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TV Recap: Top 5 Things To Know About 'Dallas,' Season 2, Episode 4
Ann Ewing (Brenda Strong) shot her ex-husband last week -- because, really, the guy deserved it -- and now faces dire consequences.
While Ann and Bobby deal with the aftermath of Ann’s attack on Harris Ryland, Pamela must cope with the inconvenient unearthing of Tommy Sutter’s corpse in “False Confessions,” Episode 4 for Season 2 of Dallas. If you missed all the drama Monday evening, here are the Top 5 things you need to know before tuning in next week. But be forewarned: There are a whole mess of spoilers here, folks.
BLAME GAME: Judith, Harris Rylands’ mom, comes home to find her son seriously wounded and profusely bleeding – as a result of Ann’s shooting the guy – so she immediately calls 911. (A few scenes later, as she hovers over an unconscious Ryland in his hospital room, Judith whispers words of concern that indicate their relationship might be, ahem, a tad too intense – raising the possibility that, years earlier, maybe she jealously turned her son against Ann in the first pace.) The police quickly come looking for Ann, since a car belonging to the Ewing family was seen outside Ryland’s place around the time of the attack. But Bobby, loyal to a fault, takes the blame for the shooting, figuring that Emma would never reconcile with Ann if she knew Ann shot her father. Unfortunately, as the family lawyer points out, Bobby’s history of verbal and physical altercations with Ryland will make a “self-defense” plea hard for jurors to accept. Even more unfortunately, when Ryland regains consciousness, he tell the cops that, yes, it really was Bobby who shot him.
BLOOD RELATIONS: J.R. accuses John Ross – not without some justification – of getting too close to Pamela. John Ross responds by claiming he’s only using Pamela – now revealed as the daughter of long-time Ewing family enemy Cliff Barnes – to gain control of Ewing Energies after she gets a big divorce settlement from Christopher. J.R. warns that he’s plotting to take Pamela out of the picture by convincing Frank to locate the potentially incriminating corpse of “missing person” Tommy Sutter. This news doesn’t go over well with John Ross – hey, perhaps he really has developed “feelings” for Pamela – and so, with a little reluctant help from his mom, Sue Ellen, he reaches out to Cliff Barnes, to warn him of Frank’s possible treachery. Cliff can’t believe Frank would ever betray him – after all, he’s treated the guy almost like an adopted son for years and years. But then police report finding the body of – yes, you guessed it – Tommy Sutter.
DRILL BITS: Drew, newly employed by his sister Elena to oversee oil drilling on the Henderson property, notes that drilling foreman Brian Davis (Matthew Posey) appears to be drilling in the wrong direction. Which, of course, he is – after being bribed last week by John Ross to do so. When Drew calls Brian out on his apparent incompetence, the two men argue, and Drew winds up pulling rank by firing the guy. When Elena hears of the firing, she rushes over to question Drew’s decision, praising Brian’s experience as a drilling foreman and suggesting Drew may be a hothead. But when Drew points out precisely what Brian was doing – i.e., drilling into a salt dome – Elena backs down and backs her brother. Christopher goes one step further: He smells a rat (one with the distinct odor of John Ross) and warns Brian that if he ever finds the drilling foreman was intentionally messing up, Brian will never work on another rig in Texas ever again. John Ross hears of the firing, and drops by Brian’s favorite bar to hand-deliver a generous compensation package.
CRIME AND PUNISHMENT: When the cops find the murder weapon near the woodland location where Tommy Sutter’s corpse was located, they waste little time before arresting a prime suspect. Much to almost everyone’s surprise, however, that prime suspect is Frank. While in jail, Frank gets a visit from Cliff Barnes, who freely admits that he had Frank’s fingerprints placed on the gun Pamela used to kill Tommy. But Cliff doesn’t apologize for his actions – as he sees it, framing Frank for murder is just punishment for Frank’s betrayal. “You broke my heart,” Cliff says to the man he claims to have viewed as a son. Close to tears, Frank sounds very much like a jealous sibling when he confesses that he wanted to incriminate Pamela because… because… well, because she was mean to him. Cliff says that if Frank will make amends and “do the honorable thing,” his family will be taken care of.
DISORDER IN THE COURT: On the day Frank faces the judge, Christopher shows up at the hearing, clearly hoping that Frank will somehow incriminate Pamela (who’s also in the courtroom). But he’s bitterly disappointed. First, Frank claims he killed Tommy all by himself, after learning that Tommy was “threatening” Pamela. Then he admits that, for pretty much the same reason, he killed Becky, Tommy’s sister, as well. Frank appears ready to confess to various other crimes and misdemeanors – indeed, I half-expected him to announce, “And by the way, I’m the one who really shot J.R. back on the old show!” – when Christopher raises a ruckus, and the judge orders him to be ejected from the courtroom. While everyone is distracted while watching Christopher being escorted outside, Frank reaches for a poison pill he’s been secretly carrying, and swallows it. In a matter of seconds, he is very seriously dead – and therefor forever unable to recant any of his testimony.