The ratings for Dynasty
continued to soar as the nighttime soap opera pursued its fourth season on ABC. The big news this year is the return of Denver oil millionaire Blake Carrington's (John Forsythe
) bisexual "black sheep" son Steven, formerly played by Al Corley
but now portrayed by Jack Coleman. Reported killed in a horrible accident in Indonesia, Steven was saved by the Herculean efforts of a team of physicians -- including a plastic surgeon, hence his astonishing "new look." Steven spends most of the season enmeshed in a bitter custody battle with father Blake over little Danny, his son by wife Claudia (Pamela Bellwood
). Meanwhile, Blake has plenty of non-custodial headaches thanks to his vengeful ex-wife, Alexis (Joan Collins
), who succeeds in toppling his financial empire. Also showing up for the first time at the tail end of season four is African-American pop singer Dominique Deveraux (Diahann Carroll
). And how does Dominique fit into the series' hitherto all-white shenanigans? Well, it seems that thanks to a long-ago indiscretion by Blake Carrington's father, Dominique is actually Blake's half-sister -- and like everyone else in the Carrington orbit, she has shown up to demand her share of the estate.