Recap: Blake summons Rita/Krystle to the study to apologize for being so dickish to her when she refused to have sex with him last night, but also points out how weird she's been acting lately. He asks her if there's something that's been bothering her that she feels like she can't talk to him about, and she breezily says that her recent illness must be making her act overly emotional. Blake reminds her that Dr. Tyler couldn't find anything wrong with her, and is therefore assuming that the problem lies between them. Gerard interrupts the conversation to inform Blake that the car is out front to take him to his morning appointment - and Blake tells Rita/Krystle that he fully intends for them to straighten everything out this evening.
Over at the Delta Rho, Sammy Jo tells George Hamilton she's getting tired of how long the Krystle/Rita doppelganger storyline is being dragged out and wants him to instruct Rita to transfer her inheritance money to a Cayman Islands bank account asap. George Hamilton pretends as if he's going to get right on that and sends her on her way - just as Rita bursts into the room and announces that she can no longer stand having to come up with excuses to avoid hitting the sheets with the old goat. George Hamilton shrugs disinterestedly at her distress and says, "Then just hit the sheets with him" and reminds her that they all have sacrifices to make when it comes to ensuring the success of Operation Swindle the Carringtons. Rita makes an ew face and says she's worried she won't be as good as Krystle in bed, and George Hamilton assures her she needn't worry 'bout that 'cause "all cats are grey in the dark". As a revolted looking Rita stares worriedly into space, George Hamilton reminds her that they've come way too far to fail at this point in the scheme, then leans in and gives her an intense smooch.
Alexis is finishing up a delectable breakfast in bed with her adorable pooch nestled beside her when Dex sexily asks her if she wants dessert. She declines and says they should probably start their day, which Dex translates to mean that she wants him out of the penthouse by the time King Galen arrives at the guest suite to begin convalescing. He insists that Galen is a conniver who's going to try to take her for all she has, but then promises not to fight her on this 'cause he trusts that she's a big girl who's perfectly capable of managing and protecting her finances.
Alexis drops by the guest suite of her penthouse to welcome a newly arrived King Galen to her home...and he schmaltzily coos about how grateful he is for her kindness, then informs her that he requires a few things to get Operation Regain Control of Moldavia underway: a private phone line, a telex address, a secretary, and a line of credit. Alexis raises her eyebrows at that last thing, but then says, "Consider it done" - at least until he regains the use of his legs. After she heads to the office, Prince Michael arrives for a one-on-one with the king, who orders him to fly to New York tonight to meet with a group of mercenaries whose loyalties are for sale, and to be tough in his dealings with him. Galen then warns that there are many enemies among them, namely Dex Dexter...and when Prince Michael's all, "Wuh? But Dex saved your life", Galen dismissively says that that's sooo four episodes ago, and that he now considers Dex his mortal enemy. Sounds ungrateful and overly dramatic, but OK.
Rita/Krystle returns to Carrington manor with Sammy Jo and is stunned to see that Blake has arranged to have the vestibule filled with flowers and instructed one of his servants to present her with a jewelry box containing a set of giant tacky earrings and a card that describes them as a token of my everlasting love. Rita/Krystle bursts into tears and races upstairs with Sammy Jo following closely behind...and when Sammy Jo asks her whassup with her tears, Rita wails, "No man's ever loved me the way he does!" then acknowledges that it isn't actually her he loves. She says that Blake's devotion to Krystle makes her even more miffed at George Hamilton for so nonchalantly urging her to go to bed with Blake...and a few seconds later, Blake calls to apologize for the snarly way he talked to her this morning, and that he's looking forward to this evening's make up sex. Rita hangs up, contemplates the prospect of getting boned by the old goat, and cries, "Oh God!" LOL. Oh God indeed.
Rita/Krystle composes herself, then goes downstairs to ask Mrs. Gunnerson to prepare Blake's favorite dinner and to also find a tasty bottle of wine for the special occasion.
Prince Michael arrives at La Mirage and finds Amanda waiting for him in his office. She offers to take him to lunch, but he declines 'cause he has soooo much to do, including jetting to New York on business. She asks him if this "business" is political work, and he cagily says the less she knows about what he's up to these days, the better. Amanda poutishly tells him she wants to be involved in all aspects of Operation Regain Control of Moldavia, but Prince Michael insists that it's too far dangerous and sternly says he won't allow it...then softens his tone and says he's merely trying to protect her. She throws herself into his arms, says she loves him and is frightened for him, and he half-heartedly tries to assure her that everything will be OK. She suggests involving Dex in whatever political work he's doing in New York, but Prince Michael's like, "No way in hell" and orders her to keep his travel itinerary to herself, since the security and success of the mission relies on no one knowing what he and his traitorous father are plotting.
Jonathan Lake drops by Dominique's La Mirage suite and invites her to dinner tonight and says he's refusing to take no for an answer.
Over at Carrington manor, Alexis tells Jeannette she just visited with Little Blake, who's apparently still very upset at being sworn at by Rita/Krystle. She hands the maid a hundred dollar bill and says she'll match that payment every week if she stays on the alert and reports on everything that Krystle says and does. Jeannette look horrified at the idea of spying on her employer and refuses to do it - just as Rita/Krystle enters the room after having eavesdropped on enough of the conversation to get the gist of what Alexis is up to. She orders Alexis to get the hell out of her mansion.
Dominique decides to take Jonathan up on his dinner invitation...and he gabbles about seeing her sing in Paris all those years ago when he was about to commit suicide, and says he feels like they're kindred spirits 'cause of the deep hurts they've both suffered, blah blah. He promises that she'll soon drop her defences with him and won't be sorry she did...and Dominique stares back at him with an intrigued looking expression on her face.
George Hamilton drops by the attic to hand Krystle one of her dresses and says she can wear that when he takes her out on the town tomorrow night. Krystle stares back at him perplexedly and goes, "Are you serious?", and he bitchily retorts that yes he's taking her out, but that if she tries to do anything to escape his clutches, he'll instruct Rita to hurt her baby.
Blake and Rita/Krystle dine in the privacy of their bedroom, and Blake gushes about the wonderfulness of the food, wine, and ambiance. He then remarks on the distance that has developed between them and asks her if he's said or done something that's been irking her, and Rita/Krystle says no, and that probably all they needed was a good dinner. Blake seems satisfied enough with that response and gets all canoodly while moaning, "I loooove you", then unzips the back of her dress and plants a giant smooch on her lips. Rita/Krystle tries to act like she's into it - but after a few seconds she get too icked out and shrieks, "I can't!" Blake gets vexed and snaps, "What's the matter now?!", then gets all in her face and asks her if he needs to forcibly (!) remind her what they have together. He pushes her atop the bed and starts mauling her while she cries, "Noooooo!!", which jars him into stopping his attack and recalling that the last time he committed marital rape it nearly destroyed their marriage - even though, as I recall, it was hastily swept under the rug - and so he's taking a pass on committing a second sexual assault. The old creep then stalks out of the room and leaves a shaken Rita/Krystle staring bewilderedly into space.
As Steven works out in the mansion gym, Claudia complains to him about how Blake is trying to rob her of the oil well she inherited from Walter Lankershim and implores him to help her regain ownership of the asset. Steven shrugs disinterestedly and says he doubts she has much of a case and therefore has no intention of bringing up the matter with his father...and Claudia snarls, "You really are Blake's son" and calls him a shithead for helping deny her her inheritance. Steven rolls his eyes and says he's attributing her nasty behavior to her shitty husband's influence, and says that ever since that unholy coupling she's become like a stranger to him.
Adam is in Bart Fallmont's office, attempting to bribe him with sizeable political campaign donations in exchange for putting an end to the injunction against the pipeline project. Bart makes it clear he can't be bought and angrily orders Adam to get the hell out of his office, and an unfazed Adam saunters out of the room, smirking.
Steven confronts Adam about meeting with Bart Fallmont without consulting him. Adam says he'll handle this injunction crisis however he sees fit, and Steven angrily declares that he's going to drop in on Fallmont for his own impromptu meeting and keep his fingers crossed that something useful comes of that.
Bart Fallmont tells Steven he assumes he's here to apologize for his brother's shitty behavior, and assumes that they're playing good cop/bad cop. Steven denies playing games and says he's here to discuss the pipeline, regardless of whatever Adam was up to. Bart angrily vows to fight the construction of the pipeline with everything he's got and rails about how the project is going to rape the land and destroy the environment. Steven denies that any of that will happen and insists that Blake is a benevolent job creator who would never endanger the environment to line his own pockets - bwahahaha! - but Bart snorts in disgust and orders him to get the hell out of his office.
The Rolls-Royce transporting Alexis and Dex to somewhere fancy for the evening gets a flat tire a few feet away from a dive called The Big Oaks Lounge. Dex suggests to his wife that they pass the time there while the driver changes the tire...and she makes a seriously? expression before Dex says it's either that or help the driver with the flat.
By scripted coincidence, George Hamilton has chosen The Big Oaks Lounge as the venue for his first date with Krystle. Alexis quickly spots them, is all, "The fuck she doin' here?" and tells Dex she's intrigued to learn why Krystle is hanging out in a low class bar with a good looking man. She suggests they hit the dance floor and enjoy Krystle's reaction when she realizes she's been caught red-handed.
George Hamilton tells Krystle that this is a magical night for him - LOL - then notices the startled look on her face as she stares across the room at Alexis and Dex. He asks her if she knows the two of them - she says no - then warns her to not do anything stupid. She assures him she won't, then covertly takes a matchbook and a tube of lipstick out of her purse and write HELP on the inside of the matchbook. With that done, she asks George Hamilton if he'd like to dance, and he beams and happily accepts. A few seconds after they hit the dance floor, Alexis whirls around, pretends she didn't notice her earlier, and exclaims, "Krystle! What a surprise!" and asks her if this is the new hangout for rich trophy wives looking to slum it for the evening. She asks to be introduced to her gentleman friend, but then just goes ahead and introduces herself before asking George Hamilton who in the heck he is. After a brief inquisition about "Dr. Travers'" faux medical practice, a panicked looking Krystle tells Alexis she'd give anything for one of her cigarettes right now...and Alexis scrunches her face confusedly and says, "Since when do you smoke?", but then shrugs and asks Dex to retrieve her package of cigarettes. Krystle tries to hand her the matchbook with HELP written inside of it, but George Hamilton takes it from her and slyly says she really shouldn't smoke, then steers her across the room. Dex stares curiously at the two, clearly sensing that something is amiss - but then allows Alexis to convince him that the weirdness of that interaction can be attributed to Krystle's guilt about being caught publicly canoodling with a man who isn't Blake. As the two exit the lounge, Krystle stares after them longingly while continuing to dance with George Hamilton, hopefully kicking herself hard for so stupidly wasting that rescue opportunity.
Back at Delta Rho, George Hamilton admonishes Krystle for her "stupid trick", then creepily says he knows games that are a whole lot more fun than writing HELP on a matchbook and hoping like hell someone clues in to her distress. He says he enjoyed their first date and hopes to go out with her again...then leans in for a goodnight kiss - but stops when a disgusted Krystle cries, "Ack!" and irritably forces her back into her attic prison.
The next morning, Blake reminds Rita/Krystle that they're scheduled to attend a charity ball this evening, and that he'd appreciate it if she would pretend as though she's his loving wife, despite her disinterest in riding his baloney pony. Rita/Krystle stares back at him dumbly, then stares worriedly into space after he exits the room.
As Alexis and Dex bask in post-coital afterglow, Alexis cackles about how they caught Krystle at a sleazy lounge with her lover. She asks Dex if Krystle ever come onto him, and he says no and chuckles about the perverseness of the question. He then changes the subject and asks her when she thinks King Galen might regain the use of his legs [so he can move out of the penthouse and out of their lives], and she just shrugs and replies, "I guess whenever his nerves start to respond."
King Galen is staring at his bare foot and willing his toes to move when Alexis drops by his suite with a stack of magazines to help him pass the time. He tells her there hasn't been any improvement in the motor functioning of his bottom half, and she says it'll probably take time, and that once he's able to walk again they'll have to celebrate. He tells her it means soooo much to him that she has welcomed him into her home when he's at his most vulnerable, and promises to make the trouble well worth her while...and she grins and is like, "Well d'yuh. Why the hell do you think I'm doing all this?"
George Hamilton brings Krystle a television set and suggests they pass the evening by uncomfortably sitting side by side and watching the tube. He steps out to get a tray of food, and Krystle glances over at the TV and happens to see a local news report about the evening's charity ball. She's aghast when she sees Rita/Krystle and Blake exit a limo and give a short interview about the charity to the local anchor...then has a freakout and smashes the TV set onto the floor. When George Hamilton rushes back into the room, she bellows, "You stole my life! I'm Krystle Carrington!", and George Hamilton orders her to forget about her past life 'cause he'd really like it if she were to fall in love with him, then gives her a strange looking bear hug. Krystle shoves him away and snaps, "You're insane!" and he gets a weird look on his face and calmly asks, "Am I? We'll see about that", then says he has a way with women, and that soon she'll know what it's like to be doinked by a Don Juan such as himself. LOL. And ew.
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