Dynasty - Season 3, Episode 8
Recap: Blake and Krystle return to the mansion after spending the evening attending a business dinner. Blake chides Krystle for being withdrawn the entire time, and she retorts, "I didn't feel like smiling." He invites her to the study for a brandy, but she declines and says she just want to go to bed.
Blake finds Jeff lounging in the study, and both men pour themselves a drink. Jeff tells Blake he's been unable to reach Congressman McVane for days - and his staff in his D.C. and Denver offices don't seem to know where he is. He suggests going over McVane's head in order to solve Denver-Carrington's shale oil quandary, but Blake shuts that down and says McVane owes him a lot, then grumbles, "He'd better come through." Jeff tells Blake he'll try to contact the elusive congressman in the morning.
Krystle's lying in bed, staring pensively at the ceiling when Blake enters the bedroom. He asks her whassup with her bitchitude, then grumbles about how he has his own problems and isn't in the mood to play games. She sneers, "What about tennis, Blake?" and he's all, "Wuh?" so she tells him she knows he met the tennis pro Fallon just hired. He's like, "Yeah, so what?", recalls that the man's name is Mark, and doesn't get why this is an issue. Krystle explains that the pro's name is Mark Jennings, and that she used to be married to him. Blake's all, "Wuh?" and then Krystle's all, "Wuh?" when it becomes clear to her that Blake has no idea who Mark is. She tells him she assumed that he and Fallon hired him in order to play games with her - which is a totally reasonable assumption, since it's exactly the kind of mindfuck Blake would perpetrate against his own wife. She looks relieved and hugs him, and says she loves him and wants nothing to come between them. Blake goes, "Why should it?" and reminds her that Mark is part of her past, the way Alexis is part of his past. Krystle recounts that Joseph got a message from some unknown person, asking her to meet him (Blake) at the La Mirage...and she's pretty sure Fallon was the one behind the ploy to orchestrate the "chance meeting" between herself and Mark. Blake mulls that over for a few seconds and asks her why she thinks Fallon is the culprit, so Krystle points out that the obvious, which is that La Mirage is her hotel. Blake reminds her that he's the owner of the hotel, then gruffly announces that he wants Mark fired - but Krystle tells him it's probably not necessary and that she's just relieved that he (Blake) wasn't part of this conspiracy to torment her. Blake says he's very glad they talked this out, then gives her a long hard smooch and steers her over to the bed. Ewwww.
The next morning, Jeff runs into Fallon on his way to work. The two snipe at each other for a few minutes, blah blah - and after Jeff leaves, Kirby emerges from one of the downstairs rooms and greets Fallon. Surprisingly, Fallon looks happy to see her and marvels about how much she's grown up from the scrawny kid she used to be and exclaims, "You're competition!" She says she wishes Steven could see her, and Kirby tells her that Papá wrote her about Steven leaving Denver in a huff. She asks where he went, and Fallon sadly replies that she has no idea. Kirby says she's confident he'll return one day, then gushes about Baby Blake, who's as handsome as Blake and beautiful as her. Fallon thanks her for the shameless brown-nosing and says she's on her way upstairs to give the tot his bath...and Kirby offers to help and tells her about all the nannying and baby care she did during her stint in Europe. Subtle, Kirby.
Up in the nursery, Fallon gets Baby Blake ready for his bath and gives Kirby the dish on her separation from Jeff. Kirby pretends she had no idea their marital problems had become so serious, then tells her again how much she looooves taking care of babies. Fallon stares at her thoughtfully and tells her that she and Jeff have been looking for a nanny, then dismisses the notion and says she'd be way too overqualified for the job. Somehow I doubt that. Kirby says she doesn't care 'bout that and wants the job, and Fallon hugs her and tells the smirking Kirby that she's very grateful for this favor.
Fallon joins Blake in the dining room. [Incidentally, I wonder whatever happened to the long ass dining table that Fallon, Blake, and Steven ate at during the pilot episode..?] Blake informs Fallon that Krystle told him all about Mark Jennings being her ex-husband...and Fallon assures him she had no idea who he was when she hired him, and only discovered his real identity when Krystle barged into her office and accused her of purposely hiring her ex. Fallon also denies leaving a message for Krystle to show up for a fake rendezvous with Blake at the La Mirage in order to orchestrate a bump-into with Mark. Joseph suddenly enters the room to hand deliver a letter that just arrived for Fallon. She rips it open and exclaims, "It's from Steven! He's in Hong Kong!" As duhn! duhn! duhn! type music starts up in the background, Blake scrunches his wrinkly face and is all, "Wha-a?"
La Mirage. Alexis is decked out in a stylish tennis outfit, prancing around the resort alongside Mark. She pouts about how she's not the athletic type and would rather sit and talk...so the two seat themselves at a table on the outdoor patio and order ice coffees. Mark asks her what she wants to talk about, and she grins and replies, "What else? Krystle!" She tells him she doubts he would leave town without even seeing his ex-wife (er...wife), and he informs her that he has, in fact, seen her. She's all, "Wha-a?!" and tells him he shouldn't be ashamed of still being in love with his beautiful ex-wife...and Mark just stares off into space looking contemplative.
Blake is in his office, barking at whoever he's on the phone with about locating Steven in Hong Kong. Krystle (who's lurking about his office) points out that Steven's isn't actually in Hong Kong; apparently, the letter was delivered by a friend of Steven's who had recently traveled to Hong Kong. Blake grumbles that the letter made it clear that Steven still hasn't forgiven him, and Krystle urges him to give it time. She then offers to take him out for lunch, but he tells her he wants to hang around the office in case Congressman McVane calls. Krystle heads out and reminds him that they're scheduled to attend Fallon's grand opening party at the La Mirage tonight.
Over at ColbyCo, a painter is busy at work, painting a dark shade of blue over all the wood paneling in Jeff's new office. Adam walks in to survey the progress, and the painter asks him why he'd want him to paint over the "top of the line" paneling. Adam snaps, "Because I like top of the line paint." The painter remarks on the paint's rancid smell and complains that it's making him dizzy, and Adam glares at him hatefully and snarks, "Then why don't you get on with it and finish the job?" Alexis pops by and asks Adam why the office is being redecorated, and Adam tells her it's a "gesture of welcoming" for Jeff. She looks pleased and says she likes that he took her advice to heart, then solemnly adds, "We have enough enemies without inventing new ones."
Krystle arrives at the Westlake Costumers shop to try on her outfit for Fallon's Roaring '20s party at the La Mirage. By scripted coincidence, Alexis is in the fitting room next to her...and the fitting rooms are strange little cubicles that only go up to shoulder height. Weird. Alexis gabbles to Krystle about how fun the 1920s probably were, but Krystle looks as though she's barely listening. A few seconds later, the two exit the fitting rooms at exactly the same time and - surprise surprise - they're both wearing the same slinky dress. Alexis chuckles and asks Krystle if she's really secure enough to be seen in the same costume as her (LOL), but Krystle assures her she isn't worried about any negative comparisons. The two then decide that they really don't want to attend the party looking like Bobbsey twins, so they flip a coin and Krystle wins the toss. She exclaims, "I win!" and Alexis grins and says, "For now, but the party's not over yet." Krystle stalks out of the store with her costume...and as she's making her way to her car, Mark Jennings suddenly appears. He tells her they need to talk and invites her to get a coffee with him, but she refuses. She tells him he has no rights where she's concerned, then reminds him that he walked out on her. Alexis, meanwhile, is watching the exchange from the store's window, grinning evilly.
At Carrington manor, Krystle is putting the final touches on her Roaring '20s costume when Blake enters the room in a tux. He gushes to Krystle about how beautiful she looks, then frets about not being able to reach Congressman McVane. Krystle urges him to forget about McVane for the evening and focus on having a good time at La Mirage.
The Roaring '20s party is in full swing when Krystle and Blake arrive. Fallon flounces over to them wearing a sparkly red flapper costume and a funky red wig...then says she has to go make her welcome speech to her guests. The speech is mostly a public wanking of Blake, who she thanks for handing her a top level job she was in no way qualified for and did absolutely nothing to deserve. After that, she orders everyone to get happy and pronounces, "The name of the game at the La Mirage is pleasure!"
Alexis is sashaying around her penthouse, decked out in a gorgeous silver flapper dress with a matching headband and ginormous earrings that hang to her shoulders. Congressman McVane arrives, and makes it clear to viewers that the two have had a sordid past (gross)...and that he's her date for the party. She pours him a glass of champagne and asks him how his trip to D.C. went, and he tells her he got what he went for, then gripes, "I'm going to owe a lot of favors I'd rather not have to repay." Alexis gives him a poutish smile and says, "Who knows...things could change." She adjusts his tie, and when he leans forward to sneak in a little tongue action, she stops him and says she doesn't want them to be late to the party.
At the party, Fallon introduces Blake and Krystle to some count named Pierre...and then Blake ushers the count across the room to introduce him to someone important. Fallon remarks to Krystle that the count stared hungrily at her - but since she's Blake wife, he probably won't try anything. A bewildered Krystle opens her mouth to retort, but before she can get anything out, Fallon flounces off. Meanwhile, Alexis and Congressman McVane arrive at the party. Fallon heads over to greet them, and McVane compliments her superb party planning abilities.
Adam arrives at the party and tells Fallon how great everything looks...and a few seconds later, Jeff appears and offers a similar compliment. Jeff then turns to Adam and asks him why he's having his office painted, and Adam repeats his bullcack about it being "a gesture of welcome", then smugly saunters off. Fallon scrunches her face in distaste and warns Jeff to tread carefully with that sociopath.
Mark arrives at La Mirage and notices Krystle and Blake dancing together. Krystle spots him staring over at them and tells Blake they're going to have to deal with this sooner or later, so the two amble over to where Mark is standing. Blake greets him politely and says he's still interested in playing some tennis, and Mark goes, "Any time." With that settled, Krystle says she wants to continue groovin', and she and Blake return to the dance floor.
Alexis hands Congressman McVane a La Mirage room key and bats her eyes at him suggestively, and he grins delightedly while his penis stiffens.
Kirby arrives at the party and comes face-to-face with Count Pierre. He's all, "Hey - I know you from partying in Europe!" but she tells him he's mistaken and scuttles off. Count Pierre insists to Fallon that he definitely knows Kirby from the party circuit in Europe and slyly adds, "She gets around." What's this? Our pigtail wearing Madeline clone "gets around"? I'm shocked...and yet completely indifferent.
Adam creepily introduces himself to Kirby and says he knows her father. She's like, "That's nice" and tells him she wants to leave the party, but he bars her from heading towards the door. Jeff happens to glance over at that moment and senses trouble, so he rushes over and asks Kirby if she's enjoying herself. Adam says, "She is, and she's with me" so Jeff suggests letting her decide who she's with, and Kirby tells Jeff she'd like to dance with him. As the two head toward the dance floor, Adam shoots Jeff a murderous glare.
An inebriated Mark approaches Fallon, puts an arm around her, and tells her that her Roaring '20s themed party is a huge success. He invites her to join him for a drink, and she accepts.
Blake spots Congressman McVane with Alexis on his arm and is all, "The fuck?!" and watches the two go upstairs together to indulge in a mid-party doink. Krystle walks over and asks Blake what's wrong and remarks that he looks like he's seen a ghost, and he grunts, "Something more dangerous."
A drunk Fallon decides to entertain the partygoers by dancing on the pool's diving board for what seems like a really loooong time. The guests all clap and cheer...and Fallon spots Mark in the crowd and saucily beckons him to join her. The two twirl around on the diving board together, giggling drunkenly until she loses her balance and falls in...and a few seconds later Mark leaps in after her. The two start laughing at their drunken spectacle, and Fallon gives the partygoers even more of a show when she and Mark indulge in a wet smooch. Jeff and Kirby look on with really judgey expressions on their faces.
Blake spots Congressman McVane and Alexis returning to the party, post-doink. The congressman grins at Alexis and says tells her he's enjoying knowing her intimately again (gross), and she says she's very happy to be supporting his next campaign [in exchange for him agreeing to screw Blake over]. Blake stomps over and tells McVane they need to talk, then steers him away from Alexis, who grins devilishly.
Blake chastises the congressman for being so unreachable over the last few days, and McVane fibs and says he was busy visiting constituents. Blake grumbles that time is running out on his loan, then snaps, "What have you done about that?" McVane tells Blake he can't help him, and says that when he tried to talk to the D.C. bigwigs he kept getting doors slammed in his face. Blake questions the truthfulness of that and says, according to his inside sources, that everyone who was approached was willing to reconsider their position on shale oil production. Blake then tells him he's heard all about his sordid sex activities in D.C. (gross) and wonders if maybe he should get his investigators to look into that further.
Kirby and Jeff dance, and Count Pierre stares over at her and raises his glass of champagne as if to toast her. Kirby tells Jeff she has to go home, then pushes away from him...but in the process, she drops her purse and dumps its contents all over the floor. Adam instantly appears and helps her pick everything up, then forcibly caresses her arms and creepily comments on how silky smooth they are. LOL. Jeff comes over and deftly trips Adam so that he lands backwards on his ass...and everyone chortles at the comical sight. Adam gets up and dusts himself off, and pretends to grin in a good-natured fashion before he shoots Jeff another murderous glare. Meanwhile, Jeff walks Kirby to the door, and she gives him a grateful smooch and thanks him for rescuing her from the sociopath.
In Fallon's office, Blake pours McVane a drink and babbles some nonsense about how America will be grateful if he comes to his company's aid. Alexis suddenly barges in, smirks at the two men, and says, "And what are you two titans talking about? Me?" LOL. Blake says, in fact, they were talking about her, among other things, then urges McVane to tell her about their new deal. McVane sheepishly tells Alexis he won't be able to accept her offer after all...and by offer, I'm assuming this means he won't accept campaign contributions in exchange for not assisting Blake with his shale oil woes. Alexis laughs bitterly and bellows, "You scum! You double crossing scum!" and bitchily tells him to enjoy being a congressman while he can, then poutishly adds, "'Cause you'll be hearing from me." Blake smugly tells her that for once her boudoir charms have failed her, and orders her to stay out of his life. He shoots her the stink-eye and growls, "Or so help me, you'll wish you had."
Mark finally gets a moment alone with Krystle and tells her they have to talk. She tells him she's looking for her husband, so he goes, "You're already with your husband." She brushes that off, assuming he's drunk, so he explains that their divorce papers were never filed in Mexico all those years ago, which means they're not legally divorced. She's all, "Wha-at?!" and accuses him of lying, so he urges her to check it out for herself. Krystle breaks away from him and rushes outside where she bursts into tears and wails into the night air, "My God. It can't be true! Can't be!" and starts weeping.
Better call Andy.
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