Jul 5, 201212:40 PMThe Telegraph
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TV Recap: Top 5 Things To Know About 'Dallas' Episode 5
Sex, lies and digital video loomed large in this week’s installment of Dallas, the TNT cable network’s ambitious reboot of the phenomenally popular prime-time soap opera. As usual, we’re offering a day-after recap of Wednesday evening’s episode. But be forewarned: This summary is stuffed with spoilers.
If you missed Wednesday’s episode – “Truth and Consequences” -- here are the Top 5 things you need to know before you tune in next week.
THE TRUTH HURTS: Picking up precisely where our last exciting episode left off, Rebecca takes Christopher aside at the big Southfork barbecue, and tells him that she knows who sent the bogus email that disrupted his plan to marry Elena: Tommy, Rebecca's brother, who has wormed his way into a position of trust as ranch hand at Southfork. Trouble is, revealing this also means revealing that she and her brother have been involved in some sort of scheme to defraud (or, at the very least, really, really annoy) the Ewing family. Christopher, not surprisingly, does not take the news very well: He boots both his wife and her brother off the Ewing estate. Rebecca subsequently contacts Ann, Bobby’s wife, and begs the elder Mrs. Ewing to help her reconcile with Christopher. Ann, it should be noted, is not unsympathetic to Rebecca’s entreaties.
LAND SCAM: Bobby is predictably enraged when he finds that J.R. has contrived to buy Southfork, and plans to drill for oil on the property. Along with Christopher, he heads to the office of Ewing family lawyer Mitch Lobell to find out how J.R. pulled off this purchase. Unfortunately, Bobby and Christopher discover Lobell has departed for parts unknown. Even more unfortunately, they learn from another, more trustworthy attorney that although the faux Marta Del Sol to whom Bobby sold the property obviously committed a fraud by pretending to represent a conservancy, her sale to J.R. is perfectly legal. That is, unless they can prove J.R. knew anything about the fraud himself. (Which, of course, he did.)
COWBOYS AND OIL MEN: J.R. wastes little time telling Bobby and Ann that he plans to drill for oil wherever he damn-well pleases anywhere at Southfork, prompting one of the series’ most amusing dialogue exchanges to date. (Ann: “[I]n my wildest imagination I never thought you could stoop to this.” J.R.: “Oh, Annie. You’re just gonna have to work on your imagination.”) But Bobby isn’t the only blood relation J.R. has betrayed: John Ross is understandably peeved when he finds his duplicitous dad has denied him co-ownership of Southfork. The angry young man takes another trip to Cowboy Stadium – where, you might remember, he conspired with the fake Marta Del Sol back in Episode 1 – to visit J.R. just as his father is hobnobbing with Dallas Cowboys owner Jerry Jones. The latter obviously sees a soul mate in the aging mischief-maker. “Good to have you back in form, JR.,” Jerry Jones tells him, indicating that, hey, maybe he, too, has been watching this new Dallas series.
A SCARY WOMAN SCORNED: John Ross grudgingly accepts J.R.’s request – well, OK, his dad’s command – to oversee the Southfork oil-drilling while J.R. goes out of town for a while. (Maybe he has to go somewhere and bathe in the blood of virgins?) But before he begins his new job, armed with J.R.’s power of attorney, he pays a call on the faux Marta Del Sol, accusing her of conspiring with J.R. to cut him out of the Southfork land grab. She denies nothing. Indeed, she tells John Ross that she betrayed him because, in her mind, he betrayed her by spending time with Elena (an interlude J.R.’s sleazy private eye photographed). She also warns John Ross that she has a sex tape of their own frolicking, which might implicate John Ross in the fraudulent land deal. Shortly after this encounter, however, the faux Marta Del Sol appears to have a change of heart, and drops off a DVD of the bedroom romp at John Ross’ apartment – just in time for it to be found by Christopher during his unauthorized search of his cousin’s inner sanctum.
THINGS TO COME: At first, Christopher seems undecided about what he should do with the incriminating DVD. So he gets very drunk, and winds up passing out on Elena’s couch – with the DVD in his back pocket. However, since this is a TV drama, and not real life, the DVD is not damaged at all. So Christopher is able to play it for John Ross, and point out that, during the course of the intercourse, John Ross referred to the faux Marta Del Sol by her real name – Veronica – which likely could prove John Ross knew about the woman’s con artistry. This is doubly bad news for John Ross, because (a) he’s just patched things up with Elena after getting her to believe that he personally had nothing to do with the Southfork land grab, and (b) he knows that if he doesn’t interrupt the oil drilling at Southfork, Christopher could get him arrested. Meanwhile, Ann does her own bit to stop the drilling by paying a call on Harris, her ex-husband, who has signed a deal with J.R. to transport any oil found at Southfork. Harris agrees to break the contract. But like just about everyone else on this show, he appears to have ulterior motives for a seemingly noble deed.