Recap: Everything Is Not Okay in ‘Dynasty’ Season 4, Episode 1 “That Unfortunate Dinner”


Dynasty Season 4 has finally premiered on The CW! Read on to find out what happens in “That Unfortunate Dinner.”

The premiere opens with a casket and Fallon sitting in front of it, and we are quickly flashed back to six months prior. At the Carrington manor, Fallon is going through different arrangements for her and Liam’s wedding.

At the Colby’s, Alexis and Jeff are having a photoshoot to prove they’re a “power couple.” Alexis tells him that it’s important to show the world this, because Carrington Atlantic is finally going under. Adam walks in, furious, and asks Alexis why she told Anders about the fire accident. She claims she didn’t tell him everything, like information pertaining to the accident. Adam claims Anders is on his trail because of his relationship with Kirby, and Alexis tells him he needs to get him off his scent.

Dominque meets with her business partner Barbara about Domisleek. Barbara tells Dominque they need to chat about the House of Deveraux cancelation. Dominque wants to rebrand as a fashion focused company with her name to expand the sleepwear line into an empire. Barbara lets her know that because the show is canceled, so is her investment into the business. Dominique says she can scrape 25% but Barbara wants double, and Dominique has no idea how she’s going to do it with three days until production begins.

At the manor, Adam and Blake are discussing the loan proposal to cover what they lost in the explosion… but they only have 48 hours to do it. Blake is stuck between a rock and a hard place because he wants to save his marriage with Cristal who he is supposed to meet, but the loan proposal meeting is the same day. Adam inquires about Anders helping, and Blake claims he’s out of town at the explosion site so he’s essentially MIA.

Sam is at La Mirage signing his annulment papers with his husband Ryan. They share one final goodbye. Back at the manor, Alexis has shown up for the rehearsals, and with all the mishaps already she says these are omens and Fallon needs to keep the tradition.

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A pipe burst at the church so Liam got in contact with Melinda who said it is possible to move everything to the manor. The happy couple get in a scuffle and with everything going downhill, Fallon is on the hunt for her “somethings” (borrowed, blue, old, new). Her “new” is a self driving car which of course Liam can’t say no to.

Blake is waiting for Cristal at La Mirage. Blake apologizes for prioritizing work over Cristal constantly, and says he wants to make their marriage work. Cristal puts her foot down and says she deserves a husband that will show up when she needs him. Blake says she deserves that and more. Breaking the tension, he gushes once more about his unwavering love, and Cristal says that despite her being a mess about the situation like he is, it’s gonna take more than a salad and an apology to make things right.

Sam and Culhane are talking about the Atlantix event at the hotel. Culhane is stressing about the situation so Sam puts his input in. Ryan interrupts saying his flight was canceled, and asks if they can have a drink. Culhane wants to finish his appointment first and Sam begrudgingly tells Ryan that they can’t do it today. Ryan assures him that it’s ok, because his flight doesn’t leave for another few days.

Dominique meets with Blake to try and secure the funds for her sleepwear launch. Blake tells her that even if he wanted to, he is tied up. She leaves her proposal with him just in case, and Blake says she’s milked the Carrington cow enough. This sets Dominique off, even though they have the same father, Blake was given everything.

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Fallon surprises Liam with pocket squares that match his father’s old pocket square. Fallon says she stole the photo of him wearing it from Liam’s apartment and she says she had one made for him as well as his groomsman. That checks off the “something blue.”

Adam is on the phone with the hanger, asking where Anders has wandered off to. He hangs up just as Kirby walks in and asks if everything is okay. He lies to her, telling her it’s about his suit. Kirby says he’s been nonstop trying to reach her. Adam begins snooping on her phone and finds out exactly where Anders is. He quickly cuts her off and sends her out so he can make a phone call.

Blake is getting his suit fitted when Fallon walks in asking him if anyone in their family has ever had a happy relationship. She needs her “something borrowed” from a lasting relationship. Blake says her great grandfather and his third wife were solid, until he met his fourth wife. Blake asks if this is important to Fallon and she says yes, she wants things to work out between the two. He hands over his butineer from his prison wedding with Cristal, and tells her she can borrow it.

Sam and Ryan are at Club Colby for drinks. Sam sparks a conversation about why Ryan’s flight was delayed and after a long winded explanation that included a brief discussion about their moms, they reach for a glass and knock it over, but Ryan says maybe it was fate after all.

Blake is in a meeting discussing the proposal. Carrington Atlantix doesn’t have the collateral to cover the loan, so an alternative was drafted: to stake his personal assets.

Anders is in Billings, Montana meeting with Shelly Duncan who he believes shares the same concerns he does about Adam.

At the rehearsals, Liam says Melinda was able to secure another officiant that’s available for the wedding. Adam is on the hunt for Blake, Culhane tells Kirby he’s happy for her as she dishes out about Anders. Kirby thanks him for being one of the good ones. Blake sees Cristal and they talk about the butineer. Blake claims its a symbol of their relationship because if it can survive anything, so can they.

Before the toast, Dominique pockets the “something old” and after they clink their glasses, one of the wait staff falls into the photograph of Liam and Fallon just as his mother shows up.

Just as Dominique is leaving she runs into Jeff. Her purse begins ringing and he snatches it to see what’s inside, pulling out the clock. Jeff asks her if her plan was to sell the clock in hopes of getting a pretty penny from it and hoping nobody noticed. Dominique says it was her time to fight back.

Just as everything seems to be settling down, the new officiant walks in. Kirby is fiddling with the microphone and talking to Fallon at the same time, letting her — and the entire room — know that Cristal has been sleeping with him. Everything begins to escalate, fights ensue, and Blake punches the priest in the face. Fallon has had enough, leaving to go home.

In a heated argument, Cristal and Blake are airing out their dirty laundry that has come to light. He says she needs to take responsibility and that they both made mistakes. She says she knows what she did was wrong, but she thought she married a man that would choose her over his company. Blake says they need to do the hard work and rebuild their trust.

Sam is on the phone with with Ryan’s airline to validate the story he was told. Sam finds out that Ryan’s flight wasn’t canceled… he canceled it himself. When he asks if he’s still booked for the next flight out tomorrow, they tell him no.

Kirby walks into the room and sees Adam packing his things, ignoring her, she grabs his arm and he confesses that yes, he did push Alexis into the fire, yes he was responsible for his mother’s death, and he believes that Anders knows something. He says he didn’t want to tell her because she would think of him as a monster, but she reassures him that he’s not the only one with secrets.

Dominique is at her mother’s house in an effort to apologize while also talking about Thomas and how painful that situation must have been for her to keep Dominique away from the Carrington name. Her mom hands her a key that opens a safety deposit box, she doesn’t know what’s inside but hopes it will help Dominique heal.

Blake officially decides to put up his personal assets and thanks Eric for his help. Once off the phone, Alexis is seen in Eric’s office and she is stunned that he decided to do it. Now that all of his personal assets are leveraged, that loan has been sold to Alexis and Jeff. Uh oh.

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At the manor, Fallon just wants to have the perfect life with Liam. He’s convinced that the rehearsal dinner proved how strong their relationship really is. He hands her napkins from every date they have ever been on, and that can be their something borrowed because they can clean up their own messes.

The episode ends with Melinda and unbeknownst to her, Trixie’s brother Evan, who apologizes for not being able to fix the pipe on time for the dinner. She tells him it’s fine because they were able to move everything over to the manor. With Evan back in the picture we can only imagine what he has in store for the future.

Dynasty airs Friday nights at 9 p.m. ET on The CW.

Haley joined the Nerds and Beyond team in 2019 as a Writer and Editor. Her main fandoms include Criminal Minds, Wrestling, and The Walking Dead. You can find her on Twitter @haleyanne_.

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