Episode 154: The Choice
Now that the Assistant District Attorney will not take Caress's story seriously, Blake convinces that it is best for Caress to leave Denver and to start her life anew. Caress tells Blake that she will do so, but we all know better. No, Caress is going to go around Denver blackmailing everyone, and doing it poorly.
Alexis is very happy to see her sister Cassie (at least Alexis has not taken to Caress). Caress blames Alexis for sending her back to that prison in Venezuela, but Ben assures Caress that Alexis did not know a thing. No matter, Caress wants $5 million each from Alexis and Ben for her silence regarding the trial over Tom Carrington's estate. That's not going to happen. Alexis does not seem that concerned that Caress will tell the truth of what happened on the night Blake's mother died.
Besides, Alexis has a better proposition for Caress - a job. Wait, Caress will have to work, just like Alexis did. Oh that's right, Alexis really did not work to get where she is, a fact that Caress continuously reminds Alexis. At least Alexis is giving Caress a very posh job - the society writer for the Denver Mirror. As such a writer, Caress will get a car and a new wardrobe. Caress also believes that it should include a larger suite at the Carlton.
Caress is not content with just a job. She still needs blackmail money. When Caress sees that Zach Powers is in Denver, she decides that she will blackmail him. When Zach offers Caress $250,000 as hush money for whatever occurred on that yacht off the coast of Acapulco, Caress says that is a good start. Hmmm. . . Zach does not like the sound of that. He will not be blackmailed forever. Smart move Zach and another clumsy attempt by Caress. Don't worry she has a third option - Emily Fallmont.
Why do I have this feeling that Emily Fallmont is going to annoy me now? Caress has lowered her amount with Emily and only wants $100,000, but Emily does not have access to that cash and she does not want the truth to come out or else it will ruin her marriage to her alcoholic husband. The entire time Emily is crying which is pretty annoying. Caress tells Emily that she is pretty resourceful and should be able to get $100,000.
Who does Emily turn to? Ben Carrington, of course. Emily just looks so pathetic as she pleads with Ben about what she will do and then tells Ben that she almost left Buck for him. Ben assures Emily that she will take care of Caress. Emily thanks Ben for paying off Caress. Wait, did Ben ever say he was going to pay Caress off?
So, why is Zach Powers in Denver? He is going to act as the front man for Michael in order to invest in Blake's crater project. I didn't know Blake would be that willing to deal with Zach, but he does. In exchange for 30% of the profit from the crater, Zach presents Blake with $50 million. That $50 million, though, is actually Michael's and Michael cannot wait for the satisfaction he will get when he tells Blake that he is his new investor.
But, Michael is not done. He wants Amanda too - I guess to make up for the loss of Fallon and to get even with Blake. (I am kind of confused how an investment is revenge, but banging Blake's daughter is a good one.) Amanda is really into Michael and it should not be hard for Michael to finally win Amanda over by getting her to move in. After a little persuasion, Amanda agrees to move in with Michael. Blake will not be happy when he finds out.
In fact, Blake is not happy when he learns the truth. After finishing the deal with Zach Powers, Blake wants a boring celebratory dinner at The Carlton. The dinner will celebrate the deal and the birthday of Blake's mother. Amanda fails to show up at the party. At least, Adam stops by and Blake invites him to stay which puts a thaw in their relationship. After the dinner, Amanda stops by and apologizes. Blake tries to convince Amanda that Michael is bad news, but Amanda does not want to hear that and tells Blake about her new living arrangement. Blake calls out to his annoying daughter as she walks away.
I just mentioned a possible thaw between Adam and Blake. Well, Adam better hope that Blake does not learn that it was Adam who passed the information regarding the crater onto Alexis. If Dana is any indication, Blake will not take it well. Adam was hoping for a romantic time with Dana who plays willing just long enough to tell Adam that she hates being used and will not be done so again. Adam pleads with Dana with the same lines he used to feed Claudia, but Dana will have none of that - for now.
Clay is teaching Sammy Jo how to play tennis on courts that look vaguely familiar to those at La Mirage. I guess they did not burn down too. Anyway, Sammy Jo gets a little faint during the instruction and finally tells Clay that she is pregnant. While Sammy Jo is excited over the news, Clay seems less than thrilled.
You know who else is less than thrilled? Alexis, with Dex's relationship with Blake. Alexis does not like it that Dex worked with Blake to free Caress out of that jail in Venezuela. Further, when Alexis notices Dex celebrating with Blake regarding the crater deal, she wonders why Dex is involved. C'mon, Alexis, you are smarter than that.
Finally, we have Ben's solution to Caress. He is not going to kidnap her this time. No, he has a more permanent solution. As Caress enters her car at the Denver Mirror, a car parks in front of it and fires at her. Even though Caress is fine, she knows that Ben is behind this ill-executed ambush.
Clay [to Amanda]: C'mon, I've seen you play. You can give lessons.
Sammy Jo: A lot of things from what I've heard.