Episode 92: The Verdict
Alexis's trial has definitely gone haywire. In real life, there would be grounds for a new trial. Adam is upset about Steven being called last minute without an opportunity to question him. The State claims it has not questioned him either and just want the truth. The judge allows the trial to proceed. Normally, you would delay the trial for a day to give the defense a chance to depose Steven.
But, why should such legalities matter as the State questions Steven about the events on the night of Mark Jennings's murder. And almost every question is leading and Adam objects but is overruled by the judge. WTF?!? In any event, Steven testifies that he saw his mother push Mark Jennings off the terrace. How is he certain it was Alexis - he noticed her hair and the outfit the person was wearing. It was the same as what Alexis wore to Fallon's engagement party. At least Steven is not a complete jerk. He did anonymously call the paramedics when he saw Jennings fall.
Alexis cannot believe that her own son testified against her and she refuses to listen to him. Steven really does not apologize for testifying against his mother, he just wants her to tell the truth. Alexis disowns Steven. Of course, instead of all of this anger, maybe everyone should try to determine why Steven would testify to something if he did not see it. Adam better come up with a kick ass defense for his mother.
Meanwhile, Jeff decides the best way to honor his deceased ex-wife is to become a man whore. If Fallon was a tramp, why can't Jeff become one. Best part, Jeff has a thing for blondes. Of course, these women are all over him because he's got money.
Dominique is ready to make her move, and still wants to keep Brady in the dark. She invites Blake to lunch and offers him $50 million for 51% of Denver Carrington. But Denver Carrington is a family run business (except when Cecil bought all those shares). Dominique is family. Regardless, Blake will never give a controlling majority to anyone. He does offer Dominique 40% of Denver Carrington at $70 million. Dominique accepts and a new relationship has begun. First order of business for Blake, pay back the mortgage to Alexis. No mansion for you this time, Alexis.
Blake will take money anywhere he can get it, even from scum like Hal Lombard. Lombard interrupts Krystle and Blake while they are dining and tries to get in on Blake's South China Sea action. Blake promises to keep him in mind and even invites him to the mansion. At the mansion, Hal comes on to Krystle and she kicks him out. Later, Blake tells Krystle that he will conduct business with Hal at the office. Krystle cannot believe that Blake would still deal with the man after what he did. Blake does not have many options.
So who is the first witness that Adam calls to defend Alexis? Krystle. What?!? I do not see how this can be a positive for Alexis. Krystle's testimony really does not offer a lot but Adam is trying to convince Alexis that it takes time and a method to build up reasonable doubt. Alexis does not like that and she has a better idea. She is going to defend herself. That is a horrible idea and everyone tries to convince her of that, but Alexis will do what Alexis wants to do.
On the stand, Alexis explains what happened the night Mark was murdered and how she was not involved. Now, if there was not that pesky thing called cross examination, Alexis plan might have worked. The State gets Alexis flustered and to admit that Mark deserved to die. There is also the issue of the cape that Steven saw the person who killed Mark was wearing. Alexis acknowledges that it was her cape but that it never arrived and she never wore it. Well, if Steven did not seal your fate Alexis, you did it yourself. Alexis does redeem herself somewhat during the closing argument, even if that is not evidence.
As everyone waits for the jury to return with their verdict, Steven decides to go to the Penthouse to relive what happened that night on the murder. Dex catches him up there, calls Steven a fag and the two fight. It pretty much ends up in a draw. Not bad for a fag.
After that gratuitous fight, the jury has reached a verdict. Alexis is found guilty of murdering Mark Jennings. She cannot believe it.
Alexis: Oh, Steven. I'd expect this from my enemies, but from you of all people. I loved you. I accepted your gay lifestyle when the rest of the family turned their backs on you, including your father. Well, you can crawl back to him right now because I disown you. I no longer have a son named Steven.
Alexis: I don't forgive my enemies, Blake. And you managed to get out of the hole I dug for you and I'm going to get out of the hole that was dug for me by you and Steven and whoever else. It's not over Blake, and it won't be until I've repaid everyone over their treachery ten times over.
Blake: God help you, Alexis
Alexis: May God help all of you, Blake.
Alexis: No control? He wasn't in control. He was a liar and a cheat, a hustler and a blackmailer. He was beneath contempt.
Michael Cunningham (Prosecutor): Did he deserve to die?
Alexis: Oh, yes. If anyone deserved to die, he did.
Dex: That really strikes a nerve. Same one Alexis strikes in you because you blame her for turning you into the sniveling fag that you are and always have been.