Jul 12, 201212:25 PMThe Telegraph
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TV Recap: Top 5 Things To Know About 'Dallas' Episode 6
The battle for control of Southfork continued apace 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 – “The Enemy of My Enemy” -- here are the Top 5 things you need to know before you tune in next week.
OIL OR NOTHING: At first, it looks like Harris Ryland – Ann’s ex-husband – has made good on the promise he made to his ex-wife to deny John Ross the tanker trucks needed to transport oil drilled at Southfork. But Bobby isn’t at all happy that his spouse struck a deal with this notorious slimeball. And John Ross is pretty dang close to panicking. Last week, Christopher threatened to expose his role in the fraud that resulted in J.R.’s gaining control of Southfork. This week, John Ross receives a visit from Vincente, the guy behind the fake Del Sol Conservancy that bought Southfork from Bobby (and then sold it to J.R.). Vincente indicates that if he doesn’t start getting the oil he was promised, he’ll be entitled to reclaim Southfork. Worse, Vincente also indicates that people who disappoint him are very sorry they ever met him.
RIGHTS AND WRONGS: Desperate to get back into Christopher’s good graces, Rebecca returns to Southfork with a statement she found among the papers her brother Tommy swiped from the Ewing archives a couple episodes ago. The statement appears to be a 1941 receipt for legal services provided to the late Miss Ellie’s father – specifically, the drawing up of a binding trust that would separate the mineral rights from the surface rights at Southfork. Christopher is dubious – and, quite understandably, still seriously miffed at his estranged wife. But Bobby thinks the statement is genuine, and could help him locate documentation of the minerals rights trust. Guess what? It is, and it does.
ONE THING LEADS TO ANOTHER: Ryland sends Ann a piece of jewelry that, for reasons not immediately explained, reduces the poor woman to tears. Bobby discovers the reason for his wife’s distress, so he drives over to Ryland’s office and… and… well, he bitch slaps the SOB in front of shocked onlookers. (At which point, viewers all across this great land of ours spontaneously cheered and hooted their approval.) Unfortunately, you can’t keep a bad man down. When Sue Ellen (prompted by John Ross) drops by to ask him – please, pretty please – to send his tanker trucks back to Southfork, Ryland flashes a bright smile (or maybe just bares his teeth, it’s hard to tell) and agrees. And while he’s at it, he writes a whopping big check for Sue Ellen’s gubernatorial campaign. Sue Ellen tries to reject the contribution. But, truth to tell, she doesn’t try very hard.
VIVA LAS VEGAS: And where is J.R. during all of this? Living large in Las Vegas, with no fewer than three lovely ladies attending to his needs. (Wipe that smile off your face – they’re all fully clothed.) On the phone with Bum, his sleazy private eye and all-purpose fixer, he casually admits that he left town just when things might be getting complicated for John Ross. But, what the hell, the kid has to learn the ropes one way or another. Think of it as a tough-love approach to child-rearing: “I tossed him into the briar patch,” J.R. says, “to see if he can get out of it.” Besides, J.R. has more important things on his mind during his stay in Sin City: He wants to deal himself into a high-stakes poker game organized by Cliff Barnes – who, not incidentally, may be backing Sue Ellen’s gubernatorial campaign as part of a plan to get gambling legalized in Texas.
THING TO COME: J.R. might not be so blasé if he knew just how prickly the briar patch has become for his son. In addition to all his other concerns, John Ross also has to worry about the threat posed the increasingly unstable faux Marta Del Sol (a.k.a. Veronica Martinez). When he discovers that someone has stuck a very large knife into a photo of himself and Elena, John Ross orders some Southfork ranch hands to get out their guns and keep a close watch on Elena while he takes care of business. But when he gets to her hotel room, he finds Marta has departed. That might have been a great cliffhanger to cap off the episode. But scriptwriter Gail Gilchriest saved her dooziest doozie for last: Rebecca tells her brother that she is pregnant.