Everyone was making moves on Dynasty Season 4 Episode 15.
Fallon and Alexis found themselves competing for the same luxury penthouse, while Blake Carrington considered WWAD (what would Anders do) to figure out how to secure the land for his airspace.
I love how the series continues incorporating Alan Dale into the episodes as a ghost/ figment of everyone’s imagination following his death.
Anders made such an impact that he’ll always influence everyone’s behavior.
It was particularly sweet since my previous reviews complained about the lack of a proper goodbye between Anders and Blake despite them being the closest of buds on the series.
This was fitting.
Tapping into Anders’s point of view helped Blake figure out his next steps. While Liam wasn’t able to find any incriminating evidence against Senator North initially, it’s because he didn’t know what to look for.
Blake dug up the real dirt and threatened to expose North’s illegitimate child in Costa Rica to the press if he didn’t give him the land, which he was going to call Joseph Anders Memorial Airport.
Honestly, the sentiment couldn’t be sweeter. And it was such a classic Blake move.
Not only did Blake secure his land, but he also forced North to resign thus inspiring him to run in his place.
Senator Blake Carrington of Georgia sure has a nice ring to it, and it sounds like the next logical step.
Cristal was beyond thrilled for her husband, and it’s likely because this was the first time he ever incorporated her in the decision-making process.
Now, that’s what I call progress.
Danielle Alonso’s version of Cristal is still my least favorite (through no fault of her own), but I actually enjoyed her recovery storyline this week. Even Dom didn’t irritate me as much as she normally does.
There was something genuine about Dom wanting to go above and beyond to give Cristal the dress that she deserves (even if she was slightly motivated by the prospect of self-promotion), and, in turn, it was realistic that Cristal would feel like everyone was walking on eggshells around her post-surgery.
She found support in Dom, who found support in Cristal, and their choice to stay in, watch trash reality TV, and eat pizza while drinking champagne together was the epitome of a perfect night.
I’m digging this sisterhood and hope it continues in future episodes.
When it comes to the competitive nature between Alexis and Fallon, there’s always an undertone of love.
Both women are extra and will fight to the death to get what they want, but they also know when to pull in the reigns.
Despite wanting to secure Claudette for FSN (Fallon Shopping Network), Fallon put her business dealings aside when she realized her mother wanted the penthouse to be close to her children.
Alexis sure has a funny way of showing that she cares about her kids, but there’s no denying that she does. It’s why she’s always inserting herself into their lives!
Pulling out of the running allowed Fallon to see that she had all the tools necessary to launch a successful business all on her own.
And Eva seems like a much better assistant than incompetent Julie.
It was nice to see Liam again, but the look he gave Fallon after she blew him off for dinner is concerning.
It seems as though he’s not totally digging the fact that Fallon continues to dedicate herself to her business, but honestly, it shouldn’t come as a surprise.
Fallon has always been a business-oriented, goal-oriented boss babe who wanted to run her own empire.
And since she’s just starting out, it requires a lot of dedication and long nights at the office.
If he’s bothered by that, he clearly doesn’t know who he married.
And it’s a bit hypocritical because when he was chasing his story, he dedicated himself fully.
I really hope the writers don’t go down the route of stirring up more trouble between them.
The only thing I will say is that Fallon should’ve at least taken the time to read his article after he asked multiple times and she said she would. It’s the least she could’ve squeezed into her busy schedule. It’s not cool that he’s so often an afterthought because she’s focusing on her business.
Fallon needs to learn to prioritize both Liam and Fallon Unlimited.
And finally, Culhane and Sammy took care of their Leo problem with a little help from Adam.
This was hands down my favorite storyline of the episode.
You know when someone turns to Blake and then Adam for help, the outcome is going to be deadly.
But what choice did they really have? Leo threatened them on more than one occasion, including when he was at the hospital, and he was planning to run a shady business out of La Mirage.
They failed to get rid of him so many times, so they had to bring in the big guns.
Of course, Culhane and Sammy never expected Adam to actually kill Leo since they don’t actually know how deranged Adam can be.
Though, I’m loving that we’re getting back to that version of Adam if ever so briefly!
And technically, Adam didn’t kill Leo, he just didn’t save him when he went into cardiac arrest prior to the surgery.
Who knew the head of organized crime had a pacemaker?
Now, if you’re thinking that this solution is too good to be true, that’s because it probably is.
I wouldn’t be surprised if Leo had a right-hand man that stepped in to take his place.
And not to mention that the whole conversation — where Adam basically explained how Leo died and told Culhane and Sammy that he had their backs — happened right in front of the new security cameras that Culhane installed.
That’s definitely going to come back and bite them!
What did you think of the episode?
Are you glad Sammy and Culhane are free? Does Blake have a chance at securing the Senator seat? Will we see more of Dom and Cristal bonding?
Sound off in the comments below!
Dynasty Back-to-Back Episode Review – Affairs of State and Affairs of the Heart (4×20 and 4×21)
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.
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.”
Dynasty Review – Fallon’s Showdown with Amanda (4×18)
Fallon may not have done right by her marriage with Liam, but she had a good hunch about her sister, Amanda.
On Dynasty Season 4 Episode 18, Fallon invested all of her time trying to dig up dirt on Amanda to prove that she was simply trying to use the Carrington name to get ahead.
Liam figured she simply prioritized something else over their marriage once again, and when Amanda proved that the restraining order against her came as a result of a controversial affair with a judge, it really seemed like Fallon was grasping at straws.
Even she admitted that assuming the worst about a random sibling was a toxic Carrington trait.
However, the moment she let her guard down, Adam swooped in to confront Amanda, who definitely had some bad blood in her.
Honestly, nothing gets past Adam because evil recognizes evil. While Fallon was determined to protect the Carrington dynasty, Adam was able to recognize the liar and opportunist in his new sister. After all, regardless of the progress he’s made, he came into the family under terrible pretenses.
But Adam may have found his match in his sister, who knew his exact weak spot was not getting enough of daddy’s love.
Adam started out as the show’s biggest villain, but he’s been reformed, so it was only a matter of time until they brought someone in that was willing to start more trouble. Adam has his limits, but we don’t know that much about Amanda, so her character is limitless.
Why else would Amanda petition to legally change her name mere days after finding out she was a Carrington unless she was bad news.
I can’t even remember how we ever thought that Adam was a threat because he’s downright hilarious these days. His quips, his facial expression — it’s all so great.
But it’s important not to let this version of him cloud our judgement because he’s done some truly terrible things.
Fallon finally acknowledged that she had been neglecting her relationship with Liam. but the damage had already been done.
Liam felt like a complete afterthought to Fallon, and while there was definitely some validity in his feelings, much of that was Eva’s doing.
She weaseled her way into Liam’s life by taking up his hobbies in hopes of vibing with him in a way that Fallon didn’t.
She’s a manipulative snake who is taking advantage of Liam’s vulnerable state, and it’s heartbreaking to watch.
However, he does have a point about Fallon never learning from her mistakes. She’s constantly apologizing, yet she keeps repeating the same actions over and over.
Her apology didn’t even come from a genuine place because she wasn’t entirely sure why Liam was mad in the first place.
She thought he was overreacting the whole time and even had the nerve to call him out about not being able to handle a businesswoman.
Liam has always been supportive of her career, but that’s the only thing that matters to her lately. Something has to give, and right now, it’s her relationship.
Heck, Fallon gave Colin more of her time than she did Liam.
And we all saw her and Colin have a moment, just how we saw Liam and Eva have a moment, as well.
I can’t shake the thought that maybe Colin and Eva are in cahoots. What if they’re trying to break up Liam and Fallon so that they can get her empire. I wouldn’t put it past them.
It cannot be a coincidence that Colin is suddenly “recently divorced.” Or that he’s expressing an interest in Fallon.
I hope Liam and Fallon prove that their relationship is stronger than this, but at this point, it’s not looking good.
Kirby hit the jackpot when she tracked down not one but two of Anders’s USBs to learn that she inherited a fortune.
But you know what’s likely worth more than that fortune? The Carrington family secrets.
She now has all the leverage necessary to get anything she wants!
I love that despite Ander’s close relationship with Blake, he still kept a record of evidence so that he could use it as blackmail if he ever needed it.
Anders was one smart man.
What’s on that USB and how will she use it against them? Will she meddle in Blake’s run for Senate?
There’s definitely a danger to giving a recovering addict such a large sum of money, so hopefully, Kirby invests it or does something smart with it.
Kirby wasn’t the only one inheriting the family fortune. Cristal became the owner of the Flores Empire after her father’s arrest.
Her brother, Beto, blew into town hoping to find evidence of their father’s illegal activity so that he could it over to the cops. He came under the pretenses that he was trying to free himself from their father, but in reality, he was trying to get the family business for himself. And by using Cristal’s evidence, he would wash his hands of it and pit his father’s demise on her.
I would say I’m bummed for him for being completely screwed over by his own plan, but I can’t say that I am. He tried to pull a fast one over Cristal in order to get everything for himself. He deserves what’s coming.
Plus, he used and manipulated Sammy’s feelings to steal the files. Could this guy go stoop lower?
It’s possible we might see the wrath of Beto when it comes to Blake’s campaign, which would surely stir up some drama.
Blake spent much of the episode trying to secure the Black vote.
Black constituents saw right through his pandering and weren’t afraid to call him out on it, so he turned to his half-sister Dom for help.
I’m glad that he was put in his place and informed that the typical political behavior wasn’t going to work.
Dom knew exactly what she was doing; she waited her whole life for Blake to ask her for help, so she knew how to make the situation work in her favor.
And she even got Culhane and Colby in on it, which I never would have expected.
Turns out, everyone has a price, you just have to know what it is.
It’s unclear what Culhane’s request might be if Blake wins, but Colby is definitely going to utilize Blake’s role in his space mission.
Will Blake win the run for Senate with Culhane, Colby, and Dom’s support?
What is Amanda’s ulterior motive? Are Eva and Colin working together to destroy Fallon’s relationship? Seriously, what other reason would Eva have to gaslight Fallon?
And what will Kirby do with all that money and blackmail?
Sound off in the comments below with your thoughts about the episode!
Dynasty Review – Stars Make You Smile (4×17)
Fallon once again prioritized work over her husband on Dynasty Season 4 Episode 17, which allowed her assistant, Eva, to take advantage of their rift.
I’m trying to hate Eva for the way she’s manipulating Liam, but I can’t blame her. Have you seen Liam?
She has in a way that Fallon hasn’t.
And she saw an opportunity and pounced at it.
Is it deceitful? Yes. Is it breaking Fallon’s trust? Absolutely. But if Liam and Fallon were on solid ground, Eva wouldn’t have been able to come between them.
At this point, Liam has made it very clear to Fallon that he feels like an afterthought, and she brushed him off.
She hasn’t made it an effort even as Liam went out of his way to plan a perfect night.
She practically pushed him into Eva’s arms.
Fallon has to learn to find a balance. As a business-minded woman, it’s obvious that she’s going to make her company a priority, but she cannot neglect her marriage either.
After her little war with Colin, which seemed rather pointless, she should’ve accepted his agreement to stay on as a consultant and took a rain check on drinks.
Liam is obviously more important than Colin.
I’m not going to say any more about Fallon’s situation with FU because I found the storyline rather boring.
I was quite surprised that I found the storyline between Colby and Culhane to be as exciting as it was.
Culhane asked Colby to appear on a podcast. When he botched it, Culhane was pretty upset, so Colby made amends to show up for his friend.
And, in turn, they had a heart-to-heart, which allowed Culhane to provide Colby with a brilliant plan that not only secured him a launch pad without government funding, but it also helped them prevent Blake from winning the GA Senate race.
Their bromance is just as good as Culhane’s with Sammy.
Otherwise, there wasn’t too much progression in the series.
Blake was determined to prove that Amanda was his biological daughter, and shocker, shocker — she was.
At least, that’s what Adam wants us to believe.
The writers have taken Adam’s character in a new direction, so he’s not the same guy who made Steven think he’s crazy and burned off Alexis’s face in the fire. It doesn’t always make sense, but since we know who he used to be, it makes me wonder whether his intentions are pure or if he’s lying to Blake.
Blake was all too eager to share a piece of the pie with Amanda. Suggesting she was his daughter cause she’s “allergic to sunlight” was pretty ridiculous.
Unlike Adam, Amanda doesn’t seem to want the Carrington money, and she’s quite a firecracker that will easily stand up to Blake and Alexis.
As they fought over who would get her love, she basically told them that any relationship would be on her terms.
It’s a departure from Adam, who so desperately wanted to be loved by his parents. Amanda grew up in a good home, so she already knew what a good family was prior to seeking them out.
We’ll see what she does with this newfound information.
Seeing how she was able to stand up to Blake makes me think that she’ll join his team as his campaign manager. It would only make sense, plus, it would upset Alexis.
Kirby returned from rehab and went on an apology tour. It’s sweet that she’s making amends for her bender, but it doesn’t seem like she’s going to rekindle things with Adam anytime soon.
Let’s hope she gets a decent storyline soon.
What did you think of the episode? Are you enjoying the season so far?
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