Recap: Bobby tells Pam he doesn't have time for breakfast 'cause he has an early meeting about the new oil refinery, and she urges him to slooooow down at work and maybe once in awhile talk about something other than Ewing Oil. He tells her doesn't wanna 'cause he's just so darn excited about all the wheelin' and dealin' he gets to do, and she splashes more cold water on him by reminding him that JR will likely be taking over the company in the near future and thank goodness for that. LOL.
Ray arrives at the main house to remind Bobby that they have a ranch to run, and would like him to weigh in on decisions he'd rather not trouble Jock with. When Jock and JR emerge from the house, Jock irritably tells Bobby he just found out that he (Bobby) sold off a bunch of Ewing assets in order to free up enough cash to buy the new oil refinery. Bobby points out that Ewing oil neeeeeded that refinery and because they now own it, they can triple their oil output and earn tons and tons of money. He adds that he's really getting peeved at always having his decisions questioned, then storms over to his car and squeals out of the driveway. JR tells his daddy that they're going to need to do something to rein in his out-of-control brother now that Ewing Oil no longer has enough assets to pay the mounting bills. After he hobbles back into the house, Ray asks Jock if he'd like to go to the Forth Worth livestock auction with him, and Jock's like 'sure, why the hell not?', then grumbles that he has no idea what to do about his squabbling sons.
Sue Ellen tells Miss Ellie how dismayed she that Bobby is trying to cut JR out of Ewing Oil, but Miss Ellie denies that that's what's happening and points out that Bobby was asked to step in after the shooting and is running the company as he sees fit. Sue Ellen's all pfffft and accuses her of siding with Bobby against JR, so Miss Ellie barks back that they're both her sons...but is admittedly afraid that if Bobby isn't constantly coddled in a wrapped-in-cotton-wool kind of way, he might soon realize that he's a grown ass man who'd be far happier if he didn't live under the same roof as his overly involved parents and manipulative brother.
Pam is hard at work at The Store when the investigator she hired, John Mackey, calls to give her an update about the search for her mother. He tells her the search is going nowhere fast, and she urges him to continue looking and use all of his resources to find some trace of her.
Bobby arrives at Ewing Oil for a meeting with grizzled Eugene Bullock and his trophy wife Sally, last seen in Season 3 when JR tried to get them to help finance his ill-fated Asian oil deal. Eugene tells Bobby he's completely given up being relevant and defers to his vapid wife on all matters of business, so Bobby politely explains the potential output of his new refinery to Sally and says he'd like her and Eugene to supply him with 600,000 barrels of crude oil. Sally flirtily mulls that over and says she can make that happen via their Venezuelan connection for a prepayment of $18 million, and Bobby excitedly agrees and says he'll have a check for her this afternoon.
Ray and Jock are at the livestock auction in Fort Worth when two of Jock's cronies, Punk Anderson and Pat Powers amble over to say hey and get introduced to Ray. Punk asks Jock how his sons are doing, and Jock grunts something unintelligible before suggesting they all take an auction break to go grab a beer.
JR drops by Ewing Oil for an impromptu visit and gets an especially warm hug from his secretary Louella, which...mmm hmm. He happens to catch Eugene and Sally Bullock as they're exiting Bobby's office, and looks fake delighted when Eugene gushingly describes Bobby and his dealmaking savvy as "a real live wire".
When JR sees an empty champagne bottle, Bobby explains that they were just celebrating his purchase of a huge shipment of crude oil from the Bullocks' Venezuelan connection in order to supply the new oil refinery. JR asks him how he's paying for it, so he replies that he took out a short term loan. JR reminds him that his role as Acting President was only ever supposed to be a temporary assignment until he got back on his feet...so Bobby asks, "Are you asking me to step down?" and JR replies, "Uh uh. I'm telling you." Bobby argues that he's capable of running this company as good as any Ewing, but with the added bonus of not engaging in all the dirty dealin', and JR pretends to be offended by that jab and orders him again to step down. When Bobby refuses, JR snarks that at some point he's going to be forced to admit that he's in waaaaay over his head.
Dr. Ellby asks Sue Ellen if Bobby was the person who posted her bail after she was arrested, and she says no and that she's somehow not remotely curious about who might have done that for her. She then criticizes Bobby for turning into a power-hungry douchetard...while Saint JR, on the other hand, is a totally wonderful man now that she's back to enjoying hitting the sheets with him.
The camera pans over to JR, who's out for a drink with Louella, telling her to keep her eyes and ears open so that she can report on anything tantalizing. He calls their partnership "a mutual understanding of old friends", then asks how her new husband is doing. She makes a face and says he's always on the road, prompting JR to cluck, "Ooooh, too bad" and non-subtly promises to drop by her house some evening when she might be up for some extramarital hanky panky.
During pre-dinner drinks, Lucy arrives home and asks for permission to host a barbecue/pool party at Southfork this weekend so that her spoiled rich friends can have an opportunity to meet her new boyfriend, Mitch. She then gushes about what "a real man" he is, aka a considerate, smart, honest guy who parks cars for a living. JR snidely remarks, "At least he has a future", and Miss Ellie smiles benignly and tells Lucy that a barbecue/party is A-OK with her.
After dinner, JR rails to Sue Ellen about how Bobby refuses to step down from the top job at Ewing Oil, and Sue Ellen shakes her head at her brother-in-law's impudence and snarks that he should stick to what he knows something about: running the ranch. JR admits that he's genuinely worried Bobby will be successful and make him look bad by comparison, then says he's off to a late night business meeting. Sue Ellen asks him if she should wait up, and JR replies, "By all means" before exiting the room. He hobbles downstairs and tells his parents he's off to "lend Bobby a hand" ... and an oblivious Jock's like, "Sounds good to me", then privately tells Miss Ellie he hates what's going on with his sons. Miss Ellie insists that under no circumstances is anyone to ever do anything to make Bobby even contemplate the possibility of ever wanting to leave Southfork...and that if he (Jock) does anything to drive him away, she'll never forgive him. Jock miserably points out that JR is going to be destroyed if he's never allowed to run Ewing Oil again, given that it was his job for years before the shooting...then adds that Bobby's bitchy "hands off" attitude is really starting to stick in his craw. Miss Ellie muses that Bobby is probably feeling the pressure to prove himself as a businessman, then makes clear that she's not willing to lose another son.
Lucy stops by Mitch's apartment to invite him to her barbecue/pool party, and he agrees to make an appearance on Saturday afternoon.
JR is having drinks with Sally Bullock and telling her he has a proposition for her. She looks intrigued and assumes he's looking to "shaft someone", and he cackles while concurring that, yep, that's exactly the kind of no good thing he's up to.
Sue Ellen is lounging in the Southfork pool when Bobby ambles over and joins her. He tells her it's been awhile since they had a real conversation, then says he's really really enjoying being at the helm of Ewing Oil. Sue Ellen snidely retorts, "I've noticed", then asks what he expects JR, aka the more deserving president of Ewing Oil, to do all day. Bobby reminds her that she used to constantly plead with him to stop JR from committing his various shenanigans, and she shoots back that he's the one who now needs to be stopped. A few seconds later, JR emerges from the house, tells the two he's here to take a dip for his therapy, and Sue Ellen dutifully rushes over to him and steers him towards the pool.
John Mackey calls Pam to inform her that he just got a lead about her mother, and she reacts by beaming happily.
Jock and Ray are at the livestock auction when they run into Punk and Pat again and decide 'hey, let's all hang out together'.
Pam informs Bobby that she's off to meet Cliff for lunch, and that she may have news about her long lost mother. Bobby urges caution and to not to jump to any conclusions that may get her hopes up. A miffed Pam glares back at him, then stomps off as JR and Sue Ellen giggle together while playfully splashing each other at the far end of the pool.
While out for a beer, Punk reminds Jock that they go back a long way and suggests they do business together...and by do business together, he means develop swamp land near the Texas/Louisiana border into some prime recreation real estate. Jock perks up at the prospect - just as some random old guy at the other end of the bar asks the bartender if that dumbfaced yokel over there is Ray Krebbs, then looks visibly intrigued when he learns that the old goat Ray's hanging with is Jock Ewing.
Mitch drives over to Southfork in his beater to attend Lucy's barbecue/pool party...and when Lucy spots him enter the pool area, she excitedly rushes over and introduces him to her friends. Mitch tells Lucy that he feels really awkward 'cause big crowds aren't his thing, then stares at her incredulously when she insists that this is nothing more than a small gathering.
Cliff stops by Pam's office to take her to lunch, and she giddily tells him she just got her first bit of good news about their mother, which is that someone reportedly saw her after she supposedly died. Cliff shrugs disinterestedly and reminds her that their mother cheated on Digger, then ran off and never bothered to try to find them...and that, frankly, if she is alive he'd rather she stay where she is. When Pam stares at him all crestfallen, he rails at her for always being so consumed with the past, then suggests she convince Bobby to pull up stakes and move somewhere that's far far away from Southfork and start a family. She glares at him, snaps, "A family?", and reminds him that she can't risk having children and for whatever reason has a burning need to know where she came from. She reminds him that since Digger wasn't her bio bad, her only (maybe) living blood parent left is her mother, and cries, "Whyyyyyy can't you understand that?!"
During Lucy's barbecue/pool party, one of the rich partygoers bets Lucy hundreds of dollars that she can't win a second chicken fight in the pool, and she's like, "You're on!" and runs over to grab a wad of cash from her wallet. LOL. Mitch is all, "Wuh?" at the thought of betting that kind of money on something as idiotic as a chicken fight, then tells Lucy he's outa here and storms off. She races after him and asks him why he's so upset, so he tells her her circle of friends is "too rich" for him, and that it's a big mistake for him to be mingling among her kind.
Bobby assures a business associate, Brady York, that he can guarantee a huge shipment of refined oil within three days...and when the guy looks skeptical, Bobby explains that he has a ginormous supply of crude oil on its way from Venezuela. Connie enters the office with the prepared contract, and Bobby makes a point of telling Brady that he never goes back on his word, and that he'll definitely have his oil on the specified delivery dates. Brady mulls that over, then looks convinced and signs the contract.
Jock stops in at Ewing Oil to pick up a land map of the Texas/Louisiana border area. He greets Brady York, who gushes about how proud he should be of Bobby for being an awesome businessman who just made a helluva great deal with him.
Mitch is studying when Lucy drops by his apartment to apologize for how badly the barbecue/pool party turned out. Mitch says he appreciates her apology, but that since he's never going to have the kind of money her family has, he doesn't feel comfortable being in her orbit or having to compete with her rich friends. Lucy insists that he doesn't have to compete with them, given that they accept him on account of he's with her...and Mitch snarls back that he doesn't give a damn about their acceptance. Lucy shoots back that he's a reverse snob and thought they had a good thing going...but that if he can't bring himself to like her for the spoiled, obnoxious, immature nymphet she is, then he's just not the man she thought he was.
Jock tells JR that he ran into Brady York at Ewing Oil and listened to him gush endlessly over Bobby's astonishing businessman skills...which is making him rethink his decision to ask Bobby to step down as president. He concedes that Bobby's done a damn fine job with buying an oil refinery, ensuring a supply of crude oil, and negotiating the requisite gas contracts...and JR pretends to be happy for his brother's success and announces that he's taking Sue Ellen out for dinner.
Upstairs, JR suggests to Sue Ellen that they get it on before heading out to dinner, then cackles about the great job Jock thinks Bobby is doing at Ewing Oil...and has no idea that his little brother is heading for a fall. Sue Ellen perks up at that intriguing tidbit and plants his lips with a big smooch.
Bobby is toasting his success with Connie when an irate looking Pam enters the office and reminds him that they had dinner plans. Bobby's like, "Oops, I forgot" - just as he gets a phone call with some very bad news: the tanker transporting the crude oil he bought from the Bullocks just went missing. In other words, the 600,000 barrels of oil and $18 millions are suddenly gone, no doubt due to some maneuver that that rascally JR masterminded at the risk of sabotaging his family's company.
Back at Southfork, Sue Ellen and JR are basking in the afterglow of a post-coitus canoodle. Sue Ellen purrs that their romps just keep getting better and better, and he responds by grinning devilishly into space.
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