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Feb 26, 201307:37 AMThe Telegraph

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TV Recap: Top 5 Things To Know About 'Dallas,' Season 2, Episode 6

Feb 26, 2013 - 07:37 AM
TV Recap: Top 5 Things To Know About 'Dallas,' Season 2, Episode 6

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Just as Ann gets some very good news, other Ewings find themselves in harm’s way in “Blame Game,” Episode 6 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.

JUSTICE IS SERVED: While sweating out the hours before her sentencing after her conviction for attempted murder, Ann gets an unexpected visit from Emma. It’s not exactly a mother and child reunion, but Emma appears noticeably less hostile toward her long-estranged mom. Back in the courtroom, Bobby provides glowing character-witness testimony for his wife, and Ann tries to make a case for herself – but that rat-fink Ryland once again characterizes his ex-spouse as a pill-popping, child-neglecting, gold-digging floozy. The good news: The jury – and the judge – opt to give Ann probation rather than a prison sentence. (Indeed, the judge makes a point of noting that, if he’d been in Ann’s situation, he might have shot Ryland himself.) The bad news: Neither Bobby nor other members of the extended Ewing family are on hand to share the good news with Ann because they’re… detained elsewhere.

REVENGE OF THE VENEZEULAN: Vincente makes a break for it while being transported to the plane that’s supposed to fly him back to Venezuela. He’s warned that he has two hours to make his way via helicopter to an undisclosed location before the Venezuelan consulate is informed of his escape. But he’s determined to make time to settle scores: “It wouldn’t be right to leave Dallas,” Vincente says, “without giving the Ewings a proper good-bye.”  

POWER PLAYS: Christopher figures out who set up Drew for unknowingly transporting stolen merchandise (John Ross) and why this set-up was, well, set up (to trigger a morals clause in Elena’s deal with Sue Ellen to fund Elena’s drilling for oil on the Henderson property). Unfortunately, Christopher doesn’t put the pieces together in time to warn Drew against signing a confession to his crime in return for a suspended sentence. Even more unfortunately, the morals clause kicks in, and Sue Ellen gets legal claim to all of Elena’s holdings – including her share of Ewing Energies.

CURTAIN CALL: J.R. proves once again what a wily wheeler-dealer he is by getting a crash course in computers, so he can do some dirty work with his iPad. (Instructor: “I even gave you Angry Birds.” J.R.: “Honey, I don’t need any more Angry Birds.”) He sends Bobby a link to a viral video of dogs playing basketball, seemingly as a prank. But that video turns out to be loaded with some exceptionally malicious malware that erases the computer file in which Bobby had stored incriminating evidence about his brother’s (and John Ross’) illegal activities. When Bobby storms into J.R.’s room to confront his sneaky sibling – he finds that J.R. has packed up and departed. (It’s no secret that J.R. is departing Dallas – due to the real-life death of actor Larry Hagman last November – and, indeed, TNT already is advertising next week’s episode as “the end of J.R.” But that only made it all the more satisfying to see The Man You Love to Hate pull one last bamboozlement on his way out the door.)

SHOOTOUT AT SOUTHFORK: Vincente and his armed minions descend upon Southfork at precisely the right time to corral almost every member of the extended Ewing family (except Ann and J.R.) in Bobby’s home office. Immediately spotting that Christopher cares more for Elena than Pamela (who picked a really, really bad time to visit), Vincente issues an ultimatum: If Christopher doesn’t bring him the plans and prototype for the potentially priceless methane-extraction technology, he’ll kill Elena. After a quick trip to his downtown Dallas office – and an abortive attempt to free himself from the armed flunky who’s been assigned to accompany him – Christopher returns with the prototype. And then all hell breaks loose. While Christopher, John Ross and Bobby duke it out with Vincente’s men (who rather naively let their guard down when Christopher and John Ross pretend to fight), Vincente takes Elena hostage and escorts her outside, where he hopes to board a helicopter rapidly approaching Southfork. But that only makes Vincente an easy target for Drew, who happens to return Southfork just in time to scope out the situation, grab a rifle that he’s fortuitously stored under his bed, take aim and – bang! – permanently neutralize any threat posed by the Venezuelan. The Ewings temporarily unite to celebrate their good fortune: Ann arrives to announce she won’t be doing hard time after all, and John Ross indicates that he genuinely cares for Pamela. The next day, however, John Ross and Sue Ellen show up at Ewing Energies to announce Sue Ellen’s seizure of Elena’s share of the business. Bobby vows to strike back.     

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