Dynasty - Season 3, Episode 7
Recap: At the breakfast table, Blake is reading a newspaper article to Fallon about Denver-Carrington's sudden financial woes. Geez...again? I wonder if he's ever considered that the problem is him, since he's clearly incapable of steering this company into long term profitability. Blake grumbles that a glut in the oil market is causing a delay for Denver-Carrington to get the green light from Washington to start up with its shale oil production, and orders Jeff to schedule a meeting for him with Congressman Neil McVane...then stops talking when he remembers that Jeff resigned from Denver-Carrington. Jeff says that since he's still at Denver-Carrington, wrapping things up, he'll call the congressman...and then gets up from the table and rushes off to work. Blake nods approvingly and tells Fallon he's going to miss having Jeff around, and she snortishly retorts, "That makes one of us." He reminds her that Jeff will still be staying on at the mansion, then abruptly changes topics and says he wants to discuss Adam, her brother. She rolls her eyes at the word brother and snarks, "It all seems to be official now" and Blake insists it is and says that, in the interest of avoiding any further bitterness and hostility, he wants her to fully accept Adam as her brother. Fallon asks him if he's focusing so hard on Adam 'cause he wants to forget about his other son, then says he hasn't done anything to get Steven to want to return to Denver. Blake points out that Steven is an adult and is staying away because he's chosen to...but since her other brother is currently in their lives, he wants her to stop undermining his place in their family. Blake furrows his brows and asks, "Is there something you haven't told me about you and Adam?" and she can't bring herself to admit to her father that she nearly doinked her brother. Blake takes her silence as a no, then declares, "That ends that, doesn't it?" Ugh...I sure hope so, Blake. 'Cause this incest romance sub-plot is nothing but gross.
Blake calls Adam at the penthouse and asks him to meet him in his Denver-Carrington office at 11am, and Adam promises he'll be there. Alexis sashays down the stairs decked out in a purple silk fur trimmed robe, and Adam informs her that he just got off the phone with Blake and has a meeting with him later...and she pretends not to be pissed off that the two are actively trying to establish a rapport. Adam tells her he's been getting calls from his friends on the east coast, who are being questioned by Blake's investigators, then mutters, "He's tough in the trust department." Alexis asks him why he's even bothering to meet with Blake, and for some reason this prompts Adam to challenge her trust in him. She poutishly retorts, "What is it going to take to convince you, Adam? An oath on a stack of bibles?" so he abruptly drops the issue and starts reading the newspaper. He comes across the article about Denver-Carrington's financial woes and points it out to Alexis, and she perks up at the news.
Jeff enters Blake's office clutching a file folder that contains the paperwork associated with the contract on Denver-Carrington's shale oil loan. Blake takes it and promises to return it after his lunch date with Neil McVane. Meanwhile, Adam arrives in the reception area and runs into Jeff as he's leaving. He chirps, "Good morning!" but Jeff scowls at him and snaps, "Is it?" and stalks out...and Adam just kind of shrugs at his bitchitude and heads into Blake's office. He tells Blake he knows that refusing to accept the red sports car as a gift really bugged him...and Blake admits it did bug him, but is over it now. He apologizes for ragging on Alexis the other day and says they used to have such a strong bond...but after the kidnapping, an emotional barrier built up between them, which remained even after their other two children were born. He then claims that this emotional barrier caused them to finally divorce, which totally contradicts Alexis' testimony in the Enter Alexis episode, during which we were led to believe that Blake abruptly divorced Alexis after catching her in the sack with Roger Grimes. Blake says he hopes that his hostility with Alexis won't affect their relationship 'cause he really wants to be a father to him, and Adam just mutely stares back at him. The silence is broken when Blake's secretary buzzes and announces that someone from the Personnel Department is in the reception area to say goodbye, and Blake excuses himself and rushes out of the office. Adam notices the file folder about the shale oil loan sitting on Blake's desk, so he grabs it and quickly looks over the confidential documents. Blake returns a few minutes later and reiterates that he wants to develop a healthy father-son relationship, then asks, "Is it a deal?" and Adam chuckles about how business-like that sounds, then says it's a deal...and remarks that it's been a very special morning for him. He shakes Blake's hand, then leaves his office with a smug smirk on his face.
Alexis is at the La Mirage, dressed in a fantastic white tailored suit and large matching hat. She stares over at the tennis courts and watches Mark Jennings give tennis lessons to beautiful women. When he notices her watching him, he jogs over and says he heard she wanted to talk to him...and the two sit down at a table together. He orders a beer and asks her what she wants to talk about, so she replies, "You and my unhappy friend, Krystle." As he chuckles at her annoying persistence, she tells him she's surprised he actually moved to Denver and came to work at the La Mirage - and is taking these decisions as a sign he's still interested in Krystle. She then scrunches her face in faux confusion and says, "You puzzle me, Mark" and explains that she's been making inquiries about him at the hotel and learned that he's been keeping a very low profile. Mark refuses to answer any more of Alexis' questions and tells her to stop bugging him, and Alexis proceeds to order him to do everything in his power to woo Krystle back. Mark makes it clear that that's not happening, then wonders aloud if moving to Denver was a mistake. He drinks a few sips of his beer and stalks off, leaving behind a miffed looking Alexis. She heads back to her chauffeured car, then calls her secretary (Catherine), to confirm that she made the call to Krystle, luring her to the La Mirage by pretending that Blake wants to meet her there.
Krystle arrives at the La Mirage and glances around the tennis courts. She's startled when she sees Mark giving tennis lessons, then has a flashback of when their marriage started falling apart. "Younger" Krystle (with her Big Valley hairdo) is waiting up in bed, and looks annoyed when Mark staggers in at 1am. She asks him where he's been, and he snaps, "Out" then tells her he was just wrapping up some business. He sits on the side of the bed and starts kissing her - and she initially rebuffs him, but eventually gets into the foreplay. She smiles and coos, "I love you, Mark. So much" and their smooching intensifies. When Krystle is jolted back to present day Dynasty, she notices that Mark is staring at her. He ambles over and says hello, and when she asks him what he's doing here, he explains that he was just hired as La Mirage's resident tennis pro. She mumbles, "I see" then asks him where Blake is, and he looks perplexed and goes, "I dunno" - which was a weird thing to ask, 'cause why would Mark know the whereabouts of a man he's never met? Krystle says she got a call telling her to meet her husband at the tennis courts, and Mark just shrugs and is like, "Whatever" and says he'd like to talk, but she declines. He stares at her intensely and says, "I know those eyes. You're not happy" and she snorts derisively and says he never could read her very well, and then snaps, "Otherwise you'd never have done what you did to me." He breezily retorts, "That's history" and she snarks, "Leave me alone!", shoots him the stink-eye, and storms off.
Kirby Anders makes her grand debut at Carrington manor - and for some reason she's channeling Madeline [of the Ludwig Bemelmans children's book series] in a bizarre navy blue caped outfit and matching hat. She strolls around the pool area and spots a large turtle, who she addresses as Jeffrey. Cute! I'm pleasantly surprised that Blake would allow a pet turtle to be housed on his estate. A few seconds later, Jeff comes outside and says hello, and she reminds him that he used to call her Joseph's cute kid...and he looks startled and exclaims, "You're Kirby?! I'll be damned!" He gives her a hug, and she tells him he's become a very distinguished, handsome man...then recalls that she had a huge crush on him when they were kids, but he only had eyes for Fallon. She asks him how that's going, and he grimaces and says they're married in name only and both live at the mansion to be near their son. Kirby looks delighted when she learns they named him Blake and calls it "a strong name". After their chit-chat, Jeff bids her adieu and ambles off somewhere, and she leers after him until Joseph appears. She chirps, "Papá!" and rushes over to hug her father hello.
Kirby tells her Papá that she already feels very welcome at Carrington manor: Blake called her to say hey, and Krystle had flowers delivered to her room. It's unclear when all of this welcoming would have occurred, considering Kirby only stepped foot on the Carrington estate two minutes ago. Joseph wants to talk about what happened to her fiancé, but she has no desire to discuss her broken engagement. She says she didn't love Jean-Paul and doesn't want to end up like Jeff and Fallon, whose marriage fell apart despite their fantastic looks and cute baby. LOL. Joseph urges his daughter to focus on her own relationship instead of trying to set things right between Jeff and Fallon, and Kirby makes it clear to her dismayed Papá that she's back in the States to stay, and has no intention of returning to Paris or getting back with Jean-Paul.
Jeff storms into Adam's office at ColbyCo (which is Cecil's old office) and informs his half brother-in-law that he's going to have to relocate himself so he can move his research library here. Adam puts a pin in that for now, and brings up Denver-Carrington's financial woes and suggests paying Blake's loan in exchange for information about the shale oil process. Jeff calls that a rotten idea and says that the shale oil process is far more valuable than the loan, and Adam's like, "Well, d'yuh" and says he wants to beat ColbyCo's competition at all costs. Jeff tells him that this is the same bad strategy Cecil employed throughout Season 2, until the stress of it eventually killed him. Jeff insists that there's room in Denver for two healthy oil empires, and reminds him that Blake is his father. He once again orders Adam to vacate the office and then storms out.
Blake is meeting with Congressman Neil McVane, gabbling about the thousand families who are depending on the profits of his oil shale process, and adds that these people are also the congressman's constituents. McVane tells Blake he's put out "feelers" on the situation, but Washington's attitude about oil shale has hardened. Blake orders him to "shout louder" and force the Washington bigwigs to listen, but McVane says he's pretty sure they won't. Blake tells him he's a persuasive pitchman, then orders him to fly back to Washington, like pronto, and convince the politicians to do what's in the best interest of his oil company. He reminds the congressman that he's always been loyal and helpful, and sarcastically says he's sure he doesn't want that to change. He barks, "You get out there and you twist their arms. You understand?!!" and Neil sheepishly agrees to obey and do the ogre's bidding.
Over at the La Mirage, Fallon is yelling at some unfortunate person on the other end of the phone line about how she needs a chef who can handle cooking for a large group of people for the hotel's upcoming opening. And if he/she can't handle it, he/she can find another job! So there! Looks like she manages her human resources the way Blake probably does.
Blake is watching Mark give beautiful ladies tennis lessons...and he must really like what he sees, 'cause he waits around to talk to him after the lessons are finished. He introduces himself and says he'd like to stop by for a game some time, and Mark says, "Any time." Fallon flounces over to say hi to Blake, and he tells her she's doing a great job with the La Mirage, and applauds her for hiring such an awesome tennis pro and gushes about how Mark is "a winner". Er, OK..? Fallon scrunches her face with concern and mutely stares into space.
Fallon makes a beeline over to Alexis' penthouse and tells her mother she now regrets hiring Mark Jennings. It seemed like a good idea at the time, but now she's worried that the whole thing is going to boomerang and hurt Blake. Alexis breezily says, "You're wrong", declares the matter settled, and offers Fallon a plate of chocolate covered strawberries. LOL. Fallon declines the snack and says she's worried that Mark's presence at the La Mirage is going to negatively affect Blake, but Alexis points out that Mark came to Denver of his own accord, and that Krystle is not deserving of Blake...and the sooner they get rid of her, the better. Fallon wants to tell Blake that Mark is Krystle's first husband, but Alexis urges her to just sit back and enjoy the show.
Kirby's in the mansion's kitchen, heating a bottle for Baby Blake. She asks Jeannette if the split between Fallon and Jeff is serious, and Jeannette nods sadly and says the two idiots can't seem to get along or agree on anything. She adds that she's filling in as a nanny 'cause neither parent can get their shit together long enough to hire a baby nurse...and Kirby looks contemplative as she mulls over this nugget.
Jeff is over at Alexis' penthouse, discussing Denver-Carrington's shale oil/loan repayment crisis. Alexis tells him she approves of Adam's idea of bailing out Blake in exchange for information, but Jeff says that Blake has probably already straightened out the whole loan repayment issue with Congressman McVane. Alexis tells Jeff he's welcome to stay at the penthouse if the drama at Carrington manor gets too intense, then gives him a saucy grin...which I find too disturbing to analyze further, so I'm just going to leave it at that. After Jeff leaves, Alexis calls up Congressman McVane...and judging from her smirky smile, I'll assume she's up to no good.
A large bouquet of flowers is delivered to Fallon just as Adam enters her office. He tells her that the flowers are from him, then says he wants them to be friends. Fallon's like, "Why?" so he says he admires her intelligence and drive, then starts complaining about how Jeff is preventing him from making ColbyCo into a great company. He reminds Fallon that Baby Blake will one day inherit ColbyCo, and asks her if she could please influence Jeff into doing what he (Adam) wants, but Fallon says she trusts Jeff's intelligence (as it pertains to business) and says if he's fighting him, he must have a damned good reason. She then tries to flee her office, but Adam grabs her arm, pulls her toward him, and gazes creepily into her eyes. She asks, "Who are you? Who are you really?" and Adam replies, "I'm your brother. You're my sister. And we can't be on opposite sides." She says she still doesn't believe he's really Adam Carrington, so he retorts, "Then why don't we just pick up where we left off?" and Fallon looks suitably creeped out by the idea of hitting the shits with a sociopath, brother or not, and tells him to get lost.
Alexis has her easel set up on the balcony of her penthouse and is working on a new painting when Adam arrives home. She makes it clear that she (not he) will handle Jeff from now on, then snippily reminds him that Jeff is part owner of ColbyCo and therefore deserves his respect. Adam bellows, "I hate him!" and Alexis remarks that he seems to have inherited his father's violent streak. She warns him that it cost Blake dearly, then invokes all of the violent misdeeds that came to light during the Ted Dinard murder trial. Adam tells her he knows all about that and assures her he doesn't have an anger management problem. Alexis seems satisfied with that and invites him to dine with her that evening, and promises to order him a prime rib steak the way he likes it: blood rare. That's pretty much how I would imagine Adam likes his steak.
Krystle's wandering around the flower gardens on the Carrington estate, contemplating her failed marriage to Mark. She has a second flashback in which Mark is sitting in a chair, glowering at her as he orders her to get him another drink. She refuses and tells him he's trying to drown out all the shitty things in his life. He whines about how he's a washed up tennis star who nobody gives a hoot about, blah blah...so she advises him to maybe not set his sights very high. She then notices a suitcase beside his chair and asks him where he's going, and he tells her he's off to Mexico and will send her a postcard, then file for divorce. He snarks at her again to get her a drink, but she refuses and glares at him. When her mind returns to present day Dynasty, she's startled when she realizes she inadvertently stabbed her finger with a thorn on a rose stem.
Krystle arrives at La Mirage and barges into Fallon's office. She sarcastically thanks her step-daughter for arranging for her to run into Mark yesterday, and Fallon's all, "Wha-at are you talking about?" Krystle doesn't believe she had nothing to do with it and laments about how she's tried so hard to be her friend, but finally realizes it's a lost cause. Well d'yuh, took you long enough. She tells Fallon that her "little surprise" regarding the run-in with Mark fell flat...and furthermore, she doesn't give a rat's ass if her ex-husband works at the La Mirage 'cause she's married to Blake now. She gives Fallon a squinty-eyed stink-eye, then storms out of the room...and Fallon stares after her, looking amused.
Jeff's boxes arrive in Cecil's old office at ColbyCo, and Catherine is about to unpack them when Adam rushes in and orders her to keep everything packed 'cause he's having the office repainted...even though all the walls are wood panels, and painting over them would be weird. Catherine tells him that Cecil had the entire office redone shortly before he expired, but Adam insists it still looks dingy and could use a coat of paint. It looks dingy 'cause it needs lighter colored drywall walls, not wood panels, but I guess that's besides the point.
Adam is at a paint store, asking about a particular compound. The salesclerk locates it for him, but warns him it could be dangerous if inhaled, and could distort a person's mental capacity. Adam adds that it can also affect a person's central nervous system, then says he's A-OK with all that toxicity. LOL. He pays for the toxic compound and paint, then goes on his merry way.
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