Recap: The Ewings are popping champagne as they celebrate Pam's/Bobby's (almost) adoption of Christopher. When JR arrives home, Bobby hands him a glass of champagne and tells him the good news...and JR just stares back at him mutely before turning around and going upstairs. He enters his bedroom, then picks up the phone and calls Jerry Macon to arrange a meeting at his office first thing in the morning.
Sue Ellen has summoned Clayton to her house to bellyache about her renewed hatred of JR 'cause of his icky dalliance with Kristin. Clayton scrunches his face confusedly and asks her why she's suddenly angry about an affair that's soooo Season 3, and Sue Ellen tells him she isn't able to offer a full explanation - but vows to do everything she can to hurt JR as much as he's hurt her.
The next morning at Ewing Oil, JR instructs Jerry to provide him with a list of whoever has visited Sue Ellen in the last several days, and Jerry says it's a very short list:
JR's all, "Wuh? Bobby visited Sue Ellen?", abruptly dismisses Jerry, then buzzes Sly to tell her he needs to speak with Bobby the instant he arrives at the office.
Bobby goes to a local newsstand to buy the daily paper so he can view the Intention to Adopt ad that Charles Eccles placed. He reads it, then stares concernedly into space.
Miss Ellie is riding her stationary bicycle when Ray drops by the house to show off his newly trimmed hair and freshly shaven face. He tells Miss Ellie he's off to Braddock to stock up on supplies and asks her if she needs anything - she doesn't - then mentions that Donna is in Austin doing some research for her book and hopes she won't be away for too long. Miss Ellie says she has a hunch that Donna will be very glad to return home once she's completed her research, then gives him the thumbs up for finally summoning up the motivation to clean himself up.
When Bobby arrives at Ewing Oil headquarters, he heads over to JR's office to see whassup...so JR tells him to sit down, then asks what in blazes he's been telling Sue Ellen, and demands to know how often he and his ex-wife meet up behind his back. Bobby tells him to get his mind out of the gutter, then refuses to disclose what he and Sue Ellen talked about, snapping that it's none of his damn business.
Sue Ellen stares unhappily at the sculpture that JR gave her during the previous episode. She picks it up, glares at it some more, then throws it across the room and watches as it smashes against the fireplace. She then sashays over to the phone and dials a mystery man [spoiler: Cliff] and breathily says she really really wants to see him.
Just before leaving the office, Bobby phones Sue Ellen and leaves a message with Mrs. Chambers that he needs to meet up with her for breakfast the next morning.
Late that evening, Sue Ellen arrives at Cliff's apartment, gives him a hungry once over, then leans in for an amorous smooch.
The next morning at breakfast, Sue Ellen asks Bobby why he felt it was necessary for them to meet up again, so he informs her that JR knows that they spoke the other day...and that since she didn't say anything to him about their conversation, he can only deduce that JR has hired a spy to watch her house.
Donna is at the Austin Public Library, looking at microfilm when she sees something that appears to both startle and intrigue her. She asks the librarian how she might do some follow-up research on someone if they've been committed to a mental facility in Big Springs, and the librarian advises her to go directly to Big Springs and view the court documents there.
Sue Ellen returns home and finds JR sitting on her living room couch. She angrily demands to know what the hell he's doing in her house, so he says he's extremely confused about why she's suddenly so angry at him. She seethes, "Once a JR Ewing, always a JR Ewing" and replies that she simply remembered what a shitbag he can be. JR asks what Bobby said to her that upset her so deeply, and she says 'nothing' and insists that her memory just suddenly improved out of nowhere. She admonishes him for hiring a detective to watch her house, then strides over to the phone and calls Cliff so she can smugly stare at JR while she tells her lover how much she enjoyed last night's booty call and to confirm that they're still on for tonight. She ends the call by purring, "Bye Cliff", and JR reacts by shooting her the stink-eye before beating a hasty retreat.
Donna calls Ray to let him know that she has to make an unexpected side trip to Big Springs to follow up on something that came up in her research, and Ray assures her he's A-OK with that and promises that everything will be different when she returns home. He then declares, "I love you", and Donna clutches the phone and replies in a desperately raspy sounding voice, "Oh Raaaaaay. I neeeeeeeded to hear that."
Ray goes to the Longview Bar to officially end things with Bonnie and let her know that he's now devoting himself to working things out with Donna. He hangs his head sheepishly and says he feels bad about using her while he was drunkenly grieving Jock's death and generally behaving like a horse's ass...and Bonnie says that while she's not a fan of Donna, she's keeping her fingers crossed that he's able to fully repair his marriage.
JR storms his way into Cliff's office to put him on notice that he plans to destroy him (again). An unfazed looking Cliff points out that he already tried that and failed - but JR vows that when he's done, there won't be any more Cliff Barnes, ominously pronouncing, "You're going to cease to exist. I promise you that."
Miss Ellie is in her bedroom, combing her hair and staring wistfully at a framed photo of Jock. Bobby knocks on the door to inform her that he and Pam are about to leave for work, and she tells him she'll be downstairs in a minute...and after she exits the room, the camera zooms in on the Jock photo, I guess to remind us of the sad passing of Jim Davis.
Miss Ellie tells Pam she'd looooove to spend the day watching Christopher while she's at her new aerobics studio, and Pam perks up and says she definitely likes the sound of that idea. A few seconds later, Ray stops by the house to ask Bobby if he'd like to join him for Cattle Branding Day, and Bobby's all, "Ye haw!" and says he'd definitely prefer that to a day at Ewing Oil, then remarks on how much he misses working on the ranch, to which Ray quietly replies, "Me too."
Clayton drops by Sue Ellen's house to surprise her with a box of croissants, and is startled to find Cliff in her kitchen. After Cliff kisses Sue Ellen goodbye and heads off to work, Sue Ellen implores Clayton not to lecture her about her questionable judgement when it comes to who she jumps into the sack with, reminding him that she's entitled to make her own mistakes. Clayton asks her if Cliff is fully aware that he's being used as a revenge tool, then advises her to think seriously about diving into what seems like a really ill-advised relationship before she gets in too deep. Sue Ellen says she has no desire to talk about this anymore, then abruptly changes the subject by suggesting they spend the day antiquing.
Katherine is conducting live TV street interviews about how passersby feel about dining out during a bad economy - when she encounters JR. After a quick on-camera interview, she reminds JR that they met at the Ewing barbecue and that, yep, she's Cliff's half-sister. After that, she brusquely says it was nice to see him, but that she has to run now...and JR stares after her, looking mildly intrigued.
Lucy is at an outdoor photoshoot, being photographed by Roger as she lounges atop the hood of a car, a tame precursor to Tawny Kitaen in that Whitensnake video. She notices that Mitch is standing several feet away, so when she gets a break from posing, she heads over to see what he wants. He tells her they have some serious decisions to make about their marriage and asks her what she wants, and she's all, "What's your sudden hurry?", leaps to the conclusion that he's in a rush to end their marriage 'cause he wants to permanently hook up with Evelyn Michaelson, and storms back to where Roger's standing. She thanks him for being here [despite it being his job to be at the photoshoot], then kisses him and hugs him tightly while glancing over at Mitch so she can watch his reaction...which is an angry glare at the icky PDA before he storms off in disgust.
Ray and Bobby are having a joyous day at Southfork, branding cattle.
Sue Ellen and Clayton, meanwhile, are having a joyous day antiquing...and when Sue Ellen admires a decorative piece, Clayton sneakily buys it for her and then says he made the purchase 'cause it gives him great pleasure to see her happy. Sue Ellen shoots him a grateful smile and says she wishes she could find someone just like him (to romantically couple up with) ... and after she kisses his cheek and continues browsing the store, Clayton stares wistfully into space. Ooooh dear.
Over at Aerobics Central, Pam is decked out in a body suit and leg warmers, aerobicizing alongside the instructor - a workout that seems to go on for a gratuitously loooooong time before the class finally comes to a merciful end. As Pam towels herself off, Jeff Farraday approaches her, introduces himself as Bobby's friend, and asks her to pass along a phone number for Bobby to call at 10am tomorrow.
That evening at Southfork, Pam and Bobby are primping for dinner and remarking on how much better Ray is looking now that he's back to bathing, shaving, and not guzzling booze all day. Pam suddenly remembers her earlier encounter with Jeff Farraday and gives Bobby the phone number he's supposed to call...and Bobby does his best to act all casual-like and breezily tells her that Jeff is just some unimportant guy he happens to know.
JR calls Jerry Macon to tell him that since Sue Ellen's onto his spying, he can go ahead and end Operation Surveille Sue Ellen 24/7. A few seconds later, Jordan Lee and Marilee Stone arrive at Ewing Oil to discuss the proposed purchase of some land in Lubbock that's supposedly oil rich, noting that the adjacent lot was proven to have zero chance of any oil discovery - a detail I'm sure will be important in an upcoming subplot.
When Bobby calls Jeff at a phone booth, Jeff tells him they need to meet...and when Bobby snarkishly says they have nothing to discuss, Jeff reminds him that they share a secret. He says he'll be in touch, then abruptly hangs up...and it remains unclear why Jeff didn't just arrange a time/place to meet when he was finally able to get Bobby on the phone.
While out for lunch, Cliff suggests to Sue Ellen that they "goof off" and spend the day together doing something fun - but she's like, "I don't think so" and tells him she's not ready for any kind of commitment. Cliff looks visibly stung by the rejection and wonders aloud if she's interested in someone else - like Clayton Farlow, for example - but Sue Ellen says that Clayton is a very special platonic friend and that she considers him to be the father she never knew. A few seconds later, the waiter comes around to take their order, and Cliff says he'll just have whatever Sue Ellen wants to eat.
Back at Studio Creepy, Roger tells Lucy now that they've met and are working closely together, she really needs to divorce Mitch, like pronto, and concur with him that the two of them make the perfect team. Lucy's like, "Gross" and says she really can't bring herself to think of a dork like him as a romantic partner, so Roger snarlingly calls her out on the callous way she used him to get back at Mitch during the photoshoot when she brazenly kissed him...and Lucy sheepishly admits that she prolly shouldn't have done that and agrees that he has every right to be angry. Roger grabs her arm, says, "Come with me", and steers her over to his private quarters behind a big curtain. He shows her his dedicated Lucy wall and says, "Now do you see? You're on my mind all the time." He explains that he needs to feel surrounded by her when he goes to sleep, then grabs her and kisses her...and Lucy somehow isn't alarmed enough by the dedicated Lucy wall to immediately get the fuck outa there, and kisses him back before the two start going at it in earnest.
That evening at Southfork, JR receives a call from Lowell Greer, a Los Angeles lawyer who just happened to see the Intent to Adopt ad that Charles Eccles placed in the local paper. He informs JR that Bobby had called his firm a while ago, inquiring about the money he'd sent to Kristin...then assures JR that he told Bobby nothing. JR stares into the living room, where the family is cooing over Christopher, and tells Lowell he wants to know everything about Kristin's baby, including getting a copy of the tot's birth certificate.
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