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Season Two 1979-80
(Please note these are the original series Episode seasons. For the DVD release 1979-80 is termed Seson 3)

Original Air Date: Friday, September 21, 1979

The happiness felt by the Ewing family on Sue Ellen's return from the hospital changes to concern when it becomes obvious she has little enthusiasm for anything, including her new baby. Bobby and Pam discover Cliff Barnes is continuing with his efforts to claim Sue Ellen and the baby as his. J.R. is surprised when two of his former business associates are paroled from jail.

31. Whatever Happened to Baby John? (2)
Though Bobby thinks Cliff may have take John Ross, this ends up not being true. J.R thinks some of his thugs may have taken the child, but hey are all wrong. Pamela ends up solving the kidnapping mystery by remembering a woman she saw staring at babies at the Hospital. Pam remembers a woman, Sheila Larken, who she saw many times when she visited the hospital. It turns out Sheila lost her baby, and her husband ran out on her, leaving her desperate and alone, so she stole John Ross. The Baby is finally returned to it's natural parents...too bad Sue Ellen is not overly emotional about the outcome...

broadcast: 28-Sep-1979 pc: 188137 w: Camille Marchetta d: Leonard Katzman

NOTE: Rating: 12/65 22.2/40

Original Air Date: Friday, October 05, 1979

Cliff Barnes flies his father, Digger, to Dallas to show him how he's getting even with the Ewings. But Digger's sudden medical problem places a cloud over Cliff, Pam, and even Sue Ellen's new baby. A doctor's examination discloses that Digger has a genetic disorder that has not only been passed to his children, Pam and Cliff, but also to their offspring, which could prove fatal to John Ewing III if Cliff is actually the father, as he firmly believes. Kristin Shepard, Sue Ellen's younger sister, comes to town.

Original Air Date: Friday, October 12, 1979

Lucy's mother Valene visits and tries to re-establish some understanding with her daughter. Pamela, already depressed with the reality of the Barnes' family genetic disorder, suddenly has to cope with the news that she is pregnant. Valene implores Bobby to urge Lucy to meet with her. Pamela tries to decide whether to tell her husband the news, as well as her horrible secret, or decide on the fate of her unborn baby alone.


Original Air Date: Friday, October 19, 1979

Kristin easily convinces J.R. to give her a summer job in his office as she openly vies for his attention. Bobby learns about Pam's pregnancy before she can make a decision about getting an abortion. Bobby delights in the news that he's going to become a father. J.R. has his hands full as he tries to consummate the biggest oil deal of his life, as well as begin his own kind of relationship with Kristin, Sue Ellen's sister.

Original Air Date: Friday, October 26, 1979

On a hunting trip in Louisiana, Jock finds himself the target of revenge from a man he doesn't even remember. Ellie is afraid that she might be facing surgery. Jock and J.R. are wounded by a sniper while hunting. With their vehicle sabotaged, Bobby and Ray have to walk to town for help. Thinking he might not recover, Jock reveals a secret to J.R. that he has been hiding from Ellie since they were married.

Original Air Date: Friday, November 01, 1979

Bobby finds himself getting attached to Luke Middens, the young son of one of the hired hands, which only makes Pam's efforts to tell Bobby the truth about their unborn child even more difficult. Eventually, however, she is forced to confess. J.R. becomes suspicious of Sue Ellen's frequent trips to town, and when she refuses to acknowledge her activities, he hires a private detective to follow her. He is very unhappy with what he learns.

Original Air Date: Friday, November 08, 1979

At the annual Ewing-sponsored rodeo, Sue Ellen finds herself drawn to Dusty Farlow, a cowboy participant. Digger Barnes holds good his threat to see "his" grandson. J.R. and Kristin make their own secretive plans. J.R. feels threatened by Sue Ellen's sudden enthusiasm for life as she openly displays interest in Dusty. Lucy forces Ray to deal with a painful situation he tried to forget.


Original Air Date: Friday, November 09, 1979

Ellie is afraid to tell Jock about the lump in her breast after he reveals he was married before and divorced his first wife when she became mentally ill. Her fear is Jock will leave her also if a mastectomy becomes necessary. Alan continues J.R.'s plan to get Cliff out of the way. Sue Ellen keeps visiting a coffee shop with the hopes of meeting Dusty Farlow again. Ellie undergoes the mastectomy.

broadcast: 16-Nov-1979 pc: 188146 w: Arthur Bernard Lewis d: Irving J. Moore


Original Air Date: Friday, November 16, 1979

After undergoing the mastectomy, Ellie begins to face what life is going to be like for her. She and Jock seem to be drifting apart as her anger grows over the secret he kept from her for forty years. Digger proves himself a friend to Ellie and they have a long talk. Ellie realizes that she cannot go back in time but she must make peace with the present and the future. Lucy is cold to Ellie as she hides her fears that she will inherit breast cancer. Jock backs J.R. over Bobby in the plan to push Cliff aside. Sue Ellen meets Dusty at a hotel.

Original Air Date: Friday, November 23, 1979

Lucy decides that Alan Beam is the man for her after she wit- nesses him standing up to J.R. Lucy doesn't know the fight was staged by Alan and J.R. to further convince Cliff of Beam's loyalty. Lucy makes an obvious play for Alan, who sees her as his ticket to riches. Pam accuses Bobby of trying to ruin her brother. She accidentally learns about J.R.'s secret Asian oil deal from Cliff.


Original Air Date: Friday, November 30, 1979

J.R. is caught from all sides when a typhoon delays the oil drilling in Asia as his bank loan becomes due. Bobby discovers that J.R. has mortgaged Southfork and he is forced to tell Jock and Ellie that they may lose everything. J.R. believes that once Cliff resigns his post as head of the Office of Land Management, the banks will extend their loan deadline. But he's crushed when the efforts of all the Ewing men seem to have failed. Ellie makes a supreme sacrifice in an effort to save Southfork.


Original Air Date: Friday, December 14, 1979

Sue Ellen's avoidance of her own baby becomes a source of conflict between her and J.R. and between Bobby and Pam, who have begun to think of the child as their own. Seeing the pain Ellie is going through as workmen prepare to pump oil out of Southfork, Jock decides to sell the Asian oil leases even though it means losing millions. J.R. tries to stop him.


Original Air Date: Friday, December 20, 1979

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.


Original Air Date: Friday, December 28, 1979

J.R. decides that bringing Bobby back into Ewing Oil is the best way to keep Jock out of the office. J.R. also aims to get Pam a promotion to keep Bobby's mind off anything but his troubled marriage. Pam is using work to hide from her own unhappiness. Ray seems to have found happiness at last when Donna Culver reenters his life.


Original Air Date: Friday, January 04, 1980

Alan Beam's "romance" with Lucy is discovered by Kristin who believes once J.R. knows about it he will quickly get rid of the ambitious young lawyer. J.R. fools everyone by encouraging Alan to follow through with his plans to marry Lucy. Lucy puts off deciding about Alan's proposal until J.R. orders her not to see him again, then she makes a starling announcement.


Original Air Date: Friday, January 11, 1980

After Cliff announces he is quitting the race for Congress, Digger returns to the bottle and drunkenly tells a reporter that Cliff is really the father of Sue Ellen's baby. Jock insists the family sue Cliff, who counter sues for custody of his son. Sue Ellen, J.R., and Cliff take blood tests to prove once and for all who the baby's real father is.


Original Air Date: Friday, January 18, 1980

Sue Ellen actively sees Dusty. Pam leaves town. An angry Bobby runs into Jenna, an old girl friend. Ray ponders if he and Donna have anything in common besides their love. J.R. gets angry and jealous of Sue Ellen's unexplained nights out. Kristin tries to take advantage of the situation to permanently enter J.R.'s life.


Original Air Date: Friday, February 01, 1980

Sue Ellen is being pressured by Dusty to leave J.R. Pam and Bobby's marriage continues to strain towards the breaking point. Donna makes a last attempt to get Ray to change his mind about marriage. Sue Ellen makes her decision and asks J.R. for a divorce, but his reaction is not at all what she expects. Pam is surprised when Jenna visits and declares her intentions towards Bobby.



Original Airdate:
Friday, February 8, 1980

J.R. keeps pressuring Alan Beam to marry Lucy very soon. Cliff resigns from the OLM to run in the elections for Congress but J.R.'s intrigue is a success and Cliff runs out of campaign money all of a sudden. For the moment, he is finished professionally and has nowhere to go. Bobby feels sorry for Cliff and decides to do some job hunting for him. This provokes a furious reaction from J.R. Jock frustrated J.R.'s plans for Lucy and Alan by offering Alan a legal partnership in Dallas. Now J.R. tries to stop the marriage because there's no longer anything in it for him.

broadcast: 08-Feb-1980 pc: 188158 w: Linda B. Elstad d: Irving J. Moore


Original Air Date: Friday, February 15, 1980

Sue Ellen takes great pains to appear the perfect wife and mother in preparation for her divorce action. When J.R. realizes what she is planning, he decides to stage a strong counterattack. J.R. is furious when he learns Sue Ellen has a private detective following him on his nocturnal visits. He decides the best way to keep her from leaving with their son is to prove that Sue Ellen is drinking again


51. JOCK'S TRIAL: Part I
Original Air Date: Friday, February 22, 1980

As a new assistant district attorney, Cliff jumps at the chance to work on the investigation of the body found at Southfork. Sue Ellen fights to convince the family that she is not drinking again. Cliff's investigation unearths some new clues which tie the murder closer and closer to Jock. Sue Ellen prepares to leave J.R. and her baby.


Original Air Date: Friday, February 29, 1980

While Jock faces his murder trial, other family members are distracted with their own problems. Sue Ellen drinks to forget Dusty's death. Pam watches Digger slowly deteriorate in a hospital. J.R. fears his testimony will incriminate his father. The family hires famed criminal attorney, Scotty Demerest, only to be told that Cliff's case against Jock is dangerously incriminating. The family prepares for the worst.


Original Air Date: Friday, March 14, 1980

With most of the family visiting Jock's first wife in a Colorado sanitarium, J.R. uses the time to try to set up an even bigger oil deal with the now profitable Asian wells. Sue Ellen and Pam deal with their separate grief in very different ways. Pam becomes determined to learn about her mother, long-believed dead. Sue Ellen again seeks liquor for her solace, which pleases J.R. since he plans to rid himself of his wife.


54. A HOUSE DIVIDED (a.k.a. The "Who Shot J.R.?" Episode)
Original Air Date: Friday, March 21, 1980

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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Episodes - Season 2
30.   Whatever Happened to
Baby John? (1)
31.   Whatever Happened to
Baby John? (2)
32.   The Silent Killer
33.   Secrets
34.   The Kristin Affair
35.   The Dove Hunt
36.   The Lost Child
37.   Rodeo
38.   Mastectomy (1)
39.   Mastectomy (2)
40.   The Heiress
41.   Ellie Saves the Day
42.   Mother of the Year
43.   Return Engagements
44.   Love and Marriage
45.   Power Play
46.   Paternity Suit
47.   Jenna's Return
48.   Sue Ellen's Choice
49.   Second Thoughts
50.   Divorce - Ewing Style
51.   Jock's Trial (1)
52.   Jock's Trial (2)
53.   The Wheeler Dealer
54.   A House Divided
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