Recap: Rashid Ahmed drops by Blake's (Hong Kong) hotel suite in advance of their joint press conference in front of the world media...'cause apparently the world media is waiting - with bated breath! - to hear all about how their deal making went. Ahmed assumes that Blake hit the sheets with Tracy since he's so far away from home and all...then compliments the old goat's yummy track record of hot wives. Blake snappishly reminds him that they're about to make a statement to the press - and Tracy pokes her head into the room to inform them that the news crew has just arrived.
Blake makes a quick phone call to Krystle to inform her that the South China Sea deal is all signed and ready to implement...and that he's taking Tracy out for dinner as a reward for all of her diligent note-taking. A delivery guy interrupts his call to drop off his missing luggage from the airlines...and when Blake browses through the contents of the carry-on bag, he realizes that the delivery guy brought him Tracy's bag by mistake. He's shocked to find a framed photo of Tracy canoodling with Eric Grayson (the guy who recruited Blake to become State Chairman of the Party) - 'cause, yeah, who doesn't slip a framed photo of oneself with a secret married lover in carry-on luggage when flying overseas for work? - just as Tracy drops by his suite to swap their mixed up bags. She anxiously says she hopes he didn't look inside her carry-on 'cause she's such terrible packer, and Blake just grunts unintelligibly. She giddily reminds him that dinner is in thirty minutes, then rushes back to her room to change and primp for a night out with goat daddy.
Mark is shuffling around Alexis' penthouse in his fuzzy warm bathrobe, helping himself to the decadent breakfast food that some flunky from the restaurant downstairs must have just delivered. He turns on the television set just as Alexis sweeps into the living room wearing a pale blue negligee ensemble...and she complains of a headache from all the champagne she drank at a party last night. She snappishly orders Mark to turn off the TV - but he begs her to pleeeeeease let him watch sports news. Before Alexis can incredulously contemplate the useless man-pet she's been keeping in her penthouse for no explainable reason, a TV news anchor interrupts the regularly scheduled programming to announce that Blake Carrington has just made "the deal of the century". The camera then pans to an uninspiring press conference featuring Blake and Ahmed stiffly seated at a table together, while Tracy is quietly seated in the background.
Blake introduces Ahmed as the representative of the cooperating government (of which country, we're never told), and that the South China Sea deal they just negotiated will tap into new sources of energy and benefit not only their two countries, but the entire world. Sounds implausibly lofty, but OK. Alexis angrily shuts off the TV and barks at Mark to get lost so she can make a private phone call. She calls an operator in Hong Kong to track down Rashid Ahmed...and when she hears a weird clicking sound on the line, she irritably orders Mark to hang up the phone in his room and get his ass back upstairs so she can reprimand him face-to-face. When he sheepishly emerges from the little stairwell that leads to his hovel, he explains that he only eavesdropped on her 'cause he wants to improve his future and was hoping she could give him a few leads on how to grow his savings. Alexis somehow refrains from bursting out laughing [like I couldn't help doing] and tells him she's impressed by his desire to accumulate more wealth and promises to discuss it with him after they return from Hong Kong. Mark perks up and is all, "Wha-a-a?! I get to go to Hong Kong?!!" and she explains that she's going to need protection while in Hong Kong 'cause the trip will involve "staggering amounts of cash" ... and for some reason believes that Mark's lackluster bodyguarding skills will be adequate to provide a high level of security. Mark stares into space, looking flattered and intrigued by the weighty assignment. LOL.
At dinner, Blake asks Tracy what she thought of Eric Grayson, and she just shrugs and says she hardly knows the man, then asks why he's asking. Blake cagily says he just wants to be sure they'll get along 'cause she's going to have to work closely with him on the party's campaign once they return to the States. Tracy flirtily says she's most looking forward to working with the State Chairman of the Party, then grins stupidly and discreetly removes one of her earrings while he's not looking.
Over at ColbyCo, Alexis' new assistant (Lloyd) informs her that her reservations for Hong Kong have been booked and confirmed. Soon after, Dex arrives with a wrapped gift and tells Alexis he has to fly to L.A. for business later today and would like her to accompany him. Alexis unwraps the gift and coos happily at the violet corsage inside - and Dex schmaltzily suggests she wear it during their L.A. trip. Alexis tells him it's lovely, but that she's too busy to travel with him today...and adds that he'll probably want to be unfettered during the trip so he can hit the sheets with all the hot L.A. women he's sure to rub up against. Dex is all, "Whoa.." and tells her he stopped whoring around ever since the two of them hooked up, pronounces, "I'm old fashioned that way", and cites his deep belief in fidelity. Alexis credits him for being so delightfully old fashioned, but says she's still unable to accompany him on the trip. Dex says, in that case, he'll conduct his business in L.A. as quickly as he can so he can hurry home and be with her...and the two cap off the scene with a yuckily intense smooch.
Krystle drops by La Mirage to lunch with Claudia...but Claudia gets all wigged out when she sees a young blonde girl who looks a lot like Lindsay. Krystle gives her a comforting pat and says it's perfectly normal to mistake strangers for dead loved ones. But that her daughter would never ever be allowed back on Dynasty after the spectacle of her unspeakably ugly crying scenes in Season 1.
Alexis coos to Steven about how happy she is that he's safely back from [the TV back lot that was populated with enough donkeys and colorful ponchos to make viewers believe that they had been magically transported to] Peru. She bitches about how Blake sneaked off to Hong Kong and tied up a bunch of leases in the South China Sea without giving ColbyCo a fair chance to get in on the bidding. Steven argues that Blake doesn't sneak or steal - but insists that Adam would. Alexis rolls her eyes and changes the subject to her imminent trip to Hong Kong, where she's going to see about wrapping up any of the remaining leases. Steven suddenly gets distracted when he stares across the room and spots the violet corsage that Dex had given her earlier, then spacily wanders over to it. Alexis assures him it has nothing at all to do with the weird violet deliveries that Claudia's been getting, and reminds him that violets are a very popular flower.
Back in Hong Kong, Blake and Tracy are walking back to their hotel suites. She flirtily thanks him for dinner, then pretends she lost her earring while making phone calls in his suite earlier. Blake pretends to take the bait and invites her in...and when he's not looking, she discreetly takes her "missing" earring out of her purse and pretends to find it on the carpet. She thanks him for his kindness in not drawing attention to her earring-less ear while they were dining in the restaurant, and Blake scrunches his face grouchily and says he didn't draw attention to it 'cause he knows full well that she was wearing both earrings during dinner. He says he's well aware of "women's games", then calls her out on the "Eric Grayson charade". Tracy correctly assumes that he must have come across her framed photo of the two of them when their bags had gotten mixed up by the airlines, and chirps, "Guilty as charged" ... then casually admits that, yep, she's been boned by Eric from time to time. She refers to him as "an attractive man", then gives Blake an appreciative once-over and purrs, "And I happen to believe in going after what I find attractive. And I think you're very attractive." She puts her arms around him and asks if he feels the same way 'bout her - but Blake irritably pushes her away and sternly reminds her that the only reason she's here is 'cause his wife is pregnant and was unable to fly. He orders her to forget about her attraction to him - and by him I think we can safely assume they both mean his money and associated perks - then fires her and tells her to figure out her own transportation back to Denver. Tracy poutishly retorts that he can't fire her 'cause of how good she is at what she does, but he just snaps, "Good bye!" and glares into space as she tearfully rushes out of the suite.
Kirby tells Adam she thinks she may have found out where her murderess mother is being incarcerated: some asylum in Bismarck. When Adam rolls his eyes and tells her to please leave this tedious subplot alone 'cause it's doubtful that any good could possibly come of it, she snarkishly retorts that she's going to search for her long-lost mother with or without his help. To that I say: please do it without his help...preferably off camera. Adam grabs her, envelopes her in a tight hug, and insists he loves her. She barks, "Show me that!" and the two silently stare at each other until the camera pans away.
Fallon and Jeff return to the mansion after a day of horseback riding. After some flirty banter, Jeff proposes marriage before the ink on his divorce papers from Kirby can have time to dry. Fallon says it's definitely tempting, but that she doesn't want to say yes for the wrong reason, and that she should prolly take some time to think about whether or not they should jump into a re-marriage. Jeff contorts his freakish caterpillar eyebrows and says he's good with that...and the two smooch.
Blake's private plane lands at a small airstrip in Denver...and eagerly awaiting his arrival is Krystle in a bulky fur coat, along with a news crew that must not have had anything more newsworthy to cover that day. As Blake steps onto the tarmac, the reporters surround him and gush about his expert deal making - LOL - but he rudely shoves past them to stare creepishly at Krystle and kiss her hello. Once they're out of earshot from the reporters, he informs her that he fired Tracy for trying to seduce him...and Krystle somehow refrains from laughing/cringing at the visual of an attractive thirty-two year old woman pretending to be hot for goat daddy, and promises to handle his publicity from now on. She adds that she can't really be too mad at Tracy 'cause of her excellent taste in men...and the two get all schmaltzy and compliment each other's awesomeness.
Kirby and Adam arrive at a reporter's office in Bismarck. The reporter hands Kirby an article he clipped about her mother, who was released after being declared sane. Kirby asks if he knows where she went after her release, and he solemnly replies, "Yes, I know where she is" ... and in the next scene, Adam and Kirby pull up to the local graveyard. By scripted coincidence, Kirby runs into an old friend of her mother's, who directs her to the proper gravestone, which for some spooky reason just has her name engraved on it - no birth/death dates. The old friend tells Kirby that her mother loved her soooo much, and that she had a doll she named Kirby. During her incarceration, she nattered incessantly about hoping to be forgiven by her husband and daughter and had wanted to return to Denver, but didn't have the courage after her life was destroyed. Kirby has a flashback of when Alexis taunted her about how her mother ran off with and killed her lover, then thanks the kindly old woman and returns to where Adam is waiting. He asks her if she's ready to go home, and she stares vacantly into space as she robotically replies, "Home...yes. I know exactly what I have to do there." That can't be good.
Dex drops by Alexis' office and is miffed when Lloyd tells him that she left for Hong Kong not long ago. Steven appears out of nowhere and snarkishly asks Dex if he's going to send his mother another violet corsage. Dex acknowledges that he's well aware that he (Steven) doesn't particularly like him 'cause of how much he resents his relationship with Alexis, then correctly guesses that he suspects him of being the sicko who's been sending Claudia weird violet deliveries. Steven warns him to not hurt anyone he cares about, and Dex snaps at him for making threats and storms out of the office. It's really too bad that these two yawns don't have the volatility of Krystle and Alexis engaged in a heated argument while standing next to a muddy pond. (Dynasty cat fights are so damn awesome to recap.)
Krystle is playing with Danny in the nursery when Fallon enters the room and slumps into the rocking chair. She says she's now grateful to Alexis for warning her about Peter, who made it clear that he didn't particularly like children. She says if she had married Eurotrash, he might have pulled her away from Baby Blake - but Krystle doesn't agree that she would have allowed that to happen, however infatuated with the weirdo she had allowed herself to become. Krystle remarks that she and Jeff seem really close lately, and Fallon gets a dreamy look on her face and says it's definitely possible that they could end up together again.
Blake summons Eric Grayson to his office to sternly announce that their political partnership is over, and judgily adds that he doesn't do business with liars. When Eric scrunches his face confusedly, Blake says he knows he's been boning Tracy, and that he wants nothing to do with a party that would put up with the likes of him. Actually, his affair with Tracy seems pretty mild in the sleazy world of D.C. politics, but OK. Blake promises to not out his affair for the sake of his family, but makes it clear that he's resigning as State Chairman of the Party...then brusquely orders Eric to make the announcement to the press.
Claudia gets a call at La Mirage, and once again it's Matthew's pleading voice: "Claudia, we need you, Lindsay and I." She tells Fallon to call the police - but a few seconds later the caller abruptly hangs up. By coincidence (or not?) we see that Dex is in a phone booth, booking a flight to Hong Kong.
That evening at Carrington manor, Blake tells his lawyer Andy that he almost has all the cash he's going to need to pay for the South China Sea oil leases. Andy warns him to not get too cocky about his oil lease deal, 'cause of the humiliation he could face if it fails and he "falls from a great height". Blake brushes off the notion that anyone could possibly screw up this deal for him - like Alexis, for example - and smugly calls the South China Sea deal "a once in a lifetime thing".
Alexis, Mark, and a mountain of luggage arrive in Hong Kong. Alexis enters her fancy hotel suite, which is filled with flowers...and Ahmed makes a schmaltzy entrance decked out in a black robe adorned with gold embroidery and lays it on thick about her beauty. He pours them both a glass of champagne and toasts "the most provocative and fascinating woman in the world". And while he's doing that, the fake black mustache he's sporting struggles to remain glued on his face.
Ahmed tells Alexis he was intrigued when she had implored him to stay in Hong Kong after his dealings with Blake. He then tries to get her into the sack, but she brushes off his advances and says she's too exhausted to allow him to tap that. She does, however, promise that once she's rested they'll have a chat "about you and me...and Blake Carrington and five million dollars". Ahmed looks intrigued, then leans in for an intense smooch.