Dynasty Season 1 Episode 12 Review: Promises You Can't Keep

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How well do you know your significant other? When Cristal is asked that question on Dynasty Season 1 Episode 12, it turns out, not that well. And I'm not just talking about breakfast preferences here. 

Blake is throwing a fundraiser for Senator Daniels, an old family friend, which would be fine if said Senator wasn't a complete racist. Think "man who believes all Hispanics must be from Mexico," racist. He also takes bribes and cheats on his wife consistently. 

So Grade-A scum. But also, nothing new in politics. 

Cristal Learns a Secret - Dynasty

Cristal tries everything in her power to stop her old colleague Rick from writing the expose and even played her cards just like a Carrington would.

On the one hand, you have to admire her for protecting them, but on the other hand, it shows how deeply removed she is from her former life. 

I didn't like that she was willing to ruin a friends career merely to get her way. Her privilege is showing a bit. 

Even then, she's still got a lot to learn. She's bright, but also a bit naive in believing that Blake was honest when he said he only bribed the Senator once to protect his family and get custody of Fallon and Steven. 

There have been several mentions of Alexis Carrington in the past few episodes, so her return is coming, and when it does, it is going to be juicy! 

If the feeling is anything like seeing Kelly Rutherford on our TV screens again, it'll be worth it. It was a subtle nod to Dynasty's indirect predecessor. 

At this point, Cristal should know better than to take Blake's word at face value. Would his company be worth a billion dollars if he followed all the rules? Have we not learned anything from his deals with Stansfield?

Blake is corrupt, so it's no secret that he's been committing felonies with the Senator for years now. 

The Cheating Senator - Dynasty Season 1 Episode 12

I'm not one to agree with Blake, but in this case, he had every reason to be upset with Cristal.

The last several plotlines involved Cristal's shady past and exposed many of the secrets she didn't want to see the light of day. Heck, they even got his precious daughter kidnapped. 

She has no right to judge him for the shady deals he's been making or preach on any moral ground. The quote "those who live in glass houses should not throw stones," comes to mind. 

Since PR is her background, it didn't take long for her to find another angle; one that would kill the story and protect her family but also take down the senator. Donald Trump is the perfect example of how the public loves a personal scandal more than a political one. 

But what's integrity when you can have this bracelet? It cost more than the home I grew up in.

Melissa Daniels

Steven's encounter with the Senator may have seemed awkward in the moment, but eventually, it all made sense: he's running for Senator. 

This actually might be my favorite storyline because as out-there as it seems, it's the most grounded. Steven has always been the moral compass of the family. He's wanted to stand on his own and succeed without his father's help, but he couldn't quite figure out how to do that. 

From Lovers to Brothers - Dynasty Season 1 Episode 12

Cue: Sammy Jo. 

Even when Blake didn't help him land an interview, his last name secured him a job. A job that as Sammy pointed out, didn't get him excited at all. 

Sammy has served as the voice of reason for every Carrington, especially Steven. 

I might even take his advice about not settling into a job you hate. Although, I need the money unlike Steven, who can spend some time figuring out his goals and desires. 

Steven isn't the only one figuring out his life's purpose; Sammy just took the coveted job as Fallon's assistant. 

No wonder she couldn't find anyone more qualified. Sammy was born for this role! 

Who else speaks Fallon? His answer to that Taylor vs. Katy was perfection. My answer would have been Beyonce if anyone is interested. 

"Are You Checking Out My Ass" - Dynasty Season 1 Episode 12

Fallon is quite the character. She continuously pushes the boundaries and establishes herself as the ultimate rich-girl you need to love. 

From telling off Tim about staring at her ass to feeling stupid when she realized he was looking at the bacon stuck to her butt to realizing she unintentionally muddled the contract -- it was a testament to our times that women are always made to feel like objects. 

And after all of that, her intuition was right! It always is, girl. Tim was a total perv, and the bacon was simply a cover for his true intentions. 

Does this girl have some kind of hypnotic yoni or something?

Monica

Instead of causing a scene, Fallon handled it like a pro and played him at his own game. 

Monica came through to prove to Fallon that she still has her back, even when they are fighting. 

Watching Fallon bluff her way through a game while simultaneously raising the stakes demonstrated that she was a power player worthy of sitting at that table. 

Still Business Partners - Dynasty Season 1 Episode 12

I honestly thought Monica was smarter than joining Colby in his revenge plot against Fallon. Everything she said to him when she initially found out was on point; he's just as bad as Blake if he ruins Fallon in the process. 

But, then she went back on her word and aligned with him. Fallon's done some questionable things, but I don't think she deserves to be used and manipulated. 

Monica: I'll admit she's as flawed as they come but making her pay for her father's mistakes? That just means you and Blake are cut from the same cloth.
Jeff: I am nothing like Blake Carrington.
Monica: No. If you go through with this, you might be worse.

The good news is their plan probably won't get too far. The Carrington house always wins as proven by Fallon. 

When they sense a threat, they come out swinging. There's an alliance there that is unbreakable, even if Fallon and Cristal don't necessarily like each other on the daily.

Monica thinks she can play Culhane, but he's clever; it's why the Carrington's have kept him around. 

He's keeping a close eye on Colby and hopefully, sooner rather than later; he'll figure out what his motives regarding Fallon. 

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Dynasty Season 1 Episode 12 Quotes

Rick: I'm sorry. I'm not gunna compromise my integrity or my career for... for this.
Cristal: You're right. I shouldn't be asking you to kill the story. I should be asking your boss, Bob Channing. He's a friend of the family, and I could have him end your career just as fast as I started it.
Rick: It's not just your husband who's one of them. It's you too.

Does this girl have some kind of hypnotic yoni or something?

Monica