Dallas - Season 4, Episode 10
Recap: Pam is presiding over a downtown photo shoot when a man who's been ogling her from across the street for several minutes finally wanders over. He introduces himself as Alex Ward, the publisher of Dallas Life Magazine (aka the agency that commissioned this photo shoot) and flirtily tells Pam he'd loooove to stay and observe the photo taking.
Over at Ewing Oil, Jeremy Wendell (of West Star Oil) is imploring Bobby to sell him some much needed gasoline for $2 more a barrel than what he's currently getting, but Bobby says that most of their supply is contracted for Brady York, an old friend he can't bring himself to hit up for an additional $2 a barrel. Jeremy points out that if he cuts Brady York loose and does business with him, he'd make a cool $18 million profit - but Bobby sanctimoniously says that honesty and friendship are far more important to him than profits. Jeremy shakes his head in utter incredulity as he heads out, and Bobby tells Connie to cancel his lunch with Pam for the umpteenth time 'cause he needs to schedule an emergency summit with his accountant that absolutely needs to take place over the lunch hour.
JR arrives at Ewing Oil just after Bobby leaves and gets the low down from Louella on everything Bobby's been up to lately. She blabs about how Bobby is meeting his accountant to discuss a $12 million deal he has brewing with Jordan Lee, and JR stares contemplatively into space as he chews on that fascinating nugget.
After the photo shoot, Alex Ward asks Pam to lunch, but she says she already has a lunch date with her husband - just as Bobby pulls up in his convertible to let her know he's once again far too busy at Ewing Oil to spare any time for her. Pam's all, "&%$#!!" and tells him she urgently needs to update him on Operation Find Mother Barnes, but he's like, "No can do!" and squeals off. LOL. A miffed Pam strides back over to where Alex has been watching the embarrassing exchange and tells him she'd be more than happy to have lunch with him after all.
Jock is at the Cattlemen's Club, yukking it up with Punk Anderson and Pat Powers as they discuss the Texas-Louisiana swampland conversion project...and Ray and JR bob their heads approvingly. JR urges his daddy to jump on the deal, so Jock growls, "I'm in!" and raises a toast to the exciting new venture.
A smiling Pam returns to work after her lunch with Alex Ward. She gets on the phone, calls Ewing Oil, and asks Connie to tell Bobbie to call her asap.
Bobby, meanwhile, arrives home and finds JR lounging by the pool. When JR asks whassup, Bobby tells him he needs to talk to Jock about a Gulf Coast oil deal he wants to enter into with Jordan Lee and the cartel and reveals that it amounts to a $12 million investment. JR pretends to look impressed and says it sounds like a great opportunity, and Bobby curtly nods and heads inside while JR smirkingly stares after him.
Bobby runs into a swimsuit-clad Sue Ellen, who expresses surprise that he's home at such an early hour. She remarks on how hard it is to run Ewing Oil 'cause "you can't call your soul your own" - but Bobby insists that he can, and that he wants Ewing Oil to play by the rules. Sue Ellen chuckles about the notion of a Ewing respecting rules and says that JR generally operates by the principle of 'when it comes to power, there are no rules'. Bobby argues that he doesn't just want power for power's sake, and Sue Ellen snidely retorts, "Don't worry, you'll never get it" and adds that JR is a natural born fighter who understands power and is enough of a sociopath to know how to control and manipulate people. She then gives Bobby a derisive once over and says that he, on the other hand, is "JR's little brother" before smiling smugly and sashaying off to the pool.
Pam arrives home late and irritably gives Bobby the update she's been trying to give him all episode: she found her bio ma, learned that she's married to a rich guy and has a daughter - but she doesn't want to blow up her marriage by telling him she used to be married with children. Bobby's like, "Yeesh, sounds rough" and admits that he's been so busy with work lately that he hasn't had time to feign interest in her family problems. Pam accuses him of caring only about Ewing Oil, so he snaps, "Did it ever occur to you that I might need a little support from you now and then?!", and she counter-snaps, "I wouldn't know...you're never home!" Bobby says he won't apologize for being so dedicated to his work, then announces that he's so fuckin' pissed off right now that he's off to spend the night in Kristin's old condo...and as he storms out, Pam glares into space and visibly trembles with rage.
When Mitch arrives at Southfork during pre-dinner drinks, Lucy ushers him into a vacant room and eagerly suggests they get married next month. He's like, "What's the rush?" and reminds her that he needs to finish school. Lucy chirps, "So do I!" and says they could study together so she can be with him all the time. When he doesn't have the good sense to refuse, object, or give her a tepid maybe, she drags him into the sitting room where the Ewings are assembled and excitedly announces, "Mitch and I are getting married!" A dismayed looking Miss Ellie moans, "Oh no, Lucy.." - LOL - while Jock scrunches his wrinkly face disapprovingly and grumbles, "The hell?" Lucy ignores the lacklustre reaction and happily gabbles about how she's giving them a month's notice so that Miss Ellie has time to plan the grand affair, and Mitch confirms that, indeed, he's on board with this horrible decision and half-heartedly declares his love for Lucy. JR points out that it's going to take him awhile to get a medical practice going and be able to accommodate his spoiled niece in the lifestyle to which she's become accustomed, and Mitch just shrugs and replies, "Her style will have to change", then clarifies that he's chosen to go into research, not start a medical practice. JR asks if that pays well, and Mitch retorts, "Well enough", then says all that matters is the love he and Lucy feel for each other. Pam strides over and says she'd like to be the first to congratulate the happy couple, then kisses Lucy's cheek before shooting JR the stink-eye...and Jock rolls his eyes and growls, "I need another drink."
The next morning, Ray assures Jock that Lucy could do a lot worse than marry Mitch - but Jock just grunts disapprovingly and says that Lucy has always had terrible luck with men...and Ray refrains from chuckling, "You don't know the half of it!", 'cause I don't think Jock has any idea that in Season 1 Lucy was bumping uglies with him, aka her now-uncle. Ew. Jock changes the subject to the Texas-Louisiana swampland conversion project and says he feels positively vigorous now that he's officially committed to the venture...and Ray says he may want to give Bobby a heads up that he's about to draw $10 million from the Ewing Oil account. Jock snarks that Ewing Oil is his, and that if Bobby doesn't like him randomly withdrawing millions from the bank account of the company he himself appointed him to run, then tough shit.
Bobby drops by The Store to present Pam with a flower bouquet and an apology for acting like such a dickwad last night. They both agree they love and miss each other, and Bobby suggests they have a romantic dinner date tonight...and promises to pick her up at never o'clock 'cause no doubt another emergency meeting will pop up to place a continued strain on their crumbling marriage.
Back at Southfork, Miss Ellie urges Lucy to consider if a quickie wedding with a guy she's only known for eight episodes is truly the best thing for her and Mitch, then suggests she give him the time and space to finish med school and get his research career off the ground before he's burdened with such a twit-wife. Lucy nixes that idea and says she badly neeeeeeds to belong to someone asap in order to make up for her parent-less upbringing.
Jock takes his coterie of man pals along to the Lonestar Bank so they can watch him withdraw the $10 million he needs to invest in the Texas-Louisiana swampland conversion project. JR wanks him about "the helluva deal" he just made and asks him if, by chance, he spoke to Bobby about withdrawing so much cash, but Jock dismissively says that Bobby is probably too busy to have a conversation about it. What a shithead.
Alex drops by The Store to gush to Pam and Liz Craig about how awesome the photos from the shoot turned out, then invites both ladies to lunch to celebrate. They happily accept.
Bobby meets with Les Crowley of the Lonestar Bank to tell him he's going to need a quick infusion of cash once he withdraws $12 million from the Ewing Oil account. Les gets an uncomfortable look on his face and informs him that his daddy was just at the bank and withdrew $10 million from the account for a new real estate venture, and heard that he and his man pals - JR included - were off to the Cattlemen's Club to celebrate. Bobby pales and is all, "The fuck?" and informs Connie that he's off to angrily confront his father and brother.
Bobbie storms into the Cattlemen's Club, glares at JR, and asks him why he wasn't told about the impromptu $10 million withdrawal. Jock interjects and says that JR doesn't generally go around discussing his private business with anyone, so then Bobby turns his ire towards his father and asks why he didn't think it would have been helpful for the Ewing Oil President to know that the company's bank account would suddenly have a debit of $10 million, then angrily explains that he needs $12 million for a Gulf Coast oil deal with Jordan Lee. Jock furrows his brows, gets all in Bobby's face, and declares that every penny in that bank account is his...and when Bobby points out that the money actually belongs to Ewing Oil, Jock snaps, "Ewing Oil is me! And don't you forget it!" When Bobby reminds him that he gave him the power to run the company, he Jock growls, "Real power is something you take!" ... and after Bobby chews on that nonsensical pronouncement for a few seconds, he grits his teeth and replies, "Well, I'm going to remember that" before stalking out of the restaurant.
Liz Craig is third-wheeling it on Pam's lunch date with Alex Ward as the two flirtily gabble about their passions, hopes and dreams.
Bobby calls Jordan Lee to cancel their meeting, but promises to reschedule for tomorrow afternoon. He then asks Connie to hold his calls for the next hour so he can stare despondently out the window.
JR takes Sue Ellen jewelry shopping and buys her a giant sapphire ring for being such an agreeable trophy wife lately...and she gigglingly thanks him for the needlessly extravagant gift.
Connie tentatively enters Bobby's office to ask him if he's OK, and he moans, "A whole lot is wrong" and tells her about Jock's $10 million withdrawal, which is going to compromise his ability to finance the Gulf Coast oil deal. He says he could always dump Brady York and sell gasoline to Jeremy Wendell for $2 more a barrel - then looks as though he's just stumbled onto a brilliant compromise: ask Brady York to pay $2 more a barrel for his gasoline. He tells Connie that this request is somehow going to entail him meeting with the accountant all evening...which means he's going to have to cancel yet another dinner date with Pam.
After leaving the jewelry store, JR and Sue Ellen run into Donna Culver and Cliff and share a few seconds of awkward chit-chat. When they part ways, JR mutters about how disturbing he finds the combination of those two, so Sue Ellen says it won't last 'cause he won't let it...and JR chuckles at the seed she just planted into his devious brain.
Alex drops by The Store to invite Pam to dinner, but she declines 'cause she [is still under the impression that she] will be dining with Bobby for the first time in a very long while. A few seconds later, Bobby calls to cancel dinner, and she stonily asks, "How can you do this?" He starts nattering about the rough day he's having, and she's like, "Oh fuck off, Bobby" and hangs up before ringing Liz's office to tell Alex she's free for dinner after all.
The next morning, Bobby apologizes to Pam for standing her up yet again, and she breezily tells him not to worry about it 'cause she had a perfectly lovely time with Alex Ward. Bobby says he'll somehow make it up to her, but she snappishly tells him to not make rash promises...and he sheepishly mentions that he has a late meeting with Les Crowley and won't be home for dinner tonight. An exasperated Pam climbs into her car and squeals off, leaving Bobby staring after her with his wooden face contorted into a pained expression.
Jock ambles around Southfork with Ray and grumbles about how much Bobby has changed, and not for the better. Ray gently points out that Bobby has a lot on his plate with Ewing Oil, but Jock sneers that he now regrets installing him as President and is still pissed off about the way he embarrassed him in front of his yokel friends.
Pam arrives at her office in The Store and is stunned to find it filled with flowers. She assumes they're from Bobby - until Liz Craig wryly hands her the card that reveals Alex Ward as the sender...and that he's inviting her to meet him for dinner at a swanky restaurant this evening.
Brady York tells Bobby that no way in hell can he afford an extra $2 a barrel for gasoline without passing along the cost to his customers, and Bobby's like, "That's too bad, 'cause I really need the capital" and vaguely says he has to see what he can work out. After Brady York slinks out, Connie suggests to Bobby that he dump the lightweight in favor of doing business with Jeremy Wendell - but Bobby says he wants to run Ewing Oil honestly, while also having enough cash to do business with Jordan Lee.
Pam arrives at the swanky restaurant looking all dolled up, and is stunned when she sees that Alex Ward has closed the restaurant for the next two hours so they could dine and dance in private. He pours her a glass of wine and says he hopes that by the end of the evening she's as interested in him as he is in her, and she stares at him with a wistful expression on her face.
Later, the two slow dance while the live band plays...and when Alex leans in for a kiss, Pam is all into it and kisses him back. He whispers, "Come home with me", but she says, "I can't." Alex says he can tell she wants to...and she doesn't disagree, but explains that at the moment she's vulnerable 'cause her marriage is in the shits. He nods and says, "When you're ready, I'll be here" and Pam chews on that intriguing prospect as she ambles out of the restaurant.
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