Episode 155: The Secret
Poor Caress. Now that she knows Ben is trying to kill her, she is forced to hide herself out in some Motor Lodge. However, for a Motor Lodge, it has a really nice bathroom because Caress is in a beautiful bath when she calls Emily again for the blackmail money. Caress seems sympathetic to Emily's situation but Caress really needs the money. Emily is just a plain wreck. Wow, has she changed since Season 6.
Unable to get the money, Emily goes to Blake and tells him that Caress is blackmailing her. Blake tells Emily that he will handle things and that he needs to trust her. Emily swears she cannot trust anybody. Then, why are you asking for Blake's help in the first place? When Caress contacts Emily again as to the location to bring the money, she tells Blake and Blake arrives instead.
Caress claims that she does not want to blackmail Caress but she needs money to start her life anew and that while she prefers the money come from Ben, Emily will do. Blake will now allow Emily to suffer anymore and agrees to give Caress the money if she will leave Emily alone. Caress agrees. However, Emily is not satisfied and is now fearful that other people will know and tell Buck. Gee Emily, just tell Buck yourself then. Not even Saint Krystle can convince Emily that everything is okay.
Meanwhile, Dex questions Alexis as to her appearance at the Carlton with Zach Powers. With quite the ego, Dex claims Alexis did it to make him jealous. Funny, isn't Zach wooing the hell out of Sable over on The Colbys. Alexis has no time for this nonsense and neither do we.
Besides, Alexis has greater concerns - Amanda. After staring at a picture of Amanda and pondering her plight, Alexis speaks to Blake and Blake tells Alexis the issue. Amanda is dating Michael and Blake does not approve. No need to worry, Blake is investigating Michael. Alexis feels she can investigate Michael more effectively and takes on the project herself.
Alexis's first step is to pretend that she approves of Michael to get Amanda to trust her. As naive as ever, Amanda buys into it. After getting the needed information, Alexis invites Amanda and Michael to dinner to deliver what she learned about Michael and his poor man act. Amanda storms off and claims that Blake was correct. Wouldn't you know it - Amanda caves and buys Michael's act that he no longer intends to hurt Blake because he is truly in love with Amanda. He also gets Amanda to swear to secrecy that Michael is the investor in the crater project. Kind of makes you wish that Amanda died at that wedding.
Clay cannot sleep because he is preoccupied with Sammy Jo's pregnancy. In a total douche move, Clay tells Sammy Jo that he wants her to have an abortion. What?!? Not cool, bro. Wisely, Sammy Jo tells Clay to leave. She tries the following day to discuss the matter but Clay still acts like a prick and Sammy Jo believes that it is because Clay does not believe Sammy Jo is good enough for him.
Quite the contrary, Clay is embarrassed by his father who just continues to drink. Clay returns home to hear Buck rail against the Carrington family (didn't they bury the hatchet in Season 6) and almost punches the old man when he calls Sammy Jo a tramp (who hasn't called her that). With a change of heart, Clay returns to Delta Rho and tells Sammy Jo to get ready to go to Las Vegas so the two can marry.
Other quick notes. Danny is becoming withdrawn at school and the guidance counselor (I guess that is what she is) shows Steven some of Danny's paintings which demonstrate his quasi-depression. The counselor, Claire Prentice, wonders if this has anything to do with the divorce and whether Danny has seen Steven and Sammy Jo fight. (Weren't they divorced before Danny was born.) Steven says he and Sammy Jo are careful not to fight in front of Danny and can think of no other reason why Danny may be withdrawn. Gee, I can think of a few and Miss Prentice is definitely new in town if she is unaware of Steven's lifestyle choices.
Adam tries to get back into Dana's good graces by making her work late. After the work is done, Adam apologizes and tells Dana that he wants to show her off at Alexis's Black and White Ball. Dana is afraid that she will not be able to meet Alexis's standard. Adam assures her that she will and that Alexis won't treat her like she treated his past girlfriend, Kirby. (No mention of Kirby by name, just a description.) Once again, that whole marriage thing to Claudia is forgotten as well as her existence.
Adam also teams up with Dex to go after Ben. The two may not like each other but they both hate Ben. Dex knows Ben has something on Alexis but cannot figure out what it is. Really, Dex, I thought you were a little brighter than that. Same goes for you Adam. At least the truth will come out soon enough.
Refusing to listen to reason, Emily finally tells a drunk Buck about her affair with Ben back when Blake's mother died in that fire. (Does that mean Blake has to pay Caress?) Buck is able to piece together things quickly and remembers that Emily conceived Clay that summer. Emily swears the Clay is Buck's. Even a drunk man knows that is no guarantee. Buck smashes a glass and storms off.
Where does Buck go - to the Carlton. Funny, that is the same place Emily goes. She is there to drop off a letter for Blake. She also calls Blake and tells her about the letter and that she is leaving Denver for good. Blake wants her to wait for him but that does not go as planned as Buck spots Emily and starts mouthing off to her. When Blake finally arrives, Emily runs off and Blake chases after her. We all know what happens when women go running on this show and it is never good, especially when Emily is running down a street. She runs into a taxi. That's right, the taxi does not hit her, but she hits the taxi. With Emily down for the count, Blake rushes to Emily's lifeless body.
Blake: But you can still have them. You've got intelligence, drive, ambition. Why don't you put those wonderful qualities into something positive, something good and decent.
Ben: Good and decent - you were always the moralizer, weren't you Blake.
Buck [to Clay]: You deserve each other - the worthless son and the Carrington tramp.