Dallas recap: Conspiracy Theory
Gov. McConaughey helps Harris stick it to the Ewings as Christopher and Pamela grieve
Isn’t it nice when the Ewings are on the same side, and we can root for them to take down outsiders who screw them? This episode added the governor of Texas to that list. Let’s dig in.
We opened with Pamela and Christopher each grieving the loss of the twins in their own way. Christopher tore down the cribs at his place — and when his old crib broke, he destroyed it. Pamela put together the babies’ nursery and sat quietly in it.
Three weeks later, John Ross was making himself at home at Southfork and calling to check in on Pamela, who insisted her mother was taking good care of her but still looked shell-shocked. Bobby, always the voice of reason, welcomed John Ross to Southfork with a handshake. Bobby will try to make this work, but it’s a good thing John Ross didn’t sell his penthouse, right?
Christopher was looking a bit disheveled, too, as he shouted at Bobby and John Ross while telling them he needs to know who is responsible for the explosion on the rig and the death of his babies. The boys still assumed it was Cliff (and they’re right, of course), but Bobby was waiting for the T.E.S.H.A. committee’s findings. You know things are solemn at Southfork when I can’t even appreciate John Ross’ suit. Christopher was still being chilly with Elena, who at least was wearing a white turtleneck sweater for the frost.
At the T.E.S.H.A. meeting, Sue Ellen’s friend Ken Richards (Lee Majors) — who’d told her last week the committee had found evidence of two explosions, which indicated sabotage — was nowhere to be found. A different man said the official ruling was that a faulty sensor was to blame, and Ewing Energies was fined $1 billion. The Ewings were not happy — even Bobby said that guy could shove the “facts” up his ass. The Ewings are going to launch their own investigation and appeal. Sue Ellen insisted she talk to Ken because he’s sweet on her and she can use that. Christopher strongly suggested John Ross go see Pamela and ask her to look at her father’s calendar and see who he’s been meeting with in recent days (because villains always keep a record of their meetings, right?). John Ross was right: How do you tell a grieving mother her father killed his grandbabies and you need her to help prove it?
When John Ross arrived at her place, he found pills in the living room and Pamela sitting on the balcony alone and cold. It reminded me of that scene with Demi Moore in St. Elmo’s Fire, when she’s freezing indoors after the death of her stepmonster. Anyway, John Ross put his coat around her and got her up to go inside. She didn’t want him to touch her.
Julie Gonzalo really did a lovely job with the next scene, when she sat on the couch and admitted she sent her mother away a week ago and didn’t know where her father was — somewhere making a deal, she assumed, but he’d sent her flowers. She wanted to know why John Ross was there, and he didn’t go with the Cliff line of questioning; he said they were all worried about her. He truly is, though, so it’s not a lie. He said he’s not leaving until he knows she’s okay, and she said he’d be there a long time. He went to make her tea. John Ross making tea = hot.
Meanwhile, Christopher was off doing some Miller Lite product placement before confronting Ken Richards, who insisted he’d simply spoken too soon and no one had silenced him. Christopher threatened him and got in a fight with a bouncer, who decided not to press charges in exchange for a job on Elena’s rig. She asked Christopher just to slow down and stop being so reckless in his quest for answers, and he accused her of never wanting the babies so she could focus on her career. He told her congratulations, she got what she wanted. He deserved a slap in the face for that, and he got it.
NEXT: Drew and Emma, in case you fast-forwarded
Another man who deserved a slap and DIDN’T get it was Harris, who drove out to interrupt Emma’s ride so he could read her Drew’s rap sheet. Emma already knew Drew was a bad boy, so it didn’t phase her, and she’s right — her father should not be casting stones. He told her to stop seeing Drew, and Emma smirked after she turned away from him. So is this all just to get back at her father? Maybe, because I feel zero chemistry between her and Drew.
Emma went to see Drew at the place his father collapsed and died. Drew had placed two small stones on top of the big “Papi” one, and he told Emma they were for what Christopher lost. He said that was his fault, and Emma assumed he meant his father’s death, when he was only 11. He didn’t try to confess again. She asked him out for that night and they kissed. Harris’ man, the one who’d hired Drew to bomb the rig, was nearby watching and phoned Harris, who’d suspected Emma rode straight to Drew. The guy said something was going to go down that night.
Back at Pamela’s, John Ross copied files from her laptop, and then told her that she needs to know people love her and are there for her. Christopher called to ask him if he’d gotten the info on Cliff, and as John Ross prepared to make his exit, he stopped and told her there was something she needed to know about the accident…
Before we heard what that was, we cut to Drew working late and torturing himself by looking at newspaper headlines on the explosion. Emma texted him from the bar, and Drew decided to be her knight in shining armor after all. He was texting her that he was on his way when he got hit from behind and was knocked out. Someone grabbed his phone, deleted the message he had started, and texted a kiss-off instead: He wasn’t coming because he’d gotten a better offer. That is not Drew Ramos talking, and Emma should know it. Harris and his henchmen put him in the trunk. Cruel.
Sue Ellen was having drinks with Ken Richards. He was there to tell her about Christopher’s behavior and expected an apology. He didn’t get one: “If he strangled you, I would sit back and watch the show,” she said. She told him there was nothing the Ewings couldn’t do when they unite, so he’s either with them or among the casualties after they’ve taken down everyone who’s screwed them. This was one of her best scenes — the smile! J.R. would be proud. On her way out, Sue Ellen spied Emma flirting with the older man who’d shown interest in her while she was texting Drew earlier. I’m talking hand on his knee, olive in her mouth flirting. Why must they make it so hard to like Emma?
Emma was about to drive off with the guy, when her father pulled up and sent that man packing. He told Emma she wouldn’t listen to reason, so he had to take other actions. He wanted to take her to see her boyfriend.
They parked in a garage, and Harris reminded her of a horse whose stall he told her not to enter when she was young. The horse kicked her and broke her arm, and Harris put it down. He turned on the headlights of his car, and they shined on Drew lying on the ground, severely beat up but alive. The message was clear: Harris is such an a-hole.
NEXT: Gov. McConaughey, naturally
The next day, Sue Ellen told Ann she thought Emma had been high at the bar, while Ken Richards went to see the Governor (Steven Weber!) as he was doing some shooting. This is Texas, after all. The Governor said the Ewings were never supposed to think it was sabotage and blamed Ken, who hinted he didn’t want to cover this up now because of the babies’ deaths. The Governor threatened to expose the other investigation Ken had lied about if he spoke up, then said he accepted the resignation Ken never actually offered. Dark Steven Weber, I like it!
Carlos phoned Bobby and told him that he had the American hostess at the club who J.R. had taken back to his hotel room the night he was killed. He was going to bring her to Bobby’s office in an hour. As far as Carlos could tell, Harris’ business in Mexico was legit, so he promised to continue looking into that until they could nail him as J.R. would have wanted.
After Christopher and Elena made up and she told him he should go tell Pamela he wasn’t responsible for the accident because she’d believe him – with or without T.E.S.H.A. — we met Rhonda the hostess. She said J.R. had wanted to ask her questions about an American man who came into the club a lot to talk to the cartel guys who own it — and it was Harris. She said she couldn’t help J.R. because it’d put them both in danger. Carlos was going to ask the Federales to look into a connection between the cartel and Harris. Rhonda took the time to make sure we all knew J.R. hadn’t tried to sleep with her — he was a gentleman who just wanted to talk and share a drink. Ah.
John Ross, it turns out, told Pamela that the rig was sabotaged, but he didn’t say by whom. When Christopher showed up, she told him what she’d heard, hugged him, and made him promise to make whoever did this pay. This will be fun!
At Sue Ellen’s office, she found an envelope from Ken Richards that contained a list of campaign donors for Gov. Sam McConaughey. LOVE THAT HIS LAST NAME IS McCONAUGHEY! There was a Post-It attached that said, “I’ve picked a side!” He’d highlighted Harris Ryland’s name and his $300,000 donation, which was the largest made. She showed it to Bobby, and they figured out the governor and Harris are working together. That’s why Harris needed her to lose the election. They’re forcing T.E.S.H.A. to cover up the rig accident and blame it on the Ewings.
Sue Ellen wanted to know why Harris would be involved with the rig. She knew Bobby, Christopher, and John Ross were hiding information from her. Bobby went into the safe and showed her all the documents they received from J.R. after his death. He told her about his master plan to take down Harris and Cliff, who J.R. knew would team up against them.
Apparently Pamela kept a copy of her grandmother’s will on her computer — don’t we all — because John Ross printed out enough copies for everyone. In short: If they can’t find Pam, or they can prove she’s dead, her shares of Barnes Global go to Christopher. That’s their move, Bobby said. Find her or don’t find her and kick Cliff’s legs out from underneath him.
Do we still care about Drew? Not really. He sat drowning his bruises in booze and told Elena that Harris had done this to him when she found him. He made her promise not to tell anyone.
Meanwhile, Harris was in the governor’s office, telling him about a nature documentary he’d watched on Komodo dragons who bite their prey, patiently let the venom weaken the prey for days, then bite. Harris is the dragon. The prey: the Ewings, who were delivered papers saying the state seized the Henderson Well. It will take weeks to get oil out of Southfork, and they need money now to pay the fine and the bank. This is what Harris and Cliff wanted. The Ewings could lose everything.
I didn’t know I could hate Steven Weber this much. You?