Recap: Alexis is on the phone, asking whoever she's talking to where Ben Carrington is hanging out these days, and learns he's been slumming it in the Australian Outback. Steven then wanders into her office to inform her that the televised ceremony launching Denver Carrington/ColbyCo's wildlife conservation program is scheduled for tomorrow, and that the press expects to jointly interview both her and Blake. Alexis grumbles about having to share the spotlight with goat daddy...but when Steven implores her to put her ego aside for the sake of the trees and wildlife, she reluctantly agrees.
Adam informs Blake he's become aware of some mystery person buying up large blocks of Denver Carrington stock, and that various stockholders have been mysteriously approached about selling their shares. Blake orders Adam to look into the matter further, then glares into space while solemnly vowing that no one will take over his company.
Steven asks Bart Fallmont if he's upset that whoever was at Chris Deegan's office party saw the two of them looking borderline cozy, and Bart says that while he really really wants to come out of the closet, he can't quite bring himself to take the plunge.
Caress drops by Blake's office to say hey, needlessly tell him she used to have the hots for him when he was married to her sister (OMFG), and to gather the more sordid details of Alexis' testimony against him during the Ted Dinard manslaughter trial. Blake tells her he considers the Season 2 trial to be ancient news, and that he's not interested in dishing about Alexis behind her back - 'cause whatever snarly things he has to say to her, he'll say them to her face. Caress says she'll take that as her cue to leave, but on her way out asks whatever happened to his long lost brother, Ben. Blake tells her they lost touch years ago...and Caress says she's not surprised, considering the terrible [but so far unexplained] thing that happened between them.
Somewhere deep in the Australian Outback, an Aussie arrives at a beachside camp and informs his friend Carrington (as in Ben Carrington) that "somebody connected with that big bloke in shippin'...Zach Powers" has been trying to get a hold of him from the States. Ben snarls and says he's not interested in taking phone calls from anyone in the States...and when the Aussie reminds him that he has family in the States and asks if he misses them, Ben replies that, nope, he definitely does not miss his holier-than-thou brother Blake, then stares moodily into space.
Blake shows Krystle an old photo of his saintly mother, then tells her he saw Alexis' sister earlier, which brought back bad memories of his brother Ben. Krystle asks whassup with that whole estrangement, but Blake clams up and says he doesn't want to talk about it - other than to irritably insist that he couldn't give the tiniest of rat's asses if his shitbag of a brother lives or dies.
Alexis tells Steven she's jetting off to the Australian Outback on personal business to locate a stubborn man who refuses to come to the phone or call her back...and Steven's all, "Yeah, whatever. Godspeed."
Amanda tells Blake she plans to continue seeing Dex, and Blake scrunches his face disapprovingly and says he thinks she's making a terrible mistake hooking up with her former stepfather - and not just 'cause of the stepfather thing [even though that's plenty gross on its own], but also 'cause he's much too old and sophisticated for her...but then dials back his lecturing and chalks up her shitty decision-making abilities to a lack of proper parenting. Amanda poutishly reminds Blake that she's old enough to face the consequences of her life decisions, however icktastic they might be.
Dex returns to La Mirage and finds his suite filled with colorful balloons that Amanda had delivered in order to celebrate her official divorced status, ninety days from now. When she begins to unbutton his shirt, he wonders aloud if Blake is right about him being too old for her...and Amanda coquettishly says she prefers older men, wanks him about how ruggedly attractive he is, and leans in for a smooch.
Steven and Bart Fallmont are debating the boring pipeline/injunction conundrum, and the conversation gets fiery - until Steven opens one of his desk drawers, notices a photo of Luke, and abruptly goes silent. When Bart's all 'whassup with you sadly staring at that photo?', Steven explains that Luke was his lover before he was fatally shot during the Moldavian Massacre, then lays it on thick to Bart about how their non-hetero love was nothing to be ashamed about. Bart says he's come to a decision, then tells Steven he really digs him before pressing himself against him in an awkward hug.
Sammy Jo drops by Denver Carrington to give Blake the registration papers for Krystle's new stallion, then tearfully apologizes for her role in the whole Rita/doppelgänger storyline. She says she's planning on returning to New York so she can "get lost in a big crowd" and not cause the Carringtons anymore damage - but Blake urges her to rethink running away from the people who love her the most, and says he's confident she's capable of changing her shitty ways.
Jackie asks Dominique to share details about her mythical race car driver father that go beyond the tall tales she's already been told, but Dominique says she doesn't have time right now 'cause she has important business to attend to. Plus, she doubts Dynasty viewers could possibly give a rat's ass about her parentage [sorry - that was me, projecting].
Blake summons Dex to his office...and when Dex bitchily assumes he's here to be questioned about his doinking of Amanda, Blake tells him he only wants to talk business, specifically some feedback he needs for his pipeline construction proposal. Blake then growlingly puts Dex "on notice" and warns that if he finds even one mistake in the contract, he'll find a way to break it. A few seconds later, Adam rushes into the office to inform Blake that there's a nebulous crisis with "the Chinese" and hands him a cablegram...and Blake agrees that, yep, it's definitely serious enough to warrant him flying to Asia asap to promptly deal with the matter. He then tells Adam he just learned that whoever is buying up Denver Carrington stock is buying less than 4% at a time to cleverly avoid registering the purchase with the SEC, and Adam says he's been asking around about recent stock purchases and found that one name kept coming up: ColbyCo. Blake mulls that over and says it makes sense that Alexis is trying to gain control of his company, but that she's in for a surprise and will soon wish she'd never heard the name Carrington.
As Blake packs for his trip to China, he asks Krystle to stand in for him during tomorrow's ceremony to open the new Denver Carrington/ColbyCo wildlife sanctuary...then tells her about the awkward pass that Alexis made at him during the end of the previous episode. When Krystle's all, "She did wha-at?!", Blake grins and tells her that that's what happens when a woman is married to a devilishly handsome silver fox.
As the ceremony to open the Denver Carrington/ColbyCo wildlife sanctuary gets underway in a wooded area, Krystle tells the press and various onlookers how much the new sanctuary means to Blake...and that he couldn't be here 'cause he was unexpectedly called away on business. When Alexis gets up to the mic, she slams Blake (in absentia) for not finding the time to attend this momentous event, prompting Krystle to glare hatefully in her direction.
Garrett Boydston summons Dominique to the La Mirage bar to ask her once again if Jackie is his bio daughter, and reminds her that Jackie is twenty, aka around the time they last hit the sheets together. Dominique responds by twitching nervously, and Garrett warns that he won't give up on his boring quest for the truth.
After the photo op portion of the new wildlife sanctuary ceremony, Alexis runs into Dex, who warns her that he has no intention of allowing her or Blake to elbow him out of this deal, and Alexis hisses, "Oh, we'll see about that" before sauntering off. Amanda, who witnessed the testy exchange, ambles over to Dex and warns that her mother can be like a piranha if she chooses, but he brusquely assures her he's a big boy who can take care of himself.
A nosy reporter asks Krystle if she'd like to comment on some inappropriate insinuations that an acquaintance just made about how she and Blake sleep in separate bedrooms and that Blake would have long divorced her if it weren't for Kristina...and instead of telling the reporter where she can shove her non-wildlife-sanctuary-related questions, Krystle smilingly replies her marriage has never been better.
Krystle and Alexis are wandering the wooded area by themselves - for no other reason than to raise a red flag, Dynasty style catfight alert. Krystle calls Alexis out on her "would-be seduction" of Blake and incredulously asks how she could possibly think Blake would be remotely interested in her again. Alexis chuckles and says that perhaps she just needs a little more time, and Krystle's all 'the hell you do!' and grabs at her before their stunt doubles quickly step in and go slip-sliding down a very long, muddy ravine. The two end up in a small pool of mud from which an enraged Alexis shrieks, "You stupid bitch! Look what you did to my outfit!" and Krystle snidely retorts, "You've never looked better!" and warns that Blake is hers and that Alexis is never going to have him. Alexis screechingly denies wanting the old goat, declines from initiating an airtime-wasting mud-flinging melee that surely would have made it into the script a few seasons ago, and scrambles to her feet and races off.
That evening, Bart Fallmont drops by Steven's office to natter about how he was once engaged to a woman - but called it off when he went bumming around Europe with a male roommate...with whom he was soon sharing a sleeping bag, hmm mmm. He laments lying to everyone about his non-hetereo preferences and tells Steven [that despite his general aura of dullard] he's the first person he's felt close to in a long time.
Adam calls his investigator and is gleeful when he learns that Bart and his ex-roommate were gay lovers while in Europe...and it remains unclear how something like that could possibly have been substantiated.
Alexis arrives in the land of kangaroos and koala bears and is transported by rustic jeep to Ben Carrington's campsite. She wanders over to where her former brother-in-law is cleaning himself up in an outdoor shower...and hands him a towel, takes off her sunglasses so he can recognize her, then flirtily checks out his naked lower extremities and jokes about how beautifully he's filled out. A grinning Ben says he heard that she and Blake got divorced, then asks what in heaven's name she's doing here...so she tells him she's on a mission to destroy Blake and wants to help him get his share of their father's estate: $125 million. When Ben says he's not interested in leaving the Outback, Alexis implores him to not let Blake get away with cutting him out of their father's will...and Ben chews on that for a few seconds before staring contemplatively into space.
Later, the two are enjoying an expensive dinner that Alexis arranged to have set up on the beach. She assures Ben there's no catch, and that he merely has to show up in Denver to claim his share of Tom Carrington's estate, which was divided up between herself, Dominique, and Blake. When Ben's like, "Who the hell is Dominique?", Alexis explains that she's Tom's illegitimate bio daughter [the Dynasty writers have no idea what to do with anymore]. Ben mulls over the prospect of travelling around the globe to get what's rightfully his, then tells Alexis he's going to need to sleep on it.
In the next scene, Alexis and Ben are in her lavish Denver penthouse, toasting their martinis to their shared goal of destroying Blake. A few seconds later, Caress ambles into the room and gushes about how much she adores get togethers, says hey to Ben, and informs Alexis that she's decided to move (uninvited) into the penthouse and stay while. Alexis is all, "Wuh?", swiftly hustles Ben off to the guest suite, then glares at her sister and demands that she get out of her home asap - but Caress refuses to leave and accuses her of abandoning her in the Caracas prison for five years. After some tedious bickering back and forth about which of them has been more of a wretched sister, Alexis reminds Caress that ever since they were children, she has always won their battles, and Caress responds by glaring back at her with her cold dead eyes.
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