Episode 93: Amanda
Okay, we all know the drill by now. If an episode is a person's name, that means we are introducing a new character on the show. Well, except a few episodes ago when "Fallon" was to note that she had perished. Who is this Amanda person? Could it be this mysterious young woman who attempts to visit Alexis in jail but only makes goo-goo eyes with Dex? The same young woman that Dex and Adam find hanging around Alexis's Penthouse. Of course it is, but we will get more into that in a bit.
Normally, when you are found guilty, you are immediately taken to prison, even if you are appealing the case. Thus, there is no reason why Alexis is still hanging around the detention center. She needs to trade in those baby blues for a nice orange jump suit. Adam is busy working on appealing Alexis's conviction. Dex wants more immediate action. He wants to pull some strings but Adam, smartly, believes that would do more harm than good. Instead, the two are going to figure this out on their own. You know who would be really helpful in this endeavor - Fallon. Oh yeah, bad plan.
Steven still feels guilty for crucifying his mother at her trial. He feels he can make up with her by out-bidding Denver Carrington on these Texas flat lands owned by Krystle's "good friend" Hal Lombard. Blake warns Steven that he cannot buy or even earn Alexis's love. She is just a manipulator. When Steven actually does make the deal (additional details below), Alexis is not grateful and claims that Steven cannot buy her love. As she said, Steven is not her son and it will stay that way.
Steven should also focus on his relationship with Claudia. Claudia does not appreciate the fact that Steven will not open up to her. Steven feels he can assuage Claudia with sex but Claudia turns him down. Later, when Steven let's Claudia know he spoke to Krystle about Jennings's death, Claudia feels even more shut out.
Heck, no one wants Claudia's help. One night at La Mirage, Jeff is entertaining some friends and getting drunk again. Claudia offers to talk with Jeff but then Jeff makes some horrible remark about sleeping with him. (Why does everyone want to have sex with Claudia instead of talking to her?) Jeff does apologize but he does keep sinking further into despair over Fallon's death.
Dominique and Brady have marital problems of their own. Brady is not thrilled that Dominique liquidated several assets to buy into Denver Carrington. Dominique tells Brady that she did it because she is Blake's half-brother and she needs to prop him up before she takes everything from him. I don't get how that will work. Dominique is a Carrington and everyone will accept that. Later, Dominique learns that Brady is in some financial difficulties of his own and since Dominique sold many assets, he is even further screwed. That was a great weekend for the two.
Finally, there are some marital problems between Blake and Krystle. Blake is still dealing with Hal Lombard to get those Texas flat lands and he has an excellent offer, even one Colby Co cannot top. Blake will buy the lands and let Lombard into the South China Sea activity. Blake is about to seal the deal when Krystle arrives and rejects Lombard's apology and gift. Lombard leaves and signs a deal with Colby Co instead.
Blake is pissed and cannot believe how naive his wife is. Krystle's child-like and holier than thou attitude is becoming a problem as Blake is trying to rebuild Denver Carrington. Krystle sabotaged this deal and she still does not trust Dominique. Blake is actually pretty insulting but Krystle remains understanding. Blake ends the discussion with an ominous warning that there may be stormy days ahead for the two.
Adam and Dex work together to clear Alexis's name. Adam finally figured out that Steven was not making the story up but saw someone who looked like Alexis because the real killer wanted witnesses to. But who? Both Alexis and Mark had many enemies. The two speak with the nosy neighbor who had testified about seeing two people on Alexis's balcony. The woman also said she was throwing a birthday party for her niece and photos were taken.
Dex and Adam look at the photographs and somehow the photographs captured the person who killed Mark Jennings. Ex-Congressman Neal McVane likes to dress as Alexis and go on her balcony. The two confront McVane and he admits to what he did after seeing the picture of him dressed as Alexis. I am sure you can also find many a performer on Fire Island or the Castro who still dresses as Alexis. After the paperwork is done, Alexis will be a free woman.
Alexis is excited to be in her home again. By the way, Alexis would not have been in jail during her trial had she not flown to Venezuela. With Alexis upstairs, Dex sees the mysterious wooden woman again. He is about to call the police but Alexis assures Dex that she knows the young woman, an Amanda Bedford. Alexis wishes Dex goodbye and asks Amanda why she is there. Amanda retorts that she came to see if she could be of any help to her mother. So you did have 4 children, Alexis!
Claudia [to Steven]: I don't know why it's so hard for you to accept who you are - just a decent, honest man. When are you going to make peace with yourself finally.
Dominique: He is my half-brother.
Dominique - His father and my mother. I was the cutest illegitimate child on the block
Claudia: I want to help you now if you let me.
Jeff: By going to bed with me like we did the last time. Okay?
Blake: I'm beginning to know that sometime's you're more then just a little bit naive about business and you're turning into . . .
Krystle: What, into what, Blake. A problem?
Alexis: What are you doing here, Amanda?
Amanda: I read in the Tribune that you were in trouble. . .
Alexis: You're supposed to be in Paris - school.
Amanda: I came to see if I could help. It's the least I could do for my mother.