CTVA US Drama  - "The Colbys" (Aaron Spelling/ABC) Season 1 (1985-86)

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Starring Charlton Heston (as Jason Colby),  Miss Barbara Stanwyck (as Constance Colby)
Season 1 (ABC) (1985-86)
Episode Guide compiled by The Classic TV Archive
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ABC Thursdays 9:00-10:00pm Eastern

Stephanie Beacham as Sable Scott Colby (1985-1987)
Katherine Ross as Francesca Scott Colby Hamilton Langdon (1985-1987)
John James as Jeff Colby (1985-1987)
Emma Samms as Fallon Carrington Colby (1985-1987)
Tracy Scoggins as Monica Colby (1985-1987)
Maxwell Caulfield as Miles Colby (1985-1987)
Claire Yarlett as Bliss Colby (1985-1987)
Ricardo Montalban as Zachary Powers (1985-1987)
David Hedison as Lord Roger Langdon (1985-1987)
also  season 1 only:
Ken Howard as Garrett Boydston (1985-1986)
Joseph Campanella as Hutch Corrigan (1985-1986)
Charles Van Eman as Sean McAllister(1985-1986)
Philip Brown as Neil Kittredge (1985-1986)
Ivan Bonar as Henderson Palmer (1985-1986)
Peter White as Arthur Cates (1985-1986)
Gary Morris as Wayne Masterson (1986)
Ashley Mutrux as L.B. ("Little Blake") Colby (1986)
Brandon Bluhm as L.B. ("Little Blake") Colby (1986)
Ray Wise as Spiros Karalis (1986)
Vincent Baggetta as Asst. D.A. John Moretti (1986)

1.01 [--] The Colbys: THE CELEBRATION
20Nov85
produced by William Bast and Paul Huson and Christopher Morgan
directed by Jerome C. Courtland.
written by William Bast and Paul Huson.
Synopsis:
Jason Colby, head of one of the most powerful financial empires in the world,
has just landed a huge oil contract with China, but he can't control his
family, Constance, his sister, elevates her nephew, Jeff, to share Jason's
throne by giving him her half-share of the empire. Jason's wife, Sable,
worries that their children, Miles, Monica, and Bliss, are being disinherited.
When Jeff arrives from Denver, where he was working with the Carringtons,
Jason tries to send him on an errand to Hong Kong, but Jeff immediately shows
his uncle that he cannot be ordered around. Miles makes an unexpected
announcement, introducing the family to his new bride, "Randall," a woman
from Denver who suffers from amnesia.

1.02 [--] The Colbys: CONSPIRACY OF SILENCE
27Nov85
produced by William Bast and Paul Huson and Christopher Morgan
directed by Jerome C. Courtland.
teleplay by Dennis Turner / story by William Bast & Paul Huson.
Synopsis:
Miles announces his marriage to Randall Adams, the woman Jeff is shocked to
see is his long-lost wife, Fallon Carrington Colby. Fallon cannot recall
anything of her past, even when faced with her father, Blake. Jeff and Miles
face off in an intensifying family dispute over Fallon. Zachary Powers,
Jason's chief competitor in business and a notorious womanizer, makes highly
suggestive conversation with Sable. Meanwhile, Jeff's estranged mother,
Francesca, arrives in California, hoping to reconcile with her son. Seeing
Jason's attentions toward his old flame Francesca, Sable warns her husband
that Francesca is there for one reason: her son's position and money.

1.03 [--] The Colbys: MOMENT OF TRUTH
28Nov85
produced by William Bast and Paul Huson and Christopher Morgan
directed by Nancy Malone.
written by William Bast and Paul Huson
Synopsis:
Tension fills the Colby's Thanksgiving Day celebration as patriarch Jason
Colby ponders a second doctor's grim diagnosis. Hearing that he has only six
months to live, Jason determines to get his company in order before dying.
Later, Jason finds out that his diagnosis was the result of a computer error
and there is nothing wrong with him. Sable asks Jeff to move out to prevent
him from coming between her son, Miles, and his new bride. Constance puts
her foot down however, saying that the only way Jeff will move out is over
her dead body. Francesca's efforts to get closer to her son fail.

1.04 [--] The Colbys: FAMILY ALBUM
5Dec85
produced by William Bast and Paul Huson and Christopher Morgan
directed by Don Medford.
teleplay by Rick Edelstein / story by William Bast & Paul Huson.
Synopsis:
Jeff hopes that his son, L.B., will unlock Fallon's memory of her past.
Fallon doesn't recognize her son, but takes a liking to him. Later, Jeff
shows Fallon a Carrington family photo album, which jars her memory just
enough to upset her. She angrily accuses Miles and Jeff of knowing her
identity all along. Sable argues with Francesca over the split in their
families. Sable says they're fighting over billions of dollars, and Constance
is to blame. Sable later meets with her attorney to try to stop Constance from
handing over half of the family company to Jeff. She finds out that the only
legal recourse Sable may have is to prove Constance mentally unfit.

1.05 [--] The Colbys: SHADOW OF THE PAST
12Dec85
produced by William Bast and Paul Huson and Christopher Morgan
directed by Harry Falk.
teleplay by Dennis Turner / story by William Bast & Paul Huson
Synopsis:
Fallon's sudden recognition of who she is becomes the beginning of a long
and painful battle to retrieve her past and mold her future with the man
of her choice. Sable is determined that her son Miles will be the victor
in winning Fallon, even if it means discrediting matriarch Constance, who
has high hopes for Jeff. Wanting to be more than just "daddy's girl,"
Monica leaves Colby Enterprises in order to run Titania Records. Adam
Carrington arrives unexpectedly and demands to see Fallon, but Jeff won't
allow it.

1.06 [--] The Colbys: A HOUSE DIVIDED
19Dec85
produced by William Bast and Paul Huson and Christopher Morgan
directed by Don Medford.
teleplay by Rick Edelstein / story by William Bast & Paul Huson.
Synopsis:
Adam's presence triggers terror and confusion in Fallon after she returns
to the Colby mansion. Memory of her identity and previous life comes back
to Fallon. With the help of Dr. Parris, the terrifying memory of Adam raping
her on the night of her wedding to Jeff is revealed to be a guilt fantasy
and not a true experience. Sean McAllister has been deceptively romancing
Bliss to learn more about the Colby shipping operation for his uncle, Zach
Powers. Constance fears she may be losing her mind as her memory seems to
be completely unreliable.

1.07 [--] The Colbys: THE REUNION
26Dec85
produced by William Bast and Paul Huson and Christopher Morgan
directed by Jerome Courtland.
teleplay by Frank Furino.
story by William Bast and Paul Huson
Synopsis:
Sable drives Jason away with her continuous scheming to have Constance
declared mentally incompetent and get her hands on Jeff's share of the
Colby fortune. At Sable's request, Francesca leaves the Colby mansion.
Jason heads up the coast to the Five Oaks Inn, where he finds Francesca
brooding over leaving her son and him and planning to return to London
the next day. Jason pleads with her to stay and makes a startling
confession: he married the wrong woman. Sean is falling in love with
Bliss, and his Uncle Zach's order to get more information on the Colbys
is burdening him with guilt. Zach tells Sean it's a matter of family
loyalty, but Sean vows to choose Bliss over all others.

1.08 [--] The Colbys: FALLEN IDOL
2Jan86
produced by William Bast and Paul Huson and Christopher Morgan
directed by Harry Falk.
teleplay by Oliver Clark. / story by William Bast and Paul Huson
Synopsis:
Fearing Francesca may be slipping away from him, Jason pleads with her to
stay and marry him after he divorces Sable. But soon after, Francesca flies
back to London. Jason prepares to follow her, but is denounced by Miles,
who knows about the affair and is outraged. An oil spill from Colby tankers
cleverly arranged by the vindictive Zach Powers brings negative publicity
and could stall the pipeline project for years. While in Bakersfield trying
to apologize to Hutch for her accusations against him, Monica discovers
Wayne Masterson, a country singer with a refreshing new sound, whom she
wants to sign for a recording contract at Titania Records.

1.09 [--] The Colbys: THE LETTER
9Jan86
produced by William Bast and Paul Huson and Christopher Morgan
directed by Don Medford.
teleplay by Doris Silverton.
story by William Bast and Paul Huson
Synopsis:
Looking for evidence to win their legal fight with Sable, Constance and Jeff
look through some of Cecil's old letters. Among them is an old letter proving
that Constance always intended to give Jeff her shares in Colby Enterprises.
Another letter however, written by Jason's brother Phillip during the Vietnam
war, claims that Jeff couldn't possibly be his son. Jeff may not be a Colby
after all, and Grandfather Colby's will prohibits the transfer of shares to
anyone who is not in the family. Constance throws the letter in the fireplace,
but later Sable finds it, unburned and legible. With the sudden appearance of
Jason in London, Francesca finally agrees to marry Roger Langdon. When Sable
goes to New York to bid on a Matisse painting at auction, Zach outbids her.
Later, at his penthouse apartment, Zach offers her the painting and kisses
her passionately.

1.10 [--] The Colbys: THE TURNING POINT
16Jan86
produced by William Bast and Paul Huson and Christopher Morgan
directed by Gwen Arner.
teleplay by Charles Pratt Jr. / story by William Bast and Paul Huson
Synopsis:
Francesca becomes Jeff's only hope in learning the truth about his real father.
Sable indicates she's going to drop the suit against Constance, but Jason
tells her that nothing can save their marriage and demands a divorce. Sable
vows to use Phillip's letter to expose her sister's scandalous past Jeff and
Miles embark on separate missions to prove Zach Powers was responsible for
the oil spill. Sean surprises Bliss with a marriage proposal, but she isn't
interested in marriage, having the example of her miserable parents. Neil
apologizes to Monica for his earlier assessment of singer Wayne Masterson.
After a romantic celebratory dinner, their differences melt and mutual
attraction prompts the two to spend the night together.

1.11 [--] The Colbys: THURSDAY'S CHILD
30Jan86
produced by William Bast and Paul Huson and Christopher Morgan
directed by Kim Friedman.
teleplay by Rick Edelstein / story by William Bast, Paul Huson.
Synopsis:
When Jason rebuffs Sable's romantic overtures, she lashes out at him for
his involvement with her sister, Francesca, whom she calls a slut and a
tramp. Sable finally produces the incriminating letter written by Jason's
brother Phillip Colby, in which he denies that Jeff is his son. Jason throws
the letter back at Sable, saying it proves nothing. On his way to Athens to
investigate the Colby tanker oil spill, Jeff pays a visit to his mother,
Francesca, in Rome. Jeff asks his mother the most difficult question he's
ever had to ask: Is Phillip not his real father? Francesca tells him that
Phillip could have written the letter before he died, but that he really
was Jeff's father. A drunken Miles delivers annulment papers to Fallon.
Crying, Fallon reluctantly signs the document, after which Miles forces
himself on her sexually.

1.12 [--] The Colbys: THE PACT
6Feb86
produced by William Bast and Paul Huson and Christopher Morgan
directed by Harry Falk.
teleplay by Dennis Turner / story by William Bast, Paul Huson.
Synopsis:
Fallon asks Garrett to proceed with filing the annulment papers. His world
collapsing, Miles storms out of the room. Later, in a confrontation with
Jeff, Miles vows that if he can't have Fallon, Jeff can't either. Jeff
and Fallon become closer when L.B. develops bacterial meningitis. To protect
himself, his family, and Francesca, Jason makes a pact with Sable. Sable is
willing to forget the letter and Francesca' s past if Jason will forget
about the divorce, which he finally agrees to do. But he warns her it will
merely be an empty shell of a marriage. Dominique acts secretive, hiding
her conversations and plans with Jackie from Garrett, which leads Garrett
to suspect there's another man in Dominique's life.

1.13 [--] The Colbys: FALLON'S CHOICE
13Feb86
produced by William Bast and Paul Huson and Christopher Morgan
directed by Curtis Harrington
teleplay by Doris Silverton
story by William Bast & Paul Huson.
Synopsis:
While L.B. fights for his life in the hospital, Jeff and Fallon seek solace
in each other's arms. Miles vows to fight for what is rightfully his,
especially after Fallon tells him she has decided to go through with the
annulment of their marriage. Constance finally realizes Sable's scheme
to discredit her and prove she's senile. Constance warns Sable that she'll
be watching her in the future. Once Constance learns that Miles has been
implicated in the death of seaman Mahoney, she returns to Colby Enterprises
to help Jason straighten out the family business. Knowing Francesca needs
to be with her family, Roger maneuvers to get a post as the new vice consul
in Los Angeles.

1.14 [--] The Colbys: THE TRIAL
20Feb86
produced by William Bast and Paul Huson and Christopher Morgan
directed by Robert Scheerer
teleplay by Donald Paul Roos / story by William Bast & Paul Huson.
Synopsis:
Miles summons Jeff to court to prove he is not Phillip Colby's son, which
could tarnish Francesca's character and destroy Jeff's claim to the Colby
fortune. Singing star Wayne Masterson tells Monica that he suspects Neil
Kittredge is preparing to double-cross her by leaving the company and
taking Wayne with him. After waiting to no avail for Neil to inform her
of his plans, Monica fires Neil. Bliss remains heartsick over her recent
breakup with Sean. Feeling empty, Bliss runs back to Sean's houseboat.
In a flood of tears she proclaims her love for him and pleads with him
not to leave town. When Francesca arrives in Los Angeles, Jeff tells
her about the lawsuit. She is anxious at first, but vows to testify in
court and fight the Colbys

1.15 [--] The Colbys: BURDEN OF PROOF
27Feb86
produced by William Bast and Paul Huson and Christopher Morgan
directed by Gabrielle Beaumont.
teleplay by Dennis Turner
story by William Bast & Paul Huson.
Synopsis:
At Jeff's paternity trial, a witness from the army testifies that Phillip
was sterile. Francesca is called to the stand and asked to name the real
father. Before she can answer, Jason rises and solemnly announces that
Jeff is his son. Miles disowns his father and vows revenge. Constance
urges the distraught Jeff to stay in California and work on his relationship
with Jason. Humiliated and angry, Sable threatens Jason at gunpoint.
Later she finds comfort in the arms of Zach Powers. Roger doesn't care
about the past, but makes Francesca promise that her relationship with
Jason won't carry into the present. Francesca promises but soon finds
herself alone with Jason, struggling with her attraction to him.

1.16 [--] The Colbys: MY FATHER'S HOUSE
6Mar86
produced by William Bast and Paul Huson and Christopher Morgan
directed by Curtis Harrington.
teleplay by Frank V. Furino / story by William Bast and Paul Huson.
Synopsis:
A rescue effort is launched to save Jeff after he plunges over a cliff
during a fight with Miles at the Colby beach house. Discovering Jeff
sprawled on a narrow ledge, Miles lays aside his anger and jealousy
to pull Jeff over the top of the cliff, only to see Fallon rush into
Jeff's arms. Faced with Jason's requests for a divorce, Sable finds
a way to save her marriage by asking for the Colby mansion in their
divorce settlement. According to Andrew Colby's will, the family
mansion must never be sold or bargained away. Sable also has a plan
to undermine Francesca, which involves Sable's new lover, Zach Powers.
Determined that Francesca will never get Jason, Sable asks Zach to
use his influence in diplomatic circles to help her get rid of Francesca.
L.B. disappears after two moving men pay a visit to the house.

1.17 [--] The Colbys: THE OUTCAST
13Mar86
produced by William Bast and Paul Huson and Christopher Morgan
directed by Robert Scheerer.
teleplay by Donald Paul Roos
story by William Bast & Paul Huson.
Synopsis:
The Colbys frantically search the estate for the missing L.B. Fallon suspects
her son has been kidnapped, but Jason is eventually led to L.B. by the sound
of a watch chiming. Jeff's gratitude soon overcomes his resentment when Jason
finds L.B. in a darkened storage room where the youth was trapped after running
off to examine Jason's elaborate pocket watch. An unspoken trust and understanding
is born between the two men. Miles becomes livid after learning of Fallon and
Jeff's plans to have their wedding at the Colby mansion. Miles lashes out at
Fallon, certain she conned Jason into participating in her clever scheme to
have the wedding there, where Miles will be forced to watch her walk down the
aisle with his rival. Meanwhile, Constance learns the details of Sable and Zach's
sordid affair from her private detective, who bugged Sable's art gallery.

1.18 [--] The Colbys: THE WEDDING
(no copyright details)
Written by ?
Directed by ?
Synopsis:
Blake and Steven Carrington, and the Colby clan gather at the mansion for the
elaborate wedding of Jeff and Fallon. To keep her own marriage together, Sable
must make it the wedding of the year. One of Jason and Sable's chief concerns,
however, is what Miles may do to disrupt the happy occasion. Fallon takes Miles
aside and asks that they remain friends, even though she is marrying his half-brother.
Miles can't help but admit that he'll always love her. Jason visits Jeff and offers
him a family heirloom his grandfather's pocket-watch. Jeff is touched by the gift,
but Miles observes the exchange and is hurt by the obvious affection growing between
his father and Jeff. The police question Miles in a continuing investigation of
the Mahoney homicide. As the wedding ceremony ends and Jeff drives off with
Fallon, Miles is arrested on suspicion of murder.

1.19 [--] The Colbys: THE HONEYMOON
27Mar86
produced by William Bast and Paul Huson and Christopher Morgan
directed by Gwen Arner.
teleplay by Maryanne Kasica, Michael Scheff  / story by William Bast & Paul Huson.
Synopsis:
Miles Colby sits in jail after his arrest for the murder of a marine engineer.
John Moretti, the state's prosecuting attorney, denies him bail. Moretti claims
he's got evidence to prove that Miles is guilty. Jeff and Fallon take off in
the Colby jet for their Jamaican honeymoon. Fallon fears trouble ahead when a
palm reader foresees blood and a fair-haired man in her future. Bliss Colby and
her lover, Sean, head to Las Vegas for their own marriage, but Bliss postpones
the wedding when she hears of Miles' arrest. Constance, meanwhile, invites
Francesca to stay at the Colby mansion while she decides what to do about her
marriage and her future. Once Francesca learns that Sable was responsible for
getting Roger transferred, she decides to become a Colby houseguest and get revenge.

1.20 [--] The Colbys: DOUBLE JEOPARDY
10Apr86
produced by William Bast and Paul Huson and Christopher Morgan
directed by Harry Falk.
Synopsis:
To get back in Jason's good graces, Sable makes a show of mending fences
with Constance, who refuses to buy Sable's story. Francesca finalizes her
divorce in Mexico, wanting to make a clean, fast break so Roger can get
on with his life. Jason may still be married to Sable, but he promises
Francesca it won't be for long. After his own divorce he wants to marry
Francesca, although Francesca says she won't come back until they're both
free. Jeff and Fallon return early from their honeymoon when they hear
of Miles' arrest, only to learn that Jeff is suspected of killing Captain
Livadas. At the opening of the Colby Collection gallery, there is another
murder arrest.

1.21 [--] The Colbys: A FAMILY AFFAIR
17Apr86
produced by William Bast and Paul Huson and Christopher Morgan
directed by Jerome Courtland.
Synopsis:
Jeff awaits his fate in a jail cell without an alibi for his murder charge.
Assistant D.A. John Moretti brags to Jason that he's going to nail Jeff
and Miles, then convict Jason himself for conspiracy. Later Jeff learns
that the Greek government wants him extradited to stand trial. Sable tries
to convince Constance that she has changed for the better. This, of course,
is merely a shrewd move by Sable to save her failing marriage to Jason, and
Constance has no trouble seeing through it, especially since she has evidence
on tape of Sable's affair with Zach. Constance forces Jason to listen to the
incriminating tapes of Sable and Zach's liaison, urging him to use it to his
advantage in the divorce.

1.22 [--] The Colbys: THE RECKONING
1May86
produced by William Bast and Paul Huson and Christopher Morgan
directed by Harry Falk.
Synopsis:
The trip to Athens proves successful for Jason, who manages to get Jeff
cleared of murder, but it also makes Francesca question her hopes for
a future with Jason. Miles tells Monica in confidence that he could be
a killer. He can't be sure he didn't kill Mahoney, since he was drunk
and doesn't remember the latter part of the night. Jason tries bargaining
with Zach. If Zach will get Miles and Jeff off the hook for the two murders,
Jason will give Zach the pipeline contract to ship all of Denver-Carrington's
oil. Finally Jason learns the basis for Zach's hatred: Zach believes the
Colbys were responsible for his father's death. When Zach's immigrant father
was struggling with a small fleet of fishing boats in the San Pedro harbor,
the great Colby conglomerate swallowed him up and took everything. Without
his livelihood, Zach's father committed suicide.

1.23 [--] The Colbys: ANNIVERSARY WALTZ
15May86
produced by William Bast and Paul Huson and Christopher Morgan
directed by Kim Friedman.
Synopsis:
Miles and Jeff find evidence that might clear Miles of murder charges.
Sable throws a surprise anniversary party for Jason, hoping to win him
back and humiliate Francesca. Jason confronts Sable with the taped evidence
of her affair with Zach. Defending herself, Sable argues that she never
actually slept with Zach, but Jason doesn't believe her and tells her he
loves Francesca. Jason goes looking for Zach on his yacht, and Zach comes
out with his gun drawn. In a struggle Jason manages to wrest the gun from
Zach, but the sudden appearance of Sable, wrapped in Zach's robe, from
the cabin below is enough to distract Jason. During the fight the gun goes
off, leaving Sable bloody and motionless on the deck.

1.24 [--] The Colbys: CHECKMATE
22May86
produced by William Bast and Paul Huson and Christopher Morgan
directed by Harry Falk.
Synopsis:
After the shooting accident on Zach's yacht, Sable is rushed to the hospital,
unconscious. A police lieutenant books Jason, but Sable revives and makes
a statement clearing Jason. Newlyweds Fallon and Jeff celebrate the news of
Fallon's pregnancy. Though Jeff doesn't know it, Fallon later learns that
she is further along in her pregnancy than she thought and may have conceived
when Miles raped her. Zach accuses his stepson, Spiro, of plotting to frame
Jeff and Miles and of wanting to take over Powers Shipping. Monica catches
her lover, Neil, in bed with his supposedly estranged wife. Shocked, Monica
flees to the airport and takes off in her small plane without clearance from
the control tower. Jason finally gets the charges against Miles dropped, but
when Sable finds out that Jason still plans to divorce her, she calls Moretti
and changes her statement to have Jason arrested for attempted murder.

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