Recap: Alexis repeatedly tries to telephone Caress, who apparently has her own private telephone line inside the penthouse, then gets so frustrated by the non-answering that she bursts into the guest room her sister's currently occupying to make sure she's not dead. As Caress lazily stretches beneath the silk sheets, Alexis asks her when she's planning on leaving...and Caress is like, "I'm not", and tells Alexis she owes her for the terrible thing she did to her many years ago: abandon her in a Caracas prison and then sail away with Zach Powers. Alexis argues that she half-heartedly did everything in her power to get her released, but Caress is all, "Blah blah...you left me and went off to live the high life with the man I loved." Alexis tells her she had zero romantic interest in Zach, then offers to help her pack - but Caress puts her sad face on and says she has nowhere to live, and implores her sister to give her a chance to get her life back together. Alexis mulls that over for a few seconds and tells her she can stay until the end of the week...and once Alexis leaves the room and is out of earshot, Caress pulls out a tape recorder from under her pillow and leaves an audio message for herself about what her devious sister could possibly be up to, bringing Ben Carrington to Denver.
Alexis joins Ben as he's scarfing down a huge breakfast and tells him that Step One in launching Operation Seek Revenge on Blake For the Umpteenth Time will be to slap a lawsuit against him. Ben says he can't wait to see Blake's face when he realizes his estranged brother is in town, and Alexis says that once Blake returns from Hong Kong, she'll arrange a reunion he won't soon forget...but warns Ben that it can only be the earth-shattering moment he expects it to be if he cooperates with her. Ben says the reunion better be worth him travelling all the way from Australia for, and Alexis assures him it will be.
Steven enters Adam's office, smugly reminds him he's now on the Denver Carrington board's watchdog committee, and demands an explanation for some of his recent purchase orders. Adam's all, "Fuck off, I don't have to explain anything to you" ... and once Steven slinks out of his office, he calls someone to cancel one of the purchase orders.
Alexis is doing a live TV interview about the Denver Carrington/ColbyCo wildlife sanctuary when she makes an unexpected announcement that ColbyCo is looking to raise funds to help develop recreational facilities. As Krystle watches the interview from the mansion and is all, "The fuck..??", Alexis tells viewers to that end she and Blake will be hosting a high society masquerade ball at Carrington manor next week and charging $5,000 a person.
Krystle calls Alexis to directly ask, "The fuck..??", and an amused looking Alexis tells her she must be thrilled about the upcoming ball. Krystle tells her that Blake is never going to go along with a masquerade ball he never agreed to - but Alexis insists he owes her a party on account of ColbyCo donating all of the sanctuary's land and wildlife. She then challenges Krystle to make a spectacle of herself by cancelling the ball, then hangs up and snacks on caviar.
Blake tells Krystle he's A-OK with hosting Alexis' masquerade ball at the mansion 'cause he wants Denver Carrington to be seen as being on the side of protecting the environment. He then tells her he'd like to invite Bart Fallmont and his family over for dinner tonight in an attempt to bridge the divide caused by the pipeline/injunction conundrum, and Krystle tells him she's fine with that.
Alexis gets irked at Ben when she learns that he spent the day wandering around a Carrington oil field for no good reason and thereby risking Blake getting wind of his presence in Denver. She warns Ben that he'll never see a dime of his inheritance if he deviates from her master plan...and Ben acknowledges that since she's such a smart lady, she prolly knows best. The two then drink martinis and toast to the decline of Blake's empire.
The Fallmonts (minus Clay, who's running late) arrive at Carrington manor for dinner, and - fun fact! - Bart's father is played by the same actor who played Oscar Goldman in The Bionic Woman.
Sammy Jo, who's decked out in a poofy black '80s dress, takes off her shoes and slides all the way down the bannister in a fun homage to her maiden bannister slide in Season 2 before coming face-to-face with Alexis for the first time. She runs into Clay Fallmont, a hunkily attractive blonde...and the two introduce themselves before staring appreciatively at each other's hotness. He tells her he hopes to see her again soon, then heads over to the dining room to join the rest of his family.
Blake tells the Fallmonts he hopes they can resolve this tedious pipeline/injunction storyline soon [holy fuuuuck, yes please] ... and when Steven points out that the pipeline will provide much needed jobs in the area, Oscar Goldman mumbles about how rich pricks like the Carringtons always get what they want by greasing palms. He accuses Blake of trying to buy them off with this lavish dinner, then abruptly tells his family they're outa here. As the family beats a hasty retreat towards the vestibule, Adam rushes after Bart and orders him to make his father see the light about dropping the injunction or else he'll find his "closet door opening up wide". Bart snarls back that he'll play this game according to his own rules, and an amused looking Adam sneers, "Don't say you haven't been warned."
Alexis is looking for Caress in her bedroom when the phone rings...so she answers it, and is intrigued when the caller says she's Betty Kingsley, Caress's New York editor at Creighton Publishing, and needs to discuss the book she's in the process of writing. Alexis puts the call on pause for a few seconds, then alters her voice to sound like Caress. Betty tells her she needs the extra chapters she promised, particularly the one about how Alexis "loved Cecil Colby to death" ... and Alexis glares contemplatively into space and wryly tells Betty she'll get on that asap.
Alexis murmurs, "Book...what bloody book?" then searches the bedroom - couch cushions and all - before finding Caress's manuscript titled Sister Dearest: The True Story of Alexis Morell Carrington Colby Dexter at the bottom of her underwear drawer. She reads a few unflattering paragraphs about herself before getting on the phone with Steven to ask him how many public shares are currently available for a company called Creighton Publishing.
Dominique and Jackie return to their La Mirage suite after a day out and see that Garrett Boydston has sent Jackie a huge flower bouquet and a lovely heart-shaped diamond bracelet. Jackie squeals happily and says she can only assume that Garrett gave her this stuff because he's so crazy about her (her being Dominique), and Dominique huffily says it'd be inappropriate for her to keep the bracelet 'cause it's much too extravagant. Jackie points out that her fallen race car driver father would want the mother of his child to be happy...and when she asks Dominique what she should do with the bracelet, Dominique just stares back at her blankly.
Amanda is canoodling in bed with Dex, wondering aloud what type of costume she should wear to the masquerade ball. Dex grumbles that he has zero desire to attend anything at her father's mansion, and Amanda smoochingly tries to change his mind.
Masquerade ball! Blake tells the Fallmonts he's surprised to see them in attendance, so Oscar Goldman sanctimoniously explains that fundraising for the wildlife sanctuary is a cause bigger than their pipeline/injunction spat. Across the room, Dominique gets alarmed when she sees Jackie chatting with Garrett...so she rushes over to pull Garrett aside and ask him whassup with him calling Jackie's school in Paris to make personal inquiries about her. Garrett admits that yeah he's been doing a little poking around to gauge how feasible it is that Jackie could be his bio daughter, but Dominique says that Jackie cherishes the memory of her non-existent race car driver father and won't allow him to destroy that fantastical version of her conception.
Alexis (dressed up as Madame De Pompadour) and Ben (adequately disguised as a fashionable pirate) arrive at the masquerade ball and amble over to where Blake and Krystle are standing. After trading barbs with Alexis, Krystle introduces herself to her pirate friend, and he growls, "Pleasure" in response and glares at Blake, who doesn't appear to recognize him...or notice how weird his overt hostility is. Alexis explains that she's reacquainting her mysterious friend with the Denver high life, then steers him away to mingle...and Blake tells Krystle that the pirate's voice was somehow familiar to him.
Bart arrives at the party (sans costume) to storm over to Steven and blame him for what The National Informer just splashed across their front page: Senatorial Hopeful Admits Gay Past: College Roommate Was Lover. He accuses Steven of betraying his confidence - but Steven denies doing any such thing, and has a pretty good idea who did. He heads upstairs and finds Adam, and demands to know why he would so dickishly ruin a closeted gay man's life. When Adam weakly denies knowing what he's talking about, Steven punches him...and the two wrestle each other for several loooooong minutes and come dangerously close to shoving one another through the stair rails. Blake rushes over, pulls the two idiots apart, and orders them to stop acting like animals and join their rich partygoer friends in the ballroom.
Ben calls Dominique by name and explains that he knows who she is 'cause her fame precedes her...and then abruptly wanders off. Dominique stares after him in puzzlement and tells Blake that the strange pirate dude makes her uncomfortable. A few seconds later, Amanda arrives at the party with a reluctant looking Dex, and she tells an irked Blake she's going to give her beau a guided tour of the mansion.
Krystle finds Ben loitering in the library, and he remarks to her that one can tell how rich and therefore fiercely driven Blake is just by looking around this room. Krystle's like, "Well d'yuh, he's worked very hard for his wealth", and Ben growls that he no doubt had to be very ruthless in the process, then abruptly suggests they get back to the party...and Krystle's all 'nope, nothing weird about this guy'.
Amanda brings Dex to her bedroom, then locks the door, removes her shoes, and steers him towards the bed. Dex tells her she's out of her mind if she thinks he's going to bone her during her parents' masquerade ball, pissily reminds her he didn't want to come here in the first place, then exits the room. A few seconds later, he runs into Alexis and says he'd like to discuss their defunct marriage, but she snappishly replies she has nothing to say to him and flounces off. Dex then chats with Clay Fallmont and says he's heard what a great demolition man he is and that he could really use that skillset for the upcoming construction of the pipeline, and the two agree to get in touch about it soon.
Amanda rejoins the party and is approached by Clay to dance...and after a few minutes on the dance floor, he suggests they go somewhere else. She declines, tells him she's interested in someone else, and informs Blake that she's rushing off in search of Dex.
Emily Fallmont is shocked when she realizes that her [spoiler!] ex-lover Ben is back in Denver after all these years, and tells him she hopes he's changed for the better.
Blake interrupts the partying to thank everyone for coming and paying the exorbitant ticket price to help develop recreational facilities in the wildlife sanctuary. Alexis gives Ben the 'unveil yourself now!' signal, so Ben slowly makes his way to the front of the room and glares at his brother as he slowly removes his hat, eye-patch, and fake beard. Blake reacts by staring back at him in shock, but is able to maintain his composure long enough to wrap up his speech.
Blake asks Ben to follow him to the library so he can privately demand to know what in God's name he's doing here. Ben flippantly replies he's attending a party...and that he's back in Denver to stay, and to bury him. Blake snarlingly orders him to get out of his house and never come back - otherwise he'll wish he'd never been born. Ben casually saunters out of the library, smirks at Alexis (who's loitering nearby), and gallantly kisses her hand...and she stares back at him looking breathlessly intrigued by the unfolding drama she helped put into motion.
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