Episode 3:  The Dinner Party

Denver Carrington must be in some real trouble because Blake swallows his pride and invites Matthew and Walter to a dinner party which will include some of the wealthiest men in the oil industry.  Walter is ready to go, but Matthew is hesitant.  Claudia believes Matthew does not want to go because he is afraid she will have a breakdown, but that isn't it.  Let's face it - Matthew does not want to see Krystle, and the fact that this party is nothing more than a ruse for Blake to get his hands on those oil leases of his. 

 An unlikely pairing.

An unlikely pairing.

Krystle is concerned about the price of her new wardrobe.  The gall of this woman even asking someone how much things cost.  Fallon teaches Krystle that only poor people cut back during times of financial crisis.  Even if Blake is in financial straits, you still must pretend that all is okay so that investors will have confidence in you.  Ahhh, that is where my failing has been.  If only I have known that sooner.  Krystle, nonetheless, is game.  She is also more comfortable as mistress in the house, and she finally puts Joseph in his place - she is hard, but fair, just as Blake taught her. 

Walter is having a great old time at the dinner party, Matthew less so.  Matthew really cannot keep his eyes off Krystle, which Claudia notices.  Claudia really is the odd person out, and she decides to escape to the nearest room, which happens to be the study.  It also happens to be where Steven is reading some book by the light of the fireplace.  How these people don't have damaged eye sight is beyond me.  Steven asks Claudia about her time in a mental institute, which really is some sort of odd foreplay.  Then, Steven convinces Claudia that there is something special about being mentally unstable and gives her a book of Emily Dickinson's, a shut-in, poems (at least she got a parting gift.) 

 Finally, Jeff is making some headway with Fallon.

Finally, Jeff is making some headway with Fallon.

At the dinner party, Cecil assures Blake that he will give him a blank check as a sign of friendship for being future in-laws.  Fallon really is not enamored with Jeff, and Jeff really does not help his cause by being all preachy and always wanting a moment alone with her.  Under the watchful gaze of Cecil, Fallon finally forces herself to spend some time with Jeff.  The only way Fallon can tolerate Jeff's company is with marijuana.  At least she gets Jeff to take a puff despite his going over the psychological and penal issues with the drug.

Meanwhile, Krystle decides to give Matthew a tour of the mansion which ends with the two outside.  Krystle suggests that Matthew may want to sell the oil leases to Denver Carrington.  Matthew accuses Krystle of being a whore for Blake.  That doesn't go over well.  Neither does the fact that Matthew tells Krystle that he loves her and always will.  Krystle cannot believe he did not say something sooner or took the choice away from Krystle.  Which makes it even worse is that Fallon overhears it.

 They may be friends, but Cecil knows Blake is in trouble.

They may be friends, but Cecil knows Blake is in trouble.

Matthew returns to the party to leave and pretty much tells Blake he is not going to sell him the leases (Cecil "hopes" it is not a trend) and leaves.  Blake is now determined to destroy Matthew.   

Finally, Joseph has a problem only the mistress of the house can resolve - Fallon and Jeff are skinny dipping.  Krystle gets them to get out of the pool and then chastises Fallon for her lack of discretion.  Fallon won't be lectured about discretion from a woman who just had her ex-lover tell her he still loves her.  Take that Miss Hypocrite. 

Memorable Dialogue

Fallon:  See the poor cut back in hard times.  That's why they're poor.  The rich know that's the time to spend. 

Jeff:  Fallon, that's grass. 
Fallon:  To be exact.
Jeff:  Suppose somebody sees it.
Fallon:  Don't worry.  I got enough for everybody.

 

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