Recap: Bobby stops at the gas station in Braddock and chitchats with Red (the attendant), who tells him that customers have been bellyaching to him about the rising prices of gas despite the fact that he doesn't set the prices. Bobby clucks sympathetically, then goes inside the gas station to get himself a cup of coffee.
Over at Southfork, Lucy is wearing Miss Ellie's wedding gown as the seamstress makes the necessary alterations. Miss Ellie gets a dreamy look on her face and recalls that after Jock proposed, he had the fancy white fabric specially flown in from Paris. Sue Ellen reminisces about how the day she married JR was the most wonderful day of her life...and everyone just kind of lets the remark about her now philandering husband hang in the air until Pam reminds everyone that she and Bobby eloped to New Orleans and found the nearest Justice of the Peace to wed them. Miss Ellie chuckles and tells her that her daddy hated Jock at first, which she translates to mean that it's A-OK for Pam to have had the last word on who she married. Lucy changes the subject and complains that Mitch is sooooo focused on med school, and Sue Ellen says she's lucky he's so ambitious and looks to Pam to concur - but Pam argues that ambition is only OK if it doesn't become an obsession.
When Bobby arrives at the office, Connie passes along a message that Jordan Lee wants to schedule a meeting with him this afternoon to sign the Gulf oil deal contract...and Louella covertly buzzes the phone in Bobby's office, where JR is busily snooping. JR tells Bobby he dropped by to see if he needed help with anything, but Bobby says he's too busy to talk and assures him he'll give him a call if he ever needs his assistance.
Jock and his cronies are at the Cattlemen's Club, poring over their plans to develop the Louisiana/Texas swampland. They discuss their concerns about Dave Culver getting in their way, then express relief that (for now, at least) no one knows that they're the ones behind this raping of the swampland. One of them suggests bribing some commission so that the ecologists will give them the go-ahead for the project.
Louella calls the office from a motel room and tells Connie that JR has assigned her to an important task...and by important task, she means she's currently in bed with JR enjoying some post-coital afterglow. After she hangs up, Louella tells JR she regrets marrying a man who's always on the road...then explains that she has no compunction about spilling Bobby's secrets 'cause she strongly feels that he's the brother who should be running Ewing Oil. She adds that she's pretty sure Connie has a thing for Bobby - but because he's always so busy working, he doesn't have time for any extramarital hanky panky.
Liz Craig drops by Pam's office to tell her that Alex Ward invited them to lunch on the pretext of discussing doing a feature media spread on The Store. Pam says she's too busy, and that it's prolly better if she doesn't see him for awhile. Liz offers to go in her stead and cackles, "He's mighty persistent!"
When Jordan Lee and his attorney arrive at Ewing Oil, Bobby signs the contact and hands him a check for the initial 50K downpayment. Jordan thanks him and assures him that this venture is going to be a HUGE moneymaker for everyone in the cartel, then says he's soooo happy to do business with him and not JR. After they leave, Connie asks Bobby why he didn't mention that he's short the $12 million he's going to need in a few months, and Bobby says he'll find it somehow...but then contorts his default wooden expression into one of concern.
During pre-dinner drinks at Southfork, Jock tells JR and Bobby he heard that Jordan Lee is putting together a big Gulf oil deal. JR feigns surprise and is all, "Wuh? Really?" - LOL - while Bobby proudly says he knows all about it 'cause he's in on the deal. JR asks him how he's going to come up with the $12 million he's going to need to throw into the pot once the drilling starts, and Bobby says he's working on it...and the two bicker back and forth about what a great/terrible idea it is to enter into a deal without having all the needed cash upfront. Jock grizzles that he rather likes the idea of Ewing Oil working with the cartel again, and Bobby earnestly assures his daddy that [with no help from him] he'll somehow scrape together the necessary cash.
Lucy and Mitch are in his teeny tiny apartment, enjoying some sack time and discussing the imminent arrival of his mother and sister. Lucy says she really hopes they like her, then informs Mitch that she booked them a couple of rooms at the Fairview Hotel. Mitch scrunches his face disapprovingly and says he'd prefer it if the two bunked with him in his apartment and says he's pretty sure that, given what an impoverished lifestyle they've been enduring up until now, they'd feel a lot more comfortable staying in his cramped shithole as opposed to a swanky hotel (as it turns out: not). Lucy's all, "OK, whatever", then says she definitely wants them to move to a better place once they're married - but Mitch decrees that they're going to live wherever he can afford.
Bobby returns home from work and finds Pam milling around the dining room. He moans about all the problems he's dealing with at Ewing Oil...but when Pam encourages him to open up to her about exactly what problems these are, he says he'd rather work through them on his own. Pam gets visibly irked and says it'd be nice if they solved their problems together, then stalks out of the room.
The next day, Mitch and Lucy greet Mitch's mom (Arliss) and sister (Afton) at the airport. When Mitch introduces them to Lucy, Afton asks her if it's really true she's rolling in dough, and Lucy sheepishly admits that, yep, her family is pretty wealthy. Arliss says there's no reason to feel bad about being disgustingly rich, and Lucy beams happily and asks Afton if she'd like to be one of her bridesmaids.
Donna, Dave Culver, and Cliff are guest speakers at Southfork at an engagement aimed at a group of women who are advocating stopping the Louisiana/Texas swampland development [which Miss Ellie seems to have no idea that Jock and his cronies are behind]. Miss Ellie privately applauds Donna for her speech and promises to do what she can to save the swampland, while Cliff wanders over to where Sue Ellen is standing and tells her how good she's lookin'. Sue Ellen says she's never been happier and is getting along really well with JR these days...and Cliff's all, "Oh yeah? Well Donna's super bright, strong, and caring." Sue Ellen tells him how fantastic that is - but that since people are starting to gawk at them, they should probably stop talking now.
Jock ambles into the study and finds JR reading a book. JR explains that since he's been banned from running Ewing Oil he doesn't have much to do these days, so Jock suggests the two of them drive into Braddock and tie one on at the local bar.
The Ewing Oil accountant goes over the books with Bobby and confirms that, yep, he definitely has a temporary cash flow problem...and that there's little in the way of assets he can sell without interfering in oil production. Bobby stares despondently into space for a few seconds before vowing to somehow find the $12 million he needs for the Gulf deal.
After a short boozefest, JR and Jock head over to the Braddock gas station and chitchat with Red, who sourly informs them that Bobby just ordered Brady York to raise the price of gas...and threatened to cut off his gas supply if he doesn't capitulate. Red complains that this gas hike is going to put all of the independents out of business, and Jock scrunches his wrinkly face disapprovingly and declares that no son of his would knowingly screw over the little guy...and if he did, he'd be steel-toed out of Ewing Oil. JR perks up at that pronouncement and promises Red that they'll look into the matter.
JR summons Jeremy Wendell to the Ewing condo to ask him if it's really true that he offered to buy gasoline from Ewing Oil. Jeremy confirms it's true and says he offered Bobby $2 more a barrel than he's been getting from the independents - but Bobby declined 'cause he's so skittish about breaking the handshake deals Jock made with the yokels more than twenty years ago. Jeremy shakes his head in dismay and tells JR he'd much rather do business with him, and looks forward to the day he returns to the helm of Ewing Oil.
Alex Ward calls Pam at The Store and invites her to dinner - but she declines and tells him that while she's not trying to avoid him, she doesn't think they should ever see each other anymore [which is kinda the definition of avoid]. Alex points out that there's nothing to worry about if her marriage is solid, but she firmly says no and abruptly ends the call.
During pre-dinner drinks at Southfork, Lucy returns to the ranch with Arliss and Afton Cooper in tow and introduces them to the Ewing clan. As Miss Ellie makes polite smalltalk with Arliss, JR openly ogles Afton and offers to fix her a drink. Arliss giddily tells Mitch that Afton just loooooves the fancy, cleavage-baring dress Lucy bought for her, and Mitch scrunches his face disapprovingly and grumpily says that he'd prefer to be the one who buys his sister new skankwear.
That evening, Pam finds Bobby doing paperwork in bed and asks him if he can finish that in the morning, but he says he's waaaay too busy to stop working until well into the night. Pam sighs and tells him they neeeeeed to spend more time together and complains that he hasn't boned her in weeks, and Bobby kind of rolls his eyes and offers to move his papers out of the way so they can enjoy an impromptu romp. Pam gets annoyed and snaps, "No one's ever made love to me out of pity!" and storms out of the room.
At breakfast the next morning, Jock tells JR that the Cooper women seem nice enough, and JR nods his agreement and wonders aloud if Afton can type. Oh dear. When a grim-faced Bobby and Pam emerge from the house, JR gleefully tells Bobby it takes a special kind of woman to be an executive's wife. Bobby snappishly retorts, "It's none of your business" - just as Jordan Lee calls the ranch to inform Bobby that the oil samples in the Gulf look great, and that they hope to start drilling in ten days. He excitedly adds, "Get your money ready! It's gonna be a bonanza!" ... and Bobby hangs up the phone, his face etched with worry. He tells Jock that drilling in the Gulf is scheduled to start in about a week, and JR cheekily reminds him, "You just need $12 million."
JR summons Jeremy Wendell back to the condo and orders him to offer Bobby $15 million upfront for gasoline from the new Ewing refinery, then assures him that Bobby is so desperate for the cash that he won't be able to avoid screwing over the independents that Jock so cherishes.
Pam returns to her office and finds a bouquet of pretty flowers waiting for her. She assumes they're from Bobby until she opens the note that reads 'Just in case you change your mind. Love, Alex'. She stares contemplatively into space for a few seconds, picks up the phone, but then puts it down and defiantly tears up the note.
As Sue Ellen gets dressed, she reminds JR that Lucy is having her bridal shower at the ranch today - and that since the house is going to be overrun by females, he might want to spend the day elsewhere. JR shrugs and says he doesn't mind, then tells her that Bobby's downfall at Ewing Oil is imminent...and cackles as he adds, "And so is my reinstatement at Ewing Oil." Sue Ellen grins at the sound of his evil laugh, and climbs onto the bed for a quickie.
Out on the patio, Lucy excitedly opens her shower gifts. Afton asks Miss Ellie if that's JR's car in the driveway...and when Miss Ellie says it is, Afton asks why he hasn't come out to say hello. Miss Ellie shrugs and says that since this is Lucy's party, he probably just wants to stay out of the way. Afton mulls that over for a few seconds, then glances around before covertly wandering towards the house and slipping inside. Mmm hmm..
Connie tells Bobby that Jeremy Wendell has requested an urgent meeting this afternoon, and Louella immediately perks up at that intriguing development.
Afton pretends to accidentally stumble into JR's bedroom, where he's lounging atop his bed reading the paper. As he stares at her hungrily, she "explains" that she left her sweater in Lucy's room...then purrs about how much she looooves Southfork, has no desire to go back to Mississippi, and really wants someone to talk her into staying in Dallas.
One of the shower guests asks Sue Ellen to bring her son to the party so they can all gush over the cute tot...and then the camera pans over to JR's room, where he and Afton are pressed against the door in a lip-lock. She tells him they shouldn't do anything heavier today, then exits the room...and JR stares longingly after her and moans to himself about wanting to tap that soon.
Afton runs into Sue Ellen after descending the staircase and tells her she's lucky to have a fine husband like JR and live in this beautiful house...and as she sexily sashays towards the patio, Sue Ellen stares after her suspiciously.
Jeremy Wendell offers Bobby $15 million upfront for a large supply of gasoline, and Bobby looks startled by the cash offer and says he's definitely going to rethink all the handshake deals his stupid father made decades ago [seemingly without bothering to get any of it in writing] and strongly consider accepting his offer.
Mitch arrives at Southfork just as the bridal shower is winding down. When JR ambles over, Arliss expresses her concern on how hard Mitch is going to have to struggle financially before he gets his medical license. JR says there's always room at Ewing Oil for "an enterprising man" and tells Mitch he could earn big money if he decides to ditch medicine and leap into the oil business. As Mitch twitches angrily, Jock raises a toast to the happy couple and announces that he's gifting them a giant condo in the fancy Oakridge neighborhood. As Lucy claps joyfully, Mitch frowns and says he'd prefer them to begin their married life in his teeny tiny apartment. Arliss completely ignores that and says she loooooves the idea of her son living in a nice big, Ewing-subsidized condo...and JR chuckles and jokingly (?) tells Lucy that once she's knocked up, he'll buy her a house so that Arliss and Afton can come live with her and Mitch full-time. A steamed Mitch makes it clear he has no desire for a job at Ewing Oil and intends to stick to his plan of becoming a medical researcher, then snaps, "I don't want the Ewing money!" and storms off.
Later, JR gets a call from Jeremy Wendell, who reports that Bobby accepted his $15 million offer. When Jock stumbles into the study a few seconds later and asks whassup, JR says, "You'll find out soon" and grins evilly.
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