Recap: Rock Hudson and Krystle are still in lip-lock mode - while, unbeknownst to them, a photographer is hiding behind a nearby tree, capturing the grisly moment on film. Rock stares down at Krystle with a look of anguish on his wrinkly face and moans about how much he's looooooved her ever since dumping her older sister. In fact, he's so in loooooove with her he named his boat after her - The Kristie - and says he'd loooooove for her to go sailing on it with him some time. LOL. Krystle tells him he's wonderful and that being at the Delta Rho makes her feel close to him - but since she has no desire to disrupt her pampered life of leisure at Carrington manor, she's going to continue sticking it out as goat daddy's trophy wife. Rock stares down at her with a look of dismayed sadness.
In Acapulco, Amanda declines a dinner invitation with Prince Michael over the phone, then tells Alexis she's not in the mood to see him tonight. Alexis is all, "Wha-a-a?" and reminds her that the royal dork is considered "the catch" of her generation, and that at best she's demonstrating poor judgement by not aggressively trying to sink her hooks into him. She asks Amanda if Dex's negative 'tude about the prince is affecting her desire to want to pursue him, but Amanda haughtily retorts that Dex's opinions don't interest her in the least...and that she has a sneaking suspicion that life in Prince Michael's royal orbit would end up being a dictatorial and chauvinistic cesspool.
Blake calls Krystle to tell her he wasn't happy about how their earlier phone conversation went. He explains that when Alexis was in his hotel suite and answered the phone, Lady Ashley Mitchell and Minister Han were also in the room. Krystle says she's fairly confident that he's not stepping out on her with Alexis, then apologizes for being snippy and explains she's mostly annoyed about being told not to come to Acapulco when it's clear he would have had plenty of down time to hang with her and Kristina. Fair point. Blake's like, "Whatever" and ends the call with a mumbley good night, leaving Krystle staring pensively into space and wondering aloud if things between her and goat daddy will ever be as A-OK as they were in previous seasons.
Alexis has decked herself out in a white dress with scarily ruffled sleeves and tells Dex and Amanda that she ordered room service for dinner...and invited Prince Michael to join them. A few seconds later, the food arrives...along with Prince Michael, who glances around the room and smarmily wishes Alexis, Dex, and Amanda a pleasant evening. As Amanda glares over at Alexis in annoyance, Prince Michael recalls running into Alexis earlier...and when she noticed his long face at the prospect of dining alone, she invited him to drop by her suite for some room service food. He then claps his hands at a couple of loitering manservants, and they hastily carry in several ginormous flower bouquets to serve as a lavish thank you to Alexis for her gracious invitation.
Blake and Lady Ashley are enjoying an after dinner drink in the hotel dining room. He thanks her for her help with the Chinese delegation...and she asks if, in exchange, he'd mind doing her a solid and allow her to take some photos of him for inclusion in her latest photo essay book: Portrait of a Creaky Billionaire. When Blake blushingly consents, she proposes sealing the contract with a dance...and he smilingly remarks that this is the first time a lady has ever asked him to dance.
While dancing, Lady Ashley babbles about the awesome marriage she had with her rich, late husband and coquettishly says that when one thing ends, another begins. Mmm hmm..
Dex asks Alexis why she's working overtime to push Amanda into Prince Michael's arms - and Alexis snarkishly asks if he'd rather she pushed Amanda into his arms. Dex pretends to look appalled by what she's implying and snaps, "What the hell are you talking about?" Alexis shoots him a look of disgust and says she's well acquainted with the male psyche...and that while she has no problem with a little harmless flirting [even between her own husband and daughter, weirdly enough], she's pretty sure his brazen lust for Amanda is grounds for divorce. Dex denies having feelings for Amanda or any other woman except his wife - but Alexis lets out a caustic laugh and says she doesn't buy that for a second. Dex sexily offers to prove how into her - and only her - he is, but she's like, "Nope, not interested" and bitchily announces that she's off to contemplatively walk on the beach by herself.
Jeff hand delivers a large envelop that just arrived for Krystle, and when she opens it she finds a photograph of Blake and Lady Ashley dancing after their after dinner drink in Acapulco. She stares at it pensively for a few seconds and wonders aloud who could possibly be interested enough in her dull-as-fuck marriage to goat daddy to be sending her this shit.
Nicole asks Jeff, who's just returned to their bedroom after a morning jog, if his early start means she'll be eating breakfast alone...and he's like, "Well duh. That's what happens when you sleep in past 9:00am." She asks him whassup with his shitty mood lately...and when he grunts something unintelligible, she chides him for closing himself off and not giving her a chance to prove what an amaaazing wife she can be, and someone who can come to mean as much to him as Fallon did. Jeff snappishly orders her to not utter Fallon's name in his presence, and Nicole sassily reminds him what a slutty dimwit Fallon was, and that she abandoned him on their wedding day and then died alongside her Eurotrash lover. Jeff becomes enraged at the smack talk about his ex-beloved and swings an arm behind him like he's winding up to slug Nicole across the face...and she's all, "Ack!", collapses into his arms, whimpers, "Sorry.." and explains that she has feelings for him that run just as deeply as the feelings he once had for Fallon. She tells him she's not above begging him to get naked and enjoy a morning romp between the sheets, but he coldly says he doesn't have time and needs to get to the office pronto. Ouch.
Blake receives another large envelop which contains a photograph of when Krystle and Rock Hudson took a tumble inside the hay barn and stared longingly at each other. He scrunches his face concernedly and calls up one of his flunkies to look into hiring a private investigator to trace these photo deliveries.
After wrapping up a game of backgammon, Prince Michael tells Amanda he gets the feeling there's someone (besides him) she's romantically interested in. When she weakly denies it, he tells her he's falling in love with her and amorously begs, "Let me love you" before pressing against her for an intense smooch.
Lady Ashley asks Alexis whassup with Dex and his nefariousness in trying to steal oil leases away from Blake by convincing the Chinese to do business with an unnamed company they don't trust, and then taking over the lease deals (that will inevitably be withdrawn) so they'll be under the control of ColbyCo and Dexter International. Alexis calls that accusation slanderous, then accuses Lady Ashley of being openly smitten with Blake. When Lady Ashley hotly insists she has zero interest in goat daddy, Alexis cackles about how she obviously just hit a nerve.
Dex staggers back to the hotel suite after staying out all night...and when Alexis confronts him about his nefarious plot to screw up Blake's oil lease deals, he confesses his guilt and says he figured it'd make her happy to acquire the leases. Alexis angrily retorts that she doesn't approve of him making decisions without discussing them with her first...and he growls about how sick he is of her control issues. Alexis snarks that he did this purely to soothe his guilty conscience for lusting after Amanda...and when he storms out, she screeches, "Don't come baaaaack!!"
Claudia arrives at Carrington manor to take Danny to the park and speak privately with Steven. She tells him she hopes he can get over his pissy attitude towards her so they can be on more friendly terms - but he poutishly says he doubts that's possible, then insists again he's finished with Luke and all things homosexual. He assures her he's committed to leading a normal hetero family life...and that if she refuses to resume their shitty marriage he'll be like, "Next!" and find another woman to settle down with. As Claudia ponders her indifference at being replaced by an unsuspecting new wife-beard, the nanny delivers Danny to the sitting room...and she coos at the tot about all the fun they're going to have in the park.
Over at Denver Carrington, Adam finds Jeff seated behind Blake's desk, reading a confidential file associated with the South China Sea deal. He chides Jeff for overstepping his authority and demands that he stop reading the file at once, but Jeff shoots him a seriously? look and reminds him that Blake put him charge of the company while he's conferencing in Acapulco. Adam snarlingly tells him that after his liquor/slutty women binge this season he's an unfit executive and father, to which Jeff wryly replies that it's hard to take criticism from someone who's so bankrupt in the morals department. He reminds Adam that he's a major Denver Carrington stockholder and as such wants him to get the hell out of Blake's office, and Adam glares at him hatefully before storming out of the room.
Rock Hudson and a flunky named Pete are opening large wooden boxes filled with weaponry for the upcoming rescue mission in Paraguay when Charles and Dex saunter into the building. Dex tells Rock he's changed his mind about the mission and is eager to play G.I. Joe in Paraguay after all - but Rock warns him it's a dangerous job, and that he needs cool thinkers around him...not a man who's temporarily warm around the collar after arguing with his wife. Dex insists that he's totes dedicated to the mission, understands the risks, and knows that the team needs him...and Rock mulls that over and decides 'ah fuck it, why the hell not?'
Alexis drops by Blake's hotel suite and spars with Blake some more about the non-auctioned oil leases...blah blah...then offers him a special deal: she'll share with him the oil leases that Dex nefariously acquired from the Chinese and work in partnership with Denver Carrington. Blake agrees...and as they shake on it, he asks her why she's willing to settle for sharing the leases with him when she could have had them all. She scrunches her face into an uncharacteristically contrite expression and tells him she's tired of always being at war with the father of her children.
After a night of passionate doinking, Prince Michael joins Amanda in the shower and gives her a long sexy smooch. Later, over breakfast, she tells him she'll probably be heading back to Denver now that the conference is wrapping up...and Michael moans about missing the opportunity to acquire any of Blake's oil leases, and is heartbroken that she's about to leave Mexico. In the next breath, he warns her that when he gets home he prolly won't be calling her 'cause he'll be too busy with the preparations for his duchess fiancee's twenty-first birthday party. Amanda stares woodenly into space as she murmurs, "I see" ... and Michael hastily explains that he only proposed to the duchess 'cause his father ordered him to, and insists that he's not in love with her. He tells Amanda he cares for her very much and would somehow like the chance to prove it, but Amanda just shrugs indifferently and tells him to "save it" before rushing off to get dressed.
Blake is on the phone, attempting to trace the source of the Krystle/Rock photographs he's been receiving. When Amanda returns, he barks at her disapprovingly for staying out all night without calling...and she poutishly complains about everyone being so judgey towards her atop everything in her life simultaneously going to shit. A startled Blake asks her what's wrong, but she refuses to elaborate and tearfully presses herself against him for a comforting father-daughter hug.
Rock Hudson stops by Carrington manor to bid Krystle adieu before flying south. He gives her a number she can call if she needs to get in touch with him - but she tells him it won't be necessary 'cause they've already said everything there is to say. He sadly points out that he's just as rich and powerful as Blake and would never let the ogre separate her from her daughter...but when Krystle responds by staring pensively into space, he kisses her hand and coos, "I love you" before promising to come back for her someday.
Adam arrives downtown to help Claudia with a car problem...and when Claudia happens to look across the street, she notices Steven and Luke meet up on the street and then enter a restaurant together. She angrily mutters, "He promised me.." while she and Adam stare at each other incredulously.
Luke tells Steven he's accepted the fact that their relationship is no more, and that he's planning to resign from ColbyCo and get himself settled elsewhere. Steven tells him that while he totally digs him, he's turning his back on the gay lifestyle in favor of living life as a married straight-gay man in total denial about his sexuality. Luke shrugs and is all, "OK, dude. Good luck with that."
Lady Ashley enters the hotel dining room and joins Blake, who's getting ready to fly back to Denver. She asks him if she can start photographing him for her new book, then accidentally knocks over his briefcase that contains the photograph of Krystle and Rock Hudson. Blake grunts in irritation as he hurriedly gathers his scattered papers.
Over drinks at the La Mirage, Adam tells Claudia it's probably for the best that she saw Steven and Luke covertly meeting at a restaurant, 'cause now she can stop trying to save her hopeless marriage. Claudia grumbles about how much she hates that Steven lied to her about wanting to go hetero - but Adam urges her to chillax and clear her mind by getting some rest. She stares at him longingly, asks him to hold her hand, then says she doesn't want to be alone tonight...and he perks up at that and kisses her hand and cheek.
Krystle is reading by the fireplace when Blake returns to Carrington manor. He grimly tells her he has something to show her, then pulls out the photos he received of her canoodling with and smooching Rock Hudson. Krystle stares at the photos in pensive horror and explains that nothing more happened, then admonishes him for not trusting her. Blake furrows his brows and asks if she wants to remain his wife or run off with Rock Hudson...and, instead of answering, she just stares back at him in mute incredulity.
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Recap: Krystle is in one of the mansion's sitting rooms, cuddling Kristina and gushing to the nanny about how wee and fragile she is...and the nanny's like, "Yeah, whatever. I'm just here to whisk the tiny tot off to her nap." Krystle stares pensively into space for a few seconds, reaches for the phone, but then decides against making the call [probably to goat daddy].
Alexis drops by Blake's hotel suite in Acapulco...and when Blake demands to know what the hell she's doing here, she tells him she's here to talk business - just like all the other big oil producers who are in attendance at this hastily-put-together auction. Blake excuses himself from the room when His Royal Highness, Prince Michael of Moldavia calls...and naturally Krystle chooses that moment to call Blake on the second line. Alexis answers - but Krystle is so befuddled to hear Alexis answer Blake's phone, that she scrunches her face in bemused irritation before hanging up. When Blake reenters the room, Alexis tells him she wants her fair share of the oil leases, and he's like, "No. Now get the hell out of my hotel suite."
Rock Hudson startles Krystle in the stables as she's brushing out her horse...and when she finishes up with the grooming, she says she needs to head home now. Rock snarks at her for always running off and asks her if she's lost her nerve regarding her horse breeding venture, and says this isn't the type of business she can run half-heartedly. Krystle denies being half-hearted about it and says she intends to stick by her commitment...and he nods his approval and tells her that this was another of his bullshit tests to gauge how strongly she can hold her ground when someone questions how serious she is about raising Arabians. She smiles with relief that she passed his test (?) and somehow refrains from calling him out for always acting like such an obnoxious tool.
Amanda joins Blake in the dining room and tells him how much fun she's having - but that she needs to find herself a tennis partner. A few seconds later, an attractive young man in a white shirt and pants approaches their table...and Amanda assumes he's the waiter and asks him to bring her some water. The man looks amused and grabs the nearest glass of water from an adjacent table...and an equally-as-amused looking Blake introduces him to Amanda as Prince Michael of Moldavia. Amanda looks mortified and chides Blake for not alerting her to his royal status before she made a giant arse of herself - but Prince Michael gazes at her all smitten-like and says he enjoyed being mistaken for a waiter. After Amanda dashes off to play tennis, Lady Ashley Mitchell arrives in the dining room and tells Blake she's in Acapulco mostly to photograph the VIPs, then invites him to the big party she's throwing tonight for all of the oil business bigwigs.
Claudia drops by Luke's apartment to get the low down on his life story...so he tells her that years ago he found a woman to marry him despite the strong gay vibe he was likely giving off. Eventually he came out to his wife Karen, who was like, "No duh, Liberace", and the two promptly ended the marriage and went their separate ways. Claudia insists that Steven's path has been totally different, and needlessly adds that he's always made love to her like a hetero. She implores him to stay away from Steven and give Dynasty writers the space to figure out, for once and for all, if they truly have the courage to feature prime time's only openly gay character in the mid-'80s. Luke promises he'll stay away and not put any pressure on Steven - but tells Claudia she's fooling herself, 'cause he's walked a similar path. Which inevitably leads to gay town.
Nicole has on the sparkly red dress that Fallon's immortalized in in her portrait, and is admiring herself in the mirror when Jeff enters the room. He immediately gets enraged at the sight of her in Fallon's clothes, tells her she has no right to wear his ex/future wife's dresses, and orders her to take it off. When he tries to forcibly remove it, she smacks him across the face and yells at him to get away from her.
In the La Mirage dining room, Adam laments to Claudia that Blake no longer trusts him, and grumbles about being excluded from the Acapulco trip. He says he still feels like an interloper, even after all these years of trying to make up for lost time on account of his kidnapping...then snaps, "I will have what is mine!" while banging both hands on the table. Claudia looks alarmed by his outburst - but then jokes about how pathetic and self-piteous the two of them currently are. Adam clutches her hands and assures her they'll get through their respective emotional crises.
Alexis and Lady Ashley are sharing a glass of wine on Alexis' terrace. Lady Ashley teasingly asks Alexis if she wants her help with Blake's oil leases...then goes, "Nah nah, you can't have it." Alexis promises to make it worth her while, but Lady Ashley declines...and is coy about what she's really after in Acapulco, then mutely leaves the suite. That was one nonsensical scene...and some cringey wooden acting from Ali McGraw.
Claudia heads over to Carrington manor to tell Steven she spent the entire night thinking about her current wife-beard situation...and came to the conclusion that she has zero desire to wait around while he agonizes ad fucking nauseam over his ever-shifting 'am I gay, straight, or somewhere in-between?' conundrum. She says she won't continue to be "a screen to hide behind" ... and until he can make a firm decision about whether or not he wants to fully function in a hetero marriage, she's outa here.
Krystle and Rock Hudson are on his estate, skeet shooting. To help Krystle improve her success rate, he suggests she visualize someone she'd like to hurt, then pretend like they're the target...and, of course, she nails it on the very next shot. Rock asks her who she pictured up there - Blake? Alexis? - but Krystle shakes her head sadly and says she's still smarting over not being included in the Acapulco trip...not least 'cause Blake invited Amanda to tag along 'cause he thought she could use a fun vacay. Fair point.
Blake receives an envelop with no return address and inside finds a photograph of Krystle and Rock Hudson, smiling in each other's company. He stares at it, his wrinkly face scrunched in puzzlement.
Dex chats with Minister Han (of the Chinese delegation) about how he once rescued his son from something POW-related and is now ready to call in a favor after performing that heroic deed. A few seconds later, Alexis saunters over and tries to persuade Minister Han to partner with ColbyCo in developing Denver Carrington's oil leases...and he seems mildly intrigued by that prospect.
Prince Michael stands behind Amanda and coos, "Dance with me, Amanda Carrington", and she sassily retorts that she doesn't take orders from anyone. He smarmily says he'd be the saddest of princes if she declines, so she smiles and gives in. Dex, meanwhile, has noticed the two of them pressed together on the dance floor and is creepily staring at them from his table. When the dance ends, he pissily asks Amanda if she enjoyed dancing with his royal highness, and she's all, "Yep. Jealous much?" and he chuckles at the "absurdity" of that and claims he's merely concerned 'cause of what a player Michael is. Amanda shrugs unconcernedly, says she has a date lined up with the prince tomorrow, then flounces back over to him and invites him to continue dancing with her. Alexis appears out of nowhere and remarks to Dex how stunning Amanda and Prince Michael look on the dance floor, and he mumbles something in the affirmative.
The next morning at breakfast, Alexis seats herself at Blake's table and reminds him of what an excellent businesswoman she is, and that Minister Han is open to the idea of all three of them working together. Blake firmly tells Alexis his answer is always going to be a hard no - but Alexis huffily insists she wants the oil leases and refuses to take no for an answer.
Nicole shoots Fallon's portrait the stink-eye and nonsensically accuses, "You're winning again, aren't you?" A few seconds later, Jeff enters the room to apologize for his behavior earlier and presents her with an expensive bracelet...and Nicole gushes at its sparkliness, then assures Jeff she totally gets how much he misses Fallon - but vows to make him love her. When Little Blake (hereafter to be referred to as LB now that Jeff has officially re-nicknamed him) ambles into the room, Jeff proposes they all go for a ride. He's all, "Hurray!" but makes it clear he doesn't want Nicole to come along, 'cause Fallon is the only mommy he'll ever love.
Amanda and Prince Michael have spent the day together, swimming at his luxury villa. He schmaltzily rubs lotion on Amanda's "sunburned" skin, then starts kissing her arms and clavicle - but she stops him from going further by telling him she's starving and would like to go to dinner now.
After dinner in the hotel restaurant, Amanda bids Prince Michael goodnight and invites him to call her in the morning. Dex, who continues to creepily watch her interact with the prince, admonishes her wanton behavior and accuses her of unwittingly giving the Chinese delegation the impression that if Prince Michael beds her, it'll vastly increase his chances of acquiring Blake's oil leases. Amanda coquettishly says she'll bed the prince whenever she's ready to be bedded by him, then smugly says good night and flounces off to her room.
The next morning, Amanda hangs with Alexis in her suite and gabbles about how Prince Michael invited her to visit his kingdom of Moldavia - just as Dex returns from playing an invigorating game of tennis. Amanda smugly announces that she's off to go sailing with her new royal boyfriend...and once she's out of earshot, Dex asks Alexis if she approves of Amanda's dalliance with such a brazen playboy. Alexis says she wants Amanda to live her life to the fullest, then asks him why he's so interested in who she dates...and doesn't seem to sense anything amiss when, instead of answering, Dex just stares sullenly into space.
During a private meeting, Minister Han tells Blake he likes the idea of partnering with ColbyCo and Denver Carrington to develop the oil leases - but Blake argues that that particular threesome would lead to nothing but problems. When Blake is called away to take a call from Krystle, Lady Ashley pulls Minister Han aside and diplomatically explains that Blake and Alexis have been divorced for years, run rival companies, and generally hate each other's guts. She says it would be far better if he worked with Blake as a sole partner in this venture, and Minister Han mulls that over and decides 'sure, why the hell not?' After he leaves, Lady Ashley suggests to Blake that they have a drink, relax, and chat about how beautiful Krystle is - but says he'd rather not talk about his wife while they flirtily banter. Lady Ashley chuckles and muses about what "a real catch" he'd be if he were a bachelor on the open dating market, and Blake smiles blushingly in response. LOL. Be still my beating heart.
At Delta Rho, Rock Hudson and Charles are studying some photos in preparation for what looks like some sort of military rescue. Charles asks if Dex is going to be part of the team, but Rock grimly says no. A few seconds later, Krystle arrives unexpectedly...and after the two scramble to hide the photos, Rock invites her to go horseback riding with him.
As the two ride along the estate, Krystle's demented horse begins galloping out of control. Rock frantically yells, "Rein him in hard!", but a hapless Krystle flies off the horse and rolls down a short ravine. Rock leaps off of his horse and comes running over to where her rolling finally came to a stop...and is relieved that she doesn't appear to be seriously hurt. The two stare longingly at each other as he hovers over her, then leans in and plants her with a giant smooch.
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Recap: Alexis' adorable little dog scampers upstairs where Alexis and Dex are enjoying breakfast in bed and reading the morning paper. Alexis is so annoyed about Blake successfully negotiating a deal with a Chinese delegation regarding his South China Sea oil deal that she calls Carrington manor and leaves a message with Gerard for Adam to call her back asap.
Blake and Adam return to the mansion from their Paris trip, and are greeted by Jeff. Blake tells him they approached Lady Ashley Mitchell for some diplomatic smoothing over after a cultural misunderstanding with the Chinese, then shoots Adam a hate-filled stink-eye for being the dumbfuck who caused the cultural misunderstanding. A few seconds later, Nicole ambles over with Little Blake, who's off to the zoo with his nanny...since it doesn't look like either his dad or new stepmom has any interest in spending the afternoon with the tot.
Adam drops by the penthouse and confirms to Alexis that Lady Ashley Mitchell helped Blake reconvene a meeting with the Chinese so they could reach a deal regarding his oil leases. Alexis wonders aloud which bank(s) Blake will approach in order to borrow the funds he'll need to develop the leases, then asks Adam if he knows anything 'bout that. Adam says he has no idea what Blake's plans are, not least 'cause Blake doesn't trust him or anyone else enough to reveal them. Alexis wanks Adam by assuring him that she trusts him, and urges him to jump ship and come work with her at ColbyCo. Adam firmly tells her he has no intention of being disloyal to Blake, regardless of what an insufferable dickwad he's currently being towards him, and says she's going to have to find another source for this kind of intel. After he leaves, Alexis stares contemplatively into space before placing a call to Lady Ashley.
Krystle returns to Carrington manor after a long horseback ride and finds Blake in the nursery, cooing at Kristina. Blake tells her his business trip was a great success and vaguely adds that he got some "outside assistance" ... and a disinterested Krystle's like, "That's nice" and gabbles about how much she's learning about raising horses, and herself in the process. She says that while she expects to make mistakes, she fully intends to succeed at something without his help, guidance, or bossy dickery. Blake glares irritably into space for a few seconds before saying he's done talking about this now...and Krystle accuses him of being dismissive about something that has become a source of deep fulfillment for her. She natters about how much she loooooves watching colts being born and haaaaaates that he never wants to share any of it with her...and Blake points out that she routinely shuts him out of her horse hobby 'cause she's [justifiably] afraid he'll take over the entire operation, and this leaves no real opportunity for him to share any part of it with her. Krystle refrains from acknowledging that that's actually a pretty good point, and just stares silently into space as he bitchily stalks out of the room to make some business calls.
Back at the penthouse, Alexis and Dex continue to canoodle in the bedroom while Amanda sits in the living room, scowling at the giggly sex noises coming from upstairs. She flashes back to when she and Dex doinked in the ski lodge, then stares wistfully into space.
In the next scene, Amanda has hurriedly packed her bags and raced over to Carrington manor. She whimpers to Blake about how she can't stand living with mummy and Dex anymore, and Blake assures her it's all good and that she doesn't need permission to sponge off of him by living in his mansion rent free...'cause, after all, non-blood relatives like Jeff and his skanky wife Nicole are shamelessly doing it.
The following morning, Alexis barges into Blake's office to haughtily announce that she wants in on the South China Sea oil leases. Blake tells her he's not remotely interested in doing business with her and to go pee up a rope - just as she spots a photograph that Lady Ashley took of Blake in Paris and autographed. She cackles about how beautiful Lady Ashley is before sashaying towards the door.
Back at the mansion, Amanda is sketching in the study when Dex drops by to apologize for his dickish behavior towards her and is sorry he hurt her feelings after his impulsive boning of her. Amanda snarkishly retorts that she doubts he'd change anything about their impromptu doink - just as Blake enters the room to see whassup with Dex being in his house. Amanda says that Dex was just leaving...and once he's out of earshot, Blake asks her if she's OK. She breezily replies that he just came to make peace between her and Alexis, and Blake stares back at her with a skeptical expression etched across his wrinkly face.
Blake heads upstairs, where he finds Steven reading a bedtime story to Danny. After the nanny takes Danny off to bed, Blake tells Steven he's been thinking a lot about "how right" his marriage to Claudia was, and that he shouldn't throw away the chance to be a hetero married man. Steven mulls that over while staring contemplatively into space.
Nicole tells Jeff that she and Little Blake are starting to become pals...and that after a long chat with Krystle, she feels as though they understand each other better. Jeff shrugs indifferently and tells her not to worry so much about what everyone else thinks, then glumly says he doubts he can ever really be happy again. Nicole fondles his bare chest and says she'll take that as a personal challenge, then steers him towards the bed. The two cackle sexily at each other as she takes off her robe...and he carefully lays her on the bed in a way that prevents the cameraman from getting a direct shot of her naughties, then mounts her.
Steven is playing racquetball with Luke...and after a vigorous game, Luke invites Steven out for dinner tonight and also to get together this weekend to meet his sister. Steven shoots him a look of disgust and bitchily growls that it's a little too early for him to be meeting the family...and Luke somehow refrains from telling him where he can shove his rude 'tude.
Blake tells Krystle he plans to host an event in Acapulco to auction off 25% of his South China Sea leases so he can raise the capital he needs in order to continue with his oil drilling...and smugly adds that he's pretty confident there'll be a stampede of business people who want to bid on the leases. Krystle says she's disappointed that he's jetting off again when he just returned from Paris, then gets a call from someone at Delta Rho, informing her that one of her colts is sick. She tells Blake she needs to deal with this crisis pronto, and rushes off.
The veterinarian tells Krystle that the [perfectly healthy looking] colt is far too diseased with colitis to live a fruitful life, and recommends putting it down. Krystle stares back at him in horror, refuses to give up the colt, and orders the vet to do everything in his power to save the poor animal.
At ColbyCo, Steven and Luke are putting the final touches on a press release when Steven wearily says, "We need to talk" and natters some bullcack about how frightened he is about how much he cares for him, while at the same time fears losing a sense of who he is and what he wants out of life. He says that while he loves him, he hates the idea of living the gay lifestyle and would prefer to work things out with Claudia so he can go back to being part of a traditional family unit. He embraces Luke for one last goodbye hug - just as Claudia appears in the doorway with a knowing look on her face. She bitchily says, "One of these days I'll learn to knock", and Steven explains that he was just now saying goodbye to Luke so he could work on resuming their marriage. He assures her that his fling with Luke is over, and promises from now on to be the world's most faithful, awesome husband.
Billy Dee Williams is angry at Dominique for all the globe trotting she's been doing with Blake, and warns her that a phantom company has been making moves to take control of her company...and that he suspects it's Blake. Dominique says that's not possible, and reminds Billy Dee that she just inherited $100 million from Blake's/her father and can use those resources to fight off whatever phantom company is trying to destroy her. Billy Dee nonsensically refuses to consider that option and bitterly accuses her of wanting the spotlight all to herself.
Dominique barges into Alexis' ColbyCo office, immaculately styled in a brown wool coat and matching fur hat, to confront Alexis about being behind the phantom company that's trying to take over her company. Alexis admits, "Yep, that's me all right" - LOL - and agrees to back off if Dominique caves to her demands:
Dominique warns Alexis that she's pushing her too far, and makes it clear that she has no intention of crawling into the gutter with her, despite being a gritty street fighter herself.
At La Mirage, Claudia tells Adam that after a brief revisit to Gay Town, Steven wants to reconcile with her and go back to being a hetero husband. Adam looks shocked and predicts he'll cheat on her again, asks her how long she plans on wasting her life with such a bitchy tool, and urges her to file for divorce asap.
Billy Dee Williams tells Dominique he found someone to help finance her fight against the takeover attempt - but Dominique turns that down and says she's putting all of her trust in Blake to help her out with the situation. Billy Dee gets enraged and snarks about not being needed in their marriage anymore...and when Dominique implores him to accept her alliance with Blake, he violently shoves her away from him and barks, "We're through!" Dominique stares at him in shock and cries, "Noooooo!!" as he storms out of her suite. Seems like a crazed overreaction to what sounds to me like a sensible business decision, but OK.
Blake cheers up a morose Amanda by inviting her along to his auction in Acapulco, and she perks up and is all, "Hurra!"
Amanda phones Alexis to needlessly report that she's off to Acapulco with Blake, and adds that it's probably a good thing if they don't see each other for awhile. After the call, Alexis scans the newspaper and cries out gleefully when she finds a blurb about Blake's upcoming oil lease auction in Acapulco. Dex overhears her happy squeals and says he plans on going too, and explains that he has some unrelated business with Blake that needs resolving.
Krystle is elated when the colt quickly recovers from its disease and scampers happily around the paddock. Charles rushes over to Krystle and tells her that Rock Hudson is about to arrive via the incoming helicopter, and she makes an ew face, chirps, "Sorry, gotta go!", and scurries to her car and drives off before Rock has a chance to land.
Krystle bursts into the study to happily declare to Blake that she and Kristina are accompanying him to Acapulco. He frowns in response and tells her it's not a vacation, and that he'll be working around the clock. He says he'll only be away a couple of days and promises to arrange a pleasure trip for them after the auction - just as Krystle stares down at his desk and notices the signed photograph of him that was taken by Lady Ashley. She cryptically replies, "So much can happen in a couple of days", then dejectedly wanders out of the room.
Alexis is packing when Lady Ashley returns her call. Alexis informs her about Blake's oil lease auction in Acapulco and invites her to come as her guest, and is thrilled when Ashley's like 'sure, why the hell not?'
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Recap: Alexis is lunching with Adam and reading aloud a newspaper article about Lady Ashley Mitchell: a photojournalist who inherited a fortune from her late rich husband Maynard (who was friends with Cecil). After Alexis makes a few catty remarks about the beautiful rich widow, Adam tells her he arranged a meeting in Paris with Blake and a Chinese delegation (who Lady Ashley somehow has close ties to) in order to rehash the South China Seas oil leases storyline. Alexis makes a sassy wisecrack about Adam's undying loyalty to Blake, then says she'd like to kept in the loop about the negotiations so she can get in on the oil deal - but Adam firmly refuses to "play spy" on her behalf.
Rock Hudson accompanies Krystle to a horse breeder so she can look over the available horses and make her first purchase. He briefly schools her on what to look for in an Arabian...then abruptly says he's gotta go and good luck with that.
After horse shopping, Krystle returns to the mansion and excitedly tells Blake she bought her first Arabian today...and he's like, "Whoopee shit" and sarcastically asks if her "partner" approved of her choice. Krystle shrugs and says she has no idea 'cause she made the purchase on her own, then invites him to come see her pretty new horse - but he declines and says he's too busy preparing for his Paris summit with the Chinese delegation. Krystle pouts as she retorts, "This horse is my Paris", and Blake rolls his eyes and sarcastically tells her how utterly thrilled he is about her newfound hobby. Krystle reminds him he used to have the decency to show regret whenever he was too busy with work to spend time with her, then wonders aloud, "Whatever happened to that time?" before turning around and quietly exiting the study.
Over at ColbyCo, Steven apologizes to Luke for being a snappy bitch to him during the previous episode, but Luke just shrugs and says he's A-OK with them dialing it back and interacting in a strictly professional manner. Steven jokes about calling him sir from now on, then chides him for giving up on their friendship merely 'cause he threw a tantrum. He places a hand on Luke's shoulder and tells him how much he appreciates his honesty - just as Adam appears in the doorway and is all, "Mmm hmm.." at the flirty non-hetero vibe he's detecting. Steven quickly pulls his hand away and asks Adam whassup, and Adam smirkingly says it's not important and that he'll call him later. Luke shakes his head in dismay at the awkward interaction and wearily tells Steven to give him a call if he's ever ready to come out of the closet.
Jeff returns to Carrington manor and introduces Blake and Krystle to his new bride, Nicole. Blake and Krystle stare at the two in shocked bewilderment before congratulating them and extending an invitation to join them for dinner so they can tell them all about their ill-fated quickie wedding.
Alexis calls Lady Ashley Mitchell and gushes about the photos she took of the Queen Mother's birthday, then gets down to business and says she'd like progress reports on the negotiations regarding Blake's South China Sea oil lease proposal. When Lady Ashley asks why she should expend a single ounce of her energy doing that, Alexis reminds her that Maynard and Cecil were friends - plus she would owe her a favor if anything ever came up. Ashley mulls that over, mumbles something unintelligible, and - much to Alexis' annoyance - abruptly ends the call.
Jeff tells Blake that the main purpose of his Bolivia trip was to track down Fallon...and when Blake asks him how in blazes he ended up marrying a tacky gold digger like Nicole, Jeff just shrugs stupidly and mumbles, "I dunno." Blake says that he and his new bride are welcome to live at the mansion...and Jeff wanks him about what a generous man he is before giving him a thank you hug.
Dex arrives at the penthouse after being informed by Alexis' manservant that she has fallen ill with a debilitating migraine. When Alexis - who's lounging atop her bedroom chaise with a well coiffed 'do, full makeup, and decked out in a lacy black teddy - hears Dex come up the stairs, she shoos away her pet Shih Tzu, and pretends to be sickly and asleep. Dex tiptoes over to the chaise, hovers over her, and whispers, "Darling.." and she "wakes up" looking all pretend groggy and poutishly asks him if he's here to pick up his laundry. He tells her he's here to make sure she's OK, and that he's been miserable during their estrangement for the last episode and a half. He proclaims his love for her and insists that he really does want their marriage to work - but that at some point they (though mostly she) will have to make concessions for one another. Alexis makes an ew face at the prospect of any kind of personal sacrifice and says she's in no mood for a marriage counselling session, then pulls him towards her for a smooch. When he gently chides her for luring him to the penthouse on false pretenses, she giggles and points out that he did fall for it...and he laughingly replies, "Yep, you got me there!", then mounts her so that the two can smooch more intensely.
After the commercial break, Dex and Alexis indulge in a sexy breakfast of caviar and champagne while canoodling in front of the living room fireplace...and Alexis jokingly points out that it's cocktail time in Paris, meaning they can pretend to be Parisian lovers reconciling. When Amanda enters the room and glares at the spectacle in icked out bewilderment, Alexis invites her to join them for caviar - but Amanda snappishly says she's not hungry, shoots Dex a pouty glare, and storms off. An irked Alexis declares Amanda the moodiest of her children, then asks Dex to spill whatever secrets he's been keeping with respect to Rock Hudson and their military escapades. When a miffed looking Dex asks how she found out about that, Alexis tells him that some unnamed person spilled the beans to her...and Dex angrily replies that that person needs to keep his/her mouth shut.
Over at Carrington Manor, Nicole wastes no time adapting to her new role as a wealthy man's haughty wife by admonishing Jeannette for addressing her as Miss Simpson instead of the preferred Your Royal Highness, Mrs. Jeff Colby. She then says she has a shit ton of laundry she would like done immediately - but Jeannette's like, "Sucks to be you" and tells her there's a maid shortage today. When Nicole bitchily asks what the hell she's supposed to lounge around the mansion in, Krystle suddenly appears in the doorway and politely asks Jeannette if she wouldn't mind laundering at least a few of Nicole's outfits so that her immediate "clothing problem" is solved...and Jeannette dutifully obeys before scurrying out of the room. Krystle informs Nicole that half of the servant workforce is currently out with the flu, and so the mansion dwellers have been doing their best to go easy on them. She then half-heartedly welcomes Nicole to the family and says that Jeff deserves to be happy, and Nicole agrees and insists that she really really wants to make him happy...then glares over at the Fallon portrait staring back at her.
Steven is doing a boxing workout in the mansion's gym when Adam wanders in to ask him where he spent the night, assumes the answer is 'in the sack with Luke', and snidely accuses, "You're having an affair with that little fag you work with." Steven's all, "Wha-a-a?!" as he and Adam quickly step aside so that their stunt doubles can punch each other while rolling around on the floor, damaging gym equipment - until Claudia rushes in and yells at them to stop. When she demands to know what's going on, Steven snaps, "I can't deal with you or your questions right now!" and Claudia snaps back, "You never could!" After Steven storms out, Adam tells Claudia he takes back what he told her about doing her best to make her marriage with Steven work, and urges her to unyoke herself from her unhappy life as Steven's wife-beard.
Steven heads straight over to Luke's apartment - but Luke looks less than thrilled to see him and says he has zero desire to help him sort out his 'I can't decide if I'm gay/not gay' impasse. Steven assures him he's finally re-resolved that conundrum and knows for sure where he wants to be. He then steps inside the apartment, and the two stand in the foyer for several long seconds, staring longingly at each other. Mmm hmm..
The head of the Chinese delegation, Mr. Wang, tells Blake and Adam he'll consider Denver Carrington's South China Sea deal proposal, but can't guarantee he'll get around to it any time soon. Blake politely says he'll patiently wait out the decision for as long as it takes...and everyone shakes hands and politely nods at each other. Lady Ashley Mitchell arrives at the hotel and stares into the meeting room, giving Blake an appreciative once-over. She then greets her old pal Mr. Wang, and escorts him out.
Dex drives over to Delta Rho to ask Rock Hudson what he told Alexis about their military missions, and Rock shrugs and says he didn't tell her anything. Dex accuses him of abandoning him in a war zone and snappishly adds, "We're out of business!" - but Rock reminds him he's never been able to turn down a challenge. Dex snarks back that he's turning it down now, then storms back to his car.
Amanda returns to the penthouse after a night out, drunk and stumbling around the foyer in a poofy black and silver gown. When she falls to the floor and starts giggling uncontrollably, Dex is conveniently on hand to help her to her feet...then scoops her into his arms when she proves too drunk to stand upright. She gazes lustfully at Dex, purrs about how appealing he is, and eggs him on to kiss her - just as Alexis appears in the stairway, looking less than pleased about her husband being so tenderly helpful to her beautiful young English rose of a daughter.
The next morning, Alexis serves Amanda tomato juice with a raw egg in it and wryly says it'll help with her hangover. She then suggests that Amanda look into moving to Carrington manor ASAP so she can..
Nicole throws a party at Carrington manor with a group of rowdies...and two stressed out manservants struggle to maintain order and keep enough champagne flowing. One of the partygoers, Bill, remarks to Nicole how unsettling it must be for her to have Fallon's portrait staring down at her all the time...so he drags a chair over and climbs atop it to remove the offending portrait - just as Krystle enters the room and tells him to get down. She snaps, "Party's over!" ... and everyone quietly files out and mutters to one another about what a big downer this party suddenly turned into. Krystle makes it clear to Nicole that Fallon will always be part of this house and that she's going to have to find a way to respect that...and Nicole nods in sheepish agreement. Once Krystle's out of earshot, she stares up at Fallon's portrait and bitterly concedes, "You win again."
Blake gets irked when Adam admits to meeting with the Chinese delegation on his own...which, for some reason, offended Mr. Wang so severely that he abandoned the negotiations and departed Paris. Seems like a weird overreaction, but OK. Adam offers to approach Lady Ashley Mitchell to see if she can coax the Chinese back for another meeting, but Blake snappishly says he'll handle things from now on.
Jeff finishes up a call with Blake about the negotiations debacle when Krystle enters the room and looks irked that Blake didn't ask Jeff to hand the phone over to hear. Jeff shrugs and points out that it was strictly a business call...and after a miffed Krystle stalks out, he places a call to Lady Ashley Mitchell to set up a one-on-one with Blake.
Blake implores Lady Ashley to do whatever she can to bring the Chinese delegation back to the negotiating table...and she chuckles about the high level of confidence he has in the level of influence she has with Mr. Wang. She then gets a dreamy look on her face and recalls seeing him (Blake) for the first time at some rich person event in Vienna six years ago. She explains that at the time she was on assignment as a photographer, and thought to herself that of all the old billionaires in the room, he was by far the most passably attractive silver fox...and Blake blushingly chortles at the compliment and says he's very flattered. She then gets down to business and asks him if he thinks Alexis would approve of a successful negotiation with the Chinese, and Blake says he's pretty sure she would not. She perks up at that and says she has no intention of being a part of Alexis' manipulation and will therefore do whatever it takes to convince Mr. Wang to return with his delegation to Paris.
At Delta Rho, Krystle receives the shipment of her new horse, a beautiful white Arabian named Fantasia. Rock Hudson looks over the animal and finds fault with various physical features, and Krystle stares at him incredulously and says there's absolutely nothing wrong with her. Rock abruptly shifts gears and asks her why she would let him talk to her like that, then warns that she must never ever let anyone push her around. Krystle scrunches her face confusedly, says she doesn't like him administering these confusing tests, and shoves him. Rock chuckles with delight and says he's proud of her, then leads her over to a nearby barn he's planning to renovate. The two start to climb up a pair of loft stairs and accidentally tumble into a pile of hay...and a man positioned nearby with a camera starts taking compromising looking shots of Krystle hovering over Rock, asking him if he's OK. (He's fine, btw.)
Back in Paris, Blake and Lady Ashley are standing in front of the fireplace in her swanky apartment, chatting about all the American food she's missed out on while living in France. Blake promises to host a barbecue for her next time she's in Denver so he can serve her the world's tastiest burger, and she happily chirps, "It's a date!" He thanks her for her help in getting the Chinese back to the negotiating table, and she responds by leaning in and giving him a smooch...then explains that she couldn't help herself from giving in to her impulse. Blake grins goofily and says goodbye...and once he's out of earshot, she nonsensically murmurs, "Good..? I'm not so sure about that."
Recap: Krystle arrives at Delta Rho Stables, dressed in a casual jeans/work shirt ensemble, to begin her schooling (by Rock Hudson) on training Arabian horses. Inside the paddock, Rock tells her her first task will be to halter break a young horse...and as Krystle confidently strides toward the horse, Rock warns her that Arabians are more spirited than other types of horses. Krystle pets and coos at the horse - but when she tries to remove the halter, the horse freaks out and gallops off, dragging Krystle's stunt double with it until she lets go and falls face-down in the dirt.
A few hundred feet away, an unidentified man is crouched in the bushes, snapping in-no-way compromising photographs of Krystle and Rock Hudson as he teaches her the finer points of halter removal. An oblivious Krystle tells Rock she very much enjoyed Lesson #1, but now needs to return to Carrington manor.
As Krystle drives home, the unidentified man who had been photographing her and Rock appears from out of nowhere in an SUV and starts tailgating her and trying to drive her off the road. Krystle's all, "Wha-at's going onnnnn?", then pulls over and takes note of the SUV's license plate number.
Jeff and Nicole are sitting in an outdoor cafe somewhere in Bolivia...and by somewhere in Bolivia, I mean a studio backlot in West Hollywood with a lot of extras milling about in straw hats and colorful peasant-wear. Nicole grumbles that their search for the gold statue has been a colossal waste of time and money - but Jeff disagrees, 'cause word on the street is that a young American woman (who just happens to strongly resemble Fallon) is also scouring Bolivia for the statue. Nicole shoots him the stink-eye before getting up and storming off...and lurking nearby is a young woman with brown hair and very large sunglasses who keeps glancing over at Jeff all furtive and mysterious-like. Pamela Sue..? Is that you?
Krystle returns home and tells Blake about the SUV driver who nearly drove her off the road, and gives him the license plate number so he can look into it. She gushes about how excited she is to go into business with Rock Hudson breeding, raising, and training Arabians...and an irked looking Blake grunts something unintelligible while she dashes upstairs to shower and change.
Alexis returns to her penthouse from last episode's Sumatra travels and is greeted by Amanda, who extends her condolences about her grandfather. Alexis says that since she's continuing to peddle the fiction about her bio dad being a ski instructor, Tom Carringon couldn't possibly have been her grandfather...and Amanda chides her for continuing to perpetuate that nonsense - just as a disgruntled looking Dex enters the room. Alexis asks if he's still mad at her for jetting off to Sumatra without much notice...and he's like, "Well duh" and says he's especially sour about the fact that she went there with Blake. Alexis refrains from pointing out that since Blake hates her with the intensity of a thousand suns, it's unlikely that anything sexual could possibly happen between them, then haughtily reminds him that she's an independent, proudly bitchy woman who does as she pleases. Dex says she can't expect to do that if she wants to stay married to him, then storms off...and Amanda's like, "Awkward" and tells Alexis she recently came across a newspaper article about Dex and Rock Hudson rescuing MIA soldiers in Cambodia. Alexis mulls over that fascinating nugget while muttering, "How heroic", then lights a cigarette and stares contemplatively into space.
The mysterious brunette sneaks into Jeff's/Nicole's hotel room and rifles through their drawers...and when Jeff and Nicole return, they're aghast at the mess she left behind. Nicole cries, "Oh no! The treasure map!" - but is relieved when she finds the map in its secure hiding place behind a framed photo. Jeff picks up a piece of paper the intruder must have left behind and is startled when he recognizes Fallon's handwriting on it, then tells Nicole he's leaping to the conclusion that she must be around here somewhere.
Blake has summoned Dominique to his Denver Carrington office to apologize for not previously acknowledging her as a Carrington - but then says it's largely her fault for not coming directly to him when she first arrived in Denver. Dominique concedes that, yep, at the time of her arrival, she wasn't sure if she wanted revenge more than she craved being an accepted member of the Carrington clan...and Blake clucks knowingly and said he sensed that she was playing games, and therefore treated her with the level of contempt he reserves for devious women. Speaking of devious women, Blake assures Dominique that Alexis won't stand a chance against them if she contests Tom's will...and Dominique says she's happy to hear that, and is sooooo delighted to finally have had a father in her life - even if this father-daughter relationship only lasted for the last thirty-five seconds of Tom's life.
Alexis calls Dex on his large '80s cell phone while he's in the middle of a business lunch. She purrs about how much she misses him and urges him to come home, then asks whassup with him and Rock Hudson rescuing soldiers in Cambodia. He snaps, "The subject is closed", then abruptly hangs up. Alexis calls her friend George from the State Department and orders him to dig up everything he possibly can about Rock Hudson, in particular his Cambodian exploits.
Krystle tells Rock Hudson she's not sure how to go about raising the money she's going to need for her Arabians project, so he urges her to think her way through the problem solving process. She scrunches her face thoughtfully for a few seconds, then says she could kick-start this venture by putting Allegre out to stud, and reach out to prospective partners to form a syndicate of rich horse lovers who'd be willing to fork over some investment cash to cover stud fees. Rock Hudson nods approvingly and gives her the phone number of someone from Kentucky who can help her out with that. She thanks him and scampers off, leaving him staring after her longingly.
Luke drops by Steven's office to invite him to a football game, but Steven declines 'cause Claudia is due back from D.C. tonight...then gets all prickly when he feels like Luke isn't acting understanding enough about how desperately he wants to patch things up with his unfaithful wife-beard.
Back in Bolivia, Nicole is getting fed up with the fruitless statue search and tells Jeff to burn the treasure map. [Fuuuuuck yes, and amen to that.] He dutifully lights a match - but then stares at the map closely and notices that it references the Church of the Nativity. He furrows his furry brows perplexedly and wonders aloud if it's a clue. I can only assume so, Jeff.
When Blake returns home, he's informed by Gerard that Rock Hudson is waiting for him in the study. When Blake's all, "Wha-a-a?" and goes to investigate, Rock tells him that someone from his Denver Carrington office summoned him to the mansion for a meeting. Blake shakes his head and insists that his staff doesn't make that kind of mistake...and after some boring banter [which I missed 'cause my brain tuned it out, and I couldn't bring myself to hit rewind], Blake warns Rock to quit making a play for Krystle and then snarks that she doesn't need a hobby. Rock says, "I couldn't agree more" and saunters out of the room.
The next day, while looking over horse photos, Rock Hudson tattles to Krystle about what Blake said about her not needing a hobby...and Krystle scrunches her face in annoyance and complains that Blake doesn't take her passion for horses seriously, and that she's irked he would articulate this to Rock. She says she needs to take care of this asap, and rushes out.
Krystle storms over to Denver Carrington to give Blake the what for about his condescending attitude regarding her recent horse fetish. She assures him she has no intention of neglecting Kristina - and, in fact, wants to be the kind of mother who would make her proud. She natters about how she's been way too passive over the last four and a half seasons, aka content to live through everyone else's eyes while everyone else "does". When Blake suggests she fill her leisure time with charity work, she tells him that despite being his trophy wife for the last five years, she's not comfortable hanging around rich people...and that she really really wants to raise Arabians. She declares, "I'm going to go for it, damn it!" and storms out - just as Blake receives a call from his contact at the DMV, who reports that the license plate of the man who nearly drove Krystle off the road is not registered to anyone.
Alexis drops in on Rock Hudson to tell him she's learned all about his top secret rescue missions - but warns him to keep Dex out of any further military-type operations 'cause she'd rather not become a widow...again. She coyly adds that if he wants to rescue someone, he could always swoop in and rescue Krystle from her hellish marriage - but Rock Hudson sternly retorts, "I'm no Porn-'stache" and chides her for trying to manipulate him into breaking up a marriage, however dickish Krystle's old goat of a husband may be. Alexis chuckles and says she admires his spunk and hopes they can be friends.
Claudia and Adam are having dinner at the La Mirage when Steven enters the dining room, sees them enjoying each other's company, and contorts his face into its usual pissy expression. When Claudia spots him, she rushes over to say hey...but he just pouts about how she didn't call him to tell him she was back in town. She explains that she and Adam just got back an hour ago and were really hungry...then points out that the two of them are separated. Steven irritably says he'll call her tomorrow and that they should both keep their fingers crossed he'll be in a better mood. I wouldn't count on that.
Alexis puts on another of her tacky '80s gowns to go out on the town...and when she invites Amanda to come along, Amanda makes a face and says she's not in the mood. Alexis lets that slide and declares that they're both going to the ballet tomorrow night - but Amanda says she has to decline that too 'cause Blake is hosting a family dinner to formally welcome Dominique into the family. Alexis tells her how giant a dickwad Blake can be, and that he's turned his back on his other children at various points: Steven for being gay, Adam when he first arrived in Denver. Amanda gets disproportionately upset over that comment and cries that Alexis only ever cares about getting her own way...then races out of the room and briefly exits the scene while her stunt double takes a tumble down the stairs. Dex, who just happens to be standing at the foot of the stairs, gently helps Amanda back to her feet and asks her several times if she's OK...and a suspicious looking Alexis takes in the unmistakable look of tenderness on Dex's face and snappishly assures him that Amanda's fine. Not least 'cause her stairs are carpeted, and there aren't very many of them.
Nicole and Jeff check out the Church of the Nativity and are about to throw in the towel on their tiresome quest when Nicole spots a grave with the name Luz Maria Montana and cries, "Montaña is Spanish for mountain!" She moves on down the row of grave stones and finds one with the name Carlos del Rio, and cries, "River!" Jeff gets in on that action and finds an urn atop a nearby grave and suggests they come back after dark so they can explore it more secretively.
That evening, Jeff opens the urn, reaches inside, and finds the gold statue wrapped up in a cloth. He hands the prize to Nicole, who shakes it and giddily says that jewels are rumored to be inside of it. The mysterious brunette suddenly appears, points a gun at the two, and says, "I'll take that." Jeff orders Nicole to hand her the statue...and as she does, he wrestles the mysterious brunette to the ground and confirms that she's not Fallon. He demands to know who she is...and when she doesn't immediately reply, he growls, "Damn it, answer me!"
Back in the hotel room, Jeff questions the mysterious brunette, who identifies herself as Lois Dern, an archaeology student who has taken it upon herself to prevent looters like them from stealing Bolivia's national ancient treasures...and who, for some nonsensical reason, was carrying around a letter Fallon wrote. Jeff 's like, "Er, OK" and orders Nicole to hand the statue over to Lois so she can rush it over to the local museum, pronto.
Alexis drops by Blake's office to talk about Tom's will - and Blake warns her that if she contests it, she'll be going up against a family who won't yield to her usual tactics. He makes it clear he's giving Dominique his full support, and Alexis snorts derisively and says she'll figure out a different, more effective way of "breaking that saloon singer into little pieces".
That evening, Blake hosts a 'Welcome to the family' dinner for Dominique and, at long last, acknowledges her as his half sister. As the rest of the Carringtons mumble, "Welcome..", she looks touched and thanks them...and that she's dreamed of this night since she was a child.
Alexis returns to the penthouse decked out in a ridiculous furry gown and hat/veil combo and peppers Amanda with questions about Dominique's dinner. Amanda tells her about the fancy food that was on the menu, and Alexis rolls her eyes in disgust and says it all sounds like peasant food. When Amanda gushes about what a beautiful and elegant lady Dominique is, Alexis disdainfully asks, "Do you really think that that thieving parvenu is, in any way, related to you?" ... and Amanda says she does, actually, and that they're getting together for lunch next week. Once Amanda is out of earshot, Alexis makes a beeline over to the nearest phone, calls up one of her investigator flunkies, and asks him to dig up every piece of financial intel he can find on Dominique Deveraux.
The following morning in Bolivia, Nicole canoodles Jeff until he wakes up all groggy-like and mutters about what a drunken night he had. Nicole says it was wonderful - not least 'cause they got married. Jeff stares at her in horrified shock, since clearly he has no recollection of the night before, and is all, "Wha-a-a-a-a-a??!!" She shoots him a smug grin, then holds up her hand to display the gold band on her ring finger.
Recap: Krystle tells Blake she's irked that he didn't leave the gala with her and that she got worried when he was MIA for so long. Blake tells her he just went for a drive, snidely adds, "Now you know how it feels", and throws it in her face about how worried he was when she spent all day at Rock Hudson's stables during the previous episode and didn't bother calling to tell him where she was. He dials his bitchitude back when he explains that he got a call during the gala informing him that his father is dying, then says he'd prefer to be alone to mull over this abruptly interjected subplot.
The next morning, Blake arrives at Denver Carrington and tells his secretary to cancel all his meetings 'cause he's off to Sumatra to sit at his dying father's bedside.. then is all, "Ack!" when he finds Alexis waiting for him in his office. She haughtily tells him she heard, third hand, that Papa (Tom) Carrington is dying and that she intends to see him before he expires. She reminds Blake that Tom always liked her and that he had love for their children, but Blake disagrees and snaps, "He's not capable of love." Alexis refutes that by reminding Blake how kind Tom was to her after Adam was kidnapped, and that his frequent phone calls helped keep her sane during that difficult time. She wants to return this kindness by being there for him now, but Blake snaps back that he doesn't want her there...and Alexis counter-snaps that she's coming along anyway, and if he doesn't like it he can suck on it.
Claudia swings by the mansion to take Danny to his doctor's appointment, but Steven nixes that arrangement and tells her that the tot is all set to go with his nanny, Rita. Claudia says they should probably discuss his near raping of her last night, but Steven weakly explains that his "clumsiness" was a weak, failed attempt to get her back, and that there's nothing left to say. As he shuffles off dejectedly, Adam enters the room and tells Claudia he's off to Washington D.C. to convince the State Department to pressure the Chinese to reopen negotiations with Blake. [LOL, there's far too much to unpack with the implausibility of that unsavory sounding objective.] Claudia says she too is off to D.C. to meet with State Department officials to discuss using La Mirage for a conference. Adam says he'd loooove her company on the flight, and she grins back at him in agreement.
Krystle offers to accompany Blake to Sumatra, but he tells her she should probably hang around Denver 'cause Kristina is due to be released from the hospital soon. Blake gripes about how Tom is his "mortal enemy" and that he was a giant shitbag to his mother on account of all the drinking and brazen sleeping around with other women he frequently indulged in. Krystle shrugs and says that some marriages aren't meant to be, and that people can change and grow apart. Blake assures her that his feelings for her won't ever change, and that he's optimistic that they'll be able to work out their problems. Krystle concurs and says they're going to need to have a loooong talk when he gets back from Sumatra.
Over at the penthouse, Amanda is reading a newspaper clipping about military veterans Dex and Rock Hudson titled 'Daring Helicopter Rescue of MIAs in Cambodia' when Dex enters the living room. Amanda shows him what she's reading and asks him to elaborate on the heroic act, but he instantly clams up and snatches the clipping out of her hand. Amanda tells him that Alexis left town on business and says that if he's uncomfortable being alone with her, he should move into a hotel until his wife returns. Dex wryly says he's not remotely tempted to fall into bed with her ever again, and that their previous doink was purely a visceral attraction that didn't mean anything to him...and that if it meant something to her, it's her damn problem. Sounds a bit 'the man doth protest too much'ish - but ouch.
Luke drops by Steven's office to ask him how he's feeling after making a drunken fool of himself the night before...and Steven chuckles at his arsery, shakes Luke's hand, and thanks him for helping him sober up with all that coffee. Luke asks Steven if he's been acting all distant towards him 'cause he correctly guessed that he's gay and assumed he was coming onto him...and Steven looks fake surprised as he exclaims, "Wuh? You're gay?" and somehow manages to deliver the line straight-faced. Luke says indeed he is gay - as anyone with even the lowest levels of gaydar could easily detect - but that he's also quite capable of forging platonic friendships with men. In that vein, he invites Steven to a friendly dinner tonight, and Steven's like, "Why not?" and says he could really use someone to talk to about his wife-beard problems.
Blake arrives at his father's large house in Sumatra and rushes over to his sickbed. Tom, an angry bearded ogre of a man, glares at Blake and snaps, "What the hell are you doing here?" Blake says he's here mostly to get an apology for all the nastiness he's wrought on Family Carrington over the years. Tom applauds him for always being an honest guy - unlike his shifty brother Ben, who Blake says he hasn't heard from in a very long time. Blake says he also came all this way to introduce him to someone - and a few seconds later, Dominique sweeps into the room. She identifies herself to Tom as Laura's daughter...and when Tom just glares back at her in shocked incredulity, she smugly clarifies, "I'm your daughter."
At the La Mirage, Nicole tells Jeff she's having second thoughts about embarking on a Raiders of the Lost Ark type adventure to unearth a Bolivian statue. She reasons that there's no place for her on this mission, not least 'cause Jeff only seems to care about finding Fallon. Jeff admits that while he was in love with Fallon, he feels the need to channel Indiana Jones so that he can finally close that chapter in his life in as nonsensical a manner as possible. Nicole poutishly tells him he'll have to close this chapter without her...and Jeff stares at her mutely for a few seconds before exiting the room.
Blake and Dominique take a break from standing around Tom's sickbed to sip tropical drinks delivered by a tiny servant boy. Blake reminisces about the only loving memory he has of his father from his childhood: when the two got stuck at the top of a Ferris wheel during a storm, Tom comforted him by holding his hand (sadly, it was the only time he'd ever held his son's hand). Alexis suddenly sweeps into the room and smugly tells Blake she defied his order not to come 'cause nothing was going to stop her from saying goodbye to Tom. The nurse pops into the room to inform Dominique that she can spend a few minutes with Tom now, which prompts Alexis to glare at Dominique and ask Blake what right she has to be here. Blake mumbles that it's none of her damn business.
Dominique demands that Tom acknowledge her as his bio daughter, but he refuses and snarks, "You're not!" Dominique says her mother told her all about getting knocked up by one Tom Carrington, then asks him if he really truly wants to die being hated by his own daughter. Tom snarls at her to leave him alone, and that he hardly remembers his former mistress, to which Dominique barks, "Liar!" and insists that he and Laura bore her out of love...and that, by golly, she now wants her rightful last name. She yells at Blake to come into the room, then orders Tom to acknowledge her as his bio daughter - but Tom again refuses and shrieks, "Get her out of here!!"
Blake calls Krystle to give her an update about Tom's deathwatch and to report that Alexis just showed up in Sumatra unannounced. Krystle pensively replies that she'll be spending some of her time today at Delta Rho to visit the new colt, then will head over to the hospital to pick up Kristina.
Claudia cuddles Danny after his doctor's appointment, then has coffee with Krystle. She laments her tedious marital problems, then confides in Krystle that she was unfaithful to Steven 'cause of how needy she is, and faintly hopes they can somehow work through their trust issues.
Alexis enters Tom's room to pay him a last visit. He appears thrilled to see her, and the two reminisce about how they danced the tango at her/Blake's wedding. After a blechy coughing fit, Tom asks her how Fallon is doing...and Alexis avoids telling him that she's been presumed dead, and instead opens her wallet to pull out a pouty looking photo of Pamela Sue Martin. Tom grins approvingly, then coos flatteringly about Alexis' beauty and spunk and assures her that she's included in his will...and asks her to please use some of the money to buy something special for Fallon.
Dex returns to the penthouse and finds Amanda asleep on the couch. He smiles at the sight of her, then gently pokes her awake and tells her she should go to bed. She smiles up at him and shoots him an unmistakable come hither look...but when he flinchingly backs away, she snarks at him to get lost 'cause she doesn't need his concern. When he quickly darts off, she stares after him in poutish longing.
Claudia drops by Adam's D.C. hotel room so they can carpool to the State Department. He suggests they get together for dinner that evening, and she happily accepts.
The Carrington servants titter excitedly at the imminent arrival of baby Kristina. As Gerard opens the door, Krystle sweeps in with her baby in her arms...and the two bowl shaped 'do lads - Little Blake and Danny - scamper over to peer at their tiny aunt. As Krystle stares proudly at her spawn, who she's wrapped in a very poofy satin blanket, the two lads assure Krystle that she's a very beautiful baby.
Later, Jeff watches Little Blake as he rides his tricycle around the mansion. He promises to take the tot to the zoo...and when Blake moans, "I wish mommy could come toooooo", Jeff promises to bring a recast version of her back to him, asap.
Jeff drops by Nicole's La Mirage room to apologize for being so Fallon-focused earlier. He tells her he's ready to move forward with her towards a new, happier life, and that he's really into the idea of going on a fool's errand to track down an elusive gold statue. Nicole pulls out the treasure map, hands it to him, and smooches him...and Jeff gets all into it as he flashes back to smooching with Fallon.
A tipsy Claudia follows Adam back to his hotel room. He puts on some music and asks her to dance...and after the two sway together and get into some smooching action, she backs away and says she should probably stumble back to her own room now.
Back in Sumatra, Blake, Dominique, and Alexis are standing around Tom's bedside, waiting for him to finally go gentle into that good night. Tom tells Alexis that she's a pistol and implores her to never change, apologizes to Blake for being such a disaster of a father/husband, then urges him to look after his sister. Dominique perks up at that as Tom adds, "She's family. Be good to her." Dominique rushes over to sit beside him and take his hand into hers...and he stares at her tearfully and tells her she's just as beautiful as Laura. He then invokes the Ferris wheel memory from Blake's childhood and admits that he's frightened of facing death...and a few seconds later he quietly drifts off as everyone stares sadly into space.
At the will reading, Tom's lawyer announces that each servant will receive $5,000 (cheap bastard), and that the bulk of his $500 million estate will be divided equally between Blake, Dominique, and Alexis...and that Dominique is to be appointed the will's executor "for reasons that are to forever remain private". Alexis objects to Dominique being in charge of her children's legacy and snarks, "I'll fight this travesty!" ... and Dominique wryly says that despite all the hatred among the three of them, "we're all one big family now".
Recap: Krystle and Rock Hudson are bickering about the framed photograph (snore) he sent her at the end of the previous episode when Charles pops into the room to alert Rock that his prize mare is in labor, and that he called the vet 'cause it's not going so well. Krystle perks up at that and is all, "Mare..?" then tells Rock she could be of assistance during the delivery, having grown up on a farm and all.
Over at Carrington manor, Claudia is packing her belongings into several large suitcases when Adam drops by her room and is all, "Wha-at's happening?" She tells him she's moving to the La Mirage, largely 'cause of how dickish Steven is being about him being cuckolded and her not being Danny's bio mom. When Adam points out that Carrington men can be ginormous dickwads and implores her to rethink her decision, she thanks him for being a friend to her, but insists on finishing her packing and moving out of the mansion asap.
Billy Dee Williams bursts into Dominique's La Mirage suite with an armful of gifts. Dominique smilingly says she's very happy he popped in on her...then admits to being extremely bummed out by Blake's refusal to acknowledge her as kin, despite everything she's done for him. When he ask her why she gives a rat's ass about possibly being related to the old goat, she haughtily pronounces, "I am a Carrington by birth!", then clutches her husband in a desperate looking hug.
Alexis snarls at Dex for suggesting they urge Amanda to go live at Carrington manor for the foreseeable future, so he explains that he'd like some time alone with his blushing bride...and would prefer that the nubile young woman he hit the sheets with a day before their wedding not be in such close proximity to them all the damn time. Amanda chooses that moment to bound into the room unannounced, and Dex shoots Alexis a see? look and irritably says he was just on his way out. Alexis tells Amanda she's soooo happy that the two of them (plus Dex) will be living under the same roof together and hopes that they'll become more than just mother-daughter, meaning friends. Amanda says she's willing to give that a go, but warns that she fully intends to split her time between her and her new bio dad. Alexis rolls her eyes derisively and snarks that Blake isn't even her father - but Amanda says she's no longer buying the nonsense about her getting knocked up by some random ski instructor and firmly says she'll see who she wants, when she wants. Alexis snappishly retorts, "You're a little brat and I'm not going to allow it!" and Amanda snaps back, "Try and stop me!" and flounces out of the room. Alexis glares contemplatively into space for a few seconds before sashaying over to the end table to pick up the phone and place a call to Dominique.
Back at the Delta Rho ranch, Krystle is soothing the soon-to-be mama mare as she struggles through labor. Rock Hudson wonders aloud if maybe the foal is too big for the birth canal...then reaches behind the horse while the camera pans over to some slippery, real life footage of a foal birth. When the camera pans back to Rock and Krystle, they're beaming in delight at each other, and at the adorable little foal that has just come into the world.
Billy Dee Williams drops by Blake's office to ask Blake why he refuses to acknowledge Dominique as his half-sister, then points out that he had no problem accepting Amanda as his daughter without much in the way of scientific proof. Blake explains that he was willing to do that 'cause Amanda never demanded anything of him...then says that the most he's willing to do for Dominique is give her a good return on her investment.
Alexis and Dominique are enjoying an extravagant looking lunch at ColbyCo. When Dominique asks her whassup with this unexpected lunch invitation, Alexis says she'd like to make her an offer she can't refuse, then offers to buy all of her Denver Carrington shares for a handsome price. When Dominique asks her why she's interested in doing that, Alexis chides her for questioning her motives...and Dominique counters that she hasn't come this far in life by not questioning everyone's motives at all times. She then tells Alexis she seems waaaay too anxious to buy her shares and isn't inclined to sell them to her on account of she doesn't seem to be any less of a soulless douchewad than Blake.
When Dex runs into Amanda at the penthouse, she poutishly asks him why he's suddenly OK with her living there...and he stares at her hungrily as he woodenly replies, "I had no choice." Not sure what to make of that retort, Amanda just stares mutely at him in her usual pouty fashion.
Rock Hudson pours himself and Krystle (who he's now calling Kristie) a glass of champagne to celebrate the birth of the new foal. He gushes about her "gift" for soothing in-labor mares...then says that since they've just experienced something very special, he'd like an explanation as to why she hates him so much. When she tells him it's 'cause of the way he walked out on her sister Iris, Rock explains that he was never in love with Iris 'cause he had eyes for someone else (hint: her name rhymes with Shmystle) ... and that he gently broke it to Iris in a respectful heart-to-heart, after which they never spoke again. He stares quizzically at Krystle and asks her what she thinks he did that was so terrible, but she just breezily says she's satisfied enough with his version of events and no longer hates him.
Blake is at the hospital, staring at Kristina through the NICU window. When he asks a nurse if she's seen Krystle yet today, she tells him she hasn't...and Blake stares concernedly into space.
Krystle and Rock Hudson stroll through the Delta Rho stables to look over the pretty horses. He asks her if she's ever considered making a career out of working with horses, and she tells him that being Blake's trophy wife and a new mother leaves her with little spare time. Rock shakes his head disapprovingly and asks her if she really wants to spend her life being a pampered lady of leisure, then tells her she can be anything she wants. Krystle stares pensively into space, mulling over the limitless opportunities her life could be.
Krystle returns home looking rejuvenated from her day at Delta Rho. Blake grumpishly asks her where she's been for the last several hours, so she tells him she's no longer mad at Rock Hudson...and that they delivered a foal together. She excitedly tells him she's thinking seriously of working with Arabians, and Blake scrunches his face confusedly and goes, "Why? They're just show horses." Krystle snaps back, "Like me?", and Blake's like, "Well d'yuh" and curses Rock Hudson for putting such lofty ideas in her head. He condescendingly tells her she has no idea about all the work that is involved with the raising of horses...and she insists she does, then sourly says she has so much she'd like to tell him about her sudden horse fetish, but doesn't feel like she can talk to him about anything.
Steven returns to Carrington manor and runs into a visibly distressed Krystle, and the two head over to a private room to nudge the ill-fated Rock Hudson storyline forward. She tells him that, years ago, Iris swore her to secrecy when she confided in her that Rock Hudson is Sammy Jo's father...and that she just realized today that Rock has no idea he knocked up Iris. She thinks he has a right to know that he's the father of an opportunistic skank, but Steven urges her to keep a strong lid on that explosive news.
Alexis summons Billy Dee Williams to her penthouse and tries to persuade him to convince his wife to sell her her shares of Denver Carrington. Billy Dee Williams asks her if this transaction is mostly about her intense hatred of Blake...and she confirms it is, and poutishly adds that Blake has robbed her of so much. Billy Dee Williams makes it clear that his wife is in charge of her own business affairs, and therefore he won't be bringing up the matter to her...and Alexis glares unhappily into space.
Adam tells Steven that Claudia became so disgruntled by their marital woes that she packed up her stuff and moved to the La Mirage. When he remarks on how said it is for Danny to lose a second mother, Steven's all, "Wha-a-a-a??" and rushes out of the room to verify his wife's sudden departure from Carrington manor.
Steven storms over to La Mirage and orders Claudia to pack up her clothes and return with him to the mansion. When she refuses, he grabs her and snarls, "I'm tired of being pushed away. It's time you started acting like my wife!" to which Claudia growls, "Don't you come near me" and tells him to prove his ambiguous manhood with someone else. Steven suddenly looks discombobulated at the realization that he was about to sexually assault his wife-beard, then stumbles toward the door.
Billy Dee Williams suggests to Dominique that she spill the beans about being Blake's half-sister to The Chronicle - but Dominique shrugs and says she's not yet sure how far the writers plan to develop this boring-as-fuck subplot.
Steven heads to the nearest bar to drown his sorrows. Luke Fuller, who just happens to be in the bar at that very moment, makes a beeline over and seats himself next to him. Steven tells him he's having marital problems...and when he drunkenly orders the bartender to pour him another one, Luke offers to take him to his place and get him sobered up (sans hanky panky) before depositing him at Carrington manor.
Dr. Harris tells Krystle that Kristina should be able to come home soon...then shifts the conversation to her private marital issues (!) and says it's obvious that she and Blake are going through a rough patch - and that that's something no baby can solve. He urges Krystle to get more out of life than just staring at her sickly preemie through a glass window - interesting advice from a NICU doctor, LOL - and find something that feeds her soul. Like raising horses, for example.
Everyone gathers at the La Mirage for a swanky shindig honoring Rock Hudson's sizable donation to the hospital. Blake ambles over to Rock and asks him whassup with squandering an opportunity to make money off of the sale of Allegre, then demands to know what he's up to - but when Krystle suddenly walks over, Blake mutters, "Now's not the best time for this conversation" and lumbers off. Rock makes a beeline over to Dex and tells him they have to talk, but Dex is like, "No can do" and hastily crosses the room. A confused Alexis asks Rock to explain what that brief interaction was all about, but Rock says, "I don't think I could" and spacily wanders off. That was an oddly pointless series of interactions.
Jeff and Nicole sneak into Claudia's office to crack open the safe, which Nicole believes contains Peter's half of the treasure map. She squeals happily when they find the map in an envelop that has the name Peter scrawled on it...in Fallon's handwriting, uninterestingly enough. I'm keeping my fingers crossed that it's 'Next stop: Bolivia' for these two dullards.
As Blake drones on to the other partygoers about something or other, Krystle gets bored and glances across the room at Rock Hudson, who smiles at her and walks over to invite her to dance. A few seconds later, Alexis remarks to Blake how attractive Rock is and then asks him if he'd like to dance...and Blake says he could probably stand about a minute and a half of dancing with her before hastily passing her off to Dex.
Later, Krystle finds Blake drinking at the bar with a sour expression on his wrinkly mug. She asks him whassup with him acting like a jealous husband, and he snidely asks her if he has any reason to be, then demands to know why she spent so many hours at Delta Rho the other day. She tells him again that she and Rock Hudson delivered a foal together, and that the miracle of life provoked thoughts of her lifelong [yet never before expressed] dream of raising Arabians. Blake dismissively calls her naive before being summoned to Claudia's office for a private one-on-one with Dominique.
Dominique informs Blake that she's suing him for misappropriation of funds after learning that he used part of her investment money to pay his mortgage. Oops. Claudia pokes her head into the room to inform Blake that he has an emergency phone call from Gerard, who breaks the news to Blake that his father has just suffered a near fatal heart attack. Dominique refers to Old Man Carrington as "our father" and insists on flying to Sumatra with Blake.
Krystle tells Rock Hudson she's pretty pumped about pursuing her "lifelong" dream of raising and training Arabian horses. He says he can help her, one step at a time...and she perks up at that and says, "Then teach me."
Recap: Alexis, Dex, and Amanda arrive at a luxury hotel in London and are escorted up to the super swanky Chelsea Suite, which Alexis gushes is her favorite hotel suite in the entire world. She suggests to Amanda that she take a nap before dinner...and once she's out of earshot, Dex asks Alexis..
1) why she was so anxious to get Amanda out of Denver, and
2) why she so abruptly changed her mind about marrying him.
Alexis retorts that..
1) she's competing with Blake for Amanda's affection and figured that dragging her around the UK indefinitely would somehow preclude Blake and Amanda from ever communicating long enough to discover that they're really father and daughter, and
2) she finally decided 'why not buy the cow even when I'm getting the milk for free?'
She asks Dex if he loves her, and he breathily replies, "Yesssss" and coos about how [despite doinking her daughter in the previous episode] he wants to marry her more than ever.
Blake and Krystle are watching a horse race on TV and cheering on Allegre. When the commentator mentions that Allegre is about to be auctioned, Krystle scrunches her face pensively and wonders aloud why anyone would want to sell the gorgeous beast. Blake says he'd be more than happy to seeing about buying it back for her 'cause she's long overdue for an extravagant gift now that she's given birth to their spawn...and assures her that Denver-Carrington is enough in the black that he can afford to re-purchase the prize-winning horse.
The camera pans over to the Delta Rho stables, where a Frenchman named La Salle tells Allegre's owner - Rock Hudson (!) - he's interested in buying the horse. Rock Hudson's assistant Charles pulls him aside and tells him that word on the street is that Blake Carrington is also interested in Allegre and will pay anything to buy it back for his trophy wife...then tells him the story about how Krystle sold Allegre to free up some much needed funds after Blake lost millions following the South China Sea debacle.
Over drinks in New York, Nicole tells Jeff she's skeptical about Fallon being alive, but Jeff disagrees and thinks maybe she's been wandering the streets somewhere, suffering from amnesia. Nicole urges him to stop living in the past and join her on her Indiana Jones and the Solid Gold Bolivian Statue adventure, but Jeff says he's not interested 'cause he's already rich...but then offers to help her find the other half of the treasure map - which apparently Peter was toting around at the time of his death - on the off-chance it leads him to Fallon.
Over at the hospital, the nurse tells Krystle and Blake that Kristina's progress is nothing short of miraculous...and the two head over to the NICU window to gaze at their spawn and gush about her strength and character. Rock Hudson and Charles drop by the hospital for some contrived, unexplained reason...and when Rock Hudson spots Krystle and Blake on their way out, he quietly exclaims, "That woman. No! It couldn't possibly be...?" Yes, Rock. Looks like it be.
Blake is finally able to reach Amanda by phone in the Chelsea Suite, and asks her if she wouldn't mind returning to Denver asap so she can take a blood test and let the doctors either include or eliminate him from the pool of men who could have doinked Alexis roughly nine months before she was born. She agrees and gabbles about how happy it'd make her if they turned out to be father-daughter. As a miffed looking Alexis eavesdrops from the next room, Amanda tells Blake she'll fly back to Denver right after the wedding...and when Blake is all, "Wuh? Wedding?", Amanda explains that Alexis is planning to tie the knot with her pet boyfriend, Dex.
Moments before the horse auction gets underway, Rock Hudson sees Blake and Krystle arrive, stares contemplatively into space for a few seconds, then orders Charles to pull Allegre out of the auction. Despite Charles' protests, an announcement is made over the PA system that Allegre is no longer up for auction.
Rock Hudson requests a one-on-one meeting with Blake, and tells him he wants to sell the horse directly to him in order as a reward for Krystle's act of loyalty in selling Allegre when money was tight. Blake scrunches his wrinkly face in puzzlement as he questions Rock's motives...then returns to the limo and tells Krystle he just got a business proposition he needs to wrap his brain around.
Alexis announces to Amanda that after a brief honeymoon, she wants the three of them to enjoy a looooong Caribbean cruise, far away from Denver. When Amanda objects to third-wheeling it with her mother and [sexy] new stepdad, Alexis rebrands the vacay as a family holiday, and urges her to invite some friends...or a beau perhaps. Amanda stares into space and poutishly says she has no friends or beau, so Alexis tells her it would mean a lot to her if she tagged along anyway...and Amanda reluctantly agrees.
Amanda asks Dex if he’s actually going to go through with the wedding despite last episode's doink, and he says it was a regrettable lapse in judgment, and that he has no intention of ruining the only relationship that, for some God-only-knows-why reason, really matters to him. When Amanda poutishly chides him for forgetting about her and her feelings, he assures her he won't forget her...and Amanda perks up at that and asks if he cares for her. He's like, "Um, I dunno...I guess, sorta", though not enough to put a stop to the wedding. Amanda slaps him hard across the face, yells, "I hate you! I loathe you!", and storms out of the room.
Wedding day! Inside a ginormous, empty cathedral, the vicar is performing a lackluster looking ceremony to bind Alexis and Dex in matrimony. When he gets to the part where he asks if "anyone can show just cause why this couple cannot lawfully be joined together in matrimony", Amanda glares forlornly at Dex, but remains mute.
Steven asks Claudia why she seems so restless, so she confesses to hitting the sheets with Dean Caldwell while he and Luke were flirting it up in Santa Barbara. She says she only did it 'cause she's been so desperately lonely, then promises it'll never happen again. Steven does his best to emote disapproval and asks her if he's not man enough for her...and when she tries to cuddle him and assure him he's plenty man enough for this wife-beard, he shoves her away and storms out of the room.
Blake takes Krystle to the Delta Rho stables, where Allegre is led out with a big red bow around her neck. When he tenderly says, "Merry Christmas, darling", Krystle lets out a happy squeal and leap-hugs him.
Rock Hudson tells Charles he's cancelling his plans to spend Christmas in Monte Carlo so he can hang around Denver and get the ball rolling on his (sadly) short-lived Dynasty stint. When Charles scrunches his face confusedly about why he'd want to pass up the opportunity to vacation in Monte Carlo, Rock offers up a nonsensically incoherent explanation.
While Alexis and Dex are away on their two day honeymoon, Amanda meets up with her Aunt Rosalind and complains that Alexis hid her passport so she couldn't fly back to the States unattended. She then implores Rosalind to reveal who she thinks might have knocked up Alexis around the time she was banished from Carrington manor.
Blake and Krystle drop by the hospital to gaze lovingly at Kristina through the NICU's glass window.
When Alexis and Dex return from their honeymoon, Amanda puts her extra pouty face on and accuses Alexis of confiscating her passport. Alexis chuckles breezily and says she merely had it put in the hotel's safety deposit box, then gives her the key and bitchily tells her she's old enough to go down to the lobby and fetch it herself. Amanda smugly informs her she's flying back to Denver to give Blake the good news about her paternity - courtesy of Rosalind, who could no longer hold herself back from spilling the beans. She poutishly warns Alexis to not retaliate against Rosalind (or else!), then flounces out of the room...leaving Alexis glaring angrily into space.
Dominique drops by Blake's office to thank him for inviting her to spent Christmas Eve at Carrington manor, then toots her own horn about what a great financial partner she's been to him, and how helpful she proved herself to be during the ill-fated-for-Ahmed Istanbul operation. She says she'd like him to publicly acknowledge her as his half-sister - but Blake's like, "Whoa, Nellie..." then tells her he tracked his father down to see if the [I'll assume] centenarian would confirm siring an illegitimate daughter. Blake reports that his father denied ever sleeping with her mother...and Dominique shrieks, "He's lying! I'll find a way to make you accept the truth!" before getting up and storming out of the room.
Claudia is reading Danny a Christmas story when Steven enters the room, scoops up his bowl-shaped hairdo kid and snaps at Claudia to get lost so he can be alone with his (meaning: not her) child. Ouch.
Amanda tells Blake what Rosalind told her: when Alexis arrived in Switzerland after being banished from Carrington manor, she confided in her that Blake, and not some random ski instructor, was her unborn baby's father. Blake and Amanda squeal happily and collapse against each other in a hug, and Amanda coos about how relieved she is that the writers have finally gotten around to establishing that he's her bio dad.
On Christmas Eve, a group of carolers make their way to the mansion to entertain the Carrington clan - a scene that goes on for what felt like a really loooooong time. When they finally wrap it up, Gerard hands the caroler-in-charge an envelop and gives them all the bum's rush out the door - just as Santa (!) appears on the top of the staircase. He scampers down the stairs, then leads Little Blake and Danny into the living room so everyone can sit around the tree and open their gifts. Krystle's gift to Blake is a large portrait of Fallon (the Pamela Sue Martin version) ... and Jeff stares at it sadly, while Little Blake mutters, "It's mommy. I love you mommy." A few seconds later, he and Danny are whisked off to bed by the nanny.
Steven pulls Claudia aside and apologizes for his bitchitude earlier, and Claudia just shrugs indifferently and says she's fully aware that she's not Danny's bio mom.
Blake proposes a toast to the family's newest addition...prompting Dominique to grin in happy anticipation, then contort her face angrily when Blake formally welcomes his long lost spawn, Amanda, to the family. As everyone crowds around the two and gushes about the Carrington's newest member, Dominique can bear the snub no longer and storms out of the room. Adam discreetly remarks to Claudia that he doesn't trust Dominique and is pretty sure she wants something from Blake...and Claudia says she's so intrigued by this boring-as-fuck subplot that she'd like to help him uncover what the interloper is really up to.
Blake presents Amanda with a bedazzled locket...and she looks touched and thanks him - just as Alexis (clad in a red gown with extraordinarily poofy sleeves) and Dex appear in the doorway. She orders Amanda to give mummy a kiss, then pack up her gifts and return with her and Dex to the penthouse. Amanda's all, "Noooo, mummy!" and explains that Blake has invited her to live at Carrington manor indefinitely, so Alexis haughtily pronounces she's cancelling that invitation. LOL. Blake reminds Alexis that Amanda is not a child and can make up her own mind about which parent she'd be most comfortable sponging off of, and Alexis snarks at him to shut it and once again orders Amanda to leave with them. When Amanda continues to refuse, Alexis orders Dex to order Amanda to leave with them...so Dex half-heartedly tells Amanda that both he and Alexis would be delighted if she were to return to the penthouse. Amanda visibly perks up at that, but just stares mutely at the two of them.
Krystle gets a package in the mail, which turns out to be a gold framed photo of her sister and Rock Hudson, who apparently was once her sister's boyfriend. Blake studies the frame and remarks on how expensive it is, then demands to know why a man other than himself would give her something so extravagant. Krystle tells him to shove his suspicious 'tude, then storms over to Delta Rho to angrily confront her sister's ex.
Krystle snappishly tells Rock Hudson she's returning his package, then growls, "How daaaaare you come back into my life after what you did!" and glares hatefully at him.
Recap: Krystle wakes with a start, then tries to climb out of her hospital bed while wailing at Blake about how tiny and fragile Kristina is...and needlessly recaps that the tot's premature birth occurred after their argument, which resulted in her stunt double's dangerous roll down the Carrington manor staircase. Blake urges her to not focus on that, then assures her that their daughter is a fighter and will be totally out of woods by the time the end credits roll.
In the penthouse dining area, Dex is lounging in his bathrobe while reading the paper and nibbling his breakfast. Amanda enters the room, also in her robe, and snipes at him for something or other (my brain has started to tune them out) ... and he snappishly tells her to grow up, then irritably stalks out of the room.
Jeff drops by Nicole's room at the La Mirage to learn more about Peter De Vilbis' final days...and gets a confusing earful. Nicole nonsensically explains that since Peter had an expensive drug habit he needed to perpetually fund, he became obsessed with acquiring a solid gold statue that was rumored to be buried somewhere in Bolivia. Um, OK..? To that end, he got himself the requisite treasure map - but only had part of the funding for the expedition...so when he somehow learned that Fallon fled her wedding, he immediately began tracking her movements. He quickly hopped aboard a plane, flew north and located Fallon at the monastery, where he attempted to squeeze more dough out of her. Jeff snarks that Peter was using Fallon the same way that she (Nicole) is trying to use him now, but Nicole promises that if he helps her find the gold statue, she won't suddenly abscond with it. She adds that she's also not slutty like Peter, aka a man who always had to have a hot woman on his arm, e.g. Fallon or the Swedish model he picked up in L.A. shortly before the plane crash. Jeff perks up at that fascinating tidbit and wonders if it's possible that the Swedish model (and not Fallon) was the person who perished on the plane with Peter...but Nicole just scrunches her face quizzically and asks, "Then where is Fallon?" Jeff furrows his caterpillar brows and says, "That's exactly what I'm going to find out."
Amanda arrives at the hospital with a stuffed panda bear and checks in with Blake about the status of Baby Kristina. He tells her that the tot is doing her best not to die, then asks her how it's going with Alexis...and adds that if she ever needs to talk, she's always welcome to confide in him. Amanda tells him she's aware that he hired a PI to look into the dragged out 'could Blake possibly be Amanda's bio dad?' storyline, and Blake promises that one day soon she'll find out who her bio dad is - a mystery they could quickly resolve by grabbing the nearest doctor and ordering him to draw blood and determine, for the love of all that is holy, the likelihood of whether or not the two are father and daughter.
Dr. Miller informs Blake and Krystle that Kristina has accepted the blood transfusion with no problems...and that the little gaffer is so strong and resilient that it's doubtful she'll ever have any health issues from this moment on. Blake smiles goofily, while a relieved Krystle happily mumbles that their baby is going to be just fine.
Amanda drops by Alexis' ColbyCo office and is informed by Alexis that Dex is coming over, which means the three of them can have dinner together. Amanda contorts her face with a look of distaste, then tells her mother she interviewed with Maxwell Allen about a job at The Chronicle. Alexis frowns disapprovingly, snarks, "One does not break bread with vultures", and tells her she can always come work at ColbyCo if she ever wants to pretend to be a serious career woman. Dex enters the office and snipes at Amanda for something or other...and Amanda poutishly reminds him she has feelings, then angrily storms out of the office. Alexis chides Dex for his chronically bitchy attitude towards Amanda, and says he's going to have to accept the fact that this poutish, nubile young woman [with whom he's been working overtime setting the table for an 'I'm acting like I hate you even though what I really want is to make passionate love to you' scene] is her daughter.
Dominique and Adam arrive at Carrington manor to give Blake the latest update on Rashid Ahmed's killing: the man who fatally shot him had a personal vendetta against him and is being solely blamed for the murder. LOL. How implausibly convenient for Blake. Adam hands Blake the confession letter Ahmed signed moments before he was killed, and Blake studies it contemplatively for a few seconds before ordering Adam to set up a press conference so he can fully exonerate himself in front of a gaggle of reporters who hopefully have nothing more newsworthy to report on that day.
Amanda is sitting on the balcony, sketching a likeness of Dex's head, when Adam arrives to see whassup. Amanda complains about how talking to Dex and/or Steven always deteriorates into a contrived argument, and that she has no idea what to make of her weirdly over-dramatic mother. When Adam advises her to "learn to love Alexis on her terms", she poutishly counters, "Blake doesn't create terms." Adam chuckles heartily and says she's living in a fantasy world if she thinks Blake is any less of a douchebag than Alexis, and that at heart he's a crotchety old goat who makes it extremely hard for anyone to get to know. Amanda chews on that troubling assessment while staring contemplatively into space.
Jeff tells Blake he's going out of town on a secret trip, then asks him if he wouldn't mind looking in on his son every now and again. Blake frowns disapprovingly, says Little Blake needs his father, and chides Jeff for his absent parenting style this season. Jeff snarkishly retorts that he was merely asking a simple favor, and doesn't welcome a lecture about parenting from a negligent dickwad of a father such as himself.
Dean spots Claudia in the La Mirage living room and asks her whassup with her not returning his many phone calls, and she glances around the room shiftily and says they prolly shouldn't be seen talking. She adds that while their doinkfest was spectacular, it was a mistake she doesn't want to risk losing her status as a well-to-do Carrington wife-beard over. She then says, "Sorry" and wanders off, leaving Dean staring after her unhappily.
Blake receives the PI's report from London, which concludes that when Alexis arrived in the UK after her banishment from Carrington manor, she lived in total seclusion until giving birth to Amanda. When Blake makes a beeline over to ColbyCo to gleefully confront Alexis with this "proof", she derisively calls the report gossip, insists again that she was impregnated by some random ski instructor, and that she had tons of parties during her pregnancy. She taunts Blake by saying he'll never know who Amanda's father is...but when Blake says he'll simply arrange for him and Amanda to take blood tests, Alexis turns ashen and cries, "I won't permit it!" Blake snarks back that there's nothing she can do to stop him, then shoots her a smug grin before storming out.
After returning home from Santa Barbara, Steven drops by Claudia's office at the La Mirage to report that he and Luke are being called The Miracles 'cause of their collective miraculousness in containing the oil spill and repelling any bad media coverage of ColbyCo. When he calls Claudia out on how standoffish and weird she's acting, she assures him that everything is A-OK, and that she's just relieved he's back from his trip.
Alexis, who's decked out in an animal print gown with a brown fur thing draped over her shoulders, suggests to Amanda that she go back to the Sorbonne and finish up her education. Amanda says she'd rather not, then accuses her mother of trying to get her out of Denver and far away from Blake...which prompts Dex to admonish her inability to discuss any topic without attacking her mother. When she snarks back at him, Alexis yells at them to shut up, then suggests that the three of them abruptly leave town so they can vacation at a remote ski lodge in Ruidoso, NM. Dex is all, "Wha-a-a?" and tells her he has many important meetings...but when Alexis shoots him the stink-eye, he says he'd be more than happy to cancel them if it would please Her Highness. Alexis happily rejoins, "It's settled then!"
Adam tells Blake he arranged for a press conference tomorrow, then remarks on the way Dominique now appears to be part of the Denver Carrington "team". He adds that clearly there's a lot more than just business going on between her and Blake and offers his help - but Blake assures him that he can handle any Dominique-related problems that may arise.
Luke stops by Carrington manor to deliver some ColbyCo documents, and Claudia invites him in for a chat about everything he and Steven did while they were in Santa Barbara. Luke says the two of them had a fab time jogging, swimming, and eating lobster - and Claudia nods knowingly and later tells Steven what a polite young man his new, unambiguously gay friend is.
Amanda and Dex are sniping at each other (fuuuuuuuuuuuck) aboard the ColbyCo private jet when they get word that Alexis has been delayed at the office, and that she wants them to fly to Ruidoso without her. A few seconds later, an angry Blake calls Alexis to complain about Amanda being whisked out of town and therefore inaccessible for a blood test, and Alexis responds by hanging up on on him and ordering her assistant to arrange for private jet #2 to get fueled for an imminent trip to London.
Amid a blizzard, Amanda and Dex are holed up in the cozy ski lodge in Ruidoso, anxiously awaiting Alexis' arrival. Dex calls the local airport and learns that all flights to and from the area have been grounded...and Amanda gets so upset about having to spend the night alone with Dex that she starts throwing things at him. He reacts by gently pinning her down onto a pile of plush pillows and staring lustfully into her eyes, and the camera then pans over to Amanda, who's lustfully staring back at Dex...and a few seconds later, the two begin smooching in earnest.
The next morning, Dex apologizes to Amanda for the impulsive doink and says it was a UGE mistake...and Amanda half-heartedly concurs and says they should probably never speak of it to anyone. He agrees, not least 'cause he doesn't want to hurt Alexis...and a poutish looking Amanda stares back at him mutely while sipping her coffee.
Blake, Dominique, and Adam hold a press conference to publicly exonerate Blake from any wrongdoing in Rashid Ahmed's death...and also to convince the reporters that the presence of Dominique and Adam in Istanbul at the exact time of Ahmed's death was purely coincidental. LOL.
After watching the press conference, Krystle snarks at Blake again for the argument that nearly cost Kristina her life, and that she's having difficulty putting his many lies behind her.
Jeff meets up with Nicole at La Mirage to report that Peter De Vilbis had checked into a hotel prior to locating Fallon at the monastery...and that hotel staff were able to confirm that he had checked into the hotel with the Swedish model. Jeff says he's pretty sure that the woman who died in the plane crash with Peter was not Fallon.
Amanda packs her things and snappishly tells Dex she wants to get far away from America - just as Alexis breezes in wearing an extremely fluffy white fur coat with a wagonful of delicacies and champagne she orders be wheeled inside the lodge. She announces that the three of them are abruptly abandoning their ski lodge vacation to fly to London so that she and Dex can get married...and Dex is all, "Wha-a-a?" and grins stupidly, while Amanda stares at her mother and future stepfather in shocked bewilderment.
Recap: Blake hovers over Krystle and begs her to pleeeeeease open her eyes - but she continues to lay stubbornly unconscious at the bottom of the staircase. Blake barks at Gerard to bring the car around so they can rush her to the hospital...and a few seconds later, Krystle's eyes begin to flutter and she starts moaning unintelligibly. Blake gently coos that despite her stunt double's back-breaking tumble down the long staircase, he's pretty sure that everything's going to turn out A-OK.
Nicole drops by Claudia's office at the La Mirage to ask her if she wouldn't mind storing important papers regarding her late husband's estate in the very secure office safe. Claudia just shrugs and is like, "Yeah, sure. What the hell" ... then is startled a few seconds later when she catches Nicole reentering the office for what looked like a sneaky opportunity to tiptoe behind her to learn the safe's combination. Nicole's like, "Oops, sorry!" and pretends she came back to retrieve a book she "accidentally" left behind. Weird.
Krystle is revived through smelling salts, then promptly goes into labor. Blake tells Gerard to cancel the hospital ride and call 911 for some paramedic assistance...then help him haul his wife back up to the master bedroom and hope to hell that someone in the mansion knows something about midwifery.
Nicole is chatting it up with the La Mirage bartender, fibbing about how she and Fallon Carrington were besties - just as Jeff walks up behind her and overhears. He asks her whassup with her lying about a friendship with Fallon, and Nicole's like, "Oops" and breezily "explains" that she was so bored just now that she decided 'why not tell a complete stranger I was good friends with my lover's dead ex/future wife?', and adds that Fallon was sooooo lucky to be his lady. She implores Jeff to not be angry with her, and he somehow overlooks the nonsensical weirdness of this entire scene and assures her he's still into the idea of doinking her.
Adam calls Steven from Turkey to tell him to pass along to Blake the following message: mission accomplished. Subtle. Steven seems surprised to learn that Adam had been in Turkey during much of the previous episode and stares perplexedly into space.
Blake and Claudia hover over Krystle as she moans about how frightened she is about losing the baby...and Jeannette decides that this would be the most appropriate moment to tiptoe inside the room and pass along to Blake Adam's mission accomplished message. Krystle pauses her labor to ask if by mission accomplished, Adam was referring to Ahmed's untimely death, and Blake tells her not to worry 'bout that now and instead focus on her increasingly frequent contractions. As the ambulance putters along the scenic route towards Carrington manor, Krystle lets out a few moans and shrieks before giving birth to a girl. Claudia, who was standing at the foot of the bed at the time so I'm assuming delivered the tot, contorts her face into a stricken expression and tells Blake she's not breathing. He jumps into action and gives the infant mouth-to-mouth while begging her to "breathe, please breathe!" Krystle wails, "Nooooo! It's happening again!" as the slow driving paramedics finally pull up to the mansion and stumble inside with their lifesaving gear.
After the commercial break, Dr. Harris informs Blake that Krystle suffered a minor concussion during her fall, and that the baby is in the NICU inside an incubator, struggling to breathe. Blake implores him to do everything "humanly possible and beyond" to save his daughter, then snaps, "Is that understood?!" and Dr. Harris somehow refrains from telling him to go pee up a rope since he and his highly trained medical team are already doing their best to keep the fragile preemie alive.
Blake stares at his incubated daughter through the NICU window when Jeff arrives at the hospital to express his concern for the newborn and his butt-kissing affection for Blake and Krystle - despite the dickish playboy antics he's been demonstrating during the last several episodes. After the two kiss and hug it out, Dr. Miller, a female pediatric specialist, informs Blake that his daughter is suffering from respiratory distress - but that since she's showing great tenacity as she struggles to breathe, she's pretty sure that the tiny gaffer will make it through this rough patch. Dr. Harris, meanwhile, warns Blake that the next few weeks are going to be very difficult emotionally, and that he's going to have to refrain from being his usual dickish self for Krystle's sake.
Alexis tells Steven she needs him to fly to Santa Barbara asap in order to handle the PR fallout from a recent oil spill. She's also sending Luke Fuller along on the trip 'cause, not only is she oblivious to the non-hetero electricity that's been crackling between them, she finds him to be an exceptionally bright and helpful young man. Steven stares into space looking both irritated and intrigued.
Claudia pops in on Steven to invite him to lunch, but Steven says he has to decline 'cause of his imminent business trip to Santa Barbara. He invites her to come along, but she declines and says she should probably stay in town so she can visit Krystle in the hospital and worriedly wring her hands about the preemie. Luke suddenly appears in the doorway and asks Steven what time he should tell the pilot to take off...and Claudia shoots him the stink-eye while knowingly clucking, "Mmm hmm.." Steven tightly replies that 2pm should be fine - and once Luke is out of hearing range, he swears to Claudia that this will be a strictly hanky panky-free business trip.
Alexis gets a phone call from someone in London, warning her that Blake has hired PIs to look into Amanda's paternity. It remains unclear why he and Amanda don't just get blood tests and resolve this tedious 'is Blake the father of yet another long-lost Carrington heir?' subplot.
Alexis arrives at the hospital with brightly wrapped gifts and festive balloons to welcome the birth of Blake's spawn...and also to chastise him for hiring PIs to look into her past. She insists that Amanda isn't his daughter and wails, "You won't take her away!", and Blake growls at her for causing him grief when he's worried sick about his preemie newborn, then tells her to get lost 'cause right now he can't stand the sight of her.
Krystle wakes up in her hospital bed and cries out, "My baby!" so Blake cooingly assures her that the tot is fine, though extremely teeny tiny, and is getting the best medical care. When Krystle asks him if he's being on the level with her, he promises he's not keeping anything from her...and that, on a different topic, he never actually meant for Ahmed to get killed. He then blames himself for her stunt double's spectacular staircase fall - but Krystle doesn't want to think about that now and is putting all of her mental energy towards willing her baby to survive.
Alexis is in her penthouse, sipping champagne while decked out in a ridiculously poofy white '80s gown. When she grumbles to Dex about not being in the mood for a dinner party with a bunch of boring bankers, he asks if she's in such a bad mood 'cause of her earlier squabble with Blake. She poutishly tells him that Blake hired PIs to investigate her, and Dex is like, "So? Do you have anything to hide?" and Alexis says she doesn't, and that she's continuing to stick to her story that a ski instructor impregnated her nine months before Amanda was born. Dex says he knows her well enough to tell when she's lying, and Alexis snarks back that she doesn't owe him an explanation, has a splitting headache, and zero desire to go to the bankers' dinner party. As she rushes upstairs to change out of her poofy monster gown, Dex storms onto the balcony and is startled to find Amanda standing there, staring at him with a wistfully poutish expression. She coquettishly says, "Hi" and remarks that it certainly does sound like Alexis is hiding something, then explains that she was out here getting some air when he and Alexis entered the room and started fighting...and rather than interrupt, she decided it would be more interesting to stay hidden and eavesdrop on their argument. She shoots him a blatant come hither look, runs her hand along his back, and asks if he'd to stay and talk - but when he gazes lustfully at her and caresses her face, she's all, "Ack!" and pulls away. He lets out a derisive snort and tells her to stop her damn teasing already and act like a mature adult...and she admits that, yep, he called her bluff, then scurries off like a frightened mouse.
Steven calls Claudia to report that his business trip is going to take longer than expected 'cause he's been sooooo busy calming down a lot of people about the oil spill. Naturally, Luke knocks on the door of his bungalow at that moment...and Steven tells Claudia Luke just arrived for a one-on-one meeting and assures her that, no, they haven't given in to their inevitable-but-yet-unspoken feelings of desire. Luke tells Steven that Claudia reminds him of a French film star (um, not) before he "accidentally" spills a drink all over Steven's shirt. After a few erotic seconds of dabbing at the wet shirt, Steven snappishly tells him to stop it, and that he's going to change into a clean shirt. He rushes into the other room and stares contemplatively at himself in the mirror.
Blake brings Krystle to the NICU to see her baby, at which she coos, "She's beaaaaautiful." Blake tells her that sooner or later they're going to have to officially name her and reminds her that they had agreed on Emma - but Krystle says she recently had a dream about a very brave girl she knew a long time ago who saved her and a bunch of other kids during a fateful boating accident...blah blah...and that girl's name was Kristina. So Kristina it is.
Amanda stops by the hospital to see Blake and extend her sympathies/concern/hopefulness about the baby's welfare, and Blake smiles goofily and says her uncanny ability to sense his moods reminds him sooooo much of Fallon. Even though it wouldn't take a genius to assume that Blake would be down in the dumps while his newborn is hanging on for dear life in the NICU. Amanda agrees that she feels pretty in sync with him and takes it as a compliment that she reminds him so much of his slutty eldest daughter.
Claudia calls Steven while he's showering...and naturally Luke enters the bungalow at that exact moment so he can answer the call and generate the maximum amount of suspicion to suggest that he and Steven are hooking up. Claudia looks upset, says she's not going to bother leaving a message...and when Steven emerges from the bathroom a few seconds later, he's oddly mystified that Claudia didn't want to so much as pass on a hello.
Claudia is aimlessly wandering the streets of downtown Denver when she happens to amble past Dean Caldwell's art gallery. He spots her, rushes outside, and invites her come in and join him for a cup of coffee...and in the next scene they're standing inside his gallery, chit-chatting about new artists. He asks her why she looks so bummed and correctly assumes it's 'cause of her untenable wife-beard situation with Steven, and she nods and says she feels as though he's slipping away. She tears up and says she feels empty and alone, and Dean tells her he cares and leans in for a smooch. She pulls away, but then decides 'aw fuck it, I've been a dutiful wife-beard long enough' and smooches him back.
Jeff goes into Nicole's purse to look for some spare cash to tip a delivery boy and is aghast when he finds a photo of Peter De Vilbis he helpfully signed To Nicole, From Your Loving Husband, Peter...and I have to wonder if anyone, in the history of picture-taking, has ever autographed a photo of themselves before passing it along to a close family member. Jeff gets angry at Nicole and demands to know why she's never bothered to mention that she's Eurotrash's widow.
Dr. Miller drops by Krystle's hospital room with a grim look on her face. She informs Krystle and Blake that Kristina's latest blood tests have revealed that she suffers from a wide assortment of health problems that could result in seizures, brain dysfunction, and even death. As the two gasp and contort their faces in expressions of horror, Dr. Miller says they'll give the baby some blood transfusions and hope that that does the trick...but that there's no guarantee, given that she's pretty much teetering on the verge of death.