Episode 78: Steps
So Fallon is not only paralyzed, there is no physical cause for it. It is psychosomatic. Seriously?!? Let's recap this. Fallon runs out in front of a moving car and is hit. She does not suffer any broken limbs or even manages to bleed. But, she somehow hit herself on the head, slightly (because she was not wearing one of those awesome turbans that all head injury sufferers wear on this show), and cannot walk because she is traumatized over Peter De Vilbis. This paralysis better not last long, and fortunately for us it only does last this episode.
At least Fallon's inability to run away from Jeff gives Jeff the opportunity to nurse and to woo Fallon. Fallon appreciates Jeff's attention because he is the only one who does not try to convince Fallon to see a psychiatrist (I wonder what Dr. Toscani is doing). We know where this is leading.
No sense dragging out this ridiculous single episode story line. Fallon snaps out of her psychosis when she is playing with Little Blake by the pool. Jeff leaves to take a phone call and Fallon has L.B. chase an electric truck. The truck takes a turn toward the pool and L.B. is ready to follow it. Fallon jumps up and grabs L.B. before he falls into the pool.
Fallon's ability to overcome her psychosomatic disorder requires a family celebration. Mrs. Gunnerson prepares all of Fallon's favorite foods, which includes three cakes for 8 people. The family gets decked out in black tie attire to celebrate Fallon's ability to walk. It is quite a lavish celebration for eight individuals.
Guess who is not on the invite list, Alexis, as always. That is okay, Alexis will spend the evening with her friend, Mr. Martini. Dex arrives at the penthouse and quickly pieces together everything. He tells Alexis that she should call Fallon and tell her that she loves her. I think drunk dialing your daughter who you are on the outs with is an excellent idea. Alexis just cannot do it, she would rather be held by Dex, held by Dex like she has never been held (her words, seriously).
Now that we wasted half of this episode on Fallon's ridiculous paralysis, we can go over what else happened. Dex is pissed off with Blake because he cancelled the contract with Oscar Stone to refine his oil. Blake tells Dex that the contract was personal with Stone and that he has no obligation to refine any oil for Lex-Dex. All Blake wanted from Dex, as a member of the Denver Carrington board, was loyalty, and Dex chose Colby Co. instead.
Steven is pissed with Adam for stealing his research on the South China Sea Leases. Adam claims he never did such a thing. Besides, Adam started that project with Colby Co. so any work that Steven did is rightfully his. Peace between the brothers is over. Adam, who did steal the research, gives the information to Blake and claims that he and Steven did the work equally so that he has no qualms sharing the information with Blake. Apparently, Blake has no problem reading the research from a Colby Co. file to get a jump on trying to purchase those leases.
Kirby now appears to actually want to marry Adam. She is even somewhat willing to succumb to him sexually. Maybe something will actually develop between the two, unless Alexis has something to do about it. She will not allow her son to marry the butler's daughter. For some reason, Alexis thinks Blake would support her decision to prevent Adam and Kirby from marrying but Blake refuses to help Alexis. That is fine, Alexis will handle this on her own.
Morgan Hess finally figures out how to use a microfiche machine and is able to get Alexis some articles regarding Alicia Anders. If they only had the internet back then. Alexis then invites Kirby to lunch and offers her a lucrative position in Paris. Kirby knows a bribe when she sees one and refuses to take Alexis up on her offer. Since Kirby does not want to accept the generous offer of Alexis, she will now feel Alexis's wrath. Alexis tells Kirby that her mother did not die when Kirby was a child but ran off with another man when Kirby was two and then killed her lover. Alicia Anders is alive and in jail, but not just any jail, but one for the criminally insane. Kirby does not want to believe it but Blake confirms it is the truth, but that does not matter to him, and Kirby is still very much a member of the family.
Claudia is still on edge with the thought that Matthew and Lindsey are alive or that someone wants her to believe that. When Krystle has some silver napkin rings delivered in a plain white box, Claudia almost freaks when she sees it because the servant left it on the buffet. Krystle had to assure her they were just napkin holders. Claudia tells Krystle this day is particularly tough for her because it is she and Matthew's anniversary.
Claudia makes it alright through the day (or we should assume since there were no scenes with her) but then gets a disturbing letter during the celebration for Fallon. Why does Gerard find it necessary to hand Claudia the letter during the dinner? Can't it wait. Well, it cannot wait for maximum dramatic effort. Claudia excuses herself and goes to her room. Steven follows. The letter is a picture of Claudia that Matthew took of her on their first wedding anniversary. Steven vows to find the person tormenting Claudia. Claudia has an even better idea, she is going to fly out to Lima. Okay, it is not a better idea because what the heck does Claudia expect to find in Lima.