Dallas season finale recap: Revelations and Revenge

Truths come out, and so do the claws as the scene is set for a juicy second season
Ep. 10 | Aired Aug 8, 2012

FATHER KNOWS BEST J.R. (Larry Hagman) has a new alliance with John Ross, and they'll be badder than ever


With Bobby feeling up to visitors, J.R. brought him a bottle of booze just as lawyer Lou was leaving. "You know you've hit a low when even a lawyer won't take the time to insult you," J.R. quipped when Lou ignored him. Marta had saved all her videos onto a Cloud Drive, and the authorities had found them. Bobby said he couldn't die because he had unfinished business with J.R. There was footage of J.R. conspiring with her against Bobby. Lou drove J.R. to Southfork and interrupted John Ross' basketball game with Christopher (male bonding!). Of course, Elena would come looking for John Ross (so her mother could tell him she'd misjudged him) just as he was agreeing to come clean about his involvement with the fraud to help void the deal with Vicente. She heard everything. As I've already mentioned, I thought Josh Henderson was great in the scene that followed. He made you want Elena to believe that John Ross had changed -- that he was trying to do better for her now -- because it was the truth and he was fighting back tears. He said he knew she was angry and hurt, but he didn't want her to give up on him. He asked her to meet him at Ewing Energies the next day and start anew.

Meanwhile, Sue Ellen had told Ann she was going to hold a press conference and drop out of the gubernatorial race. She had to live with herself and she couldn't if she laundered Ryland's money through her PAC. Wanting to do what was best for "the good people of Texas," Ann went to see Ryland, who she assumed was blackmailing Sue Ellen to get to her. Ryland was willing to back off if Ann slept with him in his office. I almost threw something at the TV when she took off her jacket and started unbuttoning her shirt. I couldn't believe she'd be that stupid -- and she wasn't! She opened her shirt to show her bra -- and a wire. She had him confessing to extortion, blackmail, and needing to launder money. She told him if he made a move on her, Sue Ellen, or anyone in the family, he'd go to jail. He went to grab the mic, and she punched him. ANN! ANN! ANN! She told him the next time he asks for a hug, he'll be hugging the business end of her shotgun. Ann later met Sue Ellen in the park and gave her the recording because the good people of Texas need her.

Time for a big reveal: So Cliff Barnes' righthand man Frank was trying to strike a deal with Vicente to give Cliff his rights to Ewing technology and the lien on Southfork. Before Vicente could sign the papers, he was arrested by federal agents at his door. When he got downtown, Bobby, J.R., and Christopher were waiting for him. John Ross and J.R. got immunity for their full confessions, which would void Vicente's deals with Bobby for Southfork and Christopher for Ewing Energies technoogy. I'm guessing we haven't seen the last of Vicente. "Life is cheap in prison, Vicente, and I'm a very rich man," J.R. told him. "So am I," Vicente said. Bobby threatened J.R. and told him he had a copy of Marta's videos, which he would use if J.R. screwed him again. Christopher wasn't ready to forgive John Ross, but Bobby wants the boys to work it out. Good luck with that!

Christopher had asked John Ross to have Bum track down Tommy, and Bum finally found his hotel room. It was empty, so Christopher thought Tommy had switched hotels to avoid him, but then, the phone rang in the room. Christopher answered it. The woman on the line assumed she was talking to Tommy and told him he had to come to Des Moines because Uncle Fred had a heart attack. Who was she, Christopher asked. Tommy's sister, Rebecca. SECRET IS OUT! Oh, it gets even better. Christopher went to see Rebecca and told her he's going to find out who she is, send her to prison, and take the babies so they never know what a piece of garbage she is.

Rebecca reminded him he lied, too: he was still in love with Elena when he married her. Yeah, but totally not the same thing, whoever you are. Chris went to see Elena, and stopped her as she was on her way to meet John Ross and return the ring. He gave a pretty great speech -- these Ewing men can woo! He said when she was nine, and he saw her crying after her father died, he knew he'd do anything to make her smile again. When they were 15, and she beat him racing horses on the ranch and he kissed her for the first time, he knew he loved her. And when they were 22, studied all night for an exam, then came home after it and made love, he knew he wanted to marry her. He said they'd wasted too much of their lives not being together and pulled out the engagement ring he'd given her once before.

NEXT: Johnny Cash is the perfect soundtrack for J.R.

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