Dynasty - Season 5, Episode 5
Recap: Alexis is lounging inside her cell at the Denver Detention Center, munching on caviar and other tasty looking delicacies, then washing it down with expensive champagne. Adam arrives at the jail, glares with disdain at her luxury food spread, and informs her that the guard who smuggled all this in for her just got fired. Alexis mutters, "Damn.." and says she had no choice but to bribe the now fired guard to bring in some high quality grub 'cause she couldn't bear the horrible prison food she was initially served. Adam asks her if she's ever heard of Michael Cunningham, then informs her that he's the Deputy District Attorney who will be prosecuting her case, and that he has an ax to grind against self-entitled rich people and will surely relish telling the jury all about her "privilege for a price" arrangements inside the detention center. Alexis scrunches her face concernedly, then says she'll just have to cling onto the hope that the jury couldn't possibly believe she's guilty of murder. Adam says he intends to handle her defense the way he sees fit and won't tolerate her micromanaging, and she smirks and warns that she may not be able to stop herself from offering a tiny suggestion or two. Adam snaps, "My way!" ... and Alexis rolls her eyes, unconvincingly replies, "Of course", and polishes off the rest of her champagne.
Krystle wanders into the mansion's games room and finds a troubled looking Steven shooting pool. She wanks him about how nice to her he was when she first became Blake's live-in trophy girlfriend, then says she'd like to return the favor and be a comforting sounding board for him. Steven contorts his face into a torturous expression and moans, "I've tried sooooo hard to wipe it out of my mind", then reveals that he saw Mark Jennings' killer. Krystle shoots him a stricken look of bewilderment and is all, "Say what?!", so he tells her that on the night of the murder, he had just arrived at his mother's penthouse building to drop off some papers and happened to see Mark's stunt dummy hurtling towards the ground...and when he looked up towards the balcony, he saw what appeared to be a man. Krystle asks him who it was, and somehow refrains from also asking why in the fuck he's never told any of this to the police, not least because his mother is on trial for Mark's murder - but he gets weirdly evasive and says, "Let's just forget about it." LOL. Krystle stares back at him in utter credulity as he reminds her that a moment ago she offered to be his friendly confidante...and that if she wants to stay in his good graces, she's going to have to keep her mouth shut about the bombshell he just dropped. What a bizarre, moody turd he is.
Dominique is in her luxury suite at the La Mirage, decked out in a flowy purple thing and playing the piano. Blake drops by to chide her for the abrupt way in which she delivered the startling news about her familial connection to him, then asks, "Who are you...really?" She gives him a condensed bio of herself and tells him that her father, Tom Carrington, had an affair with a seamstress (her mother), and to prove that Tom is indeed her father, she has a stack of postcards that Tom sent to her mother during the time they were allegedly hitting the sheets. She hands them to Blake, who glances at a couple of them, looks unimpressed, and points out that none of them is signed. Dominique insists that it's proof 'cause the messages on the postcards are in his (their) father's handwriting, and Blake calls her imaginative and says he's still pretty skeptical. Dominique haughtily retorts that since she was never accepted as a Carrington by her father, she now expects him to acknowledge her as his half-sister - but he's like, "Nah" and exits the suite.
Steven has a nightmare about Mark's killing and dreams that he sees Alexis standing on the balcony, which seems like a weird contradiction to his earlier claim to Krystle that the killer was a man. He wakes up in a cold sweat just as Claudia comes to bed, gives him a shoulder massage, and coos about how tense he's been lately. She urges him to open up to her more, but he says he's not interesting in talking anything out...and smoochingly mounts her despite her protests of him using hetero sex to block out his emotions.
Alexis arrives in court for the first day of her murder trial...and on her way to the courtroom, she's confronted by a sassy reporter named Philip Spaulding, who snidely asks her whassup with ColbyCo and refers to it as "a foundering ship". Alexis rails about his sick vendetta against her, then barks at Adam to immediately file a suit against him and "the rag he works for". Adam irritably reminds her that he's kinda busy defending her in the murder trial that's about to get underway, and grabs her by the arm and forcibly steers her towards the courtroom, where Michael Cunningham smarmily greets him and chuckles about his lack of trial experience. A few minutes later, court is in session...and Michael and Adam deliver their opening remarks. Michael claims that Alexis had motive and opportunity to kill her porn-'stache bodyguard, while Adam says that the case is a mockery based on weak circumstantial evidence.
Dominique invites Krystle over to the La Mirage to chit-chat and "make a friend inside the castle". Krystle comes right out and says she doesn't trust her, not least 'cause she's worried how she'll affect Blake, who's been hurt a lot this season. Dominique assures her that she has no intention of hurting Blake...but that it's nice to know her half-brother has such a protective, caring wife. She declares that one day she will be accepted as a Carrington and that someone (meaning Blake) is going to have to acknowledge her soon...or else.
A drunk Jeff is in bed, getting it on with a pretty blonde woman we've never seen before. He murmurs, "Mmm...you're so beautiful...God, I love you, Fallon..." and the blonde pauses the naked canoodling and goes, "Who the hell is Fallon?!" Jeff looks startled at having uttered his "dead" fiancee's name and breezily tells her that Fallon is just someone he knew when he was a kid. The woman reminds him that her name is Amy, then orders him to put his clothes on and get the hell out of her apartment.
Jeff drunkenly staggers into the mansion and accidentally knocks over a flower vase in the vestibule. Steven hears the commotion and ambles over, then lectures Jeff about how drinking is probably not the best way to deal with Fallon's death. Jeff grumbles that he really doesn't have much to grieve over, then growls, "She was a tramp!" and Steven responds by punching him in the face. Jeff accuses him of being in denial about what a tramp Fallon was for running off with her Eurotrash lover, then crawls upstairs to his bedroom to pass out.
During the trial, an elderly woman named Dina Hartley is on the witness stand, testifying that she lives directly across the street from Alexis' building and saw Mark standing on the balcony on the night of his murder. She adds that she saw someone on the balcony with him, but isn't sure if it was a man or woman, though she thinks it might possibly have been a woman. That sounds vague and unhelpful. For some reason Alexis gets so alarmed at the unstated implication that she was the murderer that she springs up from her chair and shouts, "What are you trying to do to me?! Liar!" LOL. She implores Adam to get the case dismissed, and he points out that he has no grounds to move for a dismissal and that she needs to keep quiet when court is in session. He requests a recess to confer with his client, and the judge grants him twenty minutes.
Adam steers Alexis into a private room and threatens to withdraw as her attorney if she doesn't immediately smarten up...and Alexis poutishly apologizes for her outburst and begs him to not abandon her. Adam says he won't accept a casual apology and that she's going to have to be more disciplined about keeping her mouth shut whenever the judge and jury is in hearing range...and fully put her trust in his hands. Alexis promises to obey, wanks him about what a brilliant attorney he is, and says she knows he'll get her acquitted.
Blake receives a subpoena from the District Attorney's office to testify at Alexis' trial, and he and Krystle are all, "Wha-at is this??"
The next day, Blake is on the witness stand, testifying that he and Alexis were married for nine tumultuous years before he filed for divorce after catching her in the sack with Roger Grimes...but conveniently leaves out the part about how he nearly beat Grimes to death with a large candlestick. Michael Cunningham asks him to describe "a certain incident" that occurred during a country club dinner, so Blake tells the court that Alexis had objected to something or other he'd said at dinner, then picked up a knife and shouted 'I'll kill you!' Michael perks up at the word kill, then dramatically leans toward Blake and needlessly asks him to clarify if kill means kill in "the commission of a violent act" sense of the word. Blake's like, "Er, yeah..?" and the courtroom spectators begin tittering excitedly. LOL. Michael asks Blake if he thinks Alexis is capable of violence...and after mulling over that question for a few seconds, he replies, "If provoked, yes."
Adam cross-examines Blake and invokes his conviction for manslaughtering Ted Dinard in Season 2. Blake admits that, much like Alexis, he had railed endlessly about being falsely accused and that his trial was a total miscarriage of justice. He's then forced to concede that Alexis probably didn't have much of a motive to kill Mark, remarking that the 100K blackmail check she gave him doesn't mean a whole lot to a woman as uber-wealthy as she is. After finishing with the cross-examination, Alexis poutishly thanks Blake for painting her in such a positive light...the recounting of the 'I'll kill you!' incident notwithstanding, I guess.
Dex drops by the detention center to visit Alexis, who's in an exuberant mood now that she's convinced herself that the trial is going well for her. She tells Dex that once this pesky legal proceeding resolves itself, she wants the two of them to go on a long romantic trip...and Dex looks into the idea, gives her an intense smooch, and the two earnestly exchange I love yous.
Krystle tells Blake she's a little miffed at him for offering testimony that might help Alexis get off for murder. Blake reminds her that it's the jury who decides whether or not she's guilty...but Krystle's like, "Whatever" and says she hates that Alexis is never held accountable for her crimes - like, for example, the time she shot her skeet rifle and spooked Krystle's horse and caused her to have a miscarriage. She says she has a bad feeling that Alexis really did kill Mark Jennings and that she's going to get away with it...despite Steven telling her earlier he's pretty sure he spotted a man standing on the balcony right after seeing Mark's stunt dummy hurtling through the air.
Steven has another flashback of Mark's stunt dummy plunging to its death and is so troubled that he climbs out of bed and gets dressed. He tells Claudia he needs to go out and get some air.
Steven stops by the Denver Detention Center early the next morning to declare to Alexis that he loves her no matter what happens in the next day or so. Alexis senses nothing amiss with that odd pronouncement and coos about how much she's always loved him...and that she can't wait to be acquitted and make a home-cooked meal for him.
As Alexis sashays over to the courtroom for day two of her trial, she runs into Philip Spaulding - but this time she's able to smugly point out that ColbyCo's stock went up (after it went down the day before). I'm not a stock expert, but isn't that generally how the stock market functions?
Michael Cunningham dramatically announces that he's calling Steven Daniel Carrington to the witness stand, causing a lot of excited tittering among the courtroom spectators. As the Dynasty cast members gasp in surprise, the camera pans around the courtroom to capture the various levels of shock on everyone's face.
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5/18/2019 01:34:07 pm
I love your recaps! They are often better written than the shows they are based off of. And boy did this trial subplot have a heaping mess of problems (Steven's interrogation will be a textbook example of "Leading the Witness" for example)
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