Recap: Bobby and Ray are playing racquetball at the local club...and after a vigorous game they change out of their workout gear and head over to the bar to chillax with a beer. Bobby whines about his marriage being in the shits ever since Pam had her miscarriage and morphed into a mega-bitch, and Ray advises him to give her space until she de-prickles and comes around. He then tells Bobby he broke up with Donna after JR made him fully realize that the odds of a savvy woman like her wanting to permanently hook up with a dumb-faced yokel who lives in the middle of a shitty Texas ranch were slim to none. Bobby chides him for listening to anything JR has to say and says he should have kept the faith that he and Donna could have worked things out - but Ray shakes his head and sadly declares that it's all for the best 'cause he and Donna have absolutely nothing in common.
Pam returns home from Paris two days earlier than expected and asks Miss Ellie if Bobby's home...and Miss Ellie tells her that he went to the racquetball club with Ray. As Pam sadly shuffles into the house with her suitcase, Lucy remarks to Miss Ellie that for someone who just spent the last few days in a fabulous city like Paris, she doesn't seem very thrilled about the experience.
Pam is unpacking her suitcase when JR appears in the doorway and snidely asks her if she enjoyed Harrison's company while they were in Paris. Pam says it's pretty clear that Harrison is trying hard to please someone, and asks him if he had anything to do with her promotion. JR smirkingly says he merely pointed out her many talents to Harrison 'cause he figured she'd want something to distract her from her unhappiness - and when Pam sarcastically says, "How very kind of you", JR gleefully informs her that Bobby too found something to distract him...and by something, he means Jenna Wade. Pam shrugs disinterestedly and says she's not going to give him the satisfaction of a hysterical reaction 'cause she knows that Bobby and Jenna are just platonic friends...and JR grins in response and says, "Then you don't really know Jenna or Bobby."
Bobby arrives home and runs into JR, who tells him that Pam is home from Paris earlier than expected. Bobby wryly asks him if he happened to tell Pam about Jenna's return to Dallas, and JR smilingly says he may have "accidentally" let it slip. Bobby angrily asks if he hasn't done enough damage after breaking up Ray and Donna, and JR's like, "Heh...nope" and chuckles evilly to himself. LOL.
Bobby heads upstairs to say hey to Pam and ask her whassup with her returning home earlier than expected. She says she got all of her work done and didn't feel like hanging around to sightsee while he's here in Dallas, pissed off at her. She says she heard about Jenna being back in town, and Bobby admits that, yep, he did get together with her the other night...and by get together, he means he seriously contemplated hitting the sheets with her. When Pam just stares blankly into space, an exasperated Bobby asks her if anything matters to her anymore...and she responds by asking him what stopped him from sleeping with Jenna. He says, "Because I love you. And Jenna knows it" and adds that he wants to save their marriage, but can't do it alone. He asks her if she'd be willing to help him out with that, and she stares at him mournfully and squeaks, "I don't think I can." Bobby contorts his normally blank expression into one of deep sadness and quietly stalks out of the room.
Alan presents Lucy with a temporary engagement ring and promises to upgrade it to something flashier as soon as he can scrape enough money together. Lucy squeals happily and gabbles about the splashy society wedding she's always dreamed of having...and he just kind of shrugs disinterestedly and says they could just seal the deal at City Hall for all he cares. Yeesh. Sounds like his enthusiasm for marrying into the Ewing clan is rapidly waning.
Pam sadly tells Miss Ellie that Bobby stayed out all night and assumes he hooked up with Jenna. Miss Ellie insists that Bobby loves her, and Pam nods in agreement and says she fully blames herself for their marital problems 'cause of how supremely cunty she's been acting towards him ever since miscarrying. Miss Ellie mulls that over for a few seconds, then suggests she get therapy from Dr. Ellby, who's been instrumental in helping Sue Ellen get her head screwed on straight.
Bobby arrives for work at Ewing Oil looking tired and disheveled in the same clothes he was wearing the night before. When JR overhears one of the secretaries tell Bobby that Jenna left him a message to call her back asap, he makes gleeful tittering noises. Bobby warns his brother to cut the snide shit about his marital situation 'cause he's in a no-nonsense, shit-kicking kind of mood.
Pam drops by Cliff's apartment, which is in messy disarray while Cliff loafs uselessly on his couch and lazily pontificates his future employment prospects. When he asks her how she's doing, she snaps, "Fine!" and starts throwing magazines around (LOL) and wails about how shittily she's been treating Bobby for the last few months. She says she now realizes she's been doing it to drive him away 'cause of how guilty she feels about depriving him of having children...and Cliff clucks sympathetically but doesn't really offer anything in the way of helpful advice.
Bobby meets up with Jenna for lunch, and she tells him how awful she feels about refusing to doink him unless he was willing to offer her more than a one night stand...and promises to not turn him down a second time. Bobby assures her she did nothing wrong and admits that he used her to distract himself from his marital woes. He makes it clear that there won't be a next time, and that henceforth he's devoting all of his energy to saving his marriage.
Jenna drops by Pam's office to declare that if she (Pam) doesn't want Bobby, then she (Jenna) will be more than happy to snap him up for herself. She says she now realizes that men like Bobby are rare, and that if Pam is reckless enough to throw him away, she has no problem quickly filling her shoes as the second Mrs. Bobby Ewing. With that declaration made, she whirls around and flounces out of the room, leaving Pam staring after her contemplatively.
Sue Ellen gets dressed after her latest doinkfest with Dusty, who tells her he needs to be getting back to San Angelo. He tells her she prolly shouldn't continue to neglect her baby by sneaking around making booty calls behind her husband's back...and when Sue Ellen shoots him a WTF? glare he grins and says he really really wants to marry her the second she's divorced from JR. Sue Ellen beams back at him, then wrings her hands worriedly and says she doubts that JR would let her go easily...and Dusty reminds her that he's just as rich as JR and that his family is as formidable as the Ewings. Sue Ellen says she's going to need time to think this over, and Dusty gives her a big smooch, coos, "I love you", and implores her to leave JR asap. Sue Ellen happily promises to get on that at her first available opportunity and smooches him back.
Donna drops by Ewing Oil to discuss Ray's dumping of her with Jock. She wanks him by telling him he's a respected father figure to Ray, then asks if he could please convince the yokel that he's not completely out of her league. Jock says he doesn't make it a habit to interfere with his sons' lives and has no intention of doing that with Ray [even though Ray turns out to be his bio son, ironically enough] and declines to entangle himself in the boredom that is their budding romance. Donna says that while she's disappointed she understands, then exits the office...and when she runs into JR on her way out, she gives him the what for for getting into Ray's ear about the ill-fatedness of their relationship, then threatens to use whatever means she has to destroy him.
JR finds Sue Ellen cooing over Baby John in the nursery...and when he starts nattering about his day, Sue Ellen rolls her eyes and says it's a little late for them to pretend to be a happy couple. She comes right out and says she wants a divorce, and he asks her who she's been hitting the sheets with...and adds that he's pretty confident asking this 'cause he knows full well that she wouldn't have the guts to leave him without there being a rich guy waiting in the wings to continue financing her ladies-who-lunch type lifestyle. Sue Ellen doesn't name names, but says that her new squeeze is just as rich and powerful as he is and can't be intimidated by him...and JR shrugs with complete indifference and says that this 'rich and powerful' man is actually doing him a favor 'cause he'd be utterly delighted to get rid of her via a divorce - but then makes it clear that she won't be allowed to take his son away from Southfork. Sue Ellen, who somehow didn't anticipate this easy-to-predict response, is all, "Wha-a-a?" and threatens to fight him in court - but he points out that since she has a long and shameful record of being a slutty wino who was so far gone that she had to be committed to a sanitarium, no judge will ever award her custody of the tot.
Bobby is drowning his marital sorrows in a beer at the Longhorn bar. On his way out, he accidentally bumps into a cowboy who gets testy with him...and when he and his yokelly pal taunt him about being a self-entitled Ewing, Bobby throws him up against the wall and snarls at him to back the hell off...then stomps out of the bar without further incident.
A dazed Sue Ellen wanders out of the house and passes Pam, who asks her if she's OK and where she's going. She mutters, "Nowhere in particular" just as JR appears in the patio doorway to watch the spacey spectacle. When Pam urges him to stop his distressed wife, he just shrugs and goes, "Why?" ... and Pam shoots him a look of puzzled bewilderment before going inside.
Ray returns to his hovel and finds Donna waiting for him. He grimaces and says she's making their breakup harder by showing up at his place uninvited, so she says she just came by to tell him she's leaving town on a statewide tour to help her stepson get support for his health reform bill. She concedes that their relationship has no chance if he has zero faith in their ability to make it as a couple...and when Ray mumbles, "Sorry", she calls him stubborn, gives him a smooch, and tearfully says, "I love you" before heading out.
Bobby returns home to pick up a change of clothes and finds Pam reading in the living room. He tells her that Jenna came to see him and declared her love for him - but makes it clear that he's not in love with her, and that he's been staying in a hotel for the last few nights, meaning not shacking up with Jenna. Pam says she accepts all of the blame for their marriage breakdown, and admits that she's been deliberately pushing him away so he could go off and find someone who can give him children. Bobby makes it clear that he wants to stay married to her, with or without children, and Pam says she's into the idea of fixing their marriage if he's willing to give her another chance. He smiles and says, "I can do that", and Pam happily coos, "I love you" and gives him a reconciliation smooch.
JR hovers over Baby John in the nursery, then picks him up and cuddles him while staring contemplatively into space.
A still dazed Sue Ellen arrives at Dusty's place and tells him that while JR is thrilled at the prospect of divorcing her, he's unwilling to let her extract Baby John from Southfork. Dusty says he has more than enough dough to finance an ugly custody battle - but Sue Ellen says she highly doubts that a judge would grant her custody of her son, considering her sordid history of alcoholism. She says that despite her deep love for him, she can't leave her baby...then tearfully concedes that JR always wins. Dusty implores her to take some time and think this through, but she says she likely won't change her mind, then spacily wanders out of the apartment.
Sue Ellen returns to Southfork and sits in her car for several minutes, staring glumly into space. When she finally exits her car and ambles toward the house, she runs into JR, who smugly says, "I knew you'd never have the guts to go" ... and Sue Ellen glares back at him with a look of naked hatred etched across her face.
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