By the time the seventh season of "Dallas" premiered on September 30, 1981, Larry Hagman - and his character of ruthless JR Ewing - was firmly established as the show’s star, despite the original intention of keeping the show focused around Bobby and Pam’s relationship. That didn’t stop tensions from rising behind the scenes between Hagman and some of the producers. On screen during season seven, viewers got a bit of eye candy with the addition of "The Blue Lagoon's" Christopher Atkins as Sue Ellen's boy toy Peter and Priscilla Presley's turn as Jenna Wade.
The Road Back.
Remember the fire that burned Southfork to the ground? Bobby was able to save everyone who was trapped – JR, Ray, Sue Ellen and baby John Ross. There was still no love lost between JR and Ray, who started the fire with their argument about the crash. JR came up a little short in the gratitude department toward Bobby as well.
The Long Goodbye.
Sue Ellen kicked JR out of the bedroom while Bobby tried to convince Pam to come back, all while rebuilding from the fire. Elsewhere, Mickey regained consciousness and told Lucy he wanted to marry her. Katherine was mad when she heard about Bobby and Pam’s reunion.
With JR’s help, Katherine tricked Pam into signing a letter that made it look like Pam had told her lawyer she would be better off without Bobby. John Ross needed counseling, and the advice was for Sue Ellen and JR to end their feud. He recommended a day camp for John Ross, where they met college student Peter Richards.
My Brother’s Keeper.
Bobby and Pam were devastated by their divorce, but they were the only ones. JR encouraged Bobby to take some time off work to lick his wounds, then sabotaged the Canadian deal. Afton, Cliff and Mark took Pam out for some fun, which was spoiled by Bobby, JR and their dates. Sue Ellen chatted up Peter while John Ross had fun at camp. Mickey would rather die than live on life support.
The Quality of Mercy.
Pam moved back in with Cliff, who recruited a woman named Sly to spy on JR. Mickey slipped into a coma, and later Ray and Aunt Lil were found in his room with the respirator unplugged. JR told Sue Ellen that Peter was into her, and Mark proposed to a just-divorced Pam. A bummed out Bobby gave Katherine a shot, then ran into Holly Harwood.
Check and Mate.
Ray was arrested for unplugging Mickey, and Lucy accused him of murder. Pam was mad at Cliff when she learned he stole a deal from JR. Bobby told Holly it wasn’t going to happen and she left him alone. Sue Ellen invited Peter to a party at the ranch. Later, Punk read a letter to Bobby and JR from Jock that informed them the contest he had set in motion for the boys was to make them respect one another as businessmen. Finally, Bobby's share of the profit on the Canadian deal came in and changed the outcome of the contest.
Things got hairy when Bobby testified for the defense and Lucy for the prosecution. Bobby also ran into former fiancée Jenna, now a waitress, and stood Katherine up. Ray was charged with felony murder and the prosecution asked for the death penalty.
The Oil Baron’s Ball.
Bobby took Jenna with him to the annual ball, Sue Ellen talked Peter into taking Lucy and Pam convinced Katherine to appear. JR loved seeing Bobby with Jenna while Cliff told Katherine that Jenna’s daughter Charlie just might be Bobby’s. Pam and Jenna fought and Cliff was crowned Oil Baron of the Year. He threatened JR he would tell the truth to everyone about Jock and Digger.
Cliff made good on his threat to JR and announced the formation of the Willard Barnes Foundation, which Jock had stolen from Digger, and a Texas-sized brawl broke out. Jenna and Bobby were in love again, but Katherine confessed her love anyway and asked him why it couldn’t be her. Mark pushed marriage on Pam but she was not interested. Peter told Sue Ellen nothing would happen between them.
The Buck Stops Here.
Gratuitous mechanical bull riding dominated this episode as Pam and Jenna prepared to square off in a charity rodeo. Pam, mad at herself for mucking up her relationship with Mark, told Bobby Jenna wasn’t good for him then proceeded to beat her in the match. JR enlisted the help of a detective to find the spy in his organization.
To Catch a Sly.
JR uncovered Sly the spy as Cliff pressed her for more information, so JR used her to feed Cliff bad info. Pam told Christopher she wished she and Bobby were together but got closer with Mark anyway. Sue Ellen tried to break things off with young Peter.
Another year, another Southfork ‘cue. Katherine wouldn’t give up on Bobby. She began to dig into who the father of Jenna’s baby was and found out it was Bobby. Meanwhile, Sly learned Cliff had been lying to her about getting her brother out of jail. Ellie returned with Clayton. Lucy brought Peter to the barbecue where he kissed Sue Ellen.
JR was spitting mad about Ellie and Clayton’s engagement and decided to dig up some dirt on Clayton, which he of course found. John Ross missed Peter but Sue Ellen dumped him after he told her he found them an apartment to share. Jenna refused Bobby’s offer to buy her a boutique and they fought over it. A persistent Katherine stayed in Rome to find out more information about Jenna’s past with Renaldo.
John Ross kept asking about Peter and Sue Ellen found out he moved out of the dorm. When she found him he refused to speak with her. JR told everyone what he found out about Clayton – he had a sister named Jessica. Ellie worried Clayton would not be able to handle the Ewings. Afton walked in on Cliff with another woman, Marilee, and Pam confronted him when she found out. Jenna prepared to launch her boutique.
Lucy was loving her some Peter but Sue Ellen was not happy about it. Later, she tried to break up with him again but no luck, despite having reminded JR about their open marriage. Katherine kept investigating Renaldo in Rome but Pam refused to speak about Charlie’s paternity with her. Cliff asked Afton to forgive him, then asked Marilee to invest with him.