Dallas recap: Like Father, Like Son

John Ross makes moves to take Ewing Global public, and one of them doesn't turn out well for a spiraling Sue Ellen
Ep. 06 | Aired Mar 31, 2014

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I about choked from laughing when Candace, feeling pressured by a text from Ryland, walked into John Ross' office wearing that dress, rolled it down to her waist, and stood there in her bra asking if there was anything else he needed. He simply told her she'd have to start taking no for an answer because he's a married man and it would never happen. Isn't that grounds for firing? Candace walked out of his office still pulling up her dress, as Sue Ellen came off the elevator. "Well, that son of yours is somethin' else," Candace told her. EWWWWW.

Sue Ellen had a panic attack. Instead of confronting John Ross like a normal person, she stood there and fumed. Watching John Ross be faithful via that planted camera, Nicolas told Elena about a possible Plan Whatever Letter They're Up to Now: He votes to take Ewing Global public, John Ross thinks he's in control, they steal it back from him for Cliff, and the Ewing family is more divided than ever because they blame John Ross. Elena wasn't immediately sold, but she supported him. As expected, Sue Ellen said no at the vote.

Sue Ellen was downing bourbon when John Ross came to her house to find out what the hell had happened. She told him he'd lied to her face, and she wouldn't believe him when he said he'd turned Candace down. Oh man, the tears in Josh Henderson's eyes when he screamed, "I am not my father!" This was one of the best scenes in the series. John Ross finally stopped the posturing and was just a hurt little boy, upset that his mother had sided with someone who wasn't him. He asked her why she was doing this to herself again, meaning drinking. She blamed him and J.R. The tear that fell down his cheek when he said, "No, mama, you did this to yourself" -- ah. If she wanted him to take responsibility for his actions, she had to take responsibility for hers. He phoned someone and said he needed a favor.

It was Emma. They met at his penthouse. She wanted him to thank her for the file on the judge she was about to hand over. She told John Ross it was always about his needs, when she has needs too. He reluctantly started to take off his tie, and she told him not to bother. Tonight was about her needs. Then she reclined on the couch in her bra and panties. There had to have been a take where she not only motioned him over but also motioned him down, right? A little too much for TNT? I hate how John Ross has been using Emma, but it's not fun to see anyone made into a prostitute -- which is what John Ross was in that moment. "I said, 'Come here… now.'" Whoa.

Elena got a text from Jasper the PI to check her email, and there was the video of John Ross servicing Emma. And when he was done, Emma said, "Now go home and kiss your wife." Elena was appropriately appalled. Emma is the worst.

John Ross went to the judge and said Sue Ellen was not just drinking, she's out of control. He blackmailed the guy with photos of him at the brothel. The judge said John Ross was just like his father, and John Ross said you hear that enough, you start to believe it.

Sue Ellen was so drunk she could barely answer the door when the police showed up with an order to take her in for a mandatory psych evaluation. "Get her some help," John Ross said as the ambulance door closed. Bastard? Yes. But did he just save her from dying of alcohol poisoning? Probably.

John Ross told Bobby, Ann, and Christopher about his mother drinking again, and they felt bad for him until he said she was taken into custody. With her being incapacitated, her power of attorney falls to him, and he knows she'd want him to vote to take the company public, he said. No one could say anything, they were just stunned. You've got to hand it to Josh Henderson though: The way he walked away, no hint of a smile on his face, allowed us the possibility of still feeling something, however small, for John Ross.  There was no joy in how he won.

Your turn. What did you think of the episode?

And bonus, to remember happier times, check out our EW Pop Culture Personality Test with Josh Henderson and Linda Gray. How cute are they together?

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