Episode 159: The Rig
Poor Krystle is afraid that Ben will harm Blake while they are in Hong Kong. She is so bothered by it that she even has a nightmare of Ben killing Blake while on the plane. Blake assures Krystle that he can handle Ben. Still, Krystle wants to go to protect Blake. And, what exactly could Krystle do to protect Blake other than taking a bullet for him? She can harshly chastise Ben that if something happens to Blake she will see to it that he will go to prison. What a tough broad Krystle is.
Krystle's fierce protection and devotion to Blake does soften Ben up. He even had a personal moment with Blake when he acknowledges that he has a wife, Melissa, and daughter, Leslie, who left him fifteen years ago. Blake, like the rest of us, wonders why Ben is mentioning this now. We all know why Ben is doing this? Since the new Amanda is a disaster, there is room for a new young female. Guess who that will be? Ben's daughter, Leslie. All you need to do is see the opening credits with the introduction of Teri Garber to see what is happening. Poor Leann Hunley still has not made the opening credits. But, I digress.
At least Leslie is looking for her father. Too bad she is doing so in Sydney. Well, it is not all that bad because Leslie happens to be using the pay phone at the phone company in Sydney to track down all known Carringtons in the area while Adam is there on his mission to dig up dirt on Ben. What a coincidence? When Adam learns that Leslie is looking for a Carrington, he questions Leslie as to whether she is one and learns that she is Ben's daughter. Before Adam can speak to Leslie more, he is blocked by some individuals and is unable to catch up with Leslie. Maybe next time Adam will not be as polite as to pick up that woman's purse.
Besides, Adam is in Australia for a reason - to dig up dirt on Ben. In that endeavor, Adam succeeds. He learns that Ben was receiving calls from a Vera Nesbit, and Vera is a skittish individual. At least she understands money, even American money, and provides the dirt on Ben for $50,000. Alexis is happy that she has what she needs to get her freedom from Ben. But, when to spring this information on Ben.
There is no better time than when a drunk Ben comes to Alexis's hotel room in Hong Kong and try to rape her. Alexis is pretty fearless. Once Alexis tells Ben that she has evidence that Ben swindled some bosses in a Macao casino of hundreds of thousands of dollars and that she will provide that information to the pit bosses, Ben has no choice but to give Alexis her freedom. Things have not been going well for Ben.
Interesting aside. Before going to Hong Kong, Ben provides Blake with two cashier's checks in the amount of $42 million each for Blake and Dominique. Blake makes a point that he will deposit the checks before they leave for Hong Kong. They are cashier's checks Blake, they will not bounce.
Enough of this for now. Sammy Jo is torn as to whether to tell Clay that she is really not pregnant. Come on Sammy Jo, just tell him. Sammy Jo is probably afraid that Clay will leave her if she is not pregnant because that was the pretext for the marriage in the first place. Krystle gives the obvious advice that honesty is the best policy.
Also, we are told that Sammy Jo still has feelings for Steven through Claire. Claire tells Steven that Danny is much happier and the two share an innocent intimate moment that Sammy Jo sees. Claire assures Sammy Jo that it was innocent even though Sammy Jo did not suspect a thing. And why would she? That is when Claire noted that Sammy Jo still has feelings for Steven. Gee, everyone is getting soft. Heck, even Steven is getting soft as he tells Sammy Jo that he is willing to have Danny to spend more time with her at the ranch, a lot more. But, I thought Danny was doing better. Part of Steven's reasoning is that Sammy Jo has a larger family with a baby on the way. Why does everyone keep mentioning the baby? You might want to tell Steven the truth too Sammy Jo.
While Blake is in Hong Kong, Krystle appears to be running matters over at Denver Carrington. Hey, why not let Dominique runs things? She did last time. Oh, the producers don't want to pay Diahann Carroll for this episode so she is no where to be seen (as noted, Blake will deposit the check for Dominique). Krystle notices that Dana does not look as happy as she had been at the ball. Dana lets Krystle know that she and Adam are no longer a couple. Adam feels it is nothing more than a lover's quarrel and tries to make amends with Dana when he returns from Australia. Dana has a feminist moment when she tells Adam that she does not like being told what to do because she is a woman. But, that moment passes and the two appear to be a couple again.
You know who are still a couple - Michael and Amanda, but there is a lot of tension. Amanda is pissed that Michael went into business with Alexis. But, she is not too pissed to still cook Michael dinner - some Chinese fare. Wait, Amanda knows how to cook? When did she pick that up? Michael tells Amanda that he had to work with Alexis since Blake has tied his money up in the crater project. Amanda, in a moment of clarity, tells Michael he could just sell his share back to Blake. Michael has a better idea - the two will get away to a secluded cabin. It must not be too secluded because Steven manages to get a hold of Amanda and tell her that Michael is suing Blake. Oh, this should be a fun trip.
The fun in the Orient continues as Blake convinces Minister Han to agree to the transfer of the leases to Blake. And to make the transfer complete, Blake commands Alexis and Ben to go to the headquarters on a rig to tell the crew of the transfer of ownership. Is that really necessary? Didn't Blake just control these leases a few months ago. It is totally necessary since it allows for the three to be on the rig when it explodes.
Remember the last time there was a rig explosion - it turned Steven straight for a while. Could this turn Blake gay? No, the writers will not go that far. We do get to see Alexis in some ridiculous leather outfit. As for Blake and Ben, they are knocked down by falling debris. Ben is able to get out from under it but Blake cannot without Ben's help. Blake calls for Ben's help while Ben considers whether he should save his brother. Quite the dilemma for Ben.
Adam: You were asking about a Carrington?
Leslie: That's right.
Adam: Are you one?
Leslie: Me? No, I just made the name up this afternoon. It seems I was a little bored and I thought what better way to have fun.
Krystle: Mr. Wales, some people enjoy putting a hatchet in someone's back. I don't happen to be one of them.