Cliff Barnes was enjoying
his new found power as the Head of the Office of
Land Management. Having final say over which companies could
or could not be
allowed to drill for oil in the state of Texas, he had succeeded
almost every venture the Ewings were involved in.
JR had made several attempts, legal
and otherwise, to oust Barnes from his
position, but with no success. At a strategy meeting with
Smithfield & Bennett, Harve Smithfield introduced to JR
a smart young lawyer
from Chicago named Alan Beam, a recent addition to his firm:
"I gotta tell you there is nothing
about environmental law - or any kind of
law, for that matter - this boy don't know ... If anyone can
make hash out
of Cliff Barnes' tail, this boy can."
JR was impressed, and welcomed Beam
aboard. Alan's initial suggestion was to
draft a foolproof environmental impact study on an oil field
Ewing Oil was
interested in, knowing that if Barnes rejected it, they could
nail him on an
abuse of power charge. JR, however, had other ideas.
JR: In certain matters, I want you to report to me directly.
Alan: Matters concerning one Cliff
JR: You might have to go undercover,
do a little discreet snooping.
Alan: Well, I'm known as a devout ecologist,
comes in handy these days.
That'll allow me into Cliff Barnes' inner circle when it seems
JR: Cliff Barnes doesn't give a damn
about ecology. He hates Ewings, that's
his only motive.
Alan: Come on, Mr Ewing, you don't
JR: You gonna tell me what I believe?
Alan did his best to convince JR he was the right man for
Alan: I was born devious, JR, just like you. I researched
the Ewings just to
be prepared for a meeting like this - you had to fight for
your place in
your family; I had to fight my way out of the back of the
yards of Chicago.
You don't do all that fighting with your hands, you do it
with your head and
your mouth. If you can't beat up the other guy, you verbally
twist him like
a pretzel, wash him down with a schooner of beer.
JR: You think you're gonna wash down
Alan: Yes, because his motive isn't
vengeance, it's power; and men who want
power are blind to everything else - present company excepted,
JR: I think we're gonna make a pretty
Alan: My privilege to work for you,
JR: To say nothing of the tax free
To Jock Ewing, and to the outside world, Alan was still Smithfield
Bennett's golden boy.
At another meeting between Ewing Oil
and their attorneys, the topic for
discussion was, as ever, ways to remove Barnes from the OLM.
Alan: There must be something he wants ... Before the OLM,
he did run for
office ... How about 'Barnes for President'? I imagine he'd
leave the OLM
Jock: All that talk don't help a bit
... There's not a man in the state of
Texas fool enough to back Barnes for office, not even dog
JR: Yeah, you're right, Dad. Who'd
even dream of backing old Cliff Barnes
for public office?
Even as JR agreed with his father, a plan began to formulate
in his mind.
Alan did the necessary research and reported back to him:
Alan: Whoever's the head of the OLM is required to resign
before he can announce candidacy for public office.
JR: ... Now, if it were possible to
convince [Barnes] that he had enough
support to win -
Alan: - and enough financing to support
a large scale campaign -
JR: - it'd be worth it to him, wouldn't
It would be an expensive plan, but getting Barnes out of the
OLM was worth
literally millions of dollars to Ewing Oil.
Alan: Have you ever considered the possible consequences of
JR: Now that is a good question, Alan,
it reassures me that you still have
some things to learn: once Cliff Barnes resigns, it wouldn't
suprise me at
all to see all that money that's been supporting his campaign
Alan: I'm glad it's Cliff Barnes you're
after, and not me!
JR: That'd be a good thing for you
to remember, Alan. Real good.
As per JR's instructions ("Just get the ball rolling
and pay for everything
in cash") , Alan began drumming up support for a campaign
ranchers ... not too political, no one with real clout ...
little people" - and spending money supplied by JR on
'Barnes For Congress'
posters and publicity.
A momentum began to gather:
"It's moving along fast, JR. If
I didn't know better, I'd swear the whole
movement was genuine - six people here, a dozen there - 'Barnes
Congress' groups springing up all over the state. All we need
someone to organise it all, keep the energy going so it doesn't
We wouldn't want it to peak and burn out before Barnes takes
the bait ... We
need someone we can trust to get close to Barnes, keep him
headed in the
As far as JR was concerned, there was
only one person for the job: Alan
"But Barnes knows I work for you,
he'll never let me near him."
As always, JR had a plan. For this,
he enlisted the services of his
secretary-cum-mistress, Kristin Shepard. There was little
love lost between
her and Alan who were in a sense rivals - both competing to
stay in JR's
good graces, and reap the subsequent rewards.
JR staged a public row between them
at the Ewing Rodeo at Southfork. Kristin
needed little coaxing to slap Alan hard across the face and
accuse him of
making a pass at her. As the heads of Texas's finest turned,
JR came to her
defence. He too struck Alan and ordered him off the ranch.
JR: I don't want you ever near a Ewing again, you hear?
Alan: I hear, and that's fine with
me. I've just about had it with all of
As Alan was leaving, Lucy Ewing, the nineteen year old daughter
black sheep brother Gary, made a point of introducing herself.
Lucy: I guess I'll see you round sometime.
Alan: Not if your uncle has anything
to say about it.
Lucy: He doesn't.
Having managed to round up enough eager volunteers to help
run the new
Barnes For Congress headquarters he had rented, the time was
now right for
Alan to approach Cliff. Despite Alan's hard sell - "I've
a very comfortable
position with Smithfield & Bennett. I wouldn't be making
waves if I didn't
think you could win" - Cliff had heard about his fight
with JR, and was
suspicious of his motives. Alan 'admitted' he was angry at
Alan: I wanna hit him where it hurts, and I figure you're
the one who can
paint the target on the right place. But that's not my only
Vengeance is stupid unless you make something on the deal
... I'm also young
enough to want to make my mark ... by climbing right to the
firmly on to your shirttails.
Cliff: ... I'm not running for office,
Alan: Cliff, you stand for the things
the people in your district want! It's
a natural. I want you to endorse the Barnes For Congress movement
a list of people and organisations who are lining up to back
you ... I'm
gonna make you a winner.
While remaining reticent, Cliff had to admit he was flattered,
the names on Alan's list. In reality, those names were of
people who wanted
him out of the OLM almost as much as JR.
The charade continued: while the Ewing
family were dining at the Golden
Horseshoe restaurant in Dallas to celebrate Jock's birthday,
With girlfriend Betty Lou on his arm and a Barnes For Congress
button on his
lapel, he made his way to the Ewing table - ostensibly to
apologise to Jock
for the incident at the rodeo. He and JR soon began arguing
again, this time
about Alan's support of Cliff, and it appeared to onlookers
that only the
intervention of Jock prevented a brawl from taking place.
Once again, among
those onlookers was Lucy Ewing. As the family were leaving,
she tried to
speak to Alan, but was dragged away by JR.
At the Barnes For Congress headquarters,
Alan carefully drew up a fake list
of campaign contributions whilst ensuring all funds came exclusively
Ewing Oil. Soon after the fight in the restaurant, he was
very suprised to
receive, in person, a donation of $100 from none other than
Lucy Ewing. Her
motive was more personal than political:
"I just wanted to get another
look at the man who's giving JR so much
As JR had hoped, news of the brawl
at the Golden Horseshoe made the Dallas
gossip columns, and caught the attention of Cliff Barnes.
"Stroke of genius! He fell for
it just like you said he would," Alan
reported to JR. "He trusts me like I was his blood brother."
While continuing to keep the pressure
on Barnes ("Believe me, Cliff, you'll
never have another chance like this"), Alan was also
doing his best to land
Lucy. It seemed he was succeeding.
Lucy: Wouldn't JR have a stroke if he could see us right now!
Alan: Sometimes I get the feeling my
main attraction for you is JR's
Lucy: Oh no, I just happen to be with
the one man who has guts enough to
stand up to him, and that's pretty rare in this town.
Alan: I've never been afraid of him
because he's never had anything I wanted
- until now.
Expressing concern for Lucy, Alan proposed they keep their
secret in order to avoid any unnecessary conflict with her
Lucy was soon to discover she was not
the only Ewing Alan was having
clandestine meetings with. The morning after their first date,
Lucy drove by
the campaign headquarters on her way to school. Seeing Alan
climb into his
car, she decided on a whim to follow him. He was on his way
to meet JR,
having requested more financing. JR was beginning to grow
"For what it's cost me already,
I could have had Barnes elected head of the
Holy Roman Empire!"
That evening, Alan was with Betty Lou
in his apartment when he received an
unexpected visit from Lucy. He managed to keep the two women
apart, but Lucy
was already furious with him:
"I thought you were different.
When I saw you stand up to JR, I thought you
were brave and decent ... I saw you with JR today; you're
still working for
him. The whole thing ... was a set up. He's bought you just
like he buys
Lucy was gone before Alan could talk
his way out of trouble. Meanwhile,
Betty Lou wanted answers.
Alan: I'm onto something really big, bigger than I ever dreamed
... I think
you and I should cool it ... just for a while. Lucy Ewing
... walked into my
office the other day, and handed herself to me on a golden
platter ... Think
what it would mean for me to marry someone like her! No more
more living from deal to deal. I just march up that aisle,
and when the
preacher says 'Do you take?', I say 'I do.'
Betty Lou: I realise this is corny
question, but what about me?
Alan: ... No one matters to me but
you. You know that. Just give me a little
time. I can fix it so both of us can have everything we've
ever dreamed of
... I love you.
Betty Lou: You're rotten, you know
Alan: I'll call you in the morning.
In the meantime, there was the Lucy situation to deal with.
He alerted JR,
choosing his words carefully:
"I ran into your niece - what's
her name - Lucy? She saw us this morning
... I don't know what she plans to do with the information,
but if it gets back to Barnes, it'll blow our whole operation."
By the time Alan sought Lucy out the
following day, at the Southern
Methodist University where she went to school, JR had the
control and Lucy was all apologies. (He had arranged for Lucy
to overhear a
telephone conversation between himself and Harve Smithfield,
where he had
explained away the meeting with Beam as an unsuccessful attempt
Alan back into the fold" .) Alan wasted no time in taking
Lucy to bed. After
they had made love, she asked him about the woman she had
seen him with at
the Golden Horseshoe restaurant.
"She's no one for you to even
think about. No one matters to me now but you.
Nothing matters more to me than keeping you in my life for
as long as I
Alan was making assurances all around:
to Cliff that contributions to his
campaign were pouring in; and to JR that Cliff was on the
announcing his candidacy. He arranged for Cliff to speak at
Oil/Anti Nuke' rally. By the end of his speech, the crowd
("all with starry
eyes and empty pockets," as Alan described them to JR)
were chanting for
Cliff to run for congress.
The following morning, JR received
the telephone call he had been waiting
Alan: Cliff Barnes just called me. He's been up all night,
something. I'm calling a press conference for him at noon
today. He's gonna
run. He's quitting the OLM.
JR: ... Alan - you deserve a bonus,
boy; a big one!
JR told Alan there would be no more money for Cliff's campaign.
JR: Spend what you got, the faster the better.
Alan: Then what?
JR: That's really his problem, isn't
The rivalry between Alan and Kristin intensified one evening,
arrived at Ewing Oil for an after hours conference with JR.
JR had been
delayed at another meeting in town and, when he called into
Kristin refused to let Alan speak to him.
Kristin: He only had time for his most urgent messages. Flunkeys
Alan: What's the matter with you? You
know how important I am to JR.
Kristin: For now. You're replaceable.
Alan: What's replaceable is a secretary
who does most of her work on her
Kristin: I'd watch my mouth if I were
you. Once the Barnes campaign is over,
you're back on the streets.
Alan: You're worried, aren't you? You're
afraid if I get too close to JR,
I'll cut you out.
Later that evening, Alan and Lucy went out to dinner, only
to discover JR
and Kristin eating at the same out-of-the-way restaurant.
Lucy was all for
brazening it out - "Maybe it's time to tell my uncle
where to get off" - but
Alan suggested they make a hasty exit: "Lucy, I want
the whole world to know
you're my girl, but there's no sense in causing a scene, is
The appointment with JR was rearranged
for the following morning, with JR
anxious to know why Cliff's campaign had not yet collapsed.
Alan: Barnes' war chest is almost empty. The party tonight
should take care
of most of the rest. There's a trickle left for print, but
that'll be gone
JR: That money I gave you should have
been spent a long time ago.
Alan: I couldn't control it all, JR.
Some supporters sent in unsolicited
contributions ... There are a few misguided fools who think
his attacks on
the oil companies are justified. I know it's hard to believe.
JR: I want a full report on his finances
on my desk this afternoon ... If
anything goes wrong, Alan, I wouldn't even want to think about
Alan saw the report as an opportunity to put one over on Kristin.
He had it
messengered over to Ewing Oil by Serena Wald, a call girl,
that she deliver it to no one but JR himself, and to "make
sure he gets
anything he wants." Alan knew that JR would be unable
to resist Serena's
charms, thus proving to Kristin exactly how indispensable
The Barnes roller disco party that
night was an opportunity for Cliff to
thank his supporters, and for Alan to spend the rest of JR's
invited Lucy, on the understanding that they keep a low profile.
could not resist "accidentally" skating into him
at the party, which led to
a little discreet smooching. Not discreet enough, however.
Alan was in bed with Betty Lou the
next morning, when he was summoned to
JR's office. His plan with Serena had worked all too well,
and so Kristin
had gotten her revenge by following Alan to the party and
of him with Lucy. He tried to bluff it out.
Alan: It's not what you think ... we just kind of ran into
JR: ... Now don't lie to me, boy.
Alan: You want the truth? I'll give
it to you ... Lucy and I have been
spending a lot of time together. We're in love ... She's pretty,
intelligent, and nice -
JR: And rich! Don't forget rich!
Alan: I mean it, JR, I love her and
I'm going to marry her; and you can't
buy me off ... I'm not for sale, no matter how much you offer.
JR: Oh, I wouldn't dream of buying
Alan could hardly conceal his disappointment.
Alan: You wouldn't?
JR: Of course not. It does my heart
good to see that Lucy has finally found
herself a real man ... I'm tickled pink! I tell you what I'm
gonna do; I'm
gonna set you up in your own law practice the day you get
married ... Now
what do you think it would cost to set you up right? About
something like that?
Alan: Well, if you really wanna do
it right - double it.
JR: Yes sir, a half a million dollars
ought to set you up for life in the
nicest new law office in Chicago.
Alan: Chicago?! ... Now, wait a minute,
I like Dallas.
JR: Alan, listen to me and listen real
good: Lucy's inheritance and her
trust are already set up, they are irrevocable. So it shouldn't
difference to you whether you live in Chicago or Dallas -
but it makes a
great deal of difference to me ... Lucy is her father's only
Southfork and, with her gone, he won't find it necessary to
try and come
back here and muscle in on my action. But, if she stays, I'm
gonna make sure
that you never see her again ... I'm
looking forward to having you as a nephew in law - in Chicago.
If Kristin was expecting another war of words with Alan when
he exited JR's
office, she was disappointed. He simply smiled and gave her
"You're a doll!"
Alan wasted no time in proposing to
Lucy, but her response was not what he
was hoping for.
Alan: She says she needs more time.
JR: Well, you do have a problem ...
When you shoot down Cliff Barnes, you're
gonna be out of the spotlight; and, if you lose that, you
just might lose
Alan: If I push any harder, I'll scare
JR: Well, she's a Ewing - we always
seem to want things we can't get. You
tell her everything's off between the two of you, and let
me handle the
No sooner had she been rejected by Alan, ("If we're not
gonna get married, I
see no reason for us to keep seeing each other ... I can't
do it, Lucy, I
love you too much") than a confused Lucy returned to
Southfork to have JR
use Kristin's photographs to expose her affair to the rest
of the Ewings.
When he forbad her ever to see Alan again, all of Lucy's natural
came roaring to the surface and she announced that she and
Alan were engaged
to be married.
It was now time for Alan to break the
bad news to Cliff:
"Cliff, you're broke ... you need
big money to keep a campaign running, and
your supporters are not in that league ... the guys that contribute
bucks expect something for their money. To give them what
they want, you
have to win. They don't think you can ... I'd give anything
not to be the
one to tell you this: I think you should use this opportunity
to bow out
Alan discarded his Barnes For Congress
button and purchased an engagement
ring for Lucy. He found, however, that she did not share his
urgency for tying the knot. JR was not impressed.
JR: Maybe if you spent a little less time chasing Betty Lou,
and more time
trying to get Lucy to name the date, you might be a little
Alan: What do you know about Betty
JR: Everything that's important. You
think I'd've trusted you as much as I
have without checking up on you? ... If you plan to be in
Dallas two weeks
from now, you better have the wedding date set by then, boy.
Lucy seemed preoccupied, even forgetting an appointment at
the jewellers for
her and Alan to select their wedding bands. She asked him
to be patient
"just until the end of the semester. I'm really under
pressure ... I've just
got to concentrate on bringing up my grades."
Now that the Barnes campaign was over
and his engagement to Lucy was
official, Alan became a regular guest at Ewing family gatherings.
It was on
one such occasion that Jock Ewing made the following suprise
"You know, I've been wracking
my brains trying to figure out what kind of
present I can give Lucy for her wedding. Well, I think I've
come up with
something that should please her and Alan both; and still
keep them here at
Southfork with me and Miss Ellie, instead of going away from
home to find
their fortune like a lot of young folks do. So, I'd like to
introduce to you
the newest partner in the law firm of Smithfield & Bennett
- Alan Beam!"
In front of the family, JR was all
smiles and congratulations as Alan
accepted Jock's gift. However, when Alan returned to his apartment
celebratory dinner with Jock, Miss Ellie and Lucy, JR was
lying in wait for
"You two timing, double crossing
He told Alan that, unless he turn down
Jock's offer and move with Lucy to
Chicago as they had agreed, he would call off the wedding.
Alan: I don't think so, JR.
JR: You're calling the shots now, are
Alan: I guess I am. You backed yourself
into a corner, and you can't do a
damn thing about it ... Your talking against me is what attracted
Lucy to me
in the first place, according to plan - your plan; and now
it's all blown up
in your face, hasn't it?
JR: You're making the biggest mistake
of your life, boy.
Alan: I'm gonna marry Lucy and I'm
gonna have that law partnership. You
can't do anything to stop me.
JR paid a visit to Betty Lou Barker, and offered her $2,000
to come forward
and tell Lucy the truth about her affair with Alan. Betty
JR: ... Surely you don't think a two timing con artist like
Alan Beam is
worth it? ... What has that little snake got, anyway? I mean,
understand a nitwit like my niece going for all that palaver,
but not a
pretty, intelligent girl like you. Betty Lou, Alan Beam is
a liar and a
cheat and, whatever he's promised you, he's not gonna deliver.
Eager to score points with JR, Kristin took it upon herself
Southfork, and spill the beans to Lucy about Alan's infidelity.
backfired: Lucy loathed Kristin almost as much as she did
JR - "she's
nothing but JR's little stooge" - and called her a liar.
Far from breaking
off her engagement, Lucy was prompted to set the wedding date
in front of JR
However, as soon as Lucy and Alan were
alone together, she became subdued.
Alan, fearing that Kristin's words were having their desired
all, insisted that "Betty Lou and I were finished as
soon as I met you. I
knew then there was no other woman for me. Lucy, I'm crazy
Lucy could ignore the truth no longer:
she simply didn't feel the same way.
At dinner the next night, she confessed:
"I don't love you. I never really
did ... If I went on with this wedding,
feeling like I do, I'd just be using you."
For once, Alan's charm and smooth talking
failed to work their magic. Lucy
gave him back his ring, her mind made up.
Alan: It's JR, isn't it? He made you change your mind.
Lucy: ... It's over, Alan. I can't
help it; it's just over.
Alan headed for Betty Lou's apartment, only to find that she
too had decided
to call it a day.
Alan: ... Somebody's gotten to you. It's JR, isn't it?
Betty Lou: ... You can have your little
Lucy Ewing; you can have your Ewing
millions; you can have your prestigious new position and your
status; but you're gonna have all of that without me, baby.
Because I am
walking - and I'm not coming back.
Worse was to follow when Harve Smithfield called, and told
him that his
services at Smithfield & Bennett would no longer be required.
he would never have been fired without JR's approval, Alan
went to Ewing Oil
to ask for his help.
Alan: It was wrong of me to go back on my promise to you.
I was greedy. I
wanted it all.
JR: Looks to me like you got it all,
just not where you were expecting to
Alan: Look what I did for you: I got
Cliff Barnes to run for congress, I
buried all that money you gave me to run his campaign.
JR: ... I don't know what you're talking
about, Alan, but I warned you of
the consequences of working for Cliff Barnes, and of trying
to marry my
little niece Lucy. You're just gonna have to pay the piper,
Alan: ... I know enough about you to
cause a lot of grief.
JR: Well, you're welcome to try but,
before you do, I wanna give you one
little piece of advice: get out of Dallas. Go back up North
belong, while the getting's good. Is that clear?
As Alan left the Ewing offices, he noted that Kristin was
no longer at her
desk. She too had fallen from favour. He paid her a visit
at the Ewing
condo, where she still lived.
Alan: Maybe together we can get him.
Kristin: What good would that do me?
Alan: Doesn't revenge mean anything
Kristin: Not if there's no profit in
Alan: I'm beginning to see what JR
liked about you.
Kristin: Don't get any ideas. If I
decide to get together with you, it'll be
business, strictly business.
Alan: I kept records JR doesn't know
anything about, could be trouble for
him. I know you did too ... Think about it, Kristin.
The final straw came when, after months of promising to marry
her, JR asked
Kristin to have sex with, and spy on, members of the oil community
She told Alan she was ready to do whatever it would take to
get back at him.
Kristin: I know he's up to something right now ... Alan, what
if I pretended
to go along with his idea - entertain his business associates,
pump them for
information? Then JR would think I was working for him, and
all the time I
could be putting together a file that would hang JR Ewing.
Alan: I love it!
Kristin learned from JR's associates that he had offered to
sell them shares
of Ewing Oil's prize Asian oil leases. The day after the deal
however, there was a political revolt and the wells were nationalised.
Oil had narrowly escaped ruin.
Alan: JR must have had advance warning those wells would be
Kristin: Maybe Hank Johnson ... JR's
man in the Far East, he was in charge
of the oil wells ... tipped him off.
Alan: I bet those friends and associates
would be very interested to know if
JR had been warned in advance -
Kristin: They'd string him up.
Alan: ... I bet JR would pay plenty
to keep them from knowing.
At his suggestion, Kristin called Hank Johnson in Asia and
told him that JR
wanted personally to destroy all evidence of Hank's most recent
Dallas, and that he should send all records and receipts to
the condo by
courier. This would give Alan and Kristin all the ammunition
They didn't bargain on Hank calling JR directly to tell how
offended he was
that JR did not trust him enough to destroy the evidence himself.
confronted Kristin, who blamed everything on Alan.
That night, Alan was picked up by Sergeant
Harry McSween of the Dallas
Police Department, and taken to JR's office.
JR: What are you and Kristin trying to do? ... She told me
Alan: ... I don't know what she told
you, but I don't know anything, JR.
JR: I've told you before: you're finished
in this town ... Harry, what is
the penalty for rape?
Alan: What are you talking about?
JR: That woman you raped - it was a
couple of months ago, wasn't it?
Alan: ... You can't get away with this.
There is no woman.
JR: Harry, we got a woman yet?
Harry: Blonde, brunette or redhead?
Alan: ... You just leaned too hard
on the wrong man, JR.
Alan was at the condo the next day when McSween arrived to
tell Kristin she
would be arrested on a prostitution charge unless she left
town. He reminded
Alan that time was running out for him, also.
Kristin: I'll kill him ...
Alan: Take a number, there are a few
of us ahead of you.
Indeed, only hours later, an attempt was made on JR's life
when a mystery
assailant gunned him down in the Ewing offices. The police
found Alan in a
Chicago hotel room and brought him back to Dallas.
He ran into Kristin outside Dallas Memorial Hospital.
Alan: I'm here to see the great JR Ewing flat on his back.
Kristin: I wouldn't go in there if
I was you. He's heavily guarded ... Are
you still a suspect?
Alan: No, I was checking into a hotel
room in Missouri about the time JR was
shot, so I've got an iron clad alibi. Besides, Kristin, I
figured you did
Kristin: I wanted to ...
Alan: Well, I guess it's time to say
good-bye ... I'm sorry the two of us
were on opposite sides for so long. We could have made a good
if you're ever in Chicago -
Kristin: I will.
Alan: Listen, I forgot - how's JR?
Kristin: He's doing pretty well.
Alan: That's too bad!