Dallas season premiere recap: Secrets and Lies

John Ross does business in the bedroom like his daddy, while Elena goes undercover in the boardroom
Ep. 01 | Aired Feb 24, 2014

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There has never been a more dramatic wood chopping scene on TNT than Christopher's entrance. Hot thermal shirt, even hotter beard. I approve. It turns out he's so rugged and pissed not because Elena betrayed him but because she won't return his calls so he can get back with her. She's still in Mexico, where she left the rich compound she's crashing at to go see Cliff Barnes and accept his offer to be his proxy at Ewing Global. She didn't realize that part of that deal would be gathering evidence so she could prove the Ewings framed Cliff for J.R.'s murder. Did she have the strength to exact revenge? She'll find it, she said, because she sees this as justice for her family (oh, and for him).

Christopher's brooding may be short-lived. He came to the rescue of a sexy female ranch hand, Heather (90210's AnnaLynne McCord), who didn't actually need his help to deal with a bad boss. She has four brothers -- she's got this. Still, she appreciated Christopher saying she could come to him with any problems in the future. And off she rode.

Sue Ellen was happy -- and sober -- seeing how well John Ross was treating his new wife. She told him not to underestimate Bobby, a steel hand in a velvet glove. How cute was John Ross when he told her that J.R. had lost more than his fair share of battles with Bobby because he didn't have her as an ally? Enough business talk for Sue Ellen though. The ladies had to go sit by the pool and plan yet another "proper wedding" at Southfork. Emma asking if she could help Pamela? Priceless.

Elena showed up at Southfork and apologized to everyone for trying to help her brother Drew after what he'd done, especially to Pamela and Christopher, and then Christopher took her aside to apologize for the cruel things he'd said to her in Zurich. He wanted to make it work, but she's already gone too far down the road of betrayal to stop now. She told him they were both broken and had to fix themselves before they knew if they could heal. She was ready to move out, but Christopher told her to stay at Southfork. She smirked on her way out. Her mother found her, and we learned she's keeping her partnership with Cliff from her mother, who's still loyal to the Ewings. We also learned Drew is with Joaquin in Mexico and that the three of them -- Drew, Joaquin, and Elena -- made a pact to look out for each other for life. Elena had insisted they take the homeless boy in when they were young. Is it wrong that I hope we don't see Drew for a very long time? He sent his mother a letter, which Elena told her to burn after reading. Will she?

At Ewing Global, we learned John Ross and Christopher want to buy all the arctic leases because they can drill both oil and methane, and also that no one else in the business world but John Ross heard that Emma is now the CEO of Ryland Transport. They all just think John Ross charmed a deal out of a stranger? He's not THAT good. To get the half billion dollars to bid on the leases, they wanted to sell off a Barnes Global division. Elena interrupted the meeting to ask for a job -- which gave her access to the computers and a lot of fancy lighting as she added documents to the company records. Cliff has access to a guard's cell phone in prison. Elena called him and told him she was in.

Just when Bobby thought he had a buyer for that division, which was a reason to call for champagne, a hot man barged into the boardroom. This is Nicolas Trevino, Cliff Barnes' proxy. Elena tried to look surprised, but we all guessed this was Joaquin. He was there to tell them they need a "super majority" -- a real thing, even though it sounds fake! -- to sell off part of the company and they don't have it. Nicolas told them Cliff thinks he was framed and is determined to prove it. Afterward, the Ewings used a version of Wikipedia to find out Nicolas is a Mexican billionaire financier and tycoon who made his empire introducing low-cost generic drugs to Latin America and Africa. Elena had put something in the system so it'd look like Cliff had done business with Nicolas before. When the women left the post-reveal summit, the men worried that perhaps Bobby, Bum, and Carlos had left a loose end when they framed Cliff. Bobby said they hadn't.

NEXT PAGE: John Ross is frackin'


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