Dynasty :: Keeping up appearances

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This week’s episode of Dynasty, titled “Company Slut”, was jam-packed with action and the whole “if anything can go wrong, it will” method of storytelling. We also got a bit of a comeuppance for Fallon, but will it all be enough to make her change her ways? Probably not, at least not until Alexis finally arrives because it isn’t Dynasty with an HBIC, and for now that is Fallon.

Fallon experienced a lot of fallout from her disastrous preoccupation with Cristal’s sex tape, losing the energy contract with the city of Atlanta and putting her business relationship with Jeff Colby on the line. Lucky for her, he still believes their partnership will be a financially successful one, so he’s firmy behind her and even got her nominated for a magazine’s Businesswoman of the Year award. Of course, she’s not the only Carrington in the running. The biggest fallout though comes in her relationship with Michael Culhane. After sleeping with Kory and then opting to drive Mrs. Carrington to the office — for her first day on the job as COO — instead of Fallon (forcing her to drive herself, gasp!), it seems like the Culhane ship has sailed. In the original series, Fallon eventually married Jeff, so it will be interesting to see where the Fallon-Jeff-Michael story goes from here.

Meanwhile Cristal had to face the board members of Carrington Atlantic for the first time and it really didn’t go well with a few moments of feigned support. One of the company’s media experts was quite blunt about how everyone else feels about Cristal’s new promotion — she slept her way into the job. In reality, it was offered to her prior to her engagement to Blake, but that doesn’t matter to anyone else. When asked if anyone would have had a problem with a little nepotism had Fallon gotten the job, the answer was along the lines of it would have been the less of two evils. Cristal has a long way to go to prove herself so perhaps winning the Businesswoman of the Year award will help.

The episode really had some spark in it this week as Fallon and Cristal clashed, first as they were both on their way to their respective jobs, and then later at the photo shoot. Traditionally the magazine takes individual portraits of each nominee and the winner gets the cover. Fearing that Fallon would steal the spotlight, Cristal talked the editor (played by Nana Visitor, best known for her role on Star Trek: Deep Space Nine) into doing something different this time — put all the nominees on the cover, which resulted in a hilarious moment of attempting to stage the photo with Cristal prominently up front and Fallon almost out of the frame. The look on her face as the picture was snapped was priceless.

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But never count Fallon out. You know she has dirt on everyone in Atlanta, including the magazine editor. A few choice words with her resulted in Fallon “winning” the award at the luncheon and … having the magazine cover all to herself. Score another point for Fallon. But, Cristal overheard her speaking about the sex video and realized Fallon was the one who leaked it and let her know how she felt. Back at the mansion, Blake started to go off on Fallon and she assumed it was because Cristal told him about leaking the video. Which she didn’t so she basically outed herself to her father. It didn’t go well. Blake told her she was no longer welcome in the mansion, so she ran to Michael. But he said he knew she was just there because she needed a place to sleep. Blake had already asked him to help move Fallon’s bags out of the house. Fallon suddenly saw her world come crashing down around her, but we’re willing to bet this won’t break her, it will only fuel her to work harder to build her company to take down Carrington Atlantic.

Also feeling some fallout this week was Sammy Joe. Steven is still not happy with him for the whole robbery episode, and Anders is a bit sick of him hanging around the mansion mooching off of the Carringtons. Anders, whom Sammy Joe hilariously called “Alfred,” began dropping unsubtle hints that it’s time he started earning his way if he wants to stay in the house. During a heart-to-heart in the Carrington’s private screening room (complete with popcorn and candy), Anders told Sam that he saw a lot of Sam in himself, how he was a bit wayward in life until Mr. Carrington gave him a job and a purpose. Sammy Joe seemed to consider Anders’ words thoughtfully.

Steven, meanwhile, is starting his first day at the foundation Blake appointed him to head, taking proposals from various non-profits. Steven was surprised by a man named Ted Dinard, who we learn has a past with Steven. The appearance so rattled Steven that he couldn’t even spend more than a minute with Ted, promising he’d look over the proposal but he had more people to see. Later, realizing he was being a bit of an ass, Steven went to Ted’s hotel room only to find Sammy Joe there as well. And both of them were enjoying the complimentary bath robes. This meeting went about as well as the earlier one, and just widened the rift between Steven and Sammy Joe. Sam did his best to convince Steven that he had only gone to meet Ted to ask for a job, but Ted invited him to stay for more. It wasn’t an intentional dig at Steven. What none of the men realize is that this whole thing was orchestrated by Anders to get Sammy Joe out of the Carrington mansion. But will it work?

Someone else having a bad day is Claudia. Still raging at Blake for Matthew’s death and Cristal for the affair (and calling her the “company slut” of the title), Cristal feels that she needs to try to talk to Claudia so she drives over to her house. When Blake finds out, he thinks it’s a bad idea and speeds over there himself, arriving just in time to … hit Claudia with his car. If she thought Blake killed Matthew and then Willy, she’s really going believe he’s trying to shut her down now.

And now for a brief history of Ted Dinard. If you know the OG Dynasty, you’ll probably remember that name. Ted Dinard was Steven’s lover, and the two had lived together in Greeenwich Village. When Steven returned to Denver for Blake and Krystle’s wedding, he broke things off with Ted because of his father’s disapproval. Attempting to “find himself,” Steven began an affair with Claudia Blaisdel, and Ted actually begged her to give Steven up but it was too late. As Ted and Steven said their goodbyes, Blake witnessed their parting hug and flew into a rage, thinking it was something more, pushing Ted away from Steven. Ted fell, hit his head and died, which set up the murder trial of Blake that drove the first season of the show and led to the introduction of Alexis. No wonder Steve was so shaken up to see Ted. He’s a ghost!

And with the series getting a full season order this week, we can only hope that the arrival of Alexis will happen sometime later in the season.

Dynasty airs Wednesdays at 9:00 PM on The CW.

What did you think of this episode? Will Blake end up killing Ted again? Who would you pick to play Alexis? Tell us what you think!

 

 

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