Dynasty - Season 2, Episode 2
Recap: The jury in Blake's trial has reached a verdict! The Dynasty cast waits anxiously in the courtroom, and the camera pans over their faces to capture the grimness of everyone's expressions. The judge finally arrives...and after dragging out the big moment far longer than was necessary, we learn the verdict: GUILTY!! Yippee! Hurray! Woot woot! As the courtroom spectators start tittering in earnest, Blake jumps to his feet and cries, "No!" LOL...yes! Andy tries to get him to sit down and shut up while the entire conviction is announced: guilty of voluntary manslaughter. The judge sentences him to two years in a state prison...but for some reason, the stupid jury has recommended a suspended sentence and that Blake be placed on two years probation. Instead of being thankful that he's not about to be thrown in the slammer (like he well deserves), Blake bitchily demands to make a statement...then glares at the judge and snaps, "I'm not guilty!" LOL. Andy tries in vain to shut Blake up, but he continues to rail, "This whole thing has been a travesty! The only crime has been this trial!" His outburst prompts Jake Dunham to jump to his feet and snarl that the only crime here has been letting a privileged douchebag like Blake Carrington off on two years probation after being convicted of voluntary manslaughter. No fucking shit. The judge interjects and warns Blake not to press his luck, admonishes Jake for his outburst, then declares that this tedious murder/manslaughter storyline is officially over.
After court is dismissed, Jake tells Andy it was probably a smart move not to question Alexis on the stand...but he's curious about what scared him off, and suspects it's something "real tasty". Andy attempts to explain to Blake that while they didn't win in court, they didn't totally lose either...and that there are worse things than being on probation. Yeah - like serving two years in a state prison, which I'm guessing is the minimum sentence that any other person convicted of voluntary manslaughter would get. Blake stubbornly insists he wants his name cleared, then orders Andy to draw up the papers to file an appeal today. Andy sighs wearily and tells him to consider himself fortunate that he got such a ridiculously light sentence, and leave well enough alone. Blake barks back that he didn't murder Ted and decrees, "Now you get me that appeal!" Andy tells him he doesn't think that filing an appeal will actually accomplish anything other than continue to feed bad publicity and "keep the story alive" in the newspapers. Blake shuts his pie-hole and suddenly looks contemplative, as though common sense might have finally seeped through his thick skull.
Claudia wakes up and finds herself restrained to her hospital bed. She's flailing around, struggling against her restraints when the doctor enters the room. Claudia asks him why she's strapped in, and he tells her it's 'cause she keeps trying to sneak out of the hospital when she's not ready to be released. He admonishes her for continually trying to escape, and appeals to her to give the hospital staff a break and stay put. With that said, he removes the restraints. She starts babbling again about needing to find her daughter, then petulantly tells the doctor she's broke and can't pay her hospital bill. He informs her that all of her medical bills have been taken care of by Blake Carrington.
Blake and Krystle head out of the courtroom...and on their way, they walk past Steven and Alexis (who looks fantastic in a bright red tailored suit). Steven meekly asks Blake if they can talk, and he growls, "What for? You got what you wanted, didn't you?" He shoots his son the stink-eye and continues walking, pulling a hapless Krystle along with him. In the hallway, Andy rushes over to warn Blake that there's press everywhere, so they'll need to find a back door. Blake continues to yank Krystle by the arm, and suddenly she winces and looks faint. She tells Blake she needs some air, like pronto, so he rushes her down a nearby flight of stairs that leads to a back exit. Once they make it outside, they head straight for the limo...but before they can climb inside, Blake is confronted by a reporter. He tells Blake he's doing a story on Denver-Carrington and wants to know how the trial is affecting the company, so Blake gruffly retorts that he'll give him a headline, and then barks, "Business as usual." Blake then turns toward the limo, but the dissatisfied reporter grabs Blake by the arm and demands more information. Blake whips around and snarls, "Get your hands off of me!" and the reporter scoffs, "Or what? More manslaughter?" Bwahaha! Jeff suddenly rushes over and warns the reporter to get lost, otherwise he'll get a punch in the face. The reporter doesn't press the issue and tells Blake he's going ahead with his article, with or without his cooperation. After he leaves, Blake thanks Jeff for intervening, and Fallon anxiously asks, "Are you all right, daddy?" He assures her he's fine, then enters the limo. Andy tells him to forget about the reporter, but Blake grimaces and says he's worried that his company's stockholders aren't going to trust him now that he's been branded a killer. Well, d'yuh.
Steven calls the hospital to get an update on Claudia, and he's told she's still stable. In a manner of speaking.
Fallon's in the kitchen at the mansion, baking muffins for Blake and klatching with Joseph. He chortles at the sight of her baking and says he's suddenly reminded of a little girl who used to make breakfast for her father on his birthday. He then gets a faraway look in his cold, dark eyes and says that despite their different stations in life, he considers Blake to be his BFF. Fallon gives him a sad and serious look, and urges him to continue pretending that Blake is capable of a genuine friendship with one of his servants, then tells the majordomo, "We're all he really has." Er...OK. Except that Blake also has a wife...along with Andy, who he once declared was his best friend. Joseph gives Fallon a grateful smile for indulging his delusional nonsense, then toddles off to bed.
Blake is restless and can't sleep. He gets out of bed, puts his robe on, and heads downstairs to his study. As he pours himself a drink, Krystle enters the room. He asks her if she'd like a brandy, and she's like, "OK", so he pours her one...and the two sit together in front of the fire, sipping their drinks. She tells him that what happened in court was "so unfair" (et tu, Krystle?), and he grunts and replies, "It's done. At least for now." He starts muttering about how he wants to appeal the conviction - then stops himself and tells her he's been taking stock of his life. He acknowledges that he's always used force to get what he wanted...like when he hurtled Ted Dinard across the room and he hit his head and died as a result. Krystle points out that he didn't mean for him to die...and Blake concurs, but says he's dead nonetheless. He then looks as though he suddenly had a revelation and says, "There's got to be a better way." Ya think?? He asks Krystle if she thinks he can change, and she gives him one of her annoyingly serene smiles and tells him that by golly, he has the strength to do anything he sets his mind to. She then declares she'd like to go back to bed now - then pauses for a couple of seconds and specifies, "Your bed." Ew. Blech. Gross. Blake looks puzzled and goes, "Why?", so she says it's not a night for either of them to be alone. He suddenly furrows his brows and snarks, "I'm not a charity case! To be pitied!" Krystle tries to calm the riled ogre, gently insisting that she loves and needs him...and he simmers down and starts kissing her, and the camera zooms in on their mashed lips for what seems like an inordinately looong time.
When Krystle emerges from Blake's bedroom the next morning, Fallon happens to walk by at that moment and snarks, "Do you really think going to bed with him makes up for him being found guilty?" She again accuses Krystle of swaying the jury against Blake by leaving court early one day. Krystle rejects that she "walked out on him" and explains once again that she wasn't fucking feeling well. Jeff, meanwhile, is standing a few feet away, quietly eavesdropping. Krystle irritably orders Fallon to stop meddling in her marriage - just as Blake opens the bedroom door and snaps, "That's enough!" He tells Fallon that this is his house and that he wants it united - and she'd better get that straight if she wants to continue living under his roof and sponging off of him indefinitely. He and Krystle head downstairs to the breakfast room, and Jeff ambles over, says, "Bravo", and admonishes his wife for attacking Krystle for loving and supporting Blake. He then grabs her by the arm and snarls that Krystle loves Blake the way he loves her...as well as the way he (Jeff) wishes she (Fallon) loved him. What a dumb, hopeless sap. Fallon orders him to run along to breakfast and sulkily says she's no longer hungry...so then he sulkily says he's not hungry either. She says, "Suck on a grapefruit" and flounces off...and Jeff reacts by angrily punching the palm of his hand. He looked kind of weird doing that.
Claudia calls her mother-in-law to fish around for information on the whereabouts of Matthew and Lindsay, but the mother-in-law is too disgusted by her affair with Steven to want to help her, and hangs up. Steven enters her hospital room and dorkishly smiles and waves at her, but Claudia just stares at him mutely. He then hangs his head in his usual contrite fashion, and apologizes for what he's done to her life. She tells him that no one forced her to be with him, and assures him that it isn't his fault. He sits on the side of her bed and cuddles her while lamenting that the two people he loved - her and Ted - have had their lives destroyed. Claudia looks overwhelmed asks him to leave, then says she wants to be alone...maybe forever.
Blake's at work when his secretary buzzes to tell him that Mrs. Carrington is here to see him. He happily tells her to send her in, then looks unpleasantly surprised when Alexis appears. He snaps, "What are you doing here?" so she tells him she dropped by to talk. He snarks that he's busy, but she just chuckles and walks in anyway. She struts around the room, admiring the decor of his office, and apologizes for returning to Denver. She admits that originally she sought revenge...but, sadly, it turned out not to be so sweet after getting zero satisfaction from his guilty verdict. She abruptly changes course and says it's obvious he despises her...and that he probably despised her even before she got busted for doinking Roger Grimes. She pivots topics again, and admonishes Blake for taking out his hatred of her on Steven...and says it was disgusting, the way he rejected their poor son when he tried to talk to him after the verdict. She reminds Blake that Steven's "a beautiful, sensitive young man"...and Blake snorts at this description and accuses her of creating a "mama's boy", which is probably what turned him gay. Alexis rightly points out that he's the one who's been raising Steven for the last sixteen years, and therefore had every opportunity to make him into his "strong, macho image". LOL. Blake says his son is nothing like that, then mimics Alexis's voice as he mockingly repeats her assessment of Steven as "a beautiful, sensitive young man". The two snipe back and forth for a little while, blah blah...and eventually Blake gets fed up with the conversation and orders her to leave. As in, Denver. Alexis sexily sashays toward the door, then suddenly whirls around and stares the ogre straight in the eye as she firmly declares, "I go or stay where I choose." Haha! Awesome. You go, girl!
Fallon is driving back to the mansion in her ridiculous ornamental luxury car - but it doesn't look like it's running very well. I wonder why she doesn't buy herself something that's reasonably practical. She exits her car and bellows, "Michael!" and Joseph appears from out of nowhere and informs her that he just fired Michael. Fallon looks miffed, then storms over to the mansion to tattle this newest development to Blake...but Blake tells her it was he who ordered his majordomo to get rid of the chauffeur, who he suddenly discovered was too lazy and inept to work at Carrington manor. He then tells her to run along 'cause he's tired. Fallon clucks sympathetically about the "unfair" trial, calls Alexis dirt, and says it's unfathomable how anyone could hate a wonderful man such as himself. After that ass-licking, she asks her father if she can have Michael back, and he snaps, "No!" and declares that from now on, this family is going to shape up. Fallon snarks back that he's the one on probation - not her - and Blake angrily declares that she's going to have to learn how to behave like a decent person if it kills her. He growls, "I don't need a carbon copy of your mother in this house. And that's what you are sometimes. And it sickens me. Do you hear me?! It sickens me!!" Ouch.
Later, Krystle and Blake are eating lunch together in the dining room. She invokes his annoying babble about wanting the whole family to be united, then reminds him about how he dickishly rebuffed Steven as they were leaving the courtroom. Blake mutters, "Not that again, damn it! Twice in one day from both wives!" He snarks that he doesn't want to hear another word about his children, then blurts out, "There are times I wish I'd never had them!" Krystle stares back at him in stunned silence, then says, "You can't mean that" and he bitchily retorts, "I do mean that. I mean it from my soul." [You have no soul, Blake.] Krystle looks disturbed by the psycho-nut's ramblings and tells him she suddenly lost her appetite, but he orders her to stay and listen to more of his ramblings. He reminds her of the night he raped her, though he refers to it as "the night I wanted you to have my child". Gross. He says it's a damn good thing he didn't impregnate her, 'cause the last thing he needs is another child...and then, to bring the point home, he bellows, "I don't need another child!!" She stares back at him in stunned silence once again, and he suddenly looks sheepish and apologizes for his outburst. He says he doesn't mean to take out his frustration on her and asks her to please forgive him...and she mumbles, "It's all right." His face falls, and he remarks that their banter has adopted a disturbing pattern: every time he has a childish outburst, she responds by saying, "It's all right." Well that's interesting. I had no idea that Blake was even a tiny bit self-aware.
Alexis is having lunch with Jake Dunham at a fancy restaurant. Jake is bummed 'cause he really wanted to get Blake locked up, and Alexis reminds him that not all is lost: after all, Blake was found guilty of a violent crime...plus, the verdict has marred his reputation. She asks if that isn't enough of a victory for him, and he stares at her quizzically and tells her she's very complex. Er...OK. He then grumbles that Blake shouldn't get to walk around free, then tells her that the reason he invited her to lunch was to see if there's anything of value she might have left out of her testimony, e.g. some juicy dish on Blake. Alexis tells him she has no skeletons in her closet where Blake is concerned...so then he reminds her that she once implied that she has some bones rattling around, but she says he must have heard her wrong.
Joseph walks across the Carrington estate toward the art studio, and is startled to find Alexis inside. He demands to know how she got past the security gate, and she cheekily says she told the guard she was Mrs. Carrington. Joseph bitchily reminds her that there is a present Mrs. Carrington, and Alexis chuckles and says, "Still the haughty majordomo." Hee! She then chides herself for criticizing him - after all, she's the one who hired him and taught him his haughty ways. Joseph asks her what she's doing in the studio, and she tells him she's checking out her old paintings so she can see how much she's progressed as an artist. She asks Joseph what he thinks of her work, and he tells her he's not an art critic...and this prompts her to chuckle and quip that he's a lot of other things: spy, tailor, perjurer. Joseph looks particularly miffed at being called a perjurer, and says he knows for a fact that she wasn't completely truthful on the witness stand. He then smugly tells her he's been documenting the last sixteen years of her life in his very own scrapbook, which contains clippings and details of her scandalous behavior. LOL. Alexis chooses to find this amusing, and chastises him for reading tabloid trash, then mocks him for not having a life. She clucks, "Poor, lonely Joseph. Still the impotent voyeur." She tells him she'd love to see his scrapbook, then bores of the conversation and brusquely dismisses him from her orbit.
Blake and Andy enter a fancy restaurant and head straight for the bar. When Andy excuses himself to make a phone call, Blake notices Jake Dunham sitting at the other end of the bar, doing paperwork. Blake heads over to inform the prosecutor that he's decided to not pursue an appeal, even though he's totally innocent. Jake lets out a guffaw and reminds the douchetard that he was convicted of manslaughter, and is lucky to be walking around free. Right?! Blake just chuckles, and then mocks Jake's career choices, particularly the way he just tried to jump-start a political career by using "the death of some homosexual". Jake scrunches his face angrily and tells Blake he's clearly incapable of understanding that he didn't give a rat's ass about Ted's gayness...his job is to defend the rights of people by prosecuting violations of the law. Blake nonsensically snarls, "Justice is blind because of people like you, pal", smirks at Jake, then stalks off.
Steven is hanging out in his little apartment, staring sadly at a photo of Ted. There's a knock on the door, so he quickly puts the photo away. He finds Krystle standing on his doorstep, and she tells him she'd like to talk about Blake. Ugh. He tells her he'd rather not, but for some reason she insists on continuing to beat that dead horse.
Blake's working in his study when Krystle pops her head in and tells him that someone's here to see him. A few seconds later, Steven enters, wearing a bright pink vest, which I thought was a delightful clothing choice for a reconciliation meeting with his scarily homophobic father. Blake shakes his hand and says sorry for the other day...and Steven graciously says that that's all in the past, and the two sit down on one of the leather couches. Blake explains that he was under a lot of strain after he heard the guilty verdict, particularly 'cause he knew he wasn't guilty. [You are guilty. The verdict said so.] He says he wants the Carrington name to stand for something other than rich douchebag, then tells Steven he'd like him to change some of his values. Oh dear. Steven stares at him blankly and goes, "My values?", then asks if by values he means that he wants him to move back home. [No...my guess is that he wants you to turn straight for once and for all.] Blake smiles approvingly and says he likes it when Steven calls the mansion home. Steven reminds his father that he's also working his way up at Denver-Carrington, and this too prompts Blake to smile approvingly, and he tells his son that the company is his future. Blake then [goes completely off the rails and] tells Steven he's willing to forgive him for testifying against him in court: "Me, your father. And some rather damaging testimony." Steven stares at him, incredulous, then springs to his feet and insists to his dickwad father that he told the truth...and reminds him that perjury is a fucking crime. Blake narrows his beady little eyes and snarls, "You what?!" so Steven cleverly turns the tables and says that he doesn't forgive him for killing his friend. Blake is all, "Wha-a?! Why'd you come over then?" so Steven says he thought he'd be expressing remorse or something of that ilk, and then scoffs about Blake being willing to forgive him. He storms out of the study, and Blake runs after him and reminds him that he's still his father, and Steven snarks back that he'd much rather be an orphan. Hee! Blake catches up to him and tries to grab at him, but Steven shoves him away and storms out of the mansion. Krystle, who has witnessed this ugly scene, is standing uselessly in the hallway when Blake notices her. He grumbles that he should have known it wouldn't work...and she murmurs that she thought things might finally change around here, then turns to walk away. Blake yells at her for walking out on him too...but then, a few seconds later, she unexpectedly keels over. He's all, "Wuh?" and bellows for Joseph to call the doctor, then rushes over to his wife and cradles her in his arms. He blames her fainting spell on the strain of his murder trial, but she shakes her head from side to side and miserably blurts out, "I think I'm pregnant!" and starts crying. As well she should...'cause ew.
A little later, Joseph informs Blake that the doctor is still with Mrs. Carrington, then tells him that something is afoot on the property. He motions his master toward the window, and the two peer outside as Alexis coordinates with a bunch of movers to transport her things into the art studio. Blake's all, "The fuck?!" and storms outside to confront his cheeky ex-wife. He angrily asks her what the hell she's doing, and she tells him she's become bored by hotels, then reminds him that she holds the deed to the art studio. She declares, "I'm moving in", and the two glare at each other. Yay, Alexis! It is so on!
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