Episode 14: Enter Alexis
Alexis Morrell Carrington takes the stand, and boy does she have a tale to tell, well after she lifts her veil and takes off her sunglasses, since that is normal court attire. It seems that Blake has quite the temper. During his marriage to Alexis, Blake was working long hours and traveling all the time. Alexis found comfort, sexual comfort, in another man - Roger Grimes, who was the Estate Planner. One evening, Blake returned unexpectedly and caught Roger and Alexis. Blake, angered, beat Roger with a candlestick which pretty much crippled Roger (we learn a whole new story in Season 9).
Blake was never charged with what he did to Roger because he pretty much paid everyone off. He made Andrew his personal attorney. Joseph became the majordomo and Roger got a handsome sum. But, the best payoff went to Alexis - a trust which would pay her $250,000 per year. There was one catch, Alexis was banished from the home and could never see her children. Alexis had no choice but to accept because Blake threatened her with physical violence.
The courtroom is in awe. It is too much for Krystle who needs to go home. Andrew could not wait to cross examine Alexis, but Blake will not allow it. Blake cannot tell Andrew why, but she cannot be cross examined. Andrew acquiesces, and closing statements are made. As the jury deliberates, Alexis tries to re-connect with her children. Steven is very receptive while Fallon wants none of it. Fallon has known about the trust and that Alexis chose to stay away.
Outside of the court, Alexis and Blake speak. It is all very cryptic as Blake tells Alexis that he does not want her to spill that hateful lie. What is the lie? We don't know yet. Alexis claims it is not a lie, she is not a liar. But, she will not tell the truth just yet. It is her trump card, for when she needs it.
Krystle returns to the Carrington mansion and asks Joseph if what Alexis said on the stand was true. Joseph refuses to answer, which might as well serve as a confirmation. Fallon is less forgiving though. She cannot believe Krystle left. She might as well have told the jury that she thought Blake was guilty. Well, I guess the feud between the two is back on. Later that night, Blake goes to Krystle and admits that what happened to Roger was true. That does not bother Krystle, it is the banishing of Alexis which she finds so disturbing. Blake tells her he did no such thing. Alexis only cares about the money which is why she stayed away for so long.
Alexis has a different story for Steven. Yes, the money is nice, but Blake had bribed Roger Grimes to testify against Alexis and claim that she had crippled him if she ever shows her face in Denver again. Alexis found out that Roger Grimes had died two months ago (Season 9 aside) so she felt safe to return. Alexis and Steven are bonding, and Alexis gives Steven a portrait she did of Steven at the age of 6 (Alexis left 3 days before Steven's 7th birthday - something lost by Season 9). Alexis does love to paint, and she loved that studio that Blake gave her, land and all on the Carrington estate, as a gift for giving birth to Steven. Hmmm . . where is that studio now? Oh, we will find out.
Aside from all of this Carrington family fun, we learn what happened to Claudia and Lindsey. Claudia comes to in the hospital to learn that Matthew came and took Lindsey away. I guess that time in jail turned Matthew against Claudia. Claudia is inconsolable, or better, sedated. Blake pays her a visit in the hospital to tell her that he did not want to call her to the stand and that if Claudia needs anything, just call him. Claudia is too despondent to care. You know what would have been nice, if Steven had bothered to show up. I guess he is too busy with his long lost mother.
D.A. Jake: Was it what you might term an amicable divorce Mrs. Carrington?
Alexis: No, it wasn't. It was what you might term an enforced divorce.
Alexis: There were threats made. Something about how my children might not recognize me if I try to see them.
Fallon: May I testify to this - you're even more beautiful and more ugly than that grand English lady I vaguely remember, and whom I tried very hard to forget existed these past 16 years.
Alexis: I'm glad to see your father had your teeth fixed, if not your tongue.
Fallon: Well, I finally seemed to have a career for myself after all these years of sweet antiseptic insolence - I'm Gertie the garbage man or woman, or person, or thing.
Krystle: Are you doubting me?
Fallon: Heaven for offend who should ever doubt or question the noble lady of the house of Carrington.
Fallon [to Krystle]: I use you for what you are and what you've done and if they don't set my father free, I won't rest until I pay you back.