Dallas recap: Burning Down the House

The Ewings' enemies all decide to get revenge at once, so who do we blame?
Ep. 08 | Aired Apr 14, 2014

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Christopher called in Officer Derrick, who was working to put an Amber Alert out on Michael while John Ross paid Candy, who has a prostitution arrest on her record, a visit and offered to pay her bills and rent if she told him why Harris was trying to get him to sleep with his escorts. She apparently told him off-camera because John Ross showed up at the brothel to have a chat with "Madam Judy," who's been AWOL for far too many episodes. He threatened to have Candy testify that Judith Ryland had tried to frame him if she didn't call Harris off. Judith wanted to know what his intentions were toward Emma. He admitted they weren't honorable. They both said they'd do whatever it takes to protect their families. After John Ross left, Emma emerged from behind the trick wall. She'd heard everything. She claimed she had no expectations of him leaving Pamela. Right. Judith told her he'd kick her aside once he got his foot in the door at Ryland Transport. She wanted her to finish the plan and get the DNA on the dress. "I know, from personal experience, what pleasure strong men can give women like us and how sometimes our hearts get involved even when we don't want them to. Be smart, my darling girl," she said. "They heel better when they have a leash around their neck."

I never could stand Drew, and he remains the worst. He was waiting in Nicolas' car to ask him to join his quest for immediate revenge against the Ewings. Nicolas told him that he and Elena had a plan to take everything from the Ewings that won't put them in jail, so he just had to be patient. Nope. Drew wants blood for blood and said he'd do it alone. Okay, 1.) The Ewings didn't kill your dad, Drew. J.R. did. 2.) Is the blood of Christopher's babies not enough for you? Nicolas called the cartel and convinced them to put every man on the hunt for Drew.

Derrick called Christopher to tell him Bo's car was spotted at the rodeo and he was there with the boy. (Anyone else wish Derrick had called the boy's mother first?) Emma phoned John Ross and told him she'd gotten rid of the dress for him (a lie). She said her grandmother was starting to train her in the family business. She demanded he come over to celebrate. Judith, meanwhile, told Harris they had a problem. "One of the dalmations get loose?" he cracked. Ha! She told him to take care of John Ross.

At the rodeo, we learned Bo had taken Michael there to prove to him he wasn't a loser. But when the cops descended, Bo fought them and then ran off. Michael was fine and back with his mother, and Christopher told Heather he was all in for their relationship, but hold up: Bo's brother warned them that Bo blames the Ewings for everything. He was headed to Southfork.

Elena was having another breakdown when Nicolas came home. She'd come to her senses and realized that while Christopher had blamed her for what Drew had done to his family (and then later apologized for that), he hadn't killed her father. J.R. had, and he was dead. I wondered why he'd been looking at her purse: After he escorted Elena into the bathroom to draw a bath and before he made her some comfort food, HE TOOK HER DIAPHRAGM FROM HER PURSE AND POKED HOLES IN IT WITH A NEEDLE. I howled. So he just wants to make her more loyal to him?

NEXT: Burn, baby, burn

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