Recap: Dex drops by the detention center to visit a despondent Alexis, who moans to him about how miserable and hopeless she is at the thought of spending the rest of her life behind bars. Dex vows to do everything in his power to free her - just as Adam enters the visitors' room and announces that he just filed for an appeal. Dex snarkishly reminds him that Alexis fired him as her attorney, and that the only reason she got convicted was 'cause he screwed the pooch on her case. When the two start bickering back and forth, Alexis yells at them to shut up and focus their energies on getting her out of this hellhole.
An attractive blonde, British-accented woman - our first glimpse of long lost Carrington daughter, Amanda! - shows up at the detention center to pay a visit to Alexis, but is told by the clerk-guard that she must first apply for permission. She's like, "Er, OK..?" and begins filling out the paperwork - just as Dex strides over and gives her an appreciative once-over. Amanda makes it clear that she too likes what she sees, then tells the clerk-guard to forget about her visit request, 'cause she doubts Alexis would want to see her anyway.
Steven is up late, working the phones to keep business running smoothly at ColbyCo. Claudia urges him to chillax and get ready for bed, and he perks up at the mention of bed and purrs, "Mmm...I like the sound of that." Claudia's all, "Ick" and refuses to indulge his horny impulses and chides him for always using sex to stifle his emotions...and he shoots her an irritated stink-eye and storms out of the room.
Blake invites Dominique over to the mansion to celebrate Denver Carrington getting back on its feet financially, courtesy of her sizable investment. He and Krystle usher her into the study, where they sip champagne and look over a map of prospective drilling sites. Dominique fights the urge to yawn and says she should probably get going now...and once she's out of earshot, Krystle tells Blake it's obvious he doesn't trust the woman. Before Blake can retort, he gets a phone call from Hong Kong and barks at whoever he's talking to, "I want Ahmed found quickly!", which was kind of random, but OK.
Dex is questioning a bartender at the La Mirage about who Mark Jennings mostly hung out with when he worked at the hotel. The bartender reports that, aside from his blechy May-December fling with Alexis, he only ever saw him hang out with disgraced ex-Congressman Neil McVane. Mmm hmm..
Back at the detention center, Alexis tells Adam she's miffed to hear that Denver Carrington is bouncing back after nearly going bankrupt...and Adam explains that it's only 'cause Blake got a ginormous infusion of cash from the extremely wealthy Dominique Deveraux. Alexis curses Dominique for putting a wrench in her plan to destroy Blake, then implores Adam again to pleeeeeeeease get her out of this wretched prison.
Steven is lunching with Hal Lombard in an effort to sweet talk him into accepting his bid for the oil drilling site, Flatlands Field. Hal informs him that Blake is also interested in the site...so Steven mulls that over, but decides that since he's going about the bidding process all fair and square, there's no reason Blake should get his panties in a twist if his bid fails.
Steven stops by the mansion to tell Blake he's been negotiating with Hal Lombard to acquire the Flatlands Field, and to make it clear he's doing this solely for the good of ColbyCo and not to deliberately piss him off. Blake says he also plans to woo Hal over the bid and predicts, "It's going to be one helluva fight", then asks Steven if he's doing this to get back on Alexis' good side. When Steven admits that, yep, that's the primary motivator, Blake warns him not to get sucked in by Alexis's manipulations - but Steven's like, "Whatever" and says he's still going to do whatever it takes to win.
Billy Dee Williams makes a surprising reappearance on Dynasty and drops by Dominique's La Mirage suite, demanding to know why she sold her casino and two nightclubs without telling him. She says she did it to free up the money so she could transfer it to Blake...and when Billy Dee scrunches his face in puzzlement and asks what her involvement with the old goat is, she tells him he's her half brother. Billy Dee's all, "Wha-a-a-a?!" and asks why she'd float him that much cash, so she tells him she did it so "he could regain his crown" so she could promptly snatch it away from him...and by it she means the company, his mansion, and whatever other valuable assets he owns. Billy Dee mulls that over and decides he likes the idea of Dominique getting everything she strongly feels she's entitled to and asks her if she really thinks she can bury Blake Carrington. She smugly replies, "I always get what I want" ... and then the two start going at it.
Jeff is in the La Mirage dining room, enjoying an evening of binge-drinking with his newest clique of pretty white friends. He spots Claudia doing some paperwork at the bar and ambles over to chat. When he remarks that he's been avoiding visiting Alexis at the detention center, Claudia counters with, "You've been avoiding a lot" and asks him if all this over-drinking is really the best way to cope with the loss of Fallon. Jeff snaps at her for lecturing him, then creepishly propositions her...and when Claudia shoots him a WTF? glare, he apologizes and sheepishly slinks back to his table.
Dex and Adam decide to join forces and follow up on various leads that could potentially exonerate Alexis - leads that Adam, for some reason, didn't think to follow up on during his prep for the trial. The two convene at the penthouse, where Amanda suddenly sashays down the stairs, shoots Dex a come hither grin, and casually strolls into the elevator. Dex is all, "The fuck was that?", then tells Adam he saw that hottie at the detention center earlier.
Dex pays Alexis another visit and tells her that a good looking blonde woman was wandering around her penthouse, and Alexis just kind of shrugs and says she can't imagine who that might be, and chalks up the home invasion to "a curiosity seeker". She quickly changes the subject to how hard it is for her to be caged up all day, and Dex assures her he's pretty sure that a key piece of evidence that will blow the Porn-'stache murder case wide open will reveal itself before the end credits start rolling.
Dominique tells Billy Dee Williams she knows he's been having financial trouble with whatever business he's currently running, and he sheepishly nods and says he didn't want to 'fess up to his failures. He then says he's worried about the state of their marriage 'cause he doesn't think she would have abandoned her plot to destroy Blake in favor of directing the necessary resources to help out her own husband...and when Dominique just stares quietly into space, he gives her a cheek kiss and exits the suite.
Over lunch, Claudia chides Steven for not telling her that he witnessed Alexis tossing Mark over the balcony the night he was killed...and is also miffed that he chose to confide this in Krystle instead of her. She tells him that their marriage isn't worth anything if he's not honest with her [or goes back to doinking men], and an irked Steven tells her to not make a big deal out of this.
Dex enters the penthouse looking for Adam for another meeting of the minds. When there's no sign of him, he steps onto the balcony and is startled when he sees what appears to be Alexis standing near the railing. Adam steps out of the shadows and demonstrates that "the person" he thought was Alexis is actually a mannequin with a poofy brown hairdo that strongly resembles Alexis. He says, "We've been going about this the wrong way" and tells Dex he now believes that some nefarious person someone wanted Steven to think he witnessed Alexis committing the murder.
Adam and Dex decide to question Dina Hartley, the woman who testified about seeing Alexis on the balcony when Mark was murdered, and ask her to please recount everything that happened that night. She obliges and tells them that she was hosting a birthday party and snapped a bunch of photos - and Adam perks up at that and asks her if they could examine them. As he and Dex browse through the photos, they scrutinize one in particular, do a non-subtle double take, and ask Dina for permission to borrow the negatives.
Blake is wooing Hal Lombard at the mansion in an effort to secure the Flatlands Field when Krystle enters the room and is all "Ack!" by the sight of the creep. Hal walks over to her and expresses regret for her "interpretation of my behavior" and hands her a small token of his non-apology: a glittery bracelet. Krystle stares at him in utter incredulity and tells him she recently sold all of her jewelry - except for her wedding ring, which is all she wants or needs, then whirls around and stalks out of the room. Hal gets visibly upset and tells Blake that his cunty wife now owes him an apology - but Blake says she doesn't owe him shit and urges him to stick to business. Hal's like, "Fuck that" and says he was about to sign a letter of intent for Denver Carrington's successful bid on the Flatlands Field, but is now refusing 'cause of what a giant dickwad Krystle still thinks he is - LOL - and storms out.
Later, Krystle chides Blake for bringing that scumbag into their home after the creepy way he came onto her last time he was over, and Blake snarlingly points out that if she hadn't come home sooner than expected, she wouldn't have ruined his deal. He admonishes her for being naive about business, then comes right out and tells her she's "turning into a problem". Yeesh. Sounds like Blake's metamorphosing back into the douchewad husband he was during much of Season 1.
Adam and Dex get one of Dina's photographs developed as a blow-up and they're like, "Jackpot!" when they see that it shows a person standing next to Mark on the balcony who is clearly not Alexis.
Steven stops by the detention center to discuss ColbyCo business with Alexis, but she just glares hatefully at him and says he no longer works at the company 'cause she no longer has a son named Steven Carrington. Steven tells her he wishes he hadn't seen what he thinks he saw that night...but since he did, he had no choice but to tell the jury. He changes the subject to Hal Lombard and tells her that he scored Flatlands Field, but she looks unimpressed and says there's no amount of money that can buy her love...then snarkishly tells him to stay away 'cause the sight of him makes her sick. Ouch.
A dejected Steven returns to Carrington manor and runs into Krystle in the vestibule. He glumly tells her he just visited Alexis, and that she refuses to forgive him for testifying against her in court. Krystle reminds him that Alexis is extremely distraught at the moment, but is certain that deep down she loves her children and will eventually come around.
Adam and Dex march over to Neil McVane's apartment, barge their way inside, and accuse him of killing Mark Jennings. When McVane pretends he has no idea what they're talking about, Adam shows him the photo they just had developed, which shows McVane standing on the penthouse balcony wearing a poofy brown wig and Alexis' black cape. When Dex snarls, "Was it you??", McVane slumps into a sofa chair, stares contemplatively into space, and spacily says he worked very hard to get to the top...and that, in one fell swoop, Alexis destroyed him and made him into a laughingstock. [I notice he conveniently left out the part about the genesis for him becoming a laughingstock: his pedophile-esque affair with a governor's underage daughter.] He admits to becoming enraged at Mark for reneging on their plan to exact revenge on Alexis, so he retaliated by sneaking into the penthouse through the service entrance, found Mark standing on the balcony, quickly disguised himself to look like Alexis so that she'd be framed for the murder, and shoved Mark's stunt dummy to its death. He then glares up at Dex and Adam and growls, "He deserved to die!"
When Dex rushes over to the detention center to tell Alexis about McVane confessing to Mark's murder, she woots with joy while doing a lot of dramatic, side-to-side head shaking. LOL. She hugs Dex, tells him how happy she is that this tedious prison storyline is finally over, and gives him a big smooch.
Krystle tells Blake she's unpleasantly surprised to hear that Alexis was unjustly framed for murder, and Blake condescendingly tells her she's so childlike in the way she sees the world: as black and white. She refrains from smacking the old goat for talking down to her and tells him she's sorry he lost the bid for the Flatlands Field. He demands to know if he can count on her trust and support, or expect her to continue to challenge and doubt him...and Krystle says that while she loves him, she's not going to turn her conscience over to him. He shakes his head in dismay and growls, "Then I think we're in for a stormy time" and ambles out of the room while Krystle stares after him with a look of pensive concern.
Alexis makes a triumphant return to her penthouse, wearing an elaborate fur ensemble that she felt the need to deck herself out in for the short ride home from the detention center. Dex urges her to go upstairs and get some rest - just as Amanda comes sauntering into the living room. When Dex asks her why in blazes she keeps popping up in a penthouse she has no business being in, she explains that she's a guest on the tenth floor...which, I guess, implies that she's somehow able to wander into this private residence without a key or access code. When Dex threatens to call the police, Alexis says, "No, don't. I know her" and asks him to leave her alone with this mysterious stranger...and he just kind of shrugs disinterestedly and hops onto the elevator. Alexis haughtily asks Amanda what she's doing here, and Amanda says she heard she was in trouble and flew to Denver to see if there was anything she could do to help. When she punctuates that last thing with the word mother, Alexis stares back at her with a strange mixture of disdain and incredulity.