Episode 102: Foreign Relations
Lady Mitchell, that is all we hear about as the show introduces another character. Lady Mitchell is an American who inherited a great deal of wealth when her European husband passed. She is supposed to be very elegant, beautiful, charitable, and has excellent connections with the Chinese delegation. I don't see it. I'll assume she has connections with the Chinese delegation. Neither does Alexis who clearly does not like Lady Mitchell even if she hopes to enlist her in her help in getting an update on Blake's negotiation with the Chinese.
Adam managed to arrange a meeting with the Chinese delegation in Paris. The goal is to convince the Chinese government that Blake Carrington was not trading in arms so that the Chinese navy will stop patrolling the South China Sea and allow Blake to begin exploration and drilling operations. Adam messes up during the negotiations and Blake gets Jeff to make contact with Lady Mitchell so that Lady Mitchell can get the Chinese delegation back to the negotiating table. Lady Mitchell is more than happy to help because she is very much attracted to Blake and because she would like to stick it to Alexis. Lady Mitchell succeeds and Blake succeeds in his negotiations with the Chinese.
Krystle, meanwhile, loves her new career as a breeder/purchaser of Arabian horses. It brings her closer to Daniel, but it also makes us sit through this boring shit about horses. Krystle is so excited about her first purchase that she wants to share the good news with Blake. Blake is bored of this too and cannot make it. Besides, he was preparing for his meeting with the Chinese.
Jeff returns from Bolivia with Nicole. He tells Blake and Krystle that he married Nicole. Nothing awkward here. Blake and Krystle are gracious and Blake tells Jeff that this is still his home and Nicole is more than welcome. Nicole will not have an easy time fitting in with the presence of Fallon everywhere, especially that damn painting.
Besides, Nicole is kind of an asshole. She bullies Jeannette to get her laundry done even though the house is short staffed. Krystle notices this and resolves the issue and tries to befriend Nicole. Then Nicole has some of her friends over and they have a crazy party. Well, crazy for the Carrington mansion (Sammy Jo would have much better parties). When one of the revelers tries to take down the painting of Fallon, Krystle enters and ends the party. Krystle lays it down for Nicole, Fallon will always be a part of this house. Maybe Nicole should have thought of this before she married Jeff.
Luke decides that since Steven is short with him, that he is going to make their relationship strictly professional and not try to be Steven's friend. Steven does not want that, and a true friend would not be such a whiny bitch. Okay, Steven does not go that far. But, he does go so far as to put his hand on Luke's shoulder which Adam witnesses. Heck, this is practically an affair. Steven seems embarrassed by such a small gesture and Luke calls him out on it.
Adam finds Steven in the gym of the mansion and accuses Steven of returning to his homosexual lifestyle. What the hell? It was just a touch on the shoulder. Steven punches Adam and the two fight. Well, actually two stunt doubles fight and it is so obvious which makes it even better. Claudia manages to break up the fight by not doing much. Heck she does not even run to intervene. I am surprised she managed to take her hands out of the pockets of her suit.
Now that the brothers are separated, Steven storms off. Adam tells Claudia he was wrong when he recommended to her that she should try to work things out with Steven. Steven, on the other hand, rushes to Luke and tells him that he wants to be with him. That is rather presumptuous. I guess this whole friend thing is not happening. We are going straight to being lovers. Besides, Luke really wanted more than to be friends with Steven. The door closes behind them and we can all use our imagination to guess what happened (or pop in a gay porno if you are not that creative).
Three is definitely a crown at the Penthouse now that Dex has moved back in after Alexis pretended to be ill. Alexis wants them to be one big happy family. That is not happening. When Amanda comes home drunk one night, Dex is there to carry her to her room. Alexis notices this and recommends to Amanda that she should move into the mansion to see how the man who she believes is her father really is. Amanda is cool with it even though she realizes her mother just kicked her out because of jealousy over Dex.
Alexis tells Dex she does not want him going on any adventures with Daniel. Dex wants to know how Alexis learned about that since it was a secret. Wasn't there a newspaper article? Dex believes Daniel told her and he confronts him. Daniel says he did no such thing and that Dex will join him in any adventure because Dex cannot resist being a mercenary.
As a fellow mercenary, you would think Daniel would realize there is someone on his grounds taking pictures of his interactions with Krystle. The two are in a barn and Daniel happens to fall from a ladder and pretends to be seriously hurt. Krystle acts concerned. Daniel reveals it is a joke and the two share a funny moment which looks intimate under the camera's lens.
Lady Ashley and Blake look intimate together too as they celebrate Blake's success with the Chinese delegation. Lady Ashley tells Blake of all the food she misses in the United States that you somehow cannot get in Europe, like a hamburger and corn on the cob. Blake senses things are getting too close so he calls it a night. Lady Ashley kisses Blake and tells her that she like being impulsive. Blake plays it off and hopes to see her in the United States. Oh, you can count on that, Blake. Unfortunately for us, we can count on it too.
Adam: Mother, I don't embarrass easily.
Alexis: I could change that in seconds.
Alexis: I'd like to place a call to Paris please. . . yes, the one in France.
Adam [to Steven]: Who are you trying to kid? I know where you were. I know why your marriage is crumbling. You're back to your old ways, aren't you? You're having an affair with that little fag you're working with.
Steven [to Luke]: I know what I want to do, where I want to be and with whom. [enters Luke's apartment]