Recap: Inside the Police Headquarters inmate visitors' room, Blake assures Krystle he's holding up just fine since being arrested, and that his lawyer (Earl Thompson) is in the process of arranging his bail. He insists he's not a murdering arsonist, yet somehow the DA's office wants to prosecute him without any hard evidence, and Krystle concurs and says that all the Assistant DA seems to have is a bunch of Alexis-fuelled accusations that she's been publishing in The Denver Mirror. Earl Thompson enters the room and solemnly tells Blake he was not granted bail, and Blake assures a troubled looking Krystle that he'll get this all of this sorted out before the end credits roll, then urges her to go back to the hotel and rest. Krystle's vision suddenly goes blurry, and Blake points out that this is now the second such episode she's had since the limo accident, and strongly urges her to see a doctor.
Alexis drops by Assistant DA Ferguson's office decked out in a cozy fur coat and veiled hat to congratulate him on his bright political future - particularly if he wins his case against Blake, with the help of the daily defamatory headlines she's been enjoying publishing in her newspaper. She tells Ferguson he needs an airtight case...and when he tells her he's confident they have Blake dead to rights, she perks up and says he should share this proof with the citizens of Denver. Ferguson tells her he's not actually allowed to do that prior to a trial, so Alexis says, "Fine, then just share it with me" - LOL - and points out that, throughout this trial, her newspaper can make him into a household name. Ferguson mulls that over and decides 'yep, that's a good enough reason for me to violate the oath of my office' and tells Alexis "off the record" that Blake had the motive to set La Mirage on fire because:
A disappointed looking Alexis says that that doesn't sound like much of a case, so Ferguson also divulges that Blake was responsible for hiring known arsonist Frank Morrin, who he allegedly approached after the first arsonist (Dan Crane) turned him down. As Alexis ponders her encounter with the lying Dan Crane during the previous episode, she's no doubt thinking that, even with his fictitious allegation, Ferguson's case is built on ridiculously flimsy circumstantial evidence that's unlikely to result in a guilty verdict.
Alexis heads over to Denver Carrington to update Ben about the Assistant DA's case against Blake, remarking, "It's all too pat" and that she thinks the case lacks credibility...and anything resembling solid evidence. When Ben accidentally lets it slip that he knows Dan Crane's allegation is part of Ferguson's trove of faux evidence, Alexis rails that Ferguson has built his entire case on a lie, that lie being his (Ben's) creation. She worries that the case is going to get thrown out of court and admonishes Ben for jeopardizing a golden opportunity to put Blake behind bars for a crime she can't genuinely believe he committed.
The doctor phones Krystle to tell her her X-rays look normal and that her blurry vision is likely due to tension and stress, which she could alleviate if she simply slows down...and Krystle promises to try, despite the ongoing trauma of Blake being detained in The Clink. After the call, Dominique drops by - just as Krystle suffers another blurry/dizzy spell. She hastily excuses herself to check on Kristina, then leans against the door while contorting her face into an agonized looking expression as she tells herself there's no time - no time! - to follow the doctor's order to chillax.
Alexis drops by the inmate visitors' room to offer Blake an out from his current quagmire: leave Denver and never contact their children again, and in exchange she'll mount a campaign in The Denver Mirror to have the bogus arson/murder charges dropped. Blake rejects the ridiculous offer and warns that their children are going to turn their backs on her once they learn the truth about how she's been trying to railroad him, then asks the guard to take him back to his cell.
Later, at the courthouse, Earl Thompson tells Blake that Assistant DA Ferguson has offered him a plea bargain: if he pleads guilty to arson and manslaughter, all other charges will be dropped. [Mmm OK, but I thought that arson and murder pretty much compromised all of the charges.] Blake rejects the plea bargain and insists he's innocent of all wrongdoing, then is dismayed when the judge denies him bail on the grounds that..
Gordon Wales is in Dex's field office, attempting to suss out information from a husky looking guy named Bruce about Dex's new business deal with Blake. When Bruce just mutely ignores him, Dex enters the office and asks Gordon what the hell he's doing...and when Gordon asks him if it's really true that he's doing business "with scum like Blake", Dex growls at him to get out.
Krystle once again drops by the police station to visit Blake and tells him it was soooo depressing to see him handcuffed in the courtroom and then led away by the bailiff, generally being treated as though he's already a convict. Blake assures her he's going to win this case, then says he senses something deeper troubling her. Krystle breaks the news that Nick Kimball called to report that he wasn't able to keep the work crew together, and Blake says he's not surprised and hopes that maybe Dex can assemble a different crew. Krystle wails that she's so dismayed by his incarceration that she's newly determined to get more intel from the Fire Department and keep her fingers crossed that it'll result in the arson/murder charges getting magically dismissed.
Captain Harris tells Krystle and Dominique he's not allowed to give out any details about the La Mirage fire, except to strongly hint that they take a good hard look at the coroner's report regarding Frank Morrin's body. Turns out the convicted arsonist died of smoke inhalation, despite Assistant D.A. Ferguson's assertion that he died when the alleged source of the fire - the cleaning fluid containers - exploded...and Krystle and Dominique wonder aloud if this could possibly serve as proof that he wasn't the one who started the fire.
With that said...a couple of things are of great puzzlement to me:
Ben yells at Adam for having the temerity to hire back Dana Waring, and Adam snarlingly reminds him that he answers to Alexis, not him - just as Alexis enters the office and asks why they're screaming at each other. Adam tells her he re-hired Blake's former assistant 'cause she has lots of institutional knowledge about goat daddy's day-to-day business dealings as well as his mindset, and Alexis agrees that it's a good idea, then hands them both an assignment to assess some recently acquired oil leases and determine how they'll fit in with the rest of their holdings. Ben imperiously tells Adam, "I want your report on my desk first thing in the morning" ... and when Adam once again reminds him that he reports directly to Alexis, Ben threatens to destroy him. He then gets buzzed by his secretary, who tells him he has a call from Australia...and tensely tells his secretary to tell whoever it is that he's not in. An intrigued Adam points out that he had the mansion phone numbers changed to avoid this mysterious caller, and that the person has somehow located him at the office. He tells Ben, "Whoever it is, they're going to find you sooner or later" ... and as he sashays out of the office, Ben slumps in his chair and stares worriedly into space.
Dana is adorning Adam's office with flowers when he enters the room and tells her about the oil lease assignment he just got from Alexis...and Dana says she can definitely help him out with that. Adam says he knows that Blake was interested in acquiring these leases and likely has detailed information on them in that box o' private files he left with when he was ousted. He lays it on thick about how much easier his life would be if he knew what was in those files, and a nervous looking Dana assures him she's as loyal to him as she was Blake - but that when she's told something is confidential, that's how it remains. Adam pretends he wouldn't have it any other way 'cause he shares her loyalty to Blake, then nonsensically fibs that it was Blake who told him to come work for his mommy in order to maximize his potential as his own man. He pronounces that him working for Alexis somehow translates to her loyalty to Blake being interchangeable with her loyalty to him, then decrees, "Whatever happens between us remains between us." As Dana tries to process that diarrhea-laden balderdash, Adam chucklingly asks her if she ever brought Blake flowers...and when she says she didn't, he tells her he'd like to "give her something in return" and leans in for a smooch. Dana looks suitably weirded out for a few seconds, but then soon gets into it.
Dominique and Krystle visit Jackie to confirm what she had mumbled earlier about the La Mirage fire, namely that she only saw flames when she was in front of Claudia's room. Jackie recounts that when Claudia opened her door there were flames shooting out from behind her, and Krystle suddenly realizes that the only explanation that makes sense is that it was Claudia who set the fire. Krystle and Dominque confer for a few seconds as they express hope that this new intel could be helpful in clearing Blake's good name.
Krystle heads straight over to Assistant DA Ferguson's office to tell him she has proof that Blake is innocent of arson/murder, namely:
Krystle suggests to Ferguson he drop all of the charges against Blake, 'cause if he takes such a weak case to trial he's surely going to lose...and Ferguson mulls that over while staring back at her dejectedly.
Over at Delta Rho, Sammy Jo offers to give Clay a sensual massage after he spent the day baling hay. As she rubs him down, he suggests they clear their calendars for the next week so they can just laze around and have sex. Sammy Jo reminds him that they're supposed to go to his parent's place for dinner in a few days and that she'd hate to disappoint his mother, but Clay's just like, "Meh, I still wanna cancel." A miffed looking Sammy Jo asks him if there's some reason he doesn't want her to sit down with his family, and he pretends there isn't and shuts her up with some intense smooching.
Michael chauffeurs Amanda back to the Carlton Hotel and tenderly tells her she doesn't have to hide her concern about goat daddy's incarceration. He caresses her face and says she can talk to him any time she needs to, and she thanks him and heads up to her room. Steven appears out of nowhere and snidely asks Michael what he's up to, and makes clear that he's deeply suspicious of his sudden return to Denver after a five year hiatus. Michael's like, "Yeah, whatever" and continues to keep mum about whatever boring intentions he may or may not have towards Amanda.
While snooping in the Carrington manor study, Ben finds a wooden box containing a framed photo of his mother. He stares at it tearfully, then whimpers, "Mother, forgive me." Alexis overhears him as she enters the room and asks, "Forgive you for what?", and Ben bursts into tears and suddenly looks as though he just took center stage in a Shakespearean play as he (rhetorically?) asks what kind of man could destroy such beauty and then go on living. He confesses that Ma Carrington died because he was selfish and irresponsible, and Alexis attempts to comfort him by purring about how everyone makes mistakes, some of which may haunt people for the rest of their lives. That they do, Alexis. That they do.
In court, Assistant DA Ferguson tells the judge that certain facts have come to light regarding the La Mirage fire that have convinced him that Blake wasn't the arsonist, then moves for a dismissal. The judge concurs and tells Blake he's free to go, and Blake is all, "Hurray!" and happily hugs his family before chiding Ferguson for allowing himself to be tricked into doing Alexis's bidding. The Carrington clan then makes their way out of the courtroom, where the reporters and photographers are waiting to snap photos and pepper Blake with questions. Gordon Wales asks Blake what his next move is going to be, so Blake bitchily replies, "Something big. Something exciting. Something certainly beyond your imagination." Gordon says that word on the street is that this something has to do with Dex Dexter, and Blake teases that he's jumping to conclusions, then offers no further comment. Alexis, meanwhile, is watching the live interview on the TV in the Carrington manor study...and she irritably calls her assistant Eric to arrange for her chopper to transport her to Dex's trailer office asap.
Alexis angrily confronts Dex about loaning his drilling equipment to Blake, and a unfazed Dex is like, "I can do whatever the hell I want with my drilling equipment." A few seconds later, Alexis gets a call from her pilot, who informs her she's going to be stranded at the worksite 'cause of a storm that's about to roll in. Dex looks giddy at the prospect of having some alone time with his ex and tells her he finds it amusing that she's "still playing the Queen Bee" amid all the dust and dirt, and Alexis lights up a cigarette as she dryly retorts, "I'm not playing, Dex." He replies, "That's too bad; we used to play very well together" and beams buoyantly while Alexis shoots him a withering stink-eye.
Adam is working late at Denver Carrington when the mail deliverer arrives. He glances through the bundle of mail destined for Ben's office and finds one addressed to Blake that was sent from Caracas.
At dinner, a gloweringly drunk Oscar Goldman sourly toasts the Carringtons while shooting miffed glares at Sammy Jo, and Clay points out to him that Sammy Jo ceased to be a Carrington when she divorced Steven. Oscar mutters, "Oh yes...Steven Carrington, the man who ruined my son's life" and grumbles about how "nothing ever sticks to the Carringtons...not even arson or murder". Sammy Jo argues that that's not true (despite it being mostly true) and admits to having made lots of mistakes - but thanks to Krystle and Blake she learned that a former gold-digging skanklet such as herself does have value. She also learned not blame others for her own wrongdoing...something he (Oscar Goldman) might want to try sometime. She then excuses herself from the table, needlessly apologizes to Emily for the dinner going awry, and stalks out of the room. Clay angrily throws down his napkin before rushing out after her, and Emily admonishes her husband for his boorish behavior and says she thinks Sammy Jo could really be a good match for their son. Oscar Goldman growls about how Clay is nothing but trouble, then rails about how he had all of his hopes pinned onto his favored son, Bart, aka a discreetly gay man who had ambition, drive, and a bright future before he was de-closeted by Adam. When Emily tries to get up from her chair, Oscar Goldman shoves her back down (!) and demands to know why she worries so much about Clay instead of Bart, and Emily reminds him that Bart kept his sexuality a secret from both of them, and that maybe if he didn't have such a homophobic dickwad for a father, he would have felt comfortable sharing that aspect of his life with them. She then implores him to not turn his back on Clay.
Over in the worksite trailer, Dex and Alexis are eating franks and beans...and when Alexis looks less than impressed by what's on her paper plate, Dex chucklingly urges her to pretend it's caviar. He then starts babbling about how 1) he's the only man who's ever forced her to really look at herself, 2) that he loves her for the malevolent diva she is, and 3) is able to "break into that shell and love the woman no one else has ever found" and knows that it's what both excites and frightens her. Alexis haughtily insists that nothing frightens her, then opens the door to step outside and is all, "Ack!" by the sudden clap of thunder and flash of lightning. She backs up and falls into Dex's arms, and he whirls her around so the two can start kissing in passionate earnest.
Blake and Krystle are enjoying a cozy evening in their room at the Carlton Hotel when Adam drops by to hand deliver the letter from Caracas. He tells Blake he thought it was important and therefore didn't want Ben to see it, and makes clear that he won't be part of anything underhanded that's directed at either of them. After he bids them both goodnight and leaves, Blake opens the letter and learns that it's from Caress, who begs him to get her out of the Venezuelan prison she found herself returned to after being kidnapped by Ben. Blake mulls that over for a few seconds and tells Krystle he's going to do everything possible to spring her out of that South American hellhole and bring her to Denver so she can help him with Operation Get Revenge on Ben and Alexis.
Dex and Alexis are in bed together, looking both sated and orgasmic as they alternately stare at each another in transfixed lust, smooch, and sexily caress the other.
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