Episode 153 - The Mission
Dex shows Blake his plan to free Caress from the prison outside of Caracas. Blake wants to be a part of the mission which is just crazy considering how old Blake is and his lack of combat experience. Besides, Dex has Clay Fallmont, the explosives expert. Dex convinces Blake that he will do more good in Denver just in case the plan hits a snag. Nice cover Dex. Meanwhile, Caress is not doing so well in prison as they moved her into solitary confinement (got to love the Aislamiento sign). The best part about these scenes from South America is the horrible Spanglish and the stereotypes of South American justice.
Ever the noble gentleman, Blake agrees to Dex's condition that the freeing of Caress can only be used against Ben and not Alexis. Blake would get Denver Carrington back a heck of a lot quicker if he would stop refusing to use women to help him out. What good is it for Blake just to bring Ben down?
Ben and Alexis have come to some sort of arrangement. Ben admits that he loves Alexis and knows that Alexis will not love him back but they can still be great business partners. Ben will be Alexis's consort and protect her against anyone. Alexis is intrigued by the idea and will consider it as long as Ben realizes that nothing romantic will come of it. What else can Ben do but accept? Maybe Ben should have listened in after he left the room because he could have heard Alexis swear vengeance against him.
Before going on his big mission, Clay notices that Sammy Jo seems a bit different. Sammy Jo says it is nothing but later tells Krystle that she is pregnant. That would be great news except that Krystle seems concerned at first. Also, there seems to be a lot of emphasis on the fact that Sammy Jo has only taken a home pregnancy test and those are not entirely accurate. Krystle gets Sammy Jo to see a doctor first before telling Clay anything.
Sammy Jo agrees to see a doctor, but not the most competent one. If you are going to see a doctor because you think you are pregnant, would you not expect the doctor to do a pregnancy test first. Not this doctor, she tells Sammy Jo to go to the lab the following day for the pregnancy test. Obviously, there is a good reason for all of this.
And, to thicken the plot, nothing would make Sammy Jo happier than to be pregnant because she can get Clay to marry her. Once Clay and Sammy Jo are married, Sammy Jo can easily get custody of Danny. Steven continues to be obstinate that Sammy Jo will never have custody of Danny but he really cannot win against a married straight couple. Side note, Steven actually needs a story line of some sort. There is only so many times he can tell Sammy Jo that she will never get Danny.
Adam brings Dana over to the Carlton to woo her and it works. I am sure Adam thought it would take a lot of effort to get Dana into bed, but it really was not that hard since Dana is kind of a stalker who went to high school with Adam (when he was Michael). Back in high school, Dana had the biggest crush on Adam and even followed him to Denver and worked at Denver Carrington just for the opportunity to see Adam. Well, it worked. I guess stalking does pay. At the same time, Dana should have kept this information to herself, not that Adam is opposed to creepy.
The stalking also pays out for Adam who finally gets Dana to tell him what were in those secret files that Blake took with him when he left Denver Carrington. Adam assures Dana he will use that information to harm Ben and not Blake. Why Dana would believe that is beyond me? Still, Dana tells Adam that the files concern the land that Blake's mother left him and that it contains natural gas. How Alexis or Gordon Wales had no clue about this before just goes to their general incompetence? Armed with this information, Alexis decides she will stop Blake from any development of that land.
Blake just has this awesome feeling about this land that he had ignored for 20 years. He feels good that he has lined up investors to provide the $50 million he needs to start drilling for the natural gas. It is a shame Dominique does not have another $50 million lying around to give to Blake. Of course, Blake's good feeling is deflated after Alexis prints an article in the Denver Mirror claiming that the land development is nothing more than a big scheme to swindle investors. The investors back out and Nick Kimball is about to bail until Blake gives him an inspiring speech to stay.
Krystle, the ever loving wife, is tired of Alexis's lies and goes to Gordon Wales with the accurate information about that land to refute what he had written for Alexis. The meeting is interrupted by Alexis who has to endure Krystle's holier than thou attitude about truth and the respectability of journalism. Maybe Krystle's tone sat well with Gordon, but since Alexis is writing the checks, and very big ones at that, who knows how effected Gordon really was.
Maybe Blake can finally score a victory over Ben. Dex, Clay and another are able to rescue Caress from the incompetent prison guards in Venezuela. (Best part before the rescue is that Dex calls Blake and Krystle from Caracas and the two are fast asleep even though Denver is an hour and a half behind Caracas.) Back in Denver, Blake is so happy to see Caress that he has taken to calling her that instead of Cassie. Caress and Blake meet with the Assistant District Attorney to tell him what Ben had done to her. The ADA wants nothing to do with it, since Caress is a convicted murderer and Ben is a respectable member of the community. Further, there is no real proof that Caress was actually held in Venezuela except for her word. Blake promises additional witnesses as long as they are given immunity (from what?) but the ADA will not go for that. So much for nailing Ben for the kidnapping of Caress.
For a moment, I thought we could go an entire episode without having to endure Amanda and Michael but they show up near the end. Michael gets Amanda to acknowledge that Blake needs $50 million to develop the land from his mother. Of course, Amanda thinks Michael can do nothing with this information, but wouldn't you know it - Michael is associated with Zach Powers. Even better, Zach Powers owes Michael a favor and he is calling in his marker, which, of course, will involve that $50 million that Blake needs. Not bad for a former chauffeur.
Alexis: Look, I love him and I'm worried about him. Surely, even you can understand that.
Blake: I could understand it if it was anyone else because I don't believe you can love anyone with the possible exception of your children.
Krystle: Strange, the Gordon Wales I remember used to get involved in everything. I'm afraid she's corrupted you, just like she corrupts everything she touches.
Alexis: Alright, Krystle, I think you better leave the office before I have you thrown out.