Note: this post may be hazardous to THE COLBYS fans' health. Joan Collins (together with a lot of the press) were quick to blame THE COLBYS for DYNASTY's decline, and some of the arguments were that "people got confused," "twice a week was too much" and "it diverted talent attention from the main show." The last one is particularly silly--were there a strong team at the helm of DYNASTY at the time, with better storylines than Moldavia and Rita, it would not matter what was happening elsewhere. But in fact because there were lousy plots, THE COLBYS hurt DYNASTY in an indirect way: it exposed how the show did not have good plots. For example, I was sitting through "The Homecoming" the other day (thanks to "The Aftermath," the second more prosaic title of the season) and the episode was a snooze fest until the very end when fat Fallon and Miles came on screen. Even with fake Fallon and her accent, this was an exciting development compared to the rest of the episode that had as its height of exposition Alexis writing "King Galen" all over a notepad--sometimes I can't believe the things I am writing about that season. Then in "The Californians" and "The Man" we suddenly meet characters who are connected to the Colby Clan long after we thought Cecil and Jeff were the only ones, and you have Jason dying (we don't know yet what a bogus plot it is) and Connie deciding to shake things up because she thinks Miles is not ready. Again, while these are new and exciting, Moldavia and Rita feel drab and sedate. And then after these storylines are introduced in DYNASTY they are moved to another night, and we are left with the dregs (but the joke is on the audience, for the new show is full of dregs on its own and after sampling the first two episodes, the DYNASTY audience abandons it and the show tumbles in the ratings). Also of note: After Connie insists Miles is not mature to take over the business, Jeff comes in "The Man" and after a temper tantrum he tells Jason than initially he was going to sell him his shares, but since they had a fight on the spot, he will now upend his life and move to California. Connie, your instinct for maturity sure paid off. Now, once these storylines departed, the show dropped out of the top 10. But these storylines were never meant to take place in DYNASTY, even though the way the new show was born was indeed somewhat confusing (down to the initial title of DYNASTY II). But DYNASTY recovered in 6B, so the Colbys as a show did not hurt DYNASTY or else DYNASTY would not have turned itself around when the plots improved. But ironically the new plots the Colbys characters introduced exposed the weakness of the threads the brass had planned for the season for the Carringtons.