Recap: A dazed Sue Ellen is hauled off to the police station, where she's fingerprinted and photographed for her mug shot. She tells a detective she doesn't think she went through with her plan to shoot JR, despite putting a gun in her purse before leaving Southfork hours before the shooting. A few seconds later, her lawyer, Kyle Bennett, arrives at the police station and advises her to stop sharing self incriminating details with the police...and also not confess anything to him until she's out on bail and can speak without the risk of them being surveilled. He then tells her he'll be back to see her in the morning, leaving her to cry, "Wuh? I can't spend the night here!" and then stare despondently into space as a guard leads her to a holding cell.
The next morning, Cliff is eating at an outdoor cafe when he happens to see a newspaper featuring a headline about Sue Ellen getting arrested for shooting her husband. He's all, "Ack!" and rushes off.
At Southfork, Jock gets a call from Kyle Bennett informing him that Sue Ellen's bail is going to cost 100K...and he growls, "Over my dead body!" before hanging up. When he asks the family who the hell arranged for Kyle to defend Sue Ellen, Bobby admits that he was the one who called Kyle and insists that his sister-in-law has a right to legal counsel. JR and Jock are like, "Mmm, nope, we're A-OK with her languishing in jail", and Bobby angrily retorts that he'll put up the money himself if need be - but Miss Ellie nixes that future good deed and tells him it's far too dangerous for a potential killer like Sue Ellen to be out on the loose.
Kyle tells Sue Ellen that the Ewings are refusing to pay her bail, then asks her if she knows anyone who might have an extra 100K laying around. Sue Ellen sadly says she's not friends with anyone not named Ewing who has that kind of money, then wails, "I can't spend another night in here!" Kyle promises to do all he can before rushing off, and a few seconds later, Cliff enter the room and tells Sue Ellen he came by to help. He asks her to recall everything she can about the day JR was shot, so she admits that she definitely did want to kill him...and he nods sympathetically and replies, "So did I. And half the people in Dallas." She adds that the police have the murder weapon with her fingerprints all over it - but because she got herself so blitzed on the day of the shooting, she has no idea if she actually pulled the trigger. When she self-piteously tells him that the Ewings won't put up her bail, he lets out a bitter sounding chuckle and says he's not surprised, then promises to do his best to find the money somewhere.
Franklin Horner stops by Ewing Oil to tell Bobby that his bank's loan committee won't sign on off on a loan request for Ewing Oil while the Ewing family is in such disarray. Bobby gets irked and says he neeeeeeds the money to buy a new oil refinery that's on sale for really cheap - but Franklin just shrugs helplessly and pretends that his hands are tied.
Sue Ellen perks up when she's informed that her bail has been posted by an unknown benefactor.
Sue Ellen asks a taxi driver to stop in front of the Southfork gates so she can stare at the estate longingly. After a few seconds of that, the driver gets impatient and asks, "Where to now?" and she sighs and tells him to take her back to Dallas.
Lucy runs into Mitch on campus and apologizes for her bitchitude during the previous episode. He acknowledges that, yep, he was pretty annoyed by it, then explains that he's under soooo much pressure as a med student. She's like, "Speaking of your studies.." and tells him she picked up something he might like, then opens the trunk of her car and shows him the brand new set of medical books he was working so hard to earn the money to buy. He gives her a funny look and says she shouldn't have done this, but she just grins like an idiot and points out that he no longer has to worry so much about how he's going to afford the much needed books. Mitch mulls that over and decides to be charmed by her presumptuousness.
Sue Ellen shows up at Cliff's apartment to thank him for posting her bail, but he just stares at her confusedly and says he has no idea what she's talking about. He invites her in and says she can stay at his place for as long as she needs to, then tells her he has to run out for a very important appointment, but will be back asap.
While horseback riding on the vast acreage of Southfork, Jock grizzles to Ray about how worried he is that Miss Ellie is going to have a mental breakdown with all the family problems they're enduring, but Ray assures her she'll be fine, given what a tough old gal she is.
Cliff meets with Dave Culver after a rally to discuss his gubernatorial campaign. Donna sees the two talking, looks instantly alarmed, and runs over to remind her stepson that they have a plane to catch and need to leave pronto.
At dinner that evening, JR accuses Bobby of putting up Sue Ellen's bail money, but Bobby just stares back at him cluelessly and says he had absolutely nothing to do with that. JR then turns his snarly attention to Pam and asks her if she was the one who paid, and she says no, but that she's glad that Sue Ellen is no longer rotting away behind bars. Miss Ellie agrees with that sentiment and says she felt awful knowing that her daughter-in-law was locked up...which seems like a strangely abrupt reversal from her feelings at breakfast, when she forbade Bobby to put up her bail.
Cliff returns to his apartment clutching a bouquet of flowers, but quickly deflates when he sees Sue Ellen's 'thanks for your help, but I can't stay here' note.
Sue Ellen shows up at Kristin's condo and asks if she can crash with her for awhile, and Kristin chirps, "Of course!" and welcomes her to stay as long as she likes...or for as long as JR forgets that she's still squatting in the company condo and gets it together enough to throw them both out. Sue Ellen tearfully says she doesn't know what she would have done without her during these last few episodes, and Kristin says, "That's what sisters are for" and leans in for a hug.
Sue Ellen intercepts Bobby on his way inside the Ewing Oil building and tells him she really really wants to see her baby. Bobby says he doubts that JR would allow that, but will see if Miss Ellie or Jock have a differing opinion 'bout that. Sue Ellen thanks him, says her baby is the only thing she has to hold onto right now, and that she's staying at Kristin's place in case he needs to get in touch with her.
Donna Culver runs into Cliff downtown and warns him to stay away from Dave 'cause she's put a lot of time and energy into his political career and doesn't want him tainting it with his luckless Barnes aura. Cliff argues that he has the kind of expertise and energy that Dave's campaign could really use, and points out that he still has a strong political base in Dallas he could sway in Dave's favor. Donna looks momentarily intrigued, then suggests they discuss this further over a cold drink.
Sue Ellen is in a session with Dr. Ellby, telling him she still hasn't the foggiest idea whether or not she shot JR. He suggests putting her under hypnosis to see if anything shakes out from that, and she's just like 'sure, why the hell not?'
JR wheels himself into a downtown restaurant to meet with Kyle Bennett. He asks Kyle if Sue Ellen confessed to shooting him, but Kyle reminds him that he can't reveal anything from any conversation he had with her 'cause he's bound by client-attorney privilege. JR snaps, "But she's my wife!" and threatens to permanently take him off the Ewing Oil payroll if he doesn't start spilling the beans...and Kyle tells him where he can shove his threats, then declares that he's stepping back from Sue Ellen's case and will refer her to a lawyer who doesn't give a rat's ass about pissing off the Ewings.
Back at Southfork, Bobby tells the family that he saw Sue Ellen today and that she desperately wants to see the baby. JR barks, "No way", Jock growls, "It's too big a risk", while Miss Ellie decrees that Sue Ellen can visit with the baby in a public place while she and Pam supervise.
Bobby tells the owner of the refinery he wants to buy that since Franklin Horner refuses to lend him any money, he's going to have to pass on the deal until he can arrange other financing...and refinery owner's like, "Yeah, OK. Whatever."
Pam and Miss Ellie meet Sue Ellen in a downtown park so she can enjoy a visit with Baby John. She tearfully tells the two she can't believe she could have shot JR and is hoping for a miracle that will offer proof of her innocence, and they agree that they too would like to see this dragged out who dunnit mystery wrapped up asap.
During Sue Ellen's next therapy session, Dr. Ellby puts her under hypnosis and takes her back to the Season 3 finale. During a flashback, Sue Ellen recalls that she took the gun with her when she left Southfork, stopped in at a bar to drink herself silly, then staggered over to Kristin's condo to rant and rave about her desire to kill JR 'cause she didn't want him to commit her to a sanitarium. After that, she has no memory of anything before waking up in the airport parking lot, then driving home and getting a visit from Kristin who informed her of the shooting and assured her she'd stand by her no matter what. Sue Ellen says she then took a shower and went to the hospital with Kristin...and when Dr. Ellby furrows his brows and asks, "What about the gun?", Sue Ellen says she had somehow changed purses upon returning home from her day-long bender...and giddily translates this to mean it's irrefutable proof that she couldn't have had the gun with her at the time JR was shot. Dr. Ellby refrains from pointing out that since she has no memory of anything between the time she left the condo and woke up in the airport parking lot, it's not actually proof of anything.
Sue Ellen takes a taxi to Southfork and finds JR sitting by the pool, reading a magazine. He panics when he sees her ambling towards him, warns her not to get any closer, then frantically wheels himself over to the phone to call 911. Sue Ellen assures him she's not going to hurt him, and that she just wants to know where Kristin is. When Kristin flounces out of the house a few seconds later, Sue Ellen snarkishly tells her she's finally figured out the 'who shot JR?' conundrum. She says she now realizes that after she had arrived at the condo on the day of the shooting she must have left the gun behind after guzzling the booze that she (Kristin) was plying her with...and then we finally get a flashback of what really happened on that fateful night: Kristin grabbed the gun, headed over to Ewing Oil and shot JR, then planted the gun in his bedroom closet when she dropped by Southfork the following day. JR's all, "Wha-a-a-a?", then starts to dial the police - but Kristin smugly says he shouldn't do that, unless he wants his child to be born in prison. JR stares back at her in horror, then accuses her of bluffing about his bun being in her oven (blech) ... but she just shrugs in response and challenges him to speak to her ob-gyn. JR hangs up the phone and tells his icked out wife that instead of involving the authorities, he's going to handle Kristin his own way.
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