Dallas - Season 4, Episode 5
Recap: At Southfork, Kristin is telling Assistant District Attorney Martin Purcell (and the fascinated Ewings) a made up story about how obsessed she became with JR and did everything possible to get him to notice her - but that he held firm and was steadfast in his determination to remain faithful to Sue Ellen. Kristin claims that she became so tortured by the realization that she could never have him, that when he rejected her on that fateful night, she reacted by shooting him. As the camera pans across the room to register the skepticism on the face of each Ewing, Purcell asks her why she waited until now to confess to the shooting. JR interjects and says it's obvious that she was far too skeered to come forward, and Kristin tearfully concurs and adds that she was soooo distressed by shooting the man with whom she was soooo obsessed that she also has no memory of hiding the gun in his closet the following day. JR tells Purcell that he's not interested in signing any kind of 'attempted murder complaint' against Kristin 'cause she was obviously in a state of temporary insanity at the time of the shooting, and hopes that his disinterest in seeing Kristin prosecuted will convince the DA's office to save the taxpayers money and summarily drop the entire thing. He then gets up and steers Purcell into another room for a tête-à-tête, and Jock grizzles that if it were up to him, Kristin would be rotting in a prison. Miss Ellie sheepishly apologizes to Sue Ellen for believing that she was the one who shot JR, and Sue Ellen's like, "No problem" and assures her that from now on, everything's going to be A-OK. A few seconds later, JR and Purcell return to the room, and Purcell announces that all of the charges against Sue Ellen will soon be dropped, and that he's on board with doing JR's personal bidding and is totally willing to risk his job and reputation by keeping Kristin's confession under wraps.
On the breakfast patio the next morning, Miss Ellie tells the family that the DA's office formally agreed that there was no point to putting Kristin on trial for attempted murder...and Jock says they can all rest easy from now on 'cause right now JR and Sue Ellen are transporting Kristin to the airport, where she'll jet off to California and never be heard from again (um, not). As the younger Ewings head out to start their day, Jock tells Miss Ellie he doesn't get why a hottie like Kristin would want to mess around with a married man...and Miss Ellie's just like, "Whatever" and asks him what the plan is now that JR is nearly recovered and will likely want to return to the helm of Ewing Oil at the same time that Bobby is really happy running the company. Jock's like, "Plan? There is no plan" and Miss Ellie makes it clear that she doesn't want Bobby to feel like he's getting pushed out of the family company and then overreact by leaving Texas.
In the airport waiting room, JR tells Kristin he'll send her a fat check every month in exchange for her keeping her mouth shut about the identity of her baby daddy, and that she should let him know when the baby arrives. Kristin saucily reminds him it's not the baby, but rather his baby - and that she's merely pointing this out in the interest of being truthful. Sue Ellen lets out a bitter guffaw and reminds her that she lied through her teeth to ADA Purcell last night - but JR hastily compliments the performance and says that Purcell swallowed it hook, line, and sinker. Someone from the airlines announces that the California flight is ready to board, and Kristin smugly tells JR, "I'll be seeing you" before whirling on her heel and sashaying towards the gate.
Bobby orders a foreman named Harry Owens to get Ewing 23 back up and operating at full capacity within the week, and Harry's like, "Er, OK", then reminds him that the operation requires access to an oil refinery. Bobby says he's looking into that...but that, in the meantime, he's to get the oil field back into operation.
Upon returning to Southfork, JR tells Sue Ellen he thinks the Kristin farewell scene went well, and Sue Ellen screeches about how pissed off at him she is for not doubting Kristin's word that her spawn is his after the way he accused her of having Cliff's bun in her oven when she was with child in Season 2. JR somehow refrains from pointing out that it was actually a reasonable accusation, given that she had doinked both him and Cliff around the time she got pregnant - and Sue Ellen becomes so enraged that she grabs JR by the collar, rails incoherently at him, and pushes him atop the bed. He perks up and assumes she's up for some sexy roughplay and grabs the back of her head to push it towards him...and she yells, "Noooooo!!" before succumbing to his forcible kisses a few seconds later.
Connie informs Bobby that Jim Redfield is in town, and Bobby quickly gets on the phone with him to set up a dinner meeting so they can discuss the purchase of his oil refinery.
After a long political advisory session between Cliff, Dave Culver, and Donna Culver, Cliff suggests that the three of them go out and grab some dinner. Dave says he can't make it, so Cliff asks Donna if she'd be into getting some cheap Mexican food with him, and she's like 'sure, why the hell not?'
Lucy is attempting to cook dinner for Mitch in his tiny apartment when he arrives home and asks whassup with the burned food smell. She explains that she wanted to prepare a nice meal for him after his classes, then shows him the charred remains of what was supposed to be beef stroganoff. He makes an ew face and suggests they stop by the nearest burger place to grab a quick bite before his valet shift starts.
At the cheap Mexican place, Donna natters about the awesomeness of Sam Culver and waxes on about everything he taught her. Cliff asks her if she hooked up with anyone since Sam's death, and she sadly says she started seeing a dumb-faced yokel immediately after the funeral, but that he didn't feel worthy of her and is no longer in the picture. Cliff changes the subject and tells her that his raison d'être is beating the Ewings, and Donna makes a seriously? face and says that surely there must be more to his life than that...and he mulls that over for a few seconds and flirtily replies that he does have a soft spot for beautiful rich ladies who are university educated and well connected. Mmm hmm..
Bobby tells Pam that Ewing 23 is going to be back in operation in about a week, which will mean a lot of incoming dough for her brother. Pam looks less than thrilled by the news and snarkishly accuses him of resurrecting the field just so he can rub it in JR's face that he's the one calling all the shots at Ewing Oil. She adds that he's clearly enjoying his new-found power and asks him where it leaves them, and he's just like, "Dunno" and urges her to hang in there.
JR presents Sue Ellen with a new Mercedes, and she squeals happily and gushes about how much she loooooves it. He hands her the keys and suggests they go for a quick spin - just as he's informed that there's an important phone call from Harry Owens, who's calling to rat out Bobby's plan to reopen Ewing 23. JR tells him he appreciates the intel, then ambles over to the patio to tattle about it to Jock, who growls his disapproval. Bobby's like, "I don't give a shit 'cause I'm in charge of Ewing Oil", then threatens to leave Texas if either of them try to push him out of the company. After he storms off, Miss Ellie reminds Jock that she's against anything that will result in Bobby wanting to leave Southfork to get a life of his own.
Bobby and his accountant are doing a quick inventory of the company's assets when Jordan Lee and two cartel members enter his office. Bobby greets them warmly and explains that he summoned them here to offer them a chance to invest in the oil refinery he hopes to acquire from Jim Redfield, but they're like, "No way in hell" and remind Bobby about how hard JR fucked them over with the disastrous Asian deal last season. As the three file out, a dismayed Bobby tells Connie to get Franklin Horner on the phone so he can once again go through the futile exercise of begging the man for a bank loan.
While horseback riding on Southfork, Jock tells Ray he's worried about the impending clash between JR and Bobby, and wishes he could wave a magic wand and make it so that his sons are content to work side by side in harmonious fashion. He adds that if Bobby gets pissed off enough he'll leave Dallas, and fears that it'll put him in the doghouse with Miss Ellie.
Liz Craig drops by Southfork to ask Pam if she wants to resume working at The Store, and Pam says that since it looks like Bobby isn't willing to leave Dallas anytime soon, why the hell not?
JR tells Jock that he really really wants to return to the helm of Ewing Oil, but Jock urges him to just take it easy for awhile 'cause he's happy with the "damn fine job" that Bobby's been doing and owes it to him to let him run things awhile longer. JR petulantly retorts, "It's my company and I want it back", but Jock meekly says he can't do that 'cause his wife will get too mad at him...and JR's own fear of Jock keeps him from loudly expressing his disdain about how annoying it is to have a daddy who allows his wife to carry his balls around in her purse.
Sue Ellen tries to convince Dr. Ellby that ever since the shooting, JR is a brand new man, and that she's thrilled they're getting close again. An incredulous Dr. Ellby reminds her that JR impregnated her own sister and that she herself had wanted him dead just a few weeks ago, and Sue Ellen angrily replies that the Kristin affair is over...and that when she and JR hit the sheets yesterday for the first time in a looooong dry spell, he performed so much more awesomely than she remembered and is ready to completely let bygones be bygones.
Franklin Horner calls JR to give him a heads up that Bobby requested yet another meeting with him to beg for a loan. JR instructs him to turn Bobby down...and when Franklin whines about how awkward it's getting to repeatedly alienate Bobby, JR snappishly says that if he expects to do business with Ewing Oil in the future, he'll make damn sure that Bobby gets no access to cash.
In the next scene, Bobby is imploring Franklin to approve a massive loan so that Ewing Oil can purchase an oil refinery, and Franklin tells him he'll pretend to think it over and then not get back to him. Bobby wails, "I don't have time!" and Franklin explains that since the deal isn't being signed off on by Jock or JR, but rather someone who has no record or experience in the oil industry, there's no way a large loan can be approved. Bobby snaps, "Take your bank and stuff it!" and storms out of the restaurant.
Lucy loafs around in Mitch's apartment as he studies for med school. She asks him how much longer he needs to study, and he jokingly replies, "For the rest of my life." She sighs dramatically and says she may as well go home then (uh, d'yuh) and heads over to the door...but then gets a devilish look on her face before bolting the door and stripping off her clothes. A startled Mitch looks over at her, then hornily perks up as he gets up from his study table, strides over to her, and gives her an amorous smooch.
Bobby is standing on the Southfork patio, staring contemplatively into the darkness, when Miss Ellie steps outside to ask him whassup. He tells her he used to look down on all of JR's wheelin' and dealin' when he was CEO of Ewing Oil, and now gets why it's super stimulating. Miss Ellie says she's surprised to hear him say that, then adds that maybe he inherited more of the obnoxious Ewing Thirst for Power gene than she had originally thought.
At Ewing Oil the next morning, Jim Redfield tells Bobby that if he can come up with the financing to buy his refinery then it's all his - but that he's going to have to move fast 'cause he just got another offer from Jordan Lee and the other two cartel members. Sneaky devils. After Jim departs, Bobby laments to Connie his failure in getting Franklin Horner to loan him the cash, then looks as if a lightbulb just went off inside his head when he suddenly realizes that there's more than one bank in Dallas, and that as the CEO of a well established oil company he could apply for a loan at any number of financial institutions! Ye haw! He excitedly asks Connie to get Les Crowley from The People's Lonestar Bank on the phone pronto.
Les tells Bobby it would be a pleasure to do business with Ewing Oil, and when Bobby gives him Ewing Oil's accounting records and says he can put up $100 million as collateral for a matching $100 million loan, and Les is like, "Sold!" and promises to wrap up the paperwork by this evening.
The Ewing menfolk are enjoying pre-dinner drinks when JR smirkingly asks Bobby what deals he was able to cobble together today. A few seconds later, Les Crowley calls the ranch to inform Bobby that his $100 million loan has been officially approved, and Bobby woots happily at the news...and when Pam enters the room, he announces that Ewing Oil just got the financing to purchase its own refinery, and that he and Pam are going out to dinner to celebrate! A dazed JR's all, "Wha-a-a-a?" and contorts his face all discombobulated-like. LOL.
In the privacy of their bedroom, JR rails to Sue Ellen about Bobby's success in purchasing an oil refinery - which, for some reason, is something he was never able to pull off. He glares angrily into space and vows to bring Bobby down, and snarls, "I'm going to cut him out, if I have to destroy Ewing Oil to do it!" which seems entirely counter-productive to his life's goal...but OK.
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