Recap: As Blake tends to an injured Emily, the panicked taxi driver that struck her wails about how she just came out of nowhere...and Blake's like, "Shut up and call an ambulance!" Emily tells Blake she left him a very important letter at the concierge's desk - just as Oscar Goldman rushes over, looks aghast by the sight of his dying wife and cries, "Don't die on me! I need you!" Emily asks him to hold her hand and take her word for it that Clay is his biological son, then wonders aloud where he is at this moment...and Oscar promises to find him asap.
Over in Las Vegas, Sammy Jo is decked out in a blush colored strapless wedding gown and complaining to Clay that he looks less than thrilled about their imminent nuptials. She snarks that she has zero desire to be part of a shotgun wedding and is A-OK calling it off if it's too dumb an idea to follow through with - but Clay insists that he really really wants to put a ring on her finger so he can piss his father off good. He shows her the ring he just purchased in the hotel boutique, and Sammy Jo beams and says that while she's fine with a ring purchased at a hotel boutique, she'd rather they didn't say their I dos in a tacky Vegas marriage parlor. Clay assures her he's taken care of more classy arrangements...and a few seconds later, a distinguished looking minister arrives, along with someone from room service who wheels in a ridiculously huge wedding cake. The minister asks the couple if they're totally, absolutely, 100% sure they want to get married...and when they assure him they are (well, sorta), he commences the ceremony and then pronounces the two husband and wife.
At the hospital, Blake tells Krystle it doesn't look good for Emily, and Krystle says she's been trying to get a hold of Sammy Jo and Clay, but no one's answering the phone at Delta Rho. A few seconds later, an ashen-faced Oscar Goldman emerges from the ER exam room and mutters, "She's gone.." and sadly recalls telling Emily how much he loves and needs her - which, I guess, was a pleasant contrast from when he referred to her as a whore at the end of the previous episode. He admits to being a miserable fucktwat of a husband with his incessant drinking and verbal abuse, and Krystle refrains from vehemently concurring and urges him to hold onto the pleasanter memories of what seemed like a mostly dysfunctional marriage.
Alexis shows Adam the incriminating dossier her researcher (I'll assume it was Gordon Wales) cobbled together about Michael Culhane. She adds that after Amanda got wind of her lover's fraudulent activities, she dumped him for about an hour before reversing course and running back into his arms...and when Adam's all, "Wha-a-a? How can that be?", she wryly replies, "It's called sex, Adam." She says she doesn't want to get rid of Michael just yet, 'cause the dossier indicates that he's somehow affiliated with Ricardo Montalbán and Blake's natural gas/crater project...and that she'd very much like to exploit this connection for her personal gain/amusement/satisfaction.
Blake and Krystle return to the Carlton Hotel and find Ben milling around the lobby. He asks Blake for a word in private...and after Krystle shoots him the stink-eye as she walks past him towards the staircase, Ben admonishes Blake for bringing Caress back to Denver so she could harass and blackmail Emily, which led to the poor woman getting so frazzled that she ran onto the street and got mowed down by a taxi. He moans that he looooooved Emily, but Blake snarlishly retorts that he doesn't know the meaning of the word and calls him disgusting. After Ben storms off, Blake heads over to the concierge's desk and retrieves the letter that Emily left for him just before she died. He opens it and soon realizes that it's a written testimony about how she was in the sack with Ben the very day Ma Carrington perished in the fire...and she urges Blake to use the letter to set the record straight and clear his good name.
Blake shows Krystle the letter, and both agree it was courageous of Emily to write it. Blake says he has no intention of using the letter 'cause he doesn't want to do anything to sully the reputation of someone as wonderful as Emily, who somehow exercised the kind of poor judgement that landed her in the sack with a shitbag like Ben. As he locks the letter in a drawer, Krystle tells him she still hasn't gotten hold of Sammy Jo and/or Clay to inform them of Emily's death...and Blake said they neeeeeed to find them asap, though somehow neglects to mention that someone should also think to call Bart Fallmont, 'cause even though he's the senator's ex-closeted gay son, he should prolly be given the courtesy of being told that his mother is no longer among the living.
Sammy Jo and Clay are languishing in purple silk sheets when they're awakened by an early morning alarm. Clay murmurs, "Good morning, Mrs. Fallmont", and she coos about how much she loooooooves the sound of that, then asks why in blazes he set the alarm for 6:00am. He nonsensically replies, "The sooner we make love, the better this whole day is going to be" - but then, by scripted coincidence, the radio program they're listening to starts broadcasting the news about Emily Fallmont getting struck by a taxi outside the Carlton Hotel. The report goes on to say that she was rushed to hospital but died soon after, and a stunned Clay's all, "Say wha-a-a-a-a?" and stares despondently into space.
Clay returns home and finds Oscar Goldman in the living room, indulging in his usual booze guzzling. He admonishes Clay for not being around while his mother was dying in the street and asking to see him, and mutteringly complains about how he's "the son who's never around". Clay asks his drunken arse of a father what his mother was doing at the Carlton Hotel in the first place, so Oscar breezily says they had a minor quarrel, then orders him to change into appropriate mourning-wear 'cause he invited some people over to express their condolences. A few seconds later, Sammy Jo tiptoes into the room, and a vexed Oscar's all, "WTF is she doing here?", so Clay explains that they got hitched last night. Oscar contorts his face into an expression of disapproval and chides Clay for always letting the family down, then growls, "You're nothing, and now you're married to nothing."
After returning to Delta Rho, Clay laments that he never really had a father, then tells Sammy Jo he's sooooo happy they're together...and is looking forward to the birth of their spawn, 'cause he fully intends to be a real father to his child.
Over lunch at the Carlton Hotel, Alexis tells Amanda that, unlike Blake, she genuinely likes Michael and finds him ambitious, honest, and appears to have some great business contacts. She asks Amanda if Michael ever mentioned knowing Ricardo Montalbán, and Amanda glares at her mother suspiciously, admonishes her for trying to extract intel from her own daughter, and huffs off.
Sammy Jo arrives at Steven's apartment, finds Claire Prentice milling around, and asks about Danny's whereabouts. Claire explains that she's been administering therapy sessions for the tot - just as Steven returns home to confirm that Danny needs one-on-one counselling 'cause he's a very confused lad and needs lots of special help. Sammy Jo shoots back that he's the one causing all the confusion, accuses him of manipulating their son, and vows to use her newly married status to a prominent Fallmont to convince a judge to grant her full custody of Danny. She snarlingly tells Claire to stop wasting her time, 'cause her son isn't going to be living here much longer, then storms out. A bewildered Claire tells Steven she's surprised that Sammy Jo wasn't happy to learn that her son is getting the help he needs, and Steven bitterly says that Sammy Jo won't be happy until she has sole custody of Danny, something he will never allow to happen.
Alexis is in her Denver Mirror office, recording an audio message that states..
Adam interrupts her dictation to inform her that he just learned Michael Culhane had received a payment of $50 million in his bank account, which he then promptly withdrew...and Alexis grins devilishly and says it's irrefutable proof that he gave the money to Ricardo Montalbán to act as a front man so he could invest in Blake's crater project.
Blake storms over to the mansion to chastise Alexis for making him out to be the bad guy by pretending to Amanda that she approves of Michael, then asks what progress she's made after looking into his shady business dealings. Alexis tells him she had Michael over for dinner the other night, but that she hasn't yet come across anything damaging, and Blake (accurately) accuses her of lying to his face.
Steven stops by Krystle's office to deliver some paperwork and mope about Sammy Jo's new marriage and her plans to get full custody of Danny. He bellyaches about how she insulted Danny's therapist and threatened court action regarding Danny's living arrangements...and Krystle points out that he's at least partially to blame for the ugly situation 'cause he continues to treat Sammy Jo like an irresponsible child despite how much she's grown and matured since Season 2. She suggests the two of them sit down and air their grievances like rational adults, and Steven stares contemplatively into space as he mulls over the prospect of not acting like a sour little bitch every time he and Sammy Jo are in a room together.
Alexis is over at Steven's apartment, playing Old Maid with Danny, when Sammy Jo drops by. She tells Danny to ask his nanny to take him to the playground...and once the tot is safely out of hearing range, Alexis sarcastically applauds her ex-daughter-in-law for snagging a Fallmont and fooling him into thinking she's a good wife and mother. Sammy Jo, in turn, laughs about the description she gave herself in The Denver Mirror as "the city's new empress", and Alexis counters by calling her "a little slut" who shouldn't get any ideas of getting full custody of Danny. She reminds the skanklet that she has a lot of influence over various city officials who can be persuaded to stonewall any attempts to take her grandson away from Steven.
Nick Kimball is hard at work in the crater's trailer office when Dominique drops by to berate him about his latest operations report. She strongly feels that the transportation costs and the maintenance expenses are way too high...and when Nick's like, "Whaddup with you sticking your nose in my bidness?", she haughtily tells him she's invested more in Carrington Ventures than he'll ever earn in his lifetime. Nick points out that she knows nothing about gas or oil and that he had no idea that he'd be taking orders from her, then dismissively says, "Have a nice trip back to town." Dominique stares back at him looking all discombobulated, then angrily exits the office.
Back at the Carlton Hotel, Michael tells Amanda that Alexis invited him to the mansion for cocktails, and that she emphasized he was to come alone. He promises Amanda that if Alexis says or does anything to affect their unholy coupling in a negative way, he'll give her the what for. A few seconds later, the two run into Dex, who shoots Michael a sullen glare...and when Amanda remarks to Michael that she didn't realize they knew one another, Michael mutters, "Barely."
Dex meets up with Dominique and tells her that Nick Kimball complained about her attempted interference when she dropped by the crater trailer office earlier. Dominique flippantly retorts, "Well that's just too damn bad" and decrees that as a major investor she's entitled to ask whatever questions she damn well wants. Dex assures her that Nick is the best in the business, then smirkingly remarks on how her TV tropey-ish haughtiness towards the man is giving off the vibe that she's totes into him - but Dominique denies that she's remotely interested in Nick and insists that her concern about the crater is solely business-related.
While sipping martinis at the mansion, Alexis apologizes to Michael for her directness at dinner the other night and explains that she's merely trying to protect her naive daughter. She toots her own horn about how she's a super savvy woman who can match him or any man in any field, and Michael smirkingly retorts that "you and me in any field" would make for an interesting encounter. He gives her a creepish come hither stare, says, "there's something very right...you", and credits her gorgeousness for Amanda's beauty. After that weirdness, he stares longingly at the emerald earrings she's wearing and needlessly shares that he doesn't like diamonds so much, but gets super horny whenever he sees emeralds. Alexis is like, "Ew gross" [sorry, no - that was me, projecting] and re-directs the conversation to what she finds hot - power, strength, and daring - and says she knows that he's the secret investor who gave Blake a check for $50 million. She offers him a deal of $60 million to take over the investment, and Michael coyly tells her that if he were Blake's silent partner, he'd have to consider this generous offer very carefully.
Dex tells Blake he knew Michael when they were both in Alberta (Canada), bidding on an oil property. Dex claims that the boorish cad seduced one of his (meaning Dex's) attractive female employees, then got her drunk and incited her to spill the beans about Dex's bid so that he could undercut him. Dex bitterly calls Michael dirt, and Blake agrees that, yep, he is indeed dirt and that he's been trying to get his nitwit of a daughter to see Michael for the soulless hustler he is.
Alexis is at home, watching an episode of Lifestyles of the Rich and Famous (hee!), when Caress drops by to announce that she's leaving Denver to get her life in order elsewhere. She warns Alexis to be extremely careful around Ben, not least 'cause he recently tried to murder her when she attempted to blackmail Emily. Alexis chucklingly accuses her sister of exaggerating Ben's ability to cause harm to a self-absorbed diva such as herself, but Caress sternly warns her to not to turn her back on the demented scoundrel.
Nick stops by Dominique's hotel suite to drop off a series of memos so that she can keep up to date with the progress and growing expenses associated with the crater project. He coos about how lovely she looks now that she's in relaxation mode for the evening, then enters the suite and saucily asks her if she's afraid of them getting involved romantically. Dominique says she doesn't think they have anything in common and that she's not afraid of him or any man, and he's like, "Good!" and leans in for a smooch. Dominque looks into it for several seconds, but then unlocks her lips from his and says she's going to bed now, alone, and ushers him towards the door and crisply bids him goodnight.
Dex drops by Michael's apartment to warn Amanda about what a creep Michael is, and that he treats woman as objects of manipulation and routinely uses people for his own personal gain. Amanda tells him she's too blinded by love to be willing to believe that Michael is anything other than the nice guy he's pretending to be - just as Michael returns home, glares suspiciously at Dex, and barks at him to get out. Dex agrees to leave, but first warns Michael that Amanda is special to him (and has been ever since they first hit the sheets together) and that he'll continue to keep looking out for her. After he leaves, Michael smooches Amanda and informs her that Alexis somehow found out that he's Blake's silent partner, and that he has zero desire to play games with her.
Caress calls Ben at his Denver Carrington office to inform him that she's leaving Denver to do a little writing and whatnot. When he asks her where she's going, she curtly replies, "Paris" before abruptly ending the conversation so she can call for a limo to ferry her to the airport 'cause she's booked on a flight to Australia (!) ... no doubt to investigate whatever creepish secrets Ben has been hiding.
In the Carlton Hotel lounge, Michael confesses to Blake that he was the one who used Ricardo Montalbán as a front man to invest his $50 million in the crater project. He admits that he did it in order to get revenge for the dickish way he exiled him from Denver five years ago, then says he turned down Alexis's offer for $60 million 'cause he's truly in love with Amanda and likes the idea of working alongside her pa as a real partner. An incensed looking Blake rails at him for lying, cheating, and causing pain to his family, and angrily storms upstairs.
Blake tells Krystle what just transpired downstairs, then cries, "I won't have it, damn it! I won't have it!" He vows to shut down the crater project, mutters about how he's going to get everything back...then unlocks the drawer, picks up Emily's letter, and angrily pledges, "I'm going to get the whole pack of 'em."
So much for not wanting to sully Emily's reputation.
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