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Dallas Recap: Legacies.

Monday, April 15 2013
Cliff denies killing JR, Harris is arrested, and Elena gets shocking news.


Harris confronts Emma in his office and she admits she was looking for pills. He promises to get her help. He opens his safe to get her some pills and she spots a notebook.

In Switzerland Chris demands to know where his mother is from the doctor. He tells Chris that his mom left Dallas because she didn’t want to scare her little boy. He did what he could as a surgeon but during the final round of surgeries Pam found out she had pancreatic cancer. She died in Abu Dhabi and when Cliff found out the shares would go to Ewing he asked them to keep Pam’s death a secret in exchange for money. The nurse gives Chris Pam’s will, which passes on the Barnes’ shares to him. There is also a note. Her biggest regret was never making it back to Dallas.

Cliff and Ryland meet in a car about Roy’s arrest. Cliff would be so disappointed if all their hard work came to nothing. Harris gets out and Cliff calls someone with a job.



Pamela visits Roy in prison and demands to know if Cliff knew she was on the rig. He encourages her to have more children and forget her dad. There was nothing unintentional about it. Later, Roy’s throat is slashed by a guard.

Emma watches a news report about Roy’s murder and Harris assures her he had nothing to do with it. She is glad Drew is gone and Roy is dead because they can’t hurt him.

Chris returns to Southfork and asks Bobby what’s next. He hands over the copy of Pam’s will and John Ross hands over the death certificate they found – July 14, 1989. Pamela and John Ross tells Chris about their marriage as well. Chris is glad one good thing came out of it. Bum arrives and Bobby is ready to reveal what was in JR’s letter. He opens the safe and shows them the gun that killed JR. Pamela recognizes it as Cliff’s. Bum tells them that Cliff was using the cartel to cover his tracks. He called Carlos, who bought the gun that Cliff used to kill JR from the cartel. They need to bust Cliff in Mexico and Pamela assures them she can get him there.


Chris tells Elena at home that he can’t trust her anymore.

Pamela and Cliff head to Mexico and she plants his gun in the limo before they take off in the jet.

At home Emma mixes up pills in Harris' breakfast, and when he passes out she pulls out the log book and a suitcase from his safe. She goes to Southfork and gives everything to Ann.

When Harris wakes up the cops are there to arrest him for drug trafficking. Cliff’s safe deposit is searched, JR’s body is exhumed, and Cliff’s gun is found.

As soon as Cliff and Pam arrive in Mexico, Bobby, John Ross, Sue Ellen and Christopher arrive. They know about Pamela's death and reveal Pam’s marriage to John Ross. The cops come to arrest Cliff but he denies everything. He tells Pamela JR is trying to frame him from the grave. He did not kill JR!


From his cell Cliff accuses Bobby of framing him. He wants to know who killed JR. Bobby tells him he will never know.

Bobby and Bum visit JR’s grave. Chris and John Ross join them and ask Bobby what really happened. Bobby pulls out the letter from JR. He was dying from cancer and wanted Bobby to end the feud once and for all. Bobby and Bum worked together to frame Cliff. Bum actually shot JR, at his request. JR asked him to do it and it was the hardest thing he ever did. The only person who could take down JR, was JR.

At home, Elena is delivered land records from Cliff Barnes' lawyer. Cliff wants to see her.

Emma visits Harris in jail. He is livid with her for letting the Ewings get inside her head. She tells him it has nothing to do with the Ewings. She is just her father’s daughter.

By the pool Chris reads the letter from his mom. Pamela joins him and tells him she wants to live her life with John Ross and not look back. Chris is happy for her. She advises him to let go of his anger toward Elena.


Elena visits Cliff in jail and he tells her that JR paid to have the land deeds of Southfork switched so JR got the rich one and her father got the dry one. He wants her to be the proxy for the third of Barnes he owns and make the Ewings pay for the sins against her family.

A new portrait of JR is revealed at Ewing Global. They all toast to never going against a Ewing. Later, John Ross revels in having half of Southfork – and the oil under it. Sue Ellen urges him to treat Pamela right. She then grabs a bottle of booze and leaves.

Chris goes to Elena’s to tell her he loves her but she isn’t there.

In Mexico, Elena visits Joaquin, someone high up in the cartel, someone she and Drew grew up with in Mexico.

John Ross goes home with flowers and champagne but they aren’t for Pamela. They are for Emma. She hands him the briefcase from Harris and they get in bed together. He doesn’t mind paying her price as long as she doesn’t tell his wife.

Hollie’s thoughts:
Chris has the makings of being a truly bitter man, just like his uncle Cliff. The scene at JR’s gravesite - the only deal he ever lost – was great. Of course the only person who could shoot JR in the end was technically, JR. The best was how Dallas ended it, in true classic cliffhanger fashion. Elena and Cliff’s alliance was surprising and fascinating, especially if what Cliff told her was true. Did Sue Ellen really drink? And what was in the briefcase Emma brought to John Ross? Season Three can’t come soon enough.

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- Hollie Deese