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Feb 19, 201311:10 AMThe Telegraph

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TV Recap: Top 5 Things To Know About 'Dallas,' Season 2, Episode 5

Feb 19, 2013 - 11:10 AM
TV Recap: Top 5 Things To Know About 'Dallas,' Season 2, Episode 5

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Christopher Ewing (Jesse Metcalfe) has just cause to fear the worst for his mother.

Just as Ann goes on trial for attempted murder, an enemy from the Ewing family’s past resurfaces in “Trial and Error,” Episode 5 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.

INJUSTICE:  Ann is furious to learn Ryland has identified Bobby — not her – as the assailant who shot him. When she confronts him in his hospital room, he condescendingly dismisses her rage, telling his ex-wife that any pain he causes her is the price she must pay “for thinking you could live in a world without my tender loving care.” Out in the parking lot, however, Ann notices that she still has Ryland’s blood splattered on her boots. So she speeds over to a police station in her sock feet, turns over the incriminating evidence – and is promptly charged with attempted murder. The Ewing family lawyer indicates it’ll be a lot easier to get a “not guilty” verdict for Ann than it ever would have been for Bobby. At least, that what he thinks.

SINS OF THE FATHERS: Cliff Barnes, still wounded by Frank’s betrayal and subsequent suicide, blames Pamela for the loss of his virtual son, and once again chides her for consorting with John Ross. Pamela apologizes for inadvertently causing Frank’s demisedeep down, she admits, she was jealous of the attention Cliff paid the guy – but insists she and John Ross have a “strictly business” relationship (except, of course, for when they’re having hot, sweaty sex). Cliff can’t resist calling J.R. to tell his old enemy that John Ross – J.R.’s son – is the one who warned Cliff and Pamela about J.R.’s plot to use Frank to have Pamela arrested for the murder of Tommy Sutter. J.R. is predictably enraged.

BACK IN ACTION: After the words “One Month Later” flash on screen, the story continues. Vincente the Venezuelan, the crafty villain who was arrested in last season’s final episode for the murder of the fake Marta Del Sol, is brought in for some sort of extradition hearing at the very same courthouse where Ann faces trial. That’s where he runs into Christopher, who calls him a “murderer” during a heated hallway confrontation. “Christopher,” Vincente purrs, “you’re so judgmental.” It’s obvious that Vincente is plotting an escape from custody – and revenge on the Ewings. (So obvious, in fact, that you really didn’t need to see the preview for next week’s episode to know we haven’t seen the last of this bad boy.) Meanwhile, Pamela – who’s finally beginning to look like she might be pregnant – encounters John Ross just outside the courthouse. She thanks him for the head’s up about Frank – but when he tries to get affectionate, she announces that, henceforth, their relationship really will be strictly business.

LIKE FATHER, LIKE SON: With a little help from a shady private investigator, John Ross manages to get Drew, Elena’s brother, arrested for driving a truck filled with stolen merchandise. Drew claims that he didn’t know the cargo was illegal, and that he was driving the truck just to earn a few extra bucks. But John Ross figures Drew’s arrest will trigger a “morals clause” in Elena’s deal to drill for oil on the Henderson property and… and… well, to make a long and complicated story short, somehow this will make it easier for John Ross to gain control of Ewing Energies. J.R. may still be upset about John Ross’ spilling the beans about Frank’s betrayal to Cliff Barnes, but he can’t help being proud of his son’s chicanery.

DISORDER IN THE COURT:  Ryland and Judith do their considerable best during the trial to depict Ann as a party-hearty gold-digger and, worse, an unfit mother. Indeed, Ryland claims that, years ago, he abducted his then-baby daughter Emma (and took her off to England to be raised by Judith) because Ann was too drug-addled to keep a watchful eye on the child during a Dallas State Fair outing. Ann counter-claims that she was popping pills because of post-partum depression, a condition exacerbated by Ryland’s control-freakishness and the manipulative behavior of his even control-freakier mom. Unfortunately, the now-adult Emma doesn’t do Ann any favors when she takes the stand and delivers damaging testimony. (So damaging, in fact, that Christopher subsequently offers to strike a divorce settlement with Pamela, lest their two kids grow up to be as messed up as Emma.) Even more unfortunately, the jury doesn’t buy Ann’s “crime of passion” defense: She’s found guilty of attempted murder. She’s last seen being transported out of the courtroom, just as – uh-oh! – Vincente is similarly escorted by armed guards. 

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