Recap: Krystle rushes into Blake's office at Denver-Carrington, passing a small mob of reporters on the way. She tells him that the phones are ringing off the hook and that every journalist in the country wants to score an interview with him. She says she just talked to Fred Palmer, the editor of World Finance, and that he wants to dispatch one of his reporters to write up a cover story that will nauseatingly gush over Blake's brilliance in negotiating the South China Sea deal - and Blake looks amused and says he'll only agree to do it if the cover photo includes his hot trophy wife. Krystle chuckles and says that Fred wants the skinny on how Blake was able to pull off the world's most amaaaaaaazing oil deal, but warns him that he'll want his reporter to ask him some sticky questions about why he would agree to negotiate with a devious double-crosser like Rashid Ahmed. Blake reminds her that he doesn't trust Ahmed, and that he merely acted as an intermediary for the government of whatever unnamed country he inked the South China Sea deal with. Seems weird that a government would appoint a non-citizen of arguable shadiness to represent their sovereign country in a major oil lease deal that will supposedly bring about major changes in energy consumption around the entire world...but whatevs, writers.
Kirby is at the police station, asking to get a look at the note her father wrote before ending it all with his self-inflicted mercy killing during The Bungalow episode. In the note, Joseph admits to setting the cabin fire in an effort to stop that evil woman (aka Alexis) and hopes that his death will satisfy her need for vengeance. Kirby thanks the police officer, then stares into space and robotically says she now fully understands what her father's death was all about.
Adam bursts into Steven's office to express his annoyance about Alexis being in Hong Kong. Steven snappishly tells him she jetted there to salvage whatever oil leases she could get after Blake scooped up the prime ones - thanks to the stolen evaluation that he (meaning himself) wrote up about the South China Sea. Adam warns him about calling the report stolen and reminds him that he too worked very hard on that report. Steven's like, "Whatevs" and tells Adam he never bothered to tell Blake about Alexis' trip to Hong Kong, then barks at him to get the hell out of his office.
Blake and Adam are shooting pool at Carrington manor. Blake remarks to Adam how distracted he seems and assumes it's 'cause of Kirby's recent discovery about her mother's death. Adam says it was cruel of Alexis to inform Kirby that her mother was a philandering murderess shortly before learning of her untimely death, then reminds Blake that Alexis is in Hong Kong, picking over whatever scraps in the form of oil leases he left behind. Blake says he doesn't give a rat's ass about inconveniencing Alexis and insists that nothing will stop his monumental oil deal.
Over in Hong Kong, Mark is pouring two glasses of champagne when Alexis breezes into her hotel suite and demands to know what the hell he's doing here...then orders him to get lost 'cause she has a dinner date. She hands him a small wad of cash and urges him to go out and enjoy himself, and Mark grabs the cash and meekly allows himself to be dismissed. On his way down the hall he sees Rashid Ahmed amble over to Alexis' suite...and when Alexis opens the door and greets him all sexy-breathy, Mark chuckles to himself about the doinkfest that's sure to follow. Ew.
After Rashid and Alexis smooch intensely, he smarmily tells her what an awesome night they have ahead of them. Alexis blushingly agrees, then gleefully asks, "Do I ruin Blake Carrington or don't I?" and Rashid's just like, "Dunno. Are we hitting the sheets now, or what?"
Dex has arrived at Alexis' hotel in Hong Kong...and he's on a pay phone, trying to reach her - but can't 'cause she's too busy doinking Rashid at the moment. He spots Mark in the bar, seats himself beside him, and complains about how he and Alexis should be working together on the South China Sea deal 'cause he's worried she's going to do something stupid to screw it up. Mark assures him he has nothing to worry about regarding Alexis getting double-dealed, then dutifully covers for his boss and tells him that she's currently out shopping.
Adam enters the breakfast room as Jeff is drinking his morning coffee and looking over his divorce papers from Kirby. The two snipe at each other until Adam suggests they end their animosity, then points out that he and Kirby (aka his former rape victim) will be married while he (Jeff) and Fallon will likely retie the knot. He proposes shaking hands to officially let bygones be bygones and holds out his hand, but Jeff shoots him the stink-eye and snaps, "Don't press your luck" and stalks out of the room.
Dex has enlisted two hotel manservants to give him access to Alexis' suite and assist him in delivering a sumptuous breakfast and a giant bouquet of flowers. When they enter the suite, a bewildered Rashid stumbles into the living room with a towel wrapped around his waist...and after the two men glare hatefully at each other for several seconds, Dex snappishly orders the hapless manservants to take the flowers and food away. Rashid threatens to call security - just as Alexis breezes into the room in her silky pink negligee to see whassup. She stares in shock at Dex and moans, "Dex...oh my God..." and Dex snaps, "Happy hour's over" and orders Rashid to get dressed and slink through the back door if he hopes to avoid an ass kicking. Rashid angrily tells Alexis he'd be happy to deal with "this whining dog", but Alexis assures him she's more than capable of handling this private matter and assures him that it's OK for him to leave. She then turns to Dex and chides him for bursting in on her unannounced, and he gets all indignant as he reminds her that he had pledged his fidelity to her during the previous episode 'cause of his deep love for her...then contorts his face into an angry expression and snarls, "But what I fell in love with was a slut - a slut with the morals of a dog in perpetual heat!" An enraged Alexis smacks him across the face, and he responds by smacking her back (!), and she retaliates to the counter-smack by lunging at him and knocking him to the floor, where they start wrestling around. Before things can turn too weirdly violent-erotic, Alexis scratches Dex on the cheek and begins throwing things at him...and he smirks and says, "Nice to see the real you, Alexis." An enraged Alexis lunges at him again - but this time Dex hauls her to her feet and gives her an intense smooch. The two stare at each other with horny rancor before Alexis pulls him toward her - but Dex shoves her away and decides that, nope, he's not going to forgive her for cheating on him with Rashid and reward her with a jealousy-fuelled hate-doink and declares, "We're through!" [I honestly didn't see that coming.] Alexis widens her eyes and dramatically shakes her head in disbelief - LOL - then contorts her face into an expression of disdain and snarkishly calls him "an overrated cowboy", and refers to herself in the third person as she haughtily pronounces, "Nobody owns Alexis!" and throws a champagne bottle at him. Dex shoots her one last stink-eye and stalks out of the suite. Awesome!
Kirby is at a gun shop, looking to buy a handgun. The store clerk spends a few minutes lecturing her on the dangers of guns and reminds her that she can always call the police if she finds herself in peril...but then lays a few small handguns on the counter for her to peruse.
Blake is primping for his interview with Gordon Wales, the local editor of World Finance. Krystle offers to accompany him 'cause of the strong likelihood he's going to lose his temper and come off looking an angry dickwad. Blake declines her help and says that while he's not a pushover, he's confident that the interview will go very well.
In the next scene, Blake is letting his inner [but also largely outer] dickwad shine as he snappishly admonishes Gordon Wales about conducting the interview like an inquisition, then bitchily refuses to answer any questions about Rashid Ahmed. Gordon drops the subject and brings up Tracy Kendall's firing and asks him whassup with firing her during such an important business trip - and Blake clams up and declares the interview over. Gordon shrugs and promises to send him a copy of the article once it's published...and Blake snaps, "I'll be sure to show it to my legal staff!" Smooth, Blake.
Back at Carrington manor, Krystle and Claudia are about to leave for work when the phone rings...and it's another suspicious sounding call for Claudia. Krystle offers to take it, and as soon as she picks up the receiver she hears Matthew's voice on the other end pleading, "We need you, Lindsay and I. We're a family." Krystle's like, "Hello? Matthew? It's me, Krystle" and is mystified when Matthew doesn't respond to her. When the call abruptly ends, Krystle stares pensively into space before recounting to Claudia what Matthew said. She says it sounded like a recording...and Claudia decides it's finally time to mention that when Matthew was in the Middle East while she was at the funny farm (pre-Season 1), he told her that he had mailed her a cassette tape in lieu of a written letter. According to Matthew's mother, the oral letter never arrived - but Claudia thinks that maybe it did arrive and that Mama Blaisdel cuntishly kept it from her all these years. Krystle promises to help get to the bottom of the matter that could easily have been resolved during the first installment of The Voice episode trilogy.
Jeff invites Fallon to go horseback riding with him...and by horseback riding, he means go with him to a nearby park with a carousel. As the two climb onto plastic horses, Jeff asks her if she's ready to get remarried yet, but she doesn't reply 'cause her head suddenly starts to ache from the around-and-around motion of the carousel. Fallon promptly returns to her office, pours herself a drink, and calls the doctor who treated her after her skull fracture.
Krystle and Claudia arrive at Mama Blaisdel's house to inquire about the tape Matthew recorded pre-Season 1 and mailed to Claudia from the Middle East. When Krystle threatens to call the police and report her for harassment, Mama Blaisdel cracks and admits that she sold the tape for $500 to a mystery man who outright said he planned to use it to fuck with Claudia's head. She then snarks about how Claudia doesn't deserve a moment of happiness in her marriage with Steven, with whom she cheated on Matthew...despite the fact that Matthew also cheated on Claudia. With Krystle, amusingly enough.
Krystle heads over to Denver-Carrington to give Blake an update on the Claudia/Mama Blaisdel situation. Blake suspects that Alexis somehow orchestrated the "Matthew" calls, and tells Krystle he'll handle everything from here on in.
Blake heads over to the office of Morgan Hess and forces his way inside. He snappishly asks the P.I. if he's still doing shady work for Alexis, but Hess just stares at him blankly and says he has absolutely no clue what he's talking about. Blake spots a tape player on his desk, shoves past Hess, and hits the play button...and naturally it's the tape Matthew had recorded for Claudia. Blake demands to know how much Alexis paid him to torment her own daughter-in-law, but Hess insists it wasn't Alexis, a woman he now hates with the intensity of a thousand suns. He says he intends to plant the tape in Alexis' office so that Steven would find it and hate her for what she's been doing to his wife. Blake barks, "Scum!" and admonishes him for playing games with Claudia's fragile sanity. He then summons the police sergeant who, up until now, has been lurking in the hallway [and apparently takes orders from Blake - as opposed to his superior within the police department] and places Hess under arrest.
Claudia is standing in front of the fireplace, staring at a photo of Lindsay. Steven enters the room and asks whassup, and Claudia tells him she couldn't bring herself to bring charges against Mama Blaisdel after all the suffering she's been through. She then decides, 'Enough grieving over my deceased crybaby daughter already' and tosses Lindsay's photo into the fire, then says she wants to focus all of her energy on her future with him and Danny. Steven gives her a smooch, then picks her up and carries her to the bed, where they start to go at it.
Tracy ambles into the bar of her Hong Kong hotel and notices Dex drowning his sorrows in the bottle. She joins him and tells him that Blake fired her from Denver-Carrington - though conveniently leaves out the icky part about her trying to seduce the old goat. Dex mutters something about Alexis' betrayal then offers to buy her a drink, and Tracy flirtily sizes him up as she chuckles about Alexis hooking up with another man. In the next scene, the two are enjoying some post-coital afterglow...and as they banter about how awesome each other is in the sack, Dex offers Tracy a job working for Alexis so that she can spill any damaging insider info she may have about Denver-Carrington. He then says that if she's willing to double-cross Alexis and spy on her for him, he'll give her an additional salary. Tracy looks into it, asks if an occasional bed romp with him could be part of the sleazy arrangement (it can!), and the two start going at it again.
Jeff informs Blake that the last loan for the South China Sea deal was approved and wired to Hong Kong. He compliments Blake for being such a brilliant risk-taking businessman, then scoffs about Alexis' unwillingness to ever take a similar risk with ColbyCo. Blake smugly tells him that he successfully shut Alexis out of getting any oil leases from the South China Sea deal, then laughs about how the only remaining leases are worthless.
Rashid stops by Alexis' hotel suite to give her a gift: a jeweled mirror that once belonged to the Empress of Tibet. Alexis coos over its beauty and says she'll treasure it forever, then asks how their deal is proceeding - and Rashid says it's going well, but that he's making his moves carefully. When Alexis presses him to tell her when his plot will be unleashed, he says, "The explosion will be heard all over the financial world" and adds that soon Blake will be dead financially. Alexis poutishly murmurs, "Blake's funeral, finally" then stares contemplatively at herself in the jeweled mirror.
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