After a wild premiere episode, Dynasty followed up with an uneven episode, 鈥淪pit It Out,鈥 which saw the Carringtons forced to come together to protect themselves against the investigation into Matthew (Nick Wechsler)鈥檚 death.

It turns out Matthew鈥檚 death is being investigated as a homicide. And while of course it is, because this is a primetime soap opera, it still feels a little far-fetched that the FBI would be investigating a thumper truck malfunction (which is what caused a shard to strike the wind turbine, causing the explosion).

The top two suspects are Blake Carrington (Grant Show), for trying to take out a romantic rival (he did try to have Matthew transferred to China the day before Matthew鈥檚 death), and Jeff Colby (Sam Adegoke), for trying to drive down the price of Windbrier and cause trouble for Carrington Atlantic, allowing him to swoop in and buy it out from under CA on the cheap.

So the Carringtons are working on forming a united front, starting with Cristal needing to assure the cops that her involvement with Matthew predated her relationship with Blake. To that end, Fallon is scrambling to delete the photo of Cristal and Matthew from her phone, because it contradicts Cristal鈥檚 story.

Cristal, to her credit, goes from hysterical grieving secret widow to bad-ass company woman in the span of 40 minutes. She鈥檚 a Carrington now, and that comes with a lot of responsibilities, the first of which is to protect the family.

Blake is also a busy little beaver, trying to keep up the appearance of a concerned, caring boss. He pays Matthew鈥檚 widow $500,000 and offers to also聽cover the funeral and host the wake. Claudia (Brianna Brown) and Matthew鈥檚 partner Willie (Dave Maldonado) know that Blake is full of crap, but Claudia takes his money anyway, because what other choice does she have? With Matthew gone and her medical condition being what it is, she doesn鈥檛 have a lot of options.

In the end, though, neither Blake nor Jeff聽is arrested for Matthew鈥檚 death 鈥 it鈥檚 Steven (James Mackay) who is taken away in handcuffs.

What did Steven have to do with anything? It came so out of left field that I actually rewound the DVR to make sure I didn鈥檛 miss anything important in Steven鈥檚 scenes. But based on Twitter鈥檚 reaction, nobody saw that one coming.

Oh, and Anders (Alan Dale) drops another hint about Cristal鈥檚 former life. Her name was previously Celia Machado.

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