Recap: Sue Ellen and Dusty make their triumphant return to Southern Cross after the custody hearing that went in Sue Ellen's favor. Sue Ellen kisses Dusty and happily says it feels as though an enormous weight has been lifted from her, then rushes up to John Ross's nursery to cuddle him and declare that no one is ever going to take him away from her.
JR is on the phone with Jock, assuring his daddy that he has a plan to get John Ross back onto Southfork. He details his nefarious (but precarious sounding) plan, which entails buying up every drop of oil from local refineries and then making a deal with Clayton/Dusty to sell them the oil in exchange for returning John Ross to Southfork, grimly adding that Sue Ellen's presence at the ranch is optional...even though Miss Ellie seemed pretty stern during the previous episode about how she didn't want the tot back at Southfork without his mother to take care him of him. Jock's like 'sounds good to me!' and seems totes A-OK with JR moving ahead with his insanity-laden scheme.
Over at The Store, Bobby is talking to Pam's co-workers as they scratch their heads confusedly about where she could have possibly disappeared to. A police detective is also present, listening in on the conversation and taking notes, and Bobby tells him that he and his wife have no secrets from each other and that he can only assume something is very wrong. The detective tells him that the Dallas police force is handling this as a special case 'cause of the Ewings' wealth and power, and assures him that every patrol car is out looking for Pam [I guess in lieu of directing any of their resources towards any other crimes or law enforcement issues associated with the city's non-wealthy residents].
While lunching out, Katherine is gabbling to Cliff and Rebecca about her New York based TV career and that she currently has no time for a man in her life. She then turns her attention to Cliff and asks him about his life, so he tells her that up until recently he was enmeshed in politics [and constantly trying to even the score with the Ewings] - and Rebecca jumps in and proudly announces that she just appointed Cliff as the new CEO of Wentworth Tool & Die. Katherine looks visibly miffed by that news and remarks on how Wentworth Tool & Die was her daddy's first and most beloved company, and Rebecca breezily retorts that the late Herbert would, no doubt, be happy to hear that she tapped her long lost son to take over the reins of the family business.
JR summons Sly and Phyllis to his office to order them to drop everything so they can look into 1) the refineries that are owned by the Farlow clan, and 2) which companies supply oil to those refineries.
Bobby has returned to his senate office and continues to worriedly wring his hands about Pam's disappearance. He receives a call from the police detective, assuring him he'll keep him informed about any new developments in The Case of the Missing Rich Ewing Wife.
Over lunch, Afton tells Mitch he's a dumbass for turning down Frank Waring's $5,000 check for Heimlich-ing his wife - but Mitch argues that it would have been unethical of him to have accepted the cash, not least 'cause he took an oath to help people whenever they might require medical intervention. Afton grumbles about him being satisfied with living in poverty for the rest of his life, and Mitch somehow refrains from pointing out that, he's a fucking doctor now and is therefore not likely to struggle for cash in the long term and informs his sister that Frank Waring has summoned him for a second meeting that he's strongly considering attending.
Bobby gets a call that Pam has finally been located - but when the detective gives him further details, he pales, is all, "OMG!", and rushes out of his office.
A crowd has gathered around a tall building to gawk up at Pam, who's standing atop the roof and looking as if she might leap to her death at any moment. Bobby arrives a few seconds later and races into the building and up to the roof, where two policeman are uselessly standing several feet away from Pam. Bobby's all, "Pam! Don't jump!" then implores her to turn around while doing her best to not lean backwards, and she cries, "Nooooooo!!" as he runs towards her and catches her before she's able to slip off the ledge. He then kneels down and cradles her in his arms, assuring her that everything is going to be OK.
At Southfork, Lucy is gabbling at Miss Ellie about her separation from Mitch when Bobby calls to inform his mother that Pam nearly leaped off a tall building, adding that she's currently chillin' at Dallas Memorial. Miss Ellie's all, "Ack!" and says that she (and Lucy) will be right there.
Bobby is sitting by Pam's bedside when Miss Ellie and Lucy arrive at Dallas Memorial. Bobby tells them it's pretty clear that Pam requires psychiatric care...and that Dr. Danvers has recommended she be checked into a special mental hospital called Brooktree, aka a local facility that's run by a highly regarded psychiatric physician named Dr. Dagmara Conrad.
Sly presents JR with the information he requested about the various refineries that supply oil to the Farlow clan and notes how much he seems to be enjoying the underhandedness of hogging the entire Texas oil supply. JR replies, "Whatever makes my daddy happy makes me happy" and agrees that, yep, he definitely does enjoy scheming as a means of forcing the Farlows to dump Sue Ellen so that she'll have no choice but to sheepishly return to Southfork with John Ross - and somehow fails to take into consideration that, since Judge Packer ruled that she's now going to be receiving $6,000 from him for monthly spousal/child support, she's not exactly without alternate housing options.
The next morning, Bobby heads back to the hospital to check in on Pam, while Miss Ellie telephones Rebecca to ask her if she wants to meet up...and Rebecca says she'd loooooove for the two of them to get together and catch up.
Back at Southern Cross, Sue Ellen sashays over to the pool and is enjoying a morning swim when Dusty limps over with Clayton, who applauds his progress as he continues to recover from his physical injuries. Sue Ellen's all, "Come in, the water's fine!", then pulls him into the pool, and the two smoochingly chuckle while Clayton nods approvingly at their PDA.
JR is meeting with an oil distributor in Houston, who tells him he's willing to ship him all the oil he'd normally allocate to Clayton Farlow. He remarks on how pissed off Clayton is going to be when his regular shipment fails to arrive with zero explanation, and a chuckling JR's like, "Heh. No shit" and urges him to keep mum about his hare-brained scheme.
Pam is sitting up in her hospital bed, looking as despondent as she's been looking during the last few episodes. Dr. Conrad enters the room and asks her how she's feeling, and she sadly mutters, "Like nothing matters" and admits that she's been feeling empty for a long time...maybe even as far back as when her mother abandoned her as a baby. She tears up and cries, "I have these feelings, and I don't know why!", and Dr. Conrad says she hopes they can put their heads together and figure it all out.
Miss Ellie and Rebecca are strolling in a park, commiserating about Pam's deteriorating mental state. Rebecca sheepishly says she knows that abandoning her daughter all those years ago is at the root of her mental anguish, and Miss Ellie's like, "Well d'yuh", but delicately assures her that Pam is in good hands with Dr. Conrad...and that she's keeping her fingers crossed that she can work through whatever deep-seated angst is plaguing her to the point of wanting to leap off of a tall building.
During a consultation at Brooktree Hospital, Dr. Conrad tells Bobby that her first order of business is to figure out why Pam is filled with so much self-hatred...and to that end, she strongly advises that Pam check herself into the hospital voluntarily so she can focus solely on examining her troubled feelings. Bobby breezily says he thinks that all Pam really needs is a baby to take care of - but Dr. Conrad points out that his wife's desperate need for a child is a symptom of deeper problems, and that a baby probably shouldn't be burdened with the job of fulfilling its mother's need to be loved. Bobby chews on those words of wisdom for a few seconds, then promises to discuss with Pam the urgent need to voluntarily commit herself.
Mitch tells Frank Waring that he intends to devote his professional life to research, and that he's never given too much of a hoot about earning vast sums of money. Frank asks him if he's ever considered specializing in plastic surgery...and when Mitch makes a 'seriously?' face, Frank hastily explains that the field is not limited to frivolous surgeries like nose jobs and boob lifts, but rather about offering a better quality of life to burn victims and disfigured people. He tells Mitch he'd love to sponsor him as an intern at his hospital, and Mitch mulls that over and promises to reconsider his specialty.
Miss Ellie is about to climb into a cab when Cliff and Katherine arrive in front of Rebecca's building and wander over so that Cliff can say hey, and Katherine can get introduced to the Ewing matriarch. Miss Ellie exchanges quick pleasantries with the two, then says she has to rush off, leaving Rebecca to fill them in about Pam's meltdown.
Bobby returns to Southfork with a still-spacey looking Pam, and she ambles into the house and upstairs to their bedroom.
JR meets with his banker, Franklin Horner, to set up a series of 90 day loans totalling around $200 million. Franklin scrunches his face worriedly and says that he doesn't think his bank can cover such a huge loan, and JR breezily says he has lots of collateral he can put up.
After a long snooze, Pam wakes up and finds Bobby sitting across the room in a chair, staring worriedly at her. She apologizes for causing him stress by nearly jumping off a building, and he tells her that after talking to Dr. Conrad, he thinks she needs to voluntarily commit herself to Brooktree. Pam shuts her eyes and murmurs, "I'm tired", but then half-heartedly agrees to consider getting some desperately needed psychiatric care.
JR continues to meet with various oil distributors, who collectively agree to withhold shipments to anyone but him [which kinda seems bad for business, but whatevs], to the tune of five million barrels of oil.
Bobby gets a letter addressed to his office that contains a photo of Kristin and her spawn, and the anonymous sender includes in the note that he'll call him at noon with additional information.
At the Cattlemen's Club, Ray and Punk Anderson are meeting with a real estate developer named Walter Sherr to discuss launching a new housing project in San Antonio. Ray says he's not sure if he can offer financing for that 'cause he currently has a lot of other commitments, and Punk says he needs time to think over if he really truly wants to get involved in a brand new venture.
At noon, the anonymous letter sender (Jeff Farraday) calls Bobby from a pay phone to tell him that the baby in the photo is named Christopher Shepard, and that if he wants to know any more than that, it's going to cost him $2,000.
JR phones Jock to tell him he has all of the oil distributors locked up, then gets another call with a commitment to ship an additional 100K barrels. Yeesh, sounds like he's going to be saddled with a crazy amount of oil. JR assures Jock that it's simply a matter of time before Operation Hoard Texas's Oil Supply pays off and John Ross is safely back at Southfork...and when Jock expresses his concern about the price of oil dropping and possibly bankrupting Ewing Oil, JR laughing assures him he's confident that oil will continue to rise in value indefinitely.
Sue Ellen tells Clayton she's grateful to him for allowing her to crash at his ranch, and he says he's more than happy to help out the love of his son's life, then tells her that Dusty is in the projection room. A puzzled Sue Ellen ambles down the hall and finds Dusty watching old film footage of himself bronc riding at a rodeo. He hastily turns off the projector when he sees that she's entered the room...and after she weakly insists that one day he'll be able to ride like that again, he hastily changes the subject and invites her to join him for a walk and gaze up at the stars.
Pam arrives at Brooktree (with Bobby) to check herself in. Bobby asks Dr. Conrad how long his wife's treatment is going to take, and adds that he heard about medicines that can help speed up the mental health recovery process. Dr. Conrad explains to the numb-brain that she wants to help Pam find the root cause of her anguish, not simply treat the symptoms...and Bobby chews on that for a few seconds before kissing Pam goodbye. She blankly responds, "Bye" and wanders into the hospital with Dr. Conrad, leaving Bobby staring worriedly after her.
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