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    Dallas Recap: JR’s Masterpiece.

    Monday, March 11 2013
    JR is killed, family and friends gather to mourn, and JR had a few things in motion when he died.

    A somber Bobby, Sue Ellen, Christopher and John Ross land their helicopter in Mexico. Sgt. Ruiz leads them inside the hotel and tells him it appears JR was shot during a burglary. John Ross insists JR was in Abu Dhabi, but she tells them he arrived in Mexico from Abu Dhabi two nights ago for quail hunting. The local cartels have grown in recent years but Bobby refuses to believe JR would deal with them. But John Ross refuses to believe he was killed by a mugger either and asks that they be taken to the body.

    The morgue is piled with bodies and one of them is JR. Later, Bobby turns on John Ross who swears all he knows was that JR said he had a plan that was to be his masterpiece. Then he heard the gunshots. Bobby sees Carlos, who promises to find out what JR was doing in Mexico and personally stay by JR’s side until he delivers him home.

    Emma is brushing her horse at Southfork when Ryland pulls up. He apologizes and promises to let her visit her mom as much as she wants if she comes home. She is offended by his choice of words and Ann asks him to leave before she calls the cops. He wonders if she’ll shoot him again when Drew flashes his gun and pipes up that he will. Ryland tells Ann to let Bobby know he has no idea what he has started. After, Bobby and the rest arrive from Mexico. Bobby brushes Gary off and goes to his office. Later, Sue Ellen finds John Ross in JR’s room. He refuses to rest until he finds JR’s master plan. She is going to keep working on Gary to get the oil turned back on – no reason to stop business because JR is gone. John Ross is shocked at her coldness and leaves. Alone, she looks at an envelope addressed to her, then at JR’s booze.

    At the wake at Southfork, Ray and Lucy swap JR stories and try to comfort Bobby, who acts cold. He moves on to Dallas bigwigs Jerry Jones, Mark Cuban and Mayor Mike Rawlings, who all have a JR story. Meanwhile, Sue Ellen chats about being married to him with his other exes, Cally and Mandy. They agree he was bad as hell but as hot as they come and admire Sue Ellen for making her peace with JR. She admits it was easy after all of his lying and cheating. Later, John Ross accuses Pamela of putting her father ahead of their deal and then catches Emma alone with a bottle of Clonazepam. He takes one and she takes one too. Back downstairs Sue Ellen tells Gary she has never wanted a drink more. Cliff Barnes suddenly busts in to loudly pay his disrespects. John Ross accuses him of killing JR. He wishes he had. Without JR there is nothing keeping him from taking the Ewings down. Pamela gets him to leave, but another drunk well-wisher pipes up that JR was a prick. Chris knocks him out and a full-on brawl breaks out. Later, Chris promises to help John Ross avenge JR’s death. Ann brings Bobby a drink as Carlos and his affiliates arrive. He has Sgt. Ruiz with him, as well as the medical examiner. They affirm JR was the victim of a robbery and the killer might not likely be found. John Ross calls bullsh*t and leaves. Emma follows him outside and they go at it in the back seat of a car. Back inside, Bobby and Ann get ready for bed and she begs him to talk to her. He snaps about her omission about her daughter. He has been very tolerant of her but she has made him feel isolated and insignificant. She will do anything to make things right. He walks away.

    Sue Ellen lets herself into JR’s room and opens the letter he left her - but slugs down a drink before reading it, then a bigger one.

    The family gathers at the gravesite for the funeral, talking turns to speak. Christopher speaks about JR letting him in when his mom left. Sue Ellen speaks of meeting JR as Miss Texas and falling hopelessly in love with the charming scoundrel. But he was enough to drive a girl to drink. She reveals she got drunk last night to read a letter he left her. She reads it to them now. He loved her the moment he saw her and loves her now more than he ever did. When he got back to Dallas he wanted to have dinner with her. Yes, she would have said. He was the love of her life and she breaks down by his casket. Bobby takes her back to her seat, then speaks. It has always been easy for him to do good because he could count on JR to do bad. Now he is lost. JR is lowered into the ground and later, when everyone is gone, John Ross sites alone while Chris watches over him. Bum shows up with a message from JR and hands over a box.

    At Southfork, Bum tells them JR really was in Abu Dhabi closing an oil deal. But he was also trying to find Christopher’s mother. Then he was in Mexico following a lead on Harris Ryland. He knew what he was investigating was dangerous and wanted them to have these things. He hands over a case to John Ross. It has a gun in it, with a note that tells him Barnes is coming after him and would bet his last nickel Barnes and Harris will join forces to destroy them. Use what he has given them to take from Barnes what he has taken from the Ewings. When he has done that Bobby will know what to do. Bum then gives Bobby a letter. Bobby reads it silently and pulls Bum aside. He tells Bum to pay off whoever he has to so that it still appears JR was killed by a mugger. And when the time comes they will take care is this as a family. He goes to JR’s room and pours a big drink. He knew JR had another one up his sleeve, and it’s a good one.

    Hollie’s thoughts:

    Could there be any more fitting way to send off Larry Hagman, who died November 23, 2012 from complications of cancer, and the incomparable JR Ewing than reviving a "Who shot JR" storyline? Perfect. Tears were flowing during the funeral, which brought back a number of people fans of the old series will recognize. Even the somber theme song to introduce the episode was so appropriate for the man who built Southfork. There will never be another one like him. Oh, and Drew? I like his style of good old fashioned muscle around the ranch. It was also great to see Chris and John Ross come together after the brawl at the funeral. Ewings taking care if Ewings. And now we have a full-on murder mystery on our hands. Who shot JR? Let it drag out all season for a big old cliffhanging finale like they did in the past. We’ll wait. John Ross caught up with the ladies of the two men teamed up to screw him. Awesome. Bobby knows.

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- Hollie Deese

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    Posted by grizzskin at Monday, March 11 2013 08:36 PM

    WWWWWEEEEELLLLLLLLLL - As the commentator says nothing like a "Who killed JR" storyline. My bet is Judith Ryland.....

    I watched every episode of the original Dallas for 14 seasons; tonight was the hardest, even harder than Bobby's death. Good to see Ray, Lucy, Callie, and Mandy. JR had two other sons and a grandson, James Beaumont and Jimmy and Callie's son; were were they?????

    I dressed for the funeral; I wore all black and put down the single malt for Bourbon and Branch.......

    Cliff is a pr!ck and a loser, always was, always will be; now he is joining up with Harris Ryland, another pr!ck and loser. What do you bet Pamela/Rebecca turns on her father for John Ross' sake, only to discover he is do the "humpty hump" with Emma.........

    Dallas, the way prime time soap was meant to be......

    Posted by allmylovingdays at Monday, March 11 2013 09:37 PM

    I cried when Bobby said "love you brother" and OMG SueEllen, when she was talking at the burial service and she admitted to drinking I commented, oh darling are you a bit drunk now, only for her to say those words. WOW.

    I was thrilled beyond belief that Bobby finally got angry with Anne and said exactly what we have all thought, how could she not tell him about her kid and then after pretend as if it was nothing how didn't she know how he felt. We were all feeling like this -what is she made of that she didn't realize how he felt??

    And when John Ross walked up to the girl in the wine cellar and took one of her pills. I was totally going -and she is??? Then a friend text me about watching the show and I asked her and this was me NO WAY is that Anne's daughter and then they fooled around, how old is this girl?

    Posted by Navarro1010 at Monday, March 11 2013 10:45 PM

    I started crying during the Opening credits...

    Posted by 1HippieChick at Monday, March 11 2013 11:51 PM

    A truly great and memorable episode. Dallas will not be the same without JR but, as in all the soaps these days, the story lines are shifting to the younger actors/ storyline. Still, a fine tribute to the One who WAS Dallas--J R Ewing. Thanks, writers .

    Posted by scruffytlc at Tuesday, March 12 2013 03:06 AM

    RIP JR Ewing! I wish daytime Soap writers are watching Dallas to see how real soaps are supposed to be written. I can't wait until next week and don't want the season to end...although I will miss JR.

    Posted by cowboys4life at Tuesday, March 12 2013 04:08 AM

    WOW!! This episode was worthy of the late great Larry Hagman/JR Ewing. I began crying when it started, and totally lost it when the Dallas theme was changed in his honor.
    Thank you so much writers for your dedication to making this episode.
    Patrick Duffy and Linda Gray were over the top and wonderful, you felt their pain. Poor, poor John Ross.
    By the way what the heck was that with John Ross and Annes daughter???


    Posted by sladest38 at Tuesday, March 12 2013 06:06 AM

    Great show.I agree grizzskin,about J R's other sons and his grandson.
    Can't wait to find out the info that Bobby is now privy to.

    Posted by notodo at Tuesday, March 12 2013 06:09 AM

    Had my cowboy hat on while viewing this episode (no one could rock that hat like JR Ewing)

    I wish they would have shown some clips (photos) of JR from the original Dallas with the somber theme song! It was indeed a memorable episode!

    Cliff Barnes showing his disrespect was right on the market. Even the brawl that broke out was all too real and appropriate for the occasion (can’t imagine a Ewing gathering without a thrown “left hook”) Christopher’s concern for his cousin was touching!

    Good to see Mandy and JR’s other ex. Ha! Maybe Barbara Eden (I Dream of Jeannie) should have made a brief appearance as an ex that no one knew about just to commemorate the talented Larry Hagman and a lil comic relief.

    One would think that Emma was a virgin the way her grandmother and father kept her under a lock. Or maybe her recent “born to be wild” actions are a result of Judith/Ryland’s strict “orthodox” rearing!

    Why was JR looking for Pam (Christopher’s mom)? I missed that part!

    Looks like Val will stake her claim on Gary Ewing once again or NOT in an upcoming epi! Didn’t see any interaction between Lucy and her father Gary (but then again, I missed some parts of the epi)!

    Looking forward to watching JR’s masterpiece unfold (no one could trump JR Ewing while he was living and his genius mind will not be overlooked while in the grave)!

    The character of JR Ewing, compliments of Larry Hagman, made Dallas a success!

    Posted by Chrissi at Tuesday, March 12 2013 06:15 AM

    Love love loved this episode. By far the best and they're all amazing.

    I was thinking Ryland and Barnes worked together to kill JR but who knows right?!

    LOL Grizzkin, you wore black and drank Bourbon and Branch? I love it. I watched a screener of the show last week while working so didn't get to do that.

    I too, like you gals, felt Emma was too young for John Ross. It was sort of sleezy?! Haha I get it from John Ross but didn't expect it from Emma.

    Poor Sue Ellen.

    Posted by cowboys4life at Tuesday, March 12 2013 08:01 AM

    What about PAM being the killer? Why was JR looking for her? Was that explained?

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