“Real power is something you take,” JR explained to his son before sending him off to dig up dirt on that sleazy lawyer of theirs, and he ain’t lyin. The opening scene of this week’s episode of Dallas had him holding a razor to John Ross’s neck because of course that is how JR would handle it. That is what John Ross gets for trying to pull one over on his daddy, for “drillin a dry hole” and for still calling JR “daddy” at his age. After you reach twenty Dad is the only acceptable term…or maybe Pop. Now that JR and John Ross are in cahoots I suspect things will get very sticky very soon.
It was another fine week for Dallas. I love that Ann Ewing (Brenda Strong) always seems to have a firearm close by. I fully expect she will pull a rifle on poor Carmen the next time she over starches Bobby’s (Patrick Duffy) shirts. JR’s (Larry Hagman) comment about “bullets not having much effect on him” was a great comeback. I still get a little thrill out of actually seeing her on screen and not just hearing her voice narrating the action like she did for 8 years on Desperate Housewives. She’s the only one Bobby can really and truly trust.
What a nice surprise to see that Tony Almeida (Carlos Bernard) was able to find work as shady Venezuelan businessman Vicente Cano after getting killed dead by Jack Bauer. Maybe it’s just me, but I didn’t find him to be very threatening during his battle of wits with JR over the deal to buy Southfork. The poor guy just doesn’t realize who he is dealing with. The only advantage he has is that JR is 110 years old. Maybe once the deal is done he can afford to buy some scissors and trim his eyebrows. They are practically another character.
How cute was it that Bobby was more concerned about hair loss than heart failure as a possible side effect of the cancer treatment. He always did have good hair. I wonder if we’ll see him in those short bathing trunks he used to wear any time soon. I was disappointed that he caved so quickly and sold Southfork when faced with John Ross’s (Josh Henderson) threat to tell the world what he read in The Secret Diary of Ellie Southworth Ewing. I don’t know about you all but I’d pay good money to read that shit. Publish it! Make it an e-book download from the Dallas site! Come on people!
The highlight this week was the return of Cliff Barnes (Ken Kercheval). The long-time nemesis of the Ewings and Pam’s doting brother made his debut this week and I for one would have liked it to be a bit more…DALLAS. He runs Ewing Oil now! A far more fitting introduction to this pivotal character would have been behind JR’s old desk with his feet up and a shit eating grin on his face, not making a play for Southfork in Bobby’s office on enemy turf! I know it is 2012 but dammit, Cliff deserved bigger. He could have at least ridden in on a horse or arrived via helicopter or something. JR stole that scene easily with his “I do recognize the smell of brimstone and crazy” comment. I’ll be adding that little gem to my personal stash. It was a comeback worthy of Karen Walker herself. (Imagine HER on Dallas!)
The love triangle between Christopher (Jesse Metcalfe), Elena (Jordana Brewster) and Rebecca (Julie Gonzalo) heated up a bit more this week when it was revealed that it was Rebecca who sent the email that split the two love birds up and opened the door for her to make her power play. I like her more and more now that she is so tortured and emotional all the time. Nothing good will come of her betrayal of her creepy ranch hand brother Tommy…if he is even her brother at all. This may turn into a love hexagon before too long. Kudos to Christopher for being so darn nice after he locked lips with Elena in front of Southfork after being told his Dad has cancer. Like any good southern boy he ran home to his woman and confessed his true undying love for her. Sadly this won’t last.
I missed seeing Sue Ellen this week. Hopefully she will be back soon. I also noticed that Pam’s name came up a lot in conversation which makes me hope/wish/wonder/pray that Victoria Principal might take a break from selling her beauty secrets on QVC to reprise her role. Pam isn’t dead after all, and Victoria has had enough plastic surgery to explain her appearance being altered by that fiery explosion she was involved in. The episode could be called “The Pam Principal”.
Dallas is back next Wednesday at 9pm on TNT, and if you aren’t watching Dallas Roundup at TNT.com after each episode then you are really missing out. Last night Patrick, Jesse and Jordana discussed Christopher’s love life and what Southfork means to them. It was great fun!