Dynasty - Season 2, Episode 22
Recap: Blake and Krystle are cuddled in bed together (blech) when they're awoken by strange noises coming from outside. Blake gets out of bed and walks over to the window to investigate, and sees a small crew of workmen erecting a giant tent on the lawn in front of Alexis' studio. He snarls, "What the hell is Alexis up to now?" then storms outside, still in his robe and slippers. He bursts into the studio and asks Alexis whassup with all the racket, and she crisply replies, "Preparations for tomorrow." He barks back, "Preparations for what, damn it?" and she smugly retorts, "My wedding." She explains that the ceremony will take place in a church, and the reception will be on her front lawn. Blake gives her an incredulous stare and asks her if she's completely insane, and she giddily gabbles about how she's in love with Cecil and life in general. He growls, "Have you no decency?" and she just shakes her head and breezily retorts, "Questions, questions. I can't bear answering questions so early in the morning." LOL. Blake gives up on the nonsensical conversation and storms out of the studio and back to the mansion.
Blake gets on the phone [with who I assume is Andy] to ask if he can legally block the road leading to Alexis' studio, but unfortunately the judges have turned down various injunctions to that effect. When Krystle ambles into the study, Blake suggests that they spend the next few days at the Sky Crest Dude Ranch. He's considering buying the property, and he also wants to be far away from "this farce, this carnival". He tells Krystle that by the time they return, Alexis probably will have moved out of the studio for good and into Cecil's estate.
The workmen continue to assemble the wedding tent when Fallon rides over on her horse. She asks her mother whassup, and Alexis explains that she and Cecil will be holding their wedding reception here. Fallon's all, "Wha-a?!" so Alexis reminds her that she sent her and Jeff a wedding invitation that neither of them has replied to. Fallon tells her that Jeff has zero desire to be anywhere near his shitty uncle or their wedding...and Alexis asks her if she too feels this way, then poutishly adds that it would greatly upset her if she did. She pleads with Fallon to attend her wedding, but Fallon bitchily declines and she and her horse trot off.
Joseph stops by Nick's office to inform him that he has just transported Claudia to the hospital for her check up. He warns Nick that during the drive, she rambled nonsensically about how life is eternal and that after it ends it begins again. Nick mulls over Claudia's escalating nuttiness and thanks Joseph for the heads up.
Fallon drops by the nursery to visit her son, and when Nurse Susan ambles into the room a few seconds later, she admonishes her for leaving the baby unattended. Nurse Susan tells her she was only out of the room for a few moments, then haughtily reminds her that she's a registered nurse, not a bonded slave. She then asks Fallon if it's all right for her to go downstairs and get a cup of tea, and Fallon sheepishly nods...and after Nurse Susan exits, she gathers Little Blake in her arms and sits with him in the rocking chair. Blake enters the room for a few minutes of his own cuddle time with the baby, then invites Fallon and her brood to join him and Krystle at Sky Crest. Fallon says she'd rather settle in with the baby at home, then asks him if he's heard from Steven. Blake says he hasn't, and Fallon tells him she doesn't think they'll hear from him for a loooong time. Yep, that's safe to say. She acknowledges how dickish this version of Steven became towards the end, then switches gears and declares that her baby is going to know what a privilege it is to be a Carrington...and suddenly Jeff appears in the doorway of the nursery and frowns in disapproval. After Blake leaves, Jeff bitchily orders Fallon to inform the nurse that he wants Little Blake dressed and ready to leave with him in twenty minutes. Fallon's all, "Wuh?" and says he's on a schedule and can't just be taken away on a whim...but Jeff just glares at her and snarls, "Oh no? Try me" and storms off. That was weird and out-of-character.
Nick is doing his best to examine Claudia's gunshot wound, but she keeps jerking her head away from him and acting really squirrelly. He tells her her wound is healing nicely - though I'm not sure how he can tell with all that hair. He says she's going to need more time to become totally well, then suggests she go to a mountain retreat to complete her recuperation - and Claudia bitchily tells him he can call it what it is: a funny farm. She snarks that she's intimately familiar with funny farms, since she spent two years in one. That said, she tells him she's more than willing to check herself in, and Nick's like, "Great!" and offers to make all the arrangements. He tells her that Joseph will be by to pick her up shortly and transport her back to the mansion, and she pretends to wait out in the hall...but when Nick returns to his office, she makes a break for it.
Jeff takes Little Blake to the cemetery to visit his father's mausoleum. He runs into a creepy caretaker named Al, who remarks on all the rich people who are buried here. He then peers at the baby and says he must be worth a fortune, being a Colby/Carrington and all...and Jeff looks slightly weirded out and orders Al to ensure that there are fresh flowers placed by his father's mausoleum. Al creepily replies, "You take care of that little fella now, you hear?" and Jeff stares back at him with a worried expression. Al glances around the cemetery, looking as ominous and shady as he can muster, then walks over to Jeff's car where Nurse Susan is waiting and grins maniacally at her for no apparent reason - other than to make us think that he could be the baby snatcher [oops, spoiler]. Jeff, who must not have noticed that weird interaction, carries the baby over to the mausoleum and tells him about how he's both a Carrington and a Colby, then promises to be a caring, involved parent in his life. Fallon, meanwhile, has followed Jeff to the cemetery and is skulking behind grave stones...and eventually she gets close enough to the Colby mausoleum so that she can eavesdrop on Jeff. He's now telling the baby that he'll be there to play ball and help him with his schoolwork, blah blah...in other words, do all the things he wasn't able to share with his late father. Fallon looks both touched and sheepish.
Claudia returns to the mansion with a bundle of cash...and she's gleefully counting it when Joseph enters her room. He irritably reminds her that he had driven all the way to the hospital to give her a ride home, so she fibs and tells him she needed to pick something up at the drug store and then took a taxi back to the estate. She's like, "Sorry!" and he shoots her a suspicious glare before stiffly exiting the room.
Fallon arrives at the St. Dennis Club and finds Jeff eating alone. She asks him if he'd like some company, and he's like, "Sure!" so she has a seat. She confesses to following him to the cemetery earlier and that she overheard what he was telling their son. She apologizes for not acknowledging to Blake earlier that their son is a Colby as well as a Carrington...and Jeff apologizes for his out-of-character bitchitude in the nursery. Jeff suddenly decides they should visit their reverend at the rectory so they can start planning Little Blake's christening, and Fallon agrees that that's a fantastic idea.
Over at Denver-Carrington, Blake's secretary buzzes him and tells him that Mr. Ahmed has just arrived for their meeting. When Mr. Ahmed turns out to be Rashid's brother, Faruq, Blake's all, "Wha-at's happening?!" and asks him why his brother didn't show. Faruq says he couldn't make it, but assures Blake that he has all the necessary documents and full deal-making authority. He tells Blake he has an extremely attractive deal to offer his company, and for the low low price of just $1 million, he can offer what is actually worth $20 million. Blake's beady little eyes light up, and he asks Faruq to give him the specifics - but Faruq offers none and just says that the deal is an awesome way for both of their companies to make a lot of money. LOL. Blake glares at him suspiciously and grumbles, "What kind of bind is your brother really in?" and suggests that Rashid didn't pay the General (?? still dunno who that is) all the money he was supposed to, and is now trying to shake him down for the money he now needs to pay off his debt. Faruq begs him to please hand over $1 million and moans about how much he loooves his brother, but Blake bitchily declines and tells him to go pee up a rope. Faruq wails that he could lose his brother, then asks Blake how he'd feel if he lost someone he loves...and ominously threatens to smile at his agony when he experiences such a loss. He storms out with his Arab bodyguards...and Blake looks over at a framed photograph of Krystle and stares at it worriedly.
Nick's in his office at the hospital, staring at a photo of himself and his brother, Gianni. [That stupid storyline. Didn't we resolve the mystery of Gianni's boring suicide, like, eight episodes ago?] Nick suddenly has flashbacks of Gianni's dirty, dangling feet again...then recalls his accusation against Blake that one phone call from him would have saved Gianni's life. Nick picks up the phone and learns from whoever he's talking to that Faruq Ahmed has just checked into his hotel.
Nick arrives at the fancy hotel to see Ahmed. After two bodyguards usher him into the suite, he asks Faruq where his brother is and Faruq tells him he's still abroad. Nick grumbles about how he's been given the runaround about his brother's death and demands to know why his body wasn't brought back to the States like he'd arranged. Faruq tells him that Gianni was buried in a mass grave, due to a coup that had just broken out. Nick lunges at him and chokes him until Faruq's bodyguards pull him off. He bellows, "Scum!" but Faruq insists that it was "the plunderer" who killed his brother. Nick's like, "Who's the plunderer?" and Faruq tells him it's Blake Carrington. He recounts that Gianni was arrested for smuggling drugs, and the prison guards told Blake about it and made it clear that a certain sum of money would void the charges...but for whatever reason, Blake opted to not to pay them off. Faruq snarls, "I could tell you many more ugly things" and Nick looks troubled, yet intrigued at learning this new information...that he suddenly believes to be the truth despite any real evidence to back it up.
Blake and Krystle arrive at the Sky Crest Dude Ranch. They admire the beautiful grounds, canoodle happily for a few seconds, then head over to the office to check in.
Nick bursts into Blake's office at Denver-Carrington and finds Jeff there. He demands to know where Blake is, and Jeff tells him he went to Sky Crest for a few days. He then takes the opportunity to inform Nick that he and Fallon are giving their marriage another try, and warns him that if he catches him near Fallon he'll punch him in the face. Nick just laughs (and I laughed too) and disdainfully retorts, "You don't have a wife - you have a Carrington" then taunts Jeff by asking him if he's sure the baby is really his...or is it like everything else in the Carrington mansion: a possession of Blake's? After he storms out, Jeff contemplatively stares into space.
Blake and Krystle are riding horses together, enjoying the dude ranch's lovely scenery. They're both very impressed with the property, and Blake suddenly decides he'd like to ride all the way up to the top of the mountain, but would prefer to do it alone 'cause it might be a tad perilous for her. He urges her to go back down and wait for him...and reminds her that they can stay in touch via their walkie-talkies. Krystle agrees and slowly leads her horse toward the bottom of the mountain.
Nick is driving to Sky Crest, looking truly bizarre as he glares through his windshield with a cigarette dangling out of the corner of his mouth. He grimly recalls his conversation with Blake, when he insisted that his hands are clean regarding Gianni's death - and fortunately we don't have to endure the sight of Gianni's dirty dead feet again. When Nick arrives at the dude ranch, Krystle immediately spots his vehicle and rushes over to ask him what he's doing here. He tells her he urgently needs to speak with Blake, so she tells him he's currently riding the Scorpion Peak Trail, then radios Blake and tells him that Nick is on his way up to see him. She then tells her husband not to be too long, and he smiles into the walkie-talkie and promises to head back soon.
Nurse Susan is hovering over Little Blake's crib, cooing at him, when Joseph suddenly rushes into the nursery and tells her he needs help with Mrs. Gunnerson. She has badly cut her finger, and he can't stop the bleeding. Egads! Nurse Susan rushes downstairs with Joseph, leaving the baby unattended. Eeek!
Creepy Al is on the Carrington estate, pretending to be one of the crew members who's erecting Alexis' wedding tent. One of the workers asks him what he's doing here, and Al snarls at him to mind his own business and then glances around the estate all shifty-like. Meanwhile, Alexis and Cecil rush over to the studio to indulge in some afternoon delight, and that's all I'm going to say 'bout that right now. Jeff arrives home in his Mercedes and runs into Claudia, who's acting even nuttier than she did during her previous nutty interactions of the day. He politely tells her that even though they can't doink anymore, they're still friends and he wishes her well. She spacily replies, "Don't pity me. I didn't expect a future" and he tells her he hopes that one day she'll be able to find someone who's into wacky chicks and wouldn't object to coupling up with her. She assures him she won't be alone, then calls him "a sweet Colby"...and after he ambles off, she reaches into his car, pulls the key out of the ignition, and puts it in her purse.
Alexis gets a call from Morgan Hess, who reports that he has tracked down Mark Jennings in New York. Alexis excitedly calls it "splendid news", then orders him to return to Denver asap so she can give him his fat pay check. After she hangs up, she tells Cecil she has a lovely surprise for Blake and Krystle, namely that she tracked down Krystle's one and only husband. Cecil doesn't appear to give much of a rat's ass, so she suggests that they doink now...and the two stare at each other hornily while the camera pans from her face to his face, and then back again. LOL.
The door of the nursery creaks open, and a mysterious person wearing a trench coat and blue gloves enters. He/she picks up the baby and absconds with him. Eeek!
Nick rides along the Scorpion Peak Trail and finds Blake near the top of the mountain. Blake says he's surprised to see him, and that he must have something super important to tell him to warrant driving all the way from Denver. Nick glares at him and replies, "For this I would have come all the way back from hell" and Blake's all, "Wha-a?" so Nick tells him that Faruq Ahmed told him that Gianni's death was his fault because he refused to pay off the prison officials. Blake insists that Ahmed is lying, but Nick refuses to believe that and lunges at Blake...and their stunt doubles topple off of their horses and start rolling around in the dirt. Eventually they stagger to their feet and face each other with their hands balled into fists. LOL. Nick takes a swing at Blake and knocks him over, and he (Blake) continues to insist that everything he's told him has been the truth. He says he was in Indonesia when the cable about Gianni's death arrived...but Nick continues to not believe him and the two wrestle around in the dirt some more. At one point, Blake is atop Nick, and he claims he was unable to help his brother 'cause he had no power to intervene. He says he had called the State Department to get his sentence reduced - but didn't realize that Gianni would give up on life so quick and hang himself. Nick decks him and growls, "You lie!" and their stunt doubles wrestle around some more. Blake says he's sick of being blamed for his brother's death, then points out that Gianni wasn't exactly an innocent, considering that he was dealing drugs in the Middle East - which, generally speaking, is a pretty fucking boneheaded thing to do. He snarks at Nick to leave him and his family alone and ambles back to his horse. Nick watches him as he rides off, then stares contemplatively into space. Blake's stunt double (who I'm pretty sure is the same guy who played Alexis' stunt double during the cat fight episode) heads down the hill, and suddenly a rattlesnake spooks his horse, and "Blake" gets thrown into the air, rolls down a large hill, and lands just inches from the edge of a cliff. A few minutes later, Nick arrives at this area of the trail and sees Blake's horse standing alone. He gets off and looks around...and eventually spots Blake lying unconscious several feet down the mountain. He stares down at him, then gets back on his horse and continues riding, leaving him for dead.
Fallon and Jeff return to the mansion. They're gabbling excitedly about Little Blake's christening and head up to the nursery so they can tell the little gaffer all about it. When they find the crib empty, they're all, "Wuh?" and Fallon irritably calls for Nurse Susan. When she's nowhere to be found, they both rush downstairs and run into Joseph. He informs them that Nurse Susan was in the kitchen about fifteen minutes ago, tending to Mrs. Gunnerson's cut finger. Fallon and Jeff rush back upstairs, but the baby's still MIA...and Fallon wails that she's starting to get scared.
Nick calls someone from a pay phone and tells whoever it is to bring "it" to his house, then adds, "And keep your mouth shut." He's heading back to his car when Krystle spots him and runs over. She notices his black eye and asks him what happened, and he fibs and says he took a fall. She asks him if he spoke with Blake, and he tells her he wasn't able to locate him, then adds, "It's a big mountain." She scrunches her face in confusion and says she doesn't understand how he could have missed Blake, and is worried something might have happened to him. Nick shrugs indifferently, climbs into his car and starts the engine, then coldly says, "Goodbye, Krystle" and drives off. She stares after his car, looking pensively confused and worried.
Alexis and Cecil are getting it on - OMFG. She purrs that she finally got everything she's ever wanted, and we get an icky montage of the two of them kissing, fondling, and caressing as jazz music plays in the background. A few minutes in, Cecil suddenly contorts his face in pain, then whimpers, "I...can't...breathe..." Alexis stares at him in horror, shrieks, "Cecil!" and starts smacking him across the face, wailing, "You can't die on me! We're getting married tomorrow!" LOL. As he desperately gasps for air, she barks, "I need you to get Blake!" Poor Cecil. Considering his options, he's definitely better off surrendering to an early death.
Blake is still lying unconscious on the edge of the cliff. Krystle radios him on the walkie-talkie and pleads with him to respond. To make matters even more urgent and perilous, a thunderstorm is starting to roll in.
Fallon and Jeff frantically search the mansion for their missing baby. They run into Claudia, who spacily informs Jeff that she borrowed his Mercedes, then hands him his keys. Fallon asks her if she's seen Nurse Susan and/or their baby, and Claudia tells them she saw a foreign looking, bearded man lurking around near the greenhouse. Could it be...Faruq?! Jeff rushes to the nearest phone to call the police, and Fallon continues to freak out about her stolen baby and wails, "Daddy!" even though her daddy is far away, lying motionless atop a cliff.
Blake continues to appear dead as the thunderstorm rolls closer. Krystle continues to screech at him via the walkie-talkie instead of doing something useful like report Blake missing so that the authorities can launch a search and rescue effort.
And that's a wrap for Season 2!
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