Episode 150 - Reward
Maybe Alexis actually believes Blake did start that fire at La Mirage because she actually wants hard evidence of his involvement. She is also willing to pay $100,000 for any information that leads to Blake's arrest and conviction. Ben, on the other hand, is more realistic about Blake's involvement, or lack there of, so he is going to manufacture the evidence.
Krystle is worried sick about Blake being down at the police station for a couple hours of questioning. She could have gone with him. In any event, Blake returns and has some interesting news. On the day of the fire, the hotel manager hired a former convict who perished in the fire. Even better, this convict was in prison for arson and his body was found in a room where there were dangerous chemicals that exploded during the fire.
Blake is pissed that the hotel manager, Bradley, would hire such a man. Bradley claims that he had no choice because two waiters had called out sick that day and he needed staff for Dominique's engagement party. Blake has no time for excuses and he fires Bradley for his incompetence. Of course, if you have a little bit of common sense you would wonder how Bradley is still working for Blake since La Mirage is no longer and Blake has no other holdings. So, what exactly did Blake fire him from? Good question.
The nonsense about the La Mirage fire does not deter Blake from moving forward with exploiting his mama's land. Krystle loves this reinvigorated Blake. I love how the two have become this cliche super couple. It's like they really bought into there Forever Carrington and Forever Krystle ads. Blake tries to get Nick Kimble (who we meet for the first time) to help him get a crew to drill for natural gas. Now, Blake cannot pay these men but will offer them a piece of the action. Nick is hesitant at first, but Blake convinces him to come along.
Blake also gets Dex to work with him. The last thing Alexis wants is anyone to help Blake, especially Dex. Dex needs to prove that he is his own man and believes any business with Blake is good business. It is a shame for Dex that he still loves Alexis or else this whole situation would not be so complicated for him. Well, maybe next time do not sleep with Alexis's daughter.
It is also just business for Adam. Adam still wants the love of his father and to be considered a Carrington but he went to work for Alexis because it is smart business. Ben, who does not like working with his nephew, tries to goad Adam into getting Blake's love back, but Adam is smarter than that. Ben will not be rid of Adam so easily. No, the two will be at odds to prove their loyalty to Alexis while Alexis plays Rupert Murdoch. And, Alexis has no problem pinning the two against each other. Competition is a good thing.
The conflict between the two introduces us to Dana Waring. Dana was Blake's former assistant who, for some reason, stayed on at Denver Carrington. Ben wants to know the details of the personal files that Blake took with him, but Dana is loyal to a fault and quits. Fortunately for her, she is cleaning out her desk with Adam standing there willing to offer her a handkerchief for her tears and lunch. Adam is a sucker for a pretty woman. Besides, maybe he will have better luck getting information out of her. At lunch, Dana refuses Adam's offer for employment because of the tension with Ben, but she does let it slip that she is from Billings, Montana. Hmmm. . .and even better, she carries around an article of Michael Torrance being a Carrington heir. Oh, Dana, you are not as innocent as you pretend.
Funny, I recall Blake giving Michael specific orders to stay away from Amanda. So, what does Michael do? He invites Amanda to an intimate late night glass of champagne at the Carlton. Of all the places, why the Carlton? Apparently, Michael has no intention of hiding this from Blake. I would prefer if this was hidden from all of us. At least, it only wasted about one scene.
Speaking of love, we have Clay and Sammy Jo getting closer together. Well, sort of. Sammy Jo gets Emily to come out to Delta Rho to look at the Arabian. Emily is willing to buy the horse but Sammy Jo offers it for free. Emily cannot accept such a gift but will discuss it at dinner the following week. Sammy Jo is glad to have impressed Emily and Emily approves of Sammy Jo. Clay, on the other hand, appears not to be ready to settle down with Sammy Jo.
Sammy Jo also finally finds Steven and questions why he would move out with Danny without letting her know. Steven tells Sammy Jo the reason he did it was for stability for Danny. Sammy Jo feels that if Danny lived at Delta Rho, he would not be so confused. This just ends in another dig on Steven's sexuality.
Poor Jackie is still recovering in the hospital from her burns. At least she no longer is forced to wear that needless cream that Cheney Hospital loves to use. Now, she is having nightmares of the fire and wants to forget what happened, but Dominique does not want her to forget. Besides, it may come in handy in the future.
Dominique is a little busy and she may have found herself a new love interest. Nick makes it out to Denver to talk to Blake. It seems that he is having a hard time getting a crew together because there is little trust and faith in Blake. Blake agrees to go out to the site and talk to the crew himself. Before Nick leaves he meets Dominique and there is instant chemistry. Garrett who?
As noted, Blake goes out to the site and meets the men in a diner. Blake tries to convince them that they need to take chances and it can pay off big, just as Blake had done for some guys 30 years ago. Blake is interrupted by some drunk that Blake had fired in the past. The guy then tries to attack Nick but Blake's body double stops it. That is enough for the men who are willing to work with Blake.
Blake feels that his life is finally turning around. He can feel it. Too bad Alexis will make sure that does not happen. Alexis does get a man, looking for the reward, come to her office and claim that Blake had offered him to set La Mirage on fire. When the man claims he spoke to Blake on Friday the 13th, Alexis tells him to leave since she knows that Blake was in Hong Kong on that date. That man, ultimately, was a plant from Ben. Ben tells him to go to the District Attorney with that information anyway.
Ben also gets another witness, Bradley, the fired hotel manager of La Mirage. Bradley tells Ben that he already told the police that he hired the convict on the day of the fire and that Blake had nothing to do with that. Ben tries to convince Bradley that he may want to change his story since Blake fired him. I guess Ben must have been convincing because the police arrest Blake for arson and First Degree Murder and just when Blake thought his life was turning around.
Ben: I see you've been rolling in the gutter.
Blake: I'm still in the gutter when I'm near you, Ben.
Sammy Jo: Well, he wouldn't be confused at all if he were with me at Delta Rho.
Steven: Oh, that would a great environment for him - a stud farm. He could learn about the facts of life, watch the breeding process as demonstrated by you and Clay Fallmont.
Sammy Jo: Well, at least he'd see how it's done by straight people.