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Dallas - Season Two - Episode Five

Trial and Error” – Monday, February 18, 9 p.m. (ET/PT)

Ryland continues his onslaught of Ann, exposing secrets from her past that threaten to destroy her. Meanwhile, John Ross’ plot to take over Ewing Energies solidifies; Christopher changes tactics with Pamela Barnes; and an enemy from the Ewings’ past resurfaces.

Directed by Millicent Shelton

Written by John Whelpley


Jordana Brewster as Elena Ramos
Josh Henderson as John Ross Ewing
Jesse Metcalfe as Christopher Ewing
Julie Gonzalo as Pamela Barnes
Patrick Duffy as Bobby Ewing
Linda Gray as Sue Ellen Ewing
Larry Hagman as JR Ewing
Brenda Strong as Ann Ewing

Guest starring

Judith Light - Judith

Emma Bell - Emma Brown

Ann storms into Harris' room at the hospital and rattles his bed, telling him to tell the police she's the one who shot him. "You've taken my daughter, you want my husband now, too? Where does it end Harris, all these sick twisted games?" she asks. "This is the price you pay... for thinking you can live in a world without my tender loving care," he tells her. Judith calls for security and they hustle Ann out. Emma hears Ann tells Harris she wishes he was dead.

Out in the parking lot, Ann notices Harris' blood on her boots. She takes them to the police station and confesses.

At the hospital, Emma asks her dad why he told the police Bobby shot him if he knew it was Ann. He chalks it up to the medication. He apologizes to Emma that she had to see her mother's "true nature" today. Judith also reminds Emma it's not her place to question.

Pamela assures her dad that she won't let her emotions get in the way of them getting Ewing Energies.

At Southfork, Lou tells the family that charges will be dismissed against Bobby and Ann will be indicted for shooting Harris. He wants to use an extreme passion defense and argue mitigating circumstances. They think it's a chance for Emma to hear the truth in court.

Cliff Barnes calls JR and rats out John Ross for selling out his dealings with Frank.

One Month Later

The Ewings all head to court. Lou tells Ann that Harris is going to be allowed to testify. The trial against Ann begins. The prosecutor, Mrs. Carson, opens her case with Judith Ryland, who calls Ann a "gold digger and opportunist" who had affairs. She says Ann wanted an abortion. Lou objects to her testimony as hearsay and the judge agrees and calls a recess.

In the hall, John Ross gets an update on Drew from Clyde. He's made four hauls to Laredo with a stop each time. There's a morals clause in Elena's contract that will allow them to void it if any of her employees engage in felonious behavior. John Ross thinks he has them.

Christopher confronts Pamela in the hall after Lou says she's testifying as a character witness. He knows she had something to do with Tommy's death, but she says he hurt her after she was already pregnant. She threatens to move to Bermuda with the twins if Christopher doesn't stop vilifying her.

Outside the courthouse, Pamela thanks John Ross for warning her father about Frank. He asks her to dinner, but she says her dad is against them being together and turns him down.

Drew stops for coffee and Clyde takes the opportunity to bust out the truck's taillight.

At the courthouse, Sue Ellen defends John Ross to JR, telling him to forgive his son for going to Cliff.

John Ross and Bobby see Vicente Cano the Venezuelan (Carlos Bernard) being taken for an extradition hearing. They're livid, reminding the prosecutor he killed the fake Marta and put a hit out on John Ross.

Back in court, a police officer testifies about the surveillance and forensic evidence and the brevity of Ann's trip to Harris' indicating the shooting was planned. His trauma surgeon also says it doesn't look like "sudden passion" because he wasn't shot multiple times.

On the road, Drew gets pulled over. He doesn't have the certification stamp the troopers ask for, saying he's just a driver. They open his truck and search it as Clyde watches. The manifest says car parts, but it's full of smuggled purses and shoes.

Sue Ellen testifies that she met Ann when she volunteered in her program for battered women, calling her kind. Pamela also speaks glowingly of Ann, saying she knows what it's like to feel cornered. Elena leaves to take a call from Drew.

She visits him in jail and he insists he didn't know he was doing anything illegal. She goes to find a way to post his bail.

JR corners John Ross in the bathroom, saying he's inclined to stay on "Cruella's" good side and forgive him. John Ross tells JR about Drew being arrested. JR enjoys the morals clause violation. John Ross is surprised his dad knows about it.

Back in court, Harris takes the stand from a wheelchair with an oxygen tank on. Harris says Ann abandoned Emma to go out with friends once, leaving her alone and uncared for.

On the day they took Emma from the state fair, Harris followed Ann and says he saw her walk away from Emma. Emma gets upset in the gallery. Harris insists he took Emma out of harm's way.

During a recess, Bobby asks Ann about Harris' testimony. She says some of it is true and she wants to testify.

Ann takes the stand, saying Harris was the first man who paid attention to her, wining and dining her. She says his dad killed himself before he was born and his mother controlled "his every breath." She says Judith interfered and put ideas in is head about Ann being a gold digger.

"He began trying to control me the way that he had always been controlled," she says, yelling at her for things like how she did her hair.

She was diagnosed with post partum depression after Emma was born. On that day, Ann left Emma with Judith so she could go see a divorce lawyer. Judith lied to Harris about it and when he found out about her plans to leave him, he made her see a shrink who put her on more medication.

She went to the fair to get away from Harris and Judith and took too many pills. She stepped away for a few moments to get a soda and Emma was kidnapped.

Outside the courthouse, Christopher approaches Emma, pointing out she's the same age Ann was when she was taken at the fair. Christopher urges her to tell the truth if she wants to put things right for Ann. Emma sees Judith and Harris coming and asks him to leave.

Back in court, Emma takes the stand as a rebuttal witness. The prosecutor asks about Ann barging into Harris' hospital room. Emma testifies that Ann said she shot Harris and she's grateful her father rescued her from her mother.

During another recess, Christopher and Pamela are left alone in the courtroom. Christopher tells her he doesn't want their kids to be raised with their parents poisoning their minds against each other. They agree to mediation. She lets him feel the babies kick.

Later, back at her place, Cliff commends Pamela for getting Christopher to agree to mediation.

Ann, Bobby, Christopher, Sue Ellen and Lou pass time at a restaurant waiting for the verdict. Ann thinks Emma sounded as brainwashed as she was back then.

The jury reaches a verdict.

In the morning, they read the verdict: guilty. Emma runs out of the court and Ann's taken into custody.

She passes Vicente Cano in the jail hallway as they're lead in opposite directions. Ann is put in the transport van.


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