Dallas - Season 4, Episode 15
Recap: Claude Brown drops by Ewing Oil to pay an in-person visit to JR, who's all, "Ack! What the hell are you doing here?!" Claude says he doesn't trust phones and wanted to report in person that the money he got from JR's Swiss bank account was "distributed properly", meaning that JR can expect to see favorable results from Operation Overthrow a Fictional Southeast Asian Communist Government very soon. He once again reminds JR that the shit could hit the fan if he's caught financing a foreign country's revolution, and warns that he (Claude) will immediately become invisible if the feds ever catch wind of what they've done - but JR just shrugs unconcernedly and says, in that case, the reward will be his alone. Claude exits Ewing Oil just as Leslie Stewart arrives to inform JR that she scheduled an interview with him and a New York columnist...and JR's like, "Yeah whatever" and flirtily invites her to join him for dinner tonight. She declines and says she has a late meeting with someone named McAlister...and when he stares back at her poutishly, she reminds him that she does have clients other than him. She then suggests they go over his interview questions, and while she's reading them aloud he gets all touchy-feely with her hands while gazing at her lustfully.
Clint calls Sue Ellen to invite her to dine with him tonight, then says it'll be the last time they'll see each other for awhile 'cause he's jetting off to Japan in the morning. Sue Ellen says she'd loooove to have dinner with him, and the two agree to meet at Petrino's at 8pm.
JR is in a meeting with Phil McKenna, who's on the nominating committee for the state senate to decide who should replace Dave Culver. JR makes it clear that he does not want Cliff Barnes to be considered for the seat...and Phil says that while he's [a spineless lapdog who's] more than happy to do his bidding, he only represents one vote. JR says he's going to have to "push harder" to make certain that Cliff isn't considered by the committee, then barks, "Do you understand?" and Phil hastily assures him he does.
Bobby returns home from work just as Sue Ellen is heading off to her dinner with Cliff. She remarks on Pam's absence during the last episode and a half and implies that her "business trip" is a front for some extramarital hanky-panky.
Jock is pouring himself a drink when Bobby enters the sitting room and gabbles about how excited he is about his new solar energy project and how much he's loving building something from the ground up. As Jock grunts disinterestedly, Miss Ellie pokes her head into the room to inform them that she's going out for dinner...and Jock growls about how the Ewings never sit down together for dinner anymore. Bobby breezily says it doesn't bother him 'cause it'll give him more of an opportunity to natter at him about solar energy...and Jock's like, "Oh joy" as the two amble over to the dining room.
Pam is having a cozy dinner with Alex Ward, who wistfully says how sorry he is that her business trip is almost over. Pam agrees that it's been nice, but says she's also anxious to get home to Bobby despite the fact that he's been so wrapped up with his solar energy project. Alex asks her why she's not more bitter about being neglected by her husband...and when she says she knows he doesn't mean to neglect her, Alex clucks disapprovingly and calls Bobby a fool for taking his smokin' hot wife for granted.
JR drops by Leslie's apartment with a basket of wine and cheekily says word has it that her late meeting with McAlister got cancelled, and that he'd really like it if she got rid of her other clients so she could devote herself entirely to him. Leslie says she can't/won't do that, not least 'cause he's a married man...and JR dismissively retorts that that "detail" has never been a barrier to his slutty penchant for hitting the sheets with any remotely attractive woman who happens to stumble into his orbit. Leslie rolls her eyes and tells him that when McAlister cancelled on her she promptly scheduled another meeting, and JR's all, "Wha-a-a-a?" and scrunches his face unhappily.
Sue Ellen arrives at Petrino's and notices a car pulling into the parking lot a few seconds later. When she stares over at the man who was behind the wheel, he casually mills around the parking lot as if he hasn't been tailing her all day.
Over dinner, Sue Ellen tells Clint she has a strong feeling she's being followed and asks if his wife might be behind it. Clint says he's pretty sure his wife has no idea that he's been stepping out on her, and Sue Ellen mulls that over and says she's determined to get to the bottom of this boring-as-fuck mystery.
Mitch arrives home and finds Lucy in happy homemaker mode, decked out in an apron as she cooks up some beef stroganoff for a last minute dinner party she's throwing for his mother and sister. Mitch says he can't stay 'cause he's scheduled to work at the lab this evening, but tells her it'll give her an opportunity to get better acquainted with his family. Lucy breezily assures him she's A-OK with that and gives him a happy smooch.
As the dinner party wraps up, Arliss and Afton tell Lucy they're extremely grateful to JR for getting Afton a singing gig [in Dallas's low rent district], then wax on about how awesome and hardworking Mitch is. Lucy tells Afton that while Mitch is very proud of her fledgling singing career, he'd be crushed if he were to hear any nasty rumors about her [jumping into the sack with married men like JR] ... and Afton's all, "This has been fun, but I gotta go now" and shoots Lucy the stink-eye before beating a hasty retreat.
Pam returns to her hotel room and finds a bouquet of flowers, a bottle of champagne, and a note from Alex reminding her that if she's up for an extramarital romp, she need only open the connecting door separating their suites and jump his bones. Pam wanders over to the connecting door, stares at it for a few seconds, and firmly locks it.
Miss Ellie returns home and finds Jock asleep on a sofa chair in their bedroom. She stares at him contemplatively for a few seconds before covering him with a blanket and taking off his glasses.
Sue Ellen asks JR if he's having her followed, and he's like, "As fucking if" and dismissively tells her she really should discuss her paranoias with her psychiatrist. Sue Ellen insists that a man has been following her around for the last few days, and JR lets out a long sigh and says he wouldn't bother going to the trouble of having her followed 'cause there isn't a rat's ass small enough for him to give about where she goes and who she sees...and clearly isn't remotely concerned about his wife's general safety if, in fact, a strange man has been stalking her.
The next morning, Mitch starts cleaning up the dishes after the dinner party - but Lucy stops him and says that his only job is to attend class and study hard. Mitch perks up at that and heads out...and a few seconds later the cleaning woman that Lucy hired arrives and gets admonished for showing up too early and nearly running into Mitch. Lucy then motions at the unwashed dishes on the dining table, half-heartedly apologizes for the gross mess she lazily let sit overnight, and announces that she's going back to bed.
Sue Ellen tells Dr. Ellby she's pretty sure that someone is following her, but he looks doubtful and says she can't come up with a single reason why anyone would want to do that. Sue Ellen gets irked at his skepticism and says that her instincts have been right on many past occasions - but Dr. Ellby says she probably only has a feeling about being followed, and that if she really believes it's happening she should report it to the police. Sue Ellen insists it's really happening and snappishly says she's not going to put up with it any longer.
Pam runs into Alex in the lobby of their hotel as he's checking out...and when she asks him why he's leaving earlier than expected, he tells her that since it's clear she has no intention of ever hitting the sheets with him, there's no reason for him to keep barking up that tree. Pam apologizes for rebuffing his advances and explains that she's not quite ready to blow up her marriage, and Alex tells her to give him a call if she ever decides to leave Bobby.
Sue Ellen meets with her trusted lawyer Kyle Bennett to report her suspicions about being followed, and he promises to look into it with the help of his friends on the police force.
Over at Ewing Oil, Donna has convened a meeting of The Committee to Decide Who to Support for State Senator and informs Bobby that he's their number one pick. A stunned Bobby says that while he's flattered, he's really not politician material, so Donna points out that his record as a regular citizen (?) speaks for itself in that many people share his beliefs when it comes to equality and his general interest in the public good. Sounds like a fairly vague set of credentials, but OK. She tells him she's offering him the opportunity to "stand and be counted", and the men of the committee second that and strongly urge him to accept. Bobby stares blankly into space as he mulls over the proposition, then decides 'ah, what the hell?' Donna squeals happily and hugs him before wrapping up the meeting - just JR enters the office to see whassup, and then looks amused by Bobby's latest venture. He advises Bobby to discuss his senate plans with Pam, who, it's been rumored, has been spending a lot of alone time with Alex Ward during her business trip.
An enraged Cliff slaps down the newspaper featuring Bobby's photo and blurb about him running for the state senate and admonishes Donna for not suggesting him. He rails about how he earned that seat and expresses his anger at her and the committee for offering it to a Ewing by snarling, "That really rips it!" Donna explains that Bobby was the committee's unanimous choice, then asks him if he's through railing at her...and when he says he's definitely through, she shakes her head dismayingly at the predictableness of his reaction.
That evening at Southfork, Bobby tells Pam about possibly becoming a state senator, and she makes it clear how miffed she is that he'd make such an important life decision without first consulting her. He makes it clear that he's miffed about her hooking up with Alex Ward during her business trip, and she denies sleeping with him despite seriously considering it (!). When he pales and is all, "Wha-a-a-a?", she says that lately it's been very lonely being married to a man who barely pays any attention to her - but assures him she loves only him and won't see Alex again.
JR drops by Chez Sleaze to ogle Afton as she sings to a sparse audience. When she finishes her set, she scampers over to him to blushingly say hello, and he says he'd looooove to hear her sing that song again - preferably while they're both naked - and she says she's definitely up for a romp and exits the bar with him.
At breakfast the next morning, JR toasts Bobby's state senate run...and Jock reacts by growling about Bobby's lack of focus as is evidenced by his various competing interests. Miss Ellie announces that she's off to meet with her high society lady friends to discuss how to stop the Takapa swampland development...and once she's out of earshot, Bobby tells Jock he really should tell his wife that he's one of the developers. Jock snappishly tells Bobby to mind his own business before rushing off somewhere with Ray, and JR warns Bobby to never cross daddy when it comes to secret swampland developments.
Sue Ellen is strolling downtown when two police officers grab a man who's clearly following her. Kyle Bennett appears from out of nowhere and demands his name, so the man identifies himself as a PI named Appleton and readily agrees to spill the beans in exchange for not being charged with harassment.
Hank Johnson calls JR to inform him that there'll be some good news coming from overseas within the next twenty-four hours, and JR happily tells him to keep him informed. A few seconds later, Leslie arrives to chide JR for being seen hanging in a sleazy bar for the purpose of hooking up with a second rate salon singer (hee!) and advises him to not continue carrying on with Afton, at least publicly. JR chuckles and says he wouldn't need to tap that if she (Leslie) would simply agree to hop into bed with him.
Appleton admits to Kyle that he was hired to follow Sue Ellen - but has no idea who's behind the effort. He explains that he sends daily logs of Sue Ellen's activities to a post office box in Denton, and in turn receives a money order every Friday. Kyle mulls that over for a few seconds and says he's going to send someone to watch the post office - but Sue Ellen nixes that idea and says she wants to follow through with this herself, regardless of the potential danger.
Sue Ellen is milling around the Denton Post Office when she spots a man wearing a horrible blonde wig enter, empty the PO box that Appleton's been sending his reports to, then head back out to his car. Sue Ellen follows him in her car and witnesses Wig Man drive to an estate and hand the log reports to a shadowy person sitting in the back of a limo...and after the limo drives off, a mystified looking Sue Ellen climbs out of her car, stares across the street looking aghast, and exclaims, "Oh dear God! It can't be!"
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