Episode 80: The Voice, Part 2
Blake is ecstatic for making the deal of the century by being the first to get access to oil leases from the South China Sea from some government that we are never told (just like The Party). Even better news for Blake is that the rest of his luggage has finally arrived, just in time for his flight home. Blake opens an Air China bag and finds a hair dryer. Even though he knows it is not his bag, Blake continues to dig and finds a loving picture of Tracy and Eric Grayson, the man who got Blake to become chair of the State Party. Does Tracy always travel with pictures of herself with married men?
Since Blake is in his high moral ground mode, he decides to play with Tracy to try to get her to come clean about the nature of her relationship with Grayson. At their celebratory dinner, Tracy tells Blake that she has only met Grayson once. When Blake leaves the table to call about the connecting flight in San Francisco, Tracy comes up with a cliched scheme to seduce Blake by pretending to lose one of her earrings.
After dinner, Tracy tells Blake that she lost an earring but Blake was too polite to say anything. She probably lost it in Blake's room. Tracy pretends to find the earring in Blake's room but Blake was well aware of Tracy's game because she had both earrings when dinner began. Confronted by Blake, Tracy admits to a relationship with Grayson and then tries to seduce Blake. Blake fires Tracy on the spot and tells her to find her own way home. Blake already had the check in his suit jacket to buy out Tracy's contract. Some men carry condoms for protection, Blake carries a severance package.
Not content with with superior morality, Blake summons Grayson to his office and tells Grayson that he will not chair a Party that allows Grayson's loose morality. Affairs in politics, it could not be. Just ask Neal McVane. But, Blake is always the fair man and will not make a big deal about Grayson's affair and scheme with Tracy. Blake will quietly step down and Grayson can figure out the political cover. How noble of Blake. By the way, Blake, if you want a career in politics, this kind of morality is par for the course. Also, I do not get the big deal here. This is nothing more than to demonstrate to the viewers that Blake is an honorable man (which means Alexis's loose morality and scheming will come into focus).
Since things have been progressing nicely between Fallon and Jeff, Jeff decides to ruin it by proposing to Fallon for real. Jeff's divorce with Kirby will be finalized soon enough. Fallon, actually demonstrating some common sense, does not want to rush into another marriage with Jeff. She needs to be certain that it is right this time and just needs time. Jeff is willing to give her as much time as she needs. That is very adult of the two.
Meanwhile, Kirby is actually is a great mood. She finally has a lead as to what institution her mother may be in and wants Adam to go with her to Bismarck, North Dakota. Apparently, a phone call will not do. Adam promised Kirby he would help her anyway he could and the two head up in Bismarck in search of Alicia Anders.
It seems that Alicia had been released from the mental institution six months ago after it was determined that she was no longer insane. Kirby had to double check this information from the institution by going to the local newspaper. The contact at the newspaper presented Kirby with a cut out article confirming that Alicia Anders had been released. Further, this man knows where Alicia currently is. If he knew this all along, why bother getting the newspaper clipping. Also, since when do newspapers keep clippings lying around. Isn't that what microfiche is for?
Adam and Kirby head off to where Alicia is in a piece of crap vehicle that they must have rented. Kirby wants to meet her mother alone. Oh, did I mention it is at a cemetery. Kirby gets help from some old lady who just happens to know where Alicia's tombstone is located (no date of birth or death or anything). This old lady also happens to know a lot about Alicia such as Alicia had carried a rag doll with her all the time that she called Kirby. Alicia also wanted to return to Denver but lacked the strength to do so. How the hell does some stranger in a cemetery know all of this? The woman also says something to Kirby that gives Kirby the idea of taking care of the pain that has been caused. We all know what, or who, the source of pain is.
When Alexis learns that Blake has cut a deal for the South China Sea oil leases that she had been interested in, she is determined to rectify what has been cheated from her. She blames Blake for this under-handed maneuver, but Steven, correctly, attributes the scheme to Adam. No matter to Alexis, she wants a piece of the action. But, she does not want to share this information with Dex. When Dex asks Alexis to go to California with her to negotiate a deal to refine Oscar Stone's oil, she claims to be too busy and has to stay in Denver.
Dex does give Alexis a violet corsage that looks very similar to those that were being sent to Claudia. Steven notices the corsage and Alexis tells him of the source. She also claims that Dex had nothing to do with the person who was harassing Claudia. Steven is not so sure, and he confronts Dex. According to Steven, Dex and Matthew have a lot in common - particular their voices. Funny, I did not notice that. Dex claims it is not so strange since they were both from Wyoming. Funny again, I would have placed Matthew's voice from the South, not Wyoming. Another strike against Dex is that Dex knew Matthew.
Claudia has recovered from her fainting spell after hearing Matthew's voice on the phone. And, just as she is pulling it together again, she believes she sees Lindsey just hanging out at La Mirage. It turns out to be a much uglier girl, even though Claudia is polite and tells her she is just as pretty as someone she knew. Later, Claudia gets another call from a person claiming to be Matthew but also saying the same stuff that was said on the last call. Claudia tries to get Fallon to contact the police, but the person then hangs up.
Cut from there to Dex in a phone booth (why is he there - could it be he who is tormenting Claudia?). Dex picks up the phone and calls for the next flight to Hong Kong (Alexis's sixth assistant let it slip that Alexis was in Hong Kong). It looks like Alexis may have additional company.
Alexis arrives in Hong Kong with her entourage of clothes and Mark (who is there to guard the enormous sums of cash Alexis brought with her). Who is there to greet Alexis in her suite - Rashid Ahmed. Rashid is ready to have some pleasure with Alexis before discussing business. Alexis, on the other hand, really needs a nap. But, afterwards she will be ready to discuss business, pleasure, and $5 million (the same as Blake's goodwill money). The episode ends with Alexis and Rashid kissing and I am impressed that Rashid's mustache does not fall off during it.
Rashid: You have exceedingly good taste in wives, Carrington.
Alexis: Thinking about money is never terrible
Blake: Sometimes people fall from heights. I know that, my friend. But, I'm not afraid from falling because this deal is a natural. It's a once in a lifetime thing and nothing and no one is going to screw it up for me.
Alexis: All I want to do is find my bed and lie down in it.
Rashid: I have a better idea. Why don't I show you where the bed is and lie there with you. Yes?
Alexis: No. But, you can sit in a corner and watch me sleep if you like.