Wednesday, May 18, 2011
A quick look at the storylines that DYNASTY producers Bob and Eileen Pollock envisioned for season 3 (1982/83) that had been either entirely scrapped or simply went into a different direction.
Here are some observations I made while going through the document (for which I am once again eternally grateful to Gilles who has been very kind to me). I'll add my comments later on.
Sammy Jo was initially scheduled to appear only mid-season. Her second appearance was added later.
Cecil was supposed to die (after a quickie wedding to Alexis at the hospital) in the season premiere. If the actor wasn't available, he was going to be killed off off-screen.
Claudia was originally supposed to depart the show in the 3rd episode forever.
Scenes with Kate Torrance dying were originally going to take place in a Billings hospital.
Blake was going to be saved by a rescue helicopter.
The cemetery caretaker was supposed to be questioned by the police as one of the suspects, but he would have turned out innocent.
The baby was supposed to have been stolen by Claudia.
She would have left him at a day care center, before going with him to Grand Junction, Colorado.
Blake was supposed to have rescued L.B. from atop an unfinished highrise building in GJ where Claudia would have run with him.
Instead of blaming herself for being a bad mother, Fallon blames Jeff for dragging her to an inane meeting with a minister.
La Mirada was originally called Eldorado and the new name was going to be Xanadu (instead of La Mirage).
Krystle was more reproachful regarding Fallon's decision to take on the hotel project, calling her spoiled and self-centered.
The relationship between Blake and Jeff was going to be more strained in the light of his failing marriage and move to Colbyco.
Rashid Ahmed was supposed to make an appearance asking Alexis for a loan - Fallon was going to use him at the opening of Xanadu to add some of Rashid's oriental glamour to the ceremony.
There were going to be more scenes from Fallon's hotel dealing with her renovation efforts - fights with an assistant who opposes changes; problems with mobsters who want to be suppliers, etc.
Blake was going to meet Adam and Fallon at "Eldorado" and tell them they were siblings, not Alexis.
After Jeff vetoes Adam's activities against Denver-Carington, Alexis tries to get him to go along with Adam by seducing Jeff, but he rejects her.
Adam then concocts his poisoning plan, based upon a true story (a US ambassador in Rome), not a case of his own.
Alexis was then going to find out about Adam's plan to poison Jeff and she was quietly going to go along with it.
Fallon despises Krystle and learns who Mark is even before she hires him. She and Alexis plot to hurt Krystle together. Fallon arranges the meeting between Mark and Krystle, not Alexis. And Krystle first sees him as Blake plays a match with Mark, not knowing he is Krystle's first husband.
Krystle immediately tells Blake about Mark and the phony divorce.
Neil McVane was originally called Lester Varney.
When Jeff attacks Fallon, she is not saved by Mark, she defends herself by throwing a lamp at Jeff. The whole room is a mess when their fight is over.
Fallon begins an affair with Mark earlier, she is jealous when he meets Krystle.
Fallon learns Jeff signed LB's shares over to Alexis (while being poisoned) and decides to remain married to him so she can ask courts to give her control over the shares and fight Adam and Alexis and protect Blake. At which point she receives the letter from Steven (probably later than it played out on-screen).
Jeff collapses from paint poisoning while playing tennis at a charity match.
Michael Cullhane was going to re-appear. Adam was going to buy him to testify at the trial concerning conservatorship of Jeff's estate and help thwart Fallon's efforts.
Little Kirby development, no marriage to Jeff, we do know she is interested in him. Triangle with Adam and rape are not mentioned.
Steven was going to be a somewhat stronger and more determined character upon his return.
Alexis was going to oppose Steven raising his son as a gay man along with the rest of the family. Only Fallon would come to Steven's defense and Steven was going to work for her at "Xanadu," not Alexis at Colbyco.
Blake was going to find out about the paint poisoning and blackmail Alexis INTO merging DC and Colbyco - with him at the helm of the new company.
Krystle was going to leave Blake after becoming jealous over the amount of time he was spending with Alexis because of the merger.
Alexis tries to seduce Blake but he rejects her.
Krystle meanwhile rejects Mark, but Mark goes crazy and attacks her, trying to disfigure her face. This is the cliffhanger.
No cabin fire.