Dallas recap: Playing Chicken

It's Emma's pool party, and she'll clomp around in chunky shoes if she wants to!
Ep. 03 | Aired Mar 10, 2014

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Bobby's gentlemen's lunch with the railroad commissioner didn't go according to plan: He wanted his friend to deny John Ross's permit to frack on Southfork, but the guy said he couldn't stop someone from drilling every time the Sierra Club got its panties in a bunch. I'm paraphrasing. John Ross's next move involved NOT firing Bo for taking a swing at him -- John Ross liked the workout -- but blackmailing him into supporting the fracking. If Bo doesn't get the men who look up to him to see there's more money in fracking and join Team John Ross, he'll tell Bobby and/or the police about Bo's side job as a drug dealer.

Ann had gone to Harris to try to convince him to tell Emma that he's working for the CIA so Emma might, perhaps, trust him again and not act out. But after he refused to do that, Ann, for reasons I'll never understand, told Harris her suspicion that Emma was sleeping with John Ross. I guess she thought he'd find a way to shut it down because he hates John Ross so much, but John Ross is still family, so maybe don't throw him to the wolves. Emma continued to have fun with Pamela as Operation Lingerie got in full swing. She asked how Pamela knew John Ross was the one. She said she recently met someone but it's mostly great sex. Oh, John Ross is epic, Pamela said. Man, she's going to feel like such a fool when she learns the truth. I should have been suspicious when Emma told Pamela to get something that she could try out on John Ross the next night because Emma loves a good kiss and tell. Were you?

Sue Ellen was at lunch with Bum, playing him nearly as well. She apologized again for involving him in her suspicions about John Ross and thanked him profusely for telling her the truth. She told him he was a good man who regrets all the heartache he'd caused her by not telling her about J.R.'s philandering. Man, she's good. She even toasted to John Ross and Pamela living happily and faithfully ever after.

Back in Mexico, Christopher found Nicolas' old partner Eduardo Vega working in a shop. According to a 2004 Wall Street Journal story, Nicolas had earned his first $100 million by effectively stealing a drug patent out from under Vega and marketing it as a generic across all of Latin America without giving him anything. Nicolas was going to fund his research and then they'd split the profits 50/50. Vega's name was on the patent, but Nicolas had a contract defining him as work for hire. Everything Nicolas did was technically legal, but that doesn't mean he's not a chronic dick. Again, I'm paraphrasing. Christopher said he wanted to piece together Nicolas' questionable background to better understand Ewing Global's current situation, and Vega said good luck: Nicolas hadn't existed before 1997. I love that Vega just happened to keep his file on Nicolas in his shop.

At the gun range, Elena shot the hell out of a target's privates and convinced the employee that her man had cheated on her right there. Presumably, she asked him to show her the security footage so she could find out whom her man had been with -- so she could really catch a glimpse of whoever stole Cliff's gun from his locker. Only all the footage from the days she'd requested was gone.

Even just sitting on the couch under a blanket doing a crossword, Judith Ryland is scary. The way Judith Light practically snarled from taking a long swig from her snifter -- amazing. Harris told her that Emma is being controlled by John Ross and the files Emma took from him included some unflattering ones on her. They're his insurance policy should Judith ever turn on her son. "Lucky for you, my instinct for self-preservation is stronger than my instinct for revenge," she said. Now she wants to find something to compromise John Ross so he'll return said files. Fun!

Speaking of John Ross, he was chatting with Bum when Emma dropped by for a visit. It was John Ross's turn to be scolded. This is not discreet. He has a wife at home. Yes, John Ross said, so Bum better figure out a way to get Harris back in jail soon so he can stop hooking up with Emma. Bum let John Ross know it's Emma's grandmother he should really be worried about. Emma said she's her grandma's angel and John Ross's devil. She disrobed to reveal the lingerie she'd purchased. She told him to leave it on her -- she wanted him to remember her in it. CLUE NO. 2 that Emma is TWISTED. Bum went straight to Sue Ellen's house and told him that he'd lied to her -- she was right about John Ross and Emma.

Christopher left his hotel, apparently not realizing that his wallet was missing, and got into a car with big strong strangers because they told him they could give him answers about Nicolas. Really, Christopher?

NEXT PAGE: Bobby wins... this round

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