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Dynasty power rankings: The musical episode’s best performances, ranked

Fallon sings her way out of distress over Liam in a surprise musical episode of Dynasty. “You Can’t Hurry Love,” but you can rank musical numbers.

Surprise! Dynasty delivered a showstopping musical episode, and all it took was a gas leak in Fallon’s room. Like last season’s Wizard of Oz hallucination, a gas-induced haze causes Fallon belt out a torch song to Liam and to hallucinate her family breaking into song. For once, we’re thankful for Adam’s sabotage because it led to four amazing musical numbers.

Fallon sorts through her emotions regarding her limbo with Liam through song, whether she’s doing the singing or she’s inventing it in her mind. Meanwhile, the latest power struggle ends in an eye-for-an-eye explosion — literally. Rather than the usual ranking of winners and losers, we’re ranking all four of the musical numbers from Dynasty’s musical episode. Which performance comes out on top?

1. “You Can’t Hurry Love”

Fallon and Sam sing “You Can’t Hurry Love” after Sam successfully sneaks into the Van Kirk mansion and hand delivers Liam’s manuscript to the man of the hour. Even though they have accomplished the mission, Fallon wants to call Liam, but Sam advises her not to hurry love. The musical number features incredible vocals from Elizabeth Gillies and a dance number between Gillies and Rafael de La Fuente that was pure joy.

2. “Against All Odds”

Queen of pop Fallon Carrington goes full ’80s ballad over speakerphone to win back Liam’s love. While Sam delivers the manuscript, Liam doesn’t recognize Sam and doesn’t have time to read because he’s about to get married. Fallon insists on talking to Liam, but because the gas leak in her room has her imagining musical numbers, she unexpectedly busts out in one of her own. Obviously, Gillies slays the episode’s only solo, and we’ll be thinking about that hair flip for the rest of the year. Send this one to radio immediately.

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3. “Burning Down the House”

In an obvious nod to the fire in the Season 1 finale, Cristal ignites the performance of “Burning Down the House” (in Fallon’s imagination, at least) during the Blue Belt wine party. Adam, Blake, and Sam join in on the musical number that perfectly soundtracks a signature Carrington family feud. Cristal and Adam fought for control over the winery, with Cristal winning the war and Adam getting potentially blinded by a gas leak fire. You win some, you lose some. Naturally, Fallon’s horrified by her hallucination. She probably wishes Liam’s arrival was a dream, huh?

4. “Everybody Wants to Rule the World”

Fallon’s first musical number hallucination comes courtesy of Blake and Adam breaking out in a song very close to the heart of Dynasty. “Everybody Wants to Rule the World” could be an unofficial theme song for the series, and a cover has appeared in the series before. The number underscores the power struggle over the Blue Belt winery and showcases Blake Carrington, the Tears For Fears stan. Who knew Blake liked something other than money and getting away with murder? But we have to agree with Fallon: They were a little pitchy in the second verse. (Kidding.)

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Odds & Ends:

  • Liam shows up at the party without a ring on his finger. He read the book and realized he shouldn’t marry anyone until he can fill in the gaps in his memory. But he also calls the girl in the book, a.k.a. Fallon, selfish and other unbecoming adjectives. For the time being, he’s on his own, and Fallon’s right back where she started: without Liam.
  • What exactly did Dominique do? She appeared to have injected something into the wine bottles, but that didn’t seem to result in anything. Ultimately, to get back in Jeff and Monica’s good graces, she takes credit for the gas leak explosion that possibly blinded Adam. An eye for an eye. Whatever she did, she’s doing the most and still lying to her other family.
  • Kirby makes a move on Victor, Culhane’s player hiding out at Sam’s hotel, in retaliation for Culhane striking a business deal with Anders. We love bad decisions built on revenge!
  • Let’s give credit where credit is most certainly due: Sam Underwood was the revelation of the musical episode. Adam may be horrible and infuriating, but he’s basically Justin Timberlake. He should only sing and shake his hips from now on.

What did you think of the musical episode? Sound off in the comments!

Dynasty airs Fridays at 9/8c on The CW.