Recap: Krystle arrives at Delta Rho Stables, dressed in a casual jeans/work shirt ensemble, to begin her schooling (by Rock Hudson) on training Arabian horses. Inside the paddock, Rock tells her her first task will be to halter break a young horse...and as Krystle confidently strides toward the horse, Rock warns her that Arabians are more spirited than other types of horses. Krystle pets and coos at the horse - but when she tries to remove the halter, the horse freaks out and gallops off, dragging Krystle's stunt double with it until she lets go and falls face-down in the dirt.
A few hundred feet away, an unidentified man is crouched in the bushes, snapping in-no-way compromising photographs of Krystle and Rock Hudson as he teaches her the finer points of halter removal. An oblivious Krystle tells Rock she very much enjoyed Lesson #1, but now needs to return to Carrington manor.
As Krystle drives home, the unidentified man who had been photographing her and Rock appears from out of nowhere in an SUV and starts tailgating her and trying to drive her off the road. Krystle's all, "Wha-at's going onnnnn?", then pulls over and takes note of the SUV's license plate number.
Jeff and Nicole are sitting in an outdoor cafe somewhere in Bolivia...and by somewhere in Bolivia, I mean a studio backlot in West Hollywood with a lot of extras milling about in straw hats and colorful peasant-wear. Nicole grumbles that their search for the gold statue has been a colossal waste of time and money - but Jeff disagrees, 'cause word on the street is that a young American woman (who just happens to strongly resemble Fallon) is also scouring Bolivia for the statue. Nicole shoots him the stink-eye before getting up and storming off...and lurking nearby is a young woman with brown hair and very large sunglasses who keeps glancing over at Jeff all furtive and mysterious-like. Pamela Sue..? Is that you?
Krystle returns home and tells Blake about the SUV driver who nearly drove her off the road, and gives him the license plate number so he can look into it. She gushes about how excited she is to go into business with Rock Hudson breeding, raising, and training Arabians...and an irked looking Blake grunts something unintelligible while she dashes upstairs to shower and change.
Alexis returns to her penthouse from last episode's Sumatra travels and is greeted by Amanda, who extends her condolences about her grandfather. Alexis says that since she's continuing to peddle the fiction about her bio dad being a ski instructor, Tom Carringon couldn't possibly have been her grandfather...and Amanda chides her for continuing to perpetuate that nonsense - just as a disgruntled looking Dex enters the room. Alexis asks if he's still mad at her for jetting off to Sumatra without much notice...and he's like, "Well duh" and says he's especially sour about the fact that she went there with Blake. Alexis refrains from pointing out that since Blake hates her with the intensity of a thousand suns, it's unlikely that anything sexual could possibly happen between them, then haughtily reminds him that she's an independent, proudly bitchy woman who does as she pleases. Dex says she can't expect to do that if she wants to stay married to him, then storms off...and Amanda's like, "Awkward" and tells Alexis she recently came across a newspaper article about Dex and Rock Hudson rescuing MIA soldiers in Cambodia. Alexis mulls over that fascinating nugget while muttering, "How heroic", then lights a cigarette and stares contemplatively into space.
The mysterious brunette sneaks into Jeff's/Nicole's hotel room and rifles through their drawers...and when Jeff and Nicole return, they're aghast at the mess she left behind. Nicole cries, "Oh no! The treasure map!" - but is relieved when she finds the map in its secure hiding place behind a framed photo. Jeff picks up a piece of paper the intruder must have left behind and is startled when he recognizes Fallon's handwriting on it, then tells Nicole he's leaping to the conclusion that she must be around here somewhere.
Blake has summoned Dominique to his Denver Carrington office to apologize for not previously acknowledging her as a Carrington - but then says it's largely her fault for not coming directly to him when she first arrived in Denver. Dominique concedes that, yep, at the time of her arrival, she wasn't sure if she wanted revenge more than she craved being an accepted member of the Carrington clan...and Blake clucks knowingly and said he sensed that she was playing games, and therefore treated her with the level of contempt he reserves for devious women. Speaking of devious women, Blake assures Dominique that Alexis won't stand a chance against them if she contests Tom's will...and Dominique says she's happy to hear that, and is sooooo delighted to finally have had a father in her life - even if this father-daughter relationship only lasted for the last thirty-five seconds of Tom's life.
Alexis calls Dex on his large '80s cell phone while he's in the middle of a business lunch. She purrs about how much she misses him and urges him to come home, then asks whassup with him and Rock Hudson rescuing soldiers in Cambodia. He snaps, "The subject is closed", then abruptly hangs up. Alexis calls her friend George from the State Department and orders him to dig up everything he possibly can about Rock Hudson, in particular his Cambodian exploits.
Krystle tells Rock Hudson she's not sure how to go about raising the money she's going to need for her Arabians project, so he urges her to think her way through the problem solving process. She scrunches her face thoughtfully for a few seconds, then says she could kick-start this venture by putting Allegre out to stud, and reach out to prospective partners to form a syndicate of rich horse lovers who'd be willing to fork over some investment cash to cover stud fees. Rock Hudson nods approvingly and gives her the phone number of someone from Kentucky who can help her out with that. She thanks him and scampers off, leaving him staring after her longingly.
Luke drops by Steven's office to invite him to a football game, but Steven declines 'cause Claudia is due back from D.C. tonight...then gets all prickly when he feels like Luke isn't acting understanding enough about how desperately he wants to patch things up with his unfaithful wife-beard.
Back in Bolivia, Nicole is getting fed up with the fruitless statue search and tells Jeff to burn the treasure map. [Fuuuuuck yes, and amen to that.] He dutifully lights a match - but then stares at the map closely and notices that it references the Church of the Nativity. He furrows his furry brows perplexedly and wonders aloud if it's a clue. I can only assume so, Jeff.
When Blake returns home, he's informed by Gerard that Rock Hudson is waiting for him in the study. When Blake's all, "Wha-a-a?" and goes to investigate, Rock tells him that someone from his Denver Carrington office summoned him to the mansion for a meeting. Blake shakes his head and insists that his staff doesn't make that kind of mistake...and after some boring banter [which I missed 'cause my brain tuned it out, and I couldn't bring myself to hit rewind], Blake warns Rock to quit making a play for Krystle and then snarks that she doesn't need a hobby. Rock says, "I couldn't agree more" and saunters out of the room.
The next day, while looking over horse photos, Rock Hudson tattles to Krystle about what Blake said about her not needing a hobby...and Krystle scrunches her face in annoyance and complains that Blake doesn't take her passion for horses seriously, and that she's irked he would articulate this to Rock. She says she needs to take care of this asap, and rushes out.
Krystle storms over to Denver Carrington to give Blake the what for about his condescending attitude regarding her recent horse fetish. She assures him she has no intention of neglecting Kristina - and, in fact, wants to be the kind of mother who would make her proud. She natters about how she's been way too passive over the last four and a half seasons, aka content to live through everyone else's eyes while everyone else "does". When Blake suggests she fill her leisure time with charity work, she tells him that despite being his trophy wife for the last five years, she's not comfortable hanging around rich people...and that she really really wants to raise Arabians. She declares, "I'm going to go for it, damn it!" and storms out - just as Blake receives a call from his contact at the DMV, who reports that the license plate of the man who nearly drove Krystle off the road is not registered to anyone.
Alexis drops in on Rock Hudson to tell him she's learned all about his top secret rescue missions - but warns him to keep Dex out of any further military-type operations 'cause she'd rather not become a widow...again. She coyly adds that if he wants to rescue someone, he could always swoop in and rescue Krystle from her hellish marriage - but Rock Hudson sternly retorts, "I'm no Porn-'stache" and chides her for trying to manipulate him into breaking up a marriage, however dickish Krystle's old goat of a husband may be. Alexis chuckles and says she admires his spunk and hopes they can be friends.
Claudia and Adam are having dinner at the La Mirage when Steven enters the dining room, sees them enjoying each other's company, and contorts his face into its usual pissy expression. When Claudia spots him, she rushes over to say hey...but he just pouts about how she didn't call him to tell him she was back in town. She explains that she and Adam just got back an hour ago and were really hungry...then points out that the two of them are separated. Steven irritably says he'll call her tomorrow and that they should both keep their fingers crossed he'll be in a better mood. I wouldn't count on that.
Alexis puts on another of her tacky '80s gowns to go out on the town...and when she invites Amanda to come along, Amanda makes a face and says she's not in the mood. Alexis lets that slide and declares that they're both going to the ballet tomorrow night - but Amanda says she has to decline that too 'cause Blake is hosting a family dinner to formally welcome Dominique into the family. Alexis tells her how giant a dickwad Blake can be, and that he's turned his back on his other children at various points: Steven for being gay, Adam when he first arrived in Denver. Amanda gets disproportionately upset over that comment and cries that Alexis only ever cares about getting her own way...then races out of the room and briefly exits the scene while her stunt double takes a tumble down the stairs. Dex, who just happens to be standing at the foot of the stairs, gently helps Amanda back to her feet and asks her several times if she's OK...and a suspicious looking Alexis takes in the unmistakable look of tenderness on Dex's face and snappishly assures him that Amanda's fine. Not least 'cause her stairs are carpeted, and there aren't very many of them.
Nicole and Jeff check out the Church of the Nativity and are about to throw in the towel on their tiresome quest when Nicole spots a grave with the name Luz Maria Montana and cries, "Montaña is Spanish for mountain!" She moves on down the row of grave stones and finds one with the name Carlos del Rio, and cries, "River!" Jeff gets in on that action and finds an urn atop a nearby grave and suggests they come back after dark so they can explore it more secretively.
That evening, Jeff opens the urn, reaches inside, and finds the gold statue wrapped up in a cloth. He hands the prize to Nicole, who shakes it and giddily says that jewels are rumored to be inside of it. The mysterious brunette suddenly appears, points a gun at the two, and says, "I'll take that." Jeff orders Nicole to hand her the statue...and as she does, he wrestles the mysterious brunette to the ground and confirms that she's not Fallon. He demands to know who she is...and when she doesn't immediately reply, he growls, "Damn it, answer me!"
Back in the hotel room, Jeff questions the mysterious brunette, who identifies herself as Lois Dern, an archaeology student who has taken it upon herself to prevent looters like them from stealing Bolivia's national ancient treasures...and who, for some nonsensical reason, was carrying around a letter Fallon wrote. Jeff 's like, "Er, OK" and orders Nicole to hand the statue over to Lois so she can rush it over to the local museum, pronto.
Alexis drops by Blake's office to talk about Tom's will - and Blake warns her that if she contests it, she'll be going up against a family who won't yield to her usual tactics. He makes it clear he's giving Dominique his full support, and Alexis snorts derisively and says she'll figure out a different, more effective way of "breaking that saloon singer into little pieces".
That evening, Blake hosts a 'Welcome to the family' dinner for Dominique and, at long last, acknowledges her as his half sister. As the rest of the Carringtons mumble, "Welcome..", she looks touched and thanks them...and that she's dreamed of this night since she was a child.
Alexis returns to the penthouse decked out in a ridiculous furry gown and hat/veil combo and peppers Amanda with questions about Dominique's dinner. Amanda tells her about the fancy food that was on the menu, and Alexis rolls her eyes in disgust and says it all sounds like peasant food. When Amanda gushes about what a beautiful and elegant lady Dominique is, Alexis disdainfully asks, "Do you really think that that thieving parvenu is, in any way, related to you?" ... and Amanda says she does, actually, and that they're getting together for lunch next week. Once Amanda is out of earshot, Alexis makes a beeline over to the nearest phone, calls up one of her investigator flunkies, and asks him to dig up every piece of financial intel he can find on Dominique Deveraux.
The following morning in Bolivia, Nicole canoodles Jeff until he wakes up all groggy-like and mutters about what a drunken night he had. Nicole says it was wonderful - not least 'cause they got married. Jeff stares at her in horrified shock, since clearly he has no recollection of the night before, and is all, "Wha-a-a-a-a-a??!!" She shoots him a smug grin, then holds up her hand to display the gold band on her ring finger.
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