Aug 9, 201212:45 PMThe Telegraph
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TV Recap: Top 5 Things To Know About 'Dallas' Episode 10
Episode 10 of Dallas – aptly titled “Revelations” – did exactly what a good season finale should do: Provide satisfying conclusions for some ongoing plotlines, but leave the door wide open for further complications and surprising new developments. If you missed Wednesday’s telecast, here’s a guide to the Top 10 things you should know before Season 2 begins in January. As usual, be forewarned: This recap abounds in spoilers.
VERY SERIOUSLY DEAD: Picking up where last week’s episode left off, “Revelations” begins by revealing that Tommy, not Rebecca, was fatally wounded during the tussle in her apartment. She’s shocked and distraught for, oh, I dunno, maybe five or six seconds before she makes a phone call to summon assistance. Cue the arrival of a mysterious clean-up crew to wrap up the corpse and remove it from the building. Meanwhile, Rebecca starts cleaning up the blood with the same frantic meticulousness Norman Bates once displayed while tidying up that motel bathroom in Psycho.
MIRACULOUS RECOVERY: Yes, Bobby had another cerebral aneurism last week. But no, it didn’t kill him. While he’s unconscious and recovering from brain surgery, J.R. slips into his hospital room and professes love for his ailing sibling. “You keep fighting!” J.R. commands. “You keep fighting me!” Which is precisely what Bobby does when he awakens: He confronts J.R. with the evidence his lawyer has gathered to prove J.R. and John Ross conspired with Vincente the Venezuelan to fraudulently purchase Southfork. J.R. reminds his brother that, hey, just last week (actually, just yesterday in TV time), he signed Southfork back over to Bobby. But Bobby reminds him that Vincente could still claim the property if he doesn’t get his hands on Christopher’s methane-extraction technology. Bobby demands that J.R. and John Ross confess to their dirty dealing – after striking a deal for immunity, of course -- in order to help build a case against Vincente. If not, they’ll go to jail, directly to jail, they will not pass Southfork, they will not collect any oil money.
LOVESICK: Bobby’s demand comes at a rather awkward time for John Ross, since he’s just proposed to Elena – who, you may recall, totally believed him when he swore to her that he had nothing to do with the Southfork scam – and has begun a partnership with her and Christopher to establish Ewing Energies. He’s so enthusiastic about the latter, he leased the old office space that once served as headquarters for Ewing Oil. And while he was at it, he purchased a great big engagement ring for Elena. Unfortunately, Elena just happens to be around when J.R. and John Ross are discussing the plea deal with Bobby and his lawyer at Southfork. Elena angrily accuses John Ross of being a lying scumbag. John Ross insists that he used to be a lying scumbag, but his love for her has transformed into Mr. Nice Guy. Not surprisingly, Elena is unconvinced. (P.S.: She sends the ring back to him.)
DESPERATE MEASURES: Sue Ellen is ready to drop out of the gubernatorial race, because Harris Ryland wants to blackmail her into laundering money for him through her campaign. So Ann pays a visit to her creepy ex-husband, stealthily records him talking about his wicked schemes, and threatens to turn the recording over to authorities if he ever messes with her, Sue Ellen, Bobby, or any other member of the Ewing clan. When Ryland tries to grab her voice recorder, she punches him right in the face – pow! – and warns: “The next time you ask me for a hug, you’ll be hugging the business end of my shotgun.” Meanwhile, Rebecca, having finished her housekeeping chores, tries to reconnect with Christopher. When he notices her bruises, she admits to having had an unpleasant encounter with Tommy, her alleged brother. But she swears that he’s gone away, and will never bother her again (which, when you think about it, isn’t a lie). Even so, Christopher remains worried about her safety, and asks Bum, the sleazy private eye, to check on Tommy’s whereabouts. He also asks Rebecca to start wearing her engagement and wedding rings again. Oops! Rebecca gave those rings to Tommy in an attempt at paying him off a while back. She launches a desperate search that brings her to an airplane hangar where Tommy’s body has been stowed. She finds a pawn ticket in his wallet. But when she visits the pawn shop, she’s told the rings already have been purchased by someone else.
END GAME: Christopher and Bum locate Tommy’s motel room just in time to intercept a call from Tommy’s real sister – who happens to be named Rebecca Sutter. Christopher finally realizes that his estranged wife is an even bigger liar than he suspected, and angrily confronts her. He promises to find out who she really is – and to make sure that, after she gives birth to their twins, she’ll never see those children ever again. Then he reunites with Elena – and they’re last seen getting, ahem, reacquainted in a hotel room. Vincente is arrested and charged with, among other things, the murder of the faux Marta Del Sol. Sue Ellen remains a candidate for governor. Bobby and Ann are happy back at Southfork. The faux Rebecca returns to the airplane hangar to reconcile with her father – who turns out to be none other than Cliff Barnes. (Along with this revelation comes a brief explanation: Father and daughter conspired to marry her off to Christopher in the first place in order to gain control of Southfork.) She vows to redouble her efforts to help her dad – whose assistant, by the way, paid the aforementioned clean-up crew and retrieved those rings from the pawn shop -- because she takes very seriously Christopher’s threat to seize “my babies.” At the Ewing Energies office space, an embittered John Ross asks J.R. to help him take revenge on Elena and Christopher. J.R. smiles and marvels: “Now that’s my son, from tip to tail.” Meanwhile, Johnny Cash can be heard on the soundtrack, warning: “Sooner or later, God will cut you down…” And a title card announces: “To be continued.”