Episode 127: The Roadhouse
What do you do when you have a story line that is becoming more incredulous with each episode - top yourself in incredulity. Of course I am referring to the Rita/Krystle story line. Maybe, if this plot lasted an episode or two it could be somewhat believable, but this is going on way too long now. Before we get to the latest developments here, let's rundown the rest.
Apparently, Jonathan Lake's very important work with the State Department in Washington requires him to return to Denver to ask Dominique out to dinner. Dominique tries to turn him down, but Jonathan is not one to take no for an answer. Jonathan tells Dominique where he will be having dinner and that she should join him. A free meal is a free meal so Dominique joins him.
Claudia really really wants that oil well. She asks Steven to talk to Blake to transfer the well over to her and to give her a chance to repay the loan that Walter defaulted. It really does not work that way, but Claudia is a determined woman. Steven refuses to help and Claudia gets bitchy. Steven just chalks that up to Claudia being under the bad influence of Adam - probably true. Why not just give her the well?
Speaking of Adam, he has a great idea to get Bart Fallmont to stop his objections to the pipeline project - bribery. If Bart drops his objections, Denver Carrington will be more than willing to help Bart in his future political aspirations. I am sure Blake was not aware of this tactic and would never approve of this. When Steven learns that Adam met with Bart, Steven goes to talk to Bart himself (Steven is unaware of the bribe offer). Bart is in no mood speaking with any of the Carringtons, even the reasonable one, and he throws Steven out of his office also. [Side note - in both Dynasty and The Colbys you start to see this push back by public officials against the wealthy. The push back, though, does not seem to be driven purely by the desire to for the public good but more of a personal vendetta.]
King Galen moves into the penthouse and he is ready to use that as the base of operations to take back Moldavia. Is Moldavia really worth it? Then again, there isn't much work for deposed monarchs, other than running a hotel/resort in Denver. Dex still thinks Galen is using Alexis for her money but he is not going to object - better to sit back and watch. Alexis kind of gets wind that Galen is using her for her money when he asks her for a line of credit. How is Galen going to get his throne back without cash? Still, Alexis is more than willing to help Galen.
Michael is also eager to help his father (I am sure the actual work of La Mirage is tiresome.) Galen sends Michael on a mission to New York City with some supporters. Michael wants to get Dex involved since Dex has some knowledge of these types of affairs, but Galen refuses. Despite saving Galen's life, Dex is a mortal enemy as far as Galen is concerned. When Michael tells Amanda that he is going to New York and that the less she knows the better, Amanda insists she should go and face the danger together. Why? Is this woman crazy.
Now comes the crazy - Rita/Krystle. Blake summons Rita to the library after the fiasco the night before. Rita still keeps blaming the illness for refusal to sleep with Blake. Blake knows the two of them can work out any problem as long as they do it together. They will resolve their issues that night. Rita seeks advice from Joel and Joel pretty much tells Rita to sleep with Blake. Great advice. I am surprised Rita is not willing to give in, especially after the flowers and diamond ear rings that Blake purchased for her because she refused sex. Wow! That's a keeper. Heck, Rita is showing a soft side and plans a special dinner with Blake to get her in the mood for some love making.
Meanwhile, Alexis wants to know what is going on in the mansion and offers money to Jeannette to serve as her spy in the house. Rita catches what is going on and throws Alexis out of the mansion. And, for good measure, Rita keeps the cash that Alexis offered Jeannette.
The dinner between Blake and Rita goes perfectly, and all that is left is the deed. Rita cannot do it. Blake forces himself on Rita but stops himself because he remembers how it almost ruined their relationship back in Season 1. Oh, and by it, I am referring to marital rape. Blake understands the deal that they are just married in name only but wants Rita to at least pretend to be the loving wife for public events. That should be easy for Rita since she pretty much has been doing that already.
Joel is starting to fantasize Krystle as his own. He is going to make Krystle love him. In order to do so, he takes Krystle out on a date. Krystle better behave herself or else he will have something done to Kristina. Krystle has no choice but to comply. Now, here is where the fun starts. Joel takes Krystle to some roadhouse. A roadhouse, coincidentally, where Alexis and Dex have a flat tire. Alexis and Dex go into the roadhouse and they see Krystle and Joel. Alexis totally believes the two are having an affair while Dex, more astutely, thinks there is something wrong.
Does Krystle scream out for help? No, she writes help in a matchbook and tries to hand it off to Alexis or Dex (by claiming to smoke). Joel stops the passing of the message and the Dexters leave the place totally oblivious to the ridiculous of the setting. To be fair, Dex is suspicious and Alexis does not care. Back at Delta Rho, Joel plans an evening of television watching with Krystle. The TV gets amazing reception and Krystle sees Rita impersonating her at some charity event. Krystle has had enough and throws the television. Joel returns and tells Krystle that she is going to love him and that he has a way of getting women to love him. Creepy! It's all very creepy!
Joel: Let him make love to you.
Rita: How can you say that, you're supposed to love me.
Joel: I do love you. I love you so much I'm willing to make this sacrifice.
Rita: Blake and Krystle Carrington seem to have something so special between them. He'll know that I'm not her, Joel.
Joel: He may notice the improvement.
Rita/Krystle: Oh, Alexis, you forgot your $100 bill.
Alexis: Why don't you keep it, Krystle. As soon as Blake realizes what shoddy goods he's married you may need it for a bus ticket back to Dayton.
Blake: I am going to have to force you to remind you of what we have together.
Joel: Doctor Travers, I'm Mrs. Carrington doctor.
Alexis: Psychiatrist, no doubt.