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Jock Ewing in Dallas

When Jock returned to the States in 1945, he couldn't live with his conscience and he told Miss Ellie about the affair, frightened that she would leave him, or, rather, throw him off of Southfork. He was forgiven by her and was amazed, not for the last time, by this extraordinary woman's depth of compassion and ability to understand. What neither of them knew at the time was that Margaret Hunter had returned to Texas carrying Jock's child.
The late 1940s brought another gift to the family, son Bobby, and the Ewing family line was ensured- Aaron passed away, but he had lived to see all of his grandsons.
By necessity, Jock had to struggle with managing the ranch and its finances, which drove him to distraction, since he absolutely abhorred book-work and didn't know beans about ranching. It wasn't until 1950 that he found a foreman, Hutch McKinney, whom he felt he could trust with the running of Southfork. Now he could concentrate on Ewing Oil's expansion with a plethora of new wells in Kilgore, Midland, and Odessa and also, once again in his life, have some free time for himself.

Not since he was a child had Jock been able to pursue the interests that he adored: hunting and fishing. He had made two good friends in the oil industry who had tastes similar to his own, Marvin "Punk" Anderson and Lucas Wade. And when the boys were old enough, he took them along to Landowne Reserve, near Caddo Lake on the Louisiana side, where he taught them all about tracking and wilderness survival.


In 1952, on Election Day, as the rest of the Ewing family sat around the new Southfork television set watching the returns as Eisenhower beat Stevenson, Jock slammed the ranch books shut, took off his glasses, muttered something lo Miss Ellie, and stormed his way into town. He found fore­man Hutch McKinney drinking in the Wild Bronc Saloon and he fired him on the spot for padding the feed and supply bills. A fight ensued. After Jock beat the living daylights out of McKinney, he told him that no one could steal from Southfork Ranch and get away with it and if he so much as tried to steal one more thing, he'd kill him.

Later that night, Jock found McKinney back at the bunkhouse and threw him out of it. That was that; Jock Ewing was back running the ranch as well as Ewing Oil. It wouldn't be until the late 1960s, when Ray Krebbs was old enough, that Jock would have a foreman whom he trusted,
As the years went by, the differences between Jock's sons be­came apparent. The eldest, J.R., pleased Jock since he clearly had the makings of an oil baron—in fact, since he was five years old. And the youngest, Bobby —whom Jock unabashedly spoiled—was taken with both ranching and Ewing Oil. But it was the middle son, Gary, who proved to be such a disappointment to jock. Although Gary had an affinity for ranching, Jock thought he had too much ranch air in his head. His whole attitude frustrated Jock. It was as if the boy were in another world—he loved to paint, for land's sake—so Jock left Gary's upbringing largely to Miss Ellie.
In later years, as Jock grew enamored with ranching and left more and more of the responsibility for running Ewing Oil to J.R. and Bobby, he drew very close to Ray Krebbs, who seemed to be just the kind of son Gary should have been. It was a shock—but somehow not nearly the kind of shock one would have thought—when, in 1980, Jock learned that Ray was his son, by Margaret Hunter Krebbs.


By 1978 Jock had largely retired from Ewing Oil, although he remained Chairman of the Board. For the next three years he would periodically step in when the going got tough for J.R. and Bobby, between whom the leader­ship fluctuated, but for the most part he concentrated on ranching.


In the fall of 1978 Jock suffered a massive coronary that landed him in the intensive care unit at Dallas Memorial Hospital and necessitated a heart bypass operation in order to save his life. It was a warning signal to him and his family of his advancing years. Before, no one, not even Jock himself, had even contemplated the -notion that one day he might not be able to do everything he had always done. He had to slow down, and the family took this too much to heart. They patronized him, coddled him—particularly Miss Ellie —and if ever there was a man whose pride wouldn't allow such a thing, it was Jock.
It was only natural, then, that when the lovely former Ewing Oil employee, Julie Grey, returned to Dallas and was seeking companionship that Jock would be attracted to her, and she to him. To his family, he was an invalid. To Julie, he was the tall, powerful, handsome man he always was, But the two were careful to keep the relationship within the bounds of friendship, though passion was lurking dangerously close. But whether or not it would have progressed to anything more, neither had a chance to find out, as Julie was murdered by two of J.R.'s business associates.


As Jock more fully recovered, he and Ellie grew close once again, only to be threatened later by his confession of having been married previously. Amanda had been a secret all of these years. His timing was unfortunate, Ellie was undergoing severe medical problems—unbeknown to him—and it frightened her that Jock was apparently capable of divorcing someone who was ill. Her reaction—one of enormous anger—stemmed from fear, and she lashed out at him rather unfairly. But once she traveled with Jock to Colorado and saw Amanda for herself—what a state she was in—she forgave Jock completely, and the two of them vowed to care for Amanda for the rest of her life. The past rose once again to threaten Jock in 1980, Jock had given Ray Krebbs a Section of Southfork upon which to build his own home, and when the ranch hands broke ground, they discovered a skeleton. It turned out to be the remains of Hutch McKinney, the foreman Jock had fired in 1952.

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