Recap: Inside the courthouse, Alexis hugs Dex and poutishly expresses her concern about Steven being called as a witness for the prosecution. Dex assures her that she can't be punished for something she didn't do - but Alexis argues that she's already been punished for something she didn't do by being forced to languish in a jail cell (for the past two episodes) while Porn-'stache's real killer roams free.
Blake tells Krystle he's off to the bank to beg Avril Dawson for more money 'cause apparently one of Denver Carrington's biggest oil fields is drying up, and he doesn't want his cash flow to dry up...plus, the next mortgage payment to Alexis is due soon and he doesn't want to risk foreclosure. Krystle tells him that Steven has been called to testify against Alexis, now that word has finally gotten out he saw what happened at the penthouse the night Mark's stunt dummy was pitched off the balcony. Blake scrunches his face concernedly and says it's going to suck for Steven to have to "crucify his own mother".
Jeff is playing tennis at the La Mirage with a cute blonde when a different cute blonde sashays over to invite him over to her suite for a private lunch. Jeff says he can't do lunch and suggests dinner, but she says she can't make it and will call him another time. The tennis blonde looks miffed and remarks on how many women he's currently juggling, then snarkishly adds, "No wonder Fallon divorced you." Haha! Jeff bitterly retorts that he should have gone ahead and cheated on Fallon 'cause she seemed to prefer being in the company of philandering hustlers. A few seconds later, he walks past a radio that just happens to be broadcasting a news report on Alexis' trial, and the report specifically mentions that Steven Carrington has just been called to testify.
Inside the judge's chambers, Adam snarks at Michael Cunningham for unexpectedly calling Steven to the stand, so Michael explains that he was only recently made aware of Steven's presence at the scene of the crime. Adam implores the judge to give him extra time to prepare for his cross-examination of Steven, but the judge refuses to drag out this tedious storyline any longer than necessary and tells him the trial will resume as scheduled.
Michael cross-examines Steven on the stand, dramatically asking him where he was when Mark's stunt dummy plunged to its death...and when Steven says he had just arrived at his mother's penthouse building, the courtroom spectators gasp and titter excitedly. LOL. He explains that he was there 'cause he was bringing over some papers Alexis needed to sign - but before he had a chance to enter her building, he was startled by the sight of Mark's stunt dummy being thrown off the penthouse floor balcony. Michael asks him if he saw the person who pushed Mark to his death, and Steven is forced to admit that, yep, he saw his mother on the balcony...even though it's a pretty long way up to the penthouse balcony from the ground level, and without a set of binoculars handy, I highly doubt it'd be possible for anyone staring up from the sidewalk to make a definitive, positive ID that could stand up as evidence in a murder trial. Alexis looks shocked by Steven's implausible revelation and springs up from her chair and shrieks, "That's a lie!" and asks Steven how he could dooooooo this to his own mother.
Adam cross-examines Steven by highlighting the many differences of opinion he (Steven) and Alexis had with respect to ColbyCo, then accuses Steven of falsely testifying against Alexis 'cause he wants to ship her off to prison in order to take over the company. Seems like a weak defense strategy, but OK. On re-direct, Michael asks Steven if he loves his mother...and Steven softly says he does, but that he's positively, undeniably, absolutely certain he saw her shove Mark's stunt dummy off the penthouse balcony. Michael asks how he knows this for certain, so Steven says he recognized her fluffy '80s 'do, along with the outfit she had on, which was the same thing she wore to Fallon's engagement party: a black beaded dress with a matching cape. For some reason, this detail causes much tittering among the courtroom spectators, and Michael adds to the drama when he needlessly asks Steven to re-confirm that the black beaded dress was the outfit he saw her in when he witnessed Mark's stunt dummy plunge to his death...and Steven's like, "Uh, yes..? Isn't that what I just said?" LOL.
Back at the Denver Detention Center, an enraged Alexis rails at Steven for giving such damaging testimony - and he retorts by insisting that he really did see her kill Mark. Alexis vigorously denies committing Porn-'stache's murder, throws it into Steven's face that she [obviously reluctantly] accepted his gay lifestyle when no one else in the family would, then shrieks, "Right now I disown you! I no longer have a gay son named Steven!"
Blake is summoned to the La Mirage by Dominique and joins her at her table in the patio restaurant for a decadent lunch. She hands him a check for $50 million and sassily declares that, in exchange for the investment, she wants 51% of Denver Carrington. Blake refuses and says it's always been a family held corporation...and when Dominique reminds him that she's claiming to be family, Blake clarifies that since he's the company's founder, he wouldn't be willing to give away 51% of the company to anyone for any amount. He offers her 40% of the company for an investment of $70 million, and she chirps, "Deal!" and the two shake on it. She gushes about how excited she is about getting in on a great oil deal...and when Blake promises to make her a fortune, she solemnly declares, "I want to be a Carrington at any cost", and Blake reacts by staring mutely into space as the two clink their glasses of champagne.
Blake drops by the detention center to give Alexis a check that covers the balance of the mortgage on Carrington manor...even though Alexis currently has no way of cashing the check. He changes the subject to Steven and urges her to look past her anger at their son and try to understand how agonizing it must have been for him to testify against his own mother. Alexis stubbornly refuses to forgive him, or any of her enemies for that matter, and vows that once she's done crawling her way out of this hellish predicament, she's going to make everyone pay for their treachery. So there!
Blake and Krystle are dining at La Mirage when a sleazy business associate of Blake's, Hal Lombard, stops by their table. He tells Blake he heard from Billy Waite that he's been trying to scrape together a giant loan to restructure Denver Carrington, then chides Blake for not coming to him to beg for money. Blake says he assumed that the loan would be too high risk for him, but that he'll keep him in mind next time he needs a large infusion of cash...which should be soon, considering how rapidly Blake seems to be burning through multi-million dollar loans. Hal looks satisfied enough with that, then starts bellyaching about the shitty living conditions he's enduring during his Denver stay, so Blake invites him to crash at Carrington manor. Hal's like, "Yippee!" and rushes off to pack...and when Krystle says that Hal seems like a nice guy, Blake warns her he's a sleazy cretin, and that he's only being nice to him 'cause he has the kind of cash he may need to borrow.
The next day, Krystle is called to testify at Alexis' trial...and when Adam asks her what her relationship is to the accused, she calls it strained...which I thought was a pretty mild descriptor considering the various 'punch and slap' cat fights the two have slugged it out in over the past three seasons. When Adam asks her about her last conversation with Mark, she testifies that he told her he felt on top of the world, but that he knew of someone who wanted to push him "off of that world" ... then is forced to admit that Mark never directly associated Alexis with that threat.
Over a luxurious looking lunch feast, Alexis tells Adam she really really wants to get on the witness stand and testify on her own behalf...and when he tells her what a boneheaded idea he thinks that is, she gets angry and snappishly fires him as her attorney.
Inside the judge's chambers, the judge cautions Alexis against defending herself in court. Alexis assures him that she knows all the risks, but somehow still considers herself fully competent to act as her own attorney.
Alexis takes the stand and tells the jury the truth as she sees it. She testifies that on the night Mark fell to his death, he was drunk and propositioned her for sex...which she reacted to by telling him to get lost, and then went upstairs to shower and change for Fallon's engagement party. When she came back downstairs, Mark was no longer there, so she assumed he had left...and it was only when she arrived at La Mirage for her daughter's engagement party that she heard about his grisly splatting. When Michael cross-examines her, he asks her to confirm if she wore a black beaded dress with a matching cape...and she admits that, yes, she wore a black beaded dress, but not a cape. Apparently, it hadn't been delivered to the penthouse, so she opted to wear her fur instead. (This is surely a detail that will be important to us later.) Michael dramatically pulls the black cape out of a bag and says that the police had found it stuffed in a trash can near her building, then shows the jury a large rip in the cape and speculates about how it must have gotten ripped when Mark grabbed onto it for dear life. Alexis continues testifying that since Mark had long overstayed his welcome on Dynasty, he was becoming such a pain-in-the-ass for her that she gave him 100K just to get rid of him...and Michael perks up at that and asks her precisely how much of a pain-in-the-ass he was. Alexis takes the bait and instantly gets all heated as she rails to the court that Porn-'stache was a cheap hustler who was beneath contempt and, yes, deserved to die - and the courtroom spectators are all, "Wha-a-a?!" and begin tittering in earnest. LOL. Alexis stares sheepishly at the jury and adds, "But I didn't kill him!" while Michael grins smugly at the outburst he was just able to successfully provoke.
That evening, Krystle is unwinding on the couch while she watches news coverage of the murder trial. A man appears behind her and starts rubbing her shoulders - and when she realizes that the hands belong to Hal Lombard, she's all, "Ack!" and yells at him to stop touching her. Hal looks unfazed at his creepiness and says he'd really like to get it on with her despite:
Krystle orders him to get the hell out of Carrington manor, and Hal grins stupidly and cackles, "It's been a pleasure. Nearly", then saunters out of the room. What a weirdo.
Later, Krystle informs Blake that she threw Hal out of the house for making a blechy pass at her, and concurs about what a sleazy cretin he is. Blake chuckles and chides her for taking Hal so seriously and explains that it's the man's mission in life to flirt with every beautiful woman he stumbles across. Krystle somehow restrains herself from smacking him for the obnoxiously sexist remark and calls Hal's inappropriate behavior offensive and makes it clear that she never wants to see the creep again. Blake agrees and says that from now on he'll conduct business with Hal at the office...and Krystle looks appalled that he'd still be willing to do business with a scumbag like that.
During closing statements, Michael reminds the jury that Alexis had motive, opportunity, and capability to commit murder...and invokes Steven's bombshell testimony. Alexis closes by telling the jury that the prosecutor is ass-backwards wrong about her murdering abilities. She admits to being wealthy and self-centered even on the best of days, and is guilty of many egregious things...but murdering Mark isn't one of them.
Later, Alexis is lounging on her detention center bed when Adam drops by to tell her she did an awesome job on her closing statement...after the clusterfuckery that was her lawyer-less testimony. She cries, "At least I have one son who cares!" and the two hug.
Steven is wandering around Alexis' penthouse, then steps onto the balcony and looks down towards the street and has another flashback of Mark's stunt dummy hurtling towards the ground. Dex suddenly appears behind him, demands to know what he's doing here, and chides him for hating his own mother. As the two start bickering, Dex taunts Steven by accusing him of blaming Alexis for turning him "into the sniveling fag he's always been", and Steven's all, "The fuck you just say??!" and lunges at him. The two roll around the balcony, where Steven nearly gets thrown over the railing (!), then crash through the patio door and continue rolling around the living room. After punching each other in the face, the two idiots collapse on the carpet, too exhausted to fight anymore.
Alexis is told by the detention guard to get dressed 'cause the jury has reached a verdict.
Inside the courtroom, the verdict is passed to the judge, who passes it to his clerk. She declares that in the matter of Mark's unfortunate demise, Alexis has been found guilty in the first degree. Egads! Amid all the tittering among the courtroom spectators, the camera pans over the cast...and we see that Adam, Steven, and Dex are staring grimly into space, while Michael Cunningham and Krystle do little to hide their glee at the guilty verdict.
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