Recap: Blake is in his plush office at Denver-Carrington headquarters, reading through a stack of papers. After a few seconds he stops reading, takes off his glasses and looks contemplative. He buzzes his secretary and tells her to get Krystle on the phone via her private line.
Over at the mansion, Krystle is lying atop her bed, staring pensively at the ceiling and ignoring the ringing phone.
The secretary tells Blake his wife must be out 'cause there's no answer at the mansion. He orders her to try again in twenty minutes, then glumly stares out the window.
Over at the Blaisdel house, Lindsay is trying on a hideous pink sundress that Claudia made for her to wear to a party. Lindsay gushes to her mom about how much she loves it, and Claudia gushes back that her dad will be so proud. (Why? 'Cause she's in a sundress??) Claudia goes downstairs and tells Matthew that Lindsay will be at a party all evening, which means they'll have some alone time. The phone suddenly rings - and it's Walter, excitedly calling to announce to Matthew that they're close to hitting oil and that he should drive down to the rig so he can be there the moment it happens. Matthew shares the good news with Claudia, who says she wants to go with him. He looks less than enthused by that idea and explains that if the well strikes oil, the riggers will want to hit the nearest bar to drink themselves senseless. Claudia insists she really really wants to be with him at the rig tonight, and Matthew insists he really really doesn't want her to come...and she gets angry and accuses him of caring more about his oil well than their sinking, disintegrating marriage. Well d'yuh - that much is obvious. She snidely asks him who he'll be celebrating with when he's done celebrating with the guys, and Matthew scrunches his face angrily and asks her what the hell that's supposed to mean, so Claudia snaps, "What's her name?" Matthew pretends not to understand what she's getting at and says that this is a really exciting time in his life and she should allow him to have it...then storms out of the house. Lindsay, who's been eavesdropping the entire time, puts her sad face on and tells her mom she doesn't want to go to the party after all. Claudia looks at her blankly and asks, "You heard us?" (It's a small house dummy.) She explains that all married people argue, but Lindsay says she doubts that they argue all the time and storm out of the house like her dad just did. Claudia quickly says he's the best man she's ever known and that he's entitled to lose his temper now and again. Lindsay moans that she doesn't want to see her get hurt, and Claudia assures her she's fine and that she should go to the party and have fun.
Blake arrives home carrying a box of flowers and sheepishly tip-toes into the master bedroom, where Krystle has been moping all day in her bathrobe. He apologizes to her for being late, then explains that Andy had some news to share about the "overseas situation". Turns out the Middle Eastern crisis is improving, and he might be able to get half of his oil reserves back. Fantastic. When Krystle doesn't respond, he tries to provoke a reaction from her by asking, "Good news, eh?" but that doesn't work either. He then starts nattering about how he stopped by the flower shop on his way home and convinced the shop owner to re-open his store (after it had just closed) so he could buy flowers for the most beautiful woman he's ever known or ever will know. He finally acknowledges assaulting her during the previous episode when he recalls, "Something happened between us the other day that...something I'm very sorry about, deeply ashamed of." He told the shop owner that this something - this sexual assault - might have damaged her faith in him and love for him, so the guy agreed to re-open the shop so that Blake could buy his wife's forgiveness with some flowers. When Krystle continues to just stand there mutely, Blake shoves the box at her and tells her to open it...and she obeys, pulls out a flower and mutters, "The old fuchsia routine." Blake perks up at that [highly disturbing] remark and looks hopeful as he says, "It worked for me once" then tries to explain away his disgusting violent actions by saying she has a strange kind of power over him, and that he's not used to being affected this way. As for him relentlessly bullying her to have his child, he says, "I wanted a part of me to live inside you" - eww!! blech!!! - then adds, "To be with you after I'm gone." Krystle finally makes eye contact with the old creep, smiles at him and says, "Oh Blake. You're not going anywhere." He smiles back at her and sheepishly replies that if she still loves him, maybe he'll live forever - perish the thought! - and the two make up and hug it out. Wow, '80s TV.
Over at the rig, Walter, Matthew, and the rest of the drillers are all waiting around nervously for oil to start gushing out of the well, but so far nothing is happening. Ho hum.
A group of gangly teens are dancing to the groovy beat at Tonya's party. One of the boys asks Lindsay to dance, and when she says no, he asks her why she bothered coming, since she doesn't look like she's in a party mood. Tonya shoos the boy away, and Lindsay tells her doesn't feel so hot 'cause of all her parents' problems. Tonya encourages her to call home and check on her mom, which she does...but when no one at Casa Blaisdel answers, she scrunches her face with concern.
Claudia has dolled herself up for the evening, crimped hair and all, and enters a nightclub named Scandals. LOL. Inside, everyone's dorkishly boogying to the early '80s beat and wearing the horrible clothes of that horrible era. Claudia surveys the dance floor, then heads over to the bar and orders herself a martini. She's soon joined by a balding uggo, who asks her if they've met somewhere before. She coldly says no, and he gabbles about how he's from Detroit - and if, by chance, she's interested in hearing how things in Grosse Pointe are going. She goes, "Not particularly", and he finally takes the hint and scurries off like a rat. His chair is quickly filled by a tall uggo, but before he can start flirting, a more appealing (and I use the term loosely here) guy sits on Claudia's right and jokes about how creepy the guy was who just tried to hit on her. Claudia looks instantly smitten with this "handsome" stranger, who introduces himself as Larry and assures her that he's not creepy [he kind of is], is attractive [passable at best], and is a"whiz" at his job [so irrelevant]. Claudia jokes that he's also very modest, then gets dazzled by his chivalry when he tells the bartender to put her drink on his tab. They spend the next few hours together: jigging on the dance floor, sitting at a table with more drinks, then slow dancing. After that, he drives her over to his apartment in his fancy sports car...but when he gets aggressive while kissing her, she freaks out. He invites her upstairs for a drink - and when she says no, he looks puzzled and asks her why she bothered coming over to his apartment if she wasn't up for a casual doink. She tells him she made a mistake, then drops the bomb that she's married...and he shrugs, clearly unfazed, and goes, "So am I. What difference does that make?" I'm going to go with: IT MAKES A GINORMOUS DIFFERENCE, SINCE YOU'RE CLEARLY A PHILANDERING CREEP. Claudia flees the parking garage, tottering on her ridiculously high heels, and he yells after her, asking her if she's some kind of tease. Nah, just a nutter.
Michael is getting ready for bed when he looks out the window and spots Fallon headed his way. He takes off his robe so he can showcase his taut muscular body when she breezes in, which of course she does without knocking. She tells him she couldn't sleep 'cause she's bored - what with Jeff being away...and Michael jokes that she looks more bored when he's around. She chuckles and says, "Cheap shot" then calls his girlfriend (Jennifer) an English wench, and says she's heard they've become quite close. Michael looks delighted at Fallon's obvious jealousy and says he really likes Jennifer 'cause of her British accent, along with all the lovely dish she passes along to him about Cecil Colby and other rich people. Michael tells her he recently heard a fascinating tidbit about Krystle, and Fallon looks intrigued and orders him to spill it. Michael gleefully explains that Jennifer is friends with the private secretary of a loanshark, who told her that Krystle recently paid him a recent visit to pawn some jewelry and got $40,000 in exchange. Fallon widens her eyes with shock, then rewards the chauffeur with a kiss.
Claudia calls Steven from a pay phone and tells him she's in trouble and has no one else to call. He offers to come pick her up...and on his way out, he runs into Fallon and tells her he has an emergency. She nosily asks him whassup, but he's in too much of a hurry to elaborate.
Claudia and Steven are enjoying a quiet stroll together, and she sheepishly tells him what happened at Scandals. He tells her she didn't really do anything wrong, but she argues that she almost did. She tells him she feels safe...er good with him, and he suddenly looks sheepish and invokes the kiss they shared during the Chauffeur Tells a Secret episode. She chuckles and says a "stolen kiss" is hardly as bad as an affair, then says it felt more brotherly than anything. Ouch. She tells him never to change, and he's like, "Um, OK" and tells her he's going to his cabin the next day to contemplate his life as a straight gay man. Claudia says the cabin sounds lovely and that she'd love to go with him, but he doesn't respond...and after a really awkward pause, she asks him to drive her to her car.
The next morning, Fallon comes downstairs for breakfast and encounters Krystle. She asks her if she can borrow her emerald necklace for a party tonight, and Krystle looks startled and stammers, "Uh, of course."
Krystle goes to her bedroom to retrieve the fake version of the emerald necklace from her private safe. She hands it to Fallon, who's clearly surprised that Krystle was able to produce the jewelry. She dramatically reminisces about the day she helped Blake pick out the necklace and earrings, but Krystle calls her on her BS and reminds her that she was in Reno when Blake made the purchase. Fallon widens her eyes and gasps, "Was I?" then says she must have confused the event with something else. She then decides she doesn't want to wear the necklace after all and puts it back in the case. Krystle asks her if there's something she wants to have out with her, and Fallon says no...not even the "love whispers" she overheard between her and Matthew the night of the dinner party. After Fallon flounces out of the room, Krystle pensively stares at a receipt that has Reproduce Emerald Necklace written on it. She wisely sets it on fire, destroying the evidence of her misdeed.
Claudia's having a therapy session with her shrink and tells him that she went to a singles' bar, got smashed, and picked up a guy. She wonders aloud if she's an animal? a hooker? Her shrink asks her what Matthew had to say about it when she got home, and she says he was at the rig all night. She says she got mad at him 'cause she wanted to go with him to the drill site, but now she thinks she was wrong to make such a federal case out of it. No duh. She then questions her own sanity after picking up a strange man and wonders aloud, "Will I ever get it together?" (In a word, no.) She tells her shrink that she can't seem to get Matthew to respond to her "sexually, verbally, or emotionally" so he asks her what she thinks they're really fighting over, and Claudia says the root cause of all their problems is another woman. She hasn't confronted Matthew about it 'cause she knows in her heart that Krystle is the woman he loves.
After the session, Claudia heads over to Vance Gallery, where Krystle is leisurely strolling around, staring at art. Krystle looks surprised to see Claudia, but greets her politely and asks her how her family's doing. Claudia says that Matthew's fine, and that he's at the drill site, waiting for oil to start gushing. Krystle remarks that she's learning to appreciate new things [aka become a lady of leisure now that she doesn't have to work] and says how wonderful it must be to have the talent to create art. Claudia snidely says there are all kinds of talent, such as when a woman can get any man to fall in love with her. That was a really weird segue way. She tells Krystle that bumping into her was no coincidence; she called over at the mansion and apparently the staff there told her exactly where Krystle was. (Nice violation of the woman's privacy, mansion staff.) She then comes right out and says she believes that she (Krystle) and her husband slept together while she was laid up at the funny farm. Krystle just stares at her pensively for a loooong time, then says it's unfair to expect her to answer and asks her if she's asked Matthew this question. Claudia's like, "Uh, no" and then rails about how Krystle has Blake, and rhetorically asks her if she doesn't already have enough. She storms off, and Krystle stares after her with her brows slightly furrowed.
Oil finally strikes at the rig, and all the men hoot and holler excitedly...and then get filthy when the black goo starts spraying everywhere.
Over at Carrington manor, Fallon tells Blake that Jeff just called from Paris. (Paris? I thought he was supposedly in the Middle East.) Blake suggests she hop the pond and meet up with him, but Fallon insists that he (Blake) needs her here, plus she loathes all the swanky hotels in Paris because a Nazi might have slept in one. What a weirdo. She informs Blake that Matthew and Walter finally struck oil, and he stares into space for a few seconds and grunts something unintelligible.
The Hillside bar. The riggers are getting drunk and celebrating, and Walter and Matthew are doing some type of country dance with their arms around each other. After that disturbing spectacle, Matthew toasts Walter and credits his foresight and general smarts, and then Walter toasts Matthew and applauds him for giving up the security of a regular pay check to partake in the risky venture. Walter then plays a tune on the piano for what seems like an excruciatingly looong time, and he's bloviating about...well, I dunno. I can't stand the sound of his voice, so I generally tune him out once he gets going.
Matthew arrives home late and is surprised to find Lindsay home by herself. She snappishly tells him that Claudia went out for the evening. Matthew tells her about the oil well, and she just grunts disinterestedly in response. He asks her whassup, so she comes right out and asks him if she's a bastard. He's all, "Wha-a?!" and asks her what kind of question that is. She tells him that that's what people are when they're born out of wedlock, then tears up in preparation for another ugly cry and tells him that she recently went to the Vital Statistics office and looked up his and Claudia's marriage license. Matthew admits that they were just kids when they hooked up, and that he knocked her up before it should have happened, but that he loved her more than anything in the whole wide world. She shoots him the stink-eye and demands to know if he loves her mom now, and he glances around shiftily and goes, "Uh, sure." LOL. Lindsay says she doesn't believe him and abruptly gets up from the table. She snaps, "I'm glad about your well!" before storming off to her room, leaving Matthew staring into space, looking discombobulated.
Claudia's hanging with Steven at his very luxurious cabin on the lake. She tells him about the chat she had with Krystle in the gallery, and now realizes she really did sleep with Matthew. Well d'yuh - didn't we all already know this? Steven tells her she should have confronted Matthew with her questions, and Claudia admits she didn't want to hear him actually admit to the affair. Steven then makes one of his weird, off-topic pronouncements when he tells her she's not wrong 'cause being wrong happens when someone deliberately hurts people. Claudia wails that she doesn't know what she's doing here, and tells him to make her leave...but Steven insists he wants her stay, and the two stare at each other meaningfully. She orders him to hold her, and he hugs her tightly.
In the next scene, the two are canoodling in bed, nekkid. He tells her he's never been with a woman before, not counting the hooker he spent an hour watching TV with but never doinked. Claudia tells him there's a beautiful gentleness about him, a tenderness that transcends gender...and the two kiss passionately.
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