Dynasty - Season 2, Episode 13
Recap: It's the middle of the night, and Blake is sitting up in bed, listening to someone on the radio announce, "Blake Carrington will be taking his assault case to a special crime committee." Bwahaha!! I guess he somehow convinced a group of senators (who obviously had nothing better to do) to launch a crime commission especially for him. Blake smiles to himself smugly when he hears himself quoted on the radio saying he wants to expose the man who ordered the attack on him by trying the case in the court of public opinion - in lieu of being able to have it tried by a judge with real lawyers in an actual courtroom. Blake shuts off the radio, puts his dark glasses on (it remains unclear why he needs to wear dark glasses), and ambles out of his room. He heads downstairs and stumbles on the stairs...and Jeff, who just happens to be there at that moment, grabs his arm to steady him. Blake irritably shoves him away and snaps that he can do it himself, then sheepishly apologizes for his dickishness and invites his son-in-law to join him in the study for a brandy.
As the two sip their brandies, Blake leans back in his leather chair and mutters, "Damn it. Living in this darkness...helpless, patronized" then sourly remarks on all the people in the world who are enjoying his misfortune. Well, d'yuh. Jeff half-heartedly mumbles, "Oh Blake...come on" and then Blake starts nattering about Samson and the Philistines and how Samson destroyed his enemies with one blow. He growls that Samson had nothing to live for but one glorious moment of revenge, then declares that he intends to win this war...and by war, I guess he's talking about the feud (or whatever) he has going with Logan Rhinewood, who he's never actually met. Jeff's just like, "Whatever" and urges him to get some sleep before the crime commission tomorrow. Blake snarks that he has problems sleeping, then grumbles about how he's waited a long time to nail Rhinewood and wants to nail him hard. Er...OK.
Fallon too is having trouble sleeping and decides that 3:00am would be a good time to telephone Nick. He sleepily picks up the phone, and - no surprise - is irked that it's Fallon. She apologizes for waking him, then says she had a dream about the two of them and was sad when she woke up in a lonely, empty bed. He gruffly tells her to get more pillows, then reminds her that she has a husband...so Fallon informs him that Jeff sleeps in a room down the hall and that they're only pretending to go through the motions of being married for her father's benefit. Nick mutters, "Another coup for Blake Carrington" and Fallon scolds him for not being more sensitive to her father's suffering. He tells her he wants to go back to sleep now, mutters, "See you around" and abruptly hangs up the phone. Fallon stares unhappily at the receiver.
Jeff is sitting up in bed, reading, when Fallon slips into his room. He ignores her as she crawls into bed with him, snuggles next to him, and starts tongue kissing his shoulder while looking up at him with a hopeful expression. Jeff calmly turns the page of his book and says, "I don't know what your angle is this time, but this book is more interesting." Ouch. Fallon looks deflated at his complete lack of interest in her, then quickly crawls out of bed and scurries out of the room.
The next morning, Joseph leads Blake to the foyer and tells him he'll have the chauffeur bring the car around. The phone suddenly rings, and Blake stumbles over to the nearby end table to answer it - at the exact moment Krystle answers it in the study. She overhears a man threaten Blake if he testifies at today's crime commission, then ominously says, "One warning is all you'll get." Blake snarks back that he knows he's one of Rhinewood's goons - but the man just hangs up. A horrified Krystle rushes out of the study and urges Blake to skip the hearing, but he refuses to cave in to Rhinewood's threats and insists on testifying. Krystle says she wants to be there with him, and he sneers that that would be a mockery of their marriage. He then turns his head and bellows, "Joseph!" (even though Joseph is nowhere to be seen), and demands to know what's taking the chauffeur so long (even though there's no servant within earshot to respond - LOL).
Fresh from her shower, Sammy Jo admonishes Steven for not asking Blake for some money so she can buy herself a new car, and Steven tells her that his father has other things on his mind today. Sammy Jo pouts and says she doesn't care about "all that politics stuff" and tells him how fucked up it is that he's the millionaire's real son and can't even ask him for a dollar...whereas Fallon, who isn't even his biological daughter, gets whatever she wants. That's actually a fair point. I've never understood why Steven is perpetually cash poor and repeatedly chastised for being unemployed, while Fallon has never been pressured to get a job and seems to have access to unlimited sums of cash. Steven gets irked at Sammy Jo and tells her to never again speak of Fallon not being Blake's daughter. She fake promises to keep her trap shut, then tells him she went to the bank the other day to discuss getting a line of credit and was pleased to discover that anyone with the last name Carrington is authorized to borrow as much cash as they want! She shows Steven the application form and tells him all he needs to do is sign. Steven snatches the form from her and snarkishly asks who she expects to pay for the credit line. He then rips up the application and tells her that since he still has a tiny scrap of pride left after jumping into their disastrous marriage, he refuses to ask his father to pay his bills. Sammy Jo scrunches her face in derision and tells him that being a Carrington is wasted on him.
Krystle greets Fallon's decorator in the living room and is dismayed when the woman tells her she's been waiting for Fallon for forty-five minutes. Krystle offers to go upstairs to see what's keeping her spoiled rotten stepdaughter.
Krystle admonishes Fallon, who's primping in front of her mirror, for keeping the decorator waiting. Fallon says it's not her fault, since Blake was the one who made the appointment. She says she can't be expected to focus on wallpaper and fabric on the day of Blake's crime commission - despite the fact that she's not actually attending or participating in the hearing in any way. LOL. Fallon waves her hand dismissively and tells Krystle to just make the decorating choices, and Krystle points out it's not her child, much as she wishes it were. Fallon says she wishes that as well, and complains about what pregnancy is doing to her body...and Krystle just stares back at her, aghast. She reminds Fallon that it's part of the miracle of life, but Fallon rolls her eyes and says that any cat can do what she's doing with far less fuss. Krystle sternly reminds her that a grandchild is all Blake has to hang onto these days, and Fallon counter-snarks at her for abdicating her responsibilities as a wife by sleeping in the guest room. She then stalks out of her room, leaving Krystle to stare after her in pensive shock.
Fallon drops by Nick's office unannounced. He tells her he's really busy, so she complains about how "suddenly" turned off he is by her...even though he's never not seemed totally turned off by her. She promises not to act all jealous about Krystle, then proceeds to inform him that she knows Krystle showed up at his house the other night and accuses him of seeing her on the side. Nick irritably retorts that he doesn't need her spying on him, then tries to shoo her out of his office. She ignores his brush-off attempt and tells him she can't help loving him the way she does, then fibs and tells him that ever since Blake went blind, he and Krystle have been closer than ever. She doesn't know for sure whether it's just pity or love - but whatever it is, it's certain that Nick has lost Krystle to Blake. Nick pretends to be indifferent and says that Krystle was just his patient, then once again implores the nitwit to leave. Fallon obliges and flounces out of his office, and Nick tries to resume his work, but stares into space looking troubled and contemplative.
Andy drops by Blake's office at Denver-Carrington and tells the old goat he has some bad news: the crime committee has decided that the session will be closed to the media. Blake looks dismayed and sadly retorts, "Why would they do that?" and Andy tells him they didn't give a reason, nor do they have to. Blake angrily says the reason can be summed up with one word: Rhinewood. He says that clearly the mobster got to the senators, but Andy argues that they're honorable men who can't be bought, and Blake's just like, "Can. Did."
Alexis arrives at Nick's office for a pretend therapy session decked out in a fantastic red tailored suit and matching hat. She thanks him for fitting her in on such short notice, then lights up a cigarette and tells him she's been feeling very anxious lately. She says that after her divorce sixteen years ago, she lived a pampered, glamorous, irresponsible existence and would love nothing more than to go back to it - LOL - but thinks it would upset her children too much if she left Denver. Nick looks amused and says, "All my patients should have such problems." Alexis chides him for not taking her seriously and asks him he thinks she's spoiled and foolish, and he goes, "Not foolish." Meow, Nick. Alexis switches gears and tells him that Fallon's in love with him and that she's worried about her vapid daughter being a "two time loser" with regard to marriage. She refers to her as "a remarkable girl" then admits that she can be impetuous at times...and by impetuous, she means childish, boorish, and vacuous. Alexis quickly adds that when Fallon's in love, she's "deeply, utterly committed". Nick asks her if Fallon knows she booked this session, and Alexis says she doesn't, and that she's only telling him all this 'cause she cares so much about her daughter. She urges Nick to consider a future with her dumb-as-a-post spawn and reminds him that she'll one day inherit the Carrington fortune - at least in part. Nick's just like, "Yeah whatever" since he's still not remotely interested in Fallon and abruptly ends the session.
Jeff tells Blake he found some intel on Nick's brother. His name is Gianni Malani and he used to work for Denver-Carrington on the Middle East crew. Apparently, he was tossed in jail on drug charges and had no money for legal help, so he gave up all hope and hung himself in his cell. Blake mulls that over and says he doesn't recall that case. Jeff shrugs disinterestedly and tells Blake he'll pick him up in an hour to take him to the crime commission hearing. Blake calls up Nick and says he needs to talk to him today and asks him to meet him over at the State House.
Blake is testifying at the hearing. He names Ray Bonning as a suspect and says the thug was in Denver just prior to the attack. One of the senators asks him if he has proof of this, and Blake replies, "He came to see me, hint at what might happen to me if I didn't sign over my football team to Rhinewood." He then tells the committee he refused to sell the mobster his team, then sanctimoniously declares that he was trying to keep shady types from tainting a clean American sport. The senator asks him what he means by "shady types", so Blake grunts, "Very underworld types, mob, professional murderers." The senator aptly points out that he freely entered into a business arrangement with these "very underworld types" when he sold Rhinewood 45% of his football team, then asks him whassup with that. Andy leans over and whispers something to Blake, and Blake says he has no intention of explaining that business decision. LOL. The chairman kind of perks up and asks him if he's refusing to cooperate with this committee (um, wasn't Blake the one who initiated this dumb thing?) and Blake snarls that Denver-Carrington financial matters are company business, then bellows, "Not yours!" He tells the senators he won't allow them to look the other way while organized crime "gobbles up legitimate business in Colorado" and the senator snarks back that he's not going to be lectured to by a convicted murderer - hahaha! Blake gets all prickly bitchy and asks them if they're turning him into the accused, then jumps to his feet and barks, "Who the hell are you people, anyway?!" The chairman orders him to shut it and sit down, then starts pounding his gavel. Suddenly, Blake looks freaked out about something...and, wait a second - he can see!! He stares around the room, then slowly lowers himself in his seat. Across the room, Nick's all, "Wuh?" and stares at Blake knowingly. Jeff asks Blake if he's OK, and he assures his son-in-law he's fine. After that dramatic breakthrough, the chairman calls Logan Rhinewood to testify...and everyone stares around the room in breathless anticipation, but nothing happens. LOL.
Alexis is in a swanky looking boutique, trying on a new fur coat. By scripted coincidence, Sammy Jo is in the other end of the boutique, contemplating a short fox coat. She makes a blech face and tells the salesgirl it's tacky, then picks out a long black mink coat. The salesgirl tells her it's very expensive, but Sammy Jo insists she'd rather have that one and hugs it tightly. She snootily declares that she's Mrs. Steven Carrington and announces that she's purchasing the black mink (and wants her initials sewn onto it), and tells the salesgirl that the store can charge it to her husband. Alexis happens to overhear her and asks her daughter-in-law if she's really charging a fur coat to Steven even though he doesn't have any money - then asks her if ultimately she expects Blake to pay for it. Sammy Jo's like, "Well d'yuh. Why shouldn't he?" She's confident Blake will pay for the coat and says she highly doubts he'd want to be harassed by a collection agent and get unwanted bad publicity. Alexis yanks her by the arm and threatens to tell Blake what she just said, so then Sammy Jo threatens to blab about how Fallon's not really Blake's daughter. She glares at Alexis smugly before flouncing out of the store.
The crime committee is still in limbo, patiently waiting for Logan Rhinewood to show up...and after a few minutes, Rhinewood's attorney arrives. He tells the commission that his boss is unable to attend due to illness, then releases a statement that basically says Rhinewood has no interest in participating in a bogus crime committee, since it has no jurisdiction over him or has any legal authority. Fair point. The chairman must agree, 'cause he abruptly adjourns the session. LOL. Blake snaps, "I don't believe this!" and Andy tells him they should have expected this, since no one has ever seen Logan Rhinewood...and maybe the man doesn't actually exist. Joseph helps Blake get to his feet and put on his coat, and Blake discreetly tells his majordomo that for a few seconds, he thought he could see, but is no longer sure if it really happened.
Krystle arrives at a park, and Nick shows up unexpectedly and explains that the mansion staff told him she'd be here. He tells her he's pretty sure that Blake is getting over his bout of hysterical blindness, then excitedly orders her to go back to the mansion and pack her things. Krystle's like, "Whoa.." and reminds him that she's still married to the old goat and that she loves him, and Nick gets all pissy and accuses her of using him to get revenge against Blake after he doinked his ex-wife in Rome. Krystle insists she did no such thing and says she just needs more time to pensively ponder the issue. Nick snaps, "Go back to your empty bed!" and Krystle storms away from him. He rushes after her, apologizes for his impertinence, and says she has every right to be disgusted with him. Krystle just stares at him mutely for several seconds, then says, "I have nothing to say to you, Nick" and walks away.
Fallon is annoyed that her mother went to see Nick, so Alexis explains that she was just being motherly, overprotective, and nosy. Fallon worries that Nick will think she put her up to it, so Alexis explains that she just wanted to see what sort of man her daughter has fallen for, and adds that she doesn't want to see her get hurt. Fallon's suddenly worried that Krystle will get "bounced out of the mansion" and run straight into Nick's arms...and she wails, "Then I lose Nick!" (It's kind of impossible to "lose" someone who can barely stand the sight of you.) Alexis points out that Nick only likes Krystle 'cause she's the wife of a rich man - but as soon as she's an unemployed secretary, she won't be such a catch anymore. (Actually, I think she'd probably be regarded as the ex-Mrs. Blake Carrington more than she would an unemployed secretary.) Fallon mulls that over and retorts, "Well, if he's that pragmatic, what have I got to offer?" and Alexis says, "Status and money" and adds that Fallon is the prize Nick has been striving for all of his life. LOL. Fallon scrunches her face and says she doesn't want to hurt her father by wrecking his marriage, and Alexis snippily asks her if she's serious about wanting to marry Nick. Fallon says she is, so Alexis coos, "Trust me" and urges her to go along with whatever harebrained scheme she's plotting...then mumbles something about waiting for the postman.
The postman arrives at the mansion with a special delivery for Blake, and Fallon rushes over to the front door and snatches the envelop from Joseph and says she'll take it up to her father. She heads upstairs to Blake's room and finds him sitting on a couch, staring into space. She tells him she's sorry about how the crime committee thing went, then asks him to just let it go. He snarks, "I can't! I just can't!" then asks her how the nursery is coming along. She assures him he'll have the most pampered, spoiled rotten grandchild in the history of grandchildren, then finally tells him a letter just arrived for him. He asks her to open it and read it to him, so she rips open the envelop and stares at the letter comprised of cut out words from a magazine, then tells him it's just a bunch of nonsense. He demands she read it, so she tells him it says: Why do so many frustrated wives end up in bed with their shrinks? Ask your wife. Blake tells her to give him the letter so he can tear it up, then orders her to forget she ever saw it. She promises, gives him a quick hug, and exits his room.
Blake crumples up the paper then...wait another second - he can see...again!! He uncrumples the letter and squints at it, then grins stupidly. Joseph enters the room and asks him if the letter's good news, and Blake smiles and tells the ass-licker that his hysterical blindness is finally wearing off. Joseph is shocked and says with restrained enthusiasm, "My God. You can see again." He asks him if Fallon knows, but Blake says no and orders him not to tell Fallon, or anyone else for that matter. He then asks Joseph to leave him alone for awhile...and once he's alone, he glares down at the letter and and puts on his dark sunglasses.
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