Tread Perilously’s investigation of primetime soaps continues with an episode from Dynasty‘s seventh season called “The Test.”
When Krystle and Blake Carrington’s daughter Christine collapses into a coma, the rest of the Carringtons set aside their own problems to carry out a vigil at the hospital. Of course, she wakes up moments later and life resumes while Krystle and Blake await the results of Christine’s latest tests. Blake’s younger son Steven is handed the reigns of the family business, but his mind is more on his son and the possible restoration of his relationship with Sammy Jo (Heather Locklear). Older son Adam is trying to get married, but expects his mother, Alexis Morell Carrington Colby Dexter Rowan (Joan Collins), will try to stop it. Alexis, for her part, has problems of her own as the Carringtons’ former chauffeur tries to get into her company’s business … and her private affairs as well.
Justin learns why he is familiar with Dynasty stars John Forsythe, Linda Evans, and Joan Collins despite never watching an episode before. Erik keeps teasing Dynasty II: The Colbys. Both go on a long tangent about actor Jack Coleman, who plays Steven Carrington. Erik tries to remember the name of the Christian Slater/Marissa Tomei movie in which he has a baboon heart. They also devise a movie about Gwyneth Paltrow learning emotions. Ted McGinley’s Clay Fallmont gets a special mentions and Erik and Justin discuss the celebrity of Heather Locklear. Also, Grievous the Insult Comic Droid makes his debut.