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S3 E9
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May 28, 2017 at 01:00 PM EDT

Well hey, look at that — John is actually in the hospital. Nothing about it is logical, but hey, that’s what it is. It seems that John didn’t drown, but he did end up in the hospital, and he has no memory of how it happened. It seems to be from oxygen deprivation to the entire body, which John claims is due to a diving incident. His doctor believes him, but the state troopers in town do not. He and Mike were diving, and John did run out of breath, but once he was resuscitated, it appears that John revealed a whole ton of information… enough to open an investigation. When Sally comes to get John, he explains that he and Mike were diving together, but she has no idea who Mike is. When he references the night before, Sally tells him that Diana took the kids out of town for the trial.

In this crazy alternate world, Sally is divulging all this information to John and even goes on to say that Danny is alive. Eric O’Bannon was shot and killed after trying to escape prison, and reality as we know it is pretty much turned upside down. Sally looks over from the driver’s seat and asks if John is okay, and when she does, they drive headfirst into a truck, and the car flips. Sally is slumped against the steering wheel, and it would appear that we’ve lost our matriarch.

Or have we? John wakes up in the hospital again, the same way he did before. His doctor is still Dr. Quinlan, but this time, that doctor is a man, not a woman. Dr. Quinlan asks about what happened, and John goes back to the diving story, but the doctor says John took some pills and drank, and they found him in a garage with a car engine running. He was unconscious, and it looks like John either tried to kill himself or was set up to look like that.

When he fights Dr. Quinlan and says that he has to leave, John runs into the hallway to look for the troopers, who don’t believe his story. But instead, he runs square into Danny. YES, DANNY. Danny takes John home and explains that everything is okay, even though it’s going to take some time to get John back on track. But Danny has a job and a good relationship with Nolan, so I guess we should just forget season 2, ya know? Danny drives John to the inn, where everyone is inside. Danny drops him off and takes off because he has work… because he’s alive now.

When John walks in, he discovers that Kevin has been taken away in handcuffs. When Belle and Sally ask for his help, John insists he can’t help, but they fawn all over him, saying how grateful they are for his good ideas. He walks back outside to discover that Danny is gone, too, but the truck is still there. If you’re lost, it’s fine. We all are. This is ninth-season-of-Dallas crazy. As John rifles through the truck, Nolan appears to ask what he’s doing, and that’s when Nolan launches in on how bad things are always going to happen. The dialogue lines up perfectly with a conversation John had with Danny back in season 1.

John heads to the police station and runs into his own colleague/fling from earlier this season. She whispers, “It’s okay John, your secret is safe with me. I put the files you wanted on your desk.” Who knows exactly what that means because he’s interrupted by Aguirre, who comes in and talks about seat belts. Yes, seat belts. You wear one and don’t even notice it, but when you hit something going quickly, that seat belt hits you real hard. And John has been going full speed this whole series. Danny died. Marco died. Trial happened. Nolan showed up. Kevin just exists. And when it all stops, the traumatic stress throws John straight through the windshield… of life. So Aguirre puts him on mandatory leave.

At the beachfront restaurant, John takes a spot at the bar, and a waitress comes to get his order. She puts him down for the regular and says he’s always waiting on someone, but of course, he never shows. That takes us to the bus stop, where John is waiting on Danny, but the only person who shows up is John. Yes, JOHN. John shows up for John and has a conversation with himself, like when Michelle lost her memory on the series finale of Full House, but much, much darker. With that, we launch back to the first episode, and ROBERT is back as well. Danny didn’t show and Meg took John’s tug-of-war team. It’s the actual pilot, recreated.

John walks back into the inn to discover Sally telling young Danny that he’s the one who is closest to her and that he’ll inherit the inn. Adult John tries to figure out what’s going on, but Sally simply asks if John’s completed his homework because that’s where we’re at these days. Since he finished all his homework (probably), John goes home to his house. The kitchen is empty, but he finds a way to make dinner for them anyway before Janie comes in and tells him he shouldn’t be there.
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