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Dynasty Back-to-Back Episode Review – Affairs of State and Affairs of the Heart (4×20 and 4×21)

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Ahead of the season finale, Dynasty delivered a supersized penultimate episode. 

The back-to-back episodes raised the stakes, changed the game, and then flipped the narrative on its head. 

Nothing was the same, and no one is coming out unscathed.

The most heartbreaking turn of events was the expected but unnecessary demise of Liam and Fallon.

Things between them were pretty bad this season when Fallon prioritized her career (and quite literally everything else) over her relationship with Liam, but the damage wasn’t irreversible. 

It’s not the kind of stuff you want to see from newlyweds that are still supposed to be waist-deep in their honeymoon phase, but this is a primetime soap, so drama is par for the course. 

Liam instituted a break, but not the Friends version of a break; all he really wanted was some time and space to figure things out. 

Eventually, he did while talking it out in the Truth Tent. 

Liam realized that he wasn’t just upset that Fallon was investing so much time in her career. He was projecting and taking his frustrations about himself out on her. In reality, he felt less than and inferior to his boss babe wife. 

This was the very definition of “it’s not you, it’s me.”

Of course, Liam’s behavior up until now wasn’t excusable as he made Fallon feel guilty for being such a go-getter, but it made sense.

Marriage comes with its fair share of gray areas, but communication and over-communication are the keys to working it all out. 

Sadly, Fallon broke the cardinal rule when she let her inhibitions go and slept with Colin. 

Yes, I know she was being manipulated by Eva, but that doesn’t excuse Fallon’s behavior. 

Regardless of how sad and lonely she was feeling about the possibility of Liam wanting a divorce (which was a lie planted by Eva), she knew better than to cheat. 

She’s a grown woman who can clearly understand the consequences of her actions. 

Plus, she was simply guided by assumptions rather than waiting for Liam to explain himself. Does she think so low of him that she thought he’d seek a divorce without even talking to her about it?

But most importantly, Fallon’s biggest mistake was allowing too many people into her relationship. She’s trusting, which is nice, but too many people had a hand in this demise that shouldn’t have even been involved.

Had it not been for Fallon’s deception, she and Liam would’ve found a way back to each other and likely stronger than ever. 

Of course, Liam is also at fault because he allowed Eva into his life as well by being so friendly and kind.

Eva just jumped in and took advantage of it all.

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Fallon and Liam’s crumbling marriage played exactly into Eva’s hand. Fallon confided in her, and she sold the supportive employee and act friend all too well while being a meddling menace in real life. 

Sometimes the biggest villains look the sweetest. 

Eva set her sights on Liam, and there was no stopping her. I wonder if she purposefully took the job with Fallon because she wanted Liam, or if she decided to pursue him after she got the gig. 

You would think someone as obsessive would be sloppy, but her approach was pretty strategic and impressive. 

Sadly, that delusional book will be her undoing. I just hope Fallon figures it out before Eva does any real damage since she’s a serious threat to Liam. 

Liam might be hurting after what happened with Fallon, but I don’t think he’d just jump into bed with Eva as he considers her a friend.

And if he rejects her, I could see Eva snapping. 

The biggest surprise with this storyline (aside from my disappointment in Fallon’s actions) is that Eva and Colin weren’t working together. Wouldn’t that have made so much sense?

Eva would’ve pursued Liam, while Colin could’ve taken over the company. I guess, in the end, Eva didn’t need anyone. 

While those two weren’t in cahoots, Alexis and Brady surely are. I’m not sure what the connection between them is but considering Brady showed up shortly after Dom told Alexis about him, it’s not a surprising twist. 

Though I was rooting for Brady to be a good guy, I realize there’s no fun in that! 

Whenever a woman gets any bit of success, there’s always someone ready to bring her down and take it from her. 

You would’ve hoped that Alexis would’ve learned her lesson by now as she’s already alienated most of her children. 

Colby is losing it, which doesn’t bode well for any of his space race plans. 

It’s unclear why he stopped taking his neurotoxicity medication, but it’s also a nice loop back to that storyline and a reminder that Adam Carrington was once a really dangerous man despite taming his ways and finding the light or whatever. 

The writings of a mad man on the walls could either be a stroke of genius or something genuinely concerning. 

Only time will tell. 

Adam may not be poisoning people or stuffing their faces into the fire, but he’s not that innocent either. 

He stole research from Dr. Larson, a former colleague, to inform his own drug anti-aging drug trial, which he fast-tracked in hopes of making millions and starting his own dynasty. 

It’s strange that I find myself rooting for Adam in the Adam versus Amanda saga because it’s clear that Adam is in the wrong, but he’s turned into such a likable villain. 

Amanda is hard to stomach, even if she is helping a man take back the research he’s entitled to. 

Shouldn’t Amanda just be above all of this?

Adam was ruthless in his pursuit by calling in every “IOU” card. 

Cristal and Sammy both came through for him, reluctantly. 

You can say whatever you want about Adam, but at least he’s had both of their backs. He was there for Cristal during her brain tumor scare, and he helped Sammy eliminate Leo after he was hurting his business. 

The Carrington family may be a lot of things, but they rarely turn their back on family. 

Sammy learned just how much he mattered to the family when Cristal and Blake sold him out to the media to divert the negative attention away from Blake’s campaign. 

While Sammy was hurt by their actions, Blake reminded him that it’s how the family treats each other.

However, Cristal really came through this episode and managed to right the wrongs and deliver on promises. 

She convinced Blake to hold his campaign gala at the hotel as his support would restore La Mirage’s image. 

And when Blake decided to pull out of the Senator race and disappoint Culhane, she found a way to play to Blake’s desire for more power in order to convince him to stay on the ticket. 

Cristal is proving that she’s a real one, and it’s nice to see her finally get a strong storyline of her own. 

She’s no longer Blake’s shiny accessory — she’s the brains behind. the operation. Blake’s motivations for running may be vain as all he really wants is the land for his airport, but Cristal wants to power to evoke real change, and she wants Culhane to also have that ability. 

The two of them are doing it for charity and community. Culhane’s storyline is also a nice circle-back to his father’s death. The writers are embracing some continuity, and it makes the storylines that much stronger. 

And then there’s Kirby. No one pays really notices her, but she’s the one that actually yields all the power. 

Thanks to Anders’s burn book, she has the power to destroy the whole dynasty!

While it was noble of Culhane to suggest that they destroy it to keep her in check, I’m glad Kirby had copies stashed in her drawers. 

Even if she never uses it, she’d be stupid to destroy that kind of leverage. Anders loved Blake beyond words and still wrote down all those secrets as collateral. 

Kirby’s made some pretty stupid decisions but this wasn’t one of them. 

And my guess is that the copies will come in handy one day when Blake finally crosses her. 

Other Carrington Musings

  • The scenes with the medium were pretty pointless but hilarious, nonetheless. Sammy is a scene-stealer, and it’s all because of his great chemistry with Fallon. 
  • Sammy and Kirby bring such a lightheartedness to the series — her quirky comments and his telenovela acting at the hospital were some of the best parts of the episodes. 
  • Seeing Liam cry made me really sad. He was so hurt and broken. 
  • Colby’s self-funded space mission is going to bankrupt him! 
  • The question isn’t whether Beto will sabotage Blake’s campaign, it’s how. 
  • Who would have thought we’d ever see Blake in plaid!
  • I’m just waiting to see Blake and Fallon get revenge on those who wronged them; it’s going to be delicious. 

What did you think of the two episodes — Dynasty Season 4 Episode 20 “You Vicious, Miserable Liar” and Dynasty Season 4 Episode 21 “Affairs of State, Affairs of the Heart.”


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Dynasty Review – Happy Pride! (5×15)

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A new villain emerged on Dynasty Season 5 Episode 15, but it was hard to get too invested in the storyline when Sahara’s first-ever pride event looked like such a blast.

Honestly, Kirby and Culhane deserved an apology from Sammy Jo because if that’s the kind of event that they’re able to throw together at the last minute, I truly don’t want to know what they are capable of otherwise. 

The rainbows, the glitter, Amanda’s dominatrix fit, Angeria Paris VanMicheals with the life-changing advice — it was, as Sammy Jo would say, a vibe!

But the best part had to be Kirby, Culhane, and Sammy grooving and busting a move to “Self Control.” First Kate Bush’s “Running Up That Hill,” and now this bop. I’m missing the ’80s! Dynasty had to spend a pretty penny to license that song.

Also, the trio they’ve grown into is so fun to watch. They were the secondary characters that came together to create a squad that one could only hope to be a part of.

Amanda may have looked incredible, but she couldn’t really enjoy herself at the event as she was torn between protecting Blake or staying loyal to Colby and telling him that Blake is hoarding his divisions.

After way too many drinks, she decided not to tell on Blake, which will obviously come back to haunt her as she betrayed Colby’s trust. 

Colby, however, informed Amanda that Ben, Blake’s brother, is after Thomas Carrington’s will. I don’t know why we had to find this out through Colby. It wasn’t top secret information as Blake got served and found out his estranged brother wants half of his assets.

Feuding brothers, now that’s a TV trope we don’t see often… not.

Ben has definitely been introduced to shake things up and become an obstacle for Blake.

Ben blows into town hoping that Blake will publicly clear his name. Apparently, being accused of murder can take quite a toll on someone’s reputation. 

While Ben is definitely playing dirty, I also think he’s telling the truth — their mother’s death was an accident. He doesn’t seem like someone who would willingly kill his mother. My guess is that there was a miscommunication that resulted in her accidental drowning. 

Of course, Blake seems to think that his mother was an angel on Earth, so it’s understandable that he’s looking for someone to blame. It makes it easier to cope with the loss. 

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Blake, however, is also a money-hungry person, so unless they reconcile, there’s no way he’s going to willingly give Ben half of his wealth. 

Blake might be a different person than he was, but he’s still driven by money and his reputation.

Coming from someone who never watched the original series and has no idea what to expect, it’ll be interesting to see how it all pans out! At the very least, Ben is one of the better enemies this show has seen.

Fallon never learns her lesson. Upon finding out that her surrogate, Stacey, is pregnant, Fallon couldn’t help but meddle with her plans at an archeological dig. 

I love Fallon, but they’ve almost made her a joke in recent episodes. 

Why is she always sabotaging something or coming up with a ridiculous plan that’s guaranteed to backfire?

Why does no one ever talk her out of it?

This time, she roped in Adam as they went undercover to the dig to keep an eye on Stacey. When Adam informed Fallon that Stacey’s concerning rash (just eczema) cleared up and no longer posed a threat to her unborn child, Fallon decided the dig, with all of its tools and sharp objects, was too dangerous for a pregnant woman. 

When her plan to get Stacy fired didn’t work, she went full-on Jurassic Park and got the project shut down. 

That girl has too much time and money on her hands. 

Stacey is smart, so she knew Fallon was behind it immediately, and the look on Liam’s face proved that he was over these childish plans.

Fallon eventually apologized for being overbearing as she explained that she was navigating the feelings associated with having a surrogate. She wants to be around the baby all the time and through every step of the way, which is fine. It would have spared everyone a lot of trouble if she just communicated that to Stacey, but again, this is Fallon. 

Thankfully, Stacey was understanding and even agreed to move into the Carrington Manor. 

The one good thing to come from the dig was that we finally got a scene between Adam and Fallon. It’s been a while since these two went on a crazy adventure together, but they have such great chemistry as siblings. They take hilarious digs at each other — no pun intended — and Adam actually pulled off that Indiana Jones fit quite nicely as he geeked out about the whole experience.

The cutest thing, however, was that he really just wanted to spend more time with Fallon. I know Adam has done some horrible things, but there are times when he has the potential to be one of the best characters.

Overall, it was a decent episode of Dynasty that celebrated pride by giving Sammy Jo a moment to reflect on his identity and what it meant for his future, while also offering a lighthearted storyline involving Lance Bass, who definitely did invite Sammy to his Lance Bash. Note to self — always check the champagne cause it could be a secret party invite. Adam and Fallon reconnected, even if it was somewhat forced, while Blake battled his past in hopes of saving his future. 

With the series coming to an end, I do hope we get to see Fallon and Liam finally become parents, even if it’s just for a brief moment. I hope Culhane finds happiness, I hope Sammy Jo gets it all, I hope Kirby and Amanda continue being each other’s rock, I hope Adam gets in the family’s good graces, I hope Blake, Ben, and Dom make amends so that there’s no longer a sibling rivalry with everyone plotting against each other, I hope everyone owns up the mistakes of their past — Blake and Adam included (Steven still deserves justice) — and I hope that Blake and Cristal finally start doing some good in the world thanks to their charity. 

What did you think of the episode? Sound off in the comments below! 


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Dynasty Review – There’s No Need to Panic (5×12)

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Dynasty Review There's No Need to Panic Season 5 Episode 12

Only Alexis would design a panic room equipped with a tanning bed and a 25k wine fridge that didn’t actually have the capability to send an SOS during an emergency. 

On Dynasty Season 5 Episode 12, Alexis was targeted by robbers because of her social media posts, which allowed her to spend some quality time with Fallon. 

The two didn’t see eye-to-eye for much of the time spent inside the panic room, but they eventually poured their hearts out to each other before the housekeeper arrived to reset the power and let them out. 

Fallon was feeling extra prickly about the whole situation because she thought she was pregnant. She kept questioning why her mother didn’t just give up the jewelry the robbers were after in order to buy their freedom, but what she failed to realize was that the ring had significance as her mother was going to use it to propose to Dex. 

It was actually heartbreaking to hear Alexis say that she was going to pop the question simply because she didn’t want to be abandoned and alone. 

Alexis isn’t the easiest person to deal with, but she deserves happiness. I loved that Fallon suggested that she reconsider the real reason behind her desire to marry Dex. At that age, you should only get married because you’re absolutely sure that you’ve found “the one.” No one has time for sham marriages. 

Fallon rarely gives her mother solid advice, but it was key to helping Alexis determine her worth. 

When they were finally free, Alexis chose not to chase Dex to the airport, but, in a moment of fate, he waltzed through the door and plopped down on one knee. The timing was right — and for the right reasons. 

With The CW announcing Dynasty’s cancelation, the episode was pretty bittersweet. On one hand, it definitely seems like they are running out of storylines, but on the other hand, I’m hoping we get to see Alexis’s big day. 

Fallon confided in her mother about the potential pregnancy, but when she eventually made it to the doctor, she was told that it was a false positive. 

And that wasn’t the worst of it. The doctor informed Fallon that she wouldn’t be able to have children ever because of the scar tissue from where she got shot. 

Seeing how hard Fallon and Liam tried for a child, this isn’t the news they were hoping for. But all hope isn’t lost just yet — there are so many options nowadays, especially if you have the kind of money Fallon and Liam have. 

They could get a surrogate — Amanda or Kirby! — or they could adopt. If they are still dedicated to starting a family, there are plenty of options that would also make for a great storyline. 

Though, admittedly, it put a bit of a damper on a celebratory evening. 

At least Liam finally wrapped up his movie so he’ll be able to focus on expanding the family moving forward. 

We’ve seen Liam and Culhane work closely together ever since he took the job as a producer on the indie film, but I’ll be honest, the whole plot was pretty bland. 

I know men don’t talk, but I honestly don’t buy that either of them would still be triggered by something that happened years ago, even if they didn’t talk it out. 

Culhane has moved on from Fallon, and she’s happy with Liam, so there’s no point in bringing any of this up again. And as Culhane pointed out, Fallon wasn’t “stolen” from anyone, she’s always done exactly what she wanted and she ended up with the person she was meant to be with. 

The tension between Amanda and Adam was exciting at the beginning, but they are both going a little overboard. It’s clear that they don’t like each other, but they work at the same hospital, so they could at least tolerate each other instead of constantly wanting to pull one over the other. 

It’s so petty. I’d expect it from Adam, but I thought Amanda was above that kind of behavior. It sucks to see her get dragged down to that level. 

I am, however, enjoying the progression of her relationship with Kirby. Kirby hasn’t had the best luck in her dating life, but it seems that Amanda might be the real deal. 

Well, that is if she doesn’t keep pulling Kirby into her feud with Adam. It wasn’t fair of her to ask Kirby to spy on her ex-boyfriend. What an awkward position to put Kirby in! 

As for Cristal — she is finally owning her power and putting it to use. I love to see it. 

Cristal and Blake definitely exude power couple vibes, but it’s true that Blake is used to being the alpha; the superior one in the relationship. 

He likes to yield all the power when the truth is, Cristal is actually more powerful. She doesn’t need him to sign off on anything because she holds the. majority of the shares. Blake was definitely taken aback by her bold stance, but he didn’t seem to mind it. I think he’s very aware that Cristal has great instincts and he should trust them. Just imagine how great they could be if he treated her as his equal. 

What did you think of the episode? How are you holding up after finding out that Dynasty is coming to an end?


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Dynasty Review – Mind Your Business (5×10)

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Is it just me or does it feel like Dynasty is slowly running out of ideas?

The constant bickering between Dom and Alexis has lost its luster, and it would actually be nice to see them working together for a change rather than playing the diva card. 

However, as Fallon pointed out, diva’s WWE is not only for ratings, it also boosted sales. A win-win, I guess. Americans love to see people spiraling out on television. 

Fallon continues to make really questionable decisions about her business, but this time, she was being devious for a good reason. The planet appreciates the lengths Fallon will go to in order to get funding for sustainability initiatives. 

Once she sets her mind to something, there’s no talking her out of it.

Like having a baby. If you haven’t heard, Liam and Fallon are trying to start a family, so the series is going overboard with driving that point home. 

It’s almost as though they have to remind you in every single scene that Liam and Fallon share that they are working on baby-making. 

At least this is better than when they were constantly fighting. 

Fallon is the one that less focused on work this time around too, which is a welcome change of pace. 

Liam is so focused on getting his book turned into a movie. It’s clear why they get along so well as they both share a common work ethic.

Liam felt as though he was being pushed away from his own project, but thanks to a little inspiration from Culhane, he figured out how to incorporate himself back into the decision-making process. 

Honestly, I’m not a huge fan of the director. I know it’s her movie, but cutting scenes without consulting the writer is harsh, especially on an indie. The writer would know exactly which scene is pivotal to the progression of a character’s relationship. 

Adam and Colby unexpectedly teamed up, and I don’t hate this pairing. I mean, they hate each other, but they also need each other, so it makes sense. 

Colby needed Adam’s credentials to get him into a party at Plenexia as he’s still planning to take down the pharmaceutical industry. 

Adam doesn’t shy away from doing illegal things, so he’s the perfect partner-in-crime here. However, it might also bring some unwanted heat onto him, which could jeopardize his plan to use an illegal substance in making a new skincare product. I’ll be honest, it doesn’t seem like a good idea to begin with. If something isn’t even allowed into the U.S., how is he going to pass it off so that it gets FDA approval? What if people have bad reactions to it?

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Alexam’s entire reputation could be ruined because of this. That is if he ever gets his hands on that Bokocho extract from Colby. 

Do you know how a millionaire remains a millionaire? He takes something that someone already paid for and charges them “wholesale” price for it. It’s incredible that Colby just made money on this whole ordeal. 

Sammy’s storyline was the most compelling. He attempted to convince his birth father, Daniel, to stay in town instead of returning to Venezuela, but his efforts were unsuccessful. Eventually, he found out that Daniel was going back because the cancer treatments had failed and he didn’t want to burden his son with the pain. 

Of course, none of that sat well with Sammy. He’s caring and loyal to a fault, so he wanted to be there for his dad in any way he could. 

He reached out to Blake and managed to get him a flight on the jet back to Caracas, but he didn’t inform Daniel that he planned on staying there to take care of him. 

When Blake broke the news to Daniel, he knew he couldn’t go through with the plan since Sammy had so many things to take care of back at home. 

He ended up agreeing to stay in Atlanta where Sammy could spend more time with him and help him through this painful process. 

It’s a hard pill to swallow considering Sammy just got to know Daniel. It’s great that they were able to have this time together, but it’s unfortunate that it was cut short. 

Sammy has suffered a lot of loss in his life, including the death of his aunt Cristal and his split from Steven, but I feel like this will likely hit him the hardest. 

He also called his mother to inform her about Daniel, so I expect she’ll be showing up in Atlanta in the near future. 

What did you think of the episode? Are you still enjoying Dynasty as much as you did before or do you feel like the storylines are lacking? Is this why The CW is hesitating to renew the series?


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