Let me start off by saying, the opening view of Southfork was priceless. Seems like such a happy place. John Ross is standing outside of Elena’s just looking
good around the land that he always wanted to be his. He tells Elena that Christopher will say anything to break them up. Elena assures him that she is on his side. Bobby is outisde secretly taking his meds and sipping coffee, when John Ross tries to make nice and ask for a cup. Bobby lays into him that family means nothing to him, but John Ross says he’s wrong. The foreman John Ross hired comes over and tells him that Ryland transport (owned by Ann’s ex-husband) cut off transport of oil from Southfork. John Ross tells Bobby, ‘I never thought you were the type of man who would have his wife do his bidding for him”…Uh Oh…When Ann admits that she went to her creepy but kinda sexy ex- husband, Harris for help, he flipped! Ewing Rule: If you are married to a Ewing man, you are not allowed to ask any other man for help. Period. But, she was trying to help. They came to an understanding, and all is well again.
Since J.R is on away, John Ross is struggling to get his oil moving. He goes to Sue Ellen, and ask her to help. She first says ‘No’ out of ethics, but later changes her mind, when she sees how much she disappointed her son.
To make matters worse, Nutty Marta shows up and tries to get John Ross to run away with her. He tells her to get lost, in a very rude way: “I wouldn’t go across the street with you”….How rude. She leaves, with a crazy look on her face that lets us know that we have not seen the last of her. And, neither has John Ross. He arrives at Elena’s house for a cozy evening and they notice the door is open. Elena was sure she closed it, but no big deal, they just walk in. I guess they weren’t worried about the prowler Ann shout at in the first episode? When Elena is in the other room, John Ross notices a knife stuck in the photo of him and Elena! Only one person would do that: Nutty Marta! John Ross takes off and finds Marta has skipped out without a trace.
Meanwhile back at the ranch, the doorbell rings and in walks the once sweet, but now considered con artist, Rebecca. She is also trying to help: She discovers that there may be a hidden trust that could block the drilling on Southfork. Christopher and Bobby thank her, but Christopher is far from ready to forgive. Bobby thinks it’s worth looking in to. They search through Grandpa Southworth’s (Miss Ellie’s Daddy) things and discover the key to a safe deposit box.
They go to the bank, open the box, and ‘will you looka here’…Old man Southworth kept ownership of the mineral rights separate from the actual land ownership of Southfork! In a nutshell, J.R owns the ranch, but Bobby, Gary, and J.R own the oil! And, Gary gave his share to Bobby, so ghe controls it. NO DRILLING ON SOUTHFORK, JOHN ROSS! Considering the visit, John Ross had from his business partner, he is on the verge of crying out: ‘DADDY’!!! But, J.R is a little busy in Sin City spying on Cliff Barnes. Apparently J.R is convinced that Cliff is ‘up to something’ and he wants to squash him like a bug. Just like old times.
All is well in the land of Ann, until she receives a mysterious gift from Harris. A beautiful necklace that causes Ann, to breakdown in tears. Bobby is mad as Hell, when he sees the note from Harris, and doesn’t like anybody playing games with his wife. He pays Harris a visit and
bitch slaps him in his on office! Mama Bear, Sue Ellen goes to visit Harris and asks him to let John Ross use his trucks, in exchange for an appointment to the Railroad Commission. He turns her down, but makes her squirm just like he did Ann. He will be happy to help, and even forces her to take a donation for her campaign. I don’t know what it is about this guy, yet, and the mind games he plays, but I will enjoy finding out..
Rebecca makes one more trip to Southfork to pick up her car, before Christopher repossess it and after seeing how Christopher REALLY is not that in to her anymore she gets ill. Elena comes along and takes her to the hospital. Rebecca assures Elena that she is fine and sends her on her way. But, she says that she hopes Elena and Christopher will be happy. Elena tells her it’s over between her and Christopher. That may be a good thing for Rebecca, because she finds out that she is pregnant!
On a side note: Does anyone remember that Cliff Barnes had a daughter with Afton Cooper (played by Audrey Landers) who she named REBECCA after Cliff and Pam’s mother?? Could Uncle Cliff be behind this whole deal to con his own adopted nephew? OR, have we just run out of names? Stay tuned…
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That’s View from the ‘A Real American Girl’
A fight, someone is thrown off of Southfork, and J.R (Larry Hagman) and Bobby (Patrick Duffy) are at WAR! And, that was just the first 10 minutes! This was the HOTTEST episode so far this season, and left us with new questions…Last week ended with Rebecca about to confess about the mysterious email to Elena. This week, she tells him everything and in fact it was her brother Tommy who sent the email as part of their scam to get Christopher’s energy patent. Christopher storms off , finds Tommy and knocks him to the ground in front of the guests at the Ewing Bar-b-Que. Christopher tells Bobby and Ann about the scam, and Bobby throws Tommy off of Southfork. In the house, Christopher grabs Rebecca’s clothes and tosses them in a suitcase! The honeymoon is OVER…Of course Rebecca pleads, and tries to convince him that she was never going to take his money..Girl, please. It is too late for that. She’s outta here!
Just as they are trying to digest this latest trauma, Bobby gets the shock of his life..although it really should not have come as too much of a shock: the deed to Southfork is in J.R’s name!? Bobby heads for J.R’s room for the BIG confrontation. Cool as ever, J.R explains very simply that is taking what should have been his in the first place. His version of the story is that He found out that Marta was going to sell Southfork to Cliff Barnes and he could not have that. Bobby smells a big rat, and he heads to talk to Mitch Lobell is
Shiester attorney. Best line of the show: Ann says to J.R: ‘I never imagined you would stoop this low’, J.R replies: ‘Ann, you need to work on your imagination.’ Priceless.
Bobby sees that Mitch Lobell has left town. Ran for his life is more like it. An APB is issued for Marta and the cops tell him that the sale of Southfork to J.R is valid, unless they can prove J.R knew about the fraud. Good luck with that.
Elena is just as shocked as everyone else about the Southfork deal and she goes to ask John Ross (Josh Henderson) if he was in on it. John Ross doesn’t tell her the complete truth, and the fact is since his name is NO WHERE on the deed. John Ross feels doubled crossed. It’s time to go see Daddy.
Bobby can’t stand the image of oil tankers pulling on to Southfork. Christopher won’t stand for it. He wants to get tough and fight dirty like his cousin and uncle. Bobby tells his son, that they won’t stoop to their level. He has beat J.R before and feels he can do it again. John Ross goes to see crazy Marta and she tells him that she helped J.R stick it to him, because he broke her heart. He threatens to tell the cops where she is, but she reminds him that he will never get Southfork if he does that.
O.K, I wouldn’t be a true Dallas girl, if I did not admit that one of the shows highlights was seeing Dallas Cowboys owner Jerry Jones talking to J.R Ewing at Cowboy Stadium! I have a feeling that it was just as much a dream come true for Jerry as it was for us Dallas fans…Was it just me, or do those two look like they could be brothers?
Christopher does NOT take his Dads advice and decides to get his hands a little dirty. He bribes the doorman into letting him into John Ross’ apartment. There he finds the sex tape that Marta left for John Ross and a note apologizing for cutting him out of the deal. The boy wonder may be on to something.
John Ross tells John Ross he is leaving town for awhile and John Ross will be left in charge. “Make your Daddy proud”, J.R says as he gets on his helicopter. While watching J.R fly away, for a split second, I think John Ross wanted to say, ‘Wait Daddy!’…Oh, he’ll be back..
It doesn’t take long for Ann to soften enough to agree to a meeting with Rebecca. She always did like her. They meet for dinner and Rebecca continues to apologize, and insist that her brother forced her. “Your choices are your own”, Ann says with some compassion. Christopher gets drunk and goes to Elena’s. It reminded me of ‘A Streetcar Named Desire” as Chris called her name, ‘Elena! Elena!’..You know, like, ‘Stella! Stella!’..Anyway, she let him sleep it of on the couch,a nd kicked him out in the morning. She hasn’t forgotten the way he talked down to her for being ambitious. In a surprising twist, Ann went to visit her ex-husband, who has a mean attitude, but it sexy the way he toys with her mind. Wonder what the story was there…
John Ross is not pleased when he sees Christopher waiting for him at his condo. With the tape. John Ross informs him that since his name is not on the deed, they can’t accuse him of fraud. But, conspiracy is a crime, Christopher informs him. And, unless John Ross provides him with proof of the fraud, John Ross is going down as well.
Oh, I forgot to ask: Did the Cowboys win that game?
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The Premiere was split in 2 episodes. Here is Part 1 and Part 2.
Who says you can’t go home again? Someone who has never been to Southfork , and certainly not someone with the last name Ewing. It was almost surreal for a girl who LIVED for Friday nights in the 80′s even though I could hardly read my own name, I could certainly make out the initials, ‘J.R! Within the first, five minutes, there was an oil well, proudly displaying the Texas symbol most of us city folks never get to see in person. Imagine that. The excitement kicks off almost immediately when Elena, played by Jordana Brewster, yells, ‘Wake Up, John Ross!’ And we see the image of a young man stretched out, but who jumps up quickly at the smell of oil. Did anyone else feel the tingle of the spirit of James Dean in ‘GIANT’ ? There he is. J.R’s boy- John Ross Ewing III, and I could hear viewers all over saying, ‘Chip off the old block’…We struck oil! Only one problem…Uncle Bobby, does not want drilling on Southfork. That sounds familiar.
And, we first see our beloved Bobby Ewing (Patrick Duffy) in the doctor’s office, were he is told that he has stomach Cancer. Of course he took it with the nobility that we would expect..’I don’t want my family to know,’ he says before he exits. All together now: ‘Oh, No…’ Of course, his wife, Ann, (Brenda Strong) eventually finds out and lends her love and support. She also knows her way with a shotgun, when an intruder breaks into the ranch.
The opening theme song, stayed true to the original, ‘THANK GOD!’; and, like a kid who went away for the summer….I too, was back home.
Christopher Ewing (Jesse Metcalfe) appeared on screen as the golden boy, that he was meant to be. He is Bobby’s son (adopted) after all. He wants to expand in the Energy business, since his Daddy is no longer in Oil. Christopher meets with investors,and stands his ground when they try to belittle his dream project. Enter a cute girl, who speaks French to Christopher (what Texas Boy can resist that) and the two go make out in the locker room. Turns out the young lady is Rebecca , Christopher’s fiance. She seems sweet enough ,and Christopher definitely seems smitten’.
A moment that was highly anticipated, and was quietly sled into..The appearance of J.R Ewing. Sitting silent in a chair of what seems to be a nursing home ( for the VERY wealthy and powerful only) and the dutiful brother , Bobby visits reguraly. Bobby tells J.R that he is worried about John Ross and Christopher and does not want them to be like he and J.R. He kisses J.R on the forehead and tells him he loves him. J.R never says a word.
Now, we are going to speed things up a little…Here we go:
Bobby decides to sell Southfork, due to his illness and the fighting between the boys. He also plans to give Christopher the money he needs to start his Energy company. If you are a true ‘DALLAS’ fan, then you remember when Miss Ellie threaten to sell Ewing Oil, because Bobby and J.R could not work together. Anyway, John Ross won’t hear of it. He shows Uncle Bobby and Christopher the oil well, and Bobby says, ‘NO DRILLING ON SOUTHFORK!” John Ross, takes a very disrespectful tone in regards to it being to late to ‘honor Miss Ellie’s precious memory’…Very surprising considering how good Miss Ellie was to her grandchildren. Bobby is furious and kicks John Ross of f the ranch. This is where things get tricky…
John Ross decides it’s time to pay his Daddy a visit. He talks to a catatonic J.R about how everything has been taken from them, and he is contested Miss Ellie’s will in order to get control of Southfork. J.R responds…He thinks…He sends John Ross for some Jell-O…And, then once his scheme has clicked in his head, he tells his spawn, ‘Son, I forgive you for not visiting sooner..” And, so it begins..
On Christopher’s wedding day, John Ross find out that Chris’s energy deal is flawed, He tries to black mail into telling Bobby to stop the sale of Southfork, or he will expose him’ for the fraud that he is..’ It is also revealed that Christopher and Elena still have Strong feelings h other (they dated when they were younger) and they were tricked into breaking up. Christopher accuses John Ross of sending Elena an email (claiming to be Christopher) breaking up with her. John Ross says he did’nt send it, and on mysterious begins…Who really broke up Christopher and Elena? And, why?
Sue Ellen (the FABULOUS Linda Gray) arrives to give her son some much needed support. Regretful of using him against J.R, she vows to ‘make it up to him’…
A very interesting character to the mix, Marta del Sol, arrives as a possible buyer for Southfork. But, wait…we later find out, she works for J.R! But, wait, then we see that she is working with John Ross to double cross J.R!
Ahh…It’s so nice to be home again…
Things may have been going well for John Ross and his scheme, until J.R catches him and Marta kissing in the parking lot of the nursing home! Let the games begin, son..J.R is already antsy begins Marta is stalling getting J.R in touch with her father so they can close their deal on Southfork. The plan is that Marta will buy the ranch for J.R and transfer it into his name. This is plan is thick with layers and players. Not only is John Ross scheming with Marta, but also the lawyer , Mitch Lobell, who Bobby has intrusted with the sale of Southfork. Oh, yeah, J.R has Mitch in his pocket too.
Sue Ellen gives Elena the boost she needs to explore her oil projects and she may have found a powerful ally in the possible, future Governor.
Surprisingly, the Cattle Barons Ball, which was once the ‘Oil Baron Ball’ usually took place later in the season, because there was often a climatic moment. This time, it was new bling, and the spectacular setting of American Airlines Center. The belt buckle on J.R that read ‘J.R’ in diamonds, was ‘Baller Personified!’ J.R and Bobby made nice, he likes Ann, and made Sue Ellen flutter. After all these years, he can still get to her.
The last 15 minutes were like a slow spiral into the well of deception…John Ross goes to see Marta, and she drugs his drink, they have sex and she tapes it! Not sure what the purpose of that was, but I can wait. And, just when you think Marta was only a secondary pawn…J.R makes a trip to Mexico and talks to Carlos, and meets the real Marta! Even J.R is stumped…
Ya’ll come back, now…