Recap: Sammy Jo drops by the pipeline trailer office to admonish Clay for getting all in Steven's face at the nightclub during the previous episode. Clay insists that Steven isn't capable of giving her what she needs - unlike the savvy hetero lover he is, for example - and Sammy Jo reminds him how badly he crushed her soul when he called her a liar and a cheat for not telling him about her faux pregnancy before he accidentally found out. She reminds him that, throughout the duration of their hook-up, he mostly just seemed interested in going to bed with her, made it very clear he didn't think she was substantive enough to be part of the hoity-toity Fallmont clan, then ordered her to have an abortion when they thought she was knocked up. Clay weakly argues that he loooooves her and then gives her a long smooch (which she kinda looks into for a few seconds) - but she insists that whatever lust they might feel for each other has no future. She urges him again to sign the annulment papers, so he finally gives in and angrily scribbles his signature on the document, then snarls at her to get the hell out.
Blake drops by ColbyCo to return Alexis's portrait painting 'cause Krystle would prefer that her art not be on display anywhere inside the mansion. Alexis agrees to keep it, with the open invitation that he's welcome to come by and view the painting whenever he wants.
Sammy Jo is pleasantly surprised to see Steven waiting for her at Delta Rho. He apologizes for punching Clay at the nightclub and sheepishly admits that he (Clay) had every right to be mad about him trying to meddle in their marriage. Sammy Jo argues that she's allowed to dance with whoever she wants - especially now that Clay has signed the annulment papers. She insists to Steven that she's totes happy, and that the only life she cares about is the one they share with their son.
Over at the Carlton Hotel, Leslie is packing her things when Blake drops by. He explains that he managed to find her by taking Ben's advice: calling every Denver hotel and asking for Melissa Saunders (aka Leslie's mom's name). Leslie curtly retorts that she's leaving Denver 'cause she did what she came here to do, then rails about what a liar Ben is and asks if he (Blake) came here to convince her to stick around 'cause he (Ben) conned him into interfering. Blake denies that and says that he just wants her to re-connect with her father, then tells her he went through some heavy stuff with his own spoiled brat daughter (Fallon) ... but when they finally resolved their issues, they discovered that there was lots of love between them. Leslie suddenly looks contrite and apologizes for her snappishness just now...and Blake invites her to come by the mansion for dinner sometime soon so she can start to get to know her father again, and she stares mutely into space and looks as though she might be open to the prospect.
Jeannette tells Krystle that Kristina is having difficulty settling down long enough to take a proper nap, and the two assume it's 'cause she's overly excited about her upcoming birthday party. Krystle tiptoes into her daughter's bedroom, gives her a hug, kiss, and a teddy bear to snuggle with while she naps. After she quietly exits the room, Kristina looks as though she's struggling to breathe...and this is the first indication we have that something is very wrong with the super cute toddler.
Adam sneaks into Dana's apartment, knocking over a vase in the process. Dana rushes into the living room to see whassup, then irritably orders Adam to leave, making it clear that she's still annoyed with him for not being willing to share his life's problems with her. Adam ignores her complaining, hits play on a tape player for some romantic background music and invites her to dance. As Dana continues to grumble about not wanting to be his little plaything no 'mo, he mutters a marriage proposal...and she's all, "Yessssss!" before the two happily hug, exchange I love yous, and smooch. Ick, Dana. Ick.
The next day, Adam meets up with Alexis at the Carlton Hotel restaurant and announces his engagement to Dana. Alexis looks surprisingly pleased by the news, not least 'cause she too once fell in love extremely quickly: with Blake at first sight. That said, she urges Adam to use the engagement period get to know Dana better, warns that marrying a male Carrington douchebag can be a lot for some women to stomach, then offers to throw them an extravagant wedding.
Dominique arrives at the pipeline worksite, is warmly greeted by Nick Kimball, then gets her first look at the new rig (named Dominique 1) in action. She says she'd looooove to see this entire area filled with rigs and wanks Nick about how he has the brains to know exactly where to drill. Nick tells her that simultaneous drilling takes a whole lot o' cash...and when Dominique offers to finance multiple rigs, he firmly declines to take her money. [Not sure why they're having this conversation, since Nick is just the foreman of an oil rig venture that, I would assume, is being funded with Carrington Denver money.] Dominique haughtily asks if he's refusing to take her money 'cause she didn't go to bed with him the other day...and the two continue to bicker nonsensically until Dominique snaps, "Grow up!" as she climbs into her fancy Mercedes and motors away. Sounds like these two are knee deep in the TV tropey 'I hate you!' phase before they invariably decide 'Wait a sec - I actually love you!' and fall into bed together.
Alexis bursts into Blake's office and says she has some good news to share - but he beats her to the punch and says he already heard that Adam and Dana are engaged and, frankly, could not be more delighted. Alexis says she'd like to plan the wedding of the century and hold it at Carrington manor and hopes that Krystle won't object to her milking the role of Mother of the Groom role as long and as hard as humanly possible...and Blake promises to talk it over with her and is certain that she'll be totes fine with it.
Alexis stops in at the pipeline trailer office to apologize to Dex for pretending to be Blake's current wife for five days in Singapore and not letting him know that she had survived the rig explosion...and Dex grumbles about her barging in on him at his workplace, then rails about how fuuuuuuckin' tired he is of always being at her beck and call. Alexis insists that she loves him and wants to have a relationship on equal terms, and Dex responds by sourly asking her if she's seen Blake lately. She says she has - then hastily adds that it's only 'cause Adam is getting married...and as the parents of the groom, there's no getting around the fact that they have a wedding to plan. Dex accurately predicts that she's going to use the wedding as an excuse to get closer to her ex-husband, complaining, "You want me between the sheets" while seeking independence the rest of the time. Alexis concurs that, yeah, she actually does want her independence, along with a lover and partner who doesn't suffocate her. Dex growls, "You have tossed me off one too many times. You can just count me out of your life, OK?", then storms out.
Dex squeals off in his car and encounters Dominique, who's stranded on the side of the road with a flat tire. He pulls over and teases her about what a good job she's doing changing her tire...and the two chuckle as he gets down to the business of chivalrously doing the task for her.
Later, Alexis attempts to contact Dex in his trailer office, but no one's there to answer. She then buzzes her assistant and instructs him to bring her a copy of the Lex-Dex agreement so that she can rashly cut all ties with Dex.
Over in a local watering hole, Dominque commiserates to Dex about how alone she feels lately, and that she has no idea who Private Dominique is, in contrast to Public Dominique ... [though I can only assume that both are equal parts bore]. She moans that the fortune she's earned means nothing 'cause of how empty her life is, and Dex agrees that when one loses out on love, one loses everything...and Dominique chews on that depressing pearl of wisdom as the two stare despondently into space.
After what was largely a conciliatory dinner hosted for Ben and Leslie at the mansion, Krystle ushers Leslie over to Kristina's room to introduce her to the tot. When Kristina fails to act like her usual cute, polite self, Krystle concernedly remarks on how much more tired than usual she seems.
Leslie heads over to the study...and Blake excuses himself so that she and Ben can have a private conversation. Ben tells Leslie she looks so much like her mom, and Leslie snappishly rejoins that her mom hated him until her last breath, then chides him again for being a deadbeat dad and shitty husband. Ben absorbs the insults, then pulls out a photograph he carries around with him: a shot of Leslie at age twelve...and Leslie softens as she recalls the day he took that photo. She asks him why he never tried to reach her in recent years, and he insists that he did - but that her mother was always one step ahead of him in hiding their location.
Dex and Dominique are hanging in the pipeline trailer office, wanking each other about how warm, appealing, and attractive the other is. They both agree that Dex is not the kind of guy who would sleep with a platonic friend in order to get back at Alexis, and he tells her if she ever needs a friend she shouldn't hesitate to call him. The two seal their friendship with a non-sexual hug - just as Alexis enters the office to haughtily declare to Dex that the Lex-Dex partnership is officially dunzo...but when she sees the hug, she stares at the two of them in shocked bewilderment. She glares at Dominique and snarls, "From lounge lizard to trailer tramp - now I have seen everything!", then throws the Lex-Dex papers onto the floor and storms out of the trailer office in a dramatic huff.
Leslie drops by the mansion to bring Kristina a birthday gift and explains to Blake that she's declining to attend the party 'cause she's not ready to spend an entire afternoon in the presence of her father. Blake thanks her for her thoughtfulness and suggests she go upstairs to personally deliver the gift to Kristina.
In the next scene, Kristina eagerly opens Leslie's gift and squeals happily at the sight of a fluffy teddy bear. Leslie gives her some tips on how best to love, hug, and kiss her new bear...and then Krystle urges the tot back into bed so that she can meet her daily nap requirement. After that, Krystle and Leslie tiptoe out into the hall, and Krystle invites Leslie to move into the mansion to give herself the opportunity to be around her father more so they can get to know each other, and Leslie promises to think about it.
Krystle and Blake stare concernedly at Kristina while she sleeps...and a few seconds later, she wakes up and gabbles excitedly about her birthday party. After a few seconds she starts to cough and complain that she can't breathe, and an alarmed Blake picks her up to rush her downstairs and barks at Krystle to call an ambulance, stat.
In the next scene, the ER doctor scrunches her face concernedly as she places a stethoscope on Kristina's chest in order to assess her heartbeat. She tells Krystle and Blake that the tot is going to have to remain in the hospital for further testing 'cause it's clear that her heart is pooched in some way. When Kristina starts to look anxious, Blake comforts her by telling her she'll have two birthday parties: one in her hospital room, one at home when she's feeling better.
Steven and Sammy Jo are getting Danny ready for the birthday party and describing for each other what makes them happy in life - when Blake calls to inform them that the party's being postponed until they figure out whassup with Kristina's bum heart.
Blake brings a balloon bouquet to Kristina's hospital room, along with a special gift: a rocking horse. As she cackles happily, Mrs. Gunnerson and Gerard surprise her with a cake, and they all sing the Happy Birthday song.
Michael runs into Leslie in the Carlton Hotel lounge and models the brand new suit he was forced to buy when she dumped his other one in a laundry hamper as revenge for his misdeeds in Alberta. She wryly tells him he deserves a lot more than that...and he points out that "revenge can only go so far" and invites her upstairs for a romp. She shrugs disinterestedly, then abruptly says good night, smirkingly warning him to take care of his new suit. On her way out, she hands him the bill for her drink and sassily says he can settle that for her too.
Kristina wakes up in the middle of the night and stares excitedly at her new rocking horse. She quietly climbs out of bed and sits atop the wooden horse and begins rocking...then suddenly looks as though she can't breathe. Her rocking gets frantically more intense, and the weird camera angle makes her look as though she's struggling to remain atop a bucking bronco, as she calls out to her parents before slumping over. Krystle and Blake wake up with alarm, rush over to cradle her in their arms...and then Blake runs out of the room to summon a doctor while Krystle desperately shrieks, "Somebody help me!!"
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