Episode 57: The Dinner
We are entering the home stretch of Season 3 which means we are getting close to the cliff hanger and even setting up some plot lines for Season 4. Krystle is determined to make peace between Blake and Steven, even though Blake does not want Krystle to get involved. This is Blake's problem and Blake will handle it. Isn't Krystle part of the family? Well, Krystle throws it in Blake's face that he promised he would handle Steven differently if he was alive after the oil rig explosion. Time to keep your promise Blake.
Blake does agree to have dinner with Steven despite the exceptional failure that a similar dinner with Adam was. Krystle works her magic to get Steven to come. Too bad for Krystle, she has to meet Steven in Alexis's office to extend the invitation. Alexis interrupts and wants a private word with Krystle. Alexis berates Krystle for being in her office (as if Alexis never enters Krystle's domain uninvited). Krystle holds her own and defends Blake's honesty and decency, qualities that Alexis lacks. Nothing will stop Krystle from having Blake and Steven reconcile, not even Alexis. Krystle probably should worry more about Blake.
In a pleasant surprise, Claudia returns for this episode. When Steven arrives at the Penthouse to drop off some papers for Alexis, he is met by Claire Maynard, the Denver Chronicle reporter who has yet to run Alexis's expose of Neil McVane. For some apparent reason, Maynard wants to talk to Steven about Claudia and the guilt he must feel because she is in the sanatorium and Steven has not bothered to visit her. Steven wanted to get his life in order first and has no intention of discussing this with some newspaper writer.
Steven does visit Claudia at the sanatorium. Claudia is looking good even if she is wearing one of those stupid 1980s headbands. The meeting between the two does not go well as Claudia thinks Steven is there out of pity and she does not need pity. At least we learn that Krystle has visited Claudia frequently. Funny, Krystle has never mentioned that.
Kirby heads over to Colby Co to have lunch with Jeff and accidentally enters Adam's office. All Adam can talk about is that night that Kirby "allowed" him to make love to her. Jeff enters at the moment Adam is holding Kirby. The two have lunch at La Mirage and Jeff warns Kirby to stay away from Adam. Well, Kirby wants Jeff to stay away from Fallon and to hurry up and find a home for the two of them. Oh look, their first fight. When Kirby stands to freshen up she grabs her stomach and claims to feel ill. Jeff tells her he will set up a doctor's appointment, but we all know that this means.
Blake teaches Alexis a little lesson in business. He summons her to his office regarding Denver Carrington's valuation for the proposed merger. It seems the only figure that Alexis has done correctly is the shale oil extraction, a process that would make Colby Co far more profitable. Blake happened to buy that extraction process since it was only being leased by Denver Carrington. Now, Blake may be willing to lease the process to the merged companies but only if Alexis is willing to re-evaluate Denver Carrington which is to pretty much accept Blake's figures.
While Alexis may not be able to get a leg up on Blake in business, yet, she is doing a far better job manipulating her children. Alexis still disapproves of Mark's relationship with Fallon because she wants Mark all to herself. At first, Alexis busts out the old check book to pay Mark to leave, but Mark does not want her money. Maybe Mark, you should have taken the money.
Alexis goes to plan B which is to type a letter from Mark to Fallon to have her meet him in his hotel room. Mark is really going to type a letter to Fallon and Fallon is going to believe it is from Mark. C'mon. Anyway, just before the time of the meeting, Alexis stops by Mark's suite, and guess what - he was in the middle of a shower, which makes him all wet and beefy. Mark would like to finish his shower, and Alexis tells him she is sorry she tried to pay him off. When Mark returns to his shower, Alexis spreads some items across the room and gets into bed making it look like the two just made love (though her hair and makeup remain perfect).
Wouldn't you know it, Fallon arrives at the scheduled time and sees her mother in bed with Mark coming out of the shower in a towel. Fallon runs off and Mark tries to get Alexis to tell Fallon the truth. Like Alexis will do that. Mark does track Fallon down later but Fallon will not listen to him.
Apparently, Alexis does not care what Fallon thinks of her. In fact, you can say that Alexis only loves one of her children - Steven. Alexis keeps getting Adam to be friends with Steven even though Steven does not seem receptive to the idea. Alexis does not care and blames Adam for the lack of brotherly love. To try to get the two to become closer, she sends Adam on a business trip with Steven.
Of course, Alexis has an ulterior motive, she sent Adam with Steven so that Steven will miss his reconciliation dinner with Blake. Steven is none to happen when he returns to the airport to find that the Colby Co. jet had other priorities and he had to cancel his dinner with Blake and Krystle.
Krystle is understanding but Blake thinks Steven did this on purpose. Krystle, more astutely, believes this has Alexis's handwriting all over it. Once again, Blake tells Krystle to stay out of this, this does not concern her. Krystle is tired of being treated as an outsider - that is not the type of marriage she wanted (um, you still are not married yet). Krystle pretty much tells Blake off and says she will worry about herself and Blake can worry about himself. Krystle storms off while Blake calls to her. Ahhh, the great romance is showing some strains. No sharing of Forever Krystle and Forever Carrington tonight.
Neil McVane: And, you're my friend?
Blake: At this point in our lives and in this situation - you better believe it.
Alexis: Good morning, Blake. And forewarn me, what is your mood at the moment.
Alexis: Let me remind you, this is my office.
Krystle: You can have it when I finish.
Krystle [to Alexis]: I love the desk, the tusks, they're so you.
Claudia: I'm not looking for crutches because I'm not an emotional cripple.
Mark: Put that away, I don't want your money, Alexis.
Alexis: How many Alexises have heard that before.
Mark: Alexis, I want you. . .
Alexis: Do you really?
Mark: I want you to get out of here.
Mark: What do they call a woman like you?
Alexis: Smart and intelligent. A woman who always knows exactly what she wants and how to go about getting it.
Adam: And there were times I was sick of it just as I am sick of it now.
Alexis: Sick. Just make sure, darling, I never get sick of you - just do what you are told.
Krystle [to Blake]: And it's time I start to worry about myself. And, from now on I'll take care of my own problems and you solve your own, on your own.