Dynasty Recap and Review: “Nothing But Trouble”
Last night on Dynasty, a lot happened: Steven announced to his family and the public that he was running for senate, the love triangle between Culhane, Jeff, and Fallon came back into play, Cristal has (or continues, still not completely sure) an affair with her journalist “friend”, Rick Morales, and Jeff and Monica’s father gets out of prison. Like I said, a lot happened.
First off, Steven starts his senate campaign by deciding to be truthful about his not-so-clean past with Cristal’s support and does so on air with Cristal’s journalist friend, Rick Morales. But before he gets there, Blake isn’t too happy about him running for office specifically because he doesn’t want any bad press for the Carrington name, but he eventually gets on board. Steven approaches his ex-boyfriend and drug buddy, Ted, to tell him that he’ll be telling the press about his addiction so that he’s not completely blindsided by it.
Turns out, it might’ve been a better decision for Steven to not get back in touch with Ted because he’s apparently not as clean as he says that he is and in the end, Sam and Steven pay the price for it: Ted goes to their apartment, high as a kite I might add, and strangles Sam only to jump out the window to, what I’m assuming will be his death. I’m guessing that means that Ted wants Sam and Steven or at the very least, Sam, to be accused of murdering Ted. Why exactly is still a little fuzzy though; it could be because he’s jealous of Sam (even though he insisted they were just roommates). Or it could apply to what he thinks will be a declining career because before he jumps, he says, “if I’m going down, I’m taking you with me”, which I assume applies to his career.
In relation to Morrel Corp, AKA Fallon and Jeff’s company, Jeff lets Fallon buy him out. Later on, with the help of Monica, Jeff proposes to Fallon, which jump starts his plans to bring Blake and the rest of the Carringtons down. But Fallon figures out, with a little help from Culhane and Sam, that Jeff and Monica are up to something. She’s not sure what it is yet but she and Culhane plan to try to figure it out together. But before that, Culhane is actually the one that senses that something’s off with the whole situation, and also happens to blurt out that he loves Fallon. After previously being conflicted about who Fallon should be with, I have to say that I’m definitely rooting for Fallon and Culhane now, especially since Jeff is only trying to get to Fallon in order to take her family down.
Speaking of Jeff, Monica finally goes to visit their father, Cecil in prison where he’s apparently up for parole. Two days before the parole hearing though, a prison guard stabs himself in the leg and accuses him, messing up his clean record. This prison guard was apparently hired by Blake, with the help of Anders, in order to keep Cecil in prison, which Cristal eventually figures out as well because Jeff is apparently one of Rick’s sources. But despite this stabbing, Jeff bribes the parole commissioner in the form of sleeping with her, to overrule the court’s ruling. So, Cecil finally gets out of prison and is reunited with his family. What that means for Blake and the rest of the Carrington’s is still unclear, especially since Fallon is onto them now, even if she doesn’t know what their plan is yet.
Cristal, throughout the whole episode, roots for Steven and unofficially becomes like his campaign manager. But she goes back to her journalist friend, Rick, who we later find out that she’s apparently having an affair with. I think the show definitely hinted at something between the two in last week’s episode, but it’s odd that the writers actually decided to pursue this story line, especially given the fact that Blake and Cristal have really gone through the ringer and still stayed together. But after finding out about Blake’s shadier side of business with Senator Daniels and then finding out about the whole Stansfield situation, it does kind of make sense that she’s having an affair. But we still don’t know how long this affair has been going on or if it was just a one-time thing.
Dynasty returns February 28th on CW at 9/10c.
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