nuDynasty Episode Chat S4E02: Vows Are Still Sacred

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"It's Fallon and Liam's wedding day and Blake sits her down for a father-daughter talk, but it is not fatherly wedding advice she was expecting, much to her disappointment. Blake continues to try and fulfil his obligations, but as other forces seem to be working against him, he reaches out to Cristal for help. Meanwhile, as things seem to turn to Alexis' favor, Dominique holds another card in her hand. Sam makes a sweeping romantic gesture. Lastly, Adam hosts an unexpected visitor."
 

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Perhaps Anders brings that nurse back to Atlanta with him to spill the beans? Given all that's going on, she might end up having to take a number to get anyone to pay attention to her.
 

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Lastly, Adam hosts an unexpected visitor
I'm guessing it's...

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The manor is being set up for the wedding.

Blake is trying to finish filling the order for 10 million barrels of oil with Adam's "help". Blake is still 1.8 million barrels short. Adam goes running to Jeff's, while Alexis departs for the manor to join in the wedding planning.

Sam lets Ryan know he knows Ryan is making excuses not to leave. Sam calls Ryan a scammer (pot...meet kettle); Ryan denies it as Sam leaves for the manor.

Fallon claims she will be singing her vows (as opposed to just writing them), so....yay? :oops: Liam (the writer) is apparently still writing his. Fallon puts on some towering shoes and promptly falls and twists her ankle. She would rather crawl than wear flats, so they decide to have both Alexis and Blake "escort" (haul) her down the aisle.

Dom's "letter from daddy" is essentially a mineral rights contract: anything above ground is Blake's, but everything below ground is hers. Oooooh......but of course Dom wants Blake to give her a quick payoff rather than explore the possibilities.

Shelly, the Billings nurse who may or may not have the goods on Adam, actually shows up wanting to talk to Adam. Adam suggests they meet...alone...later. Anders is behind it of course, having put her up to getting him to confess. With any luck he won't also attempt another murder.

Tight-Shot Cristal shows the top third of a lovely, strapless dress. Blake tries to get TSC3 to hit her daddy up for money to pay off his loan, since it looks as if the last 2 million barrels are not forthcoming. The mere mention of Papa Flores sets her off; she says that company has taken over him, and she looks forward to seeing it dissolved so that maybe...perhaps...she could get her husband back.

We see limping Fallon in her dress, which is surprisingly sedate considering...well, considering it's Fallon. Blake shows up to talk to his daughter "on her big day"---to ask her for money! Ugh! She refuses to give him a dime and justifiably refuses to let him walk her down the aisle.

Sam sneaks away to apologize to Ryan and invite him to the wedding. Ryan opts to leave, but says he won't lose Sam's number.

Blake finds out who the banker sold the loan to: Alexis and Jeff. They confront him and Jeff says Blake won't have to leave....until after the wedding. While Blake shoves Jeff and Alexis stands there smirking, we see Fallon surveying the whole scene. She looks to Alexis and laments that she thought she had at least one good parent. Maybe Bo will walk her down the aisle. (note to Willie: this scene was not done on the staircase. Yeah, quelle disappointment. No "take this junk, your tight-shot tramp," etc. lines either).

Fallon finds Liam and suggests they run away/elope. Actually, it would be more of a hobble/elope. He's perfectly fine with it.
(Note: the social-distancing of the extras is quite artful).

Jeff confesses to Culhane he never wanted the manor---that was what Alexis wanted. Still, they have a good chuckle over the turn of events. Dominique is already engineering a bidding war between Jeff/Alexis and Blake for the mineral rights to the estate. Dom and Alexis seem to be in cahoots and keeping Jeff in the dark about the deal.

Evan Tate is looking for Fallon, but finds Kirby instead. After a bit of scary dialogue he viciously stabs her in the side, takes her phone, and leaves his bloody handprint on the door as he "goes to find Fallon". Of course Fallon is not even on the property---she and Liam appear to be in the high-school auditorium where Fallon performed in a play. Anders, meanwhile, is still trying to keep Shelly from freaking out about meeting with Adam. Not sure, but I think they are scheduled to meet in the place where Kirby just got stabbed.

Yep, Adam arrives to find Kirby bleeding all over the place. Good thing he's a doctor....right? Anders finds Adam performing CPR and assumes the worst. "If she dies...you die" he pronounces as he aims a gun at Adam.

Sam, the "minister" arrives at the auditorium but no one knows why Kirby hasn't shown up. Culhane does show up to be the witness for the ceremony. All that was missing were the American Idol judges coming out of the wings to judge her "song-vows" (I did not know EG played the piano). Later, Mr. and Mrs. Ridley are alone in the auditorium when Liam steps away to get some champagne. Somehow, Evan has caught up to the happy couple and stands off-stage with a length of rope and the knife. Kinda wish Randy, Paula, and Simon were there now.

TSC3 shows up at the community center to throw herself at Hot Priest.

Evan has a knife to Fallon's throat, acting all psycho and she tries to talk him down. She acts as if she wants Evan back. Blake shows up. The lights go out. A struggle ensues, and when the lights come back on, both Evan and Blake are unconscious in the orchestra pit below the happy couple.

Keep in mind this was supposed to be the S3 cliffhanger, which would explain so many individual jeopardies at once.
 
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TSC3 shows up at the community center to throw herself at Hot Priest.
I found this funny because it's obvious that pre-co-vid they were going to go for a kiss, but I assume because of co-vid and Daniela being heavily pregnant they weren't going to risk it, so instead we got what we so often got on the OG show with Steven - implied kiss just before the cut-away. At least you can't argue that they're not paying homages to the original!

The cliffhanger reminded me of the Sean/Dex cliffhanger and fighting over the gun. I assume next episode Evan will be out on a stretcher in a body bag (I think Evan was face down, so he's going to have fallen on the knife). My guess is that Blake will be injured enough for Alexis to allow him to stay in the mansion and the show avoiding having to build another set for Broke!Blake to stay in.

Too bad about Jeff / Alexis, but I guess people were getting too paired up. It's obvious at this point that both Liam / Fallon and Blake / Cristal are "end-game" couples, so I guess they didn't want to have Alexis in a long-term relationship. Though OG Alexis would've never admitted she was beyond her child-bearing years.
 
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Also another thing - is it just me or has Rafael played Sam more... sedated than usual? I assume someone told him to tone it down a bit.

On the other hand, Sam being a bit more cynical and calm suits him.

Another thing I noticed is that Anders just knocked on the door and we didn't see the Adam's mom's nurse answer it. It makes me wonder if she'll turn up dead and it'll be blamed on Evan.
 
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The episode was ok imo. But I prefer the season premiere.

I'm finally glad it wasn't the season 3 finale, as I think it would have been a bit weak. Not that the episode was that weak, but of course, with all the Moldavian references we had previously, I was expecting something totally crazy. I was expecting more dramatic dialogues and situations. I mean, when Blake finds out that Alexis owns the manor in OG Dynasty, that was so dramatic. Alexis being such a bitch, Blake was so hurt and mad... The luggages in the hall, "take this junk and your blond tramp, and get out of my home" : it was so humiliating for Blake and Krystle. And it was such a triumph for Alexis. Yes, that was really something else.


Also, the lock of Fallon's hair fetish reveal was so lame. Especially as Evan never stole a lock of Fallon's hair, but took random dead hair from her brush... I really thought that Evan took Fallon's hair to frame her, especially as he was furious when he took them.

Bad writing. But that's not headlines. It's not even news : Dynasty's writing never was their strength... This also proves to me that Josh Reims is indeed an average show runner imo, and his writers team too. They clearly have no plans, they throw ideas on the wall and they see what sticks or not.

Evan as a character never made sense anyway. Either he wants Fallon, either he wants revenge on Fallon for Trixie's death. It can't be both at the same time. Well, iff it was better written, maybe they could make it work. But it doesn't work. Evan is just a 1 dimensional creep, a living plot device to go from A to B. The show is not character driven, but plot driven. So the writers can change the characters dynamic in non organic ways, just to go there they want to go. They don't flesh out characters, they don't know who they really are . We had the same problem with C2 : they clearly didn't know who the character was. Adam Hubert had a instagram interview, and said the same about his character. He used to ask to the writers who Liam was, and they didn't know.

Anyway, on a more funny note, I guess Cristal will carry a lot of towels, plants, shopping bags and boxes this season.

EDIT : I'm so happy I didn't watch it it live : I skipped Liz singing (sorry Liz, you're sincerely very talented. I wish you'll have your own record deal. But Singing Fallon is not my cup of tea)

EDIT 2 : watching back season 1 finale after season 4 episode 2 (intended to be season 3 finale) make it worst.
 
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Hasn't this been the subject of constant criticism from the get go?

Yes. But season 1 had a better structure, as they had the OG as a basis, and seemed to be a bit more character driven than now. And season 1 ending was everything we could expect from a Dynasty reboot.

So I still hope that it could improve. But I am afraid it won't.
 

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So I'm a little confused here. What episodes have aired in the U.S.? I'm assuming the first episode is more or less the final episode from Season 3. I don't know a lot about Josh Reims who is now the showrunner I believe. It will be interesting to see if he has the ability to construct a story-arch which covers a season, ending of course with the traditional cliffhanger.

Judging from the above clip where the discussion about what shoes to wear is hogging the small screen I don't hold out much hope for anything changing.
 
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Season three ended with S3E20, when there was supposed to be 22 episodes. So S4E01, in theory, was actually intended to by S3E21, and this current episode was supposed to be S3E22, the cliffhanger/season finale of S3. I say "in theory" because there most likely were some changes made to those scripts to make them less "season-ending shocker!!" and more "everyday shocker" (keeping the plots constructed mostly the same but toning down the nuttiness).

S4E01 and 02 have aired in the US on the CW, and I assume on the infamous CW App. But when we watch the show in reruns years from now, it'll still feel (to me at least) that these two episodes are part of the third season, since several plotlines seemed to come to a head last night.
Judging from the above clip where the discussion about what shoes to where is hogging the small screen I don't hold out much hope for anything changing.
I know a lot of the past episodes seemed to be hour-long collections of fluff like this, but this is not representative of the overall episode. They had a lot of plot to cover and managed to tone down the fluff in favor of a higher-stakes feeling, as if the characters are taking their lives more seriously. I'm guessing the CW wants to shove the OMG!Comedy stuff out there because....well, who knows how their minds work.
Evan as a character never made sense anyway.
The whole Trixie story was out of left field, lackluster and had no real long-term impact on anything, so why would Evan be given any more attention? One cannot help but feel he's served his purpose, will be dead by next episode and will be forgotten within two episodes, depending on how quickly they pin Kirby's stabbing on him. He left behind a bloody handprint at the scene of Kirby's stabbing and obviously used Kirby's phone to find Fallon/Liam, so his role in Kirby's stabbing will be easily proven once they find Kirby's (bloody?) phone and the knife on Evan. Anders will have to find a new excuse to blow Adam's head off.
 

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The whole Trixie story was out of left field, lackluster and had no real long-term impact on anything, so why would Evan be given any more attention? One cannot help but feel he's served his purpose, will be dead by next episode and will be forgotten within two episodes, depending on how quickly they pin Kirby's stabbing on him. He left behind a bloody handprint at the scene of Kirby's stabbing and obviously used Kirby's phone to find Fallon/Liam, so his role in Kirby's stabbing will be easily proven once they find Kirby's (bloody?) phone and the knife on Evan. Anders will have to find a new excuse to blow Adam's head off.
Honestly, they made the stabbing so obviously tied to Evan (hand-print, phone etc) that it makes me wonder if something will turn out to have happened to Adam's mom's nurse - it'll be pinned on Evan but the question will be left up in the air if Adam actually did something to her. Note that Anders only knocked on the door to inform her that he was going to find out what was going on but didn't actually see or hear her.
 

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How i miss those days, when cliffhangers in soaps were actually good. :(
 

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The whole Trixie story was out of left field, lackluster and had no real long-term impact on anything, so why would Evan be given any more attention? One cannot help but feel he's served his purpose, will be dead by next episode and will be forgotten within two episodes, depending on how quickly they pin Kirby's stabbing on him. He left behind a bloody handprint at the scene of Kirby's stabbing and obviously used Kirby's phone to find Fallon/Liam, so his role in Kirby's stabbing will be easily proven once they find Kirby's (bloody?) phone and the knife on Evan. Anders will have to find a new excuse to blow Adam's head off.

Quoted for truth, as they say. Evan never was a character. Just a living plot device to go from A to B in they storyline. That's why it doesn't matter. It doesn't have the same impact that a character like Jill Bennett had, when she almost killed "poor Val" in Knots Landing... As you said, Evan is surely dead and will be forgotten as quickly as they forgot any previous plots, or previous business company (Femperial, Fallon Unlimited, ..)...It's all about Fallon, everything else is just an accessory to her (business, friends, family)

Of course, not a world about Steven. Not a world about Monica, her so called best friend. Of course it's Fallon's wedding. Shy would she care about her beloved brother or so called best friend?

We know that Monica is coming back, so they have no excuse. They could mention her.
 
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