Episode 25: Blake's Blindness
You can't have a successful soap opera without the temporary blindness of a character. The blindness is never caused by any physical anomaly, but something psychological. Blake's blindness is making him a sarcastic bitch, and somewhat dumb. I mean, you are blind, not deaf - so how did you not know it was Joseph at the door when he spoke. The confirmation of Blake's hysterical blindness comes from a doctor, a top ophthalmologist, who flew all the way to Denver to spend two minutes with Blake to tell him the blindness is of psychological origin. Couldn't a phone call suffice, especially you were delayed with your arrival.
Blake knows that Logan Rhinewood is responsible for his blindness and is determined to expose him. Logan does show some kindness to Blake by sending him a blind man's cane. A cane which Blake uses to attack stuff in his bedroom. Since the police are unable to link this mysterious Logan to the explosion, Blake is going to try to discredit Logan in the forum of public opinion, by convincing the state Senate to convene a hearing on crime. Even Andrew finds the idea ridiculous. If it is Logan, he may try to kill you next time.
Fallon is so grateful to Jeff for saving Blake's life, that she offer herself to him. But, Jeff is having none of this - he knows Fallon all too well. Even though Fallon is willing to throw herself at Jeff, she is still in love with Dr. Nick and is determined to marry him. While dining with her mother at the St. Dennis Club (with Gerard still as the maitre d'), Fallon sees Nick (why does he dine there?) and tries again to get him to love her. Alexis figures out that Nick is the man that Fallon loves but tells Fallon she does not trust Nick. Even so, Alexis is willing to support her daughter and tells her she must find out who the other woman is.
Fallon goes all Nancy Drew and stakes out Nick's place, just to see Krystle arrive. See, Nick is becoming obsessed with Krystle. He needs to see her and cannot understand why she won't leave her blind husband. (Blake has an awesome tendency to need Krystle just as she is about to leave.) Krystle would feel guilty if she left Blake while he was blind and would hate Dr. Nick for it. Sympathetic Krystle then goes to Blake at Denver Carrington with the intention of spending some time with him. Blake has people, mostly Joseph, for such things. What he needs a wife for is someone to be in his bed. Oh, that is what wives are for.
When Fallon tells Alexis that Krystle is the other woman, Alexis is kind enough to let Fallon know that she will handle the situation.
There of course is the single scene with Claudia. Claudia is moving up the corporate ladder at Denver Carrington and is immersing herself in shale extraction. What a coincidence? Cecil is interested in that extraction. When Blake rejects Cecil's offer to work together to extract oil from Colby Co's shale, Cecil goes to plan B and visits Claudia. To suck up to Claudia, Cecil continues his facade of his people trailing Matthew and Lindsey in South America. But, Cecil got confused about his South American countries, and said Matthew and Lindsey just left Peru and were headed for Colombia. Wait, Claudia wonders, weren't they in Venezuela. Cecil plays it off that he forgot to tell Claudia that they went from Venezuela to Peru.
Though blind, Blake returns to Denver Carrington. Jeff fills Blake in about Dr. Nick's background, and discovers that Nick has a brother, now deceased, Gianni Malani - a name that is familiar to Blake but he does not know how. Well, you better find out soon Blake!
And finally, we have Sammy Jo who is determined to impose her will on the family. Fallon ignores her and Steven is embarrassed to tell Blake the two are even married. Steven finally tells Blake. Blake is not happy but what is done is done, they will make it work. Even better, Steven tells Blake his ridiculous new goal in life of becoming a race car driver. Blake will not hear such foolishness. But, before Blake can really get into it, Alexis interrupts the two and tells Steven not to stress his father. For some reason, Steven retorts that why should he listen to his mother since she upset Blake sixteen years ago by telling Blake that Fallon is not his daughter. Oh, now I know why he mentioned that - so that Sammy Jo can overhear it. Sammy Jo asks Steven about it and Steven tells her to forget it. Sammy Jo pretends to comply. Great Steven, just great.
Blake: How many are you here in this room right now. What is this, an exhibition? Come and look at the blind man. Come and see what the blind man does. See how he rages in his blindness.
Nick: You are human Blake, if not humane.
Fallon: What do I turn you off now that I am pregnant?
Fallon: What's the matter then?
Jeff: You're not doing this for me, you're doing this for Blake because I saved his life. And you figure you owe me something every once in a while. . .Why don't you call your boyfriend unless he is suddenly turned off by a pregnant Mrs. Colby.
Blake: We'll live with it [Steve's marriage to Sammy Jo] We'll get used to her and she'll gt used to us. And, we'll train her to fit in the family.
Steven: Like you train your guard dogs or servants
Steven: We'll maybe you can accept this too, I quit my job at the refinery.
Blake: What, again, and now what are you going to do?
Steven: Something that's very important to me.
Blake: I can't wait to hear.
Steven: I'm going to be a professional driver.
Blake: Truck or taxi cab?
Steven: Racing cars
Blake: My God, what have I done.