Episode 213: Sins of the Father
Fallon is still having nightmares about Roger Grimes. After a particularly traumatic nightmare, Fallon tells Zorelli that she saw a snake tattoo on Grimes lower back. How did Fallon know that if she only saw his face at the morgue? Zorelli questions whether Fallon saw Grimes without his shirt or maybe caught him in bed with Alexis, or maybe worse. Fallon asks Alexis how she would know that detail, and Alexis guesses she must have seen Grimes swimming in the pool (since she invited some of the guys to the pool - weird?). As Fallon pushes further, even suggesting possible molestation, Alexis cuts her off and says that she would never allow such a thing. Fallon's dreams add a new twist, Tom Carrington, her grandfather, now appear in them along with dark tunnels. Hmmmm. . .
Sammy Jo is really enjoying her time with Tanner. She is clearly drawn to him and he is very awkward with her, especially when the kids at the recreation center make them dance together as they prepare for a community dance. Sammy Jo invites Jeff to the dance, but he arrives at Delta Rho in a tuxedo. Not that kind of dance, Jeff. No matter, Tanner is picking the two of them up. Little does Sammy Jo know that Tanner arrives in his formal garb too - a priest's outwit. Ahhhh, so that is who Tanner is married to - the Church. Awkward. Jeff is comfortable leaving Sammy Jo in Father McBride's capable hands. At the dance, the other priest tells Sammy Jo that Tanner is just taking a year off (who knew you could do that). Once again, the kids get Sammy Jo and Tanner to dance, this time to Breath's "How Can I Fall" (a classic late 80s slow song that you are afraid to admit you can sing along to).
Jeff may trust Tanner around Sammy Jo, but can he trust him around his sister, Monica? Okay, these two are acting way too close - way closer than they did on the Colbys. I mean there is casual and then there is this. It is almost creepy. At least it is to Adam who notices the two of them being chummy after a tennis match. The writers have the good sense to bring up the Senator and Monica's child - she hasn't seen either.
Blake is in a forgiving mood this episode. He visits Sable in her suite and tells her that he should have forgiven her sooner and he apologizes for that. Sable is glad to be back in Blake's good graces and to celebrate, she offers him some apple crepes. Then, Blake visits Delta Rho to show Fallon pictures of the wedding between he and Krystle. (The pictures look like they were developed at a drug store - I am sure they could afford better.) Blake still does not approve of Fallon with Zorelli but she insists that she will see who she wants, when she wants. Blake throws in the towel.
Alexis spends the episode going from drunk to hungover and back to drunk again - all thanks to Dex. Dex tries to reach her, but Adam blocks it. He finally catches her in her apartment, but that ends with Dex leaving for good and claiming that he slept with Sable to finally end things with Alexis (though he still loves and wants her - yeah, I don't get it). In one of her hungover stages, Alexis goes through the men in her life with Fallon: Blake, a man who didn't love her, but will kill anyone else who did; Cecil - a man who died on their wedding night and Alexis got the blame; Sean Rowan - a man who also died and tried to take Alexis with him; and Dex - a man she totally trusted but then slept with his worst enemy. Only Roger Grimes truly loved her.
Grimes loved Alexis so much that he sent love letters where he told Alexis that Blake threatened to kill him. Adam needs those letters to build his case against his father. Alexis, though promising to find the letters, tells Adam she wants him to get back in his father's good graces so she can have a spy on the inside. Adam figures he will do that by telling Blake of Alexis's plan and that there is a witness, Ellsworth Chisolm, to whom Adam can arrange a meeting. Just sticking with Adam and Chisolm, we also learn that Chisolm was aware of a second project going on other than renovation of the mansion.
Alexis goes to the storage room in the Carlton to search for the letters from Grimes (how many times had Alexis moved since Blake kicked her out of Denver, and she kept all of this stuff?) Alexis also used it as an opportunity to burn items. Too bad the furnace had been closed for months and the smoke alerted the Carlton staff and Sable. Sable notices a painting that Grimes sent Alexis and instantly figures out what The Collection is - war crimes. The painting is a Freidrich Stahl, an artist that Hitler admired so much that he had looted all of his painting and none had been seen since World War II. Blake confirms her suspicion and calls for a meeting with her and Dex. After Sable learns the truth, she confronts Alexis and tells her that she has the power to destroy her but won't do so if Alexis backs off on the Grimes investigation. Alexis is having none of that.
So, we finally learn what this Collection is. It appears in the 1950s, Tom Carrington was running a shipping line and he agreed to transport some German scientists to South America. Well, they weren't really scientists, but Nazi's escaping justice. They didn't have money so they paid in things they looted in Europe during World War II - art work, jewelry, gold, etc. When Blake learned what Tom had done, he demanded Tom put a stop to it. So, Tom enlisted Sam Dexter and Jason Colby, who were working on the nearby mining project with Tom, to dispose of the Collection. That is what is in the mines. Blake assumes that Grimes must have stumbled onto and stole from the Collection and Tom had him killed.
Now, it is imperative for Dex to make that dive in the lake, to make sure the vault is sealed and the Collection is safe. Bad news all, Dex discovered that the vault has been opened. Even worse news, Zorelli is watching them diving at the lake.
Alexis: Would you like a drink?
Fallon: It's 11 o'clock in the morning.
Alexis: I know, I have such a hangover .
Adam: But, I'd go easy on the brandy if I were you.
Alexis: When I want a sermon, dear, I'll go to church
Sable: First you blow up my ships, is the hotel next?
Alexis: It could be.
Sable: And you're drunk ,
Alexis: That may be, but tomorrow, I'll be sober, while, you, alas, will still be you.
Alexis [to Sable]: A present from Roger to Alexis, with love - a word I doubt you're familiar with.
Sable: Hello, Alexis. Glad to see you've sobered up.
Alexis: And now my hangover have arrived. Go away, catch a mouse or something.
Sable: I'm offering you the opportunity to salvage what is left of you're crumbling finances, if. . .
Alexis: If I leave Blake alone
Sable: That's right
Alexis: Listen to me cousin. You are a lonely, desperate woman so starved for the affection of a man, any man, that you'll do anything for them to throw you a bone, including this pathetic grandstand play.
Sable: No more playing, Alexis. The game is over.
Alexis: Well call up your lawyers, call out the national guard if you have to because I've got Blake exactly where I want, and his ugly secret will not be a secret much longer.