Episode 83: The Check
Blake decides to leave the war room at Denver Carrington to harass Alexis as to her involvement with Rashid Ahmed with respect to Blake being double crossed. Alexis asserts that she had nothing to do with Rashid claiming that the $100 million was for arms and not oil leases. Blake has no proof, so he sort of accepts Alexis's story. Too bad for Alexis, Mark happens to be hearing the conversation (Mark was entertaining before Alexis came home).
Mark knows that Alexis paid Rashid $5 million to sabotage Blake's deal. Alexis wants to know how much it will cost her to buy Mark's silence. Mark is excited by the $100,000 he receives from Alexis. While celebrating, Congressman Neal McVane stops by the Penthouse, through the back elevator, and reminds Mark that they had a deal to blackmail Alexis together and split the proceeds. Mark pretends that he still has not received any info on Alexis. Neal suspects Mark is lying since any one with half a brain could find information against Alexis in 10 minutes.
Mark happily deposits the $100,000 in a checking account, which he is going to use to leave Denver and return to New York. Unfortunately for Mark, Neal has nothing better to do (what other work is there for an ex-congressman) than trail Mark. Neal notices that Mark has deposited a large sum of money at the bank. Ignorant of Neal's spying, Mark bids Krystle goodbye.
Even though they probably only have been sex for a few days, Tracy already does not like the fact that Dex still has a thing for Alexis. Dex tries to prove that he is over Alexis, sexually. All he wants is Tracy to be on the inside so Dex can know of every move that Alexis makes. Tracy finally meets with Alexis and tells Alexis that she has always admired Alexis and she has plenty of confidential information on Denver Carrington. Alexis rightly assumes that Tracy is doing all of this for revenge, and what would stop Tracy from doing the same thing against Alexis. Very smart reasoning, Alexis. That reasoning, of course, does not prevent Alexis from hiring Tracy.
Steven is in an apologetic mode. He finds his research on the South China Sea leases. They had been misfiled. (I wonder how Adam pulled that off.) Also, Steven should apologize to Dex for accusing him of harassing Claudia. Alexis wants by-gones to be by-gones. Further, she wants Steven to run the day to day operations of the Lex-Dex Corp.
At least Steven can return to his normal heterosexual existence with Claudia. There should be no complications there. Late one night, Sammy Jo gives Steven a call and asks about Danny. Why is Sammy Jo interested all of a sudden? It appears the modeling career is not going well in New York City as another married man with whom Sammy Jo is having an affair is unable to land a big account for her. When Sammy Jo threatens to tell his wife of the affair, the man slaps her and pushes her over a chair. Could Sammy Jo be having second thoughts of the decisions she has made?
Fallon tells Kirby privately about her plans to marry Jeff (since Kirby was too busy learning how to fire a gun when she has the family announcement). It has to be rough for Kirby but she should have seen this coming. For some reason, Claudia has the bright idea that she and Kirby should throw Fallon's engagement party. Kirby wants no part of that.
Kirby moves full steam ahead with her plan to kill Alexis. She is not even trying to be a member of the Carrington clan anymore, though she does show some affection to Adam. Under the pretext of discussing Alexis's job offer, Kirby drags Alexis out to her home where Joseph killed himself. Kirby really does not discuss details of the job offer and Alexis is ready to leave. Just as Alexis opens the door, Kirby reaches for the gun but stops herself because some old man claiming to be part of the neighborhood watch is at the door. Kirby's plot has been foiled, for now, as Alexis gets the neighborhood watchman to call her a cab to leave this horrible middle class neighborhood.
Aware of Blake's pending financial problems, Fallon is willing to scale back her wedding. Whatever happened to that million dollar spit game from the first season? Heck, even Alexis is willing to pay for Fallon's engagement party and wedding. Blake will have none of that. He will make this work.
Blake takes Adam out to Hong Kong to try and track down Rashid Ahmed and to get him to retract his lies. Unfortunately for the two, Rashid had left just before their arrival. Blake has a back-up plan. He will get the government with which he dealt to issue a statement saying that the money was not used for the purchase of arms.
Blake manages to get a meeting with the country's trade representative. The trade representative, Mr. Lin, advises Blake that silence is in the best interest of his country so they will not issue any statement. Blake demands his $100 million. But, that money has already been allocated. Besides, the country only promised Blake the leases, not protection. Blake returns home empty handed.
Really, what is the big deal? Blake still has the leases. It just might take some time to begin exploration. But, Blake put a provision in the deals to raise the $100 million that called for exploration to begin on a specific date or else the loans could be called in. And, that date is fast approaching. Blake informs Krystle that if he does not raise $100 million soon (since exploration seems unlikely) he could lose Denver Carrington.
Alexis: Enjoy the champagne, Mark, I'll deduct it from your salary.
Mark: I damn near fell off the terrace in laughter.
Alexis: Too bad you didn't
Alexis: Well, Jerome, in the brief time you may be working for me, no one is allowed in my office unless I give specific approval.
Krystle: Why are you leaving, Mark? Does it have anything to do with Alexis?
Mark: Oh no, she's a nuisance. Hey! I'm on top of the world, kid. I do know someone who'd like to push me off. But, don't worry, I don't push so easily.