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Season Four 1981-82
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78. Missing Heir

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.


79. Gone, But Not Forgotten

J. R. and Cliff testify at the inquest. A grieving Sue Ellen takes action to put an end to her marriage.
JR's henchmen grab John Ross and take Sue Ellen out of the way. Fortunately, Dusty foresaw JR's scheme and his ranch hands apprehend JR's guys. Dusty tells Sue Ellen he's made arrangements for her and her son to be protected. He takes her to the connecting flight as they see JR looking down at them from above.

broadcast: 16-Oct-1981 w: Arthur Bernard Lewis d: Leonard Katzman


80. Showdown at San Angelo

J. R. uses Miss Ellie to gain access to the Southern Cross Ranch and his son as Sue Ellie has misgivings about building a new life with Dusty.JR convinces Ellie to call Sue Ellen and make arrangements to see John Ross, which she does. The Southfork helicopter arrives in San Angelo the next day, bringing Ellie, and JR not far behind. Sue Ellen suspects he's up to something, which he denies, and she reminds him that he's surrounded by armed men. Ellie and Clayton meet for the first time and agree that while they're on opposite sides of the John Ross debate, the fight is not theirs. Sue Ellen denies JR's offer of a quick, painless divorce in exchange for his son.
JR and Ellie play with John Ross, JR tosses a ball towards the helicopter. When John Ross chases it, JR hands him to Ellie and nudges her towards the waiting chopper. He tries to convince her to take him aboard, reminding her that Jock says he belongs at Southfork. Ellie refuses to be part of it, giving the boy back to Sue Ellen.

broadcast: 23-Oct-1981 w: Leonard Katzman d: Irving J. Moore


81. Little Boy Lost

As they prepare to do battle for temporary custody of John Ross, J.R plans a scheme to undermine Sue Ellie's chances. But the "wheels of justice" do not turn in J. r.'s favor this time around.
Ellie warns JR against any mud-slinging against Sue Ellen and personally attends the hearing to ensure it doesn't happen. Howard tells the judge that Sue Ellen's been providing an unfit environment for John Ross by living in sin with Dusty at the Southern Cross. Arthur replies that Sue Ellen and Dusty have never shared a bedroom, and he has affidavits to affirm it, which Howard laughs off. Arthur then tells the court that Dusty is impotent, which comes as a complete shock to Howard and JR. So, Arthur argues, Sue Ellen is showing her son the purest of emotions - true love and self-sacrifice. Faced with this, the judge has no choice but to award custody to Sue Ellen - along with $5000 per month in alimony and $1000 per month in child support.

broadcast: 30-Oct-1981 w: Leonard Katzman d: Leonard Katzman


82. The Sweet Smell of Revenge

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


83. The Big Shut Down

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


84. Blocked

Bobby talks to Jordan, who hesitantly admits having an affair with Kristin. He tells Bobby that he told Farraday to take a hike when he tried to blackmail him. Later Jordan shows Bobby the results of a blood test confirming that he couldn't be the father of Kristin's baby. JR calls Clayton and arranges a meeting. Jock calls and JR assures him that the plan is going perfectly and John Ross will be back at Southfork when Jock returns from South America. JR tells Clayton that his terms are very reasonable - he'll sell Clayton back all of the oil, as soon as he throws Sue Ellen and John Ross off of the Southern Cross. Clayton says that Sue Ellen would never return to Southfork, but JR says that's not important right now. Clayton refuses the offer, because Sue Ellen means so much to Dusty. He then tells JR that the price of crude dropped heavily that morning - one dollar a barrel so far, and likely to drop further. He tells JR that there might not be a Ewing Oil when Jock returns

broadcast: 20-Nov-1981 w: Arthur Bernard Lewis d: Irving J. Moore


85. The Split

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."


86. Five Dollars a Barrel

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."


87. Starting Over

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 and decides he wants to be dubbed for a few moments before he enters the house. 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. Bobby sadly watches as his plan comes to nothing

broadcast: 11-Dec-1981 w: Leonard Katzman d: Leonard Katzman


88. Waterloo at Southfork

Pam is taking care of Christopher, the new baby, while Bobby secretly investigates legal possibilities of adoption. A determined Miss Ellie confronts J. R. about his recent schemes involving Ewing Oil funds. She agrees to back him as president of Ewing Oil on the condition that he not persecute Sue Ellie during the divorce hearing. Meanwhile. J. R. plots to have Sue Ellen declared an unfit mother but eventually loses another battle for custody over John Ross. Ray is forced to pull out of his development deal. Jock continues in South America.

broadcast: 18-Dec-1981 w: Linda B. Elstad d: Irving J. Moore


89. Barbecue Two

After the divorce hearings, Sue Ellen moves into her new apartment with John Ross. Mitch makes progress in his medical profession. A cable from Jock announces his arrival from South America and Miss Ellie plans a barbecue as a homecoming. The whole family awaits Jock's arrival and even Rebecca Barnes-Wentworth,Clayton Farlow,and Cliff get invited. The happy scene is shattered by a phone call for Miss Ellie who tells a stunned J. r. of the terrible tragedy. Jocks chopper has crashed in South America and Jock feared dead.

broadcast: 01-Jan-1982 w: Arthur Bernard Lewis d: Leonard Katzman


90. The Search

J. R, Bobby,and Ray fly to South America to join in the investigation at the site of the crush of Jock's helicopter. Bobby searches the lake and surfaces with Jock's golden lion medallion and shows it to Ray and JR. He's prepared to call off the search at that point but Ray and JR are determined to keep looking despite the ever-decreasing odds. Bobby breaks the news to Ellie that they didn't find Jock. JR is overcome and heads out on to the balcony with the medallion, a sullen look on his face, as Bobby and Ray tell Ellie the story.

broadcast: 08-Jan-1982 w: Arthur Bernard Lewis d: Irving J. Moore


91. Denial

Jock's death devastates J. r.,Ray, and Lucy the most. J. r. seeks consolation with Serena but feels very depressed and neglects Ewing Oil business. Bobby takes over most of the operations. Miss Ellie is pressured by family lawyer Harv Smithfield and by Bobby but refuses to allow Jock's will to be read and to have Jock declared legally dead. She says :"as long as I believe he's alive,he's alive."Sue Ellen meets a new man named Tom but he comes on too strong and she rebuffs his advances. Ray refuses to go into another deal with Punk Anderson because he feels devastated by Jock's death. Donna and Ray drift apart because of Donna's success in publishing a book about the late Sam Culver. J. r. tells Sue Ellen he will never let her take John Ross away from him, despite the recent divorce.

broadcast: 15-Jan-1982 w: Linda B. Elstad d: Victor French


92. Head of the Family

Ray neglects his ranch duties and is reprimanded by Bobby. Clayton offers his friendship to Sue Ellen. Bobby tells Miss Ellie that if J. r. continues his neglect of Ewing Oil business, he may have to step in as president but Miss Ellie disagrees. Lucy gets an offer for a modeling portfolio. Bobby tells Pam thaT they got Christopher through private adoption and that his parents were a couple from Louisiana who had been killed in a car crash. Sue Ellen sees Cliff. Donna decides to write another book on the late Sam Culver.

broadcast: 22-Jan-1982 w: Howard Lakin d: Patrick Duffy


93. The Phoenix

J. r. finally returns to the business and brings John Ross into the office for the first time. Bobby has a fist fight with Ray over Ray's negligence in running the ranch. Pam is concerned about whether Christopher came from a healthy family and pressures Bobby to tell her about who Christopher parents were. J. r. is afraid the reading of Jock's will is going to divide Ewing Oil shares in a way he won't like. Lucy's photographer friend Roger starts following her. Cliff gets Afton a singing job. Ray has an extra-marital affair with a girl from the bar. J. r. sleeps with Marilee Stone and convinces her to talk the cartel into doing business with Ewing Oil again.

broadcast: 29-Jan-1982 w: David Paulsen d: Harry Harris


94. My Father, My Son

J. r. pressures Donna to talk Ray into giving up his voting shares. J. r. sees Cliff and Sue Ellen together in a restaurant, hires a detective to keep Sue Ellen's house under surveillance, and tell Afton he's in love with Sue Ellen. Donna leaves for Laredo to do research for her book. A lawyer tells Bobby he will have to ask Sue Ellen for permission to adopt Christopher because Sue Ellen is the sister of Christophers mother[Kristin]. Lucy learns Mitch is dating Evelyn Michaelson[Patricia McCormack] and, feeling abandoned. turns to Roger. J. r.,John Ross,and Sue Ellen spend time together in a fun park and J. r. invites Sue Ellen to dinner at Southfork. She refuses after some hesitation.

broadcast: 05-Feb-1982 w: Will Lorin d: Larry Hagman


95. Anniversary

J. r. hatches a plot against Cliff with the help of Wally Hampton, chairman of one of the biggest conglomerates in the South-West. If Cliff accepts Hampton's offer for chief Operating Officer, he will have to move to Tulsa,Oklahoma. Rebecca is reluctant to see Cliff go but leaves the choice up to him. Evelyn Michaelson confronts Lucy [who is separated fro Mitch] and tells her she wants Mitch. Donna discovers Ray in bed with the girl from the bar, thanks to another plot by J. r. Bobby buys Pam an aerobics business. J. r. tries to win Sue Ellen back. He shows her a video from the late 1960's where Sue Ellen is 20 years old, appearing in the Miss Texas contest. That is how they first met because J. r. was one of the judges in the contest

broadcast: 12-Feb-1982 w: David Paulsen d: Joseph Manduke


96. Adoption

Sue Ellen accepts J. r.'s invitation to dinner at Southfork. Pam and Bobby are shocked the most to see her back at the Ewing residence. Lucy's photographer friend Roger gets increasingly obsessed with her and gets mad when she doesn't want to talk with him. J. r. has Ray arrested, comes to jail, and makes him sign a statement giving up his 10 voting shares in Ewing Oil. Ray signs and says "Go to hell, J. r." Ray tells Donna he wants to cut all his ties to the Ewings and that he wants a divorce. Donna tells Ray he will have to file himself because she's not ready to give up on him. She goes to the bar to confront Bonnie[Ray's girlfriend] and punches her in the face. Cliff discovers that J. r. and Wally Hampton collaborated on framing him. He confronts J. r. about it. Cliff also tell J. r. he plan to marry Sue Ellen. Cliff wants the cartel to do business with him but Marilee Stone and Jordon Lee say the timing is bad because they're already in a deal with J. r. Bobby asks Sue Ellen for an affidavit disclaiming any interest in Christopher and stating she doesn't know who the father is. Sue Ellen tells Bobby J. r. is the father. The court grants Pam and Bobby temporary managing custody over Christopher, which is a necessary legal step before full adoption. Roger gets mad at Lucy when she tells him she wants their relationship to be professional, not personal. Sue Ellen gets mad at J. r. because she thinks he is Christopher's father and she thinks she had to lie on the affidavit saying she doesn't know who the father is.

broadcast: 19-Feb-1982 w: Howard Lakin d: Larry Hagman


97. The Maelstrom

Sue Ellen tells Clayton that Kristin and J. r. were lovers. Ray recovers from Jocks death and reconciles with Donna. J. r. learns Bobby paid Sue Ellen a visit and accuses him of poisoning her mind against him. Mitch pressures Lucy for divorce. Lucy turns to Roger. Jeff Farraday asks Bobby for a meeting, J. r. meets Cliff's half-sister Katherine. JR tells him to find everything he can about Kristin's child and get him a copy of the birth certificate as he turns to watch Pam, Bobby, and Ellie playing with Christopher.

broadcast: 26-Feb-1982 w: Will Lorin d: Patrick Duffy


98. The Prodigal

Rebecca gives Cliff autonomy in running Wentworth Tool and Dye, which upsets Katherine. Donna learns during her book research that the late Sam Culver and Jock had Sam's uncle Jonas Culver committed to a mental institution to get his oil-rich land. Jonas later killed himself. J. r. gets Christopher's birth certificate fro California. Clayton wants to find out from Afton whether Cliff is worthy of Sue Ellen. Katherine meets with J. r. about how to stop Cliff. J. r. plots to have Cliff buy worthless land. Farraday blackmails Bobby. Roger tells Lucy she can never have pictures with anybody else and threatens her. Pam tells Roger to stay away from Lucy.

broadcast: 05-Mar-1982 w: David Paulsen d: Michael Preece


99. Vengeance

J. r. thinks he is Christopher's father. Clayton goes overseas on vacation. Bobby finds Farraday murdered. Sue Ellen accuses J. r. of destroying her friendship with Clayton. Donna and Miss Ellie clash over Donna's discovery of Jock's involvement in Jonas Culver's death. Cliff thinks he's on the verge of striking oil and asks Sue Ellen against to marry him. J. r. tells Bobby he's Christopher's father and demands Bobby's loyalty on Ewing Oil business in return for keeping the matter secret. Roger kidnaps Lucy. J. r. tells Sue Ellen that Cliff is heading for disaster on the Wellington property. Police take Bobby in for questioning about Faradays murder. Harry McSween arrives at JR's office and shows him Christopher's pre-adoptive record, including Sue Ellen's affidavit. JR realizes that that was what Bobby and Sue Ellen were discussing in Episode 96, and it must be the reason she turned cold against him. With all the information he has amassed, he tells us his master plan in a soliloquy to Bobby: he plans to blackmail Bobby for his twenty voting shares in Ewing Oil so that, with John Ross's shares, he'll have majority control of the company

broadcast: 12-Mar-1982 w: Howard Lakin d: Irving J. Moore


100. Blackmail

J. r. thinks he is Christopher's father. Clayton goes overseas on vacation. Bobby finds Farraday murdered. Sue Ellen accuses J. r. of destroying her friendship with Clayton. Donna and Miss Ellie clash over Donna's discovery of Jock's involvement in Jonas Culver's death. Cliff thinks he's on the verge of striking oil and asks Sue Ellen against to marry him. J. r. tells Bobby he's Christopher's father and demands Bobby's loyalty on Ewing Oil business in return for keeping the matter secret. Roger kidnaps Lucy. J. r. tells Sue Ellen that Cliff is heading for disaster on the Wellington property. Police take Bobby in for questioning about Faradays' murder. Miss Ellie calls Bobby to let him know that Lucy's missing. Bobby informs the police and Donna and Ray come over to Southfork to be with Ellie - only Ellie doesn't want to say anything to Donna. Two police detectives come to Bobby's office. He assumes they're looking for Lucy but they actually want to ask him about Jeff Faradays murder

broadcast: 19-Mar-1982 w: Leonard Katzman d: Michael Preece


101. The Investigation

Rebecca learns Cliff has been withdrawing large amounts from Wentworth Tool and Dye. Police question Bobby about Farraday. Bobby and Pam rescue Lucy fro Roger. Lucy is taken to the hospital where Mitch shows up to visit her. Lucy decides to go ahead with the divorce. Cliff is facing financial ruin and tries to borrow money from Sue Ellen but she tells him to get lost. She tells him she feels used by him. Sue Ellen tells Pam about Cliff's situation and about the conversation she had with him. Faradays associates show up at Bobby's office thinking Bobby had drug deals with Farraday. They offer him a continuous drugs supplies.It turns out they killed Farraday during a confrontation over his failure to come up with money. J. r. tells Sue Ellen she belongs at Southfork.

broadcast: 26-Mar-1982 w: Bruce Shelly d: Irving J. Moore


102. Acceptance

Rebecca fires Cliff fro Wentworth Tool and Dye over the recent embezzlement. Bobby helps the police catch Faradays murderers by arranging a fake cocaine buy. Miss Ellie becomes increasingly withdrawn over Jock but finally accepts his death. Punk Anderson wants to establish a memorial scholarship to Jock at the Southern Methodist University. J. r. sends roses to Sue Ellen's place every day. Mitch leaves Dallas and Lucy behind and moves to Atlanta. Cliff feels rejected and abandoned by everybody. Afton tries to console him. Miss Ellie gives Donna the go-ahead on her book.

broadcast: 02-Apr-1982 w: Will Lorin d: Michael Preece


103. Goodbye, Cliff Barnes

Marilee Stone tells Cliff that J. r. used her to get Sue Ellen back. Bobby tells Pam the truth about Christopher. They fly to Los Angeles and learn that Kristin miscarried J. r.'s baby, that Farraday and Kristin were married, and that Farraday is Christopher father's Clayton comes back from vacation. J. r. and Sue Ellen plan to marry and break the news to family. Lucy tells Muriel she was raped by Roger. Rebecca comes to Southfork the next day and tells Ellie that Cliff is comatose at Dallas Memorial because of JR's setup. Sue Ellen and JR overhear as Rebecca promises to destroy the Ewing family for what they've done to her son. JR defends himself to Ellie, saying that Cliff's greed drove him to suicide, and he's not responsible for Cliff's stupidity. Ellie threatens to remove him as President of Ewing Oil but JR responds that she probably won't be able to do that.Sue Ellen comes to Cliff's room to find Afton and Rebecca there. Afton has only cold words for her as Rebecca escorts her out of the room. Sue Ellen blames herself for everything and prays for Cliff 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.

broadcast: 09-Apr-1982 w: Arthur Bernard Lewis d: Irving J. Moore


Episodes - Season 4
78.     Missing Heir
79.     Gone, But Not Forgotten
80.     Showdown at San Angelo
81.     Little Boy Lost
82.     The Sweet Smell of Revenge
83.     The Big Shut Down
84.     Blocked
85.     The Split
86.     Five Dollars a Barrel
87.     Starting Over
88.     Waterloo at Southfork
89.     Barbecue Two
90.     The Search
91.     Denial
92.     Head of the Family
93.     The Phoenix
94.     My Father, My Son
95.     Anniversary
96.     Adoption
97.     The Maelstrom
98.     The Prodigal
99.     Vengeance
100.     Blackmail
101.     The Investigation
102.     Acceptance
103.     Goodbye, Cliff Barnes
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