Episode 193 - THe Scandal
Morgan Hess really must be the only private investigator in Denver because Alexis turns to him, once again, to find out more on Sean Rowan, also known as Sean Anders, son of Joseph Anders. Why would Alexis turn to Hess since Hess investigated him before and didn't uncover anything? Oh, that's right, Hess really did not do a good job with that. If he had, maybe this lame story line would have been killed at the bud. Maybe Alexis just turns to Hess so she can insult his attire in the hopes that he will actually buy a decent suit. It is Alexis's suit shaming therapy. It hasn't worked yet, so why will it work now?
Anyway, Alexis tells Blake what she learned about Sean and that Sean is out for revenge. Blake cannot believe that his family should also be a target, but if they are, he needs to find out what Sean's plan truly is. It has to be more than just skimming profits on the Victron Oil Deal. There is only one way Blake is going to find out, he needs to go to Africa to see what is happening, and he takes Dex with him. You know what would be less suspicious - sending Steven and/or Fallon. The two have nothing better to do, especially with their respective exes banging one another.
Meantime, Alexis will keep Sean occupied so he does not catch onto Blake's plan. At first, Alexis is afraid to be in Sean's presence. It does not help that Hess informed Alexis that Sean is a dangerous person who is wanted for a bombing incident in Europe. Alexis finally comes around and seems to dote on Sean a little too much. Besides, does she not have a campaign to run. Alexis tops it off with a beautiful watch with the appropriate inscription "To Sean Undying Love, Alexis".
It does not, work, however. Someone stops by Alexis's office which Sean has been using for the last few months so one wonders why some one would think Alexis is there. Why not go to Alexis's campaign headquarters? Does she even have one. I digress. The man tells Sean that his sources have confirmed that Blake is off to Africa for some reason. Sean knows why and it is off to Africa for him to stop Blake. Before he goes, Sean does manage to call a picture of Alexis, a bitch. Close enough to the real thing.
We will come back to the ramifications of learning Sean's identity since that is the main focus of the episode. But, before that, let's go over a couple of story lines. Sammy Jo believes that her encounter with Jeff can be nothing more than a one night stand. If the two of them enter into a relationship it will hurt the family, particularly Steven and Fallon. Best part is when Sammy Jo tells Jeff that she still thinks of Fallon as her sister-in-law. Really? And Sammy Jo would never hurt Fallon, by, let's say, telling her that Blake may not be her father. Anyway, that's that.
With Blake off to Africa, it is up to Krystle to run the campaign. Heck, why isn't she the one running for governor? Guess who stops by campaign headquarters offering his influence - convicted killer and disgraced Congressman, Neal McVane. He still has influence and is willing to use it to help Blake as long as he gets something in return. McVane definitely has cajones. Krystle wants nothing to do with McVane (and neither would Blake). Why in the world would McVane think this would be a good idea?
Oh, so Adam can confront McVane about the prisoner who told McVane that Adam was actually Michael Torrence. See, Adam and Jesse had a confrontation in the maternity ward and Jesse brought up the fact that Adam really isn't a Carrington based on that ridiculous story line from Season 7. Well, the writers decide to fix that as Adam visits Charlie Braddock, the prisoner who told McVane that Adam was Michael. Got that! Adam visits Braddock and Braddock tells him that he lied to McVane and that Adam was the baby he kidnapped for Kate all those years ago. So, Adam is a blood Carrington but does not want to share it with the family until he gets things settled about his son. Also, Blake happens to be in Africa.
Dana and Karen seem rather civil to one another even though Karen is refusing to give up the child. Dana does finally plead with Karen to give them their child, but Karen cannot do it. The courts finally get involved as Adam is served with papers regarding custody of the child. Finally someone is taking action.
Talking about action, there is plenty of that in Natumbe as Blake and Dex pay a visit to Denver Carrington's only oil tanker in the region. Funny, it does not look like an oil tanker. Anyway, the tanker was not completely filled because of a leak in a couple of the compartments. Blake and Dex know something is up and decide to sneak aboard the tanker that night to find out. The captain of the ship informs Harry Thresher who decides it may be the perfect time to get out of Natumbe with some of the skimmed profits. Too bad Sean arrives just in time to stop Thresher from bailing.
Blake should be concerned that it was very easy for he and Dex to sneak onto one of his tankers. What is more concerning though is that the tanker is not filled with oil (like they were going to walk into a compartment of oil, it is not kept in barrels while on a ship), but weapons. Ahhh, this is where the scandal comes in. Thresher and Sean were going to make it appear that Denver Carrington was smuggling weapons (how Reaganesque). Blake may not have to answer for the scandal because Sean locks the two into the compartment and tells them via, loud speaker, that he is going to blow up the ship.
Fortunately for Dex and Blake, the compartment is filled with weapons so Dex uses a couple of grenades to blow open the door. Sean didn't think that part out. Blake and Dex make it off the ship before it blows. In the mayhem of the explosion, authorities found the watch Alexis gave Sean on a body so they all assume Sean is dead. It cannot be that easy, especially with three episodes to go in the season. Sean swims to safety and clings onto some random pole. They have not seen the last of him - unfortunately (for all of us).