The Official Dallas episode guide, detailing all 14 seasons and television movies of the hit television Dallas starring Larry Hagman as JR Ewing.
Please note in the original series broadcast season one was known as the five part mini series.
The first episode of Dallas begins on a cold, winter day, as Bobby Ewing and the new Pamela Barnes Ewing, married for less than 24 hours, drive north in his red Mercedes. When Pammi says the now famous line, "Your folks are gonna throw me off the ranch," Bobby reassures her.
Meanwhile, John Ross Ewing Jr., or J.R., is at the Ewing Oil building in Dallas, watching Cliff Barnes on TV try to hurt the Ewings as legal counsel to a government investigation. His father John Ross Ewing Sr., or Jock, calls and and demands what is going on, and orders him to get Bob back so he can continue his job as Ewing Oil's public relations man. Bobby seals deals for Ewing Oil using the three B's: booze, broads, and booty.
Coincidentally, Pam is telling Bob how he can do much better for himself. She suggests he become an executive.
Jock drives to a barn somewhere on Southfork Ranch. He asks Ray Krebbs, the ranch foreman, if Lucy was taken to school. Ray acts innocent, saying he has not seen her. He orders Ray to make sure she goes to school. In addition, he asks him to tell Pamela Barnes, Cliff's brother, and unbeknownst to them, Bobby's new wife, also Ray's ex-girlfriend, to tell her brother to lay off the Ewings. Ray says he will try on both accounts, and Jock leaves satisfied. A laugh is heard, and Lucy Ewing appears. Ray yells at her for almost getting him in trouble, but she wins. She seduces Ray to call her Pam, and Ray, who is weak at heart, does so, and they make out.
Pam continues to encourage Bobby to become an executive at Ewing Oil. Bobby agrees that he will do so, and he will tell the family tonight when they arrive home.
Ray gets dressed from another one of his and Lucy's rolls in the hay while Lucy looks around with binoculars. She sees Bobby driving up to Southfork, and Pam is with him! She tells Ray, who asks why. Lucy tells him that they are married when she catches a glint of light on Pam's finger. Ray is not happy. Bobby and Pam walk to the door. Eleanor Southworth Ewing, Bobby's mother, answers the door and is dumbfounded. Bobby proudly says that she is his new wife. When she finds words, Miss Ellie scolds her son for marrying a Barnes.
Jock and J.R., watching Cliff on TV anxiously at Ewing Oil, get a call from Ellie, telling them to come home. Bobby is home with a wife, and it is not just anyone.
During the period of the day known as Cocktails, where the extended family sits in the living room, drinking and talking about their days, Bobby tells them how he got married.
"I said 'I love you,' and she said 'I love you,' I said 'then why don't we get married in this charming city of New Orleans.' Pam said 'why Bobby James Ewing, that is the craziest idea I ever heard!' Twenty minutes later, in the Orleans Parish courthouse, we said 'I will' and 'I will,' and that was that."
Sue Ellen, J.R.'s wife, says that she did not think Bobby was so impulsive. Jock rudely asks Pam when Cliff will get off their backs. Ellie scolds him, saying that no business is mentioned at that time of the day, and Bob agrees. Ray comes in. He gives something to Jock, then at Lucy's insistance, he congratulates them and kisses the bride on the cheek. He then leaves.
J.R. offers to show Pam around. Pam, not knowing yet that J.R. is venomous, accepts. J.R. apologizes for his father's behavior. He then tells her about the living arrangements and about how he wants a baby. Pam acknowledges that by saying that she and Bobby also want children. J.R. goes on to tell her about his brother Gary. After softening her up, he purposely calls her Ms. Barnes. Pam tries to leave, but J.R. grabs her and asks if her brother asked her to be a spy, and he bribes her to leave. Pam gets angry and marches off. Bob comes out and reminds J.R. of the no-business rule.
Later that evening, J.R. finds Jock smoking on the porch. J.R. asks him why he does not quit, then tells daddy that he bribed Pam. Jock scolds him, and tells him that he just be more subtle. When J.R. brings up the subject, Jock says he has nothing against Bobby being an executive. J.R. does not have to run things alone. They hear Bobby and Pam playing upstairs, and Jock tells J.R. that he better get busy or they will present him a grandson first. J.R. walks away and meets Ray in the shadows. He tells him that they are a good team, as judged from a weekend in Waco, and they are going to work together to unseat the new couple. Ray agrees to work with him.
Pam goes to her apartment to pack her bags and send them to Southfork. Cliff is with her and questions her motives. He tells her that she was vengeful once. Pam says that she is a Ewing now, and there is nothing he can do about it. Cliff asks when she will tell their father, Willard "Digger" Barnes. She says not now. She appears to change her mind when she offers Cliff a ride in Bobby's car to look for Digger. Cliff refuses on grounds of touching something owned by the Ewings.
Bobby moves into his office at Ewing Oil. Julie Grey, J.R.'s secretary, tells him that he has a secretary also. He tells her that she wants the safe combination. She talks to J.R. about it. J.R. meets Bobby with a smile. J.R. says that the stuff in the safe is more boring than the background stuff Bobby has been reading. Bobby persists, and J.R. opens the safe with a smile. He hands Bobby the case. Bob tells the secretary that he will be a minute, then disappears into his office. J.R. takes a particular red file, in a red folder, and tells Julie to put it in his safe deposit box.
Cliff and Pam go to a bar. Digger is there, telling some other geezers about how Jock Ewing screwed him. Cliff tells her that Digger is a product of Jock's betrayal. Cliff drags him from the old men and they sit in a booth. Pam tells him that she is married...to Bobby Ewing. Digger is happy until Cliff tells him that she married Jock's son Bobby Ewing. Digger's smile immediately turns to a grimace. Pam rushes out in embarrassment.
Ellie and Sue Ellen are setting the table when Pam gets home. She asks if she can help, but they refuse. Sue Ellen adds that there are certain customs in this house. Pam walks upstairs and runs into Lucy. Lucy tells her that Ray can how her how to ride, then tells her about her life, including Gary's weakness, Valene's futility, and J.R.'s malice.
Pam tells Bob that it only gets worse. Bobby reassures her. J.R. comes in and asks Bobby to go to Austin and dish out the three B's. Bobby says he is through with that behavior. J.R. says to go anyway; he will be done forever after the hearings are over. Pam listens, disappointed. Bob says that it is his family, and he has an obligation to them.
Ray and J.R. wait for Pam. J.R. offers for Ray to take her on a helicopter ride. She refuses, but then changes her mind. J.R. gives Ray quick instructions, then he and Pam leave. Bob comes out and asks for Pammi. He feels bad not saying goodbye to her. J.R. says that it is all right, and they leave, supposedly for the airport.
Ray and Pam stop by a lake. Ray asks Pam what she will do. Pam is undecided. Ray says that he should have asked her to marry him a long time ago. It is not too late. He suggests she swim. She refuses. He manuvers her to where she cannot escape, then he picks her up and they jump in the icy water. She is surprisingly jolly. He suggests they leave and get cozy by the fire.
They strip. Ray's shirt is off, and Pam is naked under a blanket. She admits that she had a good time. She hears a car approach, and she suspects a set up. Ray denies it. Pam orders him to back her up, or she will tell J.R. about Ray and Lucy's affair. Ray agrees. J.R. and Bobby enter the cabin. Pam tells Bob that it was J.R.'s idea. Bob grabs J.R. by the throat as he is trying to explain himself. Bobby says to stop the "little brother" thing, and respect his wife. Past is past, and Pam is here to stay. Pam and Bobby leave. Ray apologizes to J.R. for messing up. J.R. says that it is all right.
"I greatly underestimated Pamela. I will not make that mistake again."
Lucy rides to the mailbox on a snowy day. She takes a letter out of the mailbox, then burns it.
Bobby teaches Pam how to ride a horse. Ray enters the barn and orders a ranch hand to drive Lucy to school. Bobby overhears and tells Ray that Jock told him to drive Lucy to school. Ray reluctantly and resentfully agrees. Pam watches the procedings and asks Bob what is happening with Ray, then they go in to eat breakfast.
At the breakfast table, Ellie says that Lucy being away from the breakfast table can only mean trouble. Jock says that as long as Lucy goes to school, she is fine. Ellie says they have to consider her grades as well. Lucy enters the dining room fashionably late, takes some breakfast, then leaves to get dressed. Bobby leaves to get ready for work. Pam signals to J.R. that she has won the second round; Bobby is an executive.
After breakfast, Pam offers Sue Ellen a ride into Dallas. Sue Ellen refuses. Just then, Ray drives up. He asks Pam if he got fired. Pam says that is not the case. Ray says that he does not want to leave his job. He asks her to put in a good word for him, which she does when Bobby comes out. Bobby and J.R. leave for work. Lucy gets into Ray's truck and they leave for school. Pam walks inside.
Inside, Ellie mentions to Pam "the sad charade of Lucy." Lucy thinks that she is fooling the family, but Ellie knows that she is playing hooky. She wanted a daughter, but after seeing the way Lucy has turned out, maybe it was not such a good idea. Lucy was the daughter of the weakest of the Ewing men, and even the strongest of the Ewing men do not have the strength to say no to her. Consequently, she is spoiled. She does not want to lose Lucy, but she wants to do something. Ellie thanks Pam for listening.
On the ride to school, Lucy flirts with Ray. Ray says that he is going to win today, but Lucy gets to him and they drive off the road.
Pam takes a call from Mr. Miller, Lucy's school counselor. Mr. Miller says that Lucy has been playing hooky. Letters have been sent home. Pam vows to solve the problem. She drives to Lucy's favorite barn and catches her and Ray redhanded. Pam demands that Ray leave and Lucy listen. Lucy says that she gets her "education" in the barn. Pam says that she will tell Jock. Lucy laughs. Pam says that she is a Ewing now, and she cares about her. If she does not go to school, Pam will blackmail her. Lucy says no, then as Pam leaves, she reluctantly follows her.
At the office, Bobby asks Julie about J.R.'s powers of persuasion. Julie meekly says that J.R. is a very persuasive man. She retreats to J.R.'s office. She tells him that Bobby is questioning. J.R. says make sure he does not find out the real reason.
Pam takes Lucy to Braddock High School. Mr. Miller greets them. Lucy pushes aside what he says and runs off to History. He tells her to see him after school. After school, a student named Roger offers to tutor Lucy. Lucy wisecracks. Pam drives up. She becomes acquainted with Roger. After they leave, Pam remarks that Lucy should hang out with people her own age, like Roger. Lucy says that Roger is scum. On the way home, Lucy throws the school clothes Pam bought her out the window. Pam orders her to pick them up, and she does so.
At home, Lucy doctors her school clothes. The next day, she meets with Mr. Miller. Roger spies on them. When Mr. Miller is not looking, she takes off her sports coat and runs out of his office screaming and with torn clothes, claiming he tried to rape her.
Pam drives up. A student tells Pam that Mr. Miller tried to rape Lucy. Pam rushes inside. Mr. Miller is with Mr. Daly, the principal. Pam says that she will take charge. Mr. Daly says that Pam better be able to dig him out of his hole. After Mr. Daly leaves, Mr. Miller pleads with Pam not to tell Jock.
Bobby asks J.R. about his power of persuasion secrets. J.R. tries to change the subject by saying that Jock was filled with happiness when Bob became an executive, but Bobby persists. J.R. says that while Bobby was having fun, he was learning the oil business, and working hard. There are some secrets that the man in charge must know, and they are allowed secrets if it betters their performance. Bobby leaves satisfied, and J.R. laughs at his gullibility.
Pam yells at Lucy. Lucy agrees to admit that it was a misunderstanding; in return, Pam says nothing. Pam drives off angrily. At dinner, Lucy speaks well of Pam. She gets a phone call from an anonymous person, who forces her to go on a date with him. Ellie thanks Pam for caring about Lucy. After dinner, they retreat to the living room, where Ellie and Jock play one of their now famous games of backgammon. Lucy comes in and announces that she has a date tonight. Jock agrees that she can go.
Pam is upset that Ellie thinks that Lucy is in hand, when she is not. Bob says why she does what she has been doing for Lucy. Pam is not sure. Bobby says it is because she is a caring person. She is empathetic. Bobby tells her to hurry up and get dressed for the grand opening of their disco tonight.
Lucy is picked up by Roger. He says he can clear Mr. Miller, but he will keep his mouth shut if she "satisfies" him. Lucy agrees to the blackmail, but she says that they must move slowly.
Pam and Bobby arrive at the grand opening of their disco in downtown Braddock. Ray arrives with a date. When Lucy dances with Roger, she sees Ray. She asks him for help. They ditch their dates and their dates dance together. Bob and Pam dance. Lucy asks Ray to get rid of Roger. She will not go home with him. Ray objects. Bobby sees them together. He punches Ray, who tells Bob that if he wants to continue, it will be outside. Bob offers to talk, but Ray says they have nothing to talk about.
Pam talks to Roger and blackmails him. If he does not admit what he saw to the principal tomorrow morning, she will tell Bobby that he blackmailed her niece. Roger agrees. Lucy tells Pam that Sue Ellen is helping her, and remarks that Pam is a Ewing, because she knows how to use people. She walks away, and Bob rins after her. He tells her that Pam and everyone else care about her; they just do not have time to give her the guidence she needs. They return to Pam, where Lucy apologizes. Bob says that they can talk later; tonight they dance.
Spy in the House
Work crews building in Bobby's office annoy him so much that he decides to go home to work. Simultaneously, Julie tells J.R. that she is going to get something to eat outside the building. They go down together. She asks about his workload. Bobby says that he is not tied down. She then asks about his marriage. He says that it is okay, and that she could have married him years ago. Bobby leaves. Not by coincidence, Cliff Barnes walks up to Julie and offers to make her tongue loose and use her. She is undecided. He invites her to dinner, and gives her his unlisted number.
Jock and Senator Bill Orloff are meeting at Southfork meanwhile. Orloff says that Cliff is only a minor nuisance, and that he can be taken care of. Jock says that Cliff directs his energy at the Ewings. When Bobby arrives, he meets Orloff, then Orloff leaves the room. Jock tells his son to read and handle red files carefully, and direct Cliff's energy back at him, setting up markings denoting false information to sink him.
Later, while Bobby is working, Pam enters and tells him to take a break to see their quarters. After much coaxing, he agrees. As they are walking outside, Sue Ellen and Ellie arrive home from shopping with Lucy, who they picked up at school. Lucy asks to see their new quarters. Pam says no. She then asks Sue Ellen why J.R. does not come home for lunch. Sue Ellen says that he has a heavier workload, but they both know the real reason.
J.R., instead of being with his wife like he should, is at Julie's apartment. He says that he does not like to have sex with Sue Ellen, and he likes it with her. He starts coaxing her, but she refuses. She says that he could have married her years ago, as she was at Ewing Oil before he knew Sue Ellen, but no. She says that she wants to move on. She eventually submits, and they end up in bed. Later, when J.R. is getting dressed, she pleads with him to stay, but he refuses. He must keep up his good image. He gives her a Ben Franklin, tells her to buy something nice, and leaves. Feeling vengeful for being treated like a whore, she finds Cliff's number and calls him. She accepts his invitation for dinner, and she says that she is buying!
The next day, Julie gives the men coffee, who are in J.R.'s office discussing Orloff. It just so happens that Bobby forgot the Orloff file at home. J.R. tells him to be more careful, and Jock says that he never forgets his friends. Bobby calls Pam and she says that she will bring it on the way to Cliff's apartment. She does so, and gives it to Julie, who says that she will give it to Bobby. She looks through it.
Julie goes to Cliff's place. She says that she has had a busy day. He asks why she did not call him earlier. She says that she did not want to talk earlier. As often happens, they end up in bed. When Cliff awakes, she hands him a "bonus" for the excellent sex.
Cliff shows his associates the document. One of J.R.'s flunkies calls him while they are at the dinner table. J.R. announces to everyone that Cliff is holding a news conference as he speaks about the document. He says that there is a spy in the house. He looks at Pam, the most likely suspect. Pam leaves the table in embarrassment. Bobby has a determined look in his eyes as he prepares to defend his wife. Bobby says that J.R. has no right to accuse Pam of anything. No one else says anything, because they think J.R., whose theory is sound, is right. Bobby says not to make him choose between his wife and his family. Bobby goes outside and tells her that they are going to a hotel until this blows over, and that he believes her. She says that she will ask Cliff where he got the document.
Pam sees Cliff. Not only does Cliff not say anything, but he frightens her. Cliff says that she knew what she was getting into when she married a Ewing. Julie calls, but Cliff tells her they will talk tonight.
The Ewings learn that if Orloff pays them back, they are off the hook. Jock is disappointed at getting down on an old friend. Bobby tells Orloff the bad news; they are calling in the loan. He objects. Bobby says that he can face financial ruin, or reputable ruin. He can keep his house, but ethics would state that he must resign. Ofloff asks how Cliff got the document. Bobby says that they are trying to find out.
Pam tells Bobby that Cliff is a closed book. Bobby says that Cliff is not obligated to reveil sources. Pam uses the process of elimination to take the blame off of Bobby, herself, Jock, or J.R., who would not go so far as to get Pam to leave. She suggests Julie. Bobby downplays her theory. Pam says that they will go to the office early and find out. She says that they will be back at Southfork very soon.
Julie asks Cliff why he does not go after the Ewings directly. Cliff says that if he did so, Jock would think of something to fry him in seconds. Julie feels guilty for betraying her employers.
Bobby is sure that it is not Julie! she says that Cliff and Julie have had somewhat of an affair. Pam shows him Cliff's number. She calls Cliff. He is in bed with Julie. She asks to see him, and he reluctantly agrees. Julie gets dressed. From the radio, he learns that Orloff resigned. He is dispondent. He was using Orloff to get into the Ewing can of worms. She discovers that he is after the Ewings, not crusading for better government. Pam waits outside. Julie tells him that she feels really used, and he responds by saying that she knew what she was getting into. He warned her. She leaves. She runs into Pam. Pam tells her against Julie's objections that she has nothing. She could have had Bobby, but no.
Bobby tells J.R. that Julie was the spy. J.R. laughs. He says that Julie is much more credible than that Barnes woman. Pam has not earned respect like Julie has. Bobby threatens to blow the whistle on J.R. and Julie if he does not admit it. He does not want to, but he will if he must. Just then, Julie comes in and quits. He admits the truth to J.R. She says that she is finished loving, and she is looking elsewhere. As she leaves, Pam enters. J.R. looks at Pam in contempt.
Bobby yells at the family for not believing Pam.
"I'm glad that this damned thing is cleared up, but as far as I'm concerned, my wife has been done a terrible disservice."
"Of course she has," says Lucy. "We all thought she was guily as hell!"
J.R. apologizes for being the hardest on her. Lucy then asks them to kiss and make up. J.R. does so.
Winds Of Vengeance
J.R. and Ray leave a woman named Wanda and her friend Marilou in the Westerner, a motel in Waco. As J.R. and Ray are leaving in J.R.'s car, a truck with Luther Frick and Payton Allen drives into the parking lot. Frick is looking for his wife, who never came home last night. He is furious, evident by breaking down of a wrong door. He apologizes to the startled man and they find the right door, room 107. Inside, Frick finds his wife naked on the bed. Allen finds her friend Marilou in an ajoining room. Frick slaps his wife and orders her to get dressed. Frick searches the room for clues. He finds a J.R. Ewing business card on the floor.
At Southfork, Sue Ellen gives Ellie food in bed. Ellie is suffering from migranes. Ellie suggests that they make Pam more comfortable. Think of her not as Digger's daughter, but Bobby's wife. She is very good for Bobby. Sue Ellen nods, then leaves. Bobby calls Pam and says that a hurricane may be coming. He asks her to call him in an hour to see if he will be staying in town. Just then, Lucy arrives home. Her school let out early as a precaution. Sue Ellen says that they should take precautions and batten down the hatches. Lucy is "la dee dah" about it. Pam says that she is smart.
Jock tells Bobby that he has make dinner plans with Punk Anderson and some other old boys. Bob says that he is going home. Jock persuades him to stay in town.
Frick tells Allen that they are going to do to the Ewing women what the Ewing men did to their women. Justice will be served.
J.R. and Ray arrive home. By now the winds are blasting past the house. J.R. tells Ray that they must capture the loose livestock. Ray goes to start the job, while J.R. runs inside to change. Sue Ellen asks where he has been, and why he did not call. J.R. tells her that he is in a hurry. Last night, he had to work late. He was too busy to call. J.R. leaves the house to help Ray.
Frick and Allen arrive at Southfork. Sue Ellen answers the door. They say that they are stranded, and they need to make a phone call. Sue Ellen lets them in.
Frick makes the call while Allen looks at Lucy. They apologize for coming to their home; Sue Ellen says not to apologize. She goes to get lunch while Lucy starts a fire. She tells Allen that her uncle and the foreman went to Waco, and they just arrived home. Frick tells Sue Ellen that the auto service company will not be there for three hours. Allen tells Frick what he has learned. Luther becomes more vengeful while Allen laughs with delight. Frick tells him to shut up. Pam comes in, and Lucy introduces them.
Bob listens to the radio. He tells the secretaries to go home. J.R. calls and says to stay there. Some strangers are going to help them round up the cattle. The roads are impassable.
Ray is thrown from his horse in the fierce winds. Lucy gets J.R. J.R. arrives and they pick up Ray, who has hurt his leg badly. They drive back to the house. Ellie gets up. Sue Ellen tells her to stay in bed. She then sees a truck entering the driveway. She runs downstairs. Lucy calls the doctor. Pam and Sue Ellen tend to Ray. While the Ewings are in a commotion, Frick and Allen lock the door, then grin at the Ewings. They say that it is not going to be easy to decide which females to take. The Ewings lookup in horror.
J.R. offers Frick and Allen money. Thye refuse it. Their guns are pulled. They do not want money; they want the females. Allen laughs. Frick shuts him up and says that they have come for justice. Ray gets up and tries to disable Frick; Frick bops him on the knee, temporarily paralyzing him. Suddenly, the phone rings. Frick grabs Pam and has her answer it. It is Bobby. Pam, with a gun to her head, says that Ray got hurt, and two strangers are stranded there. He tells her that he is staying in Dallas. She says that to pass the time she will play backgammon with J.R. After they hang up, Bob tells Jock that Pam sounded strange. She was going to play backgammon with J.R. Jock sees nothing peculiar about that, but Bobby says that she has never played backgammon, and that they most go. Something is wrong.
While Frick holds J.R. back, Allen harasses Sue Ellen. When asked, Ray says that he is not married. Frick says that he has a wife, Wanda. She was found in a hotel room. He infers that she was kidnapped and raped. They say that J.R. was there. Sue Ellen is asked what she thinks of J.R. now. Allen tells them what he plans to do to Sue Ellen. J.R. gets up and runs after her. Ray gets up but is bopped on the knee again. Pam tries to fight Allen, but she eventually loses. When the fighting settles down, Ellie comes downstairs and is horrified at what is happening.
Jock and Bobby are stuck on the road. Jock suggests they spend the night in a hotel, but Bobby says that they must go home.
Allen orders J.R. to tie up Ray. J.R. hesitates, but he does so.
Ellie comforts Lucy and orders Frick and Allen to get out. They laugh at her. J.R. returns to the living room. Allen finds a Miss Texas photo; in response, Frick grabs Sue Ellen to look for her Miss Texas bathing suit. Allen laughs at them. Pam asks him if he believes Frick. Allen says that he does not care about Frick; he just came along for a good time, just like Wanda. He will have his good time. They are going to have two for two. Frick already has Sue Ellen. Lucy pipes that Pam is Ray's ex. Pam agrees, and agrees to be taken. Allen says that he does not want Pam; he wants Lucy. Lucy is very frightened now.
Frick takes Sue Ellen to her and J.R.'s partition, then they return with Sue Ellen wearing a trenchcoat and her suit. He orders her to sing. If they do not get a show, they will put on a show of their own. J.R. jumps; Frick lets go of Sue Ellen and puts him in his place. They are going to get what they came for, even if everyone ends up dead. He returns to Sue Ellen.
Bobby and Jock arrive home. Bobby looks in Frick's truck and sees a map with Southfork marked as a destination. Bobby grows more suspicious as he realizes that the strangers are not lost.
Sue Ellen starts singing. She cries whenever they shout at her. J.R. is horrified. Frick grabs the banner in anger. Pam then says that Wanda was out for a good time, said Allen. Frick looks at Allen angrily, then starts crying. He says with sore eyes that they are done here. Allen says that he has not gotten what he came for. He advances toward Lucy. Pam orders him to stop, and take herself instead.
Jock and Bobby enter the house. They find Ray tied up. They ask what is going on. They untie him, then advance toward the living room. Simultaneously, Allen grabs Lucy and they head in the direction of the kitchen. Suddenly, Bob grabs Lucy while Jock beats up Allen. They move toward Frick. Jock pulls his gun. Allen tries to hurt Bob, but Bob wins. Jock orders them to leave before he calls the police. Ellie says that they cannot involve the law. She will explain later. Jock instead tells them to get out, and never return. Luther Frick and Peyton Allen skat. Pam tells Bobby that what happened is a long story, and she will tell him it.
"It was awful. But we came through as a family. For the first time, we've been one."
Only J.R. and Sue Ellen remain in the living room. She looks at him angrily, then she gets up and walks slowly away from him. Ray hobbles into the room. As she is passing, she also looks at him with contempt, then she exits. Ray looks at J.R. with contempt, then he hobbles away, leaving J.R. alone in the living room, looking around.
Bobby returns from his morning exercise to see the caterers setting up for the annual Ewing Barbecue. He finds Jock talking with the head caterer, Sam. Bobby tells him that Digger Barnes is coming. Jock objects. Bob says that now is a good time to bury the hatchet, and then he runs off.
Meanwhile, Pam is dressing up Digger for the big day. Cliff and her cousin Jimmy are also there. She orders them to become hayseeds. Digger says to go on ahead, but Pam says no. Cliff asks his daddy why he is going. Digger agrees that he hates Jock Ewing. According to Digger, he was the nose and Jock the brains of their wildcatting group. However, Jock stole his fortune and his love, Miss Ellie. He says he is only going because Pam asked him to. He smiles at his daughter. Pam leaves, but before she does, she tells them to be at Southfork in two hours.
Pam returns home. Lucy asks about Jimmy. Pam says that she is too young. Lucy says that he is only 19. They greet J.R. on his way out.
Pam returns to her and Bobby's room. Bob is taking a shower. She takes the time to call her doctor. He tells her that the tests were positive. She is pregnant. She is ecstatic now. She tells Bobby to hurry up. She takes off her dress and primps in front of the mirror, looking for a bulge. Bobby appears. He asks about Digger. Pam says that he is fine, and that she has a riddle for him.
"What do you get when you cross a Barnes and a Ewing?"
"You never cross a Ewing."
"A boy or a girl."
Bobby looks in wonder for 15 seconds. After that time, they start celebrating.
The Ewing Barbecue begins. Sue Ellen walks around with a senator. Ray comes with Maureen. Bobby comes out with Pam. Bobby leaves and tells some people that Pam is pregnant. They congratulate her, and Lucy overhears. J.R. introduces her to Susan, a new secretary. When J.R. leaves, she laughs at the new office help.
Sam is surprised at the amount of alcohol being consumed. Ellie tells him to keep the booze flowing. Digger and Jimmy arrive. Ellie greets them, calling Digger by his real name, Willard. Ellie takes Digger around to talk, while Jimmy looks for something to do. Pam finds him and offers to introduce him to people. Sam asks for a word with Bobby; he suggests that Bobby tells the future grandparents the good news first before the Barbecue's worst kept secret gets to them. Lucy watches with envy while Ray dances with Maureen. Lucy asks him to come over, then tells him about Pam's baby. He is not happy. He asks Maureen to get a drink while he broods.
Sam and Kelly, the caterer second-in-command, gossip about Jock and Digger. They Spy Jock sitting alone, smoking and drinking. He gets up and tells Kelly that Digger's claim that he had swindled him is bullshit. Bob finds Jock and asks to see him. He and Pam have some very important news for Jock and Ellie.
Ellie talks about 1930. She says that she married Jock to save the ranch. She did what she had to do. He tells her to stop calling him Willard because no one calls him that anymore.
Lucy tells Sue Ellen about the baby. Sue Ellen is not happy. Rather, she is bitter and envious. She congratulates Pam while Lucy watches. When Sam makes his rounds with drinks, she grabs two of them, marking the beginning of her heavy drinking. She asks to see J.R., who is talking to some business associates.
"It's apparent from your good humor that you don't know the news of the hour."
"I've heard about the Alamo!"
"Waterloo's more like it, yours. I'm talking about your brother Bobby, the apple of Jock Ewing's eye, and his wife and their marriage. Their bountiful marriage...unlike ours."
"There's nothing in this world Jock wants more than a grandson; I haven't given him one because of your disinterest in me. She's pregnant! Little brother Bobby and that Barnes girl are going to have a baby named Ewing. Maybe a boy! Think about that!"
J.R. thinks about that, shocked. Obviously, he does not like it.
Sue Ellen talks about Jock's love for J.R. to herself, while others stare. Jock loved him less than Bobby in the first place. She wants him to love her. She starts to cry.
Jock and Digger meet again. Bobby then tells the future grandparents along with Pam that she is going to have a baby. Digger congratulates them; Jock says that he hopes it is a boy. Pam says that she wants two granddaddies for her baby. Jock and Digger are reluctant. Digger says that they can try, while Jock gives him a quick handshake to appease Pam.
Jimmy is having a good time; J.R. is not. He is drinking heavily. Jock announces that the baby will have everything. Digger says not to spoil it, and not to take what is his. He would forgive Jock for the swindle, but Jock took everything from him. Jock tells Pam the truth about Digger. He had made the whole claim because Digger was drunk, and he wanted him to keep his share instead of gambling it away. Ellie and Pam ask Jock to stop. Pam asks why he took everything away from Digger. He denies it. Bobby arrives as Jock leaves. Digger tells Ellie that she lied. She said she cared about him, but she did what she had to do; they were kids. Digger starts drinking, despite Pam's protests that they go home.
Digger dances drunk with a bottle in his hand and sings while everyone watches. Jock tells him to shut up. Bobby tells Jock to respect him; after all, he is also the unborn child's granddaddy. Pam grabs Digger and offers to take him home. J.R. greets him with apathetic empathy. Bobby tells him to sober up. J.R. tells Digger that he agrees with him that the marriage is a bad idea.
Pam goes to the barn. She finds Lucy and Jimmy in the loft. She asks Jimmy to drive Digger home.
Sue Ellen rides around in circles, drunk. She greets Bobby. J.R. follows. Sue Ellen announces that she was about to take her clothes off. Maybe it would have attracted J.R. She wants a baby. J.R. insinuates that the baby may not be Bobby's. Bobby gets angry and punches J.R. in the kisser. Bobby takes Sue Ellen inside. When J.R. recovers, he sees Pam watching the barbecue from the loft.
J.R. ascends to Pam's level. She sneaks up on her. He tells her what Bobby did to him. She says that he deserved it. Angry, she announces that she and Bobby are moving off the ranch. J.R. asks her not to leave. They continue arguing. They are miving backwards from the window, and suddenly Pam loses her balance and falls on her stomach to a lower level.
"She lost the baby."
That is what Bobby announces later after the barbecue. Luckily, no bones were broken, but she is unsure if she can have another baby. J.R. says that he would not do such a thing. Bobby asks why. J.R. gives excuses. Bobby goes up to see her. Jock is angry.
Pam is crying in bed. He says that his family caused all her pain, and as soon as she is on her feet, they are leaving. J.R. will never change. Jock pleads for them to stay. He says that the Ewings are not easy to live with. He says that he wants to keep his family together.
"I do not want to lose another son."
He leaves, and Ellie enters.
"We weren't ready for any of this, for our Bobby and Digger's daughter and everything that has come since...I've worked
Bobby surprises Pam by asking her join him on a business trip to Las Vegas. During the trip they are shocked to find brother Gary working at the hotel they are staying at. Lucy has been busy as well. While at a cattle auction with Jock and Ray, she ditches out with Pam's cousin Jimmy, Ray is not pleased. It turns out Jimmy is just her drive, he takes her to the diner her mother is working at. Lucy has been secretly visiting Valene. As Lucy and Val catch up, Bobby talks a reluctant Gary into returning to Southfork for a visit. Pam understands his reasons not too, but Gary eventually agree's. When Bobby calls Ellie with the news, she gives a stern warning to both Jock and J.R. Jock is not pleased with her words and says that 'Gary is his son too." J.R begins to plot Gary's downfall even before he returns. While attempting another seduction of Ray in the stables, they see Bobby and Pam return with a 'stranger'. Both trigger in to who the man is, and Lucy runs to the house to be reunited with her father. Lucy surprises both her parents by bringing them together at the diner. After a lengthy discussion, Gary talks Valene into returning to Southfork as well. Valene does, but is still fearful of J.R, remembering how he ran her out of Texas many years ago.
Writer: David Jacobs
Director: Irving J. Moore
Guest star: Ben January , David Ackroyd (Gary Ewing), Joan Van Ark (Valene Clements Ewing), Philip Levien (Jimmy Barnes), Tony Frank, Oliver Seale, Robert Cox, Hugh Gorrian, Theresa M. Jacobs, Francis Rizo, Benita Rizo
J.R's efforts to rid the family of Gary...again, begin to work. J.R pretends to help his younger brother, by including him in some Ewing Oil Business. The business however is with a company doomed for failure, and Gary begins to feel the stress. Valene realizes what J.R. is up to, but is unable to stop it. Pam has trouble of her own. A drunken Digger showed up at Southfork, while recovering from his binge, he tell Pamela he will no longer acknowledge her as his daughter because she is married to a Ewing. Gary falls victim to J.R.'s plan, and can no longer take the pressure. He leaves Southfork early in the morning. Valene catches him before he goes, but cannot talk him into staying, not even for Lucy. J.R. attempts to blackmail Valene into leaving as well by paying her off. Both depart Southfork, leaving Lucy without parents once again
Writer: David Jacobs Director: Irving J. Moore Guest star: Sarah Cunningham (Aunt Maggie) , David Ackroyd (Gary Ewing), Joan Van Ark (Valene Clements Ewing), David Wayne (Digger Barnes)
NOTE: This was David Ackroyd's last appearance as Gary Ewing. He was unavailable to take on the role when it was decided to branch Gary and Valene off to Knots Landing, so Ted Shackelford took over the role.
Rating: 59/68 12.8/25
Jenna Wade, Bobby's former love, returns to his life. She is in trouble, and she and her daughter need his help. Bobby believes her daughter, Charlie might be his, but Jenna will not confirm. J.R sees this as an opportunity to rid Southfork of Pam, and encourages Jenna to go after Bobby. Bobby's help seems a little too much for Pam, who confronts Jenna and meets Charlie. Pam's fears prove to be unfounded as Bobby loves her, and decides Jenna is only someone from his past.
Writer: Camille Marchetta Director: Alex March Guest star: Morgan Fairchild (Jenna Wade), Peter Mark Richman (Maynard Anderson), Laurie Lynn Myers (Charlie Wade), Nicki Flacks (Melissa Anderson), Richard Anthony (Waiter), Lisa LeMole (Susan)
NOTE: This was Morgan Fairchild's only appearance on Dallas as Jenna Wade. Jenna appeared in one more episode played by Francine Thacker, then when Jenna became a regular character in 1984, the role was played by Pricilla Presley
Rating: 58/6 12.9/22
Bobby questions his role at Ewing Oil, J.R.'s way of business does not sit well with him. Jock does not support this, and confronts J.R. During the discussion, Jock suffers a heart attack. Bobby deals with his father's illness, by joining Ray working at Southfork. Jock knows J.R. is not telling him everything, and wants Bobby back to keep things on the straight and narrow at Ewing Oil, the company he started. While in the hospital, Jock finds out he needs open heart surgery. All the Ewings are there to support the patriarch of the family. The operation goes fine, and when Jock is concious, he wonders about Bobby's role in the company. Bobby does not give his daddy the answer his father would have wishes. J.R. has Ewing Oil all to himself once again, just exactly the way he wants it.
Writer: Arthur Bernard Lewis Director: Corey Allen Guest star: Barbara Babcock (Liz Craig), John Ashton (Willie Joe Garr), Dan Ammerman, Peyton Park , Ed Nelsen (Jeb Ames), Ann Ford, Dorothy Foster, Greg Michaels, Carter Mullally, Jaki Morrison, Lisa LeMole (Susan)
Sue Ellen is fearful Pam will produce the next Ewing heir before her. Sue Ellen is desperate, and decides to adopt. When she encounters obstacles, she decides a quicker method is required, and goes to extremes with a 'black market' baby. This deal is going to cost Sue Ellen cash, and decides she should meet the mother. Sue Ellen forms a maternal relationship with Rita Briggs, the mother of the unborn child. Sue Ellen's plan is almost ruined by a meeting between herself, Rita and Pam, but Pam is only worried about Sue Ellen. The plan falls apart of course by the doings of J.R. He finds out about the deal and ships Rita out of the state. He wants an heir as much as Sue Ellen, but tells her it has to be "our child, not somebody else's."
Writer: Darlene Craviotto Director: Lawrence Dobkin Guest star: Barbara Babcock (Liz Craig) , Talia Balsam (Rita Briggs), James Whitmore Jr. (B.J. "Buzz" Connors), Gaetana Campbell (Barbara Walsh), Glenn Morshower, David Ellzey, Benito Rizo, Francis Rizo
Ed Haynes shows up in Dallas, causing conflict in Bobby and Pam's marriage. Pam was married to Ed, something she failed to tell Bobby. Ed tracks down Digger, and gets him drinking, using some of the info from the old man in his con. J.R., of course, uses the opportunity to stick it, again, to Pam. Ed was in the Vietnam war when Pam got the divorce, and claimed he never got the divorce papers, and claims that he and Pam are still married. Once Bobby and Pam are on to the scam, they convince Haynes that Pam was kicked out of the Ewing family, at the same time, Bobby tracks down Hayne's partner, and gets his hands on a copy of the annulment papers. Both men leave town.
Writer: Jim Inman, Arthur Bernard Lewis Director: Paul Stanley Guest star: Sarah Cunningham (Aunt Maggie) , Robin Clarke (Ed Haynes), David Wayne (Digger Barnes), Charles Hallahan (Harry Ritlin), Randy Moore, Norma Young, Peggy Wood, Desmond Dhooge (Harvey (Drunk)), Al Avons, Ann Ford, Lisa LeMole (Susan), Cal Bowman
It's Lucy Ewing's birthday. Sue Ellen is planning the music, Pam brings her home dresses, and J.R. is planning the guest list. Lucy is not pleased. She tries to convince Grandaddy Jock to let her invite her mother. Jock says he does not want Valene on the Ranch given how she left the last time. Lucy tries to explain that J.R. lied, and her mother never took the bribe J.R. offered, but he stands firm. Lucy leaves Southfork in the middle of the night, taking a guitar, and J.R.'s car with her. Eventually she is picked up by a con man, Willie Guest, who includes Lucy in some of his thefts and scams. He is thrilled to have latched on to one of the rich Ewings. Lucy wants out, but Guest kidnaps her, forcing her to stay with him. Bobby, and the police track them down, and eventually Lucy returns safely to Southfork.
Writer: Worley Thorne Director: Barry Crane Guest star: Greg Evigan (Willie Guest), Bernadette Whitehead, Ray LePere, Dave Beidleman, Joe D. Anderson, Jim Gough, Terry F. Cook, Tim Yarbro, Kenneth Barry, Charlie Seybert, Joe Griffith, John Galt
NOTE: Greg Evigan, who moved on to star in BJ and the Bear and My two Dads, guests in this early episode as the man who kidnaps Lucy Ewing.
Pam finds herself once again in the middle, between her brother and the Ewing Family. Cliff Barnes is in a race for state senator, and the Ewings, especially J.R. are not happy. Pam puts her full support behind Cliff, but is tricked by J.R. into giving damaging information away. J.R. attempts to convice Pam the media will have ball if they find out Cliff is gay. Pam argues back about how ridiculous that is and shares information about a past girlfriend that Cliff had. It turns out the woman died having an illegal abortion, and J.R. is confident the voting public will not look to favorably on this. Cliff is ruined, and Pam vows to make J.R. pay for what he did to her brother.
Writer: Rena Down Director: Barry Crane Guest star: Meg Gallagher (Louella), Robert Ackerman (Wade Luce), Buck Young , Ken Kercheval (Cliff Barnes), Don Starr (Jordon Lee), Joshua Bryant (Peter Carson), Allen Case (Martin Cole), Norman Bartold, Madeleine Fisher, Michael Heit, Dick Whittington (Jack Jackson), Jim Ferrier, Bonnie Gondell, Arline Anderson, Esther McCarroll
During a storm, the Ewing Plane, with both J.R. and Bobby on board, crashes. The news gets to Ellie first, who worried about his heart condition, insists the news be kept from Jock. As J.R. and Bobby fight for survival, the Ewing women contemplate life with them in it. Sue Ellen is worried her place at Southfork is not secure without a Ewing heir. She comes across Lucy trying to get in touch with Gary, and argues with the young girl. Lucy taunts back that Sue Ellen will never have Southfork without a child of her own. Miss Ellie confronts a reporter who comes to Southfork, and Jock overhears and is furious that the news has been kept from him. News of J.R. and Bobby's survival comes to the family.
Writer: D.C. Fontana, Richard Fontana Director: Irving J. Moore Guest star: Barbara Babcock (Liz Craig), John Zaremba (Dr. Harlan Danvers) , Trey Wilson (Johnnie), Andy Jarrell (Kin Jackson-Reporter), Bill McLaughlin, Karen Austin (Dailey), Art Bradford
During a storm, the Ewing Plane, with both J.R. and Bobby on board, crashes. The news gets to Ellie first, who worried about his heart condition, insists the news be kept from Jock. As J.R. and Bobby fight for survival, the Ewing women contemplate life with them in it. Sue Ellen is worried her place at Southfork is not secure without a Ewing heir. She comes across Lucy trying to get in touch with Gary, and argues with the young girl. Lucy taunts back that Sue Ellen will never have Southfork without a child of her own. Miss Ellie confronts a reporter who comes to Southfork, and Jock overhears and is furious that the news has been kept from him. News of J.R. and Bobby's survival comes to the family.
Writer: D.C. Fontana, Richard Fontana Director: Irving J. Moore Guest star: Barbara Babcock (Liz Craig), John Zaremba (Dr. Harlan Danvers) , Trey Wilson (Johnnie), Andy Jarrell (Kin Jackson-Reporter), Bill McLaughlin, Karen Austin (Dailey), Art Bradford
Pam, Bobby and Lucy join Ray out for a night of country music. Ray has become serious about country singer Garnett McGee. When Jock leaves Ray some land on Southfork, he pops the question to Garnett. Lucy wants to follow Garnett's lead and become a country singer, but the family acts like she wants to be a hooker! Garnett wants more than Ray can offer, and hooks up with J.R. who puts together a music contract for her. Lucy comes to Ewing Oil, in the hopes of getting J.R to help her with her own music career. She finds the contract for Garnett, and spills the beans to Ray. Ray is furious and heads for Garnett's. He finds J.R. with her, and a fight begins. Lucy, fearing what might occur, tells Pam and Bobby about what she did. Pam sends Bobby to save the day, and he stops Ray before he can kill J.R.
Writer: Camille Marchetta Director: Vincent McEveety Guest star: Meg Gallagher (Louella), Nancy Bleier (Connie) , Kate Mulgrew (Garnett McGee), Edward Call (Sam Gurney), Larry French (Dick Norton), Harry Middlebrooks, Michael Dudikoff (Joe Newcomb), John Chilton, Penni Pearson
Bobby Ewing decides a new venture in is order. His old buddy Guzzler Bennett returns to Dallas, and wants Bobby to join him in the construction business. Hitch is, they want to bid a shopping mall on Southfork. Ellie wants no part of a shopping center on Southfork, and J.R. has that land in mind for future oil drilling. Guzzler's selfish ways also put a strain on Bobby's relationship with Pam. Bobby is out of luck all the way around on this one.
Writer: Arthur Bernard Lewis Director: Vincent McEveety Guest star: Sandy Ward (Jeb Ames), John Ashton (WIllie Joe Garr), Nancy Bleier (Connie), John Petlock (Dan Marsh), Meg Gallagher (Louella) , Richard Kelton (Guzzler), Michael O'Dwyer, Nancy Adrian (Waitress), Ed McCready
Kidnappers going after J.R. end up taking Bobby instead. The kidnappers want to use Cliff Barnes as the go-between, but J.R. cannot stay out of it. J.R. overhears Cliff setting up a time to do the switch and he and Ray try to save Bobby. They do, but not before shooting the kidnappers, and almost killing Cliff in the process.
Writer: Camille Marchetta Director: Lawrence Dobkin Guest star: Robert F. Hoy, Nancy Bleier (Connie), Meg Gallagher (Louella) , Stephen Davis (Will Hart), Paul Koslo (Al Parker), Kelly Jean Peters (Fay Parker), Liberty Godshall (J. R.'s Mistress), Terry Jastrow, Byron Clark
Ellie's brother Garrison, presumed dead, shockingly shows up at Southfork. Ellie, knowing the ranch was supposed to be his, tells the family she will be giving Southfork to Garrison. The family is not happy, an J.R., of course insults Garrison causing the old man, who does not want Southfork to fight back. All the Ewings' fears about losing Southfork are not grounded, for Garrison's nurse, Cathy Baker, explains to Ellie that Garrison is very sick, and only returned to the ranch to die.
Writer: Arthur Bernard Lewis Director: Don McDougall Guest star: Meg Gallagher (Louella), John Petlock (Dan Marsh) , Gene Evans (Garrison Southworth), Melinda O. Fee (Cathy Baker), Michael McManus (Matt), Charles Wilder Young (Charlie Waters), Gary Lee Davis, John Dayton
Sue Ellen's mother and sister arrive in Dallas, and just in the nick of time. Sue Ellen catches J.R. with another woman, and moves in with her family. She also hooks up again with Cliff for support. J.R. is not happy, but finally decides he wants his wife home, even if the baby she is carrying is not his!
Writer: Leonard Katzman Director: Irving J. Moore Guest star: Fern Fitzgerald (Marilee Stone), John Petlock (Dan Marsh), Nancy Bleier (Connie), Meg Gallagher (Louella Lee) , Martha Scott (Patricia Shepard), Colleen Camp (Kristin Shepard), Fred Beir (Ben Maxwell), Toni Berrell, Barbara Tarbuck, M.E. Lorange, Frank Farmer, Roger Pancake, Ted Lehmann
NOTE: Rating: 33/62 19.6/30 This episode introduced Sue Ellen's mother and sister. Martha Scott played Mrs. Shepard in this episode, and various others up until season 8. Ms. Scott was familiar to television viewers for various other tv roles, including Jamie's mother on The Bionic Woman. Colleen Camp played Kristin in this episode and one other. The role was recast and Mary Crosby took over when Kristin returned in the third season.
Jock is getting tired of being treated like an invalid. J.R. uses his father heart attack to keep him out of Ewing Oil. Ellie attempts to keep all stress out his life. When Julie Grey, Jock's former secretary arrives back in Dallas, Jock is thrilled to spend a lot of time with her. She does not treat him like the family, and two renew their relationship. Fearing Jock is having an affair with Julie, he tells his mother. Ellie tries to stop what is going on, but Jock leaves to see Julie. He gives her an expensive gift, and says that it will have to be a going away present. Once Jock leaves, J.R. shows up at Julie's door. Julie promises to keep causing trouble for J.R., but he tells her not to count on it.
Writer: Rena Down Director: Leslie H. Martinson Guest star: Tina Louise (Julie Grey), Fern Fitzgerald (Marilee Stone), Jeanna Michaels (Connie), Meg Gallagher (Louella) , Richard Roat, Kenneth White, John Lamont, Tain Bodkin, Frank Arno, Richard Bergman, Helen Baron
J.R. is not happy that Cliff is back in public office. He attempts to use Julie to get info about Cliff. She is tired of J.R, and decides she will actually help Cliff. She calls him and leaves him a message that she will fill him in on all the Ewing's secrets. Cliff heads to Julie's but does not find her. After a run in with Ames and Garr from the cartel, Julie ends up dead, having fallen from the roof of her building. J.R. uses his influence to have Cliff booked for the murder.
Writer: Arthur Bernard Lewis Director: Leonard Katzman Guest star: Tina Louise (Julie Grey), Sandy Ward (Jeb Aames), John Ashton (Willie Joe Garr), Jeanna Michaels (Connie), John Petlock (Dan Marsh), Meg Gallagher (Louella Lee) , James L. Brown (Sgt. Harry McSween), Fred Beir (Ben Maxwell), Jordan Charney (Lt. Sutton), Michael Cavanaugh (O'Neill), Charles Wilder Young (Charlie Waters), Ray Culella, Eloise Hardt (Julie's Neighbor), John McLaughlin, Kay Howell
Pam is sure that J.R. is framing Cliff, and leaves Bobby and Southfork. Bobby holds J.R. responsible, and promises to get to the bottom of things. Bobby goes to see Cliff, to see if he can help. Cliff is not happy to see any of the Ewings, and tells Bobby the only thing that can help is if the real killers are caught. Bobby is on the trail, and finds a key in Cliff's mail which was sent from Julie before her death. The key leads Bobby to Julie's file of Ewing information. One of the things Bobby finds is a fake codicil to Jock's will. Bobby thinks that J.R. killed Julie. J.R. shares with Bobby the name of the person who was taping Julie's phone for him, and through this man, they are led to Willie Joe and Jeb. Once the real killers are identified, Cliff is released. Bobby hopes this might bring Pam home, but she is not ready.
Writer: Arthur Bernard Lewis Director: Leonard Katzman Guest star: Tina Louise (Julie Grey), Sandy Ward (Jeb Aames), John Ashton (Willie Joe Garr), Jeanna Michaels (Connie), John Harkins (Judge Potter), John Petlock (Dan Marsh), John Hart, Meg Gallagher (Louella) , Charles Siebert (Sloan), Walter Brooke (Cole Young), Woodrow Parfrey (Doctor who examined Julie's Dead Body), Jordan Charney (Lt. Sutton), Gary Allen, Sean Fallon Walsh, Michael Quinn, Jennifer Harmon (Ames and Garr's Secretary), Eloise Hardt (Julie's Neighbor)
NOTE: Rating: 18/62 21.7/38
ACTRESS-Miss Tina Louise is NOT IN THIS EPISODE, nor is she credited, but her photograph is shown in a "prop" newspaper and her character (of Julie Grey) is the MAIN focus of this episode.
Cliff tries to get Ewing information out of Sue Ellen, but she is not interested in helping him. He then tries Pam, who is hurt and angry about being used by her brother in the Ewing/Barnes feud. Meanwhile, with Pam away from Southfork, Kristin makes a play for Bobby. Lucy sees right through Kristin, as does J.R., but he encourages the relationship.
Writer: Camille Marchetta Director: Irving J. Moore Guest star: Jeanna Michaels (Connie), Meg Gallagher (Louella Lee) ,
J.R. is thrilled when Lucy becomes engaged to Kit Mainwaring. It will mean a potential business merger with Mainwaring Oil, which would be beneficial to Ewing Oil, and J.R. Unfortunately, Kit Mainwaring is gay. He eventually confesses this to Bobby, and then to Lucy. Lucy is heartbroken, but stands by Kit, and holds the secret. Only she and Bobby know the truth. But, of course, J.R. knew all along.
Writer: Camille Marchetta Director: Gunnar Hellstrom Guest star: Fern Fitzgerald (Marilee Stone), Joan Lancaster (Linda Bradley), Buck Young (Cartell Member), Robert Ackerman (Wade Luce), Paul Sorenson (Andy Bradley) , Mark Wheeler (Kit Mainwaring), Linden Chiles (Chris Mainwaring), Jay W. MacIntosh (Mrs. Mainwairing), Kenneth White, Dante D'Andre, Chuck Winters, Joan Blackwood, Howard Murphy
Donna McCullum, a young lady whom Ray meets in a bar, are attracted to each other but Donna is obviously not telling the truth about herself, especially the fact that she is married. J.R. seeks another solution to stop Cliff's harassment of Ewing Oil by soliciting the support of a former powerful politician, Sam McCullum, not knowing that Ray has already gotten himself involved with McCullum's wife, Donna.
Writer: Leonard Katzman Director: Dennis Donnelly Guest star: Susan Howard (Donna Culver), Fern Fitzgerald (Marilee Stone), Jeanna Michaels (Connie), Joan Lancaster (Linda Bradley), Meg Gallagher (Louella Lee) , John McIntire (Sam Culver), Shelley Juttner, Clint Ritchie (Bud Morgan), Kim Alexander, William Wellman, Jr., Suzanne Copeland, Jeannie Fitzsimmons (Joan), Dan Maher, Sandy Taylor, Lawrence Bame, Dawn Jeffory (Annie Driscoll)
Lucy's a wreck after her breakup with Kit, and turns to drugs. Sue Ellen's battle with the bottle continues, despite her pregnancy. Despite efforts from Ray and Bobby, Lucy keeps on using, and one day when the addict and drunk are alone at Southfork, they have a meeting in which Sue Ellen ends up falling down the stairs. Lucy seems to have learned her lesson, but J.R. decides to put Sue Ellen, against her wishes in a Sanitarium.
Writer: Camille Marchetta Director: Leonard Katzman Guest star: Jeanna Michaels (Connie), Meg Gallagher (Louella), Sherril Lynn Rettino (Jackie Dougan) , Ellen Greer (Dr. Krane), Peter Horton (Wayne), Steffen Zacharias, Ed Kenney, Chad M. Roche, Michael Griswold, Nicholas Shields, Merry Elkins, John Moser, Dawn Jeffory (Annie Driscoll) NOTE: Rating: 35/55 14.1/27 Dallas producer Leonard Katztman's sister Sheril Lynn Katzman begins appearing as Jackie in the episode. She played Jackie throughout the shows run.
Sue Ellen is not happy in the sanitarium. Bobby visits her, and thinks that Cliff is the father of the baby. J.R. visits, which does not make Sue Ellen any happier. She bribes a nurse for alcohol, and leaves, only to end up in a car accident. Sue Ellen ends up in the hospital with the baby's life in danger. Cliff, thinking he is the father, rushes to the hospital!
Writer: Arthur Bernard Lewis Director: Leonard Katzman Guest star: Karlene Crockett (Muriel Gillis), Heidi Hagman (Receptionist at Sanitarium), John Hart, Sherril Lynn Rettino (Jackie Dugan) , Peter Horton (Wayne), Ellen Geer (Dr. Krane), Michael C. Gwynne (Dr. Rogers), Dimitra Arliss (Hatton), Dawn Jeffory (Annie Driscoll), Alan Rachins, Phillip Littell, Nancy Pearlberg, Nicholas Shields
Ellie's sadness on the occasion of her missing son Gary's birthday quickly changes to jubilation when she learns he and Valene are both back in Dallas and plan to be re- married. Ellie plans to keep the news of the wedding a secret from J.R., who's on a business trip with Kristin, but Sue Ellen delights in giving him the news. She also tells Rudy Millington, Kristin's boyfriend, where to find her.
NOTE: This one-off episode lead Gary and Val into the spin-off, Knots Landing.
J.R. selling the Asian oil leases before news of the fields' nationalization is made public wipes out the fortunes of Ewing Oil's former business associates and also creates untold havoc within the family. J.R.'s business dealings so disgust Bobby that he and Pamela move out of Southfork. Sue Ellen decides to stop drinking and wage her own battle against J.R.'s efforts to send her back to the sanitarium. Cliff also plans his own revenge against J.R.
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A cleaning woman discovers J.R. sprawled across the floor of his office. He is rushed to the hospital, close to death. The Ewing family reassembles to wait for news of his fate and police search for clues and suspects in the shooting. The family hopes for J.R. to regain consciousness and be able to shed some light on the identity of his assailant.
NOTE: Guest stars Ted Shackelford (Gary) and Joan Van Ark (Val) cross over from the spin-off series, "Knots Landing."
Sue Ellen's fingerprints are identified on the gun that was used to shoot J.R. She is arrested and jailed in the shooting of her husband. She is further devastated when the Ewings abandon her, leaving her to languish in jail. After bail is mysteriously posted from an unknown source, Sue Ellen seeks solace from her sister, Kristin. Sue Ellen seeks answers through hypnosis sessions with her psychiatrist, Dr. Ellby. These sessions lead to the answer of who shot J.R.
NOTE: 2nd highest rate show in TV history! Avg. Audience 53.3%; 41,470,000 people; 76 share (#1 is the Mash series finale)
Events at Lucy and Mitch's wedding at Southfork have far more impact on the Ewing family than is apparent to the assembled guests. Lucy Ewing becomes Mrs. Mitchell Cooper. Sue Ellen discovers J.R. getting much too friendly with Mitch's sister and consequently makes her own play for an old boyfriend. J.R. is not as delighted as he expected to be when Bobby resigns as president of Ewing Oil. Miss Ellie shocks Jock by accusing him of behavior for which she can never forgive him.
broadcast: 23-Jan-1981 pc: 189013 written by: Leonard Katzman d: Irving J. Moore
NOTE: Guest stars Ted Shackelford (Gary) and Joan Van Ark (Val) cross over from the spin-off series, "Knots Landing."
JR gets a security force to keep the press away from the ranch in light of the recent news of the impending investigation. Ellie calls from Paris after reading about the investigation in a newspaper. JR maintains his innocence and says he'll take care of Cliff's troublemaking - there's nothing to worry about. Ellie agrees to keep the news from Jock.
Dusty wants Sue Ellen to face JR and take John Ross away with her but Sue Ellen maintains it's not the right time - she knows JR won't just let her take him. Her plan is to take the child away while JR's in Austin. Clayton tells her the Farlows have enough resources to help Sue Ellen win any court battle.
JR asks Senator Arvilla to tell him what evidence the committee has but the Senator says his hands are tied because the Department of Justice is overlooking the case. JR promises to remember this at election time. As he exits the senator's office, he is given a subpoena to testify in one week. Louella is served with the same papers. JR calls Louella and tells her to find Claude Brown and get him out of the country. Sue Ellen calls the office and Phyllis tells her that JR and Louella are still in Austin. Sue Ellen goes to collect John Ross that night but she dilly-dallys somewhat and just as she is about to leave, JR walks in and grabs his son, while his security guard grabs Sue Ellen. Sue Ellen tells him that she'll get her son back - one way or the other. JR repeats that he'd kill her first. Pam witnesses the exchange and berates JR for what he's doing. JR tells her to stay out of his way or he'll destroy her too.
Leslie goes to see Wendell and says she has proof that JR financed the counter-revolution. She says she'll present it to the committee in exchange for the promise of becoming Weststar's exclusive media consultant. She asks Jeremy to come by her place tonight to check out the proof.
Kristin comes to Ewing Oil and asks JR for more money, threatening to cause further scandal to the Ewings if he doesn't pay up. JR reluctantly agrees but asks for some time.
Punk and Ray celebrate the success of their latest project. Punk is so impressed by the way Ray's handled himself lately that he offers him a 3 percent share of Unified Development for 3 million dollars. Ray hedges about the amount of money but Punk reminds him that Donna can cover it easily. Besides, Jock will be thrilled. That seems to make up Ray's mind. He calls his banker and asks him to make up a check for the 3 million dollars. He tries to call Donna in Washington but she's out. Later in the day Donna returns to Dave Culver's office and the banker tells her about the withdrawal. Confused, she says she agrees to the withdrawal. Then she decides to return to Dallas.
JR is advised by his lawyer to find out what evidence the Senate committee has against him - it appears to be his only hope. JR gets Afton to drug Cliff, and JR and Harry McSween search his apartment, finding the briefcase, and taking photographs.
The trial begins. Marilee and Jordan tell the committee that they believed that JR was behind the coup - he's capable of anything. Claude Brown tells the court about his trip through Switzerland as his distribution of money to key figures in Asia. He admits that the money was used and intended to finance the counter-revolution. Leslie is next and submits the tape she made of her conversation shortly after the coup took place, in which JR admits his guilt.
Finally, JR testifies. He says that there's a simple explanation to all of this: the money was not intended to bribe anyone or finance the coup; it was simply a philanthropic gesture to the country in the hopes that they would look favorably on Ewing Oil as a business. He says he lied to Leslie about being responsible for it all because he wanted to impress her. JR calls on Lam Thong, ambassador to the U.S., who tells the court that the money was used to build schools and hospitals in the developing country, and indicates that he has full receipts for all of the money that Claude brought to Asia. The ambassador also mentions that JR's generosity has extended even to the donation of 10 percent of all of his oil profits to help the country's infrastructure - which comes as a bit of surprise to JR. The committee declares JR and Ewing Oil innocent.
Cliff says he doesn't know how JR got himself off but he'll slip up someday. JR laughs it off. Cliff accuses Bobby of handing over the evidence to JR, which Bobby denies. Bobby asks Cliff to come to Southfork that night and talk about it and Cliff agrees.
JR triumphantly returns to Ewing Oil and asks Louella to type up a letter of recommendation. He fires her for not getting Claude out of the country like he asked. He visits Leslie that night and tells her he's not upset at her - she did just what he would do in her position. He says he still wants her if she's interested and she seems to agree.
Sue Ellen comes to Pam's office and tells her about Dusty. She asks Pam to give her a little help...
Kristin calls someone in California and says that a certain someone is going to pay for spurning her.
JR arrives home the next morning to find John Ross gone. The security guard tells him that Pam took him for a ride. JR tells them to find her immediately. He also gets Harry to alert the highway patrol to find Pam's car.
Cliff arrives at Southfork that night and sees a female body floating in the pool. He jumps in and sees JR looking down from the balcony, giving him the Line of the Day.
broadcast: 01-May-1981 written by: Leonard Katzman d: Leonard Katzman
NOTE: This was Jim Davis Last episode. Even though his character lived on in South America throughout the beginning of season 5, the actor Died during the Spring of 1981.
The identity of the dead woman floating in the pool is revealed as Kristin.
The police question Cliff and JR who accuse each other of murdering Kristin: Cliff says he figures JR pushed her over the balcony into the pool; JR says he walked out on to the balcony and saw Cliff trying to drown her. In light of the fact that the balcony railing is broken, the police decide to take both JR and Cliff in for questioning. Bobby arrives and JR tells him that Pam took John Ross to Abilene as he and Cliff are taken away. Sheriff Washburn arrives and tells JR that the Dallas ADA has told him about the deal that was cut when Kristin admitted to shooting him [see Episode 59 for details] and he figures that JR had the best motive for wanting Kristin dead.
broadcast: 09-Oct-1981 w: Arthur Bernard Lewis d: Irving J. Moore
NOTE: Actress SUSAN HOWARD (Donna Krebbs) is now credited in the shows opening with the other regulars of the series.
JR tells Jock that he has a new plan: he'll get the Farlows to throw Sue Ellen off the Southern Cross by blocking all of the oil shipments to their refineries. He gets Phyllis and Sly to drop everything and get him appointments to see all of the the Fallows suppliers. JR manages to get three of Clayton's suppliers to agree to his plan. Bobby gets the police to search for Pam. They search for hours but don't find her until somebody finally spots her on top of a tall building, preparing to jump. Bobby quickly arrives at the scene, blocks a fire engine and a police car, and heads up to get her. He tries to talk her away from the edge of the roof, but she takes a step closer and starts screaming. Bobby manages to grab her just in time and takes her to Dallas Memorial Bobby receives a letter with a picture of Kristin and her baby. He is contacted by the sender, who says he has more information for sale, if Bobby wants it.
broadcast: 06-Nov-1981 w: Linda B. Elstad d: Irving J. Moore
Clayton Farlow refuses to give in to J. R.'s demands. Bobby makes arrangements to buy more information regarding the identify of the father of Kristin's baby. Pam becomes her psychiatric treatment will end up. Pam tells Bobby that she's afraid he'll leave her for someone who can give him a family, but Bobby assures her that that would never happen. Farraday calls Bobby and asks to meet. He tells Bobby that he was Kristin's lover and companion in California, and that he knows where the baby is.
He can't meet the financial burdens of a child, so he figures that Bobby might be able to find a good family - especially since he knows the father. In exchange for Bobby's cash, Farraday gives him a birth certificate and copies of the checks Kristin received in California. He promises to contact Bobby again. Bobby examines the information and finds that the checks came from Jordan Lee, who is strangely unavailable at his office for further comment.
Meanwhile Pam meets her sister Katherine for the first time and Sue Ellen finds Clayton out near his old ranch house, which he tells her he destroyed after his wife Amy died while he was away on a business trip. Ellie arrives in the Southfork chopper to see John Ross. Dusty tells Clayton he just found out that the refineries have stopped receiving oil and Clayton starts to investigate why.
broadcast: 13-Nov-1981 w: Arthur Bernard Lewis d: Leonard Katzman
Ellie receives a shocking legal document from Jock which affects the future of Ewing Oil. Jock continues on his mission in South American for the State Department. J. R. has a confrontation with Dusty at the Cotton Bowl stadium.Lucy returns from Houston as Ellie brings in the mail, with a package from Jock. With the family gathered, Ellie reads his message which refers to a legal document dividing the voting shares of the company: Ellie gets 30, JR gets 20, Bobby gets 20, Gary gets 10, Ray gets 10, and John Ross gets 10. Ellie controls John Ross's shares while he is away from Southfork; JR gets them if he is on the ranch.
broadcast: 27-Nov-1981 w: Leonard Katzman d: Leonard Katzman
NOTE: Guest stars Ted Shackelford (Gary) and Joan Van Ark (Val) cross over from the spin-off series, "Knots Landing."
J. R. is forced to Cliff's demands for Ewing property after Cliff buys the bank notes on J. r.'s $200 million loan and threatens foreclosure. J. r. plots unsuccessfully to acquire Gary's and Ray's voting shares. Pam is allowed to leave the hospital for a brief visit to Southfork.
broadcast: 04-Dec-1981 w: Leonard Katzman d: Irving J. Moore
NOTE: Guest star Ted Shackelford (Gary) crosses over from the spin-off series, "Knots Landing."
Miss Ellie wants to help Ray out of his financial problem and uncovers J. R.'s scheme in the process. J.R. consults a broker in New York about selling Ewing stock. Sue Ellen says a good-bye to Dusty. Bobby buys Kristin's baby thinking J. R. is the father. Bobby unintentionally surprise Pam with one thing she's always wanted-- a baby. Ellie tells Donna what happened at the bank. As they pull out of the driveway in Donna's car, JR arrives at the ranch. Ellie gets out of the car to confront him, ruining Bobby's plan. She follows him inside and they start arguing about what he's done. Bobby arrives home with Christopher, as he stands in the hallway listening to JR and Ellie argue, Pam comes down the stairs, overjoyed to find that Bobby finally managed to obtain a child they can adopt.
Cliff Barnes uses his strongest weapon against J.R. Ewing, after J.R. is the apparent winner of their rivalry. Sue Ellen accepts J.R.'s offer of marriage, leaving a disappointed Clayton Farlow holding an unused engagement ring and Cliff more despondent then ever. Bobby and Pam find new evidence about Christopher's birth, making Bobby furious at his brother for using the child as a pawn in his efforts to control Ewing Oil. Lucy resists pressing rape charges against Roger, but agrees to a pregnancy test. The celebration at Southfork over J.R. and Sue Ellen's reconciliation is spoiled by a desperate act on Cliff Barnes' part. Miss Ellie blames J.R. for the escalation of the Barnes-Ewing feud and vows to remove him from the presidency of Ewing Oil. Rebecca threatens to use her wealth to break the entire Ewing clan.
Sue Ellen blames herself for Cliff's suicide attempt and prays for himf to get better. JR arrives not long after, and tries to make Sue Ellen believe that it wasn't their fault. Sue Ellen responds that it is their fault, and she won't marry JR if Cliff dies.
J.R.'s Cuban deal sets up a string of events involving Bobby, Pam, Sue Ellen, and Holly. Bobby's illusions about the even race he is having with J.R. for Ewing Oil is shattered by a box of Cuban cigars. Bobby finds out that Pam is in France with Mark, where they are discovered by friends from Dallas. Ray confesses to Aunt Lil that Jock was his father. Afton defends Cliff and orders Katherine out of their house. Miss Ellie is concerned about Clayton's and Sue Ellen's relationship and is not sure she believes Clayton's explanation. Sue Ellen makes a devastating discovery.
Guest stars Audrey Landers (Afton Cooper) John Beck (Mark Graison) Howard Keel (Clayton Farlow) Lois Chiles (Holly Harwood) Morgan Brittany (Katherine Wentworth) Kate Reid (Lil Trotter) William Bryant (Jackson) Kenneth Kimmins (Thornton McLeish) Nate Esformes (Senor Perez) Tom McFadden (Jacksons Partner) Dennis Holahan (George Walker)
Ray pressures Sheriff Washburn to find the hit-and-run driver. Holly wants to pay J.R. his $20 million in installments but J.R. objects,rightly detecting Bobby's hand. J.R. gets a slap in the face from Pam during an argument over her French trip. Mark convinces Pam to vote with Katherine and give the drill to Bobby. Mickey's condition continues to be very serious and Aunt Lil even goes as far as to say that perhaps it would have been better if he had died on the spot. J.R. tells Bobby that they should consider stopping the fight for control of Ewing Oil. Pam wants a divorce. Clayton convinces Ellie to take a break from family problems and go away with him. Sue Ellen tells J.R. to stay away from John Ross. Katherine tries to console Bobby after he gets the news about the divorce. Ray learns that Walt Driscoll was driving the car that hit Mickey and Sue Ellen. Ray and J.R. engage in a terrible fight, causing a major fire at Southfork, Sue Ellen, J.R, .John Ross and Ray are trapped as the flames engulf the Ranch.
b: 06-May-1983 w: Arthur Bernard Lewis d: Leonard Katzman
A fire at Southfork is caused by JR and Ray's brawl but no one is seriously hurt.
An emotionally unstable Ellie is put under sedation when she hears the news. The problems that Bobby has faced because of the fire brings him and Pam together again.
Pam meets with Sue Ellen and takes her shopping to divert her from drinking. When they get home Sue Ellen overhears an argument between Pam and J.R. and discovers the truth about the car accident.
Sue Ellen tells Clayton she's off the bottle as she no longer feels guilty and decides to devote her life to raising John Ross. Ray continues to blame J.R. for Mickey's ordeal.
J.R. points out that the three of them share the responsibility, as Bobby and Ray set up the sting operation that sent Driscoll to jail, thereby helping to create the situation that made Driscoll go after J.R.
Marv Smithfield explains to J.R. and Bobby that the fight for Ewing Oil cannot end until the final audit is done according to Jock's will. At that time one of the brother's will own 51% of the company.
J.R. plants the seed of Pam's destruction with Katherine, who will go to any lengths to try to win Bobbv. When Katherine can't talk Pam out of going back to Bobby, she decides to fake a letter—from Pam about Mark—which
would throw a new light on a reconciliation.
"I don t read Pam s mail" Bobby says when offered the letter.
"I didn t want to read it either. I found it accidentally. But you have to hear part of it. 'Six years of marriage can not easily lie dismissed. Therefore if that means remaining with my husband when it no longer makes me happy, in order to avoid causing him pain, then perhaps that is what I have to do. I know I would be better off if Bobbv just let me go, but it he doesn t. I may have to give in and
return to him. His happiness should lie as important to me as my own. "
The letter has the effect Katherine intends.
Pam meets Bobby for a date—only to discover that Bobby now wants out.
"I want you to know that i'm letting you go. It's not fair to either of us like this. It' s for the best. I think it's time we both finally realized it's over."
Broadcast: 14-Oct-1983 w: David Paulsen d: Nick Havinga
J.R. and Katherine arrange it so that Pam sees Bobby with an attractive woman at a restaurant.
Afton tells Pam that Katherine must have set up the whole thing, as there are too many restaurants in Dallas for it to be a coincidence. J.R. pays off a driller for having sabotaged Bobby's Canadian oil wells. J.R. later tells a hooker, Serena, that he has no intention of dividing the company with Bobby when the final audit comes through. Lucy tells Mickey that she loves him despite his paralysis and will stand by him and see he doesn't give up on himself. Pam and Bobby's divorce is made final by a judge in court. Pam is present, but Bobby is not.
Tension rises at the Ewing residence as the search for Miss Ellie and Jessica continues. Clayton and J.R. have a fight over Clayton's mentally unstable sister. Bobby confronts J.R. over his plotting with Jessica to stop the wedding. Cliff seeks Jordan Lee's help in getting another crew for his offshore drilling. Ellie is resuced from Jessica's clutches. Sue Ellen feels sorry for Pamela after Mark's death. Clayton and Ellie decide not to postpone the wedding,despite the recent events. Clayton tries to figure out Jessica's mental state and her motive for kidnapping Ellie. Pam learns that Jenna Wade and Bobby will be getting married. Clayton and Miss Ellie get married.
Cliff is mad to learn that Pam left Dallas without saying where she's going. Ellie and Clayton go on a cruise to the Mediterranean. Katherine makes a scene during an angry exchange with Bobby. J.R. reveals the setup on offshore drilling to a completely stunned Cliff. Edgar Randolph reappears in Dallas vowing revenge on J.R. Cliff throws Afton out of the apartment. J.R. reveals his scheme to frame Peter Richards, and he blackmails Sue Ellen.
Shots are fired in J.R's office and Bobby falls to the floor bleeding.
Broadcast: 18-May-1984 w: Arthur Bernard Lewis d: Leonard Katzman
Afton discovers Bobby's body in J.R.'s office and calls an ambulance. J.R. gets a call from the hospital after Bobby's shooting. J.R. is not worried when Ray tells him that Randolph is back in Dallas. J.R. soon realizes that he was the target, not Bobby. Cliff learns that he has struck oil. Katherine is in shock when she hears Bobby is recovering. Bobby is left blind by the bullet wound. Marilee is angry at J.R. because he talked her out of partnering with Cliff. Randolph tries to shoot J.R. but misses. Bobby and J.R. realize that the killer is still at large.
NOTE: Actors HOWARD KEEL and PRISCILLA PRESLEY are now listed in the shows opening credits with the other series regulars.
Unable to handle her role as J.R.'s spy, Sly requests a few months off from work. Bobby fails to persuade Pam to abandon the salvage mission and accept Mark's death. Ellie treats Clayton to a night at a hotel and later surprises him with new bedroom furniture. Cliff fears Pam is headed for a nervous breakdown. J.R. spots a beautiful woman at the ball and wants to meet her. He is later surprised to see Mandy with Cliff. J.R. announces that Bobby and Jenna will marry in a month and Pam is devastated by the news.
NOTE: Donna Reed ("Miss Ellie") is added to the opening credits, beginning with this episode.
J.R. and Bobby plan to search for Jenna, who they believe has run away with Marchetta. Cliff tells Mandy that he doesn't want Bobby and Pam to reconcile any more than J.R. does. Pam must hide her happiness at the news of Bobby's cancelled wedding. Cliff and J.R. agree to work individually to keep Pam and Bobby apart. Marchetta tells Jenna that Charlie is on a plane to Rome. J.R. pays off the charter pilot who misled Pam into searching for Mark in the Caribbean. Jenna tells Bobby she has married Marchetta.
Broadcast: 21-Dec-1984 w: David Paulsen d: Leonard Katzman
Demerest tells Bobby that a full set of Jenna's fingerprints were found on the gun that killed Marchetta. Marchetta's accomplice, Veronica, calls and arranges to meet Bobby in California to discuss Charlie's release. Bobby later learns that she wants $50,000 and he agrees to pay it. An entry in Sam Culver's journal indicates that an agreement was signed dividing ownership of Ewing Oil between Jock, Digger, and Jason. Sue Ellen orders a double vodka and later tells J.R. that she wants them to have separate bedrooms. Cliff realizes that J.R. has been wooing Mandy in order to transmit false information to him. Cliff wins over Jamie who agrees to help him defeat J.R.
Broadcast: 11-Jan-1985 w: Leonard Katzman d: Leonard Katzman
Sue Ellen gets drunk at the Ewing victory party. Donna tells Ray about her pregnancy. J.R. reassures Mandy Winger that the problem with Sue Ellen will be resolved. Jenna can't wait to get married and Bobby is confused about who he should marry. Sue Ellen assures Clayton and Miss Ellie that she stopped drinking. Mitch and Lucy remarry. Cliff considers an annulment of his marriage to Jamie. Dusty reappears. Pam tells Bobby he has to marry Jenna. J.R. asks Sue Ellen to agree to end their marriage. Bobby proposes to Pam. Jamie surprises Cliff during their conversation about annulment. Then as Bobby leaves Pams house, a car drives straight towards Pamela, Bobby pushes Pam out of the way and the car hits him. The crashes and the driver is revealed to be Katherine Wentworth who is dead. Bobby is rushed to hospital where he dies of massive internal injuries.
Broadcast: 17-May-1985 w: Leonard Katzman d: Leonard Katzman
NOTE: Originally aired as a 90 minute episode.
Actress Morgan Brittany returned to the show for a cameo in the season finale, but was pregnant at the time this episode was filmed. Producers cleverly concealed her pregnancy was concealed by having Katherine seen sitting in the driver's seat of the car that killed Bobby.
The Ewings gather at Southfork to bury Bobby. At Pam’s house, Cliff and Jamie try to comfort her. Pam blames herself. Only Miss Ellie seems able to cope,she draws up lists of things to be done and begins to plan the funeral.
"Don’t bury the pain inside, Ellie," Clayton tells her. Gary returns to Southfork and provides a shoulder for Ellie to lean on. After all these years, Gary has found himself and is able to provide solace to his mother.
She decides to bury Bobby on a beautiful green hill overlooking Southfork, near a tree house where the Ewing boys played as children.
"Of all the places on Southfork where he used to play, this was his favorite," she tells Clayton. "Gary used to come ut here with him. When the other boys were playing, J. R. was learning from Jock, but I think he would have traded everything if he could have been the one that Jock built the tree house for."
Sue Ellen, who learned of Bobby’s death after everyone else, goes on a bender. Dusty wants to take care of her, and J.R . seems more than happy to get Sue Ellen out of his life. "You just go in the house, throw Sue Ellen over your shoulder, and carry her the hell out of Southfork," he tells Dusty. Ellie tries to explain to Sue Ellen that she is an alcoholic, and Dusty cannot offer her the kind of help she needs, but Sue Ellen takes offense at the speech. She leaves the ranch and goes right to a bar Dusty follows her there and drags her away.
Dusty explains to Sue Ellen that he still loves her, that he will help her dry out. His main goal is to get her in shape for Bobby’s funeral.
The funeral is a small family event. The ceremony is short and simple. Most of the family members move away and return to the house, leaving JR. alone with the casket. He speaks to Bobby.
"Never really told you how much you meant to me. All the fights, all that time butting’ heads with one another I'm sorry we were never friends. I wish I’d taken time to tell you that I loved you... I do... and you tell Daddy I love him too. Goodbye, Bobby. I miss you!"
Broadcast: 27-Sep-1985 w: Leonard Katzman d: Nick Havinga
NOTE: THE DREAM BEGINS Originally aired as a two hour episode.
by Joel J. Feigenbanm
Sue Ellen has a sudden change of heart as she and Dusty leave the ranch. She tells him it was a mistake for her to walk out and that she plans to go back. JR. is not impressed with her return. His harsh rejection turns her, once again, to alcohol. She jumps in her car and roars off to the nearest bar. After downing too much vodka, Sue Ellen is too drunk to drive. She attracts a man who volunteers to take her home and then robs her of her Mercedes. The next morning, without purse, identification, or any sense of herself, Sue Ellen wanders through an unfamiliar part of town. A bag lady offers her a drink, but Sue Ellen disdainfully rejects the offer
Clayton and Ellie worry about Sue Ellen and go off to look for her
"Every time she drinks, her chances only get worse, Ellie tells Clayton.
"We don’t know that she’s been drinking."
But Ellie can’t devote herself entirely to Sue Ellen’s problems—Bobby’s will must be read. The family is shocked to discover that Bobby has left his share of Ewing Oil to Christopher, in Pam’s trust. J.R. can’t believe he may have to be in partnership with Pam, while Cliff wants nothing more than to arrange for Pam to sell the shares—to him.
Only Mandy gives J.R. the understanding he needs but Mandy does worry about the fact that J.R. is still a married man.
"I have a feeling," JR. says to her, "a very strong feeling , that the Sue Ellen problem is going to take care itself."
Indeed, Sue Ellen has returned to the bag lady she once shunned and now greedily shares her bottle cheap wine.
Broadcast: 27-Sep-1985 w: Joel J. Feigenbaum d: Michael Preece
Clayton and Ellie intensify their search for Sue Ellen who Ellie feels very strongly must be in trouble.
Meanwhile, J.R. considers his own troubles. He can't believe that he may end up in business with the person he hates the most—his former sister-in-law, Pam. J.R. tries to buy Christopher’s shares of Ewing Oil, and Jeremy Wendell of Weststar works with Cliff to convince his sister to sell her Ewing Oil shares to them. Pam is truly torn between wanting to do the right thing for Christopher and wondering what Bobby would want her to do.
Clayton and Ellie finally find Sue Ellen. She has been moved from the city drunk tank to a detoxification ward. Dusty comes to the "detox" ward and gives Sue Ellen some gentle assurance. "I’m here because I love you, Sue Ellen. I’m here to keep my promise to help you. I will get you healthy again. Because I want you."
But Sue Ellen can only beg him for a drink. As Dusty tries to comfort Sue Ellen, JR. comes in and finds his wife in her lover’s arms. He and Dusty exchange punches while Sue Ellen, traumatized, begins to scream; and quake all over. JR. decides to commit Sue Ellen to a sanitarium.
"It’s all right, J.R. ," Ellie tells him after he signs papers. "You’ve done what had to be done. Someday Sue Ellen will thank you for this."
Broadcast: 04-Oct-1985 w: Peter Dunne d: Nick Havinga
Ellie begins to wonder if she too should sell her share of Ewing Oil to Weststar Although she doesn’t want the the family business to come to an end, she also does not want a repeat of the struggle for control that tore Bobby and JR. apart after Jock’s death.
Sue Ellen discovers that she has no choice but to join an alcoholics program at the clinic. When Dusty tries to visit Sue Ellen at the sanitarium he discovers she isn’t allowed to have visitors, so he bribes an attendant to let him in. Clayton warns him that his involvement with Sue Ellen is poorly timed, but Dusty seems very determined to make the love affair work out this time.
When her attendant pulls out a flask and offers Sue Ellen a drink—for a price, of course—Sue Ellen is sorely tempted. Then something inside her gives her the strength to turn away. Ferociously, she presses the "call" button and rings for a doctor. The action surprises and enlightens her.
"I can do it!" she says to herself. "I can do it. I just need help.’
Cliff continues to pressure his sister to sell to Jeremy Wendell at Weststar, and Pam gets more and more confused. Unable to deal with the business or the decisions she needs to make, Pam runs from the house—and gets quite a shock.
Broadcast: 11-Oct-1985 w: Hollance White , Stephanie Garman d: Michael Preece
J.R. nominates Bobby for the man of the year award at the Oil Baron's Ball. Cliff learns of the break-in at Jack's and wonders what he has to hide. Dusty tells Clayton and Ellie that he's going to Cheyenne for his divorce hearing but plans to come back for Sue Ellen. Mark explains to Kenderson that he decided to reenter Pam's life because she was in trouble. He says he has been honest with her about his condition. Kenderson agrees to head a blood disease research center that Mark wants to found. Sue Ellen discusses her parents and J.R. with her therapist who wants her to concentrate on the future. Sue Ellen's mother arrives for a short stay at Southfork. Ellie tells Clayton that Patricia has never been anything but trouble for Sue Ellen and everybody else. Sue Ellen takes pleasure in helping a fellow patient. Mark agrees to meet with Wendell to discuss his offer. An unseen photographer takes pictures of Jenna and Jack and then Jack by himself. Ellie advises Ray to make his own decision about selling his shares. Jack tells Ray he's attracted to Jenna but Ray warns it will take her a while to get over Bobby. Ray also reminds Jack that their third option with the sale is to simply side with whatever Miss Ellie decides to do. Patricia tells Sue Ellen she plans to stay in Dallas to help Sue Ellen regain her life.
J.R. finds out that Mandy moved out of her apartment. Pam explains to J.R. that she decided to take Wendell's offer because it seems the better long term interest for Christopher. J.R. feels utterly defeated. Ellie tells Clayton she's decided to sell to Wendell. Ellie goes to Ewing Oil and hears J.R. talking aloud to Bobby. She's disturbed to hear him say he's taking John Ross and leaving Dallas.
While celebrating Pam's decision to sell to Wendell, Jamie is annoyed by an overzealous Cliff's preoccupation with the pending deal. Pam assures Mark she intends to meet with Wendell to sign the papers in a couple of days as planned. After Ellie tells a dismayed Clayton that she overheard J.R. talk about leaving Southfork, she discloses that she won't sell her share of Ewing Oil to Wendell. At the sanitarium, J.R. and John Ross visit Sue Ellen who, having completed the program, is checking out the following day. J.R. only mildly protests when she informs him that she won't be going back to Southfork right away and will stay with her mother. Charlie is pleased when Jenna agrees to attend the Oil Barons' Ball with Jack.
In a hotel suite, a photographer delivers recent photos of Jack to Angelica Nero who believes he's the man she has been seeking. Angelica intends to casually approach Jack in person to confirm his identity Despite Ellie's promise that she, Ray, and Gary won't sell to Wendell, J.R. considers Wendell's pending acquisition of Christopher's interest unacceptable and vows to start over on his own. At the sanitarium, a confident Patricia reassures an uncertain Sue Ellen as she's discharged and says goodbye to her roommate.
Pam privately questions her decision to sell to Wendell after Ellie regrets forgetting that John Ross and Christopher should be trusted to keep the family and company intact. Dressed for the ball, Jenna can't get an excited Charlie to talk realistically about Jack. J.R. delights in John Ross's enthusiasm for the oil business. Pam wonders if she's sacrificing Christopher's family ties in favor of monetary gain. A supportive Mark comments that she can still change her mind and sell to J.R. if she wants to. Donna and Ray learn that the amniocentesis test results show that their baby has an abnormality. J.R. invites Jordan and Marilee to make him an offer for his interest in Ewing Oil.
Though Cliff tries to answer for Pam, she admits it was difficult to sever ties with the Ewings when Marilee asks. J.R. reiterates to Ellie that his mind is made up about striking out on his own. When Angelica encounters Jack, he smiles politely but doesn't know who she is. Jack persuades Jenna to call Donna and Ray when she worries about their absence. Ellie and Clayton invite Sue Ellen and Patricia to sit at the Ewing table.
Mandy tells J.R. she'll be whatever he needs her to be in order to carry on their relationship. J.R. scoffs when Cliff brags that he'll soon be J.R.'s boss which prompts Jamie to attack Cliff for his selfish manipulation of Pam. J.R. refuses to acknowledge the presence of a hurt and confused Sue Ellen.
When the Oil Man of the Year Award is given posthumously to Bobby, Ellie accepts on his behalf and then chooses to pass it on to Christopher. After accepting for Christopher, Pam makes an announcement that astonishes J.R. and significantly affects the future operation of Ewing Oil.
Pam makes her own speech, explaining that she cannot sell Christopher’s heritage to Weststar.
"With apologies to those who may not understand my sudden change of heart, I cannot. . . will not sell Christopher's share of Ewing Oil to Weststar."
Pam then privately tells JR., "I’m not selling the shares at all. From now on, it’s you and me. I’ll see you in the office, partner
Ray and Donna did not attend the ball because they have discovered that their unborn child suffers from Down’s Syndrome.
They are torn and confused as to their next course of action—Ray is in favor of abortion, Donna is not. Finally Donna is able to persuade Ray to join her in investigating what kind of life their child will have if they go ahead.
Cliff tries to get Jamie to come back; she is almost swayed until she discovers that what Cliff really wants is a date for a dinner engagement with shipping magnate Angelica Nero. Jamie refuses and Cliff is forced to meet with Angelica alone. He is shocked when she begins to pitch to him a very exciting deal.
Angelica has used Cliff as bait to attract J.R, J.R is happy to woo her and win the deal away from Barnes, never suspecting that she has already chosen Ewing Oil because of her interest in Jack.
Angelica arranges the meeting with JR. at a restaurant where she knows Jack and Jenna will dine so that she can get a good look at her target. Afterward, she confides to her assistant, Grace, that Jack is indeed the man she has been looking for.
Donna and Ray visit a school for disabled children and come away very impressed. They decide to have the baby, despite the problems ahead.
Broadcast: 08-Nov-1985 w: Joel J. Feigenbaum d: Michael Preece
Sue Ellen reiterates to Dusty that she isn't ready to commit to him and says she won't be at tomorrow's Ewing-hosted charity rodeo to root for him.
J.R. asks an undecided Jack to work at Ewing Oil and invites Angelica to the rodeo, mentioning that Jack will be there. Angelica tells Cliff she'll soon make a decision re the co-venture. Ray and Donna look forward to the rodeo and share a moment of hopefulness about the baby. Pam and Mark discuss Cliff's devious methods, plans for the research center, and the rodeo.
J.R. invites Mandy to the rodeo. Sue Ellen finally agrees to go to the rodeo for a competing John Ross' sake but resents Patricia's instructions to stay away from Dusty. During the rodeo,
Angelica is attentive to Jack which is not lost on Jenna. Cliff tries to spend time with Angelica but is frustrated when she walks off with J.R. Pam assures Jamie that problems with Cliff will all work out and shares a friendly exchange with Jenna. Jenna, Sue El1en, and Jamie compete in the barrel race, while Patricia deliberately interrupts Mandy and an annoyed J.R.
Sue Ellen warns Mandy that J.R. will eventually abandon her just as he has his previous mistresses. Sue Ellen surprises J.R. by having the last word when they argue about Mandy and Dusty.
Angelica decides on Ewing Oil for the co-venture, and she, J.R., and Jack proceed to iron out the details of the deal. J.R. is forced to introduce Angelica to Pam who is surprised to learn about the pending deal. Donna takes a bad fall and worries about the baby as Ray comforts her on the way to the hospital. Mark reminds Pam that as J.R.'s equal partner, she's justified in talking privately with Angelica. A rejuvenated Sue Ellen tells Clayton she could never live at Southfork again. After Pam explains that she and J.R. share equally in the decision-making process, Angelica hides her displeasure and graciously promises to provide Pam with information on the pending deal. After promising not to push her for a commitment, Dusty and Sue Ellen make love in the hayloft.
Sue Ellen watches a controlled J.R. present the rodeo's All-Around Cowboy award to Dusty. Angelica persuades Jack to drop her off at her hotel.
At the hospital, Ray feels both relief and sorrow when the doctor d1scloses the out come of Donna's surgery.
At the hospital, Ray waits to see Donna. J.R. reassures Mandy when she wonders if he's really over Sue Ellen. Sue Ellen refuses to discuss her personal life with Patricia and tells a disappointed Dusty that she wants his companionship but isn't ready to live with him. Mark suggests that a suspicious Pam talk to Angelica before deciding that J.R. was operating behind her back. Ray tells Donna that they lost the baby. Phyllis agrees to stay on as Pam's secretary.
Ellie dashes Patricia's hopes of saving the J.R. and Sue Ellen relationship. Angelica is relieved to hear that J.R. leveled with Pam about the pending deal. Angelica stresses that she has full authority when J.R. indicates he wants to personally discuss the arrangement with reclusive Dmitri Marinos. Surprising Sue Ellen, Patricia supports her daughter's life apart from J.R. and then wonders how Sue Ellen can stand being separated from John Ross. Purposely late for a lunch date, J.R. explains to Mandy that he wants to give Jack a chance to get acquainted with Angelica. When Jack persuades Angelica to delay business discussion until J.R. arrives, she comments that Jack's involvement in the deal might be very important. Cliff makes amends with Pam.
At the hospital, Ray finds Donna withdrawn and unresponsive. Sue Ellen hires a lawyer, having decided to seek full custody of John Ross. Cliff and Jamie reconcile. Ray dissolves into tears as he prepares to dispose of the baby items Donna had accumulated. Vowing there'll be no deal unless he knows what's really going on, J.R. falls into a passionate embrace with a seductive Angelica.
Sue Ellen visits with John Ross. J.R. instructs his private detective to provide background information on Dmitri Marinos and Angelica. After learning that she's seeking custody and legal separation, J.R. confronts Sue Ellen and swears that she'll never be safe if she somehow succeeds in taking John Ross away from him.
Sue Ellen has a nightmare in which J.R. foils her attempt to take John Ross from Southfork. When Angelica's associate Nicholas reports that J.R.'s detective is snooping around in Athens, she feels pressured to quickly close the deal with J.R. A grieving Donna tells Ellie that she won't try to have another baby but doesn't elaborate.
Though she's frightened, Sue Ellen assures a worried Clayton that she's prepared to press her suit for custody of John Ross. Calling from Athens, the detective suggests that J.R. hold off on closing the deal while he checks out some odd activity at Marinos. J.R. talks to John Ross about the custody suit. Though she tries to explain, Sue Ellen realizes that John Ross is still confused about his parents' custody fight. Jack's expression of love for his late mother moves Jenna. Ellie discovers that John Ross is missing from his room.
The family, including Sue Ellen, scours the ranch in search of John Ross. The detective calls from Athens and leaves a message for J.R. to meet him at the Dallas airport in the morning. Nicholas and two goons watch the detective as he exits the phone booth and drops a manila envelope into a mailbox. Pam tells a surprised Angelica that she is opposed to the co-venture. A loving Cliff and Jamie plan to work closely together so she can learn about the oil business. Ellie finds John Ross and tries to alleviate his fears about the custody dispute.
The judge who will rule on the custody case talks to John Ross, Sue Ellen, and J.R. individually and then together, promising to make his decision as quickly as possible. Angelica and Grace agree that Pam can be taken care of if she becomes too much of a problem. J.R. is annoyed when a cautious, reluctant Jack wants to talk to Pam before committing to the Marinos deal.
Cliff and Jamie tell Pam/Mark that they're going to have a proper traditional wedding ceremony and honeymoon. At the airport, J.R. spots the detective's suitcase but the man is nowhere to be found.
J.R. and Sue Ellen are both stunned when the judge announces his decision in the custody case.
The judge speaks to John Ross and each of his parents separately before making his ruling.
"I must say that while your abilities and qualifications are distinctly different, I’m convinced that both of you love your son. My decision is no reflection on the depth of feeling you each have for him, or he for you. But it falls to award custody of John Ross to only one parent ,and I have therefore made my decision to award that to Mrs. Ewing."
While awaiting court approval to appeal the custody ruling, Harv cautions an impatient J.R. not to tamper with the judicial system. Having decided to leave John Ross at Southfork until the custody issue is settled, a worried Sue Ellen discusses J.R.'s pending motion for appeal and her future with Pam and Mark. A listless Donna aggravates Ray. J.R. tells John Ross that he's fighting to keep him at Southfork. After talking to Pam, Jack realizes he'll be caught in the middle if she and J.R. disagree about closing the Marinos deal. Angelica instructs Nicholas to hold J.R.'s detective captive in Greece until Grace intercepts the manila envelope the detective mailed. Through an unsuspecting McSween, J.R. hopes to find a way to bribe the judge who will preside if the appeal is granted. Cliff is pleased to have an enterprising Jamie working with him at Barnes/Wentworth. Posing as a temporary secretary for J.R.'s detective's partner, Grace and her cohorts in Greece arrange a phone conversation in which the captive detective tells his partner to give J.R the go-ahead to close the Marinos deal. Jenna sympathizes when Donna explains that her extreme grief over the lost baby can't be shared with Ray. Sue Ellen plans to get a job and is unconcerned about the social scene she continues to worry about J.R.'s appeal. The judge's son is grateful when J.R. offers to find a job for him at Ewing Oil. J.R. tells Pam that her decision re the Marinos deal is required tomorrow when they are due to meet with Angelica. Donna silently observes as a frustrated Ray tears down the construction on the new house.
At J.R.'s request, the detective's partner has Grace messenger over the Jason/Nancy Ewing file to J.R. Grace finds the detective's manila envelope in incoming mail and tucks it in her purse. Dusty tells Sue Ellen to have faith that she'll win out if J.R. is allowed to appeal. Unable to forget Bobby, Jenna flees Jack's romantic advances. In consideration of J.R. hiring his son, the judge promises to award custody to J.R. if the appeal is granted. Finally realizing that Ray is suffering as much as she is, Donna apologizes to him for ignoring his pain.
J.R., Jack, and Angelica are pleased when Pam decides in favor of the co-venture. Sue Ellen makes a surprising decision that significantly affects J.R. and John Ross' future. Sue Ellen realizes it would be a mistake to take her son from his home. To everyone’s total shock, she announces that she’s not taking John Ross after all.
by Will Lorin
Harv Smithfield, the family attorney, advises JR. that even though Sue Ellen is allowing John Ross to stay at Southfork, she still has custody of the boy and can claim him at any time. If, however, Sue Ellen were to move back to the ranch, she would forfeit custody. J.R. then asks Sue Ellen to come back to Southfork, for John Ross s sake.
Sue Ellen tells Patricia that she is not going to try to control John Ross’s life the way Patricia did hers. She confides to her mother that she is considering moving back to Southfork, because John Ross keeps telling her in nonverbal ways that he needs her there. Patricia begins to pack her things to leave Dallas. The two women work out their differences and Patricia begins to understand that she can no longer manipulate her daughter.
Jenna tells Jack that they should stop seeing each other. Jack, dismayed, asks Ray for advice; Ray suggests that he just slow down a bit, that perhaps Jenna isn’t ready for romance so soon after Bobby’s death.
Sue Ellen moves back to Southfork. Mandy, upset by the news, seeks out Cliff Barnes for Chinese food and a chat. Barnes suggests revenge.
by Deanne Barkley
When a ruptured water main floods their house, Ray and Donna move into Southfork. Clayton tells his lawyer that he’s having financial problems and needs to sell off some of his smaller companies to keep his refinery going, but he doesn’t want Ellie to know about his problems. Everyone in the family has noticed how distracted Clayton has been, but he is not aware of any difference in his behavior.
Pam opens a package addressed to Bobby from his friend Matt Cantrell and is surprised to see it holds a huge uncut emerald and the promise that there’s more to come from his South American mine. When Pam tells J.R. about the emerald, he scoffs and tells her that it must be fake, since Cantrell is a loser.
J.R. and Angelica continue to do business. Cliff has been telling Mandy that the two are involved in more than business, but Mandy has refused to believe it. Cliff gives her a tip-off that sends her to Angeliea’s hotel, from which she sees JR. emerge in the early morning, thus confirming Cliff’s accusation and her own suspicions. Furious at JR.’s betrayal, Mandy flushes the diamond bracelet he gave her down the toilet, Jack, upset by Jenna’s jilting him, takes off for places unknown so that he can clear his head. JR. is annoyed when Jamie says even she doesn’t know how to locate her brother.
by Bill Taub
Angelica is concerned about Jack’s disappearance because she has an opportunity to put her secret plan into action in Caracas shortly. JR. assures her that Jack will be back when needed, but both he and Angelica are anxious.
Matt comes to Dallas to meet with Bobby and is shocked to discover his friend has died. He and Pam chat about Bobby’s dreams and how Matt has lived out all their boyhood fantasies, and Pam decides to back Matt in the mine. JR. agrees to sell his interest in Cantrell’s mine since he thinks the whole thing is a waste of time. Mark Graison is not thrilled at Pam’s enthusiasm for the mine; he feels that Pam is becoming too involved with Bobby and his ghost.
Mandy leaks information about Ewing Oil to Cliff which results in his cancellation of all equipment orders to make sure that JR. doesn’t get the items he needs for his drilling with Marinos Shipping. J.R can’t understand how this has happened to him, but soon discovers that Mandy is the spy. He sadly vows revenge.
Jamie, who has been working with Cliff at Barnes Wentworth since they got back together, goes on a site inspection and is crushed by an avalanche of oil barrels. She’s rushed to the hospital, where blood tests reveal that she has a very rare type of blood. The doctor urges the family to locate Jack, who might make a suitable blood donor. Without the right blood, Jamie will die.
As Jamie lies unconscious, the doctor stresses the urgency of finding a compatible blood donor. While Mark Graison and Sue Ellen try to find other possible donors, JR. offers a $25,000 reward to anyone who can locate Jack Ewing. J.R. claims to be acting out of concern for his cousin, hut the truth is that he needs Jack for Angelica to produce in Caracas in a matter of days.
Jack has gone to an isolated fishing lodge to be alone to think about his problems with Jenna and has no idea that he is being sought. Jenna, distraught and blaming herself for his disappearance, goes to Jack’s apartment to find clues to where he may have gone. Some photographs trigger her memory of his fishing cabin. Jenna and Ray fly out in the Southfork plane to New Mexico and return with Jack.
According to Angelica, Jack was so important to her plans because he was the illegitimate son of Dimitri Marinos. When the doctor announces that Jack’s blood is an exact match to Jamie’s, J.R. is left with serious doubts.
by Bill Tech
J.R. uses Graison Research’s computers to analyze Jack’s blood and discovers that Jack and Jamie did indeed have the same parents. He realizes that Angelica has been lying to him, but he’s not certain why.
Angelica, having missed her chance to use Jack in Caracas, now wants him to appear at an oil conference in Martinique. Smelling a rat, J.R. decides to sell part of his share of the Marinos deal to the cartel.
Matt Cantrell gives Pam a brooch set with emeralds from their mine. Pam decides to go down to Colombia to see the mine for herself, even though Mark is furious at the thought. Pam is saddened by his refusal to understand her need to go to Colombia.
Ellie secretly buys up the companies that Clayton has for sale.
"You can’t keep buying everything Clayton is selling," Punk Anderson advises her. "You’ll go broke if that keeps up"
by Peter Dunce
Matt and JR. meet secretly to confirm their deal: J.R. has been providing Matt with the money, the loose stones, and the brooch for Pam in order to eon her into sinking money into the mine. He plans on using her incompetence in this deal against her in his legal campaign to oust her from Ewing Oil. Then JR. feeds Cliff some phony information about the mine, enticing him to contribute $2 million of his own money to be Pam’s partner.
J.R.‘s satisfaction with his progress on the mine and the Marinos deal is marred by his discovery that his mother has put up her 10 percent of Ewing Oil as collateral to buy a business through an unnamed Houston broker. JR. begins work to find out why. Pam is so excited about her upcoming jungle adventure that she forgets a dinner date with Mark. Mark confides to Sue Ellen that Pam and Bobby were planning to remarry and his feelings that he and Pam may not have a future together after all.
By Joel J. Feigenbaum
In Los Gatos, Colombia, Matt scans the post office, desperate to get a package of emeralds that JR. is sending him for their con. The chief of police, Luis Rueda, reveals to Matt that he has the package and that he considers Matt to be a very suspicious character.
J.R. has noticed that Grace has befriended Jack and that the two are beginning to be an item J.R is certain this is a ploy on behalf of Angelica to gain control over Jack, and he is still not certain why Jack is so vital to Angelica’s plans.
Sue Ellen, who has blossomed in her position as the Fund raiser for Graison Research, has so impressed JR. that their relationship begins to take a new turn. JR. asks her if he may escort her to the fundraising auction she is hostessing for Graison Research.
Clayton discovers that it was Ellie who was behind his buyouts, and while angry at first, he comes to realize what a loving gesture she made. He decides to sell all of Farlow Industries and devote himself to the ranch, horse breeding, and Miss Ellie.
Matt and Pam leave Los Gatos for the mine, a few days’ trek into the jungle. Matt leaves camp to take a swim in the river after everyone goes to bed. Pam’s screams bring him racing back to camp, where he is knocked unconscious and left for dead.
by Leonard Katzman
When Matt comes to he discovers that the camp is destroyed and that Pam and everyone else are gone. He makes his way back to Los Gatos and calls J.R , who decides to come to Colombia to meet with Matt in person. He tells Matt to wait twelve hours, and then call Cliff and Mark. Once he puts the calls through, Cliff and Mark make plans to head down to Colombia.
JR. stands in the shadows as they arrive. He has explained to Matt that he never meant any harm to come to Pam—he just wanted to discredit her. He has also bribed the police chief into helping out with the case.
While he is gone, JR. has instructed Sly to explain his absence by telling everyone he is away on business in Europe. Angelica does not believe his cover story and worries that he has discovered her plan. She instructs Grace to seduce Jack. Matt, Mark, Cliff and Rueda are setting up a search party when a young boy arrives with a package for them. It is the emerald brooch Matt gave Pam.
In Colombia, Mark and Cliff work anxiously with Rueda in the desperate attempt to gain Pam’s release. Cliff is perplexed by the $100,000 ransom demand. "Why did they ask for so little when they could have had so much more?"
Reluctantly, Mark and Cliff agree to let Matt go alone to deliver the money. Mark believes that Matt may have had something to do with the kidnapping and will now skip out with the money. When Matt is late in returning, Mark is sure his worst fears are being confirmed.
Finally, Matt returns. The next day, Pam is released into Mark’s hungry arms.
Back in Dallas, Ellie and Donna have fears of their own—that Jenna may be cracking up. Jenna agrees to see a psychiatrist, but when at her first appointment she finds herself opening up to him somewhat, she catches herself withdraws, and then dismisses him.
Mandy confesses to J.R. that she was the spy. JR. feigns surprise, never revealing that he already knew and used her to take phony information to Cliff. He has his eye on Sue Ellen, in whom he has taken a renewed interest. When Jerry Kenderson brings Sue Ellen home from work and gives her a friendly kiss goodnight, J.R. stands in the shadows, watching.
Broadcast: 14-Feb-1986 w: Joel J. Feigenbaum , Peter Dunne d: Bruce Bilson
by Hollace White and Stephanie Garrnan
Pam insists that she still wants to be taken to see the mine, much to Matt’s dismay. In a panic that she will discover the truth, Matt calls J.R., who tells him to simply explain to Pam that much excavation will be needed before she will see any real evidence of emeralds; she shouldn’t expect to see them lying on the surface.
In Dallas, JR. invites Sue Ellen to accompany him to Martinique, where he is headed for a big oil conference.Sue Ellen rejects his overtures and refuses his offer. Hurt, JR. calls his private eye with instructions to start digging for dirt on Jerry Kenderson.Ray, filling in for Donna at the school where she has been doing volunteer work, finds himself particularly taken with one of her students, a young deaf boy living with a foster family.
Only Jenna is not doing well. When her psychiatrist brings up the day before Bobby’s death, Lucy’s wedding day, she rushes out of his office in a fit of anger.
by Susan Howard
JR., who has asked Sly to get him all the available information worldwide on Dimitri Marinos, has begun to smell a rat and is holding back in his dealings with Angelica. He connects with a man named Alex Garrett, a former attorney of Marinos’s, who mysteriously warns J. R., "Watch out for Angelica Nero."
J.R. decides to go with Jack to Martinique, but to proceed slowly and to find out more from Garrett once he gets there.
Pam gets back to work with J.R. and finds the situation just as unpleasant as ever. When she discovers JR.’s latest tricks with the cartel she gets furious, but JR. tells her that her situation in Colombia just proves how inept a businesswoman she really is. Mark helps Pam realize that she doesn’t have to carry on for Bobby just to prove how much she loved him; it’s time for Pam to get on with her other commitments. On the way to Martinique J.R. finally asks Jack to impersonate Marinos. Jack is furious, but J.R. assures everyone that Jack will cooperate because it is in Ewing Oil’s best interests that he do so. Jack is resentful, but finally agrees. He feels betrayed by Grace— as well he should. Behind his back Angelica, Nicholas, and Grace hatch a terrible scheme—Jack and J.R are to be blown up on the yacht.
by Leonard Katzman
In Dallas, Pam is becoming increasingly concerned about Jenna’s deep psychological distress. She tries to help Jenna, but is rejected. Inadvertently, Pam tells Jenna that she and Bobby had planned to remarry right before his death, and that Bobby had told Pam that Jenna had known about his feelings.
In Martinique, J.R. continues to try to connect with Garrett, but with no success. Finally the attorney agrees to see him, but only if there is no chance the two men will not be seen together. They settle on a meeting at the upcoming costume ball, where they will both be in disguise.
Meanwhile, Jack and Grace make up and agree to start their relationship over. Angelica witnesses the scene, and although Grace assures her she was just doing her job, no longer trusts her assistant. Grace warns Jack and J.R. that their lives will be endangered on the yacht the next day.
At the ball, Garrett tells J.R that three years ago, when Dimitri Marinos was near death, he had added a codicil to his will cutting Angeliea off from Marinos Shipping. Just after that, Marinos went into seclusion. JR. begins to understand the clever scheme Angelica has been running.
Just as Angelica introduces Jack as Dimitri, pandemonium breaks loose. The assassination attempt has begun.
by Peter Dunne and Joel J. Fiegenhaum
In the aftermath of the ball, J.R. and Jack are relieved to find themselves still alive. Grace and Nicholas both turn state’s witness, explaining the elaborate plan Angelica had made to prove Dimitri was alive in order to have "him" assassinated publicly. Alex Garrett takes charge of the Marinos affairs and explains to JR. that although he must temporarily halt the Ewing—Marinos deal, once things are straightened out, he will resume the deal as planned.
Back in Dallas, Pam worries about Jenna. She explains to Mark that she let slip the truth about Bobby and that Jenna hadn’t believed her. Mark later confronts Jenna, assuring her that it really is true: Bobby and Pam did plan to remarry. Still Jenna does not believe it. Finally Jenna breaks through to a blocked memory of Lucy’s wedding and remembers that she did release Bobby. Jenna decides to move away from Southfork with Charlie.
Donna agrees to adopt Tony, much to Ray’s delight.
Pam realizes that she has gone as far as she can with Bobby’s dreams and that she should get out of Ewing Oil. She decides to sell Christopher’s Ewing shares to JR.
NOTHING’S EVER PERFECT
by Leonard Katzman
JR. is jubilant as he prepares to buy Christopher’s shares of Ewing Oil and finally take over as undisputed head of the company. He is further thrilled with the deal he made with the cartel, to buy them out of the Marinos deal at fifty cents on the dollar. The cartel members have no way of knowing that Garrett will make good on the deal, so they are more than happy to sell out to JR. J.R. takes out a $1 billion loan so that he can pursue his two projects at the same time.
Jenna apologizes to Jack and goes to Bobby’s grave to say goodbye to him. Having straightened out her problems with Bobby’s death, Jenna decides to stay on at Southfork, perhaps she and Jack can work it out. Angelica, now hiding in Europe, buys fake documents and begins her plot for revenge. She finds Nicholas in Zurich, and kills him with a well placed hat pin.
JR. discovers that there’s nothing in Kenderson’s background that can be used against him but stumbles on some interesting tidbits about Mark Graison in the process. He decides to speed up investigation into Graison’s past. Sue Ellen tells Jerry that she cannot leave Southfork for him. When she bumps into Mandy she is shocked to learn that she and JR. have broken up. Mandy tells her the cause was another woman—Sue Ellen. Convinced that Pam has finally put Bobby’s death behind her, Mark asks her to marry him, and she says, yes, one more time.
by Joel J. Fiegenbanni and Peter Dunne
Sue Ellen tries to get J.R. to admit that he broke up with Mandy for her, but he won’t commit. He does seek out Kenderson and plants more seeds of discontent.
Cliff throws in his hand with the cartel, in the hopes that together they will have the power to beat JR. at his own game. JR. discovers that if he defaults on any of his loan payments, he will lose Ewing Oil. He’s not too worried, though, and gives Garrett the go-ahead on the Marinos wells.
Donna and Ray begin the adoption proceedings, but fear that Ray’s manslaughter conviction for Mickey Trotter’s death will stand in the way. They overcome that obstacle, but find that Tony doesn’t want to be adopted by them.
Matt discovers emeralds in Colombia and decides to go back to Dallas to show Pam. Angelica, still undercover, enters the United States, intent on revenge.
by Leonard Katzman
The drop in the price of oil forces J.R to shut down his stripper wells, those wells that only pump fifteen barrels of oil a day. Since he is anticipating five-thousand barrels a day from the Marinos deal, he’s not worried.
Ray and Donna discover that Tony has been hurt emotionally by another family he loved and is therefore reluctant to be adopted because he thinks the same thing will happen. They resolve to keep working on it.
Mark tells Sue Ellen that J.R. has been snooping around into his and Jerry’s past lives, looking for dirt. Sue Ellen, furious, confronts J.R., who tells her that he only did what he did because the thought of losing her is so difficult for him. Mark is so enraged that he finally admits to Pam and Cliff that they were right about J.R. all along. Cliff hopes this means Mark will throw in with him and merge Graisco with Barnes Wentworth. Jamie is so worried about a new feud that she goes to see J.R. and begs him to leave Cliff alone.
Sue Ellen breaks up with Jerry Kenderson, explaining that she wants to give J.R. another chance.
Angelica is booked for speeding and carrying a gun but is soon released and continues on her way to Dallas.
by Peter Dunne and Joel Feigenbaum
JR. settles in to life being just about perfect: he finally has control of Ewing Oil, Jack has decided to leave Dallas, and Sue Ellen admits that she and JR. do, indeed, have a special thing between them which she can’t find with anyone else. J.R. in turn promises Sue Ellen that he will never take her for granted again.
Marilee is so angry at J.R.’s latest ruthless schemes that she tells Cliff that she and the other members of the cartel are ready to band together with him to go after Ewing Oil. Cliff can’t wait to do battle again, but Jamie steps in and takes matters into her own hands, by going to J.R. and personally asking him to promise to leave Cliff alone.
Pam and Mark progress with their wedding plans. When the invitation to their wedding arrives at Southfork, Ellie is misty eyed and pensive. Donna also is pensive when, after finally getting Tony to agree to being adopted by the Krebbses, the application is denied because of Ray’s criminal record.
Angelica meets with an explosives expert who does some fancy work in her custom-made briefcase as she prepares to take on J.R.
by Leonard Katzman
When he discovers that Garrett has shut down the Marinos wells, J.R. angrily threatens his former friend. Without the wells, J.R. faces financial ruin; but if JR. has to go down, he’ll take others with him.
His snooping into Jerry Kenderson’s past has revealed a choice secret about Mark Graison. Graison was involved in a college prank that resulted in a student death and can be tried at any time.
The new hired hand, Ben Stivers, alludes to a secret of his own in a life related to the Ewings in previous times. Punk Anderson thinks the man is familiar to him, and Ellie, too, is made uneasy by the memories he brings up.
J.R. and Sue Ellen attend the fundraiser she has organized for Graison Research and get along fine with forincrly fending family members. Sue Ellen is convinced JR. really has changed.
The two have a wonderful time and Sue Ellen moves back into JR.‘s bedroom as a live-in wife. Sue Ellen tells John Ross that his parents are committed to making their marriage work.
But Angelica has other plans.
by Peter Dunne and Joel Fiegenbanm
Worried that his empire may collapse, JR. agrees to do business with Angelica Nero, who has returned from her hideout to offer J.R. some papers that will give him power over Alex Garrett. At gunpoint, Angelica forces JR to her car and gives him a sample of the documents she is selling. JR has them authenticated and is delighted with them and agrees to pay her. They agree to meet at the office on Sunday for the exchange.
Pam and Mark are married at Mark’s home. Moments before the ceremony, Ellie tells Pam how much she loves her. All the Ewings and Barneses turn out for the family event. Donna and Ray have finally adopted Tony. Jack refuses to reconsider staying in Dallas, but promises Jamie that she will get to keep his snazzy sportscar while he is off in parts unknown.
JR. gives Sue Ellen a new engagement ring as the two resume their married life. He postpones a Sunday family outing to go to the office to meet Angelica,she keeps him waiting an extra hour. When Angelica shows up, she pulls the pin from her explosive briefcase, setting the timer on the detonator. J.R. and Angelica exchange a few angry words, during which Angelica vows to kill Jack and J.R., then JR. calls in the police, who listened to the conversation and can now book Angelica. As she is led away, Angelica screams that it’s too late Jack and J.R. anyway.
Worried, JR. telephones his cousin. Jack and Jamie are in his sportscar, just about to leave for the airport when Jack hears the phone and runs back to answer leaving Jamie waiting in the car. As JR. asks if Jamie is safe, the two men hear an explosion. Jack’s car is blown to smithereens. J.R. rushes out of his office to go over to Jack’s.
Sue Ellen, who is worried about JR. being so late decides to drive to town to find out what’s wrong. knows that JR. is meeting Angelica and senses danger. JR. leaves in one elevator just as Sue Ellen enters the office from the other elevator. Seconds later, the brief case explodes, wrecking the Ewing Building.
On the morning after her wedding, Pam wakes to the sound of running water. She walks into the bathroom and opens the shower door, and sees a man who looks exactly like Bobby Ewing.
"Good morning," he says.
Broadcast: 16-May-1986 w: Joel J. Feigenbaum , Peter Dunne d: Michael Preece
NOTE: In the end credits, it states "Patrick Duffy as " but does not say which character he played. Producers obviously did not want to state that he was definitely returning as Bobby in order to keep the cliffhanger of his return as secret.
The ending of this episode with Patrick duffy in the shower was origionally taped seperately as an irish spring soap commercial. There was also an alternate ending in which Pam's new husband was in the shower. This was done as a clever way of preventing the ending from leaking
J.R. tries to talk Donna into taking up a lobbying position in Washington, and he endorses her at a public gathering. Ewing 12 on fire after an explosion. Ray and Clayton hire Wes Parmalee[Steven Forrest]. Mandy has another confrontation with Sue Ellen over J.R. Jenna moves out of Southfork and has to face a disobedient Charlie. Sue Ellen hires a detective to spy on J.R and Mandy.
Broadcast: 26-Sep-1986 w: Leonard Katzman and Mitchell Wayne Katzman Directed by: Leonard Katzman
Jenna names her baby Lucas, after her father. Ray visits Jenna at the hospital and they discuss the future. J.R. has to explain himself in front os Sue Ellen after she sees a picture in the newspaper of him and Mandy Winger. Mandy tells a shocked Bruce Harvey that she's after J.R. Doctors tell Pam that she can have a baby. Mrs. Scottfield reveals her scheme to a stunned Bobby. J.R. almost gets trapped by the Justice Department but manages to get out at the last minute. Christopher learns he was adopted. J.R. and Bobby strike a deal with the Justice Department. Miss Ellie learns of Clayton's heart problem. Sue Ellen confronts Mandy over J.R. Jeremy Wendell reveals his plot to J.R. Pam and Bobby's dream's and plans are shattered as tragedy strikes Pam when her car crashes into a tanker and explodes.
J.R. lashes out at Sue Ellen for defeating him along with Kimberly. Jenna calls Ray from Paris. Sue Ellen leaves Southfork. Ellie wants Clayton to co-own Southfork. Connie Hall makes herself look like Jenna and imposes herself on Ray. J.R. tells Casey his services are no longer needed. J.R. places John Ross in a hideaway school to protect him against "kidnappers." Sue Ellen tries to find a legal way to get John Ross. Bobby and Kay wonder how to keep their long-distance romance going. April refuses to become Casey's business partner. Cliff wants to sell his gas field to Jeremy Wendell. Connie takes revenge on Ray.
Ray gets wounded by a psychotic Connie. Sly is upset by the way J.R. fired Casey. Cliff vows revenge on J.R. using Jeremy Wendell. Jenna returns from Paris. Nicholas Pearce supports Sue Ellen in her fight for John Ross. J.R. wins a temporary advantage over Sue Ellen and her court order to get John Ross. April throws a surprise party for Cliff. Bobby gets a conditional right to use the Ewing Oil name again. Kay doesn't want to leave Washington to come to Dallas. J.R. moves out of Southfork after finding out about Clayton's co-ownership of the ranch. Ray tells Jenna about his affair with Connie. Lucy returns to Southfork from Atlanta. April and Cliff sign a partnership with Casey. Lucy complains to Miss Ellie about her marriage to Mitch. J.R. tells John Ross he wants to buy another ranch. J.R. has a surprise for Jeremy Wendell concerning his recently acquired gas field.
Clayton asks J.R. to turn John Ross over to Sue Ellen. Sue Ellen and Pearce search for John Ross. After Ray's affair with Connie, he and Jenna wonder how it will affect their marriage. Casey meets Lucy and they date. Jenna confides in Miss Ellie about her marital problem. J.R. gets the Ewing property back from Jeremy Wendell but Bobby rebuffs his offer to work together again. Jenna decides to give Ray another chance. Jordan Lee tells Cliff that he saw Pam. Ray and Jenna leave Dallas. Pearce gets killed in a confrontation with J.R. Sue Ellen fires three shots at J.R.
Sue Ellen thinks she killed J.R. At the hospital, J.R. tries to make himself look like he's dying. Cliff and April make a trip to look for Pam. Pam informs Cliff she has a new life now and will not be returning. When Cliff leaves Pamela reveals to her doctor the real reason for not returning is because she does not want the family to watch her die. Pam only has six months to live.
Bobby refuses to help Sue Ellen find John Ross. Jeremy Wendell and Bobby exchange warnings and threats. Sue Ellen and J.R. drop their mutual criminal charges against one another. Lucy hands John Ross right into Sue Ellen's arms as an angry J.R. watches from the hospital window. Sue Ellen hires a divorce attorney. Cliff is left bitterly disappointed after his meeting with Pam (Margaret Michaels). Bobby agrees to take J.R. back into Ewing Oil on certain conditions. Clayton meets Carter McKay (George Kennedy) who wants to buy Ray's house. Cliff lies to Bobby about having seen Pam.
Note: Margaret Michaels takes over the role of Pamela in this episode. Leonard Katzman stated at the start of this season that the story of Pamela would be finally put to rest in this episode.
In Haleyville, J.R. promises his new wife Cally to take her to Southfork if she helps him get in touch with the Ewings. The oil community shows disbelief at the news that J.R. is out of oil deals and Cliff Barnes is part of Ewing Oil. J.R. runs away from Haleyville. Bobby gets romantically involved with Tracey Lawton. Ellie angrily confronts McKay about the range war. After returning to Dallas, J.R. is shocked to find Cliff at Ewing Oil. McKay plots to have Ewing ranch hands abandon Southfork. Miss Ellie vows to stay at Southfork despite the escalating range war with McKay.
After Miss Ellie's decision to sell Section 40 to McKay, Wendell decides to sell most of his Weststar stock to make the purchase. McKay pressures Wendell to have his son Tommy released from prison. Ray leaves Southfork and goes back to Europe. Bobby tells Tracey Lawton that problems with her dad are separate from their relationship. The sheriff from Haleyville shows up at Ewing Oil and warns J.R. Sue Ellen tells Wendell off when he proposes to her. April and Lucy uncover Casey's con game. McKay gets a phone call from Tommy. J.R. wants to be oil partners with April. Tammy questions Cliff about Jamie. McKay and the Ewings set Wendell up and he gets arrested. McKay makes up with Tracey as they anticipate Tommy's return. Kimberly Cryder tells McKay that she's got controlling interest in Weststar. Cally shows up at Southfork and announces she's J.R.'s wife.
It's wedding day for J.R. and Cally as a tornado watch is announced in the Southfork area. Sue Ellen takes Don Lockwood on a "field trip" to Southfork. Carter McKay wants Tommy to work at Weststar. Bobby is glad that J.R. kept his promise to Cally. Cliff opens a piece of mail for J.R. and a fight erupts between J.R, and Cliff and Bobby. J.R. meets Don Lockwood. J.R. warns Sue Ellen to stay away from Cally. Lucy warns Tracey against being involved with Bobby. Tommy makes a pass at April and then goes into a rage when she turns him down. Cliff asks Don Lockwood about him and Sue Ellen. Cally tells J.R.that she and Sue Ellen plotted to trick him into the marriage.
Cally wants to make sure that J.R. is not mad at her for tricking him into the marriage. Bobby confronts J.R. about his failure to consult one another about business deals. J.R. tells Cally that he may use her "deviousness" in his future plans. Sue Ellen gets impatient with Don Lockwood for constantly turning her down. Sue Ellen is pressured by Bruce Harvey to start casting sessions for her movie. Cally wants Bobby and J.R. to get along but she encounters Bobby's resistance. Tommy McKay has has cocaine smuggled in from South America and manages to fool both Carter and Tracey. Cliff questions April about her and Tommy. Tracey wants Carter and Tommy to get along. Don Lockwood tells Sue Ellen a little about his life. J.R. manages to make Bobby look in front of the family like he doesn't want agreement with him.Tommy tells J.R. that his dad is responsible for his mother's death. Sue Ellen reminisces about Holly Harwood and the car crash in which Mickey Trotter got injured. Sue Ellen and Don Lockwood get intimate.
Bobby joins J.R. and Cally on their honeymoon as they all travel to Salzburg, Austria. J.R. and Bobby plan Ewing Oil strategy to beat Carter McKay. J.R., Bobby, and Cally "accidentally" meet Chick and Bunny Harvard (David Healy, Kathryn Leigh Scott) who turn out to be working for McKay. Bobby is surprised by April Stevens who comes to Salzburg to talk to him. Carter McKay tells the Ewing brothers he wants to make peace. Back in Dallas, Clayton suffers memory loss after an injury. Afton likes "the new Cliff." Cliff meets Afton's daughter Pamela Rebecca Cooper (Jenna Pangburn). Sue Ellen learns that casting and the script for her movie are finished and shooting is about to begin. In Austria, J.R. and Bobby meet Rolf Brundin (Gunnar Hellstrom) who tells them he wants to buy Ewing Oil.
After their return to Dallas, April and Bobby try to keep their European romance going. Cliff goes to Baton Rouge, Louisiana and gets duped by Afton's former husband Harrison Van Buren, III (Andrew Prine). Sue Ellen agrees to move to England with Don Lockwood but John Ross stays in Dallas. Weststar employees give Carter McKay a big welcome upon his return from Vienna. April gets scary, crank phone calls and Bobby decides to take her to Southfork. Bobby suspects that Tommy McKay is making trouble again and he confronts Carter about it. Sue Ellen tells Cally that she'll have to fight for her identity in her marriage. Miss Ellie gets a birthday card addressed to Jock with a mysterious key inside. Sue Ellen gives J.R. a taste of what her ultimate revenge on him could be like -- a movie that will make J.R. "the laughing stock of Texas."
This is Linda Gray's last episode playing Sue Ellen Ewing. It was a mutual agreement between Linda and the Producers that her character would be written out of the series. Although in several interviews Linda states "I was fired"
JR gets Ratagan to help him search the studio's film vault, but is given a note from Sue Ellen who says he's wasting his time. He tells Ratagan to find Sue Ellen's film no matter what he has to do. April tells Bobby about the continuing crank calls and they both begin to be convinced that it's Tommy McKay. Ellie and Clayton take the mysterious key to a locksmith and learn that it would only fit a very old bank vault, somewhere in New England.
JR and Bobby prepare to head to Texas City to talk to a refinery owner named Shaughnessy about providing him with oil to keep things going now that Weststar's gone with the European deal. They're told that 200,000 barrels are needed, which Bobby feels is too much for Ewing Oil to handle because he refuses to cut off his existing customers, despite JR's protests. JR decides to hang around to see what other business he can find. After Bobby leaves, JR tells Shaughnessy that Bobby's hedging was just a business ploy and says it will be no problem to provide the crude he needs. He also makes arrangements to buy some smaller companies in order to make the deal work.
Cliff returns to Dallas and talks to Dave Wallace about what happened in Louisiana, and he is advised to just be patient until Afton surfaces again. Bobby tells Cliff he's going to have to decide whether he's really committed to Ewing Oil or not. Van Buren is traced to Charleston, South Carolina and Cliff and Wallace head out to talk to him again. They find he's in jail and so they'll have to wait another day.
That evening, Bobby is surprised to find a very nattily dressed Tommy McKay at the office, who shows him that he just got off a plane from Orlando a few hours ago and so could not possible have been making the threatening phone calls. He claims that he just got out of rehab and is clean and sober. He says he just wants a fresh start in Dallas and intends to stay away from April and the Ewings.
Tommy returns to see his father at home that evening, who is overjoyed to have his apologetic son back. He says he wants to work with his father at Weststar and do whatever it takes to re-earn his trust. Bobby tells April about the new development, and they head back to her apartment to get some of her things. They are surprised to find someone already there - a woman, who turns out to be Michelle, April's sister, who's moved in to her guest bedroom after quitting her job.
A phone call arrives at the ranch for Jock, to the surprise of everyone. It turns out to be the son of the man who sent the key to Southfork, who explains that Mallory and Jock were war buddies, and the key should fit a lock at a bank in Stockbridge, Massachusetts.
Tommy meets with Boomer, a pal of his, who turns out to be the one making the bothersome calls. Boomer's other talents include gun-running...and explosives. Tommy asks him to prepare a briefcase-size bomb for a "friend".
JR learns that one of the companies he needed to buy to satisfy Shaughnessy has decided to sell out to Weststar for double the price. He glumly realizes that he's in a lot of trouble.
JR scrambles to meet Shaughnessy's deadline, which comes up in three days. Bobby continues to try and garner business on his own, and ends up making a deal which will tie up of most of Ewing Oil's excess crude. Cliff and Dave Wallace find that Van Buren's been bailed out and learn that it was Afton who did it. For some extra cash, the greedy bondsman agrees to tell them where Harrison is.
April comes to Michelle's hotel where she finds her chatting up a couple of hunks. They rehash a whole bunch of sibling rivalry, old and new. Michelle reminds her of all of the dirty things she did to amass her fortune, which prompts April to respond that she's a much different person than she used to be.
That evening, the family cabbages what's been learned about Jock's mysterious key, and Ellie announces that she plans to head to New England with Clayton to investigate further. Lucy takes Cally to an art gallery after having one of her paintings framed, and Cally is told that she has real talent, which she should put to good use. He puts her in touch with a friend who can help her out. The friend tells her that he wants to display the pictures for a public viewing the next day.
Bobby and April take Michelle to lunch and bump into Carter and Tommy, bringing back some bad memories for the elder Miss Stevens. The McKays assure her that she has nothing to worry about, and Carter gets in a shot about stealing the Ramirez deal away from the Ewings. Michelle comes to Ewing Oil the next day to see Bobby, who turns out to be a confirmed one-woman man, devoted to her sister. While on her way out, she introduces herself to JR.
Cliff and Dave find Harrison again and the smooth talker tells him that he's willing to provide proof as to Pamela Rebecca's parentage - for an extra ten thousand dollars. To Dave's dismay, Cliff agrees.
The Farlows meet Mallory, who turns out to be a priest. They take a look inside the safety deposit box, which contains a very expensive bottle of wine, some photographs and papers, and some more mysterious keys. One of them fits a strongbox at Mallory's home, which contains a note alluding to a boarding house in which Jock lived when he struck his first well.
Lucy and Cally are introduced to Alex Barton, another gallery owner with bad teeth and a passing resemblance to Elizabeth Taylor. Barton seems even more interested in Cally's work than the other guys. Tommy gets his special briefcase from Boomer, which he's told is on a twenty-minute trigger.
Van Buren visits Afton at her apartment, with Cliff listening outside the door. They talk about all sorts of things and it comes out in the conversation that Harrison is really Pamela's father. Finally convinced, Cliff gives Van Buren his money and tells Afton the he still cares for her and wants to be with her. Afton says she's fed up with the lies and doesn't want to see him again. Cliff leaves as Harrison comes back in, thankful that their act worked. He assures Afton that as long as the checks keep coming, no one will ever no the truth about her daughter.
Faced with no other choice, JR goes to the Ewing refinery and tells them that Bobby has ordered the crude redirected to Shaughnessy's refinery.
JR tries to buy the oil he needs on the open market, and is promised that he'll have what he needs by the time he needs it. Tommy visits Bobby at the office [attache case in hand] and reconfirms that the air is cleared between them. He conveniently leaves the case behind in the office and quietly leaves - until Bobby catches him at the elevator to give it back.
Rolf Brundin comes to Dallas to give Weststar a check for part of the OPEC deal. There are still hard feelings about the way the deal was handled, and Tommy seems even more upset than Carter about it. Tommy checks in with a rehab counselor and assures him that he's in no further need of help because he's devoted himself to his work with his father.
Ellie returns to Dallas and enlists the aid of all of the Ewing secretaries to check up on Ewing Oil records. Nothing is found, so JR suggests that she talk to Punk Anderson or Jordan Lee. Jordan Lee remembers that Jock's first strike came at a place called Pride, Texas. April learns from Bobby that Michelle came to see him. They discuss the Ewing Oil executives and April drops some hints that both JR and Cliff are off limits, piquing her interest.
Bobby learns about the diversion of oil from the Ewing refinery to Shaughnessy's facility, and puts an end to it. He returns to the office, sends the secretaries home, and heads into JR's office to confront him about it. They argue about priorities and JR is told that if he defaults on Shaughnessy's deal, he's on his own because Ewing Oil won't cover the costs. JR tries to convince Shaughnessy to take higher-grade oil for the same price, if he can wait a while for it, but is turned down. Cliff returns to work and assures Bobby that his mind is focused on business now.
Lucy and Cally have lunch with Alex to discuss Cally's burgeoning art career and Lucy confides in Alex that she knows that Cally's marriage won't last long. That evening, JR and April talk about how Bobby has changed in both the boardroom and the bedroom, since he doesn't seem to be so scrupulous about avoiding JR's ex-lovers. Cally overhears from the hallway and asks him about it before bed. JR admits that he's been around but is totally devoted to his new wife.
Tommy McKay finds Brundin again out on the street and tells him that he plans to ensure that his father isn't hurt by anyone anymore - least of all some swishy European. He pushes Rolf in the way of a truck, causing his instant death. He then heads home to ask Boomer to make a new bomb for him.
April and Cally talk about April's past relationship with JR and Cally resentfully says that their friendship is over because she feels that April practically lied to her by not saying anything about it. April decides to leave Southfork and return to her apartment, despite Bobby's protests. Cliff leaves a message on April's answering machine asking to meet, which is intercepted by Michelle. The younger Miss Stevens shows up for their date. They get acquainted and seems to hit it off.
JR learns that his broker could only come up with part of the oil he needed, and he'll still have to get it tanked in. JR is put in touch with a guy named Al Halliday, who says he has no tankers for hire but is willing to sell one to him. JR is wary but the used tanker salesman says "Trust me."
Tommy visits Boomer to get his latest briefcase explosive, guaranteed to incinerate anything within 10 feet of it once it goes off.
JR tells Bobby he's got the Shaughnessy deal taken care of. April tells JR that she wants to sell the Ellis County land and end their partnership. Michelle questions her about the deal and April tells her that the deal was originally Cliff's idea. A fire alarm, pulled by Tommy and Boomer, empties the Ewing Oil office. Boomer sets the explosive in Bobby's briefcase, as Tommy pockets the pendant that Bobby planned to give April.
Rose Daniels [AAAH!] comes back to Dallas [wearing the WORST outfit I've seen since Pam woke up] and comes to visit Carter in his office. She tells him that she's started a beauty shop with the money he loaned her. He invites her to stay at the ranch with him, and she gratefully accepts. That evening, Carter takes her to dinner with Tommy, who seems to resent her return into his father's life.
JR finalizes the deal with Al the Pal to obtain his oil tanker and says he'll hold Al personally responsible if anything goes wrong. John Ross gets a call from Sue Ellen to visit her in England, and JR allows it. Bobby asks Christopher to go and get April's present from his briefcase but stops him just before he opens it to let him know he just scored Cowboys tickets. Cally learns from Alex Barton that one of her paintings just got sold to a very rich old art collector, who invites her over for tea and instantly puts her on the map.
April and Michelle go riding with Bobby and Christopher, and April offers the Ellis land to Bobby, who turns her down as JR predicted. Bobby asks her to withhold the news from Cliff until he finds the right moment to break it. Michelle visits Cliff at his place just as he's ordering Chinese take-out. She tells him about the conversation earlier, which gets Cliff predictably upset. He confronts Bobby about it the next day and Cliff glumly realizes he'll always be third best around the office.
That morning, just after breakfast, Tommy angrily confronts Rose about latching on to Carter. Messing up her makeup, he tells her to get out of town if she knows what's good for her. Getting impatient about his bomb going off, he calls Ewing Oil, posing as a jeweler, telling Bobby that the pendant he purchased may be flawed and should be checked immediately. Rose decides to cut her visit short and return to her beauty shop. Tommy's counselor warns Carter that the younger McKay still has deep-rooted psychological problems and is capable of anything.
Bobby visits April at her apartment with his briefcase, still believing it contains her gift. April gets antsy over seeing it so Bobby holds the briefcase away from her, and they chase each other over to the balcony. The briefcase drops to the sidewalk below and explodes before their disbelieving eyes.
There's worrisome news in Dallas - Bobby Ewing hasn't exploded, to Tommy's dismay; and a tropical storm endangers JR's tanker. JR figures he might have to buy Marilee Stone's company, despite the high price. Cally worries about Marilee's habit of chasing after every man in her sights.
Bobby and April want to tell the police about Tommy, but realize they have no proof of any wrongdoing. Bobby formulates a plan by getting another briefcase made. He takes it to Tommy's office the next day, under the guise of presenting a business opportunity. Tommy calls security, but Bobby manages to get to Carter and warn him. Carter returns home with police, and finds Tommy searching for a revolver, determined to kill Bobby. They struggle and the gun accidentally goes off, killing Tommy.
Bobby tells JR that he wants to attend Tommy's funeral and he thinks JR should be there too. Tracey Lawton returns and finds that Carter has returned to his old habit of suppressing his emotions and immersing himself in his work. Alex Barton continues his societal education of Cally, and gets her a studio with a great view to do her painting.
JR is forced to write Shaughnessy a million-dollar check for being late in delivering his oil. He visits Marilee that evening, who offers to give him her oil reserves in exchange for sex. Faced with no choice, JR heads out to embrace her - until he gets a call from Sly saying that the tanker has just arrived at the refinery.
JR celebrates the next day with Sly and Kendall until Michelle crashes their party looking for Cliff. She ends up heading to lunch with JR, who confides in her that he would be very grateful to anyone who helped get Cliff out of Ewing Oil. April tells Cliff that her sister has been known to be a user and asks him whether they've slept together. Cliff angrily responds that it's none of her business.
Tommy's funeral passes quietly. April tries to offer her condolences to the McKays but finds Carter aloof and Tracey still bitter. Boomer places a baseball on the grave. JR tries to whisk Cally away to avoid Marilee but is unable to. She makes a subtle reference to the incident of the previous night. Cally asks him about it and JR tells her that Marilee tried to seduce him but he turned her down.
Tracey warns Bobby that her father is capable of anything at the moment and he would be wise to stay out of Carter's way. Tracey tells her father she'd like to stay with him, but he says he doesn't want her or anyone else around. Bobby takes April home and she puts a rubber band on his finger, asking him whether they should get married. Bobby says he'll think about it.
That day, Sly finds a very unctuous and persuasive dude in JR's office, who says he insists on speaking to the man himself. JR arrives after the funeral and the guy introduces himself as James Beaumont, Vanessa's son.
JR rekindles his old relationship with Vanessa and her abrasive son as the two try to size each other up. Cally is disturbed by the news but allows herself to be convinced to go to dinner with JR and James. Meanwhile, James enjoys drinks with Kendall and gleans some inside information about the power structure of Ewing Oil. For some inexplicable reason, Kendall agrees to spend the night with him.
Ellie and Clayton head towards Pride, Texas, and are told by a gas station attendant that the town is relatively abandoned. They find Jock's old boarding house, which has been foreclosed on by the bank. They find the bank's housesitter, Mr. Sparks, unwilling to let them in. Clayton is frustrated by his attitude but Ellie formulates a plan. The Farlows return the next day after buying up all the property in the small town and begin a thorough search of the place.
Carter finds April in the midst of a jog and says he wants to buy the Ellis County land. She tells him to take a hike at first but then he makes an unrefusable offer. When she tells Bobby, he's angry at first but realizes that it'll work out in Ewing Oil's favor.
Cally starts up her painting at her new studio and tells Alex Barton about some of the things that happened to her in Europe. During the dinner with James, Carter McKay stops by and starts to rub the deal with April in, but James slyly hints that the planned supercollider project has been cancelled by the government. JR starts to worry that Cally's been spending a little too much time with the wacky Alex, who continues to fill her head with ideas of becoming the next Picasso.
Bobby and April accompany Christopher on his roller skating date and Bobby channels the spirit of Pam and gets all worried about how fast his little boy is growing up. He decides that it's time for "the talk", especially after Christopher and his date kiss each other goodnight.
Clayton and Ellie continue to tear up the boarding house but find absolutely nothing - until Clayton spots a tiny lock on an old cuckoo clock into which the key fits. The cuckoo reveals a miniature map of the area near Kalispell, Montana and an indication that the object of the search lies near there. The Farlows make plans to head out immediately and find some small farmhouses in the area - with mailboxes indicating that the "Ewings" and "Mallorys" live there.
As JR and Cally head out to enjoy a Sunday together, they are surprised to see a limousine pull up, bringing Vanessa Beaumont to Southfork. She says she's come to Dallas to collect her son.
Ellie and Clayton find no one home at the farmhouse, and Ellie thinks it's all a hoax, but she gets convinced by Clayton to stick around for a while and investigate. They learn from a waiter that the inhabitants have gone into town for a day. Once they leave, the waiter tells a fellow named Stanley Mallory about it.
JR tries to find James at his hotel, but learns that he's out. Turns out he's sunbathing with Sly and propositions her just as he did Kendall, but to no avail. Kendall worries why James hasn't been calling her.
James returns to his room to find his mother there and Vanessa wonders whether James has informed JR that he's his biological father. James says he hasn't, but is considering moving to Dallas permanently, despite his mother's apprehension about it. Cally is forced to miss lunch with Vanessa because of her tea with Mrs. Evander.
Bobby and Cliff both arrive at the Stevens apartment and the two duelling couples argue for a few moments before going their separate ways. Cliff doesn't show up at the office next day, so James gets to accompany Bobby to the Ewing refinery. They talk about JR and his drive to be just like his father - for the sake of leaving a legacy for his son.
The next day, Ellie and Clayton return to the farmhouse where a woman suddenly comes out and gives Clayton a hug. They end up walking into a surprise party - where Jock and Ellie are the guests of honor. The woman says her name is Sarah Ewing and the whole group is shocked to learn that Jock and Tom Mallory are dead. Sarah tells the Farlows that Tom Mallory stumbled upon them during a hunting trip four years ago. It turns out that during World War II, Sarah's family, who were hiding from the Nazis, saved Jock and Mallory after their planes were shot down. Jock managed to return to mainland Europe and bring the family to England. Sarah's last revelation is that she has kept a letter from Jock to JR from those many years ago.
When Cliff finally arrives at the office, he and JR get into an argument about his truancy and offers to buy him out of the company, but Cliff says he wouldn't give him the satisfaction. News comes over the wire that a Weststar oil tanker has crashed in the Gulf of Mexico and is heavily leaking oil. JR is thrilled at the news, while Carter is predictably livid and orders a full investigation in his inimitably special way. He later learns some more disturbing news which causes him to storm out of his office.
At the Oil Baron's Club, Michelle advises Cliff to leave Ewing Oil despite the joy it would bring JR. The Ewing clan happens to come by as well to have dinner with James and Vanessa, and Michelle tells JR that Cliff is as good as gone. JR proposes a toast to Jock, and Bobby reminds him that there are other Ewings not present, including Ray. JR starts bad-mouthing Ray for being illegitimate, which prompts James to pipe up and tell everyone present that he also happens to be an illegitimate son. Needless to say, everyone is rather surprised.
Vanessa confirms that JR is James's father. Cliff rubs it in on JR as well as April for being part of JR's stable, which earns him a slap. Cally grows more and more uncomfortable by the moment, figuring that Vanessa had it planned all along to steal JR back from her. Carter McKay arrives a few moments later with reporters hanging off his tail. He tells everyone that the Coast Guard says that Weststar's tanker is leaking oil as a result of being hit by JR's tanker. JR tells Bobby to stonewall everyone until the damage can be assessed and is shocked that Bobby wants to pay for the cleanup effort, and Cliff gets upset at being continually left out of the plans. JR tells Halliday to accept public responsibility for the sub-standard tanker, or else he'll make Al the Pal's life a living hell.
Vanessa comes to Southfork which initiates a shouting match with the vulnerable Cally. Cally tells her that if she really's not out to cause trouble, she should take her son and leave Dallas. Vanessa counters that the ball is in Cally's court, because JR will listen to her. JR gets miffed at Cally's whining when he returns home the next morning after a long night and tells her that he can't deal with her insecurity right now. James advises Vanessa that she is really the woman that JR wants and she should stay in Dallas to make him see it. She declines but he insists that he wants to stick around.
McKay mobilizes his public relations troupe and gets a visit from Halliday. Al the Pal says that in exchange for a retirement fund, he'll provide Weststar with very useful information about the tankers. Cliff reaffirms to Michelle his desire to quit Ewing Oil for good. Weststar holds a press conference in which Carter makes public the information that the Ewing tanker was unseaworthy and its captain had been reprimanded several times for heavy drinking. He introduces Cliff as the man who's going to be heading a committee to look into the accident and make sure that the guilty parties be punished.
Cliff comes to Ewing Oil the next day to clean out his office and gets an earful from the Ewing brothers. Bobby even goes so far as to say he wants Cliff to stay away from Christopher. Michelle is next to come to the office, expecting her reward for getting Cliff out of Ewing Oil. JR declines because Cliff defected to Weststar's camp and Michelle tells him that he'll regret spurning her. She then heads over to see McKay for a reward. Carter says that instead of money, he'll offer her one open favor whenever she decides to call it in.
After hearing about the potential dire financial straits, April offers to help Bobby out with some cash but he declines. Bobby asks Clayton to keep Ellie away from the ranch for a while until he can straighten things out. Heading out to work, he finds that the Southfork pool has been vandalized and dirtied with oil. After JR surveys the mess, he says that he no longer feels that he can be a part of Ewing Oil. Bobby laughs it off and says that there's no way he'd let JR squirm out of the mess he created. April berates Cliff for abandoning Bobby and learns that Michelle has decided to move in with him. Many of Ewing Oil's customers come to see Bobby and tell him that unless he manages to salvage the situation, they may have to take their business elsewhere.
As Vanessa plans to head back home, JR asks her to stay and work out some of their unresolved issues. She painfully tells him that he's got her son now and hopes that James won't take his knocks the hard way from now on. James moves into Southfork and JR reconfirms that he's glad to have another son around. Cally predictably seems ambivalent about the new arrival.
James tries to fit in to life at Southfork and gets a short introduction about JR's past from Lucy. He also worries about what's going to happen when John Ross arrives at Southfork later that day. After coming home, John Ross is a bit perturbed at having to stay home while James heads off with JR to Ewing Oil. April brings Michelle's heaps of clothes over to Cliff's place and says she doesn't want to have anything more to do with either of them. Clayton and Ellie return to Dallas and are harassed by a reporter until the Ox summons his strength and threatens the guy.
Bobby calls in some of his markers in Austin to try and keep Cliff off of the committee investigating the tanker crash, but finds his old buddies cold to the idea. Hate mail continues to pour in to the office, and Jackie talks to Bobby about her future at the company. JR suggests that James take over Cliff's office and she stay on as his secretary, which she graciously accepts. Carter McKay arrives and presents the brothers with an all-encompassing civil suit for everything they're worth.
John Ross worries about his role in his father's life with James around. JR tells him that he'll eventually stop resenting his new brother, and become as close as [ahem!] JR and Ray were. Bobby and James talk in the exercise room and they agree to remain civil as long as each knows the others' role. Bobby and April have a picnic the next day and continue their discussion of marriage.
Marilee bumps into JR and James at the Oil Baron's Club and they take predictable jabs at each other. JR and James head back to the office as Michelle stops by. James seems to be smitten with her at first sight, as they ask Michelle to be a spy in Cliff's home. Michelle declines for the moment but leaves possibilities open. James visits Michelle at Cliff's place the next day and a cheap porn scene ensues.
Cliff [did you guess?] is named the head of the Blue Ribbon committee and says he'll ensure that justice is served. Cliff and Carter discuss future arrangements for Cliff's political career and McKay says he'll only continue to back him if Weststar comes out smelling like roses.
Bobby tells JR that if there's a Ewing Oil left after the committee's findings are made public, he'll be turfed. JR returns home and tells Ellie that he thinks Bobby is right - he's not fit to be a part of Ewing Oil. He heads back that evening to gather his things and Ellie follows him with the letter that Jock wrote to him from Europe. In it, Jock tells JR that the real test of a man is to succeed when failure seems certain, and exhorts him to never tire of continuing the Ewing legacy.
JR returns to Southfork, ready to take on the world - and his wife. Cliff tells Michelle about his plans to get the investigating committee and drops a few names to her about potential problematic members. JR and Bobby learn that the Weststar tanker was undermanned during its voyage. Bobby decides to talk to the captains of the tankers to gather information, but finds that his wife is bitter at the world and sick of talking to people.
James buys a new motorcycle and decides to take John Ross out for a spin, leaving Christopher alone at the house. They have a brotherly talk in which James tries to convince John Ross that he just wants to feel like part of the family and doesn't want to interfere with the family dynamics. He also manages to get John Ross a dirtbike so they can ride together. That evening, John Ross taunts Christopher about being the baby of the family and a fight predictably ensues. Christopher goes to his room and starts firing darts at a picture of John Ross until Bobby makes him see what his older cousin is going through.
James and Michelle go out for a night on the town and she says she's decided to help Ewing Oil out in their fight. That evening during a night of passion James tells her that he really wishes Cally wasn't in the way of her mother's relationship with JR.
That morning, JR tells Cally that he's gotten a business call from James, but later she spots him at a hotel, meeting with Michelle. Alex Barton tries to convince her that it might not be what it seems, but she's convinced that her marriage is practically over. Cally rushes home and tells Lucy about it, and she says she's not surprised. Lucy stupidly tells her that Michelle is staying at Cliff's place and Cally head over there in a huff.
JR and Michelle join James in a hotel room to watch the beginning of the investigative trial, and she gives him the names of the potential Ewing supporters on the committee. One of those members, Diana Farrington and Cliff argue about the rumors that he's more interested in nailing the Ewings than in justice. Carter McKay also stops by to drop his two cents in. JR finds the other member, George Middleton, and tries rather untactfully to convince him to be on his side. He does manage to learn where Diana Farrington is having dinner.
Bobby manages to find Jack Bouleris, the captain of the crashed Ewing tanker, at a local pool hall. He confronts him for the truth about the accident and is informed that he's been sober for four years and wasn't at fault for the accident - but he's been through so much that he's content to let the Ewings go down in flames.
Cally comes over to Cliff's place to confront Michelle, who lies and tells her point-blank that she most definitely is sleeping with JR - just like nearly every other woman in Dallas has. Cally next heads over to Ewing Oil but finds JR to be Austin - which Michelle claimed was her next destination. She leaves just as Kay Lloyd arrives. Kay tells Bobby that the Justice Department is considering revoking Ewing Oil's charter because of the accident. Meanwhile, Cally heads over to Alex's apartment and says she's planning her revenge on JR.
JR buds in on Diana Farrington's dinner with her husband and manages to get her ear for a while. They make arrangements to have a private meeting to discuss Ewing Oil's side of the story. Diana later hears George Middleton tell the committee about the subtle bribe JR offered them. Meanwhile, Bobby and Kay get reacquainted and he tells her that he's become involved in another relationship.
Cally comes home and confronts JR about sleeping with Michelle and he, of course, denies it. She counters that she spent the night at Alex Barton's place. JR promises her that she and Michelle will both regret what they've done. JR heads over to warn Michelle about it and she reminds him that he needs her to spy on Cliff; he says that unless her information improves, her ass will be grass. Cliff finds Jackie at her exercise club and asks her to keep her eyes open around the office.
James finds Cally beginning a vegetable garden and offers to be a shoulder for her to cry on. She explains the instability of her marriage as James surprisingly tries to soothe the situation over. Carter McKay plans a massive PR campaign to put a good face on Weststar's cleanup efforts in the Gulf, despite the fact that Bobby is personally financing most of it.
April returns to Dallas and finds Bobby in a meeting with Kay. The three of them have dinner with Dave Culver and April's left out of the political talk. They confirm that Ewing Oil will likely be out of business if Cliff finds them to be mostly responsible. April drinks her way through the night and back at her apartment, she wonders why things are so difficult for them when he seems so relaxed with Kay. She tells him she wants some time apart until he decides that she's the one he really wants. Later, Bobby and Kay discuss how her presence is disrupting his love life.
JR's next stop is Cally's studio, where Alex Barton stops by. JR offers him a choice: a one-way ticket back to England, or being strung-up on statutory rape charges, courtesy of Ratagan and a couple of Lolitas. Surprisingly [to me] Alex makes the wise choice and starts packing, but tells JR that his night with Cally was the best of his life.
Cliff comes home from Austin early, to Michelle's surprise. James arrives soon afterwards and smartly realizes what's happened. He puts on a tough-guy act and pretends to be angry at Cliff for trying to ruin the Ewings. Later, James makes some humble suggestions for ways to get some cash for Ewing Oil and Bobby finds that they agree on most points.
Kay comes to April's apartment and tells her that their on-again, off-again relationship is distracting Bobby from his business travails and she only wants what's best for both of them. April is in no mood to hear it and tells her to get lost.
JR offers to set up Diana's husband in whatever business deals he needs in exchange for her support on the committee and she gladly accepts in the shower later. When he returns to Southfork, he tells Cally about Alex's departure and another argument ensues. Cally reveals that nothing happened during her night at Alex's place and she only said so because she thought JR slept with Michelle. JR doesn't believe it, of course, and throws his latest affair with Diana in her face. He heads over to watch Alex's plane take off and the Englishman confirms Cally's story that they just talked. JR rushes back home and finds Cally unconscious on their bed next to an empty bottle of sleeping pills
Cally's bluesy guitar plays in the background as she is tended to by paramedics. JR seethes as Lucy admits that she told Cally where the sleeping pills were but later is distraught after seeing the shape his wife is in. Cally explains that the whole thing was accident because she didn't understand the nuances of pharmacology. She wonders whether JR would allow Alex Barton to return to Dallas and JR says he got the governor to pass an ordinance against bad teeth, though he encourages her to continue painting. Later, Lucy tells Cally she just bought an art gallery and so her career is back on track.
Bobby begins the painful process of selling Ewing fields to raise cash. Bobby calls April, who's stopped answering her phone, and heads over to Kay's place for a dinner party, arriving early. They rehash their relationship and realize that they still have different priorities which complicates things for them. April goes out and buys a huge new office for April Oil.
Carter McKay heads to Follett, Texas to find Rose and bring her to Dallas to be his wife. After their wedding night, Carter tells Rose he needs her help to try and defuse the tanker crisis - by using her body. Rose is righteously upset that Carter would ask her to do such a thing, but he says that he feels his back is against the wall. The next day, Cliff is accosted by Rose at a bar and after some small talk, he's convinced to accompany her to a hotel room. During a business confab the next day, Carter shows Cliff a tape of him with Rose, and reveals that the young woman is now his wife.
JR takes James down to Austin and they meet with Diana Farrington again, who says she's still interested in JR's fringe benefits in exchange for her continued support. James is surprised JR would even consider cheating on Cally, but he says it's only for business and it's not much different from the way he convinced Michelle to join their side. The next morning, James tells JR he's glad his mother never married him if this is the way he chooses to lead his life. JR is surprised at how alike they really are.
Bobby finds Captain Bouleris again and questions him about the crash, confirming that he did everything possible to prevent it and confirms that he was definitely not drunk at the time. He returns to the office and finds that Ewing 14 was sold for top dollar, to his surprise. Kay comes by and says she's going back to Washington where she feels she can help Ewing Oil's cause more. Bobby comes over to April's apartment later that day and after some arguing back and forth, he says he's decided he wants to get married.
James feels terrible about returning to Southfork knowing about JR's infidelity. Coming home, he and JR find that Cally has painted a portrait of JR to hang in his office. JR is incredulous at Bobby's decision to rehire Captain Bouleris and an argument ensues over the brothers' methods. James tells Michelle he wants her to move out of Cliff's apartment because he doesn't like having to sneak around to see her.
Carter returns home to find a disillusioned Rose dressed as the whore she feels like. He promises to get rid of the tape as soon as the committee hearings are over. Cally has another gallery showing and all of her paintings get sold, to Lucy's delight.
Bobby visits a Coast Guard office and argues with an official, claiming that proper procedure wasn't followed when the authorities arrived at the crash site, with a cover-up ensuing to avoid bad publicity for the Guard.
Diana tries to get Cliff involved with some political connections in an effort to distract him from his vendetta against Ewing Oil, but he doesn't bite. JR plans to go after another committee member to garner support. He finds Billy Joe Bates very receptive to his cause. Michelle learns from Cliff about McKay's blackmail tape. Carter meets with his tanker captain and instructs him how to lie at the hearings about the fact that the radar was unmanned.
James talks to Diana privately about calling off her affair with JR, for Cally's sake, but she doesn't care for the idea at all. That evening, just as James leaves them in JR's room and heads down to the lobby, he spots Cally there, waiting to surprise JR. He rushes back to the room and hears another knock on the door. Figuring it's Cally, he makes it look like he's the one who's been with Diana - but it turns out to be Michelle, who espies Diana and calls off their relationship.
Michelle tells Bobby about Carter's setup of Cliff, and later finds James knocking on her door trying to explain again what happened. The predictable fight ensues and they decide to end their relationship for good. Bobby visits Rose and tries to convince her to sell the blackmail tape to him. She tells him off but he warns her that she'll be sinking with her new husband before long.
An ensign from the Coast Guard visits Cliff at his office. He says that he stayed on duty longer than he had to the night of the collision and monitored the tankers' progress, which he claims was definitely just an accident.
Cliff debates his dilemma at Digger's grave and in the committee room. News comes over the airwaves that Captain Bouleris apparently committed suicide in his guilt over the situation. In Pride, Texas, Clayton tells the distraught Ellie [can you guess?] that she doesn't need to rush home to be with her sons. Bobby meets with Harve to see what legal recourses might be available to save Ewing Oil. Rose doesn't really feel like joining Carter in his preliminary celebration of victory.
JR comes to Michelle's new apartment looking for information but she says she's out of the spy business. When he wonders what's changed her mind about things, she tells him to ask James. James explains what went down in Austin and JR tells him to do whatever he has to to win Michelle back, but he refuses. April confronts Michelle about things but ends up soothing her hurt feelings. Michelle later tells Cliff about her spying, and after his initial anger, he feels more determined than ever to put the screws to JR.
McKay offers Bobby the chance to sell out Ewing Oil before the company is completely lost. Bobby glumly says he'll have to think it over. The next day, Carter tells April about his offer and tells her that it's in her best interests to convince Bobby to take the offer because Bobby certainly wouldn't marry her if he suddenly lost his wealth. The next day, Bobby remembers who his father is and tells McKay where he can put his offer. [Editor's note: damn, I'm proud of that boy!]
At the site of Jock Ewing's first strike, Ellie waxes nostalgic and wishes that her life hadn't been so intertwined with the dog-eat-dog oil business. Cliff confronts Diana about her liaisons with the Ewings and she retorts that Cliff is obviously in McKay's hands. Later, Diana confirms to JR that the committee is deadlocked and Cliff has the deciding vote tomorrow.
Bobby has a meeting with Cliff that evening and tries to convince him to leave their personal issues out of it, but Cliff isn't too hot on that idea. He subtly invokes the ghost of Pam, who would have advised Cliff to just do the right thing and let his conscience be his guide.
That evening, Carter burns the blackmail tape and tells Rose he wants to make a fresh start in their relationship. Ellie and Clayton have a rather confusing ceremony in the town of Pride which...is supposed to mean something...I guess.
JR tells Bobby that he feels that Jock's portrait doesn't belong in his room any longer, and he offers Bobby a document taking full responsibility for the accident and absolving Ewing Oil in the matter. He tells Bobby about Jock's letter from forty years ago and says that the torch has been passed down. At the committee hearing, Cliff declares the collision to be an accident, causing JR to tear up his document and feel on top of the world again, as McKay just walks away seething.
Being the man of the hour, Cliff appears on "Austin Today" to further his political ambitions. He returns home to find a magazine with his face on the cover, but empty inside. Curious, he contacts a phone number inside and arranges a meeting. He ends up meeting PR expert Stephanie Rogers, who says she wants to make him the hottest thing on the political scene.
With the brouhaha out of the way, Bobby gives April an engagement ring as fairy music is sprinkled through the background. Carter visits April at her offices, currently being furnished, and asks to buy the three fields she bought from Ewing Oil. She turns him down flat but has a concerned look on her face as he leaves. That evening, Carter and Rose bump into Bobby and April at dinner and McKay tells Bobby that April was the one who bought his fields, not Weststar as was originally supposed. It leads to a predictable argument over who cares more about who, and a rift develops.
JR returns to the ranch to celebrate with Cally and John Ross, and they decide to ride out to Pride to meet up with Ellie and Clayton. JR learns from Ellie that she thinks there's still oil in the area which might do Ewing Oil and the community some good. He channels the spirit of the wildcatting days and pledges not to rest until he strikes.
The next day, Carter overhears April putting her fields on the open market. Just after her broker tells her he sold the fields to Weststar, Bobby arrives with a huge apology card and a check to buy back the fields. After she tells him what happened, they have another argument about not really knowing each other, and April tosses his ring back at him.
Lonely James goes out on a date with lonely Kendall and they bump into Michelle and her date. The two erstwhile lovebirds step towards an elevator to argue but end up in a passionate embrace. Later, Michelle tells April they should head out together to drown her sorrows. While out, they come up with the idea of a place for women to hang out without being hit on.
James tries to drum up some business on his own, as Bobby tries to keep the company going while getting April out of his life and his mind. He tells his major customers they'll have to take temporary reductions in their deliveries, and they tell him they just might do business with Weststar.
Clarence Melville, a hot-shot chemical engineer, arrives at the Pride drilling site and raises the ire of JR by knowing as much as he does. Despite their best efforts, no oil is found.
Bobby takes Phyllis out to make up for snapping at her the other day, and from across the room he spots a woman who's a dead ringer for Pamela.
Bobby chases after the mystery woman, but she's in a car before he can reach her. He manages to speak to her friend and learns that her name is Jeanne O'Brien, a realtor, and she's apparently new in town.
After the fiasco in Pride, JR tells the family to head back to Southfork while he checks out some information on the road. Cally makes a fuss about playing second fiddle to business. JR gets some information about a guy named Blackie Callahan who lives in Barkley, Oklahoma. He heads over to see him but ends up meeting his daughter, Meg. He explains that he wants Blackie to help him find the oil in Pride and is told to come back tomorrow.
Cliff gets a private investigator to check out Stephanie Rogers and see if she has any connection to JR. They have lunch at the Oil Baron's and get to know each other a little better. After a TV appearance, Cliff's PI confirms that Stephanie has nothing to do with JR or Weststar, and she's impressed at his thoroughness.
April and Michelle continue to discuss their new "hot spot" idea and are joined by James, who Michelle wants to bring in to the plan. April tries to contact Bobby, but fails. James and Cally discuss the troubles being caused in their lives, one way or the other, by JR, and a friendship develops.
Bobby is put in touch with Jeanne and goes to see a house with her. He's visibly disturbed by the striking resemblance to Pam but manages to keep his cool. He finds that just like his ex-wife, she came from a not-so-well-off background. Jeanne learns from a girlfriend that Bobby's divorced and she might have a really good chance with him. Bobby takes Cliff to meet with Jeanne, and confirms that Bobby isn't hallucinating - but she's definitely not Pam. The three of them have dinner, and Cliff warns Bobby not to indulge himself too much. The next day, Bobby tells Jeanne about why he's so smitten with her.
Meg takes JR to the county jail, where Blackie currently resides. To JR's dismay, he says he likes it there because his friends are there; the warden confirms that he keeps breaking in to jail, and if JR can convince him to stop, he can have him. JR learns that Blackie is willing to help him out, but only if he can arrange a night of passion with his favorite babe - who's about eighty. JR gets Ratagan to find a young look-alike, and Blackie appears satisfied. The next morning, Blackie says he wasn't fooled but appreciated the effort so much, he doesn't mind helping JR out.
On the way to Pride, Blackie tells JR that the reason he was in jail for a while was because his last oil project failed and some investors got really mad at him. JR gets awfully worried about it, especially after they discover that some of the landmarks Blackie remembered are no longer there, but Blackie assures him after a long walk that he's standing right on top of it, and that he should get his crew over there. It takes a few days of round-the-clock work, but Blackie and JR manage to strike a gusher.
April and Michelle check out some space in the warehouse district for their new project. She spots a travel poster of Salzburg and reminisces about that wonderful night with Bobby in Episode 305. They later meet with Eugene Inagaki, who represents the company who owns the property and refuses to sell because he has plans of his own.
Jeanne tells her girlfriend about the weird vibes she's been getting from Bobby but is encouraged to use it to her advantage. That night, she heads out to a barn dance with the Bob-man. Their night goes surprisingly well. The next evening, they happen to stop by the same haunt as James and the Stevens sisters, and the elder one starts to clue in to what's happened to he relationship.
An old friend of the Ewings named Duke Carlisle comes by the office and talks to James about a huge new racetrack he wants to build near Southfork. He invites James over to his place the next day for more details. Once there, James is introduced to his horny daughter Melinda, who tries to entice him into a game of strip archery. James declines but discovers that she seems to be the key to earning the deal with Duke. At another Carlisle meeting, Melinda lays it out plain and simple for James: either he sleeps with her, or she blows his deal.
April tells Michelle that she's lost her enthusiasm since the break-up with Bobby, and is considering leaving Dallas. Michelle counsels her to forget her troubles and ensures her that she'll get the property they need within a week. Michelle visits Carter and calls in her favor - she asks him to convince Inagaki to sell to her.
Blackie is brought to Dallas for the celebration of the new strike, which Bobby foregoes in order to see Jeanne. During a dance, he also has memories of the night with April in Salzburg. He heads over to April's place afterwards, and in a bizarre twist, he asks her for a little bit more time to settle what he terms "unfinished business". She tells him she doesn't feel she has any more time to spare for him and is sick of dealing with his hang-ups.
The next day, Bobby breaks his lunch date with Jeanne but agrees to be at her place that evening. When he gets there, he finds Jeanne dressed in one of Pam's old dresses, and ready to be his ex-wife for him. At first, Bobby holds back but is unable to deny that it's what he wanted all along
At the Carlisle party, James continues to be harassed by Melinda until he bumps into Cally - and JR. JR breaks up James' deal with Duke, to James' chagrin as well as Cally's. Clayton and Ellie get word that an old friend, Atticus Ward, just died and his will is being read very soon.
Carter McKay visits Eugene Inagaki about the warehouse property. Inagaki declines, saying that his plan is part of a greater plan to keep the Far East economy dominant, and to finally extinguish the Texas oil "dinosaurs". Carter tells Michelle that the negotiations are tough but she insists that he keep his promise.
Bobby and Jeanne discuss the somewhat sicker aspect of their relationship, and she tells him that she puts up with being a "stand-in" for Pam because it's the only way she could ever have a chance with a guy like him.
Cliff is pushed to become the head of the Oil Regulatory Commission, which irks JR, especially after his dinner at the Oil Baron's is pre-empted by one of Cliff's private parties. JR returns home and an argument with James ensues over the Duke incident. JR later calls Ratagan to find out who's behind Cliff's popularity.
Cally starts to get frustrated at not having JR around, so she decides to accompany Lucy to a new club opening - at which they happen to bump into April and Michelle, who are beginning to realize how dumb their idea really is. Insults are traded about who's sleeping with who [and in April's case, who isn't] and Cally almost gets violent with Michelle for flaunting her "affair" with JR. She settles for tossing a drink in her face, prompting April to respond in kind. More arguments occur the next morning when JR confronts Cally about not coming home that night.
JR learns about Stephanie's aid of Cliff and heads over to see her. He says he wants her to devote her time to improving Ewing Oil's image - at any cost. She flatly turns him down, saying she doesn't want to have anything to do with him. Cliff rubs in JR's pathetic attempt at the Oil Baron's later.
Christopher's best friend moves away and he tells Bobby that he wished he had the chance to give him his baseball glove - or even to say goodbye. It gets the Bob-man thinking...
Carter brings in the Chairman of Inagaki's company to come by and inform him that the company has decided to exchange the warehouse property for some land in the Bahamas. Inagaki protests but eventually accepts the well-deserved smackdown.
Clayton and Ellie come to San Angelo for Atticus Ward's will-reading, and are told by Atticus's twin brother Arlen that he was lost at sea and no body was found. Carter comes by later as well to view the tape, which bequeaths the bulk of the estate to a man named Curley Morrison, after a 30-day waiting period. It's decreed that if Curley dies, another dude named Rabbit Hutch gets it all; and then it falls to Arlen Ward. Suddenly the lights go out...but Curley's okay. No! Wait! He keels over... [Cue the ominous music.]
Bobby visits Jeanne that evening, and tells her that he's realized why he was so infatuated with her - because he never got the chance to say goodbye to Pam. He finds, however, that his "unfinished business" is settled by saying goodbye to Jeanne - and Pam.
In the aftermath of Curley's collapse, fingers begin to point at Rabbit Hutch. The preliminary reports indicate that Curley died of a heart attack, but later it's discovered he was poisoned - and Rabbit's fingerprints are found on the milk carton that he drank out of. Ellie and Clayton bail Rabbit out and offer to help him out with his case. McKay is incredulous at Clayton's decision to help Rabbit out, claiming that he was safer there until the will is settled. The Farlows visit Rabbit to check up on him, but find that he's tragically hung himself.
Cally tries to rekindle her relationship but ends up driving JR to the Singletree. JR tells Bobby that he doesn't feel that he has anything in common with his wife any more. Stephanie calls the office and tells JR to turn on his TV, from which he learns that Cliff has been named head of the Oil Regulatory Commission. JR visits Stephanie in an apologetic mood, congratulating her on making something out of nothing with Cliff. He invites her to have dinner so that she can see what Cliff is up against.
McKay hands the Stevens sisters the property lease, but April still seems disenchanted with the world and continues to ignore Bobby's messages. Bobby heads over to the apartment but finds out from Michelle that April's left town. April calls him later, and says she's gone to her mother's house in Ohio. Amy Stevens advises her daughter to think about settling down in her hometown.
Bobby comes to the Stevens home and gets a cold reception from Amy. He assures her that he just wants to make things right between them, and she directs him to a nearby park where April's hanging out. They talk for a while and agree to allow some time for her to sort out her feelings. [Where have I heard this before?]
JR and Stephanie have lunch [instead of dinner] and have another round of the battle of the sexes. James and Cally spend the day together, frustrating JR yet again in his attempts to mold his marriage. James advises Cally to hang tough and not let JR dominate her life. Serena Wald returns to Dallas and tells JR that she's moved back to Dallas. The predictable "business lunch" at the Singletree ensues, and JR decides that enough is enough and it's time for a change. Heading back to the office, he uses a marker to mask out the "Ewing" from Cally's signature on his portrait.
Clayton and Ellie meet up with Arlen Ward and tell him about Rabbit's apparent suicide. Arlen seems way too happy about it for the Farlows' comfort. At Curley's funeral, the interested parties are told that Rabbit was actually poisoned and was then made to look like he killed himself.
James and Michelle find that a zoning law has conveniently been invoked to prevent her project from proceeding forward. They confront Carter McKay about it, who denies involvement, and James offers him a cut of the project in exchange for his help to twist some arms.
April talks to old friends about how wacky her life in Dallas has been, and how things are so hectic there. She seems to become more and more convinced that moving back home is the right thing. She and Bobby have dinner with a couple of her friends and get a close look at smalltown married life with kids.
JR tries to dig up dirt on Stephanie but is unsuccessful. He decides to get Serena to join her ex-husband for dinner, while he heads back to tell the family that he's sorry he's gotten himself so wrapped in business that he's ignored them. He tells Cally that he's made an appointment with a marriage counselor to sort out their troubles.
Cliff and Stephanie talk about JR, and he warns her that JR has only two motives for anything - libido and greed. Stephanie seems rather interested in that characterization. Meanwhile, Serena tells JR that Stephanie's ex-husband told her that she keeps meticulous notes about everything she does.
Ellie channels the spirit of Jessica Fletcher and she and Clayton begin to wonder whether Arlen might really be Atticus. Clayton realizes that "Arlen" seems to adopting all of Atticus's old habits, including tugging on his ear when nervous. The case seems solved, and after learning that whoever-it-is has foregone protective custody, they head over to tell him that they're on to him and soon they'll have proof.
Bobby confronts Amy Stevens about making life way too comfortable for April. They have some relatively meaningless conversation in which Amy is disappointingly made to accept his argument. Bobby tells April he feels he's done all he can and he's decided to head back to Dallas.
JR and Cally see Patrick, the marriage counselor, and she continues to see him privately. The counselor tells Cally that JR's pattern of behavior is unlikely to change and she had better prepare herself for the worst because their age barrier is relatively insurmountable. After hearing the diagnosis, JR angrily tells Cally that the doctor doesn't know what he's talking about and he plans to deal with him sternly. JR does head over to see him the next morning - but only to congratulate him for doing such a great job in discouraging his wife from sticking around.
April arrives at the airport too late to stop Bobby from boarding his plane back to Dallas. She confides her confused feelings in her mother and tells her that she's worried about not having Bobby's undivided love. Amy reminds her that life isn't always a bowl of cherries and she shouldn't remain alone any longer. Bobby decides to take Christopher to Paris to get away from it all.
Mr. Ward takes a lie detector test under the watchful eye of the Farlows, and they confirm the evidence that the police seem to have found: he's really Arlen Ward. Ward promises Clayton that he won't forget all of the trouble he was put through. In a fantastic bit of detective work, Ellie realizes that whoever murdered Curley must have known the contents of the will in advance, so they decide to visit Atticus's lawyer. They learn that Arlen was outside the office when the lawyer was viewing the videotape but the police are frustrated by the neverending meddling and tell the Farlows to knock it off.
Cally tells Patrick that she thinks that JR's sweetness lately is a sign that her relationship is salvageable. JR is mortified that his plan has failed so far and is told that he's going to have to deliver the final blow to his marriage. Later, Cally accompanies Lucy to be on a talk show, and she's asked to be on an upcoming show about young women married to older men. JR is against the idea but in order to keep his charade with her, he allows it.
JR enlists Serena's help to try and get Stephanie's private notes. Through her ex-husband, Serena finds that the notes are kept in the office and manages to distract Stephanie's secretary so JR can get inside and find Stephanie's safe. Ratagan is called in to crack it and does so with relative ease.
Work begins on the singles club, and James gets upset at Michelle's blind ambition and spending habits, prompting a fight. She later apologizes over dinner. James accompanies Cally to her talk show appearance, which has the typical Sally Jessy, Springer-wannabe atmosphere. Cally hears the story of one other woman who had a marriage like hers which turned completely bad after her husband lost interest.
Bobby arrives at Ewing Oil to find his office turned into a mock miniature of Austria, with April back after deciding she really wants to be with him. They later discover that their warehouse has been condemned.
The Farlows go to Arlen's place to apologize to him and find that he's installed a high-tech security system for his home. They bump into the incoming Carter McKay on his way out. Their next appointment is with Honey North, who is discovered to have been working the day Curley was killed. After some pressure, she admits that Arlen asked her to lie but she knows he's innocent. Heading over to Arlen's place with the police, they find him dead in his aquarium.
As JR persuees Stephanie's diary, he gets a visit from a guy who he pays off for an undisclosed job well done. Later, Patrick plays another tape of a conversation wth Cally, in which she indicates that James is helping her through her difficult time.
Bobby and April discuss the kink in the warehouse project and he resolves to find out who's behind the delay. He confronts McKay who claims complete innocence in the matter and even offers to help Bobby get in touch with people who can help him, but Bobby says he's got it under control. April asks Michelle to be the maid of honor at her wedding and that she's backing out of their project because she doesn't feel she can devote enough time to it, which gets Michelle completely upset at being abandoned by her sister once again. James and Michelle discuss April's pullout and he offers to help her out with the financing and stand by her.
The remaining friends of Atticus Ward assemble in his lawyer's office and discover there was a codicil to his will, establishing a new order of inheritance in alphabetical order - meaning that Clayton's first. Carter tells everyone that Atticus controlled 25% of Weststar's stock and made a deal to buy it from Arlen, which is why he was so interested in the will. He offers Clayton the same deal but is told to wait.
As the family settles in for dinner, Bobby and April announce they plan to get married next month. April and Cally work out their earlier differences and agree to be friends again, as Cally confides her fears to her. Meanwhile, Bobby and JR discuss the same marital issues.
Clayton returns home with armed security and learns from a newscast that Atticus was found on a deserted island and on his way back to Dallas. Atticus tears up his will after hearing about his friends' deaths. The Farlows are still suspicious, of course. At a dinner at the Oil Baron's Club that night, Atticus tells McKay that he intends to continue his takeover bid of Weststar. While Debbie is distracted, Clayton's drink gets a few drops of liquid from an eyedropper. Atticus ends up taking the drink and keels over, dead.
The next morning, Bobby learns from the guy that was paid off at the beginning of the episode that JR was behind the whole thing. All of the principals are informed, and James gets righteously upset over it. Bobby confronts JR about it, who claims to just be protecting his son from Michelle's wacky plans. Later, JR and James argue and he says he plans to marry Michelle so they can be one big happy family.
JR returns home and lays a classic guilt trip on Cally for turning James against him and pushing him towards Michelle. Much like Sue Ellen, Cally is so devastated that runs crying up to her room. JR calls Serena and tells him that Cally's ready to go over the edge. She calls back a few moments later to confirm an upcoming rendez-vous, prompting Cally to start packing her bags. John Ross overhears her saying goodbye to Lucy and tearfully rushes out of the house to stop her. He tells JR, who's watching from the balcony, to make her stay, so he's forced to retract everything he said.
Cally tells JR that things will have to change in their relationship or she'll leave for good and let the world know why. Cliff returns from wherever he's been and learns about Bobby and April's wedding, and is asked to be the best man. James buys a well-placed restaurant that he feels can be turned into a perfect club for Michelle.
At the Oil Baron's, Carter makes the suddenly forgetful Farlows remember that the poison was obviously meant for Clayton, sending Ellie into a worried tizzy. Realizing that Atticus's original will is now in effect, she formulates a plan to find out what's in it. She enlists a surprised JR's help in obtaining the necessary skills.
Cliff tells Stephanie that he wants her to stay away from JR as long as she's running his campaign, leading to a predictable argument. Cliff insists and tells her he's willing to dump their relationship if she doesn't comply. JR comes by the office later with Stephanie's favorite flowers and jellybeans (her secret passion) and makes reservations for her favorite restaurant.
Michelle comes home and finds JR in her apartment with a briefcase and his "you're leaving town" ultimatum to keep her away from James. JR reveals James' intention to marry her, which makes her resolve to stick it out in Dallas and refuse his offer. Unfortunately, the next day, James tells Michelle that he only told JR about getting married to ruffle his feathers. Another predictable argument [I've been saying this a lot lately] ensues and yet another breakup occurs.
The Farlows are put in touch with Ratagan and an expert safecracker, who manages to get in to Spangler's safe easily. They are flabbergasted to learn that Atticus's will leaves most of his estate to Dusty Farlow. Clayton can't figure it out and so he decides to talk to Jessica to find out the reasons why, but learns that Jessica was released 6 months ago, claiming to be headed for Southfork. A day or two later, Clayton gets a call from Jessica saying that she plans to see him - sometime soon. The Farlows decide to head to a quiet hotel until things boil over.
JR manages to arrange it so that Cliff will see him and Stephanie at dinner that evening. Bobby, who arrives soon after, and Stephanie both realize that JR orchestrated the whole thing to separate her from Cliff.
Eugene Inagaki meets with Michelle and says that he was so impressed with her vision that he wants her to go to the Caribbean and run a resort for his company - and leave immediately. Michelle is so impressed with the money that she almost instantly agrees. Before leaving, she says goodbye to James and they realize they have different outlooks on the world, and their relationship. As Michelle's plane leaves, JR thanks Eugene for a job well done and says he'll have his warehouse back real soon.
That evening, after poisoning the police guard outside their door, Jessica enters the Farlows' room and prepares an injection.
Just as Jessica is about to strike, the phone rings and wakes Clayton up. She manages to get away as Detective Marshall informs them that Jessica's fingerprints were on Curley's fatal milk carton. Bobby foregoes a tuxedo fitting to be with them. They all attend Atticus's funeral and eagle-eyed Bobby spots Jessica getting into a limousine. He trails her back to her hotel and while stalling her until the police arrive, he learns that Atticus was Dusty's father.
JR arranges another visit to England for John Ross so as to finally get rid of Cally once and for all. James and April find Michelle's apartment devoid of clothes, but with a note explaining her sudden disappearance. They question Inagaki about it and during their conversation they find that he's been in contact with JR. James confronts his father about it and says he's through being a Ewing.
A still-deranged and Dusty-obsessed Jessica tells the police that she committed all of her murders to misdirect the police from realizing that Clayton was her real target. She calmly explains that in exchange for changing his will and leaving everything to Dusty, Jessica planned to knock off all of Atticus's enemies, including her brother.
Cliff tears up his contract with Stephanie, citing a clause about dealing in good faith, and says that he doesn't need her help to become Governor. JR arrives soon afterwards with a Lalique vase for her collection, which she promptly breaks because she's disgusted with his attempts to manipulate her. JR tells her about finding her diary, and tells her that he expects her to spread some good words around Austin for him whenever he asks for it. Cliff sits down to a healthy dinner of Chinese take-out and potato chips and learns that he's no longer in line for the Governor's seat.
Clayton tells Carter that Jessica is currently in control of Atticus's Weststar stock while Dusty is not around, even though he plans to get power of attorney. Carter wants to buy the stock or ask Clayton to join the company, but he declines on both counts.
James tells Cally he's sorry he can't stick around Southfork any longer because of JR's duplicity. At Cally's next session with Patrick, she tells him she doesn't think she can take her married life any longer. Patrick informs JR, but finds that Cally's been listening to him outside the door. Cally and James talk later and he encourages her to hang around the house and be supportive of her husband, until he makes his next mistake.
JR angrily confronts James over Cally's revelation that he is the father of her child. James doesn't deny it and promises that it will be 'their little secret'.
New evidence against Carter surfaces. Rose tells the police that Carter told her to lie for him. Also, fresh fingerprints are found on a glass in Dancer's room. McKay tells the district attorney that he had a drink with Dancer that night but he left Johnny alive. Then he went to another room to meet the wife of a very important person. Unfortunately for Carter, the woman denies knowing him.
Cliff proposes to Liz and this time she gladly accepts. The police learn that Dancer killed Liz's brother and that she had a strong motive for his murder as well.
Lee Ann and JR have lunch and they return to the office, where he learns the sale of Ewing Oil has been finalized. Lee Ann offers JR a minor ownership possibility for his expertise and help in running the company. Lee Ann finally reveals to us the reason she is bent on revenge against JR: they met in college and he got her pregnant. She was forced to have an illegal abortion which nearly cost her her life.
Bobby returns to Dallas and cleans out his office, which will now be JR's office. JR insists that Jock's portrait remain there. Detective Breslin tells Bobby that all of the people in the photograph that they found in Odessa are dead. Bobby asks Liz to see if she knows anyone with information about 'Sheila Foley'.
JR tells Sly - who Lee Ann has hired, along with the other secretaries - to find out whatever she can about her. He makes plans to use his dummy corporations to get Ewing Oil assets back piece by piece. After meeting with Vanessa, Lee Ann makes plans to ruin JR's happiness with her. At the office, she kisses JR and says she finds him attractive - it's too bad he's engaged.
James flaunts his latest girlfriend at Michelle at Southfork. All three of them end up in the pool. The next night, Michelle brings her secretary Derrick [don't you hate this guy?] home to bother James. JR takes James's side in the matter and tells Michelle to know her role. Michelle arranges for JR to crash her shower. JR says he's absolutely turned off by her but Michelle says she knows him better than that.
JR learns of Blackie Callahan's death in Oklahoma and makes plans to attend the funeral. Liz is suspicious of the delay in Cliff's appointment. Sensing JR's hand, she agrees to sell him her company and suddenly Cliff's appointment is confirmed. JR plans to sever ties between Liz's company and De La Vega Oil to hurt them financially. Cliff returns and Liz tells him she sold the company to JR, and why. Cliff goes ballistic and after a heated argument, Liz tosses away her engagement ring. Cliff visits Michelle and asks for her help to ruin JR. She agrees. Egged on by Jory, Bobby goes to the pawn shop and the ticket gets him a briefcase containing cocaine. He dumps it in an empty police car. Hillary calls to say she'll only be in Los Angeles for two hours before she has to take another flight. Mark Harris, the biker Bobby met in Paris, just happens to be a busboy at the restaurant Bobby and Jory visit that day.
Jory becomes suspicious of Bobby's past. The next day, as Bobby prepares to take Jory to a hotel, the two guys return and kidnap her. Bobby receives a note that they want the drugs back or $500,000. And they want it at noon tomorrow - the same time Hillary's plane arrives. Dana is released by the kidnappers; she tells Bobby that they've killed her boyfriend John and they'll kill Jory too if he doesn't show up. Bobby makes the swap for Jory after having tipped off the police, who catch the bad guys. Bobby rushes to the airport but arrives too late. He tells Jory the truth about his life - except for what happened in Paris.
He ends by asking Jory to tell Hillary that Bobby Ewing saved her life.
Bobby comes back from California to Southfork and tells Christopher that he stopped looking for revenge on Hillary. J.R. goes to Blackie Callahan's funeral. McKay learns who killed Johnny Dancer and he plots his revenge. Liz breaks up with Cliff and the wedding is off. James and Michelle give a TV interview. J.R.,Bobby,James, Christopher, and John Ross go on a cattle drive. Michelle thinks her marriage is finally beginning to work, so she sells her apartment. Bobby tells J.R. he won't deal with the oil business again. A girl named Debra Lynn appears at Southfork with a little boy, claiming to be James' wife.
Directed by Larry Elikann
Writing credits (in alphabetical order) David Jacobs write
Cast (in credits order)
|David Marshall Grant||Digger Barnes|
|Dale Midkiff||John Ross 'Jock' Ewing|
|Molly Hagan||Eleanor 'Miss Ellie' Southworth Ewing|
|David Wilson||Jason Ewing|
|Hoyt Axton||Aaron Southworth|
|Bill Duke||Seth Foster|
|Geoffrey Lewis||Ed Porter|
|Diane Franklin||Amanda Ewing|
|Marshall Thompson||Dr. Ted Johnson|
|Elizabeth Keifer||Cherie Simmons|
|Matt Mulhern||Garrison Southworth|
|Joe Rainer||Sam Culver|
|Kevin Wixted||Young John Ross 'J.R. Ewing|
|Randy Moore||Hotel Manager|
|Terrence Riggins||Benjamin Foster|
|Marjie Rynearson||Barbara Southworth|
|Joel Allen||Gary Ewing|
|Ryan Beadle||Young Bobby James Ewing|
|Bill Bolender||4th Player|
|Terry Evans||Young Man|
|Johnny Felder||Young Clifford 'Cliff' Barnes|
|John William Galt||Guest|
|Rhashell Hunter||Priscilla Foster|
|Joyce Ingle||1st Townswoman|
|George Leverett||Square Dance Caller|
|L. Gregg Loso||Webster|
|Tony Morris||1st Ranch Hand|
|Chuck Page||1st Townsman|
|Peyton E. Park||Justice|
|Jim Ponds||1st Farmer|
|Ray Redd||2nd Townsman|
|Debra Lynn Rogers||Joanne Haskins|
|Rose Mari Roundtree||Girlfriend|
|Gena Sleete||2nd Townswoman|
|Fred Vest||2nd Ranch Hand|
|Andrea Wauters||Young Pamela Barnes|
|Larry Hagman||Narrator (J.R. Ewing)|
|rest of cast listed alphabetically:|
|Gordon Greene||Hotel Desk Clerk|
|Benton Jennings||Oil Man|
|Suzanne Niles||Waitress-Cattle Baron's Restaurant|
|James Clarke||Oil Field Worker (uncredited)|
|Andy Sherman||Foreman (uncredited)|
|Scott Sligar||Painter (uncredited)|
|Joseph B. Wallenstein||....||producer|
Original Music by
Costume Design by
|Winnie D. Brown|
|Daniel J. Lester|
|Fred Lackey III||....||key hair stylist|
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
|Tommy Burns||....||second second assistant director|
|Irwin Cadden||....||sound editor|
|David D. Caldwell||....||supervising sound editor|
|Derek Casari||....||dubbing engineer|
|Terry Chambers||....||sound editor|
|Stuart Chasmar||....||sound editor|
|Brian Courcier||....||sound editor|
|Rick Crampton||....||sound editor|
|Dan Finnerty||....||sound editor|
|Donald Flick||....||sound editor|
|Don Higgins||....||sound editor|
|Ted Johnston||....||sound editor|
|James Koford||....||sound editor|
|Ingeborg Larson||....||sound editor|
|Linda Moss||....||sound editor|
|Lorie O'Shatz||....||sound editor|
|Tally Paulos||....||adr editor|
|Greg Stacy||....||sound editor|
|Clancy T. Troutman||....||supervising sound editor|
|Dick Vandenberg||....||sound editor|
|Mike Virnig||....||sound editor|
Special Effects by
|Ken Estes||....||special effects supervisor|
Camera and Electrical Department
|John Johns||....||video playback operator|
|Henry Tirl||....||additional first assistant camera|
|Patricia Peck||....||music editor|
|Nanette Farlow||....||location manager|
|Cate Hardman||....||script supervisor|
DALLAS - JR RETURNS
Original Broadcast Date November 15, 1996
Running Time - 2 Hours
The cliffhanger ending of the series finale is resolved in the opening minutes of the movie. The gunshot J.R. Ewing fired was at the mirror, not himself. It is also revealed that J.R. has quit drinking.
Several years later, J.R. is in Europe, while Bobby Ewing lives at Southfork alone with his son Christopher, happily out of the oil business, and Cliff Barnes is still the president of Ewing Oil, relishing the fact that he finally beat J.R.
However, things aren't as cheery as they may seem. Bobby, conscious of the fact that Southfork is now almost empty, considers selling it. Meanwhile, Cliff, weary of the oil business, decides that after all the trouble he and J.R. went through during their rivalry, he wants to try to regain whatever he lost in it. Cliff concludes that the best way to do so is to sell Ewing Oil to Weststar Oil, a giant Oil conglomerate headed by J.R.'s other nemesis, Carter McKay. McKay promises that Weststar will incorporate Ewing Oil's assets into his company, and Ewing Oil will cease to exist. J.R. hears this and decides to try to regain his position. He appeals to Bobby to get back in business together and buy Ewing Oil back but is rebuffed. J.R. arranges for Afton to be put in a sanitarium so Cliff can't find her.
After a surprise trip to Ewing Oil where he taunts a rattled Cliff, J.R. learns of a provision in Jock Ewing's will where Jock left J.R.'s son, John Ross, stock in computer company Cyberbyte, which has a value of $200,000,000. The provision states that John Ross is only to receive this stock upon the death of his father. However, since John Ross is living in Europe and is unaware of his inheritance, J.R. decides to sell some of this stock and buy shares to take over Weststar. He sells the stock portfolio and buys a controlling stake in Weststar Oil. To cover his tracks, J.R. rebuys the stock and reinstates the provision, saying that if anyone finds out about the incident, he will claim that they were released to John Ross Ewing, Jr. (J.R.) instead of his son (full name John Ross Ewing III) in a clerical error.
To set this in motion, he fakes his death in a car accident and has his attorney "accidentally" put the shares in his name instead of his son's. Thinking that J.R. has died, Bobby holds a memorial service, with John Ross and Sue Ellen attending and Cliff in quiet celebration, believing he's won the ultimate victory over J.R....until J.R. returns to Southfork. He claims to have been kidnapped and escaped. Sly is disgusted and resigns as J.R's assistant.
In the final moments of the show, J.R. is the majority shareholder in Weststar, and he uses that clout to force McKay to back out of buying Ewing Oil. McKay says that Cliff sold Ewing oil to someone else already. After being sent a letter notifying him of his daughter's whereabouts, Cliff decided that finding his family is more important than beating J.R., but Bobby figured out a way that Cliff can have both, and he bought Ewing Oil. Bobby later realizes that he was tricked back into the oil business by J.R. who knew getting Bobby off Southfork would force him not to sell. J.R. maneuvered the board to remove McKay as Chairman of Weststar and for himself to take his place.
An unhappy Bobby sells half of the company to his new partner, Sue Ellen Ewing. J.R. appears shocked and crushed. Bobby, Sue Ellen, and Cliff believe they pulled one more over on J.R. A drunken and bitter Sly had tipped off Sue Ellen that J.R. faked his own death. Sue Ellen suspected this all along and was neither surprised or even that angry but felt that J.R needed to be taught a lesson. Cliff, meanwhile, greets Afton and Pamela outside the sanitarium after Afton is released and they leave to be a family.
In the last scene, John Ross asks J.R. why he is smiling even though he lost Ewing Oil to Bobby and Sue Ellen. J.R. points out that Bobby is back in the oil business and is no longer going to sell Southfork. Ewing Oil is back in Ewing hands. J.R. is Chairman of the Board of Weststar Oil. Sue Ellen is back at Southfork to stay, and John Ross will remain in Dallas to learn the oil business from J.R. John Ross realizes that his father planned everything to work out this way. JR's last words are, "You see, John Ross? You're learning already."
|Cast (in credits order)|
|Rosalind Allen||....||Julia Cunningham|
|Chris Demetral||....||Christopher Ewing|
|Patrick Duffy||....||Bobby James Ewing|
|Linda Gray||....||Sue Ellen Shepard Ewing Lockwood|
|Larry Hagman||....||John Ross "J.R." Ewing, Jr.|
|Omri Katz||....||John Ross Ewing, III|
|Deborah Kellner||....||Pamela Rebecca Cooper|
|George Kennedy||....||Carter McKay|
|Ken Kercheval||....||Clifford "Cliff" Barnes|
|Audrey Landers||....||Afton Cooper|
|Tracy Scoggins||....||Anita Smithfield|
|Deborah Rennard||....||Sylvia "Sly" Lovegren|
|Buck Taylor (I)||....||Steve Grisham|
|George Petrie||....||Harv Smithfield|
|Blue Deckert||....||Detective Markham|
|Lee Gideon||....||Judge Hooker|
|Sean Hennigan||....||Dave Colquit|
|William Earl Ray||....||Male Nurse|
|Ellen F. Locy||....||Debbi|
|John William Hoge||....||Ratigan|
HOLLYWOOD -- When Dallas fans last saw the crafty, charming, conniving J.R. Ewing on the series finale five years ago, he was literally in a devil of a mess. Only brother Bobby witnessed what really happened when the suicidal J.R. raised his pistol and a shot rang out.
Even Larry Hagman, who played the role to perfection for 13 seasons, was in the dark as to J.R.'s fate. "I didn't know if he was dead," Hagman says. "I didn't know if they were going to do (a Dallas movie). The way we ended it left it open."
Well, J.R. is alive and well and up to his dirty tricks in the CBS reunion flick, Dallas: J.R. Returns, which airs in the series' old 9 p.m. time slot tonight (Channel 62 in Detroit).
It seems that for the past five years, J.R. has been living, and loving, in Paris. But he's come home to reclaim Ewing Oil from his old nemesis Cliff Barnes (Ken Kerche-val). Cliff is busy trying to relocate the long-lost daughter he had with former flame Afton Cooper (Audrey Landers).
Meanwhile, Bobby (Patrick Duffy) has been running Southfork and is living a quiet life on the ranch with son Christopher (Chris Demetral). J.R.'s former wife, Sue Ellen (Linda Gray), and son John Ross (Omri Katz), who have been living in London with her new husband, return to Southfork when they hear some startling news about J.R.
Reuniting for the movie, Duffy says, was "just like you seeing your family again. We obviously don't call each other 'J.R.' and 'Bobby' when we see each other socially, but you put on those clothes and you step in front of that camera and it was like, 'Oh, my God. This is wonderful. This is the best life ever.'"
"It was like we had never stopped," Kercheval adds.
J.R. Returns had been in development for a few years. "Larry and I have always wanted to do something with Dallas," says Duffy, who is co-executive producer of the movie with Hagman.
"We even considered at one time, and I still think it would be a great idea, to do the Airplane! version of Dallas as a feature film and just go for right-off-the-wall humor."
Production originally was set to start a year ago but was delayed when Hagman had a liver transplant. Six months after his surgery, the actor was strong enough to do the film.
"We were really cheerleaders for his health," Gray says. "It was really a magical experience for us. We had to watch his pacing, but he was fine."
The film is dedicated to its director and executive producer, Leonard Katzman, who died in September of a heart attack. Katzman was one of the series' executive producers and wrote and directed countless episodes.
"He was the master of both Dallas and television," says executive producer Rich Heller. "He was the most delightful man."
"Leonard was probably the closest thing to a surrogate father that I had," says Duffy, whose long-running ABC sitcom, Step by Step, will return to the lineup midseason.
"His name, besides Leonard, was Uncle Lenny. He was the force behind Dallas. He was the quality control. He directed. He produced. He did everything but clean up the chairs after the cast had lunch. This is his monument."
As with the original series, J.R. Returns has plenty of sex. Not only does J.R. have a one-night stand with Sue Ellen, he also has an affair with his attorney's niece (Tracy Scoggins).
"It was hell, but somebody had to do it," Hagman says, laughing. "Tracy's not a bad-looking girl."
"Well, you know, it is the '80s thing," muses Duffy. "We were doing the horizontal Macarena a lot in those days."
Reruns of Dallas, once the most popular show on television, are currently airing three times a day on The Nashville Network. "You can't look at those," Kercheval says, laughing. "Those are sad because we were so young."
"That's when you know when time has marched on," Duffy adds. "You take a look and go: 'Look at that. I only had one chin.'"
The cast reports that ever since Dallas went off the air in 1991, fans have been asking about a reunion. "They are so happy when I tell them we did a movie," Duffy says. "You'd think I had given them a Christmas present."
Hagman believes the series was such a phenomenon because "it added stability to (fans') lives. It was a pretty close family even if they didn't get along and a lot of people have a J.R. in their family they can identify with. He did love his mother and he did love Sue Ellen in his own sick, warped way. But he loved his family and he loved his business -- not necessarily in that order."
But, Hagman adds, "it's kind of old-fashioned because, let's face it, where do you find in America three millionaires -- Bobby, me, Daddy and Mama -- living in the same house with their wives in one room with one bathroom!"
The Dallas gang are about as close-knit as the Ewings themselves. "Patrick and I go fishing and hunting a lot," says a fully recovered Hagman, who is currently at work in New Orleans on his new midseason CBS drama series Orleans. "I see Linda perhaps once every two weeks."
"Larry and I are both Virgos," Gray says. "Every year we have our Virgo dinner, as we call it. I (also) have an Easter egg hunt at my house every year, so I invite everybody who has children, so Ken brought his daughter. So we do see each other, not all the time, but sporadically and always with love."
Dallas: War of the Ewings" begins with a scene of Bobby Ewing in the shower. He turns arounds and says 'Good morning'. The same scene from thirteen years ago, when Pam woke up from her "dream". Sue Ellen Ewing steps into the shower with him and gives him a kiss... it's then turns out, that it's is actually J.R. Ewing's bad dream. Sue Ellen comes in to his room and wakes him up, reminding him that they're planning to have lunch.
J.R. reads the morning paper at breakfast, seeing that his company, Weststar Oil, is rated the number 1 independent oil company in Texas. Ewing Oil, now owned by Bobby and Sue Ellen, is second.
J.R. asks his banker to get him a loan, so he can plan a hostile takeover of Ewing Oil. He's told that his net worth won't cover such a large amount. Anita Smithfield, J.R.'s lawyer and lover comes over and J.R. tells her he's tired of making offers to get Ewing Oil back - he plans on splitting Bobby and Sue Ellen up in a 'divide and conquer' setup. He also tells her that he has discovered geological reports that indicate there's oil under Ray Krebbs' ranch, which J.R. intends to use a collateral for his loan.
The Ewings have lunch at a place called the Ranch House. Some guy hits on Sue Ellen and Bobby slugs him, initiating a barfight. Bobby wins, with a minor assist from Sue Ellen and a big assist from Ray Krebbs, who turns up out of nowhere. J.R. hides behind an overturned table. It turns out J.R. paid the guys to stage the fight for his own purposes - he gets them to throw him out gently to complete the charade. Ray tells the Ewings that he's returned to do some work for a European oil company. J.R. scoffs at the cowboy trying to play the oilman's game.
Later, Ray confides in Bobby that he's broke, and the ranch is mortgaged several times over. Bobby offers to help and asks Ray to help him out at the ranch while he's around.
Sue Ellen meets with Carter McKay and his associate Peter Ellington. McKay offers Sue Ellen a proposition that will make Ewing Oil bigger than Weststar. He knows about some hidden oil reserves but won't tell Sue Ellen where they are unless she makes him a partner in Ewing Oil. It turns out that they plan to buy up the mortgage on Ray's ranch and use those oil reserves.J.R.'s limo is full with his luggage so he hitches a ride with Sue Ellen to the airport. During the ride, J.R. shows the first seeds of dissension, making Sue Ellen feel like she's the real driving force behind Ewing Oil while Bobby just tags along for the ride. Jus then J.R.'s limo explodes. A bomb was planted to kill him. Bobby and J.R. discuss the day's events and J.R. tells him that while Sue Ellen may be firm and strong on the outside she's really a very fragile person.
J.R. makes overtures to Sue Ellen, claiming he still needs and wants her companionship but he reaches too far and Sue Ellen suspects that he set up the whole bombing to make her sympathetic to him, in order to get a piece of Ewing Oil. Anita tells J.R. that Sue Ellen and Bobby are negotiating with McKay. She also mentions that Ray is badly in debt and the mortgage is due soon, so J.R. better act fast.
Stunning Jennifer Jansen, CEO of Jansen Oil, comes to see J.R. from Europe. She wants J.R. to help her find some other independents in Texas to deal with. He suggests Ewing Oil and arranges a meeting, figuring the Jennifer will easily be able to distract Bobby and cut a good deal.The guys are quickly bailed out by J.R., who set up the rustling scheme to try to get Bobby away from the office. J.R. berates them for bringing guns along, against his orders. The guys tell him the plan would have succeeded if not for Ray.
Bobby and Sue Ellen meet with McKay again. Bobby is still hesitant to proceed with the deal because of McKay's cutthroat nature and he knows he's just in the oil game for his own ends. Sue Ellen sees his hesitation as lacking 'the killer instinct', as J.R. told her before. Bobby wishes he could set it all aside and just stay on the ranch.
J.R. introduces Jennifer to Bobby [who's charmed] and Sue Ellen [who's not] at a hotel. He explains Jennifer's situation and asks Bobby to take Jennifer back to her hotel. Bobby does one better and asks Jennifer to dinner to discuss their deal. J.R. meets Anita in the lobby of the hotel and a shot is fired in his direction, barely missing.
Bobby and Jennifer eat at Weststar's private box at Texas Stadium, as Cowboys owner Jerry Jones makes an apperance. Jennifer lets slip that she knows that McKay is planning to join Ewing Oil, which tips Bobby off that she's probably spying for J.R.. He immediately leaves.
While Bobby and Ray fix up some fences cut down by rustlers, Ray mentions that he saw some guys loading up cattle in a truck. They head over to investigate and the rustlers start shooting at them. Fortunately, some ranch hands come by with guns to even the odds. Daring Ray manages to force their surrender by outmanoeuvring them as the police arrive.
Ray tells Sue Ellen about his problem. She offers to help but Ray says he has to deal with it himself. J.R. tells Ray he knows about his problem and is willing to buy his ranch, claiming he wants to move away from Southfork but not too far. Ray tells him to forget it and J.R. starts taunting him about being a 'half-breed'. Bobby arrives and tells J.R. he cut his date story because he knows Jennifer was coached by him.
Sue Ellen and Bobby have an argument about Bobby's lack of involvement and enthusiasm for his daddy's company. Bobby resents her accusation, telling her she's beginning to sound like J.R.. He says he'll stay out of the business if it keeps her happy. J.R. is thrilled that his plan seems to be working.
Jennifer comes to the ranch and rides out to find Bobby. She apologizes for cooperating with J.R. and says that she wishes she could make things better because she feels like she really cares for him. Bobby agrees that they should start over. Sue Ellen agrees to McKay's deal and wants to discuss it with Bobby over dinner but Bobby says he's already made plans with Jennifer. Bobby and Jennifer hit it off and she decides to stay a while longer than she expected after they spend the night together.
Anita Smithfield tells J.R. that Ray's mortgage is up at the end of business tomorrow. J.R. calls his banker, and asks him to get some money together so he can buy the ranch. J.R.'s banker meets with McKay and Ellington and lets them know that J.R.'s bidding on the property as well which gets McKay hot and bothered.
Ray find one of the rustlers in a bar and questions him about what happened. He finds out that J.R. set the whole thing up.
Bobby and Sue Ellen apologize to each other. McKay calls Sue Ellen and tells him that J.R. is competing for his oil reserves and also finally lets her know that they're under Ray's ranch. Sue Ellen realizes that Bobby was right and McKay can't be trusted. Ellington overhears Sue Ellen making plans to go over to see J.R.
Ratagan, who has been investigating the attempts on J.R.'s life, finally finds out that Ellington is the one responsible. Ray tells Bobby that the rustling was a J.R. ploy to get Bobby away from the office. He also tells him that J.R. is trying to buy his ranch. Bobby chides Ray for letting his pride overcome his faith in his family.
Ellington finds Sue Ellen getting into the elevator at J.R.'s building and pulls a gun on her. McKay gets to J.R.'s office first. Bobby and Ray arrive soon after and tell J.R. that Bobby has paid off the mortgage. J.R. and McKay start bidding on the ranch. When the bidding gets up to 45 million dollars, Bobby realizes there must be oil on the ranch.Ellington calls from the next room and tells J.R. that he'd better let McKay win the bidding war or Sue Ellen will be killed. McKay offers Ray a ready-made cashiers check for 50 million and J.R. gives in. Once the check is handed over, J.R. tells Bobby and Ray about Sue Ellen's situation. J.R. creates a diversion while Bobby and Ray go around the other side. Ellington shoots J.R. who falls back on the floor. Sue Ellen rushes to help him but he's fine because he was wearing a bulletproof vest.
Bobby and Ray manage to beat Ellington as Ratagan drags him off. McKay tells the Ewings that Ellington acted alone. J.R. tells McKay that he may own the ranch, but Jock Ewing made sure a long time ago that only the Ewings would have drilling rights on Southfork, so McKay just owns the ranch again. McKay storms off, defeated.
Ray thanks J.R. for unwittingly helping him. Bobby gives J.R. a fist in the face for endangering Southfork. Jennifer arrives and Bobby says he has planned a trip to Europe with her. Then Sue Ellen punches J.R. one too. But the movie ends with J.R's smile.
|Arthur Bernard Lewis||(story)
|Arthur Bernard Lewis||(teleplay) and|
|Patrick Duffy||...||Bobby James Ewing|
|Linda Gray||...||Sue Ellen Shepard Ewing Lockwood|
|Larry Hagman||...||John Ross 'J.R.' Ewing, Jr.|
|Michelle Johnson||...||Jennifer Jantzen|
|Steve Kanaly||...||Raymond 'Ray' Krebbs|
|George Kennedy||...||Carter McKay|
|Tracy Scoggins||...||Anita Smithfield|
|Amanda Welles||...||J.R.'s Secretary|
|Philip Anglim||...||Peter Ellington|
|Sean Hennigan||...||John Savory|
|Brad Leland||...||Deputy Sheriff|
|Jerry Cotton||...||Detective Murphy|
|Constance Jones||...||TV Reporter|
|Paul Pender||...||J.R.'s Body Guard|
|rest of cast listed alphabetically:|
|John William Hoge||...||Rattigan (as John Williams Hodge)|
|Robert F. Cawley||...||Oil field worker (uncredited)|
|Fabian Watkins||...||J.R.'s Chauffeur (uncredited)|
|Patrick Duffy||....||executive producer|
|Larry Hagman||....||executive producer|
|Rich Heller||....||executive producer (as Richard M. Heller)|
Original Music by
Film Editing by
Production Design by
Art Direction by
Set Decoration by
|Terri M. Raith||(as Terri Raith)|
Costume Design by
|Janet Lucas Lawler||(as Janet Lawler)|
|Gigi Coker||....||makeup artist (as GiGi Coker)|
|JoJo Guthrie||....||key hair stylist|
|Keith Sayer||....||makeup artist|
|Dennis Judd||....||unit production manager|
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
|George Fortmuller||....||first assistant director|
|Larry Lerner||....||second assistant director|
|Bradly E. Breitbarth||....||property master|
|George Harding III||....||set dresser|
|Neil Brody||....||sound re-recording mixer|
|Joseph D. Citarella||....||sound re-recording mixer (as Joe Citarella)|
|Skip Frazee||....||production sound mixer|
|Michael E. Lawshe||....||supervising sound editor (as Mike Lawshe)|
|Catt LeBaigue||....||supervising sound editor|
|David A. Smith||....||boom operator|
Special Effects by
|Jack Bennett||....||special effects|
|Jack Lynch||....||special effects technician|
|Kevin A. Bode||....||stunt double|
|Matthew Tompkins||....||stunt double: Drunk|
|Russell Towery||....||stunt coordinator|
Camera and Electrical Department
|John Knight||....||key grip|
|Rody Kent||....||location casting|
|Tim Board||....||assistant editor (as Timothy Board)|
|Chris McGeary||....||music editor|
|Janis Burklund||....||location manager|
|Joseph Crisalli||....||location stage manager: Dallas|
|David Jacobs||....||created characters|
|Joe Pope||....||production consultant|
|Ran Barker||....||administrator (uncredited)|
|Sarah Nean Bruce||....||production advisor (uncredited)|