Dallas recap: Mama's Back

Surprise! Judith Light returns and gets the sexiest, most badass scene
Ep. 02 | Aired Mar 3, 2014

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After John Ross dropped a load of cash on Harold's desk to encourage the results to favor his surface rights, he returned home to find Pamela drinking by the pool. She was pissed that he wasn't home sooner to help her decide on centerpieces for their wedding reception, but also about him flirting in the office. Hand to God, he said, nothing is going on between him and his secretary. "If I ever find out you've been stepping out on me, God's wrath will be the least of your worries," Pamela warned him. Ooh, this is gonna be good when she does find that out. For now, he considers her threats sexy.

Finding angry women cute runs in the family. That's why Christopher didn't stop ranch hand Heather from giving it to him over John Ross' plan to frack Southfork, which will take land away from the cattle and put folks like her out of work. He invited her to the barbecue, which Elena's mother was handling because the caterers suck. Elena told her about "Joaquin" coming, being called Nicolas now, and working for Cliff, and Carmen correctly surmised that this was part of a plan to bring the Ewings down and she said she won't be a part of it. But, I imagine, she also won't blow her daughter's cover.

The second best scene of the episode? When Judith Light made her triumphant return, the sound of her cane preceded her. Harris had grabbed his gun, unsure of who it would be rounding the corner. "Let's not shoot Mommy on her first day home," she said, laughing. God, she's good. How did she get out? Emma went to get her. Judith (that's her character name, too, should you have forgotten) agreed with Harris that locking a parent away is an evil deed, but she said she'd keep Emma under control. She'd put what Harris did to her behind her and take back control of Ryland Transportation. He told her if they don't get their trucks rolling again, the Mexican cartel would kill them. She was annoyed that he hadn't told her about that side of the business, but morality's not an issue for her -- she wanted to meet his friends. "Latin men are so passionate," she cooed. Harris said she had no idea what she was getting into: "I made my bones dealing with psychopaths and criminals while you were still playing with your Easy Bake Oven," she hissed. "Set the meeting. It's time to renegotiate." BONES?! Can we get her a spinoff?

Barbecue time! John Ross was flirting with yet another blonde, which annoyed Emma, Sue Ellen, and of course Pamela. Sue Ellen complimented Ann on the spread but noted that in the old days, this would end with a fistfight in the pool. "It's still early," Ann quipped. Bum told Sue Ellen that John Ross never went near Emma and that she might be projecting the wrongs J.R. did to her on to him. Heather showed up with her hair down, wearing a short white dress. She and Christopher hit the dance floor for some two-steppin'. Once Nicolas arrived, Pamela grabbed him for a dance to make John Ross jealous with a little hip grinding. At the seismic test site, Harold gave the money John Ross had tried to bribe him with to Bobby. Bobby wasn't mad at John Ross -- he wouldn't have been his nephew if he hadn't tried that move. Bobby gave the money back to Harold for being honest. See: Decent!

After Christopher tried to offer Nicolas twice what Cliff must be paying him, Nicolas started inquiring about Elena to annoy/distract Christopher. Nicolas went inside to see the temptress who'd caused him to go off his diet, Carmen. He told her lying wasn't easy for her but she had to trust him. She talked about seeing the light and darkness battle for him, and ooh, she let it be known that he'd be in trouble if she saw him leading either of her kids into the latter. Go, Carmen!

Elena went into Bobby's office and switched out his hard drive. Would he really be that dumb? (Yes.) Nicolas asked Elena to show him around Dallas and tell him why he should sell off part of Barnes Global to pay for the arctic leases, and Christopher warned her not to go. Too bad. Heather came to say goodbye to Christopher and planted a kiss on him because she's "direct." She thinks he's handsome and nice and that they could have a lot of fun together. When he's ready for it, she's interested. Well played.

NEXT PAGE: More use of the word frackin'!

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