to an audio tape of herself singing while looking strangely wistful. She tells Blake she's frightened about her health and doesn't know what tomorrow will bring, and Blake assures her that tomorrow will be a great day...and to stop whining so damn much about her health, 'cause the doctors have all agreed that she's going to make a full recovery.
Over an extravagant looking lunch of pigeon and veggies (blech), Amanda calls out Alexis for failing to tell her that Dex was back in Denver and was being hospitalized. Alexis wryly says how touching her concern is - but that it'd be best for everyone if she found a husband of her own to worry about. She then announces that she's about to go somewhere secret for "business", and warns her to not visit Dex in the hospital. Or else.
Jeff arrives at Lady Ashley's suite at La Mirage to smarmily oversee the delivery of five large flower bouquets and then invite her to dinner. When she blushingly accepts, he tells her he'll give her half an hour to get dressed and refresh her ponytail 'do.
Alexis arrives at King Galen's estate in Moldovia, decked out in a fantastic brown suede/fur ensemble, and is given a royal welcome via a red carpet that a manservant rolls out just before she exits her car. She enters the ginormous house, is greeted by Galen, who she promptly curtsies to. He stares at her creepishly while kissing her hand and cooing, "I never thought we'd meet again" ... then keeps her hand clasped in his as he asks her if she ever hoped they would, er, meet again. In lieu of answering, Alexis just stares back at him coquettishly.
Krystle wanders into the study at 6:00am and finds Steven asleep at the desk. When she pokes him awake and asks him whassup with him not going to bed, he just kind of shrugs and sighs mournfully about how some things in his life are currently great, while others are the shits. He tells her that he's newly re-involved himself with Luke, and that Blake is uncharacteristically accepting of the reemergence of his gay lifestyle. Unfortunately, though, he's still hopelessly torn over who he loves more: Luke or Claudia. Krystle tells him she thinks it is possible to love two people at the same time, then suggests they stop talking about the tediousness of his relentless 'am I gay?/straight?/bi?/fickle?' conundrum and sneak into the kitchen and fry up some eggs for breakfast before Mrs. Gunnerson wakes up and takes over the mansion's meal-making for the day.
While wrapping up a meeting at Denver Carrington, Blake tells Jeff how proud of him he is for ending his sham marriage and having more of a positive 'tude. Jeff beams happily and says he's ready to get on with his life and take on new challenges...and by new challenges, he means he's going to do his damnedest to bone Lady Ashley. Blake's all, "Wuh?" and says he had no idea he was into a May-December hookup with the ponytailed aristocrat...and Jeff smiles goofily and says he finds Lady Ashley to be "interesting and very special" and is pretty sure she's smitten with him too. Blake scrunches his wrinkly face with displeasure as he stares contemplatively into space.
After an extravagant dinner inside the royal dining hall, King Galen coyly tells Alexis he remembers a time when she would not have fended off his passion. Alexis breezily reminds him that that's ancient history, and that now she's coming to him as a parent (and potential briber). She asks about Prince Michael's betrothal to the duchess, specifically what he (Galen) has to gain from the union. When Galen just stares cluelessly into space, Alexis proposes that, in exchange for a marriage between Prince Michael and Amanda, she would offer him a percentage of the profits from ColbyCo's South China Sea oil deal. She adds that that kind of cash could help develop his country's economic resources, and Galen silently mulls over the intriguing prospect.
Steven is slumped in a chair at Luke's apartment, staring morosely into space. Luke correctly assumes that he's still moping about his failed marriage to Claudia, and Steven rolls his eyes and gripes that he doesn't want to hear for the umpteenth time how well adjusted he (Luke) is after his epic coming out that followed his divorce. A slightly miffed Luke asks him if he really truly wants to be here with him right now...and when Steven assures him he does, Luke chirps, "Yay! Let's go to bed!" LOL. Steven's like, "Meh.." and makes it clear he'd much prefer to remain slumped in a chair and continue to be the world's biggest downer.
Lady Ashley is photographing Blake as he shoots pool in the mansion's game room. Blake soon tires of being photographed and playfully turns the tables on Ashley when he grabs her camera and begins taking photographs of her. She giggles happily at the flirtiness, then says she can tell that something is on his mind...so Blake confesses that he heard she's being wooed by Jeff, and is worried that the dumbo is going to get himself hurt. Lady Ashley assures him she won't intentionally do anything to hurt Jeff, then reminds him that his former son-in-law is a big boy and can take care of himself. She coyly asks if it's really Jeff's emotional health he's most worried about...and Blake admits that his ego got bruised when he learned that she might be getting cozy with someone else. Ashley perks up at that disturbing revelation and gives him a lip-on-lip kiss, then chuckles about giving into one of her impulses just now.
Over at La Mirage, Adam meets up with his old college buddy - hey it's Russ from The Bionic Woman! When Claudia ambles over to the bar, Russ gives her an appreciative, not-so-subtle once over and tells her he's here to check out the hotel as a prospective venue for a big conference he's hosting. A few seconds later, Steven interrupts the conversation for a brief one-on-one with Claudia to needlessly inform her that he's decided to pursue a full on relationship with Luke. Claudia shrugs and says she used to hope she'd be his first choice of a partner...but now that she couldn't give the tiniest of rat's asses about who he sleeps with, she totally understands, loves him, and wishes him all the best.
In Moldavia, Prince Michael enters the sitting room where Alexis is lounging and getting caught up on her magazine reading. She greets him warmly, then explains that she's here on business, discussing potential oil lease profits with his father. She adds that Amanda sends her regards...and Prince Michael stares dreamily into space at the mention of Amanda and coos about what a lovely English rose she is. Alexis begins to lay it on thick about how much of social butterfly Amanda is being these days - but Prince Michael tells her that underneath it all she's a loving, tender gal who just needs to find the right man. Alexis comes right out and asks him if he could be that man - but Prince Michael looks pained when he says it wouldn't do any good if he were. Alexis implores him to toss the notion of duty aside by dumping the duchess and doing what's right for him.
Claudia meets with Russ to discuss booking his conference at the La Mirage. When he openly propositions her, she makes it clear that their interactions will be strictly business, and that getting her in the sack will not be part of any package deal.
A disgruntled Russ tells Adam he's seriously considering leaving Denver 'cause of how "tough and cold" Claudia is acting towards him - then come right out and says he doesn't take kindly to attractive women turning him down flat. Adam clucks sympathetically and says he figured he'd hit a wall with Claudia and decide to take his business elsewhere, and Russ says he has no qualms about doing that whenever "the cooperation is lacking". [Gross, Russ. I liked you so much better as Oscar's sidekick on The Bionic Woman.]
Lady Ashley is visiting with Dominique in her hospital room, reminiscing about "the good old days". Lady Ashley says she's enjoying her life just as much now...and when Dominique asks her what she really really wants, she smarmily replies - just as Krystle steps into the room in time to overhear her response - that she wants to have fun in Denver and take advantage of whatever opportunities come her way. Krystle contorts her face into a pensively bitchy glare as a smug looking Lady Ashley flounces past her on her way out...then tells Dominique how much it irks her that Lady Ashley is so brazen about wanting to make a move on goat daddy. Dominique urges her to patch things up with Blake asap, 'cause otherwise his eye might start to wander in Lady Ashley's direction and create one dull-as-fuck love triangle for viewers to endure.
Alexis and Galen are enjoying a game of gin when Alexis once again brings up the marriage issue and says it's pretty clear that Prince Michael has agreed to marry the duchess out of a sense of duty, not love. She reminds Galen that his father had rejected her as a prospective royal bride when they hooked up all those years ago...and that she's now blaming that rejection for the two shitty marriages she has under her belt:
Alexis poutishly implores Galen to reconsider condemning his son to a loveless marriage...and Galen mulls that over before cooing about how much he's thought about her over the years, especially what might have been. He says he'd really like it if they got it on tonight, then gives her a smooch while moaning, "I want you" ... and Alexis relaxes in his arms and gets more into the smoochfest.
When Krystle returns home, Gerard hands her another anonymous envelop that arrived in the mail...and inside she finds a photo of Blake and Ashley kissing in the game room. She marches over to the study to demand an explanation from Blake, and he looks bewildered that a compromising photo was taken from inside the mansion - but insists that it was nothing more than a friendly kiss. Krystle tells him she doesn't buy that and that for some time she's been wondering whassup with the two of them always flirting. Blake instantly gets peeved, pulls out the photo of her and Rock Hudson kissing...then holds the two photos side by side and growls, "Is there any comparison?!!" According to his reasoning, the fact that Rock was laying atop her makes that kiss so much worse than the harmless peck on the lips he got from Lady Ashley...and Krystle looks away shamefully as Blake shoves the photos in her face and barks, "Look!!!" What a fucktarded asshole he is.
Alexis tells Galen she needs to head back to Denver now, and he smilingly says that these past few days have made him happier than he's been in a long time. He gives the back of her hand a final kiss as the two bid each other adieu.
Over breakfast, Adam tells Blake that the booking of a big conference that was to be held at the La Mirage fell through, and points out that the hotel won't earn any revenue for the 100+ rooms that Russ was prepared to reserve. Blake's all, "Wuh?" and scrunches his face concernedly.
Blake summons Claudia to his office to ask whassup with the big conference falling through, and she assures him that she did everything she could professionally do to save the deal. Blake's all, "What do you mean professionally?" and Claudia clams up and says she doesn't want to get into Russ's icky sexual harassment. Blake tells her he has confidence in her hotel management skills - but reminds her that she's running the place on behalf of Little Blake...and that if she screws the pooch on the brat's inheritance, he's going to hold her accountable.
Claudia 'fesses up to Adam about how Russ came onto her, and how dickish Blake was to her about the whole thing. Adam smiles with smug satisfaction, says, "I told you so", and gleefully points out that the old goat finally revealed his true self to her. Claudia acknowledges that, yep, he definitely had been right about Blake all this time and feels foolish for not seeing this side of him before now.
Amanda is sitting idly by the penthouse fireplace when a weak looking Dex stumbles off the elevator and staggers toward her. Startled, Amanda asks him what he's doing out of the hospital, and he says he missed the penthouse and was determined to return home to his loving wife. Amanda asks if he's not tired of being bossed around by the shrew, and he's like, "Well d'yuh" and grumbles about how sick he is of all women, then suddenly feels so weakened that he nearly falls over. Amanda rushes over to him, props his arm over her shoulders...and is steering him towards the upper level stairs when Alexis and Prince Michael make an unexpected arrival. As Amanda shoots her mother the stink-eye for bringing the royal dork with her to America, Alexis responds by grinning cheekily and chirping, "Aren't you going to say hello?"
Recap: An ambulance is transporting Dominique to the hospital, with Blake et. al. following closely behind. When it arrives at the ER, Blake barks at the doctors to do everything they can to save his sister...and they're like, "D'yuh. We do that as a matter of course for all incoming ER patients." In the next scene, the doctor informs Blake (and the rest of the Carringtons) that Dominique is in stable condition, and that they suspect she has a heart valve problem. She urges them all to go home until they have something new to report, to which Nicole chirps, "Gladly! I hate hospitals!" LOL. Blake shoots her an irritated stink-eye and says he's not going anywhere, but orders everyone else to go home and get some rest. He then tells the doctor he has no faith in the flunkies employed at this hospital and would like to fly in Dr. Chase, aka the country's top cardiologist so that his sister can get the best care money can buy.
Nicole whines to Jeff about how much she hates the smell of hospitals...then suggests that, as newlyweds, they should head back to the La Mirage and hit the dance floor. Jeff gives her a funny look and says that after witnessing Dominique's collapse, he's not in the mood to go dancing...and she rolls her eyes, bitches about how booooooring it is to wander the halls of Carrington manor every evening, and snaps, "I'm supposed to give up my entire life because someone I don't even know is sick?!" Jeff says he considers Dominique a family member, snaps, "Remember that!" and storms off, leaving Nicole staring after him unhappily.
Claudia calls Krystle to let her know about Dominique's collapse, then tells Adam that Krystle is on her way to the hospital. Adam winces and says that that's guaranteed to make Blake even more cranky than usual and reminds her that he had ordered everyone (but himself) to go home. Claudia says that Blake has every right to boss everyone around as "the head of the family", but Adam snorts derisively and says that Blake thinks of his family members as subjects who should never disobey him...and that one day soon she too will find herself in his cross-hairs and be on the receiving end of his pissy wrath.
Blake is pacing the length of Dominique's hospital room when Krystle tiptoes in and asks how she's doing. Blake says she's stable and that the doctors are looking into whether the reason for her collapse is her heart valve, then tells her to go home 'cause there's nothing she can do here. Krystle points out that there's nothing he can do here either, and that she'd like to stay so that she can be here for him and Dominique. Blake gives her a weak smile and says he's temporarily suspending his annoyance with her for kissing Rock Hudson in order to soak up her compassion.
Over at the penthouse, Alexis calls Dex's father to see if he has any clue where Dex might have disappeared to, but he tells her he has absolutely no idea. Alexis asks Amanda if Dex might have revealed what he was up to when they hung out in Acapulco, and Amanda says he didn't...but that she had things other than Dex on her mind during that vacay. Alexis grabs a box of chocolates and starts chowing down as she asks Amanda if she's done anything about that situation...and by that situation she means her now dormant relationship with Prince Michael. Amanda says there was no relationship and that he's engaged to a duchess - but Alexis waves her hand dismissively and says, "Engagements are made to be broken." Amanda implores her to focus on her own life and bitchily points out that, for starters, she might want to figure out where her husband fled to...then flounces upstairs, leaving Alexis shooting her the stink-eye.
In Paraguay, an infected-with-malaria Dex looks weak and sweaty as he pores over a map and points out the escape route for the detainee they sneaked into the country to rescue. The detainee says he feels bad using Rock Hudson's passport and leaving him behind to "clean up", but Dex insists that that was the plan.
Over at the hospital, Dominique regains consciousness and has another coughing fit...and Blake and Krystle hover over her and coo that everything is going to be fine. The doctor informs Dominique that she's suffering from mitral stenosis, aka heart valve damage, and that surgery is required to fix the problem. Dominique looks stricken and moans about how she wants to die with dignity and has no regrets about her life should it suddenly end in this hospital bed - and the doctor gives her a funny look and says that since she's otherwise in good health, she'll likely be A-OK after the surgery.
Alexis reads about Dominique's collapse in the morning paper and instructs her Asian manservant Lin to order an extravagant bouquet of flowers and have it delivered to Dominique's hospital room. She then gets a call from Bolivia and looks intrigued about the info her contact there was able to dig up about Jeff's and Nicole's wedding.
Steven, Adam, and Jeff are at Denver Carrington, discussing their new partnership regarding the South China Sea oil leases. Steven says that ColbyCo really really wants to hire Dex's drilling company to extract the oil - and Adam snarks that Dex International is going to have to submit a formal bid, just like every other prospective drilling company. When Steven nonsensically accuses Adam of being disloyal to their mother (vis-à-vis not wanting to grease the hand of her husband), Jeff settles the dumb argument by firmly stating that if Dex International meets the bid, they'll do business with them. The meeting breaks up just as Lady Ashley in her stupid little ponytail 'do arrives to photograph Blake some more. Jeff explains that Blake is at the hospital, hovering over Dominique after she collapsed during the previous episode. He then gazes at Ashley all smitten-like and says he'd love to have dinner with her some time...and she flirty agrees - just as Jeff gets a call from Alexis, summoning him to ColbyCo.
Krystle asks Dominique if she wants her to call Billy Dee Williams and let him know she's being hospitalized - but Dominique adamantly refuses and says she doesn't want her soon-to-be ex-husband's pity.
Alexis informs Jeff that his marriage to Nicole isn't legal...and that since he showed up drunk to the ceremony, it was easy for Nicole to pay off an innkeeper and his wife to proclaim them husband and wife before shoving a phony marriage certificate at him and hoping to hell he'd buy the lie and never think to look into the legality of the paperwork. Jeff stares sheepishly into space for a few seconds before lamely saying, "Maybe I wanted to buy it" and explains that when he and Nicole were in Bolivia, he was drunk, tired, and didn't want to be alone anymore. Alexis shoots him a WTF? look and says that clearly Nicole took advantage of his grief over Fallon by conning him into installing her in Carrington manor as his new wife. She asks him what he's going to do about it now that he knows the truth, and he mulls that over and mumbles, "I'll do what I have to do."
When Jeff confronts Nicole about conning him into a faux marriage, she looks suitably contrite and says she only did it 'cause she loves him, and figured the only way he'd ever leap into a marriage was if he was equal parts blitzed out of his mind and gullible about the fake paperwork. Jeff tells her it's prolly not a good idea to build a relationship on lies, and she gets irate at that and reminds him that he had forced her to give up a gold statue that was worth a small fortune. Jeff offers to stroke a check for whatever she thinks the statue is worth, but she just moans sadly about how she's been in love twice in her life...and destroyed it the second time around. She amiably agrees to pack up her fuzzy sweaters and get out of his life forever, and Jeff concurs that that would be the best, even though a small part of him sorta wishes that the faux marriage had worked out.
Luke arrives at the mansion to ask Steven for a recommendation so he can get a job elsewhere, then admits that he's purely using this as an excuse to drop in on him in person. When he confesses to Steven that he can't stop thinking about him, Steven says he's missed him too and that they need to talk somewhere more private...then ushers him out of the sitting room just as - ack! - Blake and Krystle return home. He introduces them to Luke as his "friend" while nervously hoping that the situation won't degenerate into another Ted Dinard/manslaughter situation - but Blake and Krystle just greet Luke politely, then go upstairs to retire for the night.
Dex staggers into the penthouse in his sweaty, weakened state...and Alexis hears the commotion and is all, "Dex..? Is that you?" She rushes downstairs in time to see Dex keel over in the foyer, and when she asks what in blazes is wrong with him, he starts twitching uncontrollably while moaning, "Chills.."
As the nurses prepare Dominique for her surgery, she tells Blake and Krystle that she just had a dream about her funeral, then makes it clear that if she expires on the operating table, she wants the most elegant, over-the-top funeral the world has ever seen. Blake assures her she'll be fine post-surgery, and Krystle pensively concurs and says they'll be waiting for her when the doctors wheel her back in.
In the next scene, we get some superfluous footage of the surgeons, headed by Dr. Chase, hovering over Dominique in their scrubs and startled by the discovery of a pesky tumor that's blocking her heart valve. Egads!
In the waiting room, Krystle tells Blake it's a shame that the person Dominique was closest to - Billy Dee Williams - is being kept away from her at a time when she needs him the most. She says it shouldn't take a health crisis for two people to realize how much they love each other, and Blake concurs - but then urges her to go home and get some rest. Krystle stares mutely into space for a few seconds before quietly exiting the room.
Alexis arrives at the hospital, finds Blake in the waiting room, and inquires about Dominique. He gruffly says she's in surgery, then grumbles about how she made Dominique's life hell with her attempted takeover of her company. Alexis haughtily replies, "At least I didn't kill Rashid Ahmed!" and Blake angrily reminds her that he had nothing to do with the man's death. Alexis sarcastically retorts, "So I read" and flounces off down the hall.
Alexis hovers over a delirious Dex, who starts moaning, "Alexis...Alexis...Amanda..?" LOL. Alexis looks put out by the unwitting moaning of her daughter's name by her husband and barks at the doctor to do something to help him. The doctor shrugs and says that Dex is just having some kind of malaria relapse - but that, finger's crossed, it doesn't look like his life is in danger. Dex moans, "Amanda...forgive me..." as Alexis poutishly glares at him before storming out of the room.
Blake asks the nurse if she can get him an update about how Dominique's surgery is going, but she tells him to chillax and that a surgeon will be out at some point to talk to him. Steven arrives to check in with Blake, who asks him whassup with him inviting Luke to the mansion last night. Steven says that he's pretty sure he still loves Claudia, but is absolutely certain he loves Luke and is tired of fighting his gay tendencies just so he can be the kind of son he (Blake) wants. Blake stares despondently into space for a few seconds, then says that after losing Fallon, he doesn't want to rehash all the tedious 'I hate having a gay son!' bitching from seasons past. He then steps toward Steven and gives him a really awkward looking hug.
Dr. Chase tells his fellow surgeons that all looks well with Dominique, and orders them to close her up while he rushes over to the waiting room to give Blake an update. Suddenly, Dominique's heart rate slows down to the point that she goes into shock, and the nurse pages Dr. Chase to return to the OR, stat!
Adam and Claudia arrive at the hospital to check in on Blake. As Adam ambles off to get some coffee, Blake tells Claudia that he spoke to Steven and knows he's newly hot for Luke. That said, he implores her to not simply abandon her marriage - but Claudia firmly says she's not waiting around for a formerly happily married man who is torn to pieces by his love for another man. Adam returns from his coffee run and overhears that last part, and snarks at Blake that Claudia can't force Steven to be straight. He admonishes Blake for trying to maintain a vision of what he wants everything to be, then hustles Claudia out of the room.
Back at Carrington manor, Jeff tells Krystle he dumped Nicole once he learned that she conned him into a fake marriage. As Krystle stares back at him in pensive shock, he assures her he's OK, and that he was pretty sure the chemistry-free relationship wasn't going to work out anyway. He then looks over at the Fallon portrait, contorts his face into a sad expression, and moans, "When will it stop hurrrrrrting?" Krystle says it'd help if he looked to the future instead of living in the past so damn much.
Lady Ashley drops by the hospital to chat with Blake while flirtily clasping his hands in hers. Krystle stands in the doorway of the waiting room to stare pensively at the cozy moment, then quietly walks off without making her presence known. A few seconds later, Dr. Chase enters the room to tell Blake that Dominique is finally out of surgery and is expected to fully recover.
Lady Ashley heads back to La Mirage, finds Jeff drinking at the bar, and seats herself next to him. When she asks whassup, he glumly tells her his sham marriage is over. She says that drinking won't solve his problems - but rebuffs his flirty proposition to head up to her room, and suggests they have dinner instead.
Dex regains consciousness while a suspicious looking Alexis is - ack! - hovering over him. He tells her he had a dream about her, and she nods and says she heard him calling out her name...then says that being delirious is a little like going to a confessional. When she asks him where he's been for the last two episodes, he murmurs, "It's a long story", then falls back asleep. Alexis shakes her head in dismay before storming out of the room.
Alexis heads back to ColbyCo and calls up King Galen of Moldavia. She reminds him about their romantic history and says that since Prince Michael is handsome and single and Amanda is ravishing and single, why the hell not pressure the two to get married?
Sounds perfectly reasonable.
Recap: Blake is looking over the photographs he anonymously received of Krystle and Rock Hudson smooching when Krystle enters the room (after sleeping in the guest room) and asks if they can talk. He grumbles that they've already tried to talk everything out...and Krystle points out that during the fight they had the night before, so much was said in anger [and off-camera...WTF, writers??]. Blake says he's so angry about her and Rock kissing that he's going to need some time to sort things out, then stomps into the en suite bathroom.
Alexis drops by Dominique's La Mirage suite to ask her if she lost her damn mind when she launched a takeover bid of ColbyCo. Dominique assures her she's of sound mind, and that the only reason she's doing this is 'cause of her attempt to seize control of Deveraux Industries (or whatever her company's called), then gleefully points out that ColbyCo is so vulnerable 'cause of all the available stock that's currently up for grabs. She promises to back off if she (Alexis) agrees to do the same, then defiantly growls, "You won't win this battle." Alexis retorts, "Don't make promises you can't keep" and flounces out of the suite...and Dominique starts coughing uncontrollably before touching her throat and staring worriedly into space about what the coughing fit could mean for the general state of her health.
Claudia is getting dressed after a passionate night with Adam, who has just emerged from the bathroom in nothing but a towel. She tells him that last night was a mistake 'cause technically she's still a married woman - but Adam snorts derisively and reminds her that Steven is a gay man who's in love with another gay man, and that he (Adam) is the only one them who truly cares about her. Claudia mulls that over and agrees that they do need each other - but when they start smooching, she warns against the perils of falling in love and getting hurt. He's like, "Whatever" and strips off her negligee in preparation for another amorous romp.
Blake is in his office, pretending to work while Lady Ashley photographs him. Dominique drops by, warmly greets Lady Ashley as she finishes her photo-ing and departs, and reports to Blake that Alexis somehow got wind of her takeover plans for ColbyCo. She reminisces about all the cat fights she's had in the music industry and how she had to claw her way to the top...then sadly says that Billy Dee Williams was always there to support her. Blake promises to be there for her while she spars with Alexis - but worries that Billy Dee might be persuaded to sell his stock to Alexis, who will then be in a position to "gobble up" her company. Dominique says she highly doubts that Billy Dee would ever turn against her like that, but Blake warns her to find him and be certain 'bout that before Alexis has a chance to sweet talk him into doing otherwise.
Krystle is in the nursery, gazing lovingly at Kristina when she suddenly has a flashback of when a paparazzo shot Blake rubbing suntan lotion on Alexis' shoulders while the two were staying at Ahmed's Italian villa. Jeff tiptoes into the room to ask her how things are going with Blake, so she tells him she hasn't yet shown him the compromising photograph of him and Lady Ashley someone anonymously sent to her. Jeff furrows his caterpillar brows and urges her to continue trying to work things out with goat daddy.
Alexis is in her ColbyCo office, trying to track down Dex, when Krystle storms in unannounced. She says that someone has been sending her photos of Blake canoodling with another woman, reminds her of the suntan lotion stunt she pulled in Italy, and demands to know if she's the culprit in this latest mindfuck. Alexis stares back at her blankly and says she has no idea what she's talking about, but advises her to look at "the person behind the camera" ... and/or whoever has the most to gain by breaking up her and Blake. Krystle mulls that over while staring contemplatively into space.
Dominique receives divorce papers from Billy Dee Williams, to which she responds by calling her flunky JJ and wailing into the phone, "What is he trying to dooooooo to us?! I love him! Find him for me!"
Steven drops by the La Mirage to talk to Claudia and remind her that she had wanted to remain friends post-marriage breakup - but she bitchily tells him that their marriage died when she saw him meet up with Luke for lunch. Steven explains that they only had lunch to officially mark the end of their relationship, but Claudia doesn't buy that and says she hopes he won't be a dick about her continuing to spend time with Danny.
That evening, Claudia phones Adam at the mansion to report how mean Steven was to her earlier and that she hopes she can still be in Danny's life. Jeff ambles into the study and overhears Adam tell Claudia to focus on him (not Steven) and their newly developed lust for each other...and when Adam ends the call, Jeff chides him for coming onto Claudia and snarks, "You're trying to steal what isn't yours." Adam smugly retorts that despite his attempts to worm his way into Blake's favor, he's his actual son and will always be of greater importance to the old man. As he strides out of the room, Jeff grabs him by the arm and warns him not to walk out on him...which Adam reacts to by punching him in the face. Blake, who just happens to hear the scuffle while walking down the hall, rushes into the study and finds the two idiots rolling around on the floor, arms and legs flailing. He orders them to stop the unsightly wrestling and demands to know what's going on. Jeff blames Adam for throwing the first punch...and when Blake glares over at Adam, Adam gets irked at his father for never taking his side. After he storms out of the room, Blake presses Jeff for an explanation as to the source of the argument, but Jeff keeps mum and says he can handle Adam on his own.
Jeff, Nicole, and Little Blake (LB) are over at Alexis' penthouse for lunch. Nicole admonishes LB for repeatedly kicking her under the table...and when LB denies it, she snaps, "Are too!" LOL. Alexis suggests the brat go and play with the new toy she just bought for him...and the kid perks up at the mention of his new toy, deliberately knocks a glass of water onto Nicole's lap as he hops out of his seat, and scampers off to play. Nicole leaps up and shrieks that the "spoiled little brat" obviously did that on purpose...then makes a visible effort to cool down and explain to Alexis that even though she was married once before, she never had children and isn't used to being around them. When Alexis stares at Jeff in puzzlement at her mention of a previous marriage, he explains that Nicole is Eurotrash's widow.
Lady Ashley is in the nursery, taking photographs of Blake holding Kristina. Lady Ashley gushes about how Kristina is "very beautiful" and "real Carrington stock" - just as Krystle enters the room and looks dismayed by the cozy vibe between her and Blake. Blake introduces the two, and Ashley explains that she's doing a quick nursery shoot for her new photo essay book. She then suggests that Krystle, Blake, and the baby pose for her...and as she snaps away, Krystle has an audio flashback of Alexis saying "look at the person behind the camera" and glares at her suspiciously.
Alexis asks Jeff whassup with him marrying the widow of the man who Fallon was jetting off somewhere with when she died, and Jeff shrugs sheepishly and says he was too shit-faced at the time of the wedding ceremony to realize that he was slurring legally binding wedding vows. A dismayed Alexis offers to help him get out of this wretched entanglement, but Jeff insists on staying married to Nicole, mostly 'cause she seems to be extremely devoted to him. Alexis stares at him incredulously and urges him to find a woman who's actually worthy of him, and who can be a caring stepmother to his brat - but Jeff stubbornly insists that he wants to make the best of his dysfunctional marriage. After he storms out of the room, Alexis makes a beeline over to the phone and calls up the U.S. embassy in Bolivia.
Alexis is on the phone with a flunky named Conrad, demanding that he find Billy Dee Williams asap so she can convince him to sell whatever stock he owns in Dominique's company. Blake drops by her office to snipe at her for the hostile takeover attempt of his sister's company. He sternly warns her to stop, then quietly stalks out of the room. That seemed lame and pointless.
Dominique meets up with Blake in his office to worriedly wring her hands about the possibility of losing control of her company. Blake tells her to get in touch with Billy Dee asap, and if necessary beg him to keep hold of his stock. Dominique promises to do her best to track him down [I thought JJ was on the case??], then heads out. After that, Blake receives a call from his PI, Tony Nelson, who reports that despite his best efforts he has no usable info on who's been sending him canoodly photos of Krystle and Rock Hudson.
Over dinner, Alexis reminds Amanda once again what a great catch Prince Michael is, and that when one finds a prince, "one should know what to do with him". Amanda shrugs disinterestedly and says she's not the least bit sorry to no longer be seeing the royal dork, then changes the subject and asks what Dex has been up to lately. Alexis breezily says she has no idea and really couldn't give a shit.
Dex is in rustic sleeping quarters in Paraguay, dreaming that Alexis is accusing him of playing games while Amanda lays naked on a fur rug, poutishly declaring, "I want you, Dex". Dex wakes up screaming - LOL - just as a military flunky rushes into his tent and tells him that Rock Hudson needs to see him right away.
Lady Ashley is in her La Mirage suite and has all of the developed photos she's taken of Blake for her photo essay book strewn about. Krystle drops by unexpectedly and wanders around the suite, staring at the photos and asking her if she uses a special lens to shoot from far away, and if she always using the same mailing envelopes...which, she quietly notes, look exactly like the ones the compromising photos were contained in. Lady Ashley tells Krystle she gets the feeling she came here to accuse her of something...and Krystle says she was but now thinks she was mistaken, then awkwardly beats a hasty retreat.
Dominique gets Billy Dee on the phone as she's enjoying a relaxing bubble bath, and tells him she doesn't want a divorce, but won't stand in the way of him obtaining one. She asks him if Alexis has been in touch regarding his stocks, then has another brief coughing fit. She recovers enough to bitchily demand an answer to her question...then stares angrily into space while the scene fades to black for a commercial break.
Lady Ashley drops by Blake's office to tattle to Blake about Krystle's visit to her hotel suite and all the strange questions about photography she was asking. Blake scrunches his wrinkly face confusedly as Ashley adds that it felt to her as though Krystle were accusing her of trying to do damage to her marriage.
Alexis is watching World News in her office...and when the anchorwoman reports that Billy Dee Williams declined to sell any of his stock to Alexis (not sure how that tidbit would get onto the world news airwaves), Alexis gets so enraged that she throws a giant glass cigarette lighter at the TV set, causing a minor explosion. Dominique enters her office at that exact moment and cries, "Bravo!", and Alexis glares over at her and asks her if she's here to gloat. Dominique's like, "Well d'yuh" and says she's also here to give her fair warning to look over her shoulder every time she makes any kind of business deal.
An irate Blake tells Krystle he's peeved about her going to the La Mirage and accusing Lady Ashley of trying to break up their marriage, so Krystle decides it's the perfect opportunity to finally show him the photo she received of him and Ashley dancing all cozy-like in Acapulco. She points out that clearly someone is trying to tear them apart, then says that he and Kristina are her entire world, which someone [with obviously nothing better to do] wants to destroy. Blake softens and says he wants to prevent that from happening just as much as she does...then reminds her that they're scheduled to attend a celebratory dinner for Dominique at the La Mirage this evening. Krystle says she's tired, has zero interest in keeping up appearances, and would prefer to stay home.
At the La Mirage dinner, Blake toasts Dominique - who's decked out in a one poofed sleeve dress - and calls her "the victor" in her latest skirmish with Alexis. Dominique concurs that, as Carringtons, they've beaten Alexis and adds that she's greatly enjoying sharing the victory with her newly accepting family. She coughs for a few seconds before getting on stage to entertain everyone with some lounge music - but in mid-song her coughing gets so bad that she starts retching up blood, then suddenly collapses. Everyone's all, "Wha-a-a-t's happening?!" and crowds around her motionless body, while Blake yells at no one in particular to call an ambulance.