Recap: Alexis is home alone (with her adorable Shih Tzu!) and sipping champagne. She stares at a framed photo of Dex before striding over to pick it up and throw it across the bedroom while yelling, "Damn you!" LOL. A few seconds later, King Galen calls to ask her to stop by his suite asap...and she immediately rushes over and clucks about how terrible she feels about Dex attacking him. Galen points out that Dex never wanted him in their home, pretends he's sorry about how he's been nothing but trouble for her, and half-heartedly offers to move out. Alexis breezily says that Dex's pride was momentarily bruised, but that after a spat he always comes back to her. Galen murmurs, "If only I could walk, I'd walk out of your life", but Alexis insists that he's welcome to sponge off of her in her penthouse guest suite for as long as he's [fake] paralyzed. He thanks her and kisses her hand...and once she's exited the suite, he stands up and saunters over to the bar to fix himself a drink.
Over at Carrington manor, Krystle is laying in bed, gazing lovingly at goat daddy when he wakes up and goes, "Ack! Why are you staring at me?", so she tells him he's the most beautiful sight she's ever seen. After they smooch for a few seconds, a team of servants enters the room to deliver breakfast...and Blake explains to Krystle that he arranged this 'cause he wants her to take it super easy today. Krystle wanders over to the table loaded with breakfast food and glances at the accompanying morning paper featuring the headline Carrington Abductor Still at Large - Police Stymied and stares worriedly into space. Blake silently curses the headline before canoodling Krystle and assuring her that he won't allow anything bad to ever happen to her again.
Blake runs into Adam while clutching the newspaper and admonishes him for not keeping "filth like this" out of the press. Adam says he's doing all he can, but can't control what gets published in newspapers that's based on police reporting, to which Blake barks, "That's exactly what I expect of you!" and says he doesn't want Krystle to have to relive the doppelgänger nightmare. Adam half-heartedly promises to do his very best to suppress any further news articles.
Amanda is seating herself for breakfast at the La Mirage when Dex wanders over to complain about how much he sometimes wants to strangle Alexis. As Amanda clucks sympathetically, Prince Michael spots them together, makes a beeline over to the table, and orders Amanda to wait for him in his office. Once she's out of earshot, Prince Michael stares incredulously at Dex and says he doesn't want to find him alone with his wife ever again...and Dex snarls back that he's sick of being told what to do, then asks why he doesn't give his freeloading father the La Mirage's royal suite so that he no longer has to convalesce in his wife's penthouse, which is actually a pretty fair question.
Amanda reminds Prince Michael that she put off filing for divorce to see if their doomed-from-the-start marriage was remotely salvageable, but has decided that she simply can't take being his wife anymore. She announces that she's divorcing him, then flounces out of the office.
Alexis arrives at Carrington manor with a bouquet of balloons and explains to Krystle that she stopped by to drop off a gift for Danny. She then asks Krystle how much Blake enjoyed hitting the sack with her doppelgänger while she was being held captive by George Hamilton, and Krystle irritably insists that there were no intimate moments between Rita and goat daddy. Alexis murmurs, "Poor Blake" and surmises that if Rita was as boring in bed as she is, Blake prolly wouldn't have noticed the difference. Meow.
Fallon breezes into the study to greet Blake, and he happily rushes across the room to give her a fatherly hug. He remarks that she seems a bit off and asks her if anything's wrong, and she tells him she's just a little homesick and needs to freshen up, hopefully in her old room. She mentions that Steven filled her in on the wretched Krystle/doppelgänger storyline and asks Blake if there's anything she can do to help, so he suggests she have a heart-to-heart with Krystle, which he thinks will be "a good tonic". He then reminds her that he's always available if she ever needs to talk about anything that's bothering her, and she smiles at him gratefully and wonders aloud what women who don't have a father as awesome as him do during tough times...and as the two hug, she stares into space with a troubled expression on her face.
Krystle is angrily tearing through her lingerie closet when Steven enters her bedroom to see whassup. She demands to know if Rita wore her dainties, and Steven's like, "Duh, probably" and urges her to take it easy. She says she haaaaaates the idea of Rita wearing her clothes and sleeping in her bed...and when Steven says he's going to summon Blake to calm her down, she stops him, wails about how violated she feels, and begs him not to tell anyone about her wig-out just now.
Dex returns to the penthouse while Alexis is seated at her desk doing some paperwork. She asks him if he's gotten the aggression out of his system...and he tells her he really doesn't want to fight anymore and just stopped in to pick up some of his things. He stubbornly adds that he refuses to move back in as long as King Galen is living in the penthouse, then heads upstairs to pack.
Fallon finds Steven pumping iron in the mansion's exercise room, and the two hug and reminisce about how they used to get into trouble as kids. When he senses her veiled distress and asks what's wrong, she non-answers by suggesting they stay up late tonight talking while pigging out on chocolate cake. Mmm...chocolate cake.
Alexis gets a call from Caracas, informing her that her sister has been released earlier than was expected from prison...and she responds by looking aghast and staring perplexedly into space.
Caress is in a meeting with who I'll assume is her book editor, who smarmily tells her she's as stubborn as she is beautiful. Caress insists on complete secrecy surrounding her upcoming tell-all book, and that she can't wait until the entire world knows the true story about Alexis Morell Carrington Colby Dexter. [No doubt the entire world is breathlessly awaiting hearing the true story of a Denver-based business woman.]
Miles drops by Carrington manor unannounced to see Fallon, who looks less than thrilled by his unexpected presence. She snarls that she came to Denver to get away from him after he raped her, and he "explains" that he only committed the assault 'cause he loves her...then sheepishly adds that he can't defend his actions. As she glares at him in momentary disgust, he insists that there's nothing he wouldn't do for her - just as Blake appears in the doorway of the study and tells Miles he has no idea what they're talking about, but doesn't want to see his daughter hurt. Miles insists that he loves Fallon and only strives to make her happy...and will do as she wishes and head back to L.A. tonight. After he slinks off, Fallon hugs Blake and wails, "I don't know what to dooooo!", so Blake urges her to discover the answer by listening to her heart [and hopefully not contemplate resuming a relationship with a man who's capable of sexually assaulting her...the way, uh, Krystle did after his grisly attack of her in Season 1].
Late that night, Alexis slips into her office to place a call to Ricardo Montalbán (!) ... and after the two briefly reminisce about how it's been more than five years since they've seen each other, she tells him she just found out that Caress was released early from the Venezuelan prison and neeeeeeds him to fly to Denver asap to involve himself in the matter. He tells her he can't 'cause he's in the middle of something important - but she snappishly retorts that there's nothing more important than dealing with her sister's unexpected freedom.
The next morning, Prince Michael breaks it to his father that Amanda is filing for divorce...and King Galen's all, "Wha-a-a?" and tells him he can't let that happen and that he should do everything possible to make her happy. He then gets up out of his wheelchair and paces the room, prompting Prince Michael to stare at him in stunned bewilderment. Galen's like, "Oops...um, turns out I can walk again" and admits that, yep, he's been faking his paralysis for the last several episodes, and insists it must remain a secret. Prince Michael correctly assumes that he's manipulating Alexis into allowing him to continue to "recover" in her penthouse and finance the bottomless pit that is his quest to reclaim the Moldavian throne...then contorts his face into an expression of disgust and accuses his father of using everyone in his life. An irked Galen says to not judge him while he's in the process of getting their country back, but Prince Michael just sneers, "You make me sick."
Over lunch at La Mirage, Fallon tells Alexis that she "feels split down the middle" when it comes to deciding who she likes better: Jeff or Miles. Alexis makes it clear that she's Team Jeff and reminds her that Jeff looooves her, knows her for who she is, and never gave up the hope of finding her alive. Fallon mulls that over for a few seconds before changing the subject and asking Alexis if Dex has come crawling back to her yet, and Alexis admits he hasn't, then natters some nonsense how she's done her best to 'play the game' in a man's world.
Adam receives a goodbye forever and don't try to find me letter from Claudia. Haha! Adam crumples it up and calls up the Tulsa hotel where she was staying, but learns that she checked out and gave no forwarding address. [Incidentally, does anyone ever give a hotel clerk their forwarding address when they check out?] Gerard, meanwhile, enters the room to inform him that some old lady is here to interview for a [non-existent] nanny job, and a vexed Adam barks at him to just send her up to the nursery.
Krystle enters the nursery and is surprised to find the prospective nanny (who's clad in a black cape) hovering over Kristina's crib. She tells the old lady that there aren't currently any openings for a nanny, and the old lady clucks regretfully and says it's too bad 'cause she'd loooove to look after her angel baby...then coos at Kristina that she must have missed her mommy when she was being held captive by a madman. She then blushingly giggles about how handsome George Hamilton is, heard that he "has a sexy way with women", and asks Krystle if the doppelgänger storyline ever made her feel violated, depressed, or cheapened. Krystle shoots her a WTF? look and demands to know who she is, and the old lady responds by chiding her for not being willing to spill the beans to the press and reveal a single salacious deet of her captivity, which is turning out to be "the story of the year". Krystle correctly guesses that the woman is a reporter, demands to know how dare she enter the mansion under false pretences, and bellows, "Get out!!" She then calls out to Blake, who rushes in and hastily summons a security guard to physically remove the cheeky interloper.
King Galen is visiting with Alexis in her living room, wanking her about how ravishing she is before showing her some of the Moldavian Crown Jewels that were saved from the revolutionaries on account of the items were being refitted in Switzerland at the time of the coup. He tells her they could be hers if she agrees to become his queen, and she stares hungrily at the jewels, but then breathily insists she loves Dex and that her marriage is important to her. Galen's all, "Yeah, whatever" and says it wouldn't hurt for her to at least try on one of the pieces...and Alexis picks up the jewel encrusted tiara and solemnly places it atop her head while contorting her face into a hilariously awed, earnest expression. Galen caresses her face - just as Dex enters the penthouse and sarcastically apologizes for interrupting her coronation. He then marches across the living room and calls Galen scum before lunging at him, and Alexis blocks him with a hand swipe that leaves deep red claw marks on the side of his face, and barks at him to get the hell out of her penthouse.
Ricardo Montalbán arrives at Carrington manor to make an offer to Blake regarding making his fleet of oil tankers available so that he can more easily transport oil out of the South China Sea. Blake says he currently has pressing personal business to attend to, but will let him know if he's interested in taking him up on the offer.
Amanda finds a scratched up Dex slouching at a table in the La Mirage dining room, smoking a cigarette and guzzling hard liquor. He tells her he's in no mood for company 'cause he just had a terrible fight with Alexis and is going to cope with his failing marriage by making a public, drunken spectacle of himself...and Amanda takes that to mean she's more than welcome to seat herself at his table and order a glass of champagne to celebrate her imminent divorce from her princely prick of a husband. When she wonders aloud why it has to hurt so much, Dex says that the trick is to not give a rat's ass...and to guzzle however much alcohol his liver can possibly tolerate.
Blake storms into the workout room to bark at Adam for allowing a reporter to infiltrate the mansion. He bitchily informs Adam that it was his business to know that the faux nanny was really a reporter, then guilts him by adding that Krystle is extremely shaken. Adam shrugs apologetically and says it was a mistake, and Blake growls that he's made more than his share lately - just as Gerard pokes his head into the room to inform Blake that Krystle has just gotten into her car and driven off.
Krystle is in the Delta Rho attic, quietly wandering around the room while audio snippets of George Hamilton threatening her baby play inside her head. A few seconds later, Blake appears in the doorway and asks her what in blazes she's doing here, so she explains that she had to come back to her attic prison one last time to know that she could be in this room and freely walk out. She points at the little mattress bed and tells him she used to lay on it and think about them being together again one day, then tearfully asks him to hold her tight. After a quick hug, she declares she's ready to go home.
Dex is now completely drunk and rambling at Amanda about how he never should have moved to Denver in the first place. As he downs the last of his whiskey, Amanda helps him to his feet and steers him up to his hotel room, where he collapses, face-first onto the bed. Amanda sits next to him and whispers, "It was always you, Dex" and strokes his back...and he perks up at her sensual touch, rolls over, and gives her a passionate smooch.
Alexis asks Ricardo Montalbán why Caress got an early prison release, and Ricardo urges her to not get so worked up about it and says she's probably on her way back to England, never to be heard from again. He schmaltzy calls Alexis ravishing and "the most exciting woman I've ever known", to which Alexis replies that she's a very happily married woman...and that their hook-up, steamy though it was, is firmly in the past. She declares that Dex is her present, and that their union is perfect and forever.
Over at the La Mirage, Dex has mounted Amanda, and the two are going at it while hungrily smooching.
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Recap: George Hamilton tells Sammy Jo and Krystle (who he assumes is Rita) that he wasn't expecting to run into them at Delta Rho, and Sammy Jo nervously explains that "Rita" was extremely freaked out about Blake unexpectedly regaining consciousness...but that she feels a whole lot better now that they've talked it through. She adds that "Rita's" place is at Blake's bedside and quickly ushers Krystle out of the building, and George Hamilton just stares after them benignly and doesn't seem to sense that anything is amiss.
At the hospital, Blake tells Steven that something is definitely not right with Krystle and that, weird as it sounds, he doesn't believe the woman he's been living with for the last eleven episodes is his wife. When Steven scrunches his face skeptically, Blake insists that the real Krystle is out there somewhere and desperately needs help...and Steven's all, "Um, OK" and promises to get to the bottom of it.
Rita is banging on the attic door when George Hamilton opens it, assumes she's Krystle, and tells her he's sooooo looking forward to their new life together. He informs her that he has their phony passports ready for South America...and when he caps off the sentence with darling, Rita glares at him for a few seconds, then decides 'why not play along for a little while?', and tells him she's totes excited about living "a whole new life of love and romance".
Krystle and Sammy Jo race over to the hospital, where a crowd of police are waiting to question them about the kidnapping/doppelgänger scheme they just reported. Krystle agrees to tell the authorities everything she knows - but only after she gets a chance to check on Blake and see for herself that the old goat's still breathing.
Dex bursts into Alexis' office to complain again about the $2 million she gave to King Galen and warns that he's making a fool of her. Alexis snarkishly reminds him that it's her money, and that if he does anything to blow her 'Be in Charge of the Moldavian Banking Industry' plans, he's going to be one sorry mofo.
Krystle runs into Steven, who glares at her suspiciously and growls, "Who are you?" She assures him she's really her this time, and Steven seems satisfied enough with that and directs her to Blake's hospital room. She profusely thanks him for everything he's done for her family [since her kidnapping], and a perplexed Steven asks Sammy Jo what in blazes is going on - and she does the annoying TV tropey thing where, instead of answering, she just stares back at him mutely.
Krystle bursts into Blake's room and coos, "Ooooh Blake!" - but he just stares back at her warily and pulls his hand away when she tries to clasp it. Krystle assures him that she's really her, and that her evil doppelgänger is out of their lives forever. As Blake mulls that over, Krystle recalls his marriage proposal and her insecurities about whether or not she could fit into a mansion environment and his wealthy lifestyle...and Blake grins and says that, yep, he's convinced it's her, and the two hug tearfully as he begs her to never ever leave him.
While en route to the airport, Rita sassily tells George Hamilton that Krystle can't make it and sends her regrets...then lapses into her southern accent to prove that it's Rita he's talking to. She explains that Krystle duped him earlier when she escaped and took off with Sammy Jo, then admonishes him for lying to her about his icky feelings for her. George Hamilton chuckles and pretends that he had planned to dispose of Krystle before fleeing to South America alone - but Rita doesn't buy that bullcack and lunges at him, which causes the car to - ack! - drive over a cliff.
Alexis bursts into the hospital waiting room, where Krystle is nervously pacing, and snidely calls her "the bar room ballerina". Krystle snappishly tells her she can't see Blake right now 'cause he's resting, and Alexis reacts by calling her "a cold, unfaithful tramp" and reminds her of the time she and Dex caught her dancing with George Hamilton during the Roadhouse episode. Krystle's like, "He kidnapped me, dumbass" and explains that up until now he'd been holding her captive inside the Delta Rho attic while an imposter, who looks exactly like her, was substituting for her at Carrington manor. As Alexis chortles at the implausibility of a ridiculous even by Dynasty standards storyline, Krystle reminds her that at the roadhouse she had asked for a cigarette, despite not being a smoker, and did it so she could slip her a matchbook with help written inside. Alexis doesn't buy that and instead wonders aloud what she and her handsome captor were doing together in the Delta Rho attic during those long lonely nights.
Dominique and Garrett are canoodling in her bed at the La Mirage. He urges her to come to California with him - but she says she can't run away with him, then cryptically says there's one thing associated with their past that can't ever be erased...and somehow Garrett doesn't seem remotely curious about what the hell she's talking about, even though it wouldn't take a genius to make a reasonably educated guess.
Blake makes his triumphant return to Carrington manor, where the servants are lined up to butt-kissingly welcome him home. A police detective, who's waiting for Blake in the study, informs him that they located the wreckage of George Hamilton's car - but that no trace of him or Rita could be found, and suspects that they were thrown from the car before it plunged to the bottom of the canyon and exploded. Blake scrunches his wrinkly face concernedly and says he's not looking forward to telling Krystle about this latest development.
Krystle and Blake are hovering over Baby Kristina in the nursery, relieved that the nightmare of Krystle's kidnapping is finally over. Krystle tells Blake that George Hamilton threatened to hurt the baby, and Blake assures her he's hired extra bodyguards and promises that eventually the police are going to find and arrest her captor and doppelgänger.
Alexis flounces over to Delta Rho and finds Sammy Jo hanging in the main house. She informs Sammy Jo that she hired a PI to look into the doppelgänger/kidnapping scheme and has somehow already learned that Sammy Jo discovered Rita in a New York bar. When she threatens to report her findings to the police, Sammy Jo says she's willing to spill the beans and confirms that George Hamilton kidnapped Krystle and soon became attracted to her - but that the sentiment was definitely not mutual. Alexis perks up and asks if the two hit the sheets...and when Sammy Jo makes a blech face and says she highly doubts it, Alexis points out that it could have happened, admonishes Sammy Jo for generally being a liar, and sashays out of the room.
At Carrington manor, Krystle chides Sammy Jo for getting involved with Rita and George Hamilton...and a sheepish Sammy Jo explains that she did it 'cause she was angry and wanted her inheritance money, and that the scheme quickly got out of control. She says she's willing to accept that she'll be prosecuted and likely sent to prison, and Krystle mulls that over and says she believes she's telling the truth...and that she prolly won't press charges 'cause of her role in helping her escape from the wretched attic.
Amanda drops by the penthouse to whine to Dex about how shittily her marriage is going...then says she knows that he too is having problems with Alexis. She says they've both made mistakes and flirtily points out that their problems could have a common solution, but he disdainfully reminds her that she's a married woman.
While in bed later that night, Dex urges Alexis to bail out of her deal with King Galen, and Alexis rolls her eyes in annoyance and says she's sick and tired of him nagging her about her business dealings with Galen. Dex stubbornly retorts that he's determined to prove that Galen is faking his paralysis.
Adam arrives in Tulsa and drops by Claudia's hotel room, where she's doing some paperwork. When he happily greets her, she accuses him of lying to her and explains that she found the official Denver Carrington letter in which he threatened to sue her if she didn't drop her relentless pursuit of the ownership of the Blaisdel/Lankershim oil well. Adam tries to brush that off and tells her they need to stick together, then natters nonsensically about his lonely, drug-fuelled upbringing in Podunksville Montana, where his only friend was a kindly man named Dr. Edwards. He tells Claudia that if they join forces in their misfittedness they can show the Carringtons who they are - but she says she no longer trusts him 'cause he lied to her, then yells, "Get oooooout!"
Adam returns to Denver and fibs to Blake about a pretend business trip he just took to Colorado Springs while Claudia is visiting a friend in New York. Blake says he's still quite shaken about Krystle being kidnapped and barks at Adam to make sure that there's zero publicity about her ordeal.
Claudia calls Billings, Montana to inquire about a Dr. Edwards, then stares contemplatively into space.
King Galen is sitting in his wheelchair, reading the newspaper, when Dex storms into his suite to snark about how he's onto him and knows he's bleeding his wife of her money. He says he's talked to paralysis experts at the hospital and doesn't believe he hasn't made any progress - and Galen looks amused and wryly says that his insights into his current physical condition are fascinating. He asks Dex what motive he'd have for faking...so Dex snarls that he's a fraud, demands he stand up, then yanks him out of his chair. LOL. Galen pretends his legs don't work and fake collapses - just as Alexis bursts into the suite and is all, "The fuck is going on here?!" She rushes over to tend to Galen while yelling at Dex to get out...and when he asks her if she's absolutely sure she wants to throw him out, she hisses, "I'm damn sure!"
Krystle storms over to ColbyCo to admonish Alexis for threatening to report Sammy Jo to the police, and makes it clear how furious she is about her suggesting that any consensual hanky panky went on between her and George Hamilton. Alexis chuckles and says she doesn't buy her innocent act, considering how long she was held captive...and Krystle shoots her the stink-eye, says she loathes her even more than when they used to cat fight, and that she should consider this warning to stay out of her bidness an unmistakable threat.
Dominique returns to her La Mirage suite and is stunned to find her daughter, Jackie, waiting for her. When Dominique's all, "Wha-a-at are you doing here?", Jackie says she got expelled from her fancy Switzerland school for missing curfew...and that she missed curfew 'cause she stayed out all night to watch a meteor shower. Dominique's like, "OK, I guess that's believable" and says if it's really the reason she was out all night, she'll have her reinstated in the school in no time. Jackie poutishly says she doesn't want that, and that she'd much prefer to attend school in the U.S. ...and Dominique mulls that over and decides she's A-OK with that decision.
Krystle is having a nightmare and wakes up yelling, "Noooooo!!", which causes Blake to come running into the room to see whassup. She hugs him and whimpers about how George Hamilton had told her she'd never see him (Blake) or their daughter again...and Blake suggests they jet off to Hawaii for a week - but she clings onto him and says she never wants to leave the safety of Carrington manor ever again.
Alexis tells Steven she's pretty sure that Krystle got it on with George Hamilton during her captivity - but Steven says that Krystle would never willingly cheat on Blake, refrains from pointing out that if anything had happened, it most likely would have been an act of sexual violence, and urges her to drop the matter. Alexis ignores that last thing and references Patty Hearst and her "hostage syndrome" - OMFG - then says she has to rush off to an appointment.
Alexis is in a meeting with the editor of The National Informer, telling him she's sitting on a fascinating story, the headline of which should be Krystle Carrington: Love Slave. The editor looks intrigued as Alexis tells him the story of a tall, dark, and handsome man kidnapping Krystle and imprisoning her in an attic, then grins lecherously and says, "It sounds delicious!" Alexis agrees that, yep, forcible confinement is indeed delicious and assures him that everyone will want to read the sordid details of her archenemy's ordeal.
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Recap: Blake is rushed to the hospital by ambulance...and as the paramedics wheel him over to an exam room, the doctor peppers Steven with questions about Blake's medical history. Steven snaps back that he should be spending his time saving Blake, not wasting precious time with questions, and the doctor snaps back that Blake's life depends on him and his medical team knowing if the old goat was taking any kind of medication. As Steven stares back at him blankly, Sammy Jo - who's been eavesdropping on the conversation - rushes over, hands the doctor a piece of paper, and says it includes a list of the chemicals that were in whatever heart medicine Rita has been poisoning him with for the last few episodes.
Rita races over to Delta Rho in a panic and tells George Hamilton that Operation Poison Blake to Death has backfired, then explains that shortly after Blake collapsed, Steven found him and immediately had him rushed to the hospital. George Hamilton instructs her to head over to the hospital pronto and play the role of concerned wife, and Rita responds by scrunching her face worriedly and then staring contemplatively into space.
Krystle is having a restless sleep when George Hamilton enters the attic carrying a tray with hot tea. She tells him she was having a tortured dream about Blake, and George Hamilton rolls his eyes and snarls, "Blake. Always Blake" and barks at her to forget about her husband. Krystle ignores that edict and says she was dreaming that Blake was calling out to her 'cause something was very, very wrong...then pleads with George Hamilton to find out if he's OK. He responds by staring back at her stonily and growling, "Your tea is getting cold" before stiffly striding out of the room.
Rita/Krystle arrives at the hospital and runs into Amanda and Prince Michael. They ask her whassup with Blake being rushed to the ER, and Rita/Krystle says it's something to do with his heart.
Over in the guest penthouse suite, King Galen is loafing in his wheelchair, pretending to still be paralyzed when Alexis breezes into the room. He whines about his paralysis, then tells her his underground Free Moldavia campaign could use an infusion of $2 million. When Alexis reacts by frowning disapprovingly at the financial drain he's fast becoming, he complains about how hard it is for him to ask for handouts - but Alexis shakes off her initial reluctance and says she considers these cash gifts to be less a handout and more an investment in their future. A few seconds later, Amanda calls Alexis to let her know that Blake has been rushed to the hospital with a serious heart issue, and Alexis is all, "Ack! I'll be right over!"
Alexis arrives at the hospital waiting room decked out in a fantastic fur coat/hat ensemble and makes a beeline over to Rita/Krystle and demands to know what she's done to Blake. After the two bicker back and forth, Alexis gets all in her face and warns her that if Blake dies, she'll make her wish she were never born.
Alexis drops by Blake's hospital room and breathily urges him to fight for his life, then says she can't help but blame his cheating trophy wife for everything that's happened.
George Hamilton, who's masquerading as Dr. Travers, covertly approaches Sammy Jo at the hospital's reception desk to tell her that Blake is dying, just as they planned - but Sammy Jo reminds him that murdering Blake wasn't actually part of their plan and that she has no problem ratting him out for murder. He points out that she hasn't exactly been an innocent bystander in the tedious Rita/Krystle/doppelganger plot and will happily take her down with them if she blabs about it. When Steven notices the two of them talking, he rushes over and demands to know what's going on, and Sammy Jo plays dumb about anything being amiss - just a nurse emerges from Blake's room to inform Steven that his father isn't responding well to treatment.
Steven looks on as the doctor monitors Blake's heart rate...and when that's done, he sits by his father's bedside and urges him to not give up 'cause they're just getting to know each other again. Blake regains consciousness and lightly thrashes about as he has flashbacks of when Rita/Krystle ignored his pleas for help before he collapsed, and starts moaning, "Krystle.."
Alexis spots "Dr. Travers" and asks him what he's doing at the hospital, so he tells her he's doing rounds for his private patients. Alexis snidely remarks on Krystle's preference for the company of younger men and says she'd be a great catch for a handsome doctor such as himself...and if she and Blake split, she'd probably be allowed to keep all of her jewelry.
Dominique arrives at the hospital and is met by Jonathan Lake (who had alerted her about Blake's health crisis), and the two rush over to Blake's hospital room, where Dominique sits by his bedside and begs him to get well. Garrett Boydston appears and tells Dominique he came to the hospital as soon as he heard and assures her that Blake will fully recover...and Dominique wails about how frightened she is, and the two hug as Jonathan watches in dismay from across the hall.
Dex storms into the guest suite where King Galen is wheeling around and angrily demands to know whaddup with him requesting another $2 million of "blood money" from his wife. King Galen calmly says he discussed the money request with Alexis, and that he (Dex) needn't concern himself with the matter since the money isn't his. Dex snarls that his reinstatement as the Moldavian king won't necessarily make Moldavia a free country, then says he can't wait until he's able to get up from his chair and walk out of his home. After he storms out, Galen gets up from his chair and stares smugly into space.
Adam arrives at the hospital, bursts his way into Blake's hospital room, and warns the unconscious old goat not to die until after he re-includes him in his will.
Over in the penthouse boudoir, Dex is trying to get Alexis interested in some marital hanky panky, but she's too distracted by Blake's heart problems to indulge in a romp and tells him she really just wants to be left alone. Dex angrily points out that he gets far less of her attention than either of her exes - Blake and King Galen - then puts on his robe and storms out of the bedroom.
The doctor enters the waiting room to inform Rita/Krystle and Dominique that it looks like Blake is going to pull through after all. Rita/Krystle looks aghast, then catches herself and pretends to be greatly relieved by the news. The doctor explains that they've been counteracting the harmful heart medicine he was taking, and Dominique scrunches her face confusedly and says she had no idea that Blake was taking heart medication...and the doctor says that Blake's private physician also had no idea. As soon as the doctor and Dominique are out of earshot, Rita/Krystle rushes over to the nearest pay phone to inform George Hamilton that Blake has survived the poisoning, and he says the best course of action is for her to continue playing the role of the concerned wife.
Elena bursts into Prince Michael's office at La Mirage to inform him that her father has been imprisoned by Yuri, who's now seized full control of Moldavia. She wails about how worried she is about her pops and wonders what will become of him, and Prince Michael clucks sympathetically and gives her a comforting hug - just as Amanda enters the room and stares poutishly at the sight of the embrace. She snappishly tells her husband that she dropped by to tell him that Blake is going to be OK, then sarcastically adds, "But I see you have more important things on your mind!" before storming out.
Krystle is in her attic prison, reading Danielle Steel's Full Circle to pass the time. It's nice that she's been provided with the classics in order to pass the time. George Hamilton enters the room, announces that they're leaving for South America today, and orders her to start packing. When Krystle's all, "Wuh?", he barks at her to save her questions and start filling her suitcase.
George Hamilton finds Sammy Jo waiting for him in the main Delta Rho house. She smugly informs him that Blake is going to live, then asks what he plans to do now...and he shrugs unconcernedly and says that since older men suffer heart issues all the time, no one will ever suspect he was deliberately poisoned. When she asks what he'll do if the authorities do find out, he glares at her with his cold dead eyes and asks her how that would ever happen. Sammy Jo looks freaked out by the pure evil radiating from him and meekly assures him she won't tell anyone, and he's like, "See? There's nothing to worry about."
Sammy Jo races back to Carrington manor to hurriedly pack her things...and when Danny scampers into the room and asks what she's doing, she tells the tot she has to go away for a very long time, and that he should always remember she loves him more than anyone. She then gives him a teary hug while telling him he's the only good thing that's ever happened to her. In the next scene, she's sitting at the bottom of the staircase, surrounded by her packed bags and waiting for an airport cab when she has a series of flashbacks of Krystle's kindness to her over the years...and when Gerard tells her her taxi is here, she just stares blankly into space.
In Tulsa, Claudia is handed a letter that serves as proof that Adam, on behalf of Denver Carrington, flatly refused to consider her claim of ownership of the Blaisdel-Lankershim oil well. She phones Adam to call him out on his deception, and he reminds her once again that he currently has power of attorney at Denver Carrington and can transfer ownership of the well to her that way. He then urges her to come home, but she snappishly retorts that she has zero desire to be his "little wife" and that she's intent on reclaiming what belongs to her. The proper legal way, I guess.
Prince Michael follows Amanda to the hospital's waiting room to explain that his/Elena's hug wasn't what it looked like - but Amanda dismissively says she doesn't want an explanation and, at the moment, only cares about her father's health. Prince Michael insists that what she saw between him and Elena was a mistake, and she retorts, "The only mistake was marrying you!" and storms out of the room.
George Hamilton pays a visit to one of his shady associates to ask about getting fake passports, and the guy tells him he can do it today, but that it'll cost him a lot of dough. George Hamilton mulls that over and agrees to pay extra, then barks at the guy to hurry it up.
Rita/Krystle is sitting at Blake's bedside when he regains consciousness and finds his faux wife grinning stupidly at him. He flashes back to when she refused to help him before his stunt double tumbled down the staircase, then glares at her and growls, "You're not Krystle." Rita/Krystle looks alarmed by the truthful statement and murmurs, "You don't know what you're saying", and he says she looks exactly like his wife, but very clearly isn't. He cries, "Where is she?!" and cries out for Steven...and Rita/Krystle gets so wigged out that she flees the room.
Rita races over to Delta Rho...and when she can't find George Hamilton in the main house, she heads up to Krystle's attic prison. Krystle stares at her in bewilderment and snarls, "You..?" ... and then the two quickly step aside so that a couple of stunt doubles wearing disheveled looking blonde wigs can knock each other down and wrestle around on the floor for what seems like a really looooong time. Sammy Jo appears in the doorway and cries, "Auntie Krystle!", and when Krystle's all, "Wuh?", Sammy Jo yells, "Look out!" to alert her that Rita is about to strike her from behind with a chair. Krystle manages to deflect the attack, and Sammy Jo disables Rita by hitting her with a large suitcase, then urges Krystle to flee the attic with her.
When they fling open the outside door, they come face to face with George Hamilton, who stares at them all sinister-like and asks, "Going somewhere, Sammy Jo?" ... and Sammy Jo and Krystle stare back at him in fearful horror.
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Recap: Sammy Jo races over to Delta Rho to confront George Hamilton about the "medicine" she suspects that he and Rita have been slipping to Blake. George Hamilton pretends to know nothing 'bout that, condescendingly chides her for her "limited imagination", and tries to forcibly usher her out of the room. She shoves him away, then gets all in his face as she accuses him of screwing with her plan to withdraw her inheritance money. She reminds him that no one was supposed to get hurt and points out that Krystle was physically knocked out and that Blake is suddenly deathly ill. George Hamilton deflects from that by telling her that the three of them have been under a huge amount of stress while carrying out this ridiculous doppelgänger scheme, and urges her to not let fear be the thing that makes them to turn on each other. Sammy Jo says she knows he's been conning her, and that she's going to find out exactly what kind of dark shit has been going on, then storms out of the room clutching the bottle of "medicine".
George Hamilton enters the attic with a camera and, without explanation, starts snapping photos of Krystle. When she asks what in blazes he's doing, he tells her he needs her photo for a phony passport, which she'll need for when they flee to South America. He then stares dreamily into space and says that soon they'll be laying side-by-side on the beach together, soaking up the sun...and as Krystle stares despondently into space, he barks at her to smile pretty and snaps more photos.
Rita/Krystle enters Blake's bedroom as he's getting dressed. She asks him why he's not in bed, so he says he has too many things to do for the pipeline project. She motions over at the tray of food she'd brought to him earlier and remarks that he didn't touch any of it, and he snappishly tells her he's not hungry and makes it clear that he's still miffed about her horror at the prospect of ever hitting the sheets with him. Rita/Krystle insists she's trying and fibs that she made an appointment with a [non-existent] psychiatrist named Dr. Richard Cole. Blake says he's never heard of him and asks who recommended him, and she gets irked and says it's obvious he doesn't believe her...and he's like, "No duh" and says it's going to take a lot of time and effort for her to regain his trust.
Caress Morell is at the Denver Post file library, requesting every article that's ever been written about Alexis. The researcher behind the desk beams and says he's so intrigued by Alexis Morell Carrington Colby Dexter that he took time out of his life to be a courtroom spectator when she testified against Blake during the Ted Dinard manslaughter trial, and even recalls the ridiculous veiled hat/business suit ensemble she wore while on the witness stand. He then gives Caress a once over and says she looks a lot like Alexis, and Caress slyly says she's been told that many times before.
King Galen and Prince Michael are having breakfast in the penthouse and discussing how they plan to punish the revolutionary traitors once they regain the Moldavian throne. Alexis stops by the suite with the banking agreement she and Galen discussed and tells them they both need to sign it...and Galen quickly signs it and assures a skeptical looking Prince Michael that the contract is on the up and up. After Alexis rushes off to work, Prince Michael asks his father how he can promise something he's not sure he can deliver, and Galen shrugs and says that while Alexis is shrewd, he's even more shrewd and has zero concerns about possibly (likely) breaking his absurd promise to put Alexis in charge of Moldavia's entire banking system.
Sammy Jo heads to the nearest chemical lab and tells the technician she needs an analysis of exactly what's in Blake's "medicine" bottle. The technician tells her they're very busy and that it could take up to a week, and Sammy Jo snaps, "Forget busy, this is an emergency!" and pulls out her check book and says she's more than willing to bribe him to put her request at the top of his to do list.
Over at Denver Carrington, Blake is meeting with Adam and Dominique about the pipeline project...but he looks visibly faint, his vision is blurry (as evidenced by the camera zooming in on his paperwork and then unfocusing to give off the blurry effect), and he keeps losing his train of thought. Dominique says it's obvious he's under the weather and offers to take on the work of the next planning stage, and Blake agrees that she and Adam can take over the reins of this project until he's feeling better. Adam does little to hide his glee at Blake's physical deterioration and says he'll do everything possible to help move the pipeline project forward.
Adam asks his secretary to fetch a blank Power of Attorney form and let him worry about filling in the appropriate names.
Alexis bursts into Blake's office in anticipation of discussing the pipeline project with him and is startled to find a smug looking Dominique sitting in his chair. Dominique informs Alexis that Blake went home sick and that she's going to have to deal with her, then stares dreamily into space as she murmurs, "What a lovely fantasy. What a lovely truth." Alexis rolls her eyes and reminds her that she owns 25% of the South China Sea oil leases, and Dominique sassily shoots back that Denver Carrington owns 75%, half of which she owns. Alexis grumbles at her to stop being so petty and suggests they work together on the pipeline project until Blake is feeling better, to which Dominique chuckles and says, "Absolutely not." Alexis derisively says that as a lounge singer she has zero knowledge of the oil industry, then warns that she'll be looming over her shoulder...and Dominque shrugs unconcernedly and dramatically retorts, "I'm used to working with a knife in my back."
Over at ColbyCo, Adam tells Alexis that it looks like Blake has the flu - but she argues that it's prolly a lot more serious than the flu, and the two agree that Blake should be removed as head of the pipeline deal asap. Adam assures his mother she needn't worry about Dominique 'cause he plans to push her aside, then smugly declares, "Dominique may be in Blake's chair, but I'm running the show."
Blake is napping on a chair in his bedroom when Adam arrives and tells him he has some everyday, mundane business papers for him to sign. Blake's vision gets blurry again so he doesn't notice that it's a Power of Attorney form, and just meekly signs his name where Adam tells him to. Adam grins and says, "Thank you. This will do nicely."
Dominique summons Jonathan Lake to Denver Carrington to admonish him for the deposition he wrote up, which detailed the pipeline's potentially disastrous effects on the environment. She says it's full of inaccuracies and that it's been fed to the media as facts and demands a full retraction - but Jonathan insists they are facts, and that he'd rather talk about how much he adores her. Dominique shoots him a stony glare and says she's not interested in pursuing a dull-as-fuck romance with him and would prefer to get down to business.
Adam calls Claudia in her Tulsa hotel room to coo about how much he misses her and wants her to come home. She tells him she can't 'cause she's still trying to regain title to the Blaisdel/Lankershim oil well...and Adam says there's no need for that, then explains that since he just got Blake to unwittingly sign a Power of Attorney form he can transfer ownership of the well back to her. Claudia says she's not convinced he can really do that, and Adam interprets that to mean she's calling him a liar and angrily slams the phone down...which seemed like a strange overreaction, but OK.
Dex is looking over the list of expenses that King Galen has incurred while convalescing at the penthouse and scornfully remarks to Alexis that she's haemorrhaging money with the king's ongoing spending spree. Alexis says she authorized the expenses, which she insists are legitimate - but Dex just shakes his head and says that, money-wise, Moldavia is turning out to be a black hole. Alexis reminds him that he had promised to not fight with her about this anymore, and he ignores that and warns that if she continues down this path she's going to run her company and finances into the ground 'cause clearly there's no limit to how much of her cash King Galen is willing to spend. Alexis snaps at him to stop undermining her banking deal with Galen and her ability to manage her own cash, then says these days she's more focused on how to remove Blake from the pipeline project. When Dex just stares back at her and is all, "Wha-a-a-a?", she smugly says she's plotting to put herself in charge of the entire deal.
Caress is seated at the La Mirage bar, chatting with the bartender who tells her that, yep, he sees Alexis come into the resort from time to time. Caress asks him if it's really true that Alexis married Cecil on his deathbed, and he grins and nods. Caress mulls that over for a few seconds and says that Alexis's deathbed marriage and her testimony during the Ted Dinard trial is somehow leading her to the bizarre conclusion that Alexis must be into necrophilia, then stares contemplatively into space while munching on a bowl of nuts. LOL.
Rita drops by Delta Rho to complain to George Hamilton that ever since Sammy Jo found Blake's "medicine", she's been glaring at her suspiciously. George Hamilton tells her to not worry 'bout that, then reminds her that poisoning Blake is her passport to stardom and that she's about to play the greatest role that has ever come her way: grieving widow. He hands her a fresh bottle of poison and instructs her to slip it to Blake and wait 'til dawn for it to take effect...and once the old goat keels over, she should wait at least ten minutes before calling an ambulance in a convincingly shrieky, panicked manner. George Hamilton undresses Rita as he talks, and assures her that this idiotic doppelgänger storyline has almost reached its conclusion - but Rita stares concernedly into space and says she's really worried they're about to get caught. George Hamilton assures her they won't, and that by this time tomorrow, Blake will have kicked the bucket.
While dining in the La Mirage dining room, Amanda expresses her annoyance to Prince Michael that Duchess Elena is in town and keeps calling him. Prince Michael explains that he and the duchess have joined forces to help King Galen regain the Moldavian throne, and Amanda's like, "I don't care. Keep the woman out of my sight" - just as Elena enters the dining room decked out in a strapless, boob-constricting pink evening gown. She heads over to their table and wanks them about being the most attractive couple in the restaurant, and Prince Michael ignores Amanda's 'keep the woman out of my sight' edict and invites Elena to join them for dinner. Elena informs Prince Michael that their key contact in Moldavia has just been captured, and Amanda rolls her eyes and snappishly tells her that she and her husband were trying to enjoy a nice dinner and that she'd appreciate it if they could discuss their counter-revolutionary efforts in the morning. Elena shoots her a bewildered seriously? look and abruptly excuses herself from the table...and Amanda follows her into the ladies room and accuses her of using the counter-revolution to get close to her husband. Elena stares back at her incredulously and says she's been humiliated by losing her homeland and having to deal with her own countrymen despising her because of her traitorous father, but Amanda dismissively calls her a liar and a hypocrite and barks, "Stay out of our lives!"
George Hamilton enters the Delta Rho attic clutching one of Krystle's red dresses and tells her it's the perfect frock for her to wear during their getaway to South America. When she perks up at the mention of South America, he snarkishly tells her she's not going to have an opportunity to escape 'cause she'll be heavily sedated before being smuggled aboard a private jet, then sinisterly says, "You can't get away from me" ... and a hopeless looking Krystle stares despondently into space.
Prince Michael and Amanda are going at it in bed when he gets an urgent call from Duchess Elena, who needs to meet with him in fifteen minutes. He informs Amanda that the counter-revolution effort is in grave danger - egads! - and that he trusts Elena, but Amanda says she's pretty sure the woman is inventing excuses to come between them. Prince Michael assures her that nothing in this world could do that, gives her a big smooch, and tells her he's off to save his homeland.
Rita/Krystle brings Blake a cup of herb tea, but he weakly tells her he's too ill to eat or drink anything and plans on seeing Dr. Tyler in the morning. Rita/Krystle insists he drink the bitter tasting tea 'cause it'll make him feel better, then lifts the cup to his mouth and forcibly pours it in.
Caress is breakfasting in the La Mirage dining room when she spots Alexis enter the room. She hastily puts on her sunglasses and slinks past her oblivious sister...then stares at her from across the room for a few seconds - until Adam arrives and looks bemused by her ogling. Alexis tells Adam that clearly Blake has something far worse than the flu and says she wants to know everything that goes on at Carrington manor...and that if Blake becomes too incapacitated to run the pipeline project, she'll insist he be removed and then insert herself at the helm of the operation.
Sammy Jo gets all in Rita's face and demands to know why she's been giving Blake heart medicine, then reveals that she just had the contents of his "medicine" bottle analyzed at a chemical lab. Rita admits that she and George Hamilton have been plotting to poison Blake to death so she can inherit a huge bundle of cash. Sammy Jo stares at her in horror and says she can't possibly go through with this diabolical plan, and Rita says, "It's done" and reminds Sammy Jo that she too is knee-deep in this, and that if she spills the beans to anyone, all three of them will end up in prison.
Sammy Jo races over to ColbyCo to alert Steven about Blake's impending death, and he's all, "What the hell are you talking about?", but then decides she could be telling the truth.
A deathly ill Blake is staggering down the second floor corridor, telling Rita/Krystle he has a pain in his chest and begging her to help him. She responds by backing away and descending the staircase...and he stares at her confusedly, then steps aside so his stunt double can hurl himself down the flight of stairs and land on the floor in a limp heap. A few seconds later, Steven and Sammy Jo burst into the mansion, cry, "Blake!!", and order Gerard to call an ambulance. As a panicked Steven administers CPR to his flatlining father, Sammy Jo looks upstairs and sees a freaked out Rita/Krystle peeking at them from inside one of the bedrooms.
Recap: Alexis is railing to Blake about the pain-in-the-ass injunction that's delaying the pipeline project, but Blake insists it's really not that bad. He points out that they can still move ahead with all of the planning work...then suddenly looks faint and loses his train of thought. A concerned Alexis asks him if something is wrong, and he sits down and says he's having a dizzy spell. She asks if it could somehow be related to Rita/Krystle's wacky behavior and adds that she can't help but notice they've been having marital problems lately - but Blake snappishly says he won't talk 'bout that with her, and she's like 'fine' but urges him to get checked out by a doctor asap.
Outside the courthouse, Adam rails at Steven after the judge rules against them in lifting the pipeline injunction - but Steven points out that the ruling wasn't altogether unexpected. When Adam snarls that he wanted to do things his way, Steven snaps back that he doesn't trust him - just as Bart Fallmont wanders over with his lawyer (Jonathan Lake) to gloat about how the hearing went their way. Steven tells Bart he has no reason to oppose the pipeline 'cause it'll be a model for future oil delivery, and Bart responds by laughing. The dismissive reaction incenses Steven, who demands an apology - but when Bart just ignores him and walks off, Steven lunges at him...which not only seems wholly out of character for him, but is also a crazily disproportionate level of anger considering that this is about a pretty run-of-the-mill sounding injunction. Adam holds him back and is all, "Whoa, bro!" and promises that they'll be victorious in court.
Blake arrives home looking tired and unwell. He tells Rita/Krystle he's going to take a nap before dinner, then gets so dizzy that he nearly falls over. Rita/Krystle summons Gerard over and the two help Blake up the stairs.
Rita heads over to Delta Rho to tell George Hamilton that she no longer likes the idea of slow poisoning Blake to death. George Hamilton points out that it's "the cleanest way" to get rid of the old goat, then implores her to not get cold feet at this point 'cause they can't risk Blake divorcing her. He explains that the poison gradually slows down the heart until he eventually keels over...and once that happens, he'll flee to South America. When Rita's all, "Wuh?"and asks him if she's included in these South America plans, he tells her she needs to stay behind for awhile and put in the "performance of a lifetime" as Blake's grief-stricken widow. Rita asks what he plans on doing with the real Krystle, and he gets a faraway look in his eyes and mumbles, "She'll just disappear", then tells her she needn't worry her pretty little head about it.
Jonathan Lake drops by Dominique's La Mirage suite to tell her he hates the conflict that's arisen between them, so she's like, "You should have thought about that before you took the job for the other side" and says she'd made it very clear that his decision to represent Bart Fallmont in court is a dealbreaker for them ever hooking up. Jonathan says he doesn't want this to be the end for them, and she reminds him they've only been out a couple of times [and that their dates have been boring as fuck] ... and when he leans and tries to smooch her, she shoves him away and tells him he's obviously misread her many flirty signals.
George Hamilton shows Krystle various travel catalogues of South America and asks her if she'd like to come with him, then cackles about how he expects to come into a lot of money very soon. Krystle perks up at the potential escape opportunity and asks him if he'd really truly let her out of the attic, and he's like, "Sure! We'll go together." When she mumbles something incoherent, he barks, "I can't hear you!!", so she tells him her answer is yes, and assures him that he's not completely repulsive to her. He glares at her suspiciously and asks her how he can possibly believe that - right?? - so she pretends to be resigned to her fate of never seeing Blake again, and fake recalls how totes turned on she was when they were slow dancing during The Roadhouse episode. George Hamilton gets all grab-handsy and promises to make up for holding her captive in an attic once they start over together in South America, then leans in to kiss her. When she's all ew, he commands her to put her heart into it, then kisses her again. He seems satisfied enough with kiss #2 and heads for the door, leaving a thoroughly icked out Krystle staring despondently into space.
Adam assures Blake he'll take care of the injunction so they can start construction of the pipeline soon, then says he really really wants Steven off of his back 'cause of all the interference he's been causing. Blake argues that since [he's under the impression that] Steven has good instincts, he wants both of them working on this project, then suffers another sudden dizzy spell. When Adam asks if he's OK, he says he should prolly go see his doctor asap.
Amanda drops by Prince Michael's office at the La Mirage and plops herself atop his lap while he's on the phone. After he finishes his call, the two kiss and canoodle until Prince Michael is momentarily called away...and by scripted coincidence, Duchess Elena rushes in to tell the prince she has the list of New York names he wanted. She stops short when she sees Amanda, who demands to know what in blazes she's doing here...so Elena explains that she and Prince Michael are working together to free their homeland and that she isn't looking to get in the middle of a marital quarrel. When Prince Michael returns to the office, Amanda poutishly asks, "How could you?" and storms out of the room...and Prince Michael chases after her out of the hotel, behind her car all the way to Carrington manor, then up the staircase and down the hall that leads to their bedroom. LOL. Amanda tells her husband she's angry that he neglected to tell her he's been working with Elena, so he points out that it's not safe for her to know all of the details and insists that he has no choice but to work with Elena 'cause she's the leader of the underground and has all of the necessary contacts. Amanda argues that Elena is mostly interested in keeping them apart, then orders him to sever all contact with her...and when Prince Michael refuses, she mutters that one day soon he's going to sorely regret that decision.
Alexis arrives at the penthouse and asks Dex if he's up for some lunch, but he declines and says he has an appointment with Blake. He tells her she got a call from a mystery person in Caracas who opted to not leave a message, and Alexis scrunches her face confusedly and insists that she has no earthly idea who that might have been...and after Dex heads off to his appointment, she lights a cigarette and puffs on it while staring contemplatively into space.
Dex rails at Blake for not accepting his company's bid to build the pipeline, so Blake once again explains to the dimwit that he can't commence construction on the pipeline until the injunction mess has been sorted out. Plus, he got a bunch of bids and hasn't studied any of them yet. Dex barks back that he's using the injunction to keep him off the project, then accuses him of harboring resentment against him ever since he inherited his father's seat on the Denver Carrington board and made it clear that he couldn't be bought. Blake suffers another dizzy spell, stares blankly into space for several long seconds, then quietly tells Dex he'll accept his bid - as long as he has no issue working closely with Adam and Steven and can guarantee that his company will be ready to dive in once the injunction has been lifted. Dex is all, "Kewl!" and assures him that his company will do an awesome job building the pipeline, then happily scampers off, seemingly oblivious to how sickly Blake is looking.
At Carrington manor, Sammy Jo is watching TV while feasting on peanuts and soda when Steven enters the room and grimaces at the sight of her. She tells him she wants to enrol Danny in nursery school so he can socialize with other kids, but Steven's like, "Nope" 'cause he's worried she'll try to abduct him again. Sammy Jo rolls her eyes and snippily tells him he needs a new boyfriend to chill him the fuck out, then flounces out of the room. Steven notices a news brief on the TV featuring Bart Fallmont, who's railing to reporters about the soulless Carringtons and their future pipeline that will surely cause immeasurable environmental damage. He snarls about the greediness of Blake and Alexis Carrington and accuses them of desiring profits at the expense of the quality of life, and Steven's all, "The fuck?!" and storms off, half-cocked (pun intended), to confront the cheeky politician.
Steven somehow tracks down Bart to an empty gym, yells, "You damn liar!", and advances on him...then hastily steps aside to allow two stunt doubles to launch a ridiculously dragged-out sequence of the [pent-up, semi-closeted] men going at it in a vigorously homoerotic wrestling match featuring a relentless abundance of kittenish hair-pulling and chokeholds - until eventually they collapse next to each other in sweaty exhaustion. The two lay on the floor, panting as they catch their breath, and stare at each other in aroused bewilderment until Steven finally gets up and stalks off.
An attractive brunette (whose name we soon learn is Cassandra Morrell, but prefers to go by the more sensual sounding Caress...LOL) is lounging on her bed in a Caracas prison, putting the finishing touches on her biography of a beautiful young woman (whose name we soon learn is Alexis). A guard ambles over and tells her to pack up her shit 'cause she's being released two years early. Caress is all, "Woo hoo!" and happily packs her meagre belongings and expresses her relief at no longer having to rot away in prison...and the guard wanks her about what a pleasure it's been guarding her, given that this decrepit prison rarely houses cultured women such as herself. She thanks him for being so nice to her, and he says, "Thank the rich American who arranged your release" and escorts her out.
Inside a luxurious hotel suite, a wealthy looking white man is gushing about the awesome manuscript he just finished reading, aka the soon-to-be-published biography of the world's most powerful woman. Caress enters the room decked out in a brown metallic '80s gown and says she intends to title her book Sister Dearest, and wryly says it only took her five years in a Venezuelan prison cell to write. She then picks up the phone and starts to make a person-to-person call to Alexis Dexter in Denver - then changes her mind and decides to head straight for the airport and surprise her sister dearest in person.
While basking in some post-coitus afterglow, Dex happily reports to Alexis that he won the bid for Denver Carrington's pipeline project. Alexis congratulates him and asks him if he thought Blake seemed "off center", but Dex just kind of shrugs and says that Blake seemed mostly fine, though in hindsight it was a bit weird that he caved in to his demands in such a meek fashion. Alexis says she suspects that something very strange is going on with Blake and intends to get to the bottom of it. A dismayed Dex sighs and says it's none of her business - but Alexis argues that since the interests of ColbyCo are at stake with the pipeline project, it is her business, then vows to dig around until she comes up with satisfactory answers.
Alexis arrives at Carrington manor to deliver a ginormous stuffed panda bear to Danny...and she's directed over to the solarium, where Sammy Jo is spending quality time with her toddler meal ticket. Alexis greets her grandson and promptly sends him off camera with the servants and panda bear, then asks Sammy Jo whassup with Rita/Krystle and Dr. Travers, specifically how much time they've been spending together. Sammy Jo snappishly says she doesn't track their movements, but Alexis sneeringly says she doesn't buy that and demands to know how Krystle met the man. When Sammy Jo stammers that he was recommended by a friend, Alexis accuses her of being evasive and asks her if Krystle's doctor lover is a friend of hers. Sammy Jo snaps, "Get off my case!" and storms off, leaving Alexis staring suspiciously after her.
Adam asks Blake if he went to the doctor, and Blake says he did, but that the doctor just told him to stop working so hard. He then decides he's going to call it a day so he can go home and rest and asks Adam to keep an eye on things while he's incommunicado...and after he shuffles off, Adam walks behind Blake's desk and seats himself in the big chair looking visibly smug.
Rita/Krystle snappishly asks Alexis what she's still doing in the mansion, and Alexis responds by asking her what in blazes is going on in this house. Rita/Krystle says that that's been none of her business ever since Blake threw her out decades ago...and Alexis reminds her that she has many loved ones living under his roof, then comes right out and asks if she's having affair with Dr. Travers. Rita/Krystle refuses to admit any wrongdoing and blurts out, "I don't have to put up with this crud" ... and as Alexis stares at her in puzzlement, Blake arrives home, tells Rita/Krystle he's not feeling well, and asks her to cancel their appearance tonight at the museum exhibition. Once he's out of earshot, Alexis demands again to know what the hell is going on, then tells Rita/Krystle that clearly her extramarital affair is ruining Blake's health. Rita/Krystle reminds her that this is her house and that Blake is her husband...and Alexis says this isn't the last word on the issue, then storms out.
Mrs. Gunnerson is carrying a tray with some hot soup up to Blake's bedroom, and Rita/Krystle offers to take it to him herself, no doubt so that she can add a dose of poison to it. In the second floor hallway, she covertly laces the soup with whatever's in the bottle labelled caution dangerous, but then accidentally drops the bottle before going into Blake's room. Blake wearily tells her he's not very hungry, but she insists he not disappoint Mrs. Gunnerson and finish every last drop, then spoon feeds him while grinning creepishly.
Claudia is sitting in bed, needle-pointing, when Adam arrives home and presents her with a gift. She bitchily warns him that she doesn't want anymore jewelry, then finds a note inside the box that reads 'I owe you Blaisel-Lankershim 1'. Adam explains that during Blake's absence from the office today, he started the process of giving her back ownership of her oil well...while also plotting to lay down the legal work to take over the entire company. Claudia makes a meh face and tells him she couldn't give two shits about that second thing, then says she's going to fight her own battle in getting the oil well back by travelling to Oklahoma and doing a title search, presumably so that she can get ownership of the land officially awarded to her in court.
Over at the Delta Rho, Krystle is writhing in pain and calling out for help...and when George Hamilton bursts into the attic and asks whassup, she points at the left side of her abdomen and moans that her appendix is about to burst. He's all, "Ooooh nooo!" and says he'll bring the car around and rush her to the hospital. After he races out and leaves the attic door wide open (!), Krystle stops her fake writhing and approaches the open doorway, but George Hamilton suddenly appears and foils her escape by blocking her way and snarlingly tells her that appendix pain is on the right side of her abdomen, not the left.
Sammy Jo, who's decked out in a very dressy black polka dotted outfit and matching hat, is ambling down the second floor hall of Carrington manor when she spots the caution dangerous bottle laying on the floor. She picks it up before knocking on the bedroom door...and when Rita emerges, she accusingly asks her if she's slow poisoning Blake. Rita's like, "I have no idea what you're talkin' 'bout" and denies trying to kill the old man...then slams the door shut, leaving Sammy Jo staring worriedly at the bottle.
Recap: Rita is putting the final touches on her ensemble du jour when Blake enters the bedroom to express his dismay about her lack of interest in wanting to salvage their marriage. When Rita/Krystle half-heartedly denies that, Blake says if that's truly the case, he wants her to start seeing a psychiatrist asap. Rita/Krystle insists that all she needs is time alone - but he disagrees and says he loves her too much to just watch their relationship disintegrate so rapidly.
George Hamilton asks Krystle if she wouldn't mind sewing a missing button on his shirt cuff, then promises to bring her a special dinner later. Krystle thanks him and suggests he join her so she can sneakily get him to trust her enough to give her [another golden] opportunity to escape his clutches. She reminds him that he once talked about making her a star and asks if he's a movie producer...and he rails about the Hollywood imbeciles who fired him for going over-budget on a film he was directing. When Krystle clucks faux sympathetically, George Hamilton says he's gullible enough to believe she truly understands his life woes, then coos, "We could have quite a future together." He confirms their dinner date for later and ambles out, leaving Krystle staring worriedly into space.
Amanda tells King Galen she's worried about whatever could be keeping Prince Michael in New York longer than expected. Galen tells her to not worry her pretty little head about politics and leave it to those who understand it, and to remain stoic whenever she's out in public. Amanda [somehow refrains from smacking him for his misogyny and] accuses him of risking Michael's life so he can regain control of the Moldavian throne. She wonders aloud how high a price they're all going to have to pay for this dream to become a reality before storming over to the elevator...where she runs into Dex, who's all sweaty from a workout. He remarks on how bummed she looks and asks her if the royal marriage has lost its bloom, then says he really does care for her, though maybe not in the way she'd like him to. He assures her he'll always be there for her - just as the elevator doors open to the sight of a suspicious looking Alexis. After Amanda scuttles off, Dex hands his wife the latest edition of World Finance, in which Gordon Wales has published a tabloidy article titled Millionairess Risks All For King. It's interesting that the editors of a financial magazine would allow their reporters to delve into National Enquirer type scuttlebutt. Dex tells her that, in his article, Wales suggested she "risked all" for King Galen 'cause she wants to become the next Queen of Moldavia - but she denies ever having said that, assures Dex that she made it clear to Gordon Wales she's a happily married woman, and that she's waaaay more interested in building a banking empire than she is in co-governing a fictional country. Dex mulls that over and says he believes that she doesn't love another man, but does believe that she loves power more than anything. She gives him a well duh look and says, "Of course I love power" and breathily describes it as exciting and an aphrodisiac. She then urges him to go take a shower and wait for her to return, and sassily adds, "And that is a royal command." So there!
King Galen is wheeling around his suite when Alexis drops by to check in with his progress, and to let him know that if he needs anything, he can ask her manservant Lin. Galen schmaltzy compliments her beauty yet again, and she kisses him goodbye and says that if he thinks positively and optimistically hard enough, he'll eventually regain the use of his legs. A few seconds after she leaves, Galen grins devilishly as stares down at his foot, which he's now able to wiggle around.
Adam and Dominique are at Denver Carrington, discussing the pipeline delay with Blake, in particular the grudge that Bart Fallmont seems to harbor against the Carringtons. When Adam says that the project could be delayed for a year, Blake orders him to spare no expense in magically making the problem go away. He looks around for some notes he wrote up about the pipeline, then says he probably left them at the mansion and will rush home to retrieve them. After Adam leaves, Dominique remarks to Blake on how distracted he seems, and he admits that the bizarre change in Krystle's behavior has been troubling him, and that he can't shake the feeling he's starting to lose her. Dominique says she hates to meddle in other people's marriages - but concurs that, yep, everyone has noticed how squirrelly Krystle has gotten.
Over at Carrington manor, George Hamilton orders Rita to start transferring Sammy Jo's funds into a Cayman Island bank account that he put in his...er their name. LOL. When Rita says that Sammy Jo didn't tell her anything about a Caymans account, he explains that she has no idea it exists and that he set it up for them to get their cut of the dough. Rita says she wants to transfer everything today and put an end to this wretched doppelgänger storyline, but George Hamilton warns that money transferring is a delicate operation, which needs to be done in three instalments. Rita says she hates keeping up the pretence of being Krystle Carrington, not least 'cause Blake wants her to start seeing a psychiatrist...and strongly suggests that they flee now before the whole thing blows up in their faces and they end up in prison for the rest of their lives. George Hamilton coos about what a great job she's doing pretending to be Krystle - and is about to canoodle her when Blake bursts into the study, glares at them, and demands to know what the hell is going on. George Hamilton fibs about how Rita/Krystle just fainted, and Rita/Krystle nods and says she wasn't feeling well so she called her "doctor". Blake shoots George Hamilton the stink-eye and growls, "Get out of my house, and don't come back!" before asking Rita/Krystle exactly which friend recommended him to her. She stammers that the recommendation came from a friend who's currently skiing in Switzerland and can't be reached...and Blake implores her to tell him what in blazes is making her act so fucking weird these days. He gets all grab-handsy and says it feels as though a stranger has taken his wife's place - just as Alexis breezes into the room carrying another wrapped gift for Little Blake. Rita/Krystle takes the opportunity to hastily excuse herself, and Alexis grins gleefully at the obvious marital disharmony she just walked in on.
Alexis gives Little Blake his gift, a tape deck for his toy car (cute!), and fishes for any intel about Rita/Krystle. When he makes an ew face at the mention of her name, Alexis tells him to whisper to her whatever is troubling him, so he quietly spills the beans about seeing her and George Hamilton getting it on. Alexis gasps, "She did what?! Are you sure?", then gives her grandson a comforting hug while smugly grinning.
Over lunch, Alexis tells Dex what Little Blake told her, but Dex dismissively says that clearly the kid is prone to exaggeration. Alexis argues that her grandson is perceptive, then reminds him that they did catch Rita/Krystle dancing with George Hamilton at the Roadhouse during the previous episode. She shakes her head in prudish dismay as she rails about how disgusting it is to go to bed with your extramarital lover in your husband's mansion...and says this as though she didn't testify at Blake's Season 2 manslaughter trial about how Blake caught her and Roger Grimes in the sack when he returned home earlier than expected from a business trip. Dex is like, "Whatever, I couldn't care less", says it's really none of her business, and urges her to drop the subject.
When Steven confronts Adam for hiring a PI to dig up dirt on Bart Fallmont, Adam explains that he's being uncooperative and wants to see if there's any leverage he could use against him. Steven says he wants to do everything by the book, which prompts Adam to question his desire to protect the man...who has clearly set off his gaydar, 'cause he remarks, "He is attractive, after all." Steven blushes at that foreshadowing and says he merely doesn't want the Carrington name discredited.
Dominique and Jonathan are having a boring lunch date in the La Mirage restaurant when Garrett Boydston sees them and makes a beeline over to say hey. After Dominique introduces him to Jonathan, he invites her out for dinner while he's in town - and she looks up at him all wistful and tempted, but tells him she'll be too busy. Garrett's like, "Er, OK" and ambles off...and once he's out of earshot, Jonathan asks her if that's the man who hurt her. Dominique ignores his question and says they really should order some food.
Steven drops by Bart Fallmont's office to rehash the pipeline injunction, and Bart snarks that the Carringtons can't buy their way out of the problem and makes it clear that he won't agree to any under-the-table deals. Steven says he's more than willing to compromise and suggests protecting the environment by changing the route of the pipeline - but Bart declines and says he needs to consider the public's best interest...and when Steven argues that a pipeline is in the public's best interest, Bart stubbornly retorts that they're going to have to settle the matter in court.
Rita/Krystle is out shoe shopping when Alexis happens to enter the store she's in to pick up a bedazzled pair of earrings she had placed on order. She sees Rita/Krystle, wanders over, and chides her for having the nerve the show her face in public after dancing cheek-to-cheek with George Hamilton at the roadhouse last episode. Rita/Krystle stares back at her blankly and asks, "What roadhouse?" and Alexis tells her to stop playing innocent and cackles about her "doctor" treating her for her "malaise in the boudoir". LOL. Rita/Krystle snaps, "You bitch!", prompting Alexis to disdainfully call her "a fish-wife" and admonish her for publicly carrying on with a far younger, handsomer man than goat daddy.
George Hamilton promises Krystle that she won't be his captive for much longer, and she perks up at that and says she really enjoyed dancing at the roadhouse the other night and would loooove to do it again sometime. He tells her they'll have their whole lives to do whatever they want together, then says he wants to live his life with her - not Rita or any of the other floozies he's hooked up over the years, who are nothing but a cheap imitation of her. When Krystle stares back at him in startled horror, he asks her if she's thinking about her "precious Blake", and she admits she is 'cause of how much she loves him. George Hamilton looks insulted - but vows to make her forget Blake, then caresses her neck and purrs at her about how he'll someday win her love...and a revolted Krystle reacts by staring despondently into space.
Amanda complains to Blake that Rita/Krystle has been cold and distant lately, and asks if she's unwittingly done something to offend her. Blake assures her the problem lies with his erratic wife, who's been out of sorts for the last six episodes or so. Amanda looks satisfied enough with that answer and offers to serve as a sympathetic ear if he ever needs to talk, and Blake coos about how lucky he is to have such a loving daughter and gives her a warm goodnight hug.
Rita storms over to Delta Rho, finds George Hamilton, and demands to know if he took Krystle to a roadhouse the other night. He admits that, yep, he certainly did, and explains that he had to 'cause his captive was getting really stir crazy. He schmaltzily assures her that she's still his one true love and that everything he's doing is for them. Rita says she really really wants to end this doppelgänger hustle and flee Denver asap, then points out that eventually Blake is going to figure out that "Dr. Travers" doesn't actually exist. George Hamilton assures her he has everything under control, evidenced by him disabling "Dr. Travers'" phone number, and promises to not let her down.
Jonathan drops by Dominique's La Mirage suite with a bag of croissants, informs her that he's been hired as a consultant for Bart Fallmont on the pipeline injunction case, and says he hopes they can still be friends. Dominique shoots him a the hell? look and reminds him that the Carringtons are her family, then sharply declares that whatever boring-as-fuck flirtation existed between them will not be developing into anything more.
Garrett summons Dominique to the La Mirage bar, then explains that he's flying back to Los Angeles soon and wanted to see her before he left. He says he can't stop thinking about her and would like them to resume their love affair, then pulls her towards him in a forcible hug and smooches her. As she pretends to struggle while also looking totally into it, he whispers, "This is only the beginning..", then abruptly wanders off, leaving Dominique staring into space with a weirdly nauseated look on her face. LOL.
Alexis drops by Blake's office to discuss the pipeline injunction, and she agrees to put on a united front 'cause she doesn't want to cause him any hardship while he's grappling with his marital issues. She asks him, "out of curiosity", how he felt when he found her screwing Roger Grimes in their bed, and he snaps, "You know damn well how I felt!" and tries to change the subject. Alexis says it must have been devastating to his pride, then tells him she knows for a fact that Rita/Krystle has been cheating on him with "Dr. Travers", and that the eyewitness was Little Blake, who saw the two getting it on in their bedroom. Blake is all, "Wha-a-a?" and stares into space with a troubled expression on his wrinkly face.
That evening, Blake asks Rita/Krystle whassup with her and "Dr. Travers", then says he has it on good authority that she's having an affair with him...and that it would explain why she has zero interest in going to bed with him anymore. When she mumbles a weak denial and heads for the door, Blake insists on an explanation now...but a rattled Rita/Krystle shrieks, "I refuse to take this abuse!" and races past him as she flees the room.
Rita heads straight to Delta Rho, tells George Hamilton she wants out now, and says she no longer cares about the money. When she tells him that Blake thinks she's having an affair with "Dr. Travers", George Hamilton chuckles and says he just came up with a new plan, then hands her a small bottle labelled caution dangerous. He explains that it's "medicine" that'll slow down the heart to the point that it will weaken Blake until he eventually suffers total heart failure. When Rita looks aghast at the prospect of slow poisoning Blake to death, George Hamilton points out that a divorced Krystle Carrington will end up penniless - whereas Blake's widow will inherit his entire fortune. Rita moans, "I can't doooooo it..", so George Hamilton tells her she has to do this for them...and by has to, he means that this is a direct order.
Claudia tells Adam she's angry with him for doing fuck all to help her to regain control of the Lankershim oil well she feels she fairly inherited. When Adam points out for the umpteenth time that his focus is on gaining control of the entire Carrington fortune, she tells him she wants her own financial independence from this lone oil well, then snappishly tells him to get lost.
Blake asks Rita/Krystle where she's been all evening, so she fibs and tells him she was out driving. She acknowledges that lately she's been a shitty wife and wants to work things out...and when Blake growls that he doesn't buy it, Rita/Krystle glances shiftily at his brandy glass and covertly pulls the poison bottle out of her pocket. She pours it into his drink as he brings up the issue of divorce, then complains that she's tired of this conversation and is off to bed: alone. After she storms out of the room, Blake snatches up his brandy glass and angrily guzzles it.
Recap: Blake summons Rita/Krystle to the study to apologize for being so dickish to her when she refused to have sex with him last night, but also points out how weird she's been acting lately. He asks her if there's something that's been bothering her that she feels like she can't talk to him about, and she breezily says that her recent illness must be making her act overly emotional. Blake reminds her that Dr. Tyler couldn't find anything wrong with her, and is therefore assuming that the problem lies between them. Gerard interrupts the conversation to inform Blake that the car is out front to take him to his morning appointment - and Blake tells Rita/Krystle that he fully intends for them to straighten everything out this evening.
Over at the Delta Rho, Sammy Jo tells George Hamilton she's getting tired of how long the Krystle/Rita doppelganger storyline is being dragged out and wants him to instruct Rita to transfer her inheritance money to a Cayman Islands bank account asap. George Hamilton pretends as if he's going to get right on that and sends her on her way - just as Rita bursts into the room and announces that she can no longer stand having to come up with excuses to avoid hitting the sheets with the old goat. George Hamilton shrugs disinterestedly at her distress and says, "Then just hit the sheets with him" and reminds her that they all have sacrifices to make when it comes to ensuring the success of Operation Swindle the Carringtons. Rita makes an ew face and says she's worried she won't be as good as Krystle in bed, and George Hamilton assures her she needn't worry 'bout that 'cause "all cats are grey in the dark". As a revolted looking Rita stares worriedly into space, George Hamilton reminds her that they've come way too far to fail at this point in the scheme, then leans in and gives her an intense smooch.
Alexis is finishing up a delectable breakfast in bed with her adorable pooch nestled beside her when Dex sexily asks her if she wants dessert. She declines and says they should probably start their day, which Dex translates to mean that she wants him out of the penthouse by the time King Galen arrives at the guest suite to begin convalescing. He insists that Galen is a conniver who's going to try to take her for all she has, but then promises not to fight her on this 'cause he trusts that she's a big girl who's perfectly capable of managing and protecting her finances.
Alexis drops by the guest suite of her penthouse to welcome a newly arrived King Galen to her home...and he schmaltzily coos about how grateful he is for her kindness, then informs her that he requires a few things to get Operation Regain Control of Moldavia underway: a private phone line, a telex address, a secretary, and a line of credit. Alexis raises her eyebrows at that last thing, but then says, "Consider it done" - at least until he regains the use of his legs. After she heads to the office, Prince Michael arrives for a one-on-one with the king, who orders him to fly to New York tonight to meet with a group of mercenaries whose loyalties are for sale, and to be tough in his dealings with him. Galen then warns that there are many enemies among them, namely Dex Dexter...and when Prince Michael's all, "Wuh? But Dex saved your life", Galen dismissively says that that's sooo four episodes ago, and that he now considers Dex his mortal enemy. Sounds ungrateful and overly dramatic, but OK.
Rita/Krystle returns to Carrington manor with Sammy Jo and is stunned to see that Blake has arranged to have the vestibule filled with flowers and instructed one of his servants to present her with a jewelry box containing a set of giant tacky earrings and a card that describes them as a token of my everlasting love. Rita/Krystle bursts into tears and races upstairs with Sammy Jo following closely behind...and when Sammy Jo asks her whassup with her tears, Rita wails, "No man's ever loved me the way he does!" then acknowledges that it isn't actually her he loves. She says that Blake's devotion to Krystle makes her even more miffed at George Hamilton for so nonchalantly urging her to go to bed with Blake...and a few seconds later, Blake calls to apologize for the snarly way he talked to her this morning, and that he's looking forward to this evening's make up sex. Rita hangs up, contemplates the prospect of getting boned by the old goat, and cries, "Oh God!" LOL. Oh God indeed.
Rita/Krystle composes herself, then goes downstairs to ask Mrs. Gunnerson to prepare Blake's favorite dinner and to also find a tasty bottle of wine for the special occasion.
Prince Michael arrives at La Mirage and finds Amanda waiting for him in his office. She offers to take him to lunch, but he declines 'cause he has soooo much to do, including jetting to New York on business. She asks him if this "business" is political work, and he cagily says the less she knows about what he's up to these days, the better. Amanda poutishly tells him she wants to be involved in all aspects of Operation Regain Control of Moldavia, but Prince Michael insists that it's too far dangerous and sternly says he won't allow it...then softens his tone and says he's merely trying to protect her. She throws herself into his arms, says she loves him and is frightened for him, and he half-heartedly tries to assure her that everything will be OK. She suggests involving Dex in whatever political work he's doing in New York, but Prince Michael's like, "No way in hell" and orders her to keep his travel itinerary to herself, since the security and success of the mission relies on no one knowing what he and his traitorous father are plotting.
Jonathan Lake drops by Dominique's La Mirage suite and invites her to dinner tonight and says he's refusing to take no for an answer.
Over at Carrington manor, Alexis tells Jeannette she just visited with Little Blake, who's apparently still very upset at being sworn at by Rita/Krystle. She hands the maid a hundred dollar bill and says she'll match that payment every week if she stays on the alert and reports on everything that Krystle says and does. Jeannette look horrified at the idea of spying on her employer and refuses to do it - just as Rita/Krystle enters the room after having eavesdropped on enough of the conversation to get the gist of what Alexis is up to. She orders Alexis to get the hell out of her mansion.
Dominique decides to take Jonathan up on his dinner invitation...and he gabbles about seeing her sing in Paris all those years ago when he was about to commit suicide, and says he feels like they're kindred spirits 'cause of the deep hurts they've both suffered, blah blah. He promises that she'll soon drop her defences with him and won't be sorry she did...and Dominique stares back at him with an intrigued looking expression on her face.
George Hamilton drops by the attic to hand Krystle one of her dresses and says she can wear that when he takes her out on the town tomorrow night. Krystle stares back at him perplexedly and goes, "Are you serious?", and he bitchily retorts that yes he's taking her out, but that if she tries to do anything to escape his clutches, he'll instruct Rita to hurt her baby.
Blake and Rita/Krystle dine in the privacy of their bedroom, and Blake gushes about the wonderfulness of the food, wine, and ambiance. He then remarks on the distance that has developed between them and asks her if he's said or done something that's been irking her, and Rita/Krystle says no, and that probably all they needed was a good dinner. Blake seems satisfied enough with that response and gets all canoodly while moaning, "I loooove you", then unzips the back of her dress and plants a giant smooch on her lips. Rita/Krystle tries to act like she's into it - but after a few seconds she get too icked out and shrieks, "I can't!" Blake gets vexed and snaps, "What's the matter now?!", then gets all in her face and asks her if he needs to forcibly (!) remind her what they have together. He pushes her atop the bed and starts mauling her while she cries, "Noooooo!!", which jars him into stopping his attack and recalling that the last time he committed marital rape it nearly destroyed their marriage - even though, as I recall, it was hastily swept under the rug - and so he's taking a pass on committing a second sexual assault. The old creep then stalks out of the room and leaves a shaken Rita/Krystle staring bewilderedly into space.
As Steven works out in the mansion gym, Claudia complains to him about how Blake is trying to rob her of the oil well she inherited from Walter Lankershim and implores him to help her regain ownership of the asset. Steven shrugs disinterestedly and says he doubts she has much of a case and therefore has no intention of bringing up the matter with his father...and Claudia snarls, "You really are Blake's son" and calls him a shithead for helping deny her her inheritance. Steven rolls his eyes and says he's attributing her nasty behavior to her shitty husband's influence, and says that ever since that unholy coupling she's become like a stranger to him.
Adam is in Bart Fallmont's office, attempting to bribe him with sizeable political campaign donations in exchange for putting an end to the injunction against the pipeline project. Bart makes it clear he can't be bought and angrily orders Adam to get the hell out of his office, and an unfazed Adam saunters out of the room, smirking.
Steven confronts Adam about meeting with Bart Fallmont without consulting him. Adam says he'll handle this injunction crisis however he sees fit, and Steven angrily declares that he's going to drop in on Fallmont for his own impromptu meeting and keep his fingers crossed that something useful comes of that.
Bart Fallmont tells Steven he assumes he's here to apologize for his brother's shitty behavior, and assumes that they're playing good cop/bad cop. Steven denies playing games and says he's here to discuss the pipeline, regardless of whatever Adam was up to. Bart angrily vows to fight the construction of the pipeline with everything he's got and rails about how the project is going to rape the land and destroy the environment. Steven denies that any of that will happen and insists that Blake is a benevolent job creator who would never endanger the environment to line his own pockets - bwahahaha! - but Bart snorts in disgust and orders him to get the hell out of his office.
The Rolls-Royce transporting Alexis and Dex to somewhere fancy for the evening gets a flat tire a few feet away from a dive called The Big Oaks Lounge. Dex suggests to his wife that they pass the time there while the driver changes the tire...and she makes a seriously? expression before Dex says it's either that or help the driver with the flat.
By scripted coincidence, George Hamilton has chosen The Big Oaks Lounge as the venue for his first date with Krystle. Alexis quickly spots them, is all, "The fuck she doin' here?" and tells Dex she's intrigued to learn why Krystle is hanging out in a low class bar with a good looking man. She suggests they hit the dance floor and enjoy Krystle's reaction when she realizes she's been caught red-handed.
George Hamilton tells Krystle that this is a magical night for him - LOL - then notices the startled look on her face as she stares across the room at Alexis and Dex. He asks her if she knows the two of them - she says no - then warns her to not do anything stupid. She assures him she won't, then covertly takes a matchbook and a tube of lipstick out of her purse and write HELP on the inside of the matchbook. With that done, she asks George Hamilton if he'd like to dance, and he beams and happily accepts. A few seconds after they hit the dance floor, Alexis whirls around, pretends she didn't notice her earlier, and exclaims, "Krystle! What a surprise!" and asks her if this is the new hangout for rich trophy wives looking to slum it for the evening. She asks to be introduced to her gentleman friend, but then just goes ahead and introduces herself before asking George Hamilton who in the heck he is. After a brief inquisition about "Dr. Travers'" faux medical practice, a panicked looking Krystle tells Alexis she'd give anything for one of her cigarettes right now...and Alexis scrunches her face confusedly and says, "Since when do you smoke?", but then shrugs and asks Dex to retrieve her package of cigarettes. Krystle tries to hand her the matchbook with HELP written inside of it, but George Hamilton takes it from her and slyly says she really shouldn't smoke, then steers her across the room. Dex stares curiously at the two, clearly sensing that something is amiss - but then allows Alexis to convince him that the weirdness of that interaction can be attributed to Krystle's guilt about being caught publicly canoodling with a man who isn't Blake. As the two exit the lounge, Krystle stares after them longingly while continuing to dance with George Hamilton, hopefully kicking herself hard for so stupidly wasting that rescue opportunity.
Back at Delta Rho, George Hamilton admonishes Krystle for her "stupid trick", then creepily says he knows games that are a whole lot more fun than writing HELP on a matchbook and hoping like hell someone clues in to her distress. He says he enjoyed their first date and hopes to go out with her again...then leans in for a goodnight kiss - but stops when a disgusted Krystle cries, "Ack!" and irritably forces her back into her attic prison.
The next morning, Blake reminds Rita/Krystle that they're scheduled to attend a charity ball this evening, and that he'd appreciate it if she would pretend as though she's his loving wife, despite her disinterest in riding his baloney pony. Rita/Krystle stares back at him dumbly, then stares worriedly into space after he exits the room.
As Alexis and Dex bask in post-coital afterglow, Alexis cackles about how they caught Krystle at a sleazy lounge with her lover. She asks Dex if Krystle ever come onto him, and he says no and chuckles about the perverseness of the question. He then changes the subject and asks her when she thinks King Galen might regain the use of his legs [so he can move out of the penthouse and out of their lives], and she just shrugs and replies, "I guess whenever his nerves start to respond."
King Galen is staring at his bare foot and willing his toes to move when Alexis drops by his suite with a stack of magazines to help him pass the time. He tells her there hasn't been any improvement in the motor functioning of his bottom half, and she says it'll probably take time, and that once he's able to walk again they'll have to celebrate. He tells her it means soooo much to him that she has welcomed him into her home when he's at his most vulnerable, and promises to make the trouble well worth her while...and she grins and is like, "Well d'yuh. Why the hell do you think I'm doing all this?"
George Hamilton brings Krystle a television set and suggests they pass the evening by uncomfortably sitting side by side and watching the tube. He steps out to get a tray of food, and Krystle glances over at the TV and happens to see a local news report about the evening's charity ball. She's aghast when she sees Rita/Krystle and Blake exit a limo and give a short interview about the charity to the local anchor...then has a freakout and smashes the TV set onto the floor. When George Hamilton rushes back into the room, she bellows, "You stole my life! I'm Krystle Carrington!", and George Hamilton orders her to forget about her past life 'cause he'd really like it if she were to fall in love with him, then gives her a strange looking bear hug. Krystle shoves him away and snaps, "You're insane!" and he gets a weird look on his face and calmly asks, "Am I? We'll see about that", then says he has a way with women, and that soon she'll know what it's like to be doinked by a Don Juan such as himself. LOL. And ew.
Recap: In the Delta Rho attic, Krystle is tossing and turning on her makeshift mattress bed until she wakes with a start. She then gets up, struggles to open the locked door, then stupidly yells, "Somebody helppppppp me!!" A few seconds later, an irked looking George Hamilton enters the room and snarkishly says it's 3:00am and no one can hear her. He urges her to go back to sleep...and to also be a little grateful that he's done everything possible to make things comfortable for her. When Krystle reminds him that she's being held against her will, he impatiently yells at her to shut her pie hole and chillax.
Over at Carrington manor, Blake notices that Rita/Krystle is just picking at her breakfast. He tells her he's been so worried about her health that he made an appointment for her with Dr. Tyler. Rita/Krystle assures Blake that she feels soooo much better after seeing "Dr. Travers", but Blake insists on getting a second opinion and says he'll be accompanying her to the appointment.
Alexis is interviewing nurses to care for King Galen once he starts recuperating in her penthouse...and when Dex gets wind of what's going on, he makes it clear that he's less than thrilled by this latest development. Alexis points out that their hospitality will one day be worth billions of dollars, but Dex counters that it's not "their" hospitality since she didn't exactly ask his permission, and that he frankly couldn't give a rat's ass about Galen's billions. Alexis stares at him incredulously and says they're about to be handed a fortune once..
Dex seems most skeptical about item #2, warns her that Galen might be using her, and points out that they already have all the money they could ever want. Alexis retorts that this is a once in a lifetime opportunity...then reminds him how hard she's had to work to get respect for everything she's achieved, being a woman and all. The conversation is abruptly interrupted when a couple of work men enter the penthouse with a flat piece of wood to begin construction on Galen's wheelchair ramp.
Dex drops by the hospital to pay a visit to King Galen, who gushingly thanks him for saving his life and tells him that if they were in Moldavia, he would receive the highest honor in the category of Best Rescue of a King. When he refers to Dex as "a special man", Dex counters that Alexis is "a special wife" who he'll protect at all costs, then says he's not wild about her loyalty to an ousted king, who he's concerned is using her and her cash to regain power.
Rita/Krystle insists to Dr. Tyler that she feels A-OK, but Dr. Tyler says he'll run a battery of tests just to be sure...and that if anything is wrong with her, he'll uncover it.
Prince Michael tells his father he doesn't approve of the ColbyCo banking deal, 'cause anything that substantial is supposed to be decided in consultation with the Cabinet and Parliament...otherwise the snubby oversight might lead to another revolt. King Galen admits that he's planning to use Alexis' cash to buy arms and loyalty in his quest to regain the Moldavian throne...after which he'll promptly reneg on the tax haven promise. He warns Prince Michael to not breathe a word of this underhandedness to Amanda or Alexis - and when Prince Michael's like, "But Amanda is my wife!", King Galen says that right now his only priority should be his country.
Over lunch, Claudia whines to Adam that Walter Lankershim bequeathed her his oil well, which Blake is now claiming belongs to Denver Carrington. When she says she plans on filing charges against Blake, Adam urges her to stifle that urge and focus her energy more on getting "the whole pie". Claudia complains that she's tired of begging the Carringtons for everything and would much prefer to live off of the profits the Lankershim oil well yields - but Adam tells her the last thing they should be doing right now is antagonizing the old goat, and promises that he'll one day get her damn oil well back. A few seconds later, Adam gets a phone call from Blake, summoning him to his office.
Blake asks Adam for an update regarding the restraining order against the pipeline, so Adam informs him that Senator Fallmont's son, Bart, is behind the effort. Blake digests that nugget, remarks on how the Senator has been against the pipeline from the get-go, then adds, "You have your work cut out for you." Adam says he's determined to win the case, and Blake nods approvingly...then changes the subject and says that he had unpleasant words with Claudia, who accused him of stealing her inheritance. Adam hastily assures him it was a misunderstanding, and that Claudia now understands that the well belongs to Denver Carrington. Blake's like, "Wuh? Really?" and says he's glad the matter has been straightened out.
Alexis arrives at Carrington manor with a wrapped gift for Little Blake, who's driving his toy car down the mansion's corridor. He accidentally crashes into Rita/Krystle, who snappishly calls him "a little creep", yanks him out of the car, and threatens to take the toy car away from him. Alexis gasps in shock and barks, "Take your hands off that child!", then hands Little Blake the gift and sends him to the kitchen for a snack. She then warns Rita/Krystle to never swear at or manhandle her grandson ever again...and as Rita/Krystle storms off, Alexis snarls that she can't wait for the day she exits Carrington manor forever.
Alexis rushes over to Denver Carrington to express concern to Blake for their grandson's safety, specifically 'cause she just caught Krystle abusing the child. Blake rolls his eyes and says they both know that Krystle would never harm anyone - but Alexis insists that Little Blake was genuinely frightened during the altercation. She chides Blake for not listening to her, says that one day he'll regret not heeding her warning, then flounces out of his office.
Prince Michael brings Amanda to the most luxurious suite La Mirage has to offer and suggests they spend the evening dining in private so they can hit the silk sheets soon after. Amanda perks up at the sexy proposition...and in the next scene, the two are hot tubbing and snacking on caviar. Prince Michael tells Amanda that this is how it's going to be from now on, and that he regrets coming so close to losing her...and in the next scene, the two are laying in bed, basking in post-coitus afterglow as they reminisce about meeting each other for the first time. Prince Michael says he might be inclined to keep this suite reserved for them on a permanent basis, and that perhaps it will be where a royal heir is conceived. Amanda's all, "Ack!" and says she'd much prefer they spend time together as childless lovers, and suggests they strengthen their bond even further by working together at the La Mirage. Prince Michael gets irked, says that the La Mirage isn't their future, and that producing an heir for Moldavia should be the #1 thing on her to do list. Amanda chafes at being given orders about such a major life decision...and when she asks him exactly how he plans on getting Moldavia back under his and King Galen's control, he mumbles, "Trust me."
Krystle is morosely staring into space, thinking about Kristina and whispering, "I love you soooooo much." A smiling George Hamilton enters the attic and says he has no choice about having to hold her captive...but that how much she enjoys her relatively comfortable captivity is up to her. Krystle snaps back that she wants to be home with her family and won't pretend to be comfortable for his sake. George Hamilton frowns and says that that's a shame 'cause he was about to let her out of the attic so she could take a nice long bath. He breathily describes how luxurious it would be to feel "the nice, soft caress of the hot water" and asks her if she'd like that...and despite the creepy way he's talking and staring at her, she perks up and is all, "That sounds awesome!" LOL.
George Hamilton leads Krystle into the bathroom in the Delta Rho residence, warns her to not even think about escaping, and informs her that he'll remain in the bathroom to ensure that she can't try anything. Krystle looks appalled at the idea of undressing in front of him - but he assures her he'll do his best to not sneak a peek even though he's seen lots of women getting undressed, then points out that it'd be a shame to waste the lovely bubble bath he ran for her. Krystle decides 'ah fuck it' and quickly strips and climbs into the tub...and George Hamilton stares over at her creepily and moans, "My God...you are a vision." He then starts nattering about the movies and pompously declares, "I could make you a star" ... and Krystle's all, "The movies? What in the fucking hell are you talking about, weirdo?", and her brazen look of disgust prompts a flustered George Hamilton to hastily exit the room.
At Carrington manor, Steven gets enraged when Claudia informs him that Sammy Jo took Danny to Delta Rho with her. He announces that he's storming over to the ranch right now to fetch his son.
George Hamilton admonishes Sammy Jo for bringing her brat to the very ranch where Krystle is being held captive...and Sammy Jo notices the pile of Krystle's clothes, looks alarmed, and asks if her aunt is all right. George Hamilton assures her she's fine, but to not go anywhere near the bathroom 'cause Krystle, who's currently soaking in a hot tub, still has no idea that she has been party to this doppelganger/kidnapper scheme.
Steven bursts into Sammy Jo's office and admonishes her for taking their son away from Carrington manor without permission. Sammy Jo weakly says she thought he might like to see the horses - but if he's that angry about it, he should just take Danny and leave.
George Hamilton is escorting Krystle back to the attic when they see Steven and Danny exit the residence. Krystle opens her mouth to scream - but George Hamilton clamps his hand over it and drags her over to the stables. He keeps her hidden behind a wall, and threateningly orders her to keep her trap shut 'cause he really doesn't want to have to hurt her.
After the commercial break, Steven and Danny enter the stable and unwittingly walk past Krystle and George Hamilton to have a look at some of the horses. After a few nerve-wracking (not really) seconds, Steven tells his son they should be getting home now. Once the two are out of hearing range, George Hamilton tells Krystle it's too late to yell for help, then hovers over her creepily. When he leans in to kiss her, she moves her head away...and he boasts, "Soon you're going to want me. I'm a very patient man." Ew.
Dex drops by Denver Carrington to bitchily remind Blake that his company submitted a bid to construct the oil pipeline and that he hasn't heard back. Blake explains that there's a temporary restraining order on that project, and Dex is like, "That sounds like your problem" and says it feels as though he's being deliberately kept out of the deal...and Blake's like, "Go pee up a rope, Dex. I have other things on mind these days."
Dex enters Alexis' office and overhears Alexis on the phone, transferring $2 million to King Galen's account so he can buy arms for the Moldavian underground. Dex shakes his head in dismay and asks her if she's not worried that Galen will nationalize his country's banking industry once he's back on the throne, but Alexis insists that she trusts the king to keep his word. Dex points out that she doesn't actually know the man that well, and asks her to ponder why there was a revolution in the first place. Alexis retorts by asking him if he plans on moving out if she continues to help and trust Galen, and Dex says that this time he's going to stick around to protect her from her naïveté and horrendous decision-making.
Dr. Tyler informs Rita/Krystle that she's perfectly healthy, and Blake's all, "Woo hoo!" while Rita/Krystle breathes a huge sigh of relief.
Later, Rita/Krystle spikes Blake's brandy just before he emerges from the bathroom in his robe. He gets all canoodly and moans, "I loooove you, I've missed you" and tries to steer her over to the bed - but Rita/Krystle's all, "Ack!" at the prospect of getting boned by goat daddy and pulls away in revulsion while barking at him to leave her alone. As a confused Blake is all, "What the..?", she flees the bedroom, runs down the hall, and locks herself inside a different room...and Blake chases after her, pounds on the door, and demands that she let him in (excuse the pun).
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Recap: Blake is awakened in the middle of the night by Nanny Martha, who summons him and Rita/Krystle to the nursery asap 'cause she can't seem to do her job in getting Kristina to stop mewling. Blake wakes his wife and the two rush over to the nursery, where a hapless Martha is holding the weeping tot and insisting that the only thing that's going to quiet her down is being in her mother's arms. She hands the baby to Rita/Krystle, which only makes the baby cry harder - LOL - so Blake takes her and gives her a comforting cuddle. Blake asks Rita/Krystle if she's OK and says that even the baby has noticed that she's not quite herself lately, and Rita/Krystle breezily says it must be all the antibiotics she's been taking...'cause, yeah, that's a plausible explanation.
Alexis wakes up with her adorable Shih Tzu in bed beside her. She touches the pillow, sighs heavily, and gets up to phone Sam Dexter to see if he happens to know where Dex is - but Sam says he has absolutely no idea.
Blake remarks to Sammy Jo that Krystle has been acting very strangely lately and asks her if they've been arguing, and Sammy Jo says no and adds that she's probably just tired from the big pipeline party from three episodes ago. Blake grumbles that he doesn't think Dr. Travers is doing his wife any good, then informs Sammy Jo that he'll be at Delta Rho this afternoon to buy Krystle a white Arabian (Selina) to cheer her up. Sammy Jo's like, "No can do, Selina has been sold" ... and when Blake says he'll stop by anyway to see what else she has in stock, she tells him it's not a good idea 'cause the veterinarian is coming to examine the horses for a mystery ailment they suddenly all came down with. Blake's like, "Whatever" and says he really really wants to surprise Krystle with a brand new horse.
Over at ColbyCo, Dex asks Steven where Alexis is, so Steven tells him she's at the hospital, hovering over King Galen before he's wheeled off to the OR. Dex snarks, "And to hell with her business and her marriage", and Steven says he's been tasked with taking care of ColbyCo in her absence, but will leave the marriage for him to sort out. He then chides Dex for abandoning Alexis while she's been so preoccupied with Galen and suggests he maybe stand by her for a change, and Dex mulls that over while staring contemplatively into space.
At La Mirage, Garrett tells Dominique he'd like to talk business with her over dinner, but she haughtily touts herself as a serious business woman who prefers to not mix business with anything resembling pleasure. A dismayed Garrett and asks her why she's so determined to keep pleasure out of her life, apologizes for the way their affair ended twenty years ago, and remarks on the sadness she exudes as if something has gone very wrong in her life. Dominique bitchily says he'd be the last person she'd ever confide in...and after he exits her suite, she pulls out a photo of a young bi-racial girl - who I can only assume is hers/Garrett's love spawn - and stares wistfully into space.
Blake summons Adam to his office to snarl at him about the coalition of farmers and environmentalists who are trying to get a restraining order in order to put a stop to the Denver Carrington/ColbyCo pipeline project. He asks Adam if they have a legitimate claim, and Adam assures him that he didn't take any shortcuts with the legal work, and that surely he'll win back his trust once the pipeline goes into the construction phase. Blake just glowers at him and says he wants a progress report at every step of this new clusterfuck.
Sammy Jo warns George Hamilton that Blake is coming to Delta Rho this afternoon, but he doesn't seem worried and starts nattering about the next phase of his nefarious scheme: creating a dummy corporation. Sammy Jo's all, "Wha-a-a-a?" and says she'd really really like it if Rita went a lawyer and got her father's the will changed so that she can collect the entirety of her inheritance (minus their cut) and flee Denver. George Hamilton points out that that'd cause way too many alarm bells to go off, so they're going to need to transfer the money quietly and slowly. A few seconds later, the phone rings and the call gets picked up by his faux "Dr. Travers" answering machine. Blake leaves a snarky sounding message for "the doctor" to call him back asap, and George Hamilton smiles smugly at Sammy Jo and says, "See? I've thought of everything" ... to which Sammy Jo wryly replies, "Yes, you're a fucking genius, George." [Sorry - that was me being sarcastic.]
Claudia proudly tells Blake that she just inherited the Blaisdel/Lankershim oil well now that Walter Lankershim has finally kicked the bucket, and Blake's like, "Uh, about that.." and informs her that Matthew and Walter came to him for a loan that they ended up defaulting on, which resulted in the well becoming the property of Denver Carrington. When Claudia's all, "Wha-a-a-a?! You can't dooooo that!", Blake says he can 'cause he has stockholders to answer to. Claudia gets enraged and accuses him of being to make anything illegal legal, and Blake orders her to get the hell out of his office before she starts having a bigger freakout than the relatively mild one she's having right now.
As Galen is being prepped for surgery, Prince Michael tells Alexis he finally learned the reason she helped rescue his father from Moldavia: they were in love many years ago, but were prohibited by Galen's father from marrying. Alexis confirms that that's indeed true, then clarifies that she didn't rescue Galen so much because they were once in love, but because she desperately wanted to right a wrong that had been done to him by the revolutionaries. She then changes the subject to his marriage with Amanda and says she'd really really like it if they could kiss/make up and live happily ever after.
Elsewhere in the hospital, Amanda tells Dex that Galen is about to have surgery and that Alexis has been sitting vigil at his bedside for days on end...and Dex rolls his eyes at that last thing and pissily objects to how the hospital's immediate family only rule was somehow extended to include Alexis. Amanda contorts her face into an expression of misery and moans about what a ginormous mistake she made marrying Prince Michael, and that it's clear he only married her for appearances. She whines, "Pleeeeeeease help me", but he's like, "Sorry, I have too many damn problems of my own right now. "
After Galen is wheeled to the OR, Dex urges Alexis to head back to the penthouse with him - but she says she'd prefer to hang out in the hospital's waiting room and wring her hands worriedly until she gets an update from the surgeons. She tells him to go on home without her, and Prince Michael snippily tells Amanda to go home as well...and when she offers to stay and keep him company, he snaps, "What's the point? I'll call you if I need you."
Amanda follows her tiny rude prick of a husband to the waiting room to ask whassup with his incessant bitchitude, so he reminds her that she told her father she wants a divorce and that the last thing he wants right now is her pity. Amanda insists that, despite her recent desire to divorce him, she cares for him deeply and points out that he's been shutting her out. She implores him to share what he's feeling, so he blurts out, "OMG! I don't want my father to die!" ... and she assures him that Galen will be just fine, and that he should give her a chance to be his emotional support system. He apologizes for his general assholery this season and gives her a grateful hug.
Claudia rails to Adam about how Blake declared that Denver Carrington was the owner of her newly inherited oil well, and that he's denying her her rightful inheritance purely to be a dick. Adam's like, "Well duh, I told you so" and reminds her how many years' worth of anger towards Blake he has bottled up inside. Claudia laments no longer being independently wealthy, then commits to Adam's vague plot to seize all of the Carrington wealth and power for themselves.
Krystle is once again picking at the boards that are nailed across the window when she hears George Hamilton approach...and is all, "Ack!" when she sees that he's carrying rope. She scrunches her face into an expression of horrified misery and whimpers, "No...please don't", and he replies, "Sorry, just for a little while" and creepily advances on her as she cries, "Pleeeeeease..." He forces her onto a chair and ties up her hands and feet before muzzling her with a gag.
George Hamilton arrives at Carrington manor for another "house call", and Rita squeals with delight and rushes across the room to give him a hug. He hands her a single rose and warns her that right now Blake is at Delta Rho, buying her a horse, so she should do her best to look surprised when he presents it to her as a gift. Rita makes an ew face and says she'd much prefer jewelry, then tells George Hamilton she's been slipping Blake barbiturates every night so she doesn't have to endure the grossness of putting out for the old goat. George Hamilton nods approvingly and says, "Good. I don't want to share you with anyone" and promises to keep her well supplied with sleeping pills.
Adam snarks at Steven about the restraining order that might possibly affect construction of the pipeline, and Steven tells him to chillax so they can work through the situation in as smooth a manner as possible. Adam declares that since he's a lawyer he should be in charge - but Steven argues that he's not his subordinate and that they're going to have to tackle this boring-as-fuck crisis as equals.
At the penthouse, Dex is guzzling a beer when Alexis returns home and announces that Galen made it through surgery and is in recovery. She then tries to canoodle Dex - but when he just glares at her in response, she chides his sulkiness and purrs, "I don't want to fight, I want to make love." Dex stubbornly retorts that he's not her lapdog, so Alexis chuckles over his wounded male pride, fondles his chest, and breathily coos about how badly she wants to hit the sheets with him right now. Dex's penis perks up at that prospect and he moans, "Oooh Alexis.." and mounts her atop the couch, where the two start going at it.
Over at Carrington manor, Rita and George Hamilton are going at it on the bed when Little Blake bursts into the room, stares mutely at the dry humping spectacle for several seconds, then quietly retreats. Rita's like, "Fuuuuuuck.." and says she can't keep up this charade much longer, but George Hamilton just shrugs and assures her that no one will listen to the kid, and that he considers their impersonation scheme to be a work of art. He tells Rita that her next assignment is to find out where Blake keeps his will and other family documents, then suggests that they indulge in a romp 'cause they're probably not going to get another chance for a long time.
Blake is at Delta Rho, looking over the Arabians with Sammy Jo and one of the ranch hands. Sammy Jo glances nervously at the nearby building where an imprisoned Krystle is struggling with the ropes binding her hands and feet. Eventually, she manages to free herself, then picks at the window boards some more and loosens a large screw. She stares through the peephole, is startled to realize that she's being held captive at Delta Rho, and spots Blake and Sammy Jo. She cries, "I'm in here! Blake!" ... and when it's clear he can't hear her, she starts weeping uncontrollably.
A despondent Krystle is slumped on the floor when George Hamilton returns to the attic. She angrily calls him out for lying to her about not being at Delta Rho, then says she just saw Blake buy a horse from Sammy Jo. George Hamilton confirms that that is correct, and that since a doppelganger has taken her place at Carrington manor, Blake has no idea she's even gone. He snarls, "No one is looking for you, so no one will find you. That just leaves you and me" ... and as he's saying that, he creepily caresses her face. Krystle's like, "Ew" and shoves him away from her, and he responds by getting extra grab-handsy and glaring menacingly at her.
Alexis drops by the hospital to visit Galen, who thanks her for everything she's done for him since the Moldavian Massacre. Alexis leans in and is all, "Tell me more about that thing you said about me becoming the most powerful woman in the world" so he tells her he's willing to sign off on ColbyCo being in control of the entire banking industry in Moldavia (LOL, say what?!) - but only if he's able to regain power as king. [That sounds like a big if.] Alexis mulls that over and says that mounting a counter-coup d'etat sounds like a super fun challenge.
Alexis tells Dex that she's invited Galen to move into the downstairs part of the penthouse so he can recuperate in more luxurious surroundings, and Dex says he hates the idea of having her ex-lover installed in their home and doesn't get why she's being so overly accommodating to the king. Alexis explains that he made her an exciting offer that could be worth billions - but Dex looks unimpressed, says he's through arguing about her fixation on Galen, and storms out of the penthouse.
Blake drives Rita/Krystle over to the stables and says he has a surprise for her, then asks his ranch hand bring out Selina. Rita/Krystle pretends to look delighted at the sight of the white Arabian and flatly says, "Oh...a horse", and tentatively wanders over to pet it. The horse senses her dislike of it and makes an unhappy whinnying sound, and Rita/Krystle backs off and says that the horse's weird reaction to her must somehow be related to her chronic headache. Blake gets pissy, says it's obvious that Dr. Travers is doing fuck all to make her better, and that he's determined to get to the bottom with whatever's ailing her...and as he storms back into the car, Rita/Krystle stares worriedly into space.
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Recap: The private plane carrying King Galen and his rescuers arrives in Denver to a tarmac packed with reporters. The first to deplane is Alexis - in a stunning, fur trimmed white coat ensemble - followed by Dex. Alexis tells the press that King Galen is doing great...and while that's happening, Blake and Amanda are watching the news coverage on TV at Carrington manor. Blake chuckles admiringly and tells Amanda there's nothing her tenacious mother can't do, then assures her that things will get easier with Prince Michael now that his father is safe. Amanda smiles weakly and unconvincingly agrees with her daddy that from now on things are going to be happy.
At the Delta Rho, Rita tells George Hamilton and Sammy Jo that Blake has become so concerned about her pretend headache that's been preventing her from fulfilling her wifely duties (ew), that he's insisting she see a doctor. George Hamilton perks up at that tidbit and decides 'why not cast myself in the role of Dr. Travers?' and says he can use the opportunity to get access to the mansion. Sammy Jo rolls her eyes and says she really just wants to get her inheritance money so she can get the hell outa town, but George Hamilton points out that she can't exactly transfer the entire inheritance at once 'cause it'll ring alarm bells. He then reminds both ladies that he's appointed himself the sole decision maker of this nefarious scheme and that they both need to shut up and do whatever he thinks is best.
Amanda arrives at the hospital with Blake...and when she sees Alexis hanging with Prince Michael and Dex, she cries, "Mummy!" and runs over to hug her, then hugs Dex. Prince Michael scrunches his face angrily, then thanks Dex for his courage in rescuing the king before snarking at him to stay the hell away from his wife. Dex responds by assuring him that there's nothing [at this moment] going on between him and Amanda, and storms off. A few seconds later, the doctor informs Prince Michael that his father is awake and asking to see him, and Prince Michael bitchily tells Amanda that he wants to visit with the king alone.
Prince Michael clutches his father's hand, and the two weep with joy that they were both able to make it safely to the U.S. King Galen asks his son how things are going with his hot new wife, and Prince Michael pretends that everything is A-OK and refers to her as "a wonderful wife".
Blake informs Alexis that Fallon is alive and well and starring in Dynasty's wretched spin-off show, The Colbys, and Alexis is all, "Wha-a-a-a?!" and dramatically shakes her head from side to side - LOL - as she cries, "I must go see her!" Blake cautions against that and explains that Fallon is suffering from amnesia and has no idea who she or anyone in her family is, and that the doctors warn that she's so fragile she might go over the edge if anyone tries to push her too hard. Alexis agrees to keep her distance and focus on the problems of her other daughter: Amanda and her shitty marriage.
George Hamilton brings Krystle a tray of food and admonishes her for not eating the previous meal he brought for her. Krystle notices the fancy suit he's wearing and asks him where's going all dressed up...and he tells her he's making a house call, wishes her bon appetite, then stares at her all weird and spacey before exiting the attic.
George Hamilton arrives at Carrington manor and introduces himself to the staff as Dr. Travers. Rita/Krystle greets him and pretends as though they're meeting for the first time, and then the two head upstairs for her fake appointment.
Dominique complains to Blake that someone in Los Angeles has been buying up lots of stock in her record company, and Blake assumes it's Charlton Heston and that he's doing it to drive a wedge between them. Sounds like a boring use of his time and resources, but OK. As Dominique heads out, she runs into Adam, who tells her he's working on a dossier on Garrett Boydston and would appreciate any intel she's able to share. Dominique haughtily retorts, "I'm not in the dossier business" and says he'll have to find his spy elsewhere...and Adam's like, "Er, OK..?" and asks if she's being so weird about this 'cause she heard about Blake disinheriting him. Dominique assures him that her nonsensical bitchitude has absolutely nothing to do with that, then explains that she knew Garrett a long time ago, but considers him a closed book which she has no desire to "reread".
Claudia is playing on the piano with Danny when Sammy Jo enters the room looking peeved. As Danny and his nanny exit the scene for an off camera treat, Sammy Jo warns Claudia not to get too close to her son...and Claudia snaps back that she became close to the tot while she (Sammy Jo) was too busy bumming around New York to do any parenting. Sammy Jo bitchily declares that since she's no longer Steven's wife she has no business being at Carrington manor anymore, and Claudia says that since she's now Adam's wife, she has every right. Sammy Jo tells her to shove it with her "airs", says that a wedding band doesn't mean much around here, and smugly adds, "You're still a nobody." Claudia chuckles about the richness of that remark coming from a gold digging hussy such as herself, and Sammy Jo's like, "Whatever" and decides that among the two of them she's "the winner" 'cause she's now a rich person with her own power, and doesn't have to live on others' handouts. Claudia somehow refrains from pointing out that she's only rich 'cause of an inheritance she got from her late bio dad (who she knew for about five minutes), and that he put Krystle in charge of disbursing it 'cause he assumed that, left to her own devices, his idiot spawn would stupidly squander the cash.
George Hamilton admires the priceless artwork hanging in the master bedroom and tells Rita that this mansion is a gold mine, and far more valuable than Sammy Jo's piddly inheritance. Rita says that her biggest concern these days is how to avoid getting boned by Blake, and points out that she can't keep pretending to have the same headache every night. George Hamilton replies, "Maybe you should sleep with him" and an insulted Rita's all, "Wha-a-a-a?!" and cries, "I thaaght you luhved me!" George Hamilton swiftly backtracks and pretends to agree that it's far too risky for her to bump uglines with Blake, and coos about how he really truly wants her all to himself. As the two get into some intense smooching action, Little Blake enters the room and looks aghast at the amorous spectacle...and Rita/Krystle explains that she was giving her pretend doctor a kiss 'cause it's his birthday. Little Blake looks doubtful and flees the room, and Rita tells George Hamilton she's worried he's going to tell someone he saw them kissing...and he ominously orders her to see to it that he doesn't.
Alexis drops by Adam's office to sign some papers for the pipeline deal and express her worry about the growing friction between him and Steven now that he's married to Claudia. She then congratulates him and wishes him good luck in making the marriage work, and Adam shoots her a grateful grin.
Later, Adam runs into Steven at Carrington manor and says he's bugged he hasn't yet received his congratulations on his new marriage. Steven says he doesn't give enough of a rat's ass about the marriage to approve or disapprove of it, so Adam taunts him about the way he abandoned Claudia when he ran off with Luke, then smugly adds, "At least now Claudia has a real man in her bed." Steven says that whatever they do in the sack is their business and that he'd prefer not to know anything about it, then pissily tells Adam to pass along his condolences to his new wife.
A giddy Claudia rushes into Adam's office and tells him she just learned she inherited the Blaisdel-Lankershim oil well. She gushes about how DE-lighted she is to no longer be treated like a poor person now that she considers herself an equal to the Carringtons, and informs Adam that she's willing to move back into the mansion. Adam beams happily and coos about how all of their dreams are all coming true.
The doctor tells Alexis and Prince Michael there's a chance that King Galen's paralysis might not be permanent, and that a risky surgery might possibly help him walk again. After he exits the room, Prince Michael thanks Alexis for rescuing his father and getting him the world's best medical care, and she says she mostly did it so that he and Amanda could be happy again. When Prince Michael says he's more than a little doubtful 'bout that, Alexis urges him to give his wife time and assures him that one day soon they'll be very happy together.
Claudia and Adam arrive at Carrington manor so she can make her grand reentrance as his new wife...and a few seconds later, the two run into a sulky-faced Steven. Adam needles him about congratulating the newest Mrs. Carrington, and Steven just mumbles that he's surprised she'd actually want to move back into this shitty mansion considering how much she seems to hate it [and Blake].
During a catered lunch at ColbyCo, Alexis urges Amanda to work things out with her tiny prince and not throw away a relationship before really giving it a chance. Amanda looks unreceptive to the advice and starts whining about how Alexis didn't accept her as her daughter until she was well into adulthood, and was pretty much forced into it. Alexis snaps that she's getting tired of her "poor little me" act, and dramatically shakes her head from side to side as she points out that while she was exiled and poor, she shelled out cash for all of Amanda's lessons and various expenses. She pronounces, "That was my kind of mother love" and tells Amanda to get her act together or risk losing her royal husband.
After some more smooching, George Hamilton tells Rita that if it makes her feel better, she should continue pretending to Blake that she's too under the weather to have sex. He then hands her a bottle of barbiturates to slip to Blake in the event that he gets amorous...which, ew. A few seconds later, Blake enters the room and is introduced to "Dr. Travers", who tells him that Rita/Krystle has a low grade infection and needs lots of rest. When Rita/Krystle exits the room to go talk to Mrs. Gunnerson, Dr. Travers tells Blake that, contrary to what he just said three seconds ago, his wife really doesn't need that much bed rest. He then offers to give Blake a physical if he ever needs one or wants a second opinion about anything, and Blake's like, "Sounds good, doctor."
Little Blake asks Steven if Krystle is mad at Blake...and Steven scrunches his face confusedly and says that to his knowledge, she still loves the old goat very much. Rita/Krystle suddenly appears in the doorway and tells Little Blake that Mrs. Gunnerson just made him a milkshake, and he reacts to that news by giving her an ack! look and fleeing the room. LOL. Steven asks if anything's wrong with the kid, and Rita/Krystle says she's noticed that he's been telling lots of fibs lately and hopes it's just a phase.
Alexis is being interviewed by World Finance reporter Gordon Wales, who peppers her with questions about her role in King Galen's rescue and whether or not it has anything to do with their previous romance. Alexis says she's a happily married woman, that her relationship with Galen is none of his business, and to get the hell out of her office.
Over in the Delta Rho attic, Krystle is making a weak attempt to pry off the boards that are nailed across the window. She stops when she hears someone coming...and a few seconds later, George Hamilton enters the room. He nods approvingly when he sees that she ate her dinner...and when she implores him to tell her the details about her ransom, he says that the less she knows 'bout that, the better. Krystle thanks him for the books he brought for her and says she could really use another reading lamp, and also wouldn't mind a television set. George Hamilton snarls, "You think you're so damn smart" and assumes she wants to watch the news to find out what's being reported about her disappearance. He warns her that there's no escape from this attic, but promises to consider bringing a TV next time he makes one of his creepy visits...and once he's out of earshot, Krystle continues to try loosening the window boards.
Blake tells Rita/Krystle that he really liked Dr. Travers, then gives her a big smooch before excusing himself to use the bathroom. Rita grabs the bottle of barbiturates and accidentally spills them all over the carpet, and is picking them up when Blake reenters the room and helps her with the task...and while he's not looking, she manages to slip a barbiturate into his nightcap. As the two climb into bed, Rita/Krystle looks alarmed when an aroused (ew) Blake starts caressing her arm, then relieved when his hand and penis suddenly go limp.
Alexis is, for some reason, decked out in funeral attire while she sits in the hospital waiting room, smoking. Dex enters the room and suggests they head home together - but she declines and tells him she wants to get the latest update on Galen's condition. Dex gets irked and says he's tired of playing second fiddle to Galen, and Alexis half-heartedly assures Dex that she loves him and that she'd really like it if he supported her like a husband should. Dex replies that he can't support her love for another man - just as a nurse pops in and tells Alexis that Galen is awake and is asking for her. A dismayed Dex tells Alexis that he's frightened for their marriage, and Alexis is all, "Yeah, whatever. I'll see you later." LOL.
King Galen clutches Alexis's hand and says that while he was imprisoned in Moldavia he was soooo afraid of never seeing her again. He curses the revolution and says if he were still king, he would have implored her to stay with him after the royal wedding. He then says he's willing to have the risky surgery in the hope that it'll relieve his paralysis so he can 1) get his country back, and 2) make her the most powerful woman in the world. Alexis perks up at that second thing...but when she asks him exactly what he means by that, his head flops against his pillow as he passes out. Alexis breathily repeats, "The most powerful woman in the world. How?" and looks intrigued by the notion while staring contemplatively into space.