Dynasty Recap and Review: “Don’t Con a Con Artist”
On Friday’s episode of Dynasty, Culhane’s family troubles lead to what could become another Carrington Atlantic scandal, Fallon and Liam’s fake relationship suddenly sparks into something real, and the feud between Alexis and Fallon continue.
Things between Blake and his staff at the house become tense when he, along with the rest of the Carringtons, realize that the staff, their cook in particular, is loyal to, or at the very least, as loyal to Alexis as they are to him. Hoping to send a message to the rest of them, Blake fires her but then Anders just rehires her without his knowledge. Angry at him for going behind his back with both this incident and confronting him about Alexis, Blake fires him but rehires him by the end of the episode because, like Cristal (and even Alexis) says in the episode, he’s family.
Meanwhile, Cristal finds out why Culhane quit so unexpectedly and visits him and his family at the hospital. Here, she accidentally lets slip that Culhane is actually the family’s driver, as opposed to being the VP of Carrington Atlantic, which is what he originally told his parents. Feeling guilty, Cristal offers the family her access to the best doctors and Culhane’s mom accepts the hand out, which ends up being beneficial to the Culhane family because it results in an actual diagnosis. Only bad news is that Culhane’s father is sick because of a chemical leak from Carrington Atlantic, and once Anders catches Blake up on all of this, Blake steps in, just as Cristal is about to tell Culhane the truth.
Steven finally announces to the rest of the family, or to Fallon (and the public) really, because Cristal understood Steven when he was speaking Spanish at Tom’s funeral, she probably already told Blake soon afterwards, and Steven already told Alexis in last week’s episode. Alexis decides to take Sam out for a shopping spree with plans to accuse him of petty theft. Fallon figures this out with Liam’s help and she turns it on her by placing the stolen watch in Alexis’s purse and she gets arrested.
Fallon then confronts Alexis at the prison and withholds paying her bail by giving her an ultimatum: confess or rot in jail. This attempt doesn’t last very long though because Steven steps in to pay her bail and refuses to believe that his mother tried to get Sam arrested. Especially after Alexis turns it back onto Fallon. Sam however, isn’t as convinced, and ends up helping Fallon and Liam expose Alexis.
Their plan was to drug Alexis’s drink at Steven and Sam’s engagement party to sort of act like a truth serum of sorts. But they hit a bump in the road as Fallon gets distracted at the party with Culhane when he shows up to collect his things and she accidentally mixes up the glasses. Unfortunately, this results in Sam drinking the drugged champagne and giving an impromptu performance of “I Got Life” on the dining room table. After everyone else leaves, Steven finds out the truth, about all of it: Alexis tried to get Sam arrested but pinned it on Fallon and Fallon, Liam, and Sam tried to drug Alexis into telling the truth. .
After this, there’s two very big advances to the story. First off, Fallon and Liam kiss after she realizes that Liam really does care about her, fake wife or not, because he tried to take the blame for the drug situation. Second, Alexis reveals to Steven that he has an older brother, which is what we found out about in a previous episode. And that’s why Alexis’s money ran out; she was using the money to look for her oldest son, Adam, who may not even be alive. Steven sympathizes with her and decides to chip in to look for him.
Overall, it’s become pretty clear that Fallon is definitely Alexis’s daughter: both are manipulative but they aren’t heartless. The thing between Fallon and Liam is admittingly kind of nice because as imperfect as she is, Fallon’s been put through the ringer when it comes to her love life: first, it was the back and forth with Culhane and then being manipulated by Jeff.
But there’s definitely still something mysterious about Liam; first, he was recognized at the funeral by someone, which was just a small interaction that he brushed off but who knows? Maybe it’s actually true. I mean, why include that as part of the episode if it doesn’t lead anywhere? Then, he somehow knows just where to look when searching Alexis’s loft (i.e behind paintings, under floorboards). As far as Alexis’s intentions go, I think she’s telling the truth about her efforts in trying to find Adam, even despite every manipulative thing she’s done so far. I’m just waiting to see if they’re going to tell Fallon about it or if they’re just going to do this all on their own. But I don’t think they’d start this storyline if Adam were dead so I bet we’ll see Adam sometime in the near or distant future.
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