Episode 15: The Verdict
For some reason, the hospitals in Denver will restrain you to the bed if they feel you are a flight risk and you have been sedated too much. That must bring back memories for Claudia. At least, Claudia does not have to worry about the medical bills - Blake is taking care of that. Claudia calls Matthew's mother to find out where Matthew and Lindsey are. Matthew's mother is a hypocritical bitch who is disgusted by Claudia's adultery so much that she would deny Claudia the right to see her own child. Great family values there. Steven finally pays Claudia a visit. Claudia would rather be alone.
The jury finally reaches its verdict in Blake's trial - Blake is guilty of voluntary manslaughter. Since we are on television, sentencing is immediate. The judge sentences Blake to two years probation as recommended by the jury (when they exactly recommended that, I don't know). Blake is still angry and claims he is innocent. Andrew wisely convinces Blake to shut up, to not appeal, and to take the two years probation. I wonder if we will see any scenes of Blake with his probation officer?
Blake totally got lucky, and Blake still is adamant that he is not guilty. I hate to break the news to you Blake, but technically you are guilty of manslaughter. You did storm after Ted and you did push him. True, you probably did not have the intent to kill Ted - but that is not necessary for manslaughter. Blake does not seem to get that. I guess you don't reach the station in life that Blake reached without suspending reality to suit your own needs. He has the respect of stockholders and the Board to maintain. So, if Blake is going to be holier than thou about his innocence, then he might as well believe it.
Blake tells Krystle, who has now rejoined him in his bed (and not the pity lay that Blake claimed at first), that he is going to change - and not force his way on his family as he had done in business. It really does not go well for Blake. I guess bad habits are hard to break.
Blake has Michael fired, which bothers Fallon. Fallon tries to sweet talk her father to allow Michael, her occasional fb, to stay. Blake will have none of that. The Carrington name must stand for high moral values. Yeah, that is a lot coming from a person just convicted of manslaughter. The irony is not lost on Fallon.
Fallon is not the least of Blake's problems. There is Steven. Steven tries to talk to Blake after the verdict, but Blake snubs him. Both Alexis and Krystle tell Blake that he should not have treated Steven so - rejecting him after he reached out. Blake will hear none of it. Krystle tries to broker a peace between Steven and Blake, but it does not go so well as Blake tries to impose his will on Steven. Blake is even willing to forgive Steven for testifying against him. What? Blake really is not getting the hang of things. Steven is outraged. He does not need Blake's forgiveness. In fact, it is Blake who should ask for Steven's forgiveness and Steven is not giving it to him. Steven storms out of the house. Blake tells Krystle he knew it would not work, but Krystle gives Blake the T and let's him know that he has not changed.
No wonder Krystle is turning on Blake. After his spat with Fallon, Blake tells Krystle he wishes he never had any children and that it was wrong of him to force (read rape) Krystle to have his child. Krystle was right all along, it is not time for them to have children. Wrong thing to say Blake. If you have been paying attention, you should have noticed that Krystle was sick of late - that could mean only one thing. She's pregnant. Krystle finally breaks the news to Blake after she faints.
Could things get any worse for Blake. Yes they can. Alexis has no intention of returning to Acapulco right away - not until all of her business is done. One evening, she sneaks onto her old studio on the Carrington Estate. Joseph confronts her and tells Alexis that he pretty much has been stalking her from a distance, even keeping a scrap book of scandal articles on Alexis. Alexis is flattered that Joseph would masturbate to her stories. I guess Alexis's reminiscing at her old study gave her a great idea. She is going to move in, and Blake cannot stop her because he gave her the studio. This will be fun.
Fallon: Oh, we're back to the old stand or did you just drop in to mend his socks.
Krystle: Your father and I were together last night.
Fallon: Well, I bet you were and I don't have to guess who mailed out the invitation. Tell me something Krystle, do you think going to bed with him makes up for him being found guilty. I don't. . .
Krystle: I did not walk out on him. I was sick
Fallon: But not too sick to bed down with him.
Steven [to Claudia]: I've loved two people - Ted and you. I've cost him his life and I destroyed yours.
Blake: You always circled before you dive in, Alexis.
Alexis: I'm talking about our son. He's a beautiful, sensitive young man.
Blake: Whose lifestyle - thanks to you, make him a mama's boy when he was a child - put me in that courtroom.
Alexis: I go or I stay where I choose.
Blake [to Fallon] - The decision to fire my chauffeur and your in-house stud was mine.
Fallon: Take on a new look and stance - the morally up-right Carringtons - is that it?
Blake: That's exactly it.
Fallon: The judge put you on probation, not me.
Alexis: I'm not leaving Denver, yet, not until all my business is finished.
Alexis: Oh Joseph, don't tell me you read that trash. Do you Joseph? Alone, at night, in bed.
Alexis: Poor lonely Joseph. Still the impotent voyeur.
Blake: As for us, let me say that on my part, I'm willing to make the first move and forgive you for having testified against me. Me, your father, and some rather damaging testimony.
Steven: I told the truth.
Blake: You what?
Steven: I told the truth, dad. And you forgiving me - let me say this. I don't forgive you.
Blake: Then why the hell did you come to this house?
Steven: For some remorse.
Alexis [to Blake]: I'm moving in.