Recap: Rita is putting the final touches on her ensemble du jour when Blake enters the bedroom to express his dismay about her lack of interest in wanting to salvage their marriage. When Rita/Krystle half-heartedly denies that, Blake says if that's truly the case, he wants her to start seeing a psychiatrist asap. Rita/Krystle insists that all she needs is time alone - but he disagrees and says he loves her too much to just watch their relationship disintegrate so rapidly.
George Hamilton asks Krystle if she wouldn't mind sewing a missing button on his shirt cuff, then promises to bring her a special dinner later. Krystle thanks him and suggests he join her so she can sneakily get him to trust her enough to give her [another golden] opportunity to escape his clutches. She reminds him that he once talked about making her a star and asks if he's a movie producer...and he rails about the Hollywood imbeciles who fired him for going over-budget on a film he was directing. When Krystle clucks faux sympathetically, George Hamilton says he's gullible enough to believe she truly understands his life woes, then coos, "We could have quite a future together." He confirms their dinner date for later and ambles out, leaving Krystle staring worriedly into space.
Amanda tells King Galen she's worried about whatever could be keeping Prince Michael in New York longer than expected. Galen tells her to not worry her pretty little head about politics and leave it to those who understand it, and to remain stoic whenever she's out in public. Amanda [somehow refrains from smacking him for his misogyny and] accuses him of risking Michael's life so he can regain control of the Moldavian throne. She wonders aloud how high a price they're all going to have to pay for this dream to become a reality before storming over to the elevator...where she runs into Dex, who's all sweaty from a workout. He remarks on how bummed she looks and asks her if the royal marriage has lost its bloom, then says he really does care for her, though maybe not in the way she'd like him to. He assures her he'll always be there for her - just as the elevator doors open to the sight of a suspicious looking Alexis. After Amanda scuttles off, Dex hands his wife the latest edition of World Finance, in which Gordon Wales has published a tabloidy article titled Millionairess Risks All For King. It's interesting that the editors of a financial magazine would allow their reporters to delve into National Enquirer type scuttlebutt. Dex tells her that, in his article, Wales suggested she "risked all" for King Galen 'cause she wants to become the next Queen of Moldavia - but she denies ever having said that, assures Dex that she made it clear to Gordon Wales she's a happily married woman, and that she's waaaay more interested in building a banking empire than she is in co-governing a fictional country. Dex mulls that over and says he believes that she doesn't love another man, but does believe that she loves power more than anything. She gives him a well duh look and says, "Of course I love power" and breathily describes it as exciting and an aphrodisiac. She then urges him to go take a shower and wait for her to return, and sassily adds, "And that is a royal command." So there!
King Galen is wheeling around his suite when Alexis drops by to check in with his progress, and to let him know that if he needs anything, he can ask her manservant Lin. Galen schmaltzy compliments her beauty yet again, and she kisses him goodbye and says that if he thinks positively and optimistically hard enough, he'll eventually regain the use of his legs. A few seconds after she leaves, Galen grins devilishly as stares down at his foot, which he's now able to wiggle around.
Adam and Dominique are at Denver Carrington, discussing the pipeline delay with Blake, in particular the grudge that Bart Fallmont seems to harbor against the Carringtons. When Adam says that the project could be delayed for a year, Blake orders him to spare no expense in magically making the problem go away. He looks around for some notes he wrote up about the pipeline, then says he probably left them at the mansion and will rush home to retrieve them. After Adam leaves, Dominique remarks to Blake on how distracted he seems, and he admits that the bizarre change in Krystle's behavior has been troubling him, and that he can't shake the feeling he's starting to lose her. Dominique says she hates to meddle in other people's marriages - but concurs that, yep, everyone has noticed how squirrelly Krystle has gotten.
Over at Carrington manor, George Hamilton orders Rita to start transferring Sammy Jo's funds into a Cayman Island bank account that he put in his...er their name. LOL. When Rita says that Sammy Jo didn't tell her anything about a Caymans account, he explains that she has no idea it exists and that he set it up for them to get their cut of the dough. Rita says she wants to transfer everything today and put an end to this wretched doppelgänger storyline, but George Hamilton warns that money transferring is a delicate operation, which needs to be done in three instalments. Rita says she hates keeping up the pretence of being Krystle Carrington, not least 'cause Blake wants her to start seeing a psychiatrist...and strongly suggests that they flee now before the whole thing blows up in their faces and they end up in prison for the rest of their lives. George Hamilton coos about what a great job she's doing pretending to be Krystle - and is about to canoodle her when Blake bursts into the study, glares at them, and demands to know what the hell is going on. George Hamilton fibs about how Rita/Krystle just fainted, and Rita/Krystle nods and says she wasn't feeling well so she called her "doctor". Blake shoots George Hamilton the stink-eye and growls, "Get out of my house, and don't come back!" before asking Rita/Krystle exactly which friend recommended him to her. She stammers that the recommendation came from a friend who's currently skiing in Switzerland and can't be reached...and Blake implores her to tell him what in blazes is making her act so fucking weird these days. He gets all grab-handsy and says it feels as though a stranger has taken his wife's place - just as Alexis breezes into the room carrying another wrapped gift for Little Blake. Rita/Krystle takes the opportunity to hastily excuse herself, and Alexis grins gleefully at the obvious marital disharmony she just walked in on.
Alexis gives Little Blake his gift, a tape deck for his toy car (cute!), and fishes for any intel about Rita/Krystle. When he makes an ew face at the mention of her name, Alexis tells him to whisper to her whatever is troubling him, so he quietly spills the beans about seeing her and George Hamilton getting it on. Alexis gasps, "She did what?! Are you sure?", then gives her grandson a comforting hug while smugly grinning.
Over lunch, Alexis tells Dex what Little Blake told her, but Dex dismissively says that clearly the kid is prone to exaggeration. Alexis argues that her grandson is perceptive, then reminds him that they did catch Rita/Krystle dancing with George Hamilton at the Roadhouse during the previous episode. She shakes her head in prudish dismay as she rails about how disgusting it is to go to bed with your extramarital lover in your husband's mansion...and says this as though she didn't testify at Blake's Season 2 manslaughter trial about how Blake caught her and Roger Grimes in the sack when he returned home earlier than expected from a business trip. Dex is like, "Whatever, I couldn't care less", says it's really none of her business, and urges her to drop the subject.
When Steven confronts Adam for hiring a PI to dig up dirt on Bart Fallmont, Adam explains that he's being uncooperative and wants to see if there's any leverage he could use against him. Steven says he wants to do everything by the book, which prompts Adam to question his desire to protect the man...who has clearly set off his gaydar, 'cause he remarks, "He is attractive, after all." Steven blushes at that foreshadowing and says he merely doesn't want the Carrington name discredited.
Dominique and Jonathan are having a boring lunch date in the La Mirage restaurant when Garrett Boydston sees them and makes a beeline over to say hey. After Dominique introduces him to Jonathan, he invites her out for dinner while he's in town - and she looks up at him all wistful and tempted, but tells him she'll be too busy. Garrett's like, "Er, OK" and ambles off...and once he's out of earshot, Jonathan asks her if that's the man who hurt her. Dominique ignores his question and says they really should order some food.
Steven drops by Bart Fallmont's office to rehash the pipeline injunction, and Bart snarks that the Carringtons can't buy their way out of the problem and makes it clear that he won't agree to any under-the-table deals. Steven says he's more than willing to compromise and suggests protecting the environment by changing the route of the pipeline - but Bart declines and says he needs to consider the public's best interest...and when Steven argues that a pipeline is in the public's best interest, Bart stubbornly retorts that they're going to have to settle the matter in court.
Rita/Krystle is out shoe shopping when Alexis happens to enter the store she's in to pick up a bedazzled pair of earrings she had placed on order. She sees Rita/Krystle, wanders over, and chides her for having the nerve the show her face in public after dancing cheek-to-cheek with George Hamilton at the roadhouse last episode. Rita/Krystle stares back at her blankly and asks, "What roadhouse?" and Alexis tells her to stop playing innocent and cackles about her "doctor" treating her for her "malaise in the boudoir". LOL. Rita/Krystle snaps, "You bitch!", prompting Alexis to disdainfully call her "a fish-wife" and admonish her for publicly carrying on with a far younger, handsomer man than goat daddy.
George Hamilton promises Krystle that she won't be his captive for much longer, and she perks up at that and says she really enjoyed dancing at the roadhouse the other night and would loooove to do it again sometime. He tells her they'll have their whole lives to do whatever they want together, then says he wants to live his life with her - not Rita or any of the other floozies he's hooked up over the years, who are nothing but a cheap imitation of her. When Krystle stares back at him in startled horror, he asks her if she's thinking about her "precious Blake", and she admits she is 'cause of how much she loves him. George Hamilton looks insulted - but vows to make her forget Blake, then caresses her neck and purrs at her about how he'll someday win her love...and a revolted Krystle reacts by staring despondently into space.
Amanda complains to Blake that Rita/Krystle has been cold and distant lately, and asks if she's unwittingly done something to offend her. Blake assures her the problem lies with his erratic wife, who's been out of sorts for the last six episodes or so. Amanda looks satisfied enough with that answer and offers to serve as a sympathetic ear if he ever needs to talk, and Blake coos about how lucky he is to have such a loving daughter and gives her a warm goodnight hug.
Rita storms over to Delta Rho, finds George Hamilton, and demands to know if he took Krystle to a roadhouse the other night. He admits that, yep, he certainly did, and explains that he had to 'cause his captive was getting really stir crazy. He schmaltzily assures her that she's still his one true love and that everything he's doing is for them. Rita says she really really wants to end this doppelgänger hustle and flee Denver asap, then points out that eventually Blake is going to figure out that "Dr. Travers" doesn't actually exist. George Hamilton assures her he has everything under control, evidenced by him disabling "Dr. Travers'" phone number, and promises to not let her down.
Jonathan drops by Dominique's La Mirage suite with a bag of croissants, informs her that he's been hired as a consultant for Bart Fallmont on the pipeline injunction case, and says he hopes they can still be friends. Dominique shoots him a the hell? look and reminds him that the Carringtons are her family, then sharply declares that whatever boring-as-fuck flirtation existed between them will not be developing into anything more.
Garrett summons Dominique to the La Mirage bar, then explains that he's flying back to Los Angeles soon and wanted to see her before he left. He says he can't stop thinking about her and would like them to resume their love affair, then pulls her towards him in a forcible hug and smooches her. As she pretends to struggle while also looking totally into it, he whispers, "This is only the beginning..", then abruptly wanders off, leaving Dominique staring into space with a weirdly nauseated look on her face. LOL.
Alexis drops by Blake's office to discuss the pipeline injunction, and she agrees to put on a united front 'cause she doesn't want to cause him any hardship while he's grappling with his marital issues. She asks him, "out of curiosity", how he felt when he found her screwing Roger Grimes in their bed, and he snaps, "You know damn well how I felt!" and tries to change the subject. Alexis says it must have been devastating to his pride, then tells him she knows for a fact that Rita/Krystle has been cheating on him with "Dr. Travers", and that the eyewitness was Little Blake, who saw the two getting it on in their bedroom. Blake is all, "Wha-a-a?" and stares into space with a troubled expression on his wrinkly face.
That evening, Blake asks Rita/Krystle whassup with her and "Dr. Travers", then says he has it on good authority that she's having an affair with him...and that it would explain why she has zero interest in going to bed with him anymore. When she mumbles a weak denial and heads for the door, Blake insists on an explanation now...but a rattled Rita/Krystle shrieks, "I refuse to take this abuse!" and races past him as she flees the room.
Rita heads straight to Delta Rho, tells George Hamilton she wants out now, and says she no longer cares about the money. When she tells him that Blake thinks she's having an affair with "Dr. Travers", George Hamilton chuckles and says he just came up with a new plan, then hands her a small bottle labelled caution dangerous. He explains that it's "medicine" that'll slow down the heart to the point that it will weaken Blake until he eventually suffers total heart failure. When Rita looks aghast at the prospect of slow poisoning Blake to death, George Hamilton points out that a divorced Krystle Carrington will end up penniless - whereas Blake's widow will inherit his entire fortune. Rita moans, "I can't doooooo it..", so George Hamilton tells her she has to do this for them...and by has to, he means that this is a direct order.
Claudia tells Adam she's angry with him for doing fuck all to help her to regain control of the Lankershim oil well she feels she fairly inherited. When Adam points out for the umpteenth time that his focus is on gaining control of the entire Carrington fortune, she tells him she wants her own financial independence from this lone oil well, then snappishly tells him to get lost.
Blake asks Rita/Krystle where she's been all evening, so she fibs and tells him she was out driving. She acknowledges that lately she's been a shitty wife and wants to work things out...and when Blake growls that he doesn't buy it, Rita/Krystle glances shiftily at his brandy glass and covertly pulls the poison bottle out of her pocket. She pours it into his drink as he brings up the issue of divorce, then complains that she's tired of this conversation and is off to bed: alone. After she storms out of the room, Blake snatches up his brandy glass and angrily guzzles it.
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