Dynasty - Season 4, episode 17
Recap: Dr. Winfield calls Blake to let him know that Kirby has finally stabilized. Blake passes the news along to Krystle, who says how great that is, then frowns worriedly and remarks how wigged out he must be over Adam's confession. Blake concurs he is and says he'll confront his son about it tomorrow....then tells her he never would have been able to endure the various storylines of the last several episodes - Kirby's convulsey pregnancy, Allegre's fake kidnapping, Fallon's stoopid romance with Peter - without her love and support. Krystle smiles serenely, coos, "I love you darling", and assures him she'll always be here for her sugar daddy.
Kirby wakes up in her hospital bed in a groggy, confused state. Adam explains that she's been in the hospital for the past few days, and that he's been wringing his hands at her bedside the entire time. Kirby tells him she had a dream that she was holding her baby girl and asks him if it was just a dream...and Adam puts his anguished face on and tells her the doctors tried very hard to save her, but she was too small and weak. Kirby wigs out and shrieks, "Noooo!" and blames herself for the baby's death 'cause of how much she hated her up until the minute before she was born. Adam assures her that his rape spawn must have sensed how much she was loved...and the two hug and weep over what they've just lost.
Fallon summons Claudia to her La Mirage office and tells her that since she and Peter will be honeymooning for the next month or so, she'd like her to take charge of all the upcoming banquets and conventions. Claudia makes a blech face and says she doesn't get why this wedding/honeymoon has to be so madcap, and Fallon giggles and says, "It's my middle name, isn't it?" Claudia gushes about how much she admires everything she's accomplished in her [privileged] life - with the YUGE exception of her engagement to Peter, who gives her a serious case of the heebie-jeebies. When Fallon asks her why Peter icks her out so much, Claudia tells her that he's made passes at her on several occasions. Fallon brushes it off as Peter just being friendly around women, and Claudia shrugs at her stubborn delusion and says it's up to her if that's the way she chooses to see it. Fallon says it is, then coldly tells her to run along now so she can finish up her work.
Tracy's getting it on with her old reporter friend from New York, Jeremy, who writes for the sleazy tabloid rag, The Whisper. She coyly tells him she's picked up some pointers in the sack since moving to Denver...and when he looks intrigued and says he'd like to experience them all, she says they first need to talk business and offers to give him some "hot tips" he can publish in his rag. She poutishly tells him she was cheated out of the top PR job at Denver-Carrington by the boss's trophy wife, and plans to do everything in her power to drag her down. The camera then pans over to her bulletin board, which is filled with newspaper clippings on various salacious stories related to the Carringtons.
Fallon takes a break in her workday and drops by the mansion to spend some quality time with her son. She runs into Jeff, who asks her whaddup with her wedding plans...and she tells him that nothing definite has been scheduled yet, then snaps, "It's none of your business!" Jeff points out that anything that affects their son is his business, and warns her to keep the weird Eurotrash hustler away from anyone named Colby.
Jeff gets a flat tire not far from Carrington manor, so he calls Tony to come and change his tire for him...and Tony quickly drives over in an unbuttoned shirt. I've noticed that he seems to enjoy baring his chest whenever possible. Tony gabbles to Jeff about how upset Blake was when Allegre went missing and worried that he blamed him for the kidnapping...and then the scene cuts to Jeff recounting this conversation to Blake. He tells him that Tony reportedly drank less than a glass of wine before passing out, and Blake solemnly mulls that over and says it's likely he was drugged.
Blake summons Jack, Allegre's trainer and Peter loyalist, to an impromptu interrogation with Jeff and himself. Jack says he was very shaken up when the horse went missing, and recalls that on the night it happened, he was eating pizza and drinking wine with Tony. Blake gets him to confirm that they were the only two people anywhere near the stables on that fateful night...and when Jack leaves the meeting, he looks nervous as he glances around shiftily.
Steven and Claudia are enjoying a buffet lunch at the La Mirage. She's still weirded out by the violets delivery from three days ago, and Steven tells her it's just a sick joke and to forget about it. She tells him that all of this conjuring of memories has made her "see" Lindsay again - ack! - and that she had a vision of her at their Season 1 bungalow decked out in a fancy yellow dress. Steven urges her to forget about the flowers and the weird Lancelot messages, but Claudia tears up and says she can't stand the fact that someone she doesn't know is out there and hates her enough to torment her with tedious violet deliveries.
Steven tells Alexis that some nut has been sending Claudia violets and cards signed Lancelot, and Alexis says it's obviously someone with a perverse mind who's trying to cause her great suffering. When Steven glares at her accusingly, she insists she had nothing to do with it. Steven reminds her she's never liked Claudia, and has never given her enough credit for working through her nuttiness by spending all that much needed time at the Funny Farm. Alexis points out that the worst she's done is level minor criticisms at Claudia concerning her bad mullet hair and frumpy clothes...and that it's a far cry from terrorizing her with strange flower deliveries. She tells Steven she loves him too much to hurt someone he loves and begs him to believe her, and Steven suddenly looks sheepish and apologizes for thinking the worst about her.
Blake orders his secretary Marsha to summon Dex to his office, 'cause he needs to give him a stern talkin' to asap.
Jeff calls up his private investigator, Victor, to ask him to look into Peter's claim that he purchased $2 million dollars worth of diamonds to pay for Allegre's ransom.
When Dex arrives at Denver-Carrington, Blake tells him that his father, Sam Dexter, asked him to have a chat with his misguided son regarding his partnership with Alexis and to do his best to straighten out his head. Blake says it's rumored that he's hitting the sheets with Alexis, and warns him that she'll use him for as long as their business/sexual relationship satisfies her...but eventually she'll do everything she can to destroy and/or get rid of him. Dex seems amused by Blake's dire warning, then shuts him down and says he doesn't want to hear this kind of trash-talk about his lady. He then reveals that his spineless father once told him that he had an affair with Alexis while she was married to him (Blake), and Blake grimly mutters, "First the father, then the son" - eww - and murmurs that his ex-wife is "a real humdinger". Dex says that only he chooses his business and bed partners and declares that he's deeply in love with Alexis. Blake's like, "Blech...but whatever" then shrugs and says he kept his promise to Sam by having this awkward conversation. He wishes the dumb sap luck with his ill-fated relationship, and Dex smugly grins and stalks out of the office.
At the La Mirage restaurant, Claudia tells Alexis about the weird flower deliveries she's been getting and agonizes about who could be so cruel. Alexis suggests she bring the letters to the police so they could try to track down who's been doing this - but Claudia says she's reluctant to do that 'cause she worries they'll think she's just being paranoid and crazy. Alexis tells her that her days of being a Funny Farm patient are behind her, and urges her to leave all that in the past.
Adam drops by Blake's office to report that Kirby is finally out of danger. He then tells Blake that not only did he poison Jeff, but he tricked Alexis into signing purchase papers from The Toxic Paint Store to make it look like she was the culprit. Blake exclaims, "How could you have done that?! You could have killed Jeff!" and Adam says he never intended to kill him - just temporarily weaken his ability to think straight so that Alexis could secure her position as top dog at ColbyCo, thereby earning her love. Blake tells him how dicked up that is, and reminds him that real love can't be bought or negotiated...and Adam says he totally gets that now, and realizes that nothing can make up for his past crimes. He says he's going to 'fess up to Jeff, then return to this office to receive his official punishment. Blake says he has no idea what that will be, and Adam says he'll accept whatever it ends up being.
Blake drops by ColbyCo to apologize to Alexis for ever doubting the love she has for her children...then tells her he knows about Adam poisoning Jeff. He says he needs her help trying to understand their psychotic son, in particular what kind of punishment to dispense (report him to the police? fire him from Denver-Carrington? sternly admonish him?). He cries, "Help meeee!" and Alexis says she totally gets what he's going through, 'cause she went through it herself when she first learned what Adam had done. She tells him she went to Billings to talk to Dr. Edwards and learned that Adam had a nervous breakdown...and before that was a lonely boy with no real family or friends in his life. Blake says he now regrets calling off the search when Adam was kidnapped as an infant, and Alexis tells him it's all in the past now...and that perhaps what Adam needs most is love [and probably some 'round the clock anti-psychotic-tendencies therapy]. Blake thanks her for making time to talk to him 'bout this, then heads over to the elevator...and Alexis stares after him with a pouty, longing look on her face.
Dex is at the penthouse, drinking, when Alexis returns home. He tells her he gave Mark the night off, then jokes that he wants to be the one to guard her body tonight. Alexis tells him she's tired and just wants to be alone tonight, but he's like, "No can do" and decides that it's the ideal moment to propose to her. Alexis tells him it's very sweet that he wants to marry her...and that while she has strong feelings for him, she isn't ready to plunge into a marriage. She tells him she likes their sack-based relationship, but he insists he wants a wife, not just a lover. She's like, "Whatever" and tells him she's not in the mood for lovin' right now 'cause she went through something emotionally heavy with Blake just now...and Dex gets irked and accuses her of not being able to fully let go of Blake. She denies it, they bicker about her denial...blah blah...and she orders him to leave. Dex sternly says he refuses to take no for an answer, then grabs her by the shoulders and forcibly smooches her. He vows to make her forget she ever met Blake, then barks, "How about that?!" and stalks off...leaving her staring after him in kind of a turned on way.
The next morning, Alexis is lounging on her couch, trying to get in touch with her old European pal, Princess Maria Elena. Mark eavesdrops and says he has a hunch that she's trying to screw up things between Fallon and Peter...and Alexis coldly tells him his hunches are unwelcome, and that she's rethinking keeping him on as her bodyguard. Mark bitterly guffaws and says that McVane was right when he predicted she'd eventually try to get rid of him. Alexis says he shouldn't be talking to that washed-up nut, then orders him to get lost. A few seconds later, she gets a return call from Princess Maria Elena and asks her if she remembers a cad named Peter De Vilbis.
Alexis heads straight over to the La Mirage to tell Fallon that Princess Maria Elena told her that Peter dumped her 'cause she was pregnant and refused to have an abortion. Fallon rolls her eyes and says that the princess probably just wanted to trap Peter, and that he refused to be trapped. Mmm...no. Doesn't seem reasonable that a European royal, who's probably in a high enough station in life to have any man she wants, would waste her time trying to trap a low-life playboy like Peter. Alexis reminds Fallon that she has a son, then asks her what she'll do if Peter order her to ditch the kid so they can jet around the world. Fallon insists that Peter loves her and is pretty sure he'll love her son too. LOL. Alexis reminds her that she knows first-hand what it's like to be deprived of her children, then strongly suggests she look into Peter's love/indifference with respect to his future stepson before taking the marital plunge.
Tracy flounces into Krystle's office and shows her an unflattering article about her in The Whisper. Krystle looks at the incorrectly punctuated headline, Are the rich above the law!, then peruses the article, which accuses her of being the spoiled wife of a tycoon who's pretending to be a career lady. Tracy points out that the article includes a juicy tidbit about her marriage to Mark, and her failure to properly divorce him before marrying Blake for the first time. She tells Krystle it's obvious that someone wants to embarrass her, then offers to "go after" that person...but Krystle frowns and tells her it's probably best to leave it alone. Tracy snarkishly disagrees and urges her to fight back, but Krystle remains mute and just stares pensively into space.
Jeff checks in with Victor and learns that, just as he suspected, there was no purchase of $2 million dollars worth of diamonds in Denver on the day Peter claimed the purchase was made. Jeff calls up Blake on his car phone, and the two agree to meet at La Mirage so they can deal with Lyin' Peter together.
Jeff makes a beeline over to Fallon's office and tells her he has proof that Peter is a crook, and that he was the one behind the kidnapping of Allegre...along with Jack, who drugged Tony so there'd be no witnesses. What all of this means, he earnestly spells out to his idiot ex-wife, is that Peter didn't actually put up any ransom money - but instead took Blake's money and has most likely absconded with it. Fallon angrily accuses him of "inventing garbage" against the man she loves, and that she intends to put a stop to it right now. She storms out of her office and heads upstairs to Peter's suite.
Peter's creepy lawyer answers the door and tells Fallon that Peter has left Denver...but that he did leave her a message: don't come looking for me 'cause I have no desire to ever see you again. Ouch. Fallon scrunches her face confusedly and asks him what kind of sick game he's playing, and he tells her that while Peter found her very beautiful and amusing, their romance is over now that he's done with the long con. Fallon remembers what Jeff just told her and asks the lawyer if her father's money has anything to do with this, and he says he's not at liberty to talk 'bout that (so, uh, yes). Fallon wails, "My God!" and has audio flashbacks of all the recent warnings she's received about Peter from various family and friends.
Jeff ambles outside the La Mirage and encounters a drunk hotel guest, who complains to no one in particular about the bartender, who's refusing to serve him. Jeff and the valet uselessly stand there and watch the drunkard stagger over to his car, get in, and weave around the parking lot. Jeff half-heartedly cries out, "Hey! You shouldn't be driving!" just as a weeping Fallon rushes past him. Jeff chases after her and says they need to talk, then corners her at her car - but she refuses to listen to him and pushes him away and runs off...directly into the path of the drunk driver. Jeff lunges at her to push her out of the way - but we don't get to see how that turns out, 'cause the camera abruptly pans over to Blake, who has just arrived at the La Mirage. He looks ashen as he witnesses the horrific accident and exclaims, "My God!"
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