TV Recap: Top 5 Things To Know About 'Dallas' Episode 7
Matters of life and death loom large in an episode with a shocking twist.
Matters of life and death 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: Even more than usual, this summary is stuffed with spoilers.
If you missed Wednesday’s episode – “Collateral Damage” -- here are the Top 5 things you need to know before you tune in next week.
LOSING STREAK: If J.R. really did intend to test John Ross’s mettle by jetting off to Las Vegas and leaving his son behind to run things on his own – well, it looks like the young man is failing to make the grade. Last week, he had to stop drilling for oil at Southfork because of a mineral-rights trust that allows Bobby and Gary (the Ewing brother that most Dallas fans – including yours truly – often forget about) to thwart J.R.’s (and John Ross’) grand plans. This week, John Ross attempts to sweet-talk his cousin Lucy into convincing her father, Gary, that they should drill, baby, drill. But Lucy ultimately decides to side with Bobby. As a result, John Ross once again finds himself dealing with an impatient Vincente, the intimidating Venezuelan who holds the lien on Southfolk. Vincente deamnds to know when he’ll start getting the oil John Ross promised. John Ross asks for a little more time to deliver the black gold. And while he’s requesting favors, he also asks Vincente to scare off the increasingly unstable faux Marta Del Sol (a.k.a. Veronica Martinez). This is a big mistake.
LIKE FATHER, LIKE SON: Demonstrating that he’s just as much a Mr. Nice Guy as his father, Christopher tells John Ross that he’s going to fight him fair and square, and even returns the incriminating sex video that proves John Ross, ahem, collaborated with Marta/Veronica. More important, even though he’s still angry about Rebecca’s betrayal, he may be softening a bit because she’s pregnant with his child. Or, to be more specific, his children. Just to be on the safe side, Christopher demands a DNA test to prove he is indeed the father—and the results indicate Rebecca is going to have twins.
LIKE SON, LIKE FATHER: Last week, Bobby bitch-slapped slimeball businessman Harris Ryland because Harris – the former husband of Ann, Bobby’s current wife – sent Ann a locket that, for reasons not yet explained to either Bobby or the audience, greatly upset the lady. Harris responds by having Bobby arrested and charged with criminal assault. He agrees to drop the charges only if Bobby apologizes for the bitch-slapping – kinda-sorta like, a couple weeks ago, he agreed to stop providing tanker trucks to John Ross only if Ann gave him a hug. (Can you see a pattern forming here?) Bobby says he’s sorry – though not too sorry to promise that if Harris bothers Ann again, “I will beat you into next Sunday.” Harris sneeringly suggests that Ann isn’t quite the saint that Bobby assumes – and hands Bobby an envelope filled with evidence of Something Bad in her past. Bobby goes home to Southfork, tells Ann that he loves and trusts her -- and then dramatically tosses the unopened envelope into the fireplace.
SHE’S GOT A SECRET: Remember the climactic scene in Citizen Kane where you found out that Rosebud is a sled? (Hey, remember: You were warned about the spoilers here.) You know, the scene where the audience – but none of the characters in the movie – saw the logo on the sled just before it was incinerated? Something like that happens in the Southfork den when that unopened envelope catches fire, and its contents spill into the flame: We get a quick glimpse of a photo of a conspicuously younger Ann and a small child. That may or may not explain why Ann has been so determined to convince Christopher to forgive Rebecca and take responsibility for her pregnancy. Come to think of it, it might also explain why Ann has been hanging around playgrounds and casting wistful glances at children playing with their moms.
BUSTED: Marta/Veronica swipes Elena’s cell phone, and contrives to make John Ross believe she has abducted his sweetie. But when he arrives at her apartment, he quickly sees through the crazy lady’s scheme to rekindle their romance. More important, he also sees the video camera she has set up to record what she obviously hopes will be their reunion. After a violent clash with the sexy psycho, John Ross departs the apartment – a few moments before the arrival of Vincente’s henchmen. He walks out of the building just in time to see a very seriously dead Marta/Veronica sprawled atop a car. Did she jump, or was she pushed? Either way, it looks like John Ross will take the fall: The episode ends with him being escorted into the back seat of a police car, looking very much like a guy who’s trying to think of a way to explain the very incriminating scratch that a crazy lady left on his neck. Of course, if that video camera really was turned on…