Recap: Blake storms over to Michael's apartment and demands to know where Amanda is...and when Michael says she's busy showering, Blake vows that he's not going to just stand by and let him use his daughter. Michael reminds him that Amanda is a grown woman who's made up her own mind about who she wants to do the no pants dance with, but Blake refuses to accept her poor choice of men and snarls, "I know how you operate." Michael insists that Amanda feels safe with him and explains that he refused to attend the Carrington dinner party 'cause he didn't feel as though he were good enough...and Amanda emerges from the bathroom and concurs that Michael did indeed express his feelings of unworthiness to her, then asks Michael to excuse himself so that she and her pa can speak privately. Blake makes it clear to his daughter that he doesn't approve of her shacking up with Michael, and Amanda asserts that Michael is plenty good enough to be mingling with someone of her station in life. She adds that she wants him to back off and let her be happy without making her worry that she's going to lose him, and Blake gives her a fatherly hug and assures her that she could never lose him.
Over at the mansion, Dex saunters into the study and asks Alexis if she was trying to make him jealous when she showed up at the Carlton Hotel with Ricardo Montalbán, and she shoots him a look of disdain and tells him she has better things to do than to make him jealous, then snarkishly declares that since he insists on doing business with her archenemy Blake, she's entitled to go out on the town with whoever the hell she wants. Dex calls her a game player and warns that if she keeps going this route she's eventually going to need his help...then huffily exits the room and runs into Ben, who smarmily tells him to face the fact that he's not the right man for Alexis. Dex glares at him as he warns, "I have played in the dirt of better bums than you. You haven't seen anything yet" and then storms out.
Caress is taking a bubble bath when she phones Emily Fallmont to arrange a time/place for Emily to make her first blackmail deposit. A distressed Emily tells her again that she can't access major sums of cash without her husband knowing, and Caress is all, "Sucks to be you - but I need a big infusion of cash to survive." She says she'll call her again tomorrow to confirm their meeting, then sternly warns her to not contact Ben again. As Emily hangs up the phone, Oscar Goldman enters the room clutching a drink and asks his wife why she looks so freaked out, so she fibs and says she's still miffed about how shittily he behaved towards Sammy Jo during dinner the other night. Oscar grumbles that he'll always consider the tart to be an evil Carrington and that she's not welcome in his house, then adds that he'd even go so far as to throw Clay out of the house if he ever invited her to dinner again. After he staggers out of the room, Emily somehow refrains from contemplating why, in the name of all that is holy, she's fighting so hard to stay married to this drunken prick and instead picks up the phone and frantically dials Blake.
Blake returns to his hotel suite and tells Krystle that he found Amanda at Michael's apartment, and that all the smack-talk he's been directing towards her new idiot boyfriend hasn't made a difference. Krystle laments how difficult it can be for fathers and daughters to agree on matters of the heart, then points out that Amanda has a mind of her own about who she chooses to love. She then changes the subject and informs Blake that Emily Fallmont just called, and that she sounded super wigged out and wants to meet up with him at 7:00am in the Carlton Hotel patio restaurant.
At Delta Rho, Clay is staring despondently out the window when Sammy Jo climbs out of bed and gives him a from behind canoodle. Clay pushes her hands away and pissily reminds her how drastically things have changed between them. He half-heartedly says he cares about her, and she's all, "You care about me? But I have your bun in my oven!" An anguished Clay says he wants to do what's right (in theory, anyway) - but that he can't help but be really miffed bout how his life has been suddenly turned upside down, regardless of how he feels about impending fatherhood. He flatly says, "I want you to have an abortion", and Sammy Jo points out that that decree now translates to him deciding her life. She angrily assures him that she'll take care of herself and orders him to get the hell out of her house so she can get some sleep.
The next morning at the Carlton Hotel restaurant, a visibly distraught Emily tells Blake that Caress's attempt to blackmail her is going to destroy her marriage and her life, and that she's worried the cunty extortionist is never going to stop demanding cash. Blake urges her to chillax and assures her that he won't allow Caress to do that, then says, "You've got to promise.." - but before he can get the words out, Emily becomes more agitated and wails, "I can't promise anything!" before getting up from the table and rushing off.
Blake later tells Krystle that Emily has become completely unglued about being blackmailed by Caress, and that he needs to track down Caress asap so she doesn't drive Emily completely around the bend.
Alexis drops by Blake's office to discuss whatever's going on with Amanda, so Blake informs her that the nitwit is seeing a man he doesn't approve of, aka his Lothario of an ex-chauffeur who seduced Original Fallon in Season 1. Alexis mulls over that troubling tidbit and agrees that she too is concerned about their daughter getting her heart broken. She picks up the phone, calls one of her flunkies, and orders him to conduct a quick investigation regarding everything Michael Culhane has been up to during the last five years and then submit the report to her pronto.
While lunching at the mansion, Alexis asks Amanda whassup with her love life, so Amanda gushes about how she has a wonderful new boyfriend she's totes in love with - but that Blake doesn't approve of him and wants them broken up. Alexis pretends to be pleased and excited by that news and throws Blake under the bus by pointing out that, unlike him, she doesn't place conditions on her parental love.
Sammy Jo tearfully recounts to Krystle the abortion decree Clay gave her the other night and says she's soooo upset that he doesn't even want her to have their baby, much less give a shit that the child wouldn't have two doting parents. Krystle suggests that maybe she loves what she wants Clay to be rather than the careless raw-dogger he is, reminds her that life doesn't always come in a neatly wrapped package, and that she's going to have to draw on her inner strength while she decides whether or not she truly wants to bring Clay's spawn into the world.
Dex meets up with Adam at the Carlton Hotel to suggest they form an alliance in order to rescue Alexis from whatever weird hold Ben has over her. Adam mulls that over and decides that he hates Ben prolly as much as Dex does, and agrees to look into why Alexis has refrained from steel-toeing the parasitic Ben to the curb.
Ben drops by Blake's office to pass along a stern message to Caress: stay clear of Emily Fallmont or else I'll get my hitman to try to shoot you again. Blake tells his bro he has no idea where Caress is, and the two engage in a tedious back and forth snipefest...blah blah...until Blake wistfully recalls how much they used to loooooove hanging out together when they were kids. He reminisces about the dreams of great adventure they used to share - but Ben grumbles that those were his (Blake's) dreams, then nonsensically accuses of him of making him believe in the dreams until he heartlessly snatched them away. Blake suggests that instead of playing the victim card every damn minute of every day, he could put his intelligence, drive, and ambition towards achieving something good and decent. Ben snarls, "You're indecent", then chides, "You always were the moralizer - weren't you, Blake?" and says he'd much prefer to live his life holding grudges and planning bitter revenge plots against everyone who's ever wronged him, either in reality or in his imagination.
Claire Prentice, aka Danny's therapist, drops by Steven's apartment to express her concern about his tot's emotional state. She shows Steven a series of Danny's drawings, which apparently reveal how dark, lifeless, and hopeless he feels about his world, and says she'd like to spend some intensive one-on-one time with him. She asks Steven if perhaps Danny has picked up on some rancor between him and his ex-wife, and Steven gets all defensive as he pissily explains that he and Sammy Jo are very careful to hide their disdain for one another. Claire reminds him that she's really just trying to help Danny, and Steven apologizes for his innate bitchitude and urges her to do everything she can to help his son.
Sammy Jo summons Clay to Delta Rho to inform him that she's decided to keep his spawn, whether the hell he likes it or not. She's disappointed when it's clear that he likes it not and tells him she'd been fantasizing that her decision would prompt him to cry with glee and shower her with kisses. Clay suggests that perhaps their entire relationship has been a fantasy to her and chides her again for trying to control his life. Sammy Jo asks him if he's more afraid of being her husband than he is of being a father, then points out that they've never actually ventured out in public as a couple. She (correctly) assumes that it's 'cause he doesn't think that she or their unborn baby are good enough for the hoity-toity Fallmont family, and Clay's like, "Well d'yuh" and abruptly gets up and leaves.
Dana enters Adam's office to deliver some letters, then coldly asks if she can leave for the day. Adam admits that he deliberately kept her working late so he can take her to dinner and be forgiven for blabbing her Blake secrets to Alexis. Dana crisply says she'd prefer to go home - but Adam clutches her shoulders, says he's prepared to grovel, and invites her to be his plus one at Alexis's upcoming Black and White Ball. He says he wants to show all of Denver how much she means to him, and is keeping his fingers crossed that Alexis won't want to bust up their relationship the way she did with a previous squeeze...and as he recalls his rapey past with Kirby, he gets a strange, faraway look in his eyes as he murmurs, "There was this girl...long dark hair...eyes" then abruptly snaps back to the present and assures Dana that she's out of his life now thanks to Alexis. He promises Dana that that won't happen to them, and Dana just stares back at the weirdo with an expression of concerned poutishness.
Blake returns to his office to find Emily waiting for him. She informs him that Caress called her again to give her the address of a hotel she wants them to meet up at, and that she's to bring 100K for payment #1 of her blackmail instalment plan. Emily anxiously tells Blake she doesn't have access to that kind of money, and that her only available assets, her jewelry, are sentimental pieces that Oscar Goldman gave to her over the years. She cries, "I can't face her!", so Blake cooingly assures her that he's going to face Caress in her stead and get her permanently off of her back.
Blake arrives at the low budget Motor Lodge and admonishes Caress for disappearing from the Carlton Hotel without telling him, and also for trying to destroy Emily Fallmont. Caress explains that she's not so much trying to destroy Emily than she is trying to save herself, so Blake offers to give her a cash infusion so that she can re-start her life elsewhere...under the condition that she leave Emily alone forever. Caress mulls that over and sheepishly nods in agreement.
Clay arrives home and finds Oscar Goldman guzzling booze and rambling to no one in particular. Clay chides him for being drunker than usual, and Oscar grumbles about what a shitty son he is - unlike his other son, St. Bart. He asks Clay when he's going to get his life together and stop carrying on with the blonde skanklet, and Clay haughtily tells him that Sammy Jo is a beautiful, decent woman with whom he enjoys having frequent meaningful sex. Oscar argues that since she's a Carrington she's a filthy tramp who prolly gets it on with him in one of her stables. He rails, "You worthless son!"... and Clay balls his fist and looks like he's about to deck his drunken pa - but then changes his mind, smiles smugly as if a wonderful awful idea just popped into his head, and hastily exits the house.
Sammy Jo calls Steven to ask if she can give Danny a goodnight cuddle, but Steven snappishly tells her it's late and that Danny is already asleep. Sammy Jo's like, "Whatever, sourpuss, forget I called" - just as Clay arrives at Delta Rho to excitedly tell Sammy Jo to pack her bags 'cause they're off to Vegas to get married. Sammy Jo's all, "Hurray!" as she happily rushes into his arms.
Alexis reads the report on Michael Culhane that her flunky prepared for her and purses her lips in disapproval. She then buzzes her assistant Lloyd to arrange for Amanda and Michael to come to the mansion for dinner at 8:00pm.
Krystle is over at the Fallmont house, assuring a nerve-wracked Emily that Blake warned Caress to never contact her again. Emily frets that her husband might get wind of her decades old infidelity and thinks it would be best if she just came clean with the drunken boor. Krystle tells her it's absolutely not necessary, not least 'cause Oscar Goldman has a terrible temper...and Emily abruptly asks her to leave 'cause she's tired and would like to be alone now.
While dining at the mansion, Alexis tells Michael she's officially dispensing with the small talk, and that she'd been hoping he'd have the courage to tell her the truth about his shady recent past. She informs him she had him investigated, 'cause an ex-chauffeur who quickly became a multi-millionaire raised all sorts of red flags...and that her suspicions were validated when she learned that he was nearly convicted of fraud. Amanda stares at him all wide-eyed, then cries, "Wha-a-a? You've made a fool of me!" ... and says this as though she didn't already learn all this from Blake during the previous episode. After she flees the dining room, Alexis shoots Michael an icy stink-eye and warns, "If you do anything to hurt my daughter, your life won't be worth living."
Emily enters her living room, finds Oscar Goldman staggering around in a drunken stupor, and decides that, yep, this is an ideal time to admit that she once had an affair with Ben Carrington. She seats herself on the couch and calmly explains that a few years after they got married and he was away campaigning, she hooked up with Ben. Oscar stares back at her in stunned bewilderment and recalls that that was the summer 1) Ma Carrington burned to death, and 2) Clay was conceived. As Emily weakly tries to insist that he (and not Ben) is Clay's bio dad, an enraged Oscar screeches, "I don't believe you, Emily!" and throws his drink at the fireplace, and she's all, "OMG! Nooooooo!!"
Amanda returns to Michael's apartment, and he lets out a big sigh of relief and admits that everything Alexis said about him was true. He confesses that he was using her to get back at Blake 'cause he has a habit of getting at people for his own mistakes - but this time the plan went awry after he fell hopelessly in love with her. He pauses to ask her why she came back, and she just kind of shrugs and says, "I couldn't help myself" and presses herself against him in a hug. He comes clean about the $50 million check Blake scored from Ricardo Montalbán and admits that it was really from him - but that Blake can't find out about it 'cause he'll ruin his new business when he'll no doubt angrily react by cancelling the natural gas deal. He says he has no desire to hurt Blake anymore, now that he loves her, and plants a big smooch on her lips.
Emily arrives at the Carlton Hotel and leaves a note for Blake with the concierge, then calls Blake to inform him that she left him an envelope in the lobby and is about to leave Denver for good. Blake urges her to come upstairs and talk this out - but Emily declines and tearfully ends the call. Blake tells Krystle he's going downstairs to see if he can catch Emily - just as Oscar Goldman, who's been guzzling additional booze in the hotel bar, sees his wife in the lobby and mockingly snarls, "Sooooo, this is where you spend your free time, hanging around hotel lobbies." A few seconds later, Blake emerges from the elevator, and Emily sees him and despairingly moans, "Ooooh.." before making a beeline towards the main exit. Oscar drunkenly advises Blake, "Don't chase after whores, they always come back" - but Blake irritably shoves him away to run after Emily, who has dashed out of the hotel and onto the street, where she's struck by an oncoming taxi. Blake cries, "Emily!" and races over to where she's laying and drops to his knees beside her.
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