Dynasty - Season 5, Episode 9
Recap: Blake is on the phone, barking orders at a private detective in London to find out whether or not Amanda is his biological daughter. Krystle enters the room and asks him what he's doing up so late, so he explains that he's trying to find out whassup with Amanda's paternity, and that a recent spat with Alexis convinced him that he's Amanda's bio dad. Krystle refrains from asking why he and Amanda don't just get blood tests to resolve The Great Paternity Mystery, and instead asks him if he's so invested in this 'cause of how much he misses Fallon. Blake's like, "Dunno" and says he's not yet able to share his grief about Fallon's death with anyone, even her. Krystle's like, "But I'm your wiiiiiiife", then looks pensively troubled as she waddles out of the room.
Over at La Mirage, Jeff and Nicole are in bed, enjoying some post-coital champagne. Nicole urges Jeff to talk about Fallon, then mentions that she's seen photos of his ex/future late wife - but Jeff just flinches and says he has no desire to talk about the disloyal slut. Nicole pretends she has no real interest on the subject and suggests they go at it again, and Jeff perks up at that and rolls atop her and gives her a tonguey smooch.
We get an exterior shot of Istanbul to help with the transition to fake Turkey, where Adam is sitting at a poolside table being waited on by a bellydancer. Dominique sashays over and informs Adam that she's certain Rashid Ahmed is staying at his nearby villa, and that she has plans to get together with him later. Adam snarkishly retorts that she'd better deliver on her promise to Blake to get Ahmed to sign a letter that exonerates Blake from any wrongdoing regarding the South China Sea debacle, or else.
Ahmed receives Dominique in his luxury villa and smarmily goes on and on about how exquisite she is. He then says he knows she traveled to Turkey with Adam Carrington and that she's here to get him to admit that he screwed Blake over when he helped mediate the South China Sea deal with whatever unnamed country he was representing. Dominique offers to give him $7 million to confess his misdeeds and hand over the South China Sea leases, then reminds him that he owes her a personal favor 'cause of some past predicament involving a Greek tycoon. Ahmed makes a blech face at the idea of doing Blake any favors, but invites her to further persuade him over dinner. Dominique accepts his invitation, but makes it clear that she's in town to discuss business - not engage in any kind of Alexis-style hanky panky.
Amanda drops by Blake’s swanky new office set and apologizes for her cheekiness in declaring that she's now going to go by Amanda Carrington. She explains that she mostly did it to irritate Alexis, then adds that there's something about her haughty bio mom that always seems to bring out the worst in her. Blake chuckles at her charming sass, then shoots her a goofy smile and tells her he'd consider himself a lucky man if he turned out to be her bio dad. He invites her to the mansion for dinner tonight and says that since he'd like to make it a super special occasion, she should find something extra dressy to wear. Amanda's like, "Kewl!" and heads out - just as Blake gets a call from Adam, who's calling to report that Ahmed rejected Dominique's offer of $7 million in exchange for the South China Sea oil leases and a signed confession. Blake orders him to up the offer to $10 million, then barks at him to get it done. Adam murmurs, "Sure, OK, whatever", 'cause he's suddenly distracted by the bellydancer he ordered so he could indulge in an evening of limber sex.
Blake returns home from work and finds Nicole standing in the conservatory, staring at a framed photo of Fallon. When Blake enters the room and stares at her questioningly, she explains that she's a friend of Jeff's, then expresses her condolences about Fallon's untimely death. Blake politely tells her to make herself at home, and to please ask Jeff to swing by the study before he leaves for the evening. Nicole's like, "Can do" ... and once Blake's out of earshot, she glares at Fallon's photograph and wonders aloud if her dead husband Peter told her (Fallon) whatever mysterious secret she (Nicole) is currently thinking about...and I have no idea what in blazes she's referring to.
Blake tells Jeff he misses him being at Denver Carrington this season and urges him to re-settle into his old life. Jeff says he's not ready to go back to work, and that he has a whole new world [of hooking up with every loose woman he rubs up against at the La Mirage] opening up to him. When Blake warns that he's being self destructive, Jeff petulantly snaps back that he had no problem tolerating this kind of behavior from Fallon for years, growls, "It's my life!", then storms out like the pissy little bitch he's morphed into in Season 5.
Amanda arrives at Carrington manor in an unflatteringly shapeless, poofy-sleeved pink gown and is greeted by a smiling Blake and Krystle. After everyone gushes about how gorgeous the other looks, Blake and Krystle steer Amanda over to the study, where they can all enjoy pre-dinner drinks with Steven and Claudia.
Over dinner, Amanda talks about the shock of learning that Alexis was her bio mom...and Steven snarkishly interjects to express how dickish he thinks it was of her to blab about this discovery to a reporter. When he accuses her of doing it to embarrass Alexis, Amanda snaps back that he's one to talk after he took the stand and testified against Alexis during her murder trial. Blake tells the two to stop quarreling, then gets a wistful look on his wrinkly face and says that their sniping reminds him of the fights Steven and Fallon used to have...and everyone nods with faraway looks on their faces while smiling fondly. LOL.
Alexis is primping in her penthouse bathroom when Dex arrives...and she grimaces at the sight of him and says she thought he was Amanda, then wonders aloud where her long-lost daughter went off to this evening. Dex bitchily retorts that he's soooo sick of hearing about Amanda all the damn time and suggests they put her out of their minds by getting busy between the sheets. Alexis makes a blech face and asks him to come back when she's more in the mood, and Dex scrunches his face into a hurt expression and calls her insensitive. On his way out, he runs into Amanda coming off the elevator and snappishly tells her that Alexis has been wondering where she spent her evening. Amanda chuckles at his ball-lessness at getting kicked out of Alexis' boudoir, then leans in and gives him a quick smooch. Dex pretends to get all incensed and says, "You need to have your bottom smacked" - and Amanda stares flirtily at him, gamely replies, "Any time", then sashays up the stairs in her shapeless gown while Dex stares after her lustfully.
Adam calls Blake to report that Ahmed has refused his offer of $10 million, and Blake gets irked and starts railing about Ahmed - a rant that Krystle overhears. She accuses Blake of being obsessed with his desire for vengeance, and that he's turning into an even bigger ogre than the ogre she accepted him as when they got married the second time around. Blake implores her to blindly trust his motives...and when she just stares back at him with a stricken expression on her face, he snaps, "You're not sure, damn it. Are you?" I'm guessing not.
Adam is having a one-on-one with some military general when Dominique drops by his hotel room and demands to know what he's plotting. Adam's like, "None of your business" and makes it clear he doesn't trust her, so Dominique reminds him that, without her, he doesn't stand a chance of getting anywhere near the elusive Ahmed.
Alexis tells Amanda she heard about her having dinner at Carrington manor, then reminds her that Blake is her sworn enemy and that she'd prefer it if she were not on friendly terms with him. Amanda snaps back that she'll see who she wants when she wants, and Alexis gets all contrite and apologizes for making mistakes that have been hurtful to her, but insists that it should simply be enough that she loves her. Amanda once again asks her to reveal her father's identity, then poutishly says, "If you love me, you'd tell me the truth."
Claudia runs into Dean Caldwell at the La Mirage and apologizes for giving him "wrong signals" the other night by accepting his dinner invitation. She tells him she's married, but Dean just shrugs and waxes on about what "a very special woman" she is - just as Steven wanders over to see whassup with his wife-beard chatting it up with a good looking stranger. Claudia introduces him to Dean, who fibs and tells Steven that he was just inviting Claudia to an art opening...then wisely beats a hasty retreat. Steven shoots Claudia a suspicious glare and remarks on what a friendly guy Dean is, and Claudia admits that she had dinner with him the other night, but insists it was strictly business.
Alexis is eating a scrumptious looking lunch in her office when Ahmed calls from Turkey. He tells her that Dominique and Adam are currently in Turkey, doing their best to get him to sign papers that clear Blake from any misdeeds related to the botched South China Sea deal. When he asks her if she has the full skinny on what Blake has up his sleeve, Alexis snarkishly reminds him that not only did she pay him $5 million while they were both in Hong Kong, he saddled her with the bill for the expensive hotel suite, the flowers he sent her, and all the clothes he charged to the room. She calls him a disgrace, snaps, "Call Blake yourself!" and slams the phone down. Hee!
Krystle is looking over paint and fabric samples for her spawn's redecorated nursery as she mutters a prayer helping her to be a good mother and loving trophy wife to her old goat of a husband.
Steven wakes up early and glances over at the magazine Claudia had been reading the night before. When he sees that it contains an article about Dean Caldwell, he stares contemplatively into space, then gets out of bed without waking Claudia and tiptoes out of the room.
Steven heads to his office and finds Luke wringing his hands about yet another press release that needs approval from the higher ups. Sounds like a chronic problem the head of PR really needs to sort out. He invites Steven to join him for coffee and a danish, but Steven declines.
Adam, an army general, and a team of soldiers arrive at the gates of Ahmed's Turkish villa. Dominique rushes over and tells Adam that Ahmed has only two guards protecting him, and Adam thanks her for the intel and tells her to wait for him back at the hotel. The general tells Adam that they're going to move in on Ahmed soon, and Adam nods his approval and reminds him that he doesn't want Ahmed to get hurt.
Ahmed is startled when Adam suddenly appears before him on the patio. Adam informs him that when Dominique was over earlier, she planted a package of heroin in his villa...then reminds him that Turkish laws about drugs are strict, and says if he doesn't comply with his demands, the police will be summoned to conduct a drug raid. Ahmed wearily signs the letter that absolves Blake of all wrongdoing related to the wretched South China Sea deal - then pulls a gun on Adam and growls, "Vengeance is sweet" while snatching the letter back. As he flees through the courtyard, Adam warns him he'll never escape all the military sharp shooters who have quietly infiltrated his villa - but Ahmed ignores him and makes a run for his helicopter. The snipers fire warning shots - but Ahmed continues to run to his helicopter and gets fatally shot in the torso. As he lays dying on the ground, Adam wanders over to stare down at him with a 'WTF were you thinking?' expression...and once Ahmed makes a final death flop onto his side, Adam grabs the signed paper from his hand. The general then check's Ahmed's pulse and declares him a goner.
Krystle happens to catch a newscast about Ahmed's killing and gets so upset that she storms over to Blake and demands to know if he and Adam plotted the man's death. Blake assures her he merely asked Adam to strongly urge Ahmed to sign the paper, but Krystle doesn't buy that and says she's sooooo upset that a human being is dead because of him. She runs out of the room and towards the staircase...then steps out of the way so her stunt double can be inserted into the scene to perform an extended body roll down the stairs. When she lands, unconscious, at the foot of the stairs, Blake shrieks, "Ooooh my God!" and yells at the nearest servant to call 911 to report yet another Dynasty pregnancy-in-peril.
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