Episode 138 - The Subpoenas
Well the masquerade ball was a success, with the exception of Blake being surprised by Ben. Blake was so shook up by the sight of his brother that he left the party early which was not that hard because he only had to go upstairs. No mind, Krystle was the gracious hostess and saw to it that everyone left and had a great time. When Krystle asked Blake about Ben, Blake refuses to speak about it. He just cannot talk about it yet. I mean, it is a good thing to have a wife with whom to discuss these matters.
The following morning, Krystle questions Blake again, and this time notes the Blake was calling out for his mother in his sleep. Could the two possibly be linked. Of course they are, but Blake still is not willing to talk to his adoring wife about his personal life.
Meanwhile, Ben and Alexis savoir the first victory in their vendetta against Blake at La Mirage. I don't get how this was a victory, but let us just accept that it is. Ben wants to assure Alexis that his motives are different than Alexis's. While Alexis wants revenge, all Ben wants is justice. $125 million does not hurt either. Ben also makes an ominous threat to Alexis that if she attempts to double cross him, Ben would be a worse enemy than Blake. Alexis does not take kindly to threats, but the two clear the air the next morning. The two are on the same page, and that page is to destroy Blake.
Before going to bed the night of the party, Blake decides he is going to handle matters with Amanda and Dex once and for all. Blake really did not need to interfere because Dex broke things off with Amanda. Dex finally saw the light and realized that it is ridiculous to have a relationship with the daughter of his ex-wife. That does not stop Blake from showing up anyway. At least Blake got the satisfaction of having Dex tell him that he was right. None of that matters because Amanda needs Blake.
Blake provides that comfort to Amanda the next morning. Amanda realizes that her relationship with Dex was wrong but it is so hard for her because she really loves Dex. Amanda then tries to patch things up with her mother. That does not go well as Alexis tells Amanda (again) to woman up and accept the consequences of her action. You can tell that Alexis is really hurt and you cannot blame her. I hate to side with Alexis on this one, but Amanda needs to back off and hope her mother will eventually come to forgive her. Amanda is devastated after being rejected by her mother.
Alexis also rejects Dex once again. Dex stops by Colby Co to tell Alexis that he is leaving Denver but that he still loves her and will wait for her call to return. Expectedly, Alexis tells Dex that no phone call will be forth coming. You can tell Alexis still has some feelings for Dex and Dex notes it, but he will let her be, for the time being.
Alexis really is not in family mode since she does not trust any one of them. Alexis returns from the party to see Caress snooping through her papers. Alexis pretends that she did not see anything and shows too much kindness to Caress. Caress may not be fooled but she at least got a sable out of the discussion. But, Caress has to realize that something is up after Alexis suggests that Caress write a book and even use Alexis as inspiration if she needs to.
Caress is almost ready to go to the printers but she still wants another advance. The editor promises her the advance but needs the final manuscript in a week. Caress agrees. Oh, but there is one snag. The book will never be published because Alexis has just purchased the publishing company and is going to quash the book. Also, Alexis loves to snoop to hear the treachery of her sister. I guess Alexis is more hands on when it comes to such matters.
Adam and Steven are still fighting. Steven has unfinished business but Adam refuses to admit that he planted the story about Bart's sexuality. Blake breaks up another fight, but neither say the cause of the animosity. Later, Blake confronts Adam about the story. Adam tries to deny that he is responsible but Blake is not that stupid. Blake chastises Adam for such underhanded tactics even if they got the desired result - dropping of the injunction against the pipeline.
Yes, somehow, Buck Fallmont is tired of the fighting with the Carringtons that he will drop his objections to the construction of the pipeline all because he learned that his son is gay. The family needs to focus on that. In a moment that is rich with irony, Blake tells Buck to be there for Bart because he understands what Buck is experiencing. Blake almost lost Steven (it was one rough road), Buck should not do the same.
Life is not great for Adam, which I totally understand since he is a sociopath. At least Claudia has returned (with a little baby bump too). But, Claudia has no intention of staying at the mansion. She is still bitching about that damn oil well and is going to move her base of operations to La Mirage. Adam still wants to be with Claudia, but Claudia knows that their marriage has been nothing but a farce.
One quick aside, Jackie requests a rush on her birth certificate.
Alexis and Ben's plan is put into motion as subpoenas are served to Dominique and Blake in Ben's contesting of Tom's will. Dominique pays Ben a visit but this is no social call between brother and sister. Dominique is not thrilled to testify and lets Ben know that on his death bed Tom still despised Ben and said so. Ben tried to gain sympathy with Dominique as being the two black sheep of the family, but Dominique is having none of that.
Meanwhile, Blake pays a visit to his mother's grave site. (Her name is now Ellen, not Fallon - just in case you have not noticed that.) Talking to his mother, we learn that Blake is the stubborn one and that Ben is the wild one. We also learn that Ben is going to visit his mother's grave at the same time. Blake really has no time for Ben but the two get into it, a little. Ben claims that Blake is jealous of him because their mother loved Ben more (how childish). Blake finds that ridiculous, just as he finds this lawsuit ridiculous. Blake asks his brother how he expects to get $125 million from Tom's estate when he killed his own mother. What??? Well, we all know it can't be literally.
Ben: To my brother's funeral.
Alexis: At which, I will happily dance on his grave.
Amanda: Except for men, what am I good for.
Caress: Including the sudden appearance, at her [Alexis] behest, of the very mysterious, very attractive Ben Carrington. I'm on top of that one. Well almost. . .in a manner of speaking.
Alexis: I answer to no man and you know it.
Blake: You and your filthy games.
Alexis: Oh, I learned those filthy games from a master, you. I've also learned how to match you, Blake. So, watch out. Not only am I going to match you this time, but I am going to see to it that you get down on your knees and beg for mercy and when you do, I'm going to be there - watching and cheering and waiting to see you rot.
Blake: You're going to have a long wait, Alexis.
Alexis: Regrets are for dinner parties, Amanda.