Episode 107: Life and Death
Poor Dominique - she has finally been recognized as a Carrington and won her first battle with Alexis and now she has a heart valve issue that requires surgery. Dominique is not afraid of dying though. She has lived a very rich life. Blake assures her that she will not die. Blake also tells the rest of the family to leave and to get rest. Adam really hates that Blake is treating his family members as subjects and vents to Claudia. Claudia is understanding and calls Krystle to be with Blake. Blake tries to summon her away but it does not work.
There is excellent news out of Bolivia. Alexis learns that Nicole's marriage to Jeff is a sham. She staged the whole thing. Jeff admits he let himself be used but is probably relieved he can get out of this arrangement that would never work. I am just relieved that Nicole is gone. Things could be worse for Jeff. They are. Jeff seems to take an interest in Lady Ashley even though she is not willing to succumb to him just yet.
Luke cannot stay away from Steven. He needs to see him and decides to visit him at the mansion. I guess Luke did not know what happened to the last gay man to visit Steven at the mansion (well not including florists and the like). Steven admits that he wanted to see Luke also. The two need to talk, but not in the mansion. As the two leave the mansion, wouldn't you know it, Blake and Krystle have returned from their vigil at the hospital. Blake handles this much better (better than manslaughter is not a high standard) though I wonder why you would naturally assume the two are lovers. It is correct, but why assume it. Blake asks Steven to speak with him the next day.
Steven meets with Blake at the hospital while Dominique is in surgery. Blake seems to be understanding about Luke and Steven. Probably the loss of Fallon and the potential loss of Dominique has made Blake soft as he does not want to lose Steven. That does not stop Blake from talking to Claudia and trying to convince her to give Steven time and to nudge him back to the heterosexual existence. Claudia claims she cannot do that and she is handling herself well with Blake when Adam comes in and defends Claudia and all other family members against Blake's bullying. Adam then bullies Claudia by ushering her out.
Back in Paraguay, it appears that Dex has malaria and needs to return to the States, without Daniel Reece. Instead of going straight to the hospital, Dex goes to the Penthouse and collapses. At least Alexis has an excuse to be in the hospital to feign concern for Dominique and to get a few digs in on Blake. In his delirium, Dex calls out to Amanda and this does not sit well with Alexis. Alexis needs to take care of her daughter so she contacts Prince Michael's father, King Galem, and proposes a merger of sorts - get Prince Michael to break off his engagement and to marry Amanda.
Most of the episode centers around the drama of Dominique's surgery. We all know she is going to be fine. Of course, we need to make that certainty more doubtful by having Dominque's heart stop for a time. When Blake learns of Dominique's success, who does he happen to be there with? Lady Ashley. Who happens to see Lady Ashley and Blake being intimate in the waiting room? Krystle Who just wants this garbage to end? Me
Alexis: Engagements are meant to be broken as we all know.
Lady Ashley: Except maybe an invitation to dinner this evening.
Jeff: For old time sake.
Lady Ashley: No, Jeff, I've always found that the present is far more interesting than the past.
Alexis: I may strike a hard bargain, Blake, but at least I leave my victims alive which is more than I can say for you and Rashid Ahmed.
Blake: Steven, I've lost one child this year. Now, I may lose my sister. I could wish things were different for you. But, no matter who you are or what you are, I'll be damned if I'm going to lose you.
Claudia: Steven doesn't know what he wants and until he does, what do you expect me to do? Sit by and wait for him.
Blake: Yes, Don't you see you're his only change.
Claudia: At what, a normal life. He's got a wife and son who love him. He's still torn to pieces. Blake, Steven has to make up his own mind. I can't be an one woman rescue mission for him.