Recap: Bobby is at the police station, being questioned by the two detectives who are in charge of investigating Jeff Farraday's murder. Bobby says he knew Jeff through Kristin Shepard, and explains that Jeff begged him for cash 'cause he was in some kind of (unspecified) trouble. He fibs that he avoided entering Jeff's apartment building when he saw that it was swarmed by police cars, his reasoning being that he didn't want to invite any trouble into his life 'cause he's currently enmeshed in the delicate process of adopting a baby. The detectives agree to release him without charge...but once he's out of earshot, they express their doubts to one another that he's being 100% truthful.
Roger informs Lucy that he just sold his photography studio, then brings over a bottle of wine and two glasses so that they can celebrate the occasion. An incredulous Lucy reminds him that maybe a celebration isn't in order 'cause he's currently kidnapping her, and he calmly replies, "Not really. We were meant to be together." He asks her if she'd prefer to move him with to New York or California...and when she tells him he's crazy, he nonsensically growls, "Crazy? Well, you're here aren't you?", then orders her to take a sip of her wine before gleefully declaring that they'll always be together.
Pam is on the phone with Valene, faux assuring her that there's prolly nothing to worry about with regard to Lucy's disappearance. JR, meanwhile, chides his niece (in absentia) for worrying Miss Ellie, hilariously adding that it'd serve the imp right if she were stripped of her ten Ewing Oil voting shares. An appalled Pam admonishes him for not thinking more about his niece's safety and wellbeing, and JR abruptly announces that he's off to the fugly nursery to say goodnight to little Christopher.
The next morning in the Southfork kitchen, Miss Ellie calls Captain Hillman at the local precinct to ask if there's been any progress in their search for Lucy, but is told that there's no sign of her anywhere. Miss Ellie remarks to Pam and Bobby that she can't imagine anyone wanting to hurt Lucy - and Pam suddenly looks as if a light just got turned on inside her head and quickly urges Bobby out of his mama's earshot so she can inform him that she thinks Roger Larson, aka the creepy photographer she warned to stay away from Lucy, may have had something to do with her disappearance. Bobby agrees that that's as good a lead as any, and the two rush off to Studio Creepy.
Mr. Forest drops in on Rebecca to complain that Cliff has asked him to cut two huge checks totalling $4.5 million, funds that had to come out of the company's research and development budget. A startled Rebecca's all, "Wuh? What were the funds for?", so Mr. Forest tells her that he was ordered to make the checks out to The Wellington Escrow Account, but has no idea what that is. Rebecca tells her worried accountant that she trusts her son implicitly and is certain there's a logical explanation for the withdrawals...but after she ushers him out of her condo, she stares concernedly into space for several long seconds.
Roger is packing up his studio when Pam and Bobby drop in to ask him if he has any idea where Lucy might be. He fibs that he doesn't...and while this is happening, a tied up Lucy hears the conversation in the adjoining room and starts struggling against the ropes in earnest. She succeeds in knocking over a lamp, which alerts Bobby and Pam that something is clearly amiss. Bobby violently shoves Roger aside when he tries to block his way, then races towards the bedroom and crashes through the door, stunned by the sight of Lucy tied up, gagged, and lying motionless on the floor. He barks at Pam to call an ambulance, then cradles Lucy in her arms and coos about how everything is going to be A-OK.
Later, Miss Ellie arrives at the hospital and finds Pam and Bobby sitting by Lucy's bedside. They assure her that Lucy is going to be just fine, and that the police have nutty Roger in custody.
Tom tells Cliff that the only thing his team is extracting from the soil of the Wellington property is dust, and that it's becoming impossible to keep the crew from bailing on the lost cause. A stressed out Cliff says he's fine with them taking a break for a few days, but after that they need to resume drilling, and Tom weakly says he'll give it his best shot.
Cliff tries to get in touch with Marilee Stone, but her assistant informs him that she's gone for the day and can't be reached, like ever.
In the next scene, we see that Marilee is in JR's office, celebrating the success of Operation Ruin Cliff's Life with a bottle of champagne. JR hands her a reimbursement check for $2.5 million to cover her faux investment in the Wellington deal...and when she saucily asks about the interest earned, he asks Sly to hold his calls. Mmm hmm..
Sue Ellen is meeting with Mr. Meyer, her financial adviser, and is delighted to hear that since her investment portfolio is doing very well, she can officially consider herself a completely financially independent woman...and by financially independent woman, he means that she had the good fortune to become fabulously wealthy after cashing in on her failed marriage to a rich Ewing man. Sue Ellen calls Cliff to cheerily share her wealth update and to invite him to dinner, and a glum Cliff agrees to dine with her this evening - but only in the privacy of her home.
Mitch drops by the hospital to visit Lucy and apologize for the cold-blooded manner in which he asked her for a divorce. He half-heartedly suggests they make another go of their marriage, but she declines and tells him that love isn't enough for their weak coupling, and that she strongly feels it's for the best if they separately move on with their lives. Mitch concurs, gives her a cheek kiss, and says he's really going to miss her.
While out for a drink, JR tells Katherine that it's all over for Cliff, now that he's in debt for millions, and has proven to his own mother that he can't be trusted to not help himself to the company's disposable cash. Katherine frets about how her half-bro's antics are going to affect Wentworth Tool & Die and her mother, and JR points out that Rebecca is better off cutting Cliff loose before he causes the company any more damage, and then gleefully toasts his archenemy's fall from grace.
Cliff arrives at Sue Ellen's house for dinner, and she warns that she just wants to have a fun, relaxing evening without any talk of them getting married. She asks him whaddup with the big oil deal he told her about, so he grimly tells her it ended in disaster, and that he borrowed millions of dollars he can't repay and has no place to turn...then is all, "Or do I?" and asks her if she wouldn't mind loaning him the $4 million he needs in order to reimburse Wentworth Tool & Die. Sue Ellen stares back at him with a look of shocked revulsion and murmurs, "Oh no, Cliff. Don't do this to me." Cliff insists that he truly loves her and wants to marry her...but at the same time really really needs her to give him a ginormous loan. She responds by railing at him for trying to use her, then yells at him to get the hell out of her house...and Cliff sadly retorts, "We could have been so good together" before shuffling dejectedly out of the house.
The next morning, Lucy returns home with Miss Ellie and is warmly greeted by Pam, Ray, and Donna. Miss Ellie continues to act all snappish towards Donna...and when Ray urges her to try to work this out by getting everything out in the open, she snarks back that since Donna wants to sell books by exploiting a scandal, she has nothing to say to her.
Cliff meets with land broker Russell Slater to discuss his desperate need to sell Barnes-Wentworth 1, in the hopes that he can get $7 million for the oil field. Russell tells him that the price is much too high 'cause of how soft the market currently is. Cliff reluctantly says he'd be willing to drop the price by a few 100K - but Russell makes it clear that if he intends to sell the property, he's going to need to reduce the price by millions.
Pam drops in on Sue Ellen, who's still upset at Cliff's loan request from the night before. She tells Pam that some big oil deal fell apart, leaving Cliff in desperate need of $4 million, and Pam's all, "The fuckity fuck?" and wonders aloud why in blazes her brother would need to borrow that much money. Sue Ellen deduces that Cliff is a weakling who tried to use her, and Pam grimaces knowingly and says she's likely not the only person associated with this fiasco who's been used.
That evening, two shifty looking men arrive at Ewing Oil to pay Bobby a visit. The more talkative one, Joe Smith, tells Bobby he saw him enter, then exit Jeff Farraday's apartment building the day he died and has now leaped to the conclusion that since Jeff was a drug dealer, he must have been his (Bobby's) cocaine connection. Joe Smith's henchman, Griff, admits to killing Jeff when he pulled a gun on him...and shortly after that, Bobby just happened to show up at the apartment. Joe Smith tells Bobby that business goes on, and that he'd be more than happy to step in as his cocaine supplier. Bobby declines the illegal offer - but Joe Smith smugly predicts that he'll soon come around, and Griff gives him a number to call whenever he's interested in indulging his next coke binge.
Bobby heads straight to the police station to report on the drug ring he was just solicited by...and the detectives are all, "Yeah, whatever" and inform him that they're refocusing their suspicions onto him after speaking to a local bartender who witnessed him threatening to kill Jeff Farraday.
Pam drops by by Rebecca's place to report that, according to Sue Ellen, Cliff just tried to borrow $4 million from her. Rebecca tells her that Cliff initially got the money from Wentworth Tool & Die - but the deal went sour. Pam is shocked that her brother would take advantage of his own mother by withdrawing so much company money to invest in an oil deal. Rebecca concurs, but assures Pam that she's totes capable of taking care of the situation herself.
JR tries to get in touch with Sue Ellen, but her nurse-nanny Mrs. Chambers tells him she's not around, and agrees to pass along the message that he called.
The police detectives tell Bobby they know he's lying about not entering Jeff Farraday's building 'cause they found his fingerprints inside the apartment. Bobby sheepishly admits that, yeah OK, he did enter the apartment, found Jeff dead on the floor, and anonymously called the police. He adds that when he attempted to sneak out of the building undetected, a drug dealer named Joe Smith took note of his license plate and later offered to supply him with cocaine. The detectives seem uninterested in pursuing any crimes related to that and tell Bobby he's free to go - but warn him not to travel outside the Dallas area.
Over at Southfork, Miss Ellie suggests to Lucy that she speak to a therapist about the horror of being abducted by an obsessed freak - but Lucy breezily assures her she's fine, and that she's more worried about her. Miss Ellie explains that she's needed time alone to contemplate Jock and how super awesome he was and about as close to a saint as a person can get...then rails about how Donna refuses to see the great things he did and prefers to print sordid lies about him. When Lucy scrunches her face confusedly and says that that doesn't sound at all like Donna, Miss Ellie insists that her former friend is intent on tearing St. Jock down for her own personal gain.
Russell Slater arrives at Wentworth Tool & Die headquarters to announce to Cliff that he found a buyer for Barnes-Wentworth 1 - but that the offer is only for $3 million. Cliff grumblingly calls the prospective buyer a thief...and a few seconds later, JR enters the room and smugly offers to up the offer to $4 million so that his poor mother doesn't suffer a financial hit due to his immense stupidity. JR seats himself in Cliff's chair and flashes the $4 million check at him...and Cliff glares at him hatefully before signing over the deed and accepting the payment. JR thanks him, then mockingly recaps the abrupt change in his life circumstances: a few days ago he had owned a profitable oil field and was quasi-engaged to Sue Ellen...and now he's in debt, owns a dry hole of land in Lubbock, and has zero chance of marrying Sue Ellen. He calls Cliff "the perfect failure", then cackles gleefully as he gets up and saunters out of the office.
JR heads over to Sue Ellen's house to cluck sympathetically about how hard it sucks that both Clayton and Cliff disappointed her. He tells her she belongs with people who care for her, insists that she's still a Ewing, and is deeply sorry about what a total shitbag he was during much of their untenable marriage. He coos about how they're both meant for each other, then tells her it's time to come home to Southfork and her husband...and a miserable looking Sue Ellen stares mutely into space as she actually contemplates the madness that would be a reconciliation with JR.
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