Recap: Blake summons Adam to his office to happily report that he's managed to convince a bunch of ColbyCo stockholders to sell their shares to him at a stupidly high premium...and when Adam asks how much this revenge buyout is going to cost them, Blake admits, "A fortune!", but insists it's well worth it to gain control of ColbyCo and stick it to Alexis. Adam warns that he's allowing his hatred for Alexis to cloud his judgement and run up enormous debts, but Blake snarls, "It's between me and Alexis!" and assures him that the revenue from the South China Sea Oil leases will provide an endless source of income to keep this tedious feud going ad infinitum.
Alexis tells Ben she's sooooo excited for Blake to see his falsified oil production figures...and when Ben asks her what she plans on doing if Blake figures out that the documents have been doctored, she nonsensically replies that since she's smarter than him she'll be able to double-cross him worse than any man has ever been double-crossed in the history of double-crossing. She then chuckles and predicts that one week from now she'll own the most valuable oil leases in the world, which means she'll effectively own Denver Carrington. She then changes the subject and asks Ben why he's still hanging out in Denver when he's now super rich, so he tells her he likes the idea of being near her and (more importantly) wants to split control of the oil leases with her. She cackles, "You must be joking!" ... and when he points out that she wouldn't have been able to put this giant scam into motion if it weren't for his role in it, she denies owing him anything, tells him he should be happy with the multi-million dollar inheritance she helped him get, and makes it clear she doesn't do charity.
Dex enters the La Mirage dining room, sees Ben boozing at the bar, and quietly approaches him before blurting out the warning 'watch out, bandit!' in "Chinese". As Ben stares back at him with a startled 'the fuck?' expression, Dex peppers him with questions about why he spent so much time in China over the last twenty years. Dex explains that he suddenly remembered he once saw him doing business in the Shanghai port area, and a rattled Ben mumbles that he has no idea what he's talking about and abruptly scuttles out of the bar.
Dex heads over to Alexis' office to caution his ex-wife about Ben's secret past dealings with the Chinese, but Alexis brushes off his concerns and says he must be mistaken. Dex insists he's absolutely sure and warns her that Ben is going to drag her into some kind of trouble - but Alexis says she's not worried in the least, nonsensically invokes Dex's infidelity with Amanda as proof of his general unreliability on all matters, and assures him that she's quite capable of assessing a man's character and has somehow deemed Ben perfectly trustworthy. A frustrated Dex urges her again to be careful, then exits her office.
Blake gleefully tells Krystle that when he buys enough ColbyCo stock, Alexis will be thrown out on the street. A worried Krystle points out that Alexis is too smart to just lose everything that easily and gently asks if his harebrained scheme to take over ColbyCo could possibly fail on a monumental scale. Blake assures her that everything will work out A-OK - just as Gerard enters the room to deliver a cable from Minister Han, who is perplexed by discrepancies regarding Denver Carrington's South China Sea oil production figures and wants to meet asap.
Blake races over to the penthouse to accuse Alexis of doctoring the stats on his South China Sea oil lease production rates, and she denies doing any such thing and points out that it wouldn't make any sense for her to do that 'cause she'd be putting her own investment in jeopardy. She chalks up the discrepancies to Denver Carrington's shoddy paperwork...and then the two start bickering about how imminently each is going to own the other's company, blah blah. Blake announces that he plans to clear up any confusion with Minister Han directly...and as soon as he exits the penthouse, Alexis calls her pilot and instructs him to gas up the jet and have it ready to transport her to Hong Kong tonight.
One long flight across the globe later..
Alexis tells Minister Han that Denver Carrington's oil production figures are purposely inaccurate, accuses Blake of cheating the Hong Kong taxpayers out of millions of dollars in royalties...then cites as proof the transcript of the recent kangaroo court trial, during which Blake was outed for cheating his own brother from his inheritance and blaming him for their mother's death. As Minister Han glances over the transcript, furrowing his brows concernedly, he tells Alexis he's always known Blake to be a man of honor...and that he finds this intel very disturbing. Alexis agrees that, yep, she too is plenty disturbed about it - but refuses to just stand by while Blake swindles Hong Kong. Minister Han asks what she's proposing, so she suggests awarding her full control of the oil leases - not just the 25% she currently holds - and will see to it that the [non-existent] fraud is promptly corrected. Minister Han mulls over her laughably self-serving proposal, promises to consider her request under the caveat that "nothing is quite that simple", then thanks her for bringing the court transcript to his attention...its complete irrelevance to the issue of the contrived discrepancies in oil revenue reporting notwithstanding.
Steven tattles to Blake that Adam refuses to hand over his documents after being ordered to do so as part of the board committee's watchdog audit, and Blake chuckles about how his two idiot sons are going to have to figure out a non-combative way to live and work together. As Steven stares back at him imploringly, Blake tells him he'll have a talk with Adam once he returns from Hong Kong - but in the meantime will issue a company-wide memo stating that all Denver Carrington employees are to provide him with full access to everything...even though it sounds like he probably really only needs to issue the memo to one non-compliant douchewad.
Clay Fallmont is playing tennis at La Mirage when he notices Amanda sashaying past the courts. He runs over to say hey and apologize for not realizing she should have been on suicide watch prior to swallowing a bottle of pills. She graciously tells him his apology isn't necessary 'cause she fully grasps that it's up to her to summon the inner strength to not want to off herself whenever life gets stressful...but when she learns that he heard about the overdose from Sammy Jo, she's all, "Sammy Jo? The fuck?!" and huffily stomps off.
Amanda makes a beeline over to Delta Rho to yell at Sammy Jo for spilling the beans about her overdose to Clay...and Sammy Jo apologizes for the indiscretion, but then asks if she's mostly mad that it's specifically Clay who now knows about her suicide attempt. As Amanda hotly denies that, Sammy Jo smugly points out that a senator's son prefers her to a Carrington born brat, then barks at her to get off her ranch.
Steven is going through Adam's filing cabinet when Adam enters his office and demands to know what he's doing. Steven informs him that Blake gave him carte blanche to view any company files he needs to, then remarks on how his purchase orders don't appear to add up. Adam yells, "This is my turf! Back off!" and Steven threatens to call Blake, accuses him of hiding something he plans to uncover, then once again stalks out without getting the documents he needs for his watchdog committee. Once he's out of earshot, Adam calls the person in charge of the shredding room and says he has a big pile o' files that need disappearing pronto.
Ben lets himself into Alexis' Hong Kong hotel suite...and when Alexis asks him what in blazes he's doing here, he smarmily professes his love for her, along with feelings of jealousy and concern about the possibility of her trading sexual favors with Kai Liu for scheduling a meeting with Minister Han. Alexis says she doesn't buy that for a second, admits she did know about his teenage crush on her when she and Blake were first together, then tells him to run along to his own suite now. Ben says he's sure she wants him as much as he wants her, then declares that it's simply a matter of time until she's his.
Elsewhere in the hotel, Blake compares his company's oil production figures with those that Minister Han received and tells Krystle it doesn't make sense - but that he has the requisite documentation to prove he's right and is confident he can straighten it all out with the minister. Krystle says she suspects that Alexis is behind this, then calls the hotel's check-in desk to ask if Mrs. Colby has checked in yet. When she learns that Alexis is indeed on the premises, Blake dismayingly says he figured she'd have "her finger in the pie", then heads out for his meeting with Minister Han.
Ben returns to Alexis' suite while she's eating breakfast, insists again he's totes in love with her, and proposes they hook up and become "a world class partnership". Alexis declines and reminds him she's doing fine as a single woman running ColbyCo...and when Ben suggests they create a new company, she makes it clear she's dunzo with entering into business partnerships with men, and that he should thank Dex for souring her on the entire notion.
Blake shows Minister Han Denver Carrington's oil production reports, points out that they're substantiated by Hong Kong's own reporting, and blames his enemies for stirring up trouble by falsifying a conflicting set of reports. Minister Han says he'll consider that possibility, then changes the subject to the legal matter that was initiated by Ben Carrington, specifically when he (Blake) was convicted in a court of law of cheating his brother and leaving his mother to die. Blake refrains from pointing out that the trial didn't actually convict him of anything and was more of a proceeding to determine whether or not Ben should be awarded an equal portion of his late father's estate, insists that much of the testimony was either irrelevant or complete lies...and is frankly annoyed that it could have any bearing on his South China Sea oil leases. Minister Han solemnly replies that Asians highly value honor and that he considers "the charges" to be serious. Blake explains that Alexis and Ben perjured themselves in court to make him look like a monster - while he, on the other hand, is a human angel who has always based his business decisions on truth and integrity. He irritably pronounces that no one has the right to question the strength of his character.
Alexis is trying on a mega-expensive Cartier pearl necklace when Krystle enters the store and accuses her of fucking with goat daddy by falsifying oil production reports. Alexis denies it, then accidentally breaks the necklace when she tries to remove it...and as the pearls spill to the floor, Krystle smugly says, "You break them, you buy them" before flouncing towards the door.
Dominique is busily making wedding plans when Jackie enters her suite and apologizes for the sucky way she's been behaving since learning her race car driver father was a figment of her mother's imagination. Dominique, in turn, apologizes for lying about her parentage for so many years - but Jackie says she did the best she could to give her love-child legitimacy and is sooooo happy that her bio parents are about to be married.
Over at Delta Rho, Sammy Jo cooks Clay dinner, then serves him a ginormous banana split he's far too stuffed to eat. She explains that she may have overdone it with dessert 'cause of how nervous she is about being a hostess, and he assures her she did a great job with dinner. The two retire to the bear skin rug in front of the fire, and during a toast to a very special evening, Sammy Jo accidentally (?) smashes his glass, soaking his shirt with brandy. Clay chuckles at the mishap, urges her to relax, and takes off his shirt before mounting her.
Ben meets with Minister Han, and the two greet each other as old friends and reveal to viewers that they first met years ago when Ben was hired as a South China Sea oil drilling consultant. Han recaps that so far this episode he's met with:
Alexis is decked out in a bathrobe and frothy pink headband while looking miffed and perplexed that Minister Han has just cancelled his next appointment with her...and when Ben drops by her suite, she tells him she suspects that Han is suddenly avoiding her. Ben rattles off a phrase in "Chinese", and when she's all 'huh?', he translates: 'he's the boss here, his privilege'. A startled Alexis says she had no idea he spoke the language, so he explains that years ago he worked with a Chinese delegation on a mineral rights deal in Australia. Alexis remarks on how much she's learning about him, including how easily he was able to lie on the witness stand...and when he's like, "Uh huh...how about some dinner?", she declines and says she'd rather sit by the phone all night and wait for the minister to call. Ben assures her that everything will work out great and says, "Trust me" ... and after he exits her suite, she snarls, "Trust you?" while scrunching her face distrustfully.
Ben runs into Blake in the hotel elevator and smugly tells his brother he knows how hard he's working to hold onto the South China Sea oil leases - but that sometimes fortunes change. Blake grumbles about how his filthy lies have brought him and Alexis to Hong Kong, but warns that he won't get the revenge he's so desperate for. Ben says, on the contrary, he got exactly what he wanted (e.g. his inheritance), and that he's merely bumming around Hong Kong, looking for investment deals.
Claudia is at the fur store trying on various pricey coats and jackets when she gets into a needlessly bitchy scrap with the salesclerk after an imaginary snub about being a soon-to-be ex-Carrington. She buys half a dozen expensive garments, then flippantly barks at the salesclerk to send the bill to her husband.
Adam storms over to Claudia's La Mirage suite, stares with disgust as the jewelry and furs strewn across the furniture, and angrily says he heard about her drunken sailor type shopping spree. He snappishly asks why he should pay for all this, so she snaps back, "Because we're married, and I had to put up with your lies!" Adam says he's not stupid enough to pay her bills...and when she says she'll just pay them herself from all the oil profits she's raking in, he smugly informs her that her oil well is starting to dry up. After he storms out, a rapidly unhinging Claudia cries, "It can't be!" and tries to call Blake at his office...then decides she can wait until he returns from Hong Kong to force an ugly confrontation.
While en route back to Denver, Blake assures Krystle that everything is going to be fine, and that he'll get his answer from Minister Han in a couple of days and is optimistic that he'll remain in full control of 75% of the South China Sea oil leases.
Alexis is still waiting to hear from Minister Han when Ben drops by her hotel suite for the umpteenth time this episode. He informs her that a dramatic statement will be publicly released in two days, then proceeds to read it aloud: the oil ministry is cancelling the oil leases that belonged to Alexis and Blake, and is giving them to a lad named - and this is where Ben suddenly gets all weirdly giddy and demonic looking - Ben Carrington! As Alexis pales and is all, "What the fuuuuuck?!", Ben says he's more than happy to give her control of 25% of the leases, then does his best to convince her that she's only capable of loving a man who's as clever as she is, and who shares her taste for blood: specifically Blake's. After he joyously scampers out of the suite - LOL - Alexis glowers into space and vows to the empty room that she's going to do everything within her power to take both Ben and Blake down.
Godspeed to that.
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