Dallas recap: The Ultimate Betrayal

John Ross plots against J.R., while Harris' mother proves she's just as evil
Ep. 03 | Aired Feb 11, 2013

RISKY BUSINESS John Ross (Josh Henderson) ignored even Cliff Barnes' warning and made a move against J.R. (Larry Hagman).

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Christopher showed up at the bar to ask the foreman if John Ross had bribed him, but the foreman didn’t squeal. It was as Christopher was leaving that news broke on the TV of Tommy Sutter’s body being found. Cliff saw it. Pamela saw it. She phoned Frank, and when she couldn’t get him, she tried to reach her father.

At Southfork, Ann was back from her ride (and parenting pep talk from Sue Ellen), and Bobby was out for one. He wasn’t there to hear lawyer Lou’s great news: He has to remove himself from the case because Harris had filed a complaint against Bobby after Bobby threatened to rip his head off a few days earlier, which Lou had witnessed. That being the second altercation between Bobby and Harris, it was looking like Bobby wouldn’t be able to argue self-defense. Now, the prosecution would say it was premeditated and he could face up to 20 years in prison.

At the hospital, Harris’ mother was turning into a villain to rival J.R. Ewing. Judith Light is actually scaring me. “Get your strength, and I will make sure Bobby goes to jail, taken from Ann the way she took you from me so many years ago. Make her know what it’s like to look at the one you love in pain, and hurt. Get your rest, and when you wake, you will be king once more,” she said, close to Harris’ face and breathing tube. She kissed his forehead as a tear ran down her face.

John Ross showed up at Pamela’s place, but security wouldn’t let him go upstairs. He phoned her and told her that Frank and J.R. were working together because J.R. doesn’t want her to get any shares of Ewing Energies. She asked why he was helping her, and when he said to protect their deal, she told him she could handle it herself. So she wanted him to say it’s because he cares about her? He must be great in bed, too.

We watched the ballistics team at work as Pamela packed her suitcase with her passport. I was thinking this had to be a misdirect. As the detectives knocked on a door, she opened hers. Cliff was there. The detectives were at Frank’s, arresting him. Thank you, daddy. I guess he somehow put Frank’s prints on the gun. Now Frank was the one wearing prison orange. Cliff visited him and wanted to know why Frank betrayed him. Frank told him about Pamela treating him like a dog, and Cliff said he should have come to him and they’d have worked it out -- that’s what families do. Crime families will abandon you but tell you that your family will be taken care of. Sorry, Frank. No more white T-shirt and jeans.

John Ross met the foreman at that bar that guy never seems to leave to give him his severance package. That’s decent of him. The foreman told him that Christopher is on to him. “Just ‘cause he’s a pussy doesn’t mean he ain’t smart,” John Ross said. But he’s not worried: “It’s good that he thinks he has a chance. That’ll make it hurt more when he loses.” Oh, John Ross, your threats have nothing on Harris’ mother.

I hate how everyone is surprised that Bobby is in for "quite the fight" in his trial WHEN HE CONFESSED. Christopher suggested Bobby tell the truth, since it has a way of coming out, and it would be horrible for them all to keep this secret from Emma. Christopher is the voice of reason on this show. After Lou showed up to tell them Harris was now awake and talking, Ann begged Bobby to let her take responsibility because she assumed Harris would out her. So they told Lou the truth, right as Harris told the police a lie -- he said Bobby did it. Harris’ mother orchestrated that. Well done, mom. Man, I hope J.R. gets a scene with her in next week’s episode.

Lou also delivered the news that Frank had been arrested for Tommy’s murder, not Pamela. Christopher made it to the hearing where he heard Frank confess to killing both Tommy and Rebecca because they had threatened Pamela. Frank said he hoped that the family he disgraced would one day forgive him. As Christopher threw a fit saying Pamela was getting away with murder, Frank took a cyanide pill from inside his shirt and suffered a slow-motion death. I presume that’s what Cliff had meant when he pointed to that same spot on himself during their visit and told Frank he should do the honorable thing for him. Bye, Frank.

Your turn. What are your theories for how Bobby will stay out of prison? Is it possible Emma DID hear something?

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