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The Ewing’s run into the hospital emergency room. Elena tries to explain to Bobby. Bobby says, “Go away Elena.” She attempts to explain. “Go away.”

Ann says, “Please Elena. Just leave us alone.”

“I can’t leave Chris.”

Sue Ellen says, “You have no choice. You’re not family. So you can go and leave us or I’ll have you removed.”

“You know what Chris means to me.”

Bobby yells, “You think him in this hospital doesn’t have something to do with the criminals you were dealing with to get revenge on JR! Emma’s trying to piece her life together because of your friends. Ann. How many more of us do you need to destroy until you feel better about what JR did to your father?”

John Ross walks out the back of a beach house to find a young woman sitting, having tea, watching the ocean.

“Ellie” Ewing

She jumps up and hugs him as if she’s known him her whole life. “I knew you’d come. Dad called me and told me to give you time. I knew it. Did you finish what he left for you to do?”

“Not exactly.”

“You’re as handsome as I knew you’d be. And Christopher?”

“He’s not with me.”

“No? I’m confused. So you haven’t secured Ewing Oil? Are you and Christopher still fighting?”

“My mother and Uncle Bobby have Ewing Global. And, I don’t know. Chris just left Southfork all together.”

“Left? Well, we’ll figure that out. I promise you. We’re going to be a family. Daddy promised me.”

“I don’t understand Ellie. Our dad had a whole other family, with you? And mom’s sister?”

“No. Kristen, my mother, she died. I never knew her. Aunt Phyllis, raised me. I knew about my mother, and Christopher’s mother, being dead, and I knew our dad, he was here all the time. But I didn’t know about any of you until maybe a year before he died. Aunt Phyllis never said anything. Then I did some digging. Apparently my mother believed I died in childbirth and later had Christopher with some low life. Then she died in the Southfork pool. I found out I had a whole family. Then dad died.”

“So you’ve known about us?”

“Yes. I’ve dreamed my whole life about having a family, but the more I learned about the Ewings, the more I realized all you did was fight.”

“And you've lived in California this whole time?”

“No. No. I grew up in Virginia with Aunt Phyllis, and I went to school in Pennsylvania. Oh and a year in Switzerland. Then Bryn Mawr and year at the Sorbonne. I’ve moved around a lot. About three years ago I bought this house. I stay here for a few months out of the year. Depends on what’s going on.”

“So I take it you’re well off?”

“Well yes. Father left me a trust fund. Like he left you.”

“He didn’t leave me a trust fund. He did leave me half of his share of Southfork’s oil but I’ve only got it for a year. After that, it’s gone.”

“Oh. He did say he had some tasks for you. But what do you need with Southfork oil? You have a trust fund that Grandpa Jock left you.”

“What? No I don’t.”

“Yes you do. Carols DelSol has managed your money for years. A lot of money.”

“No. I’ve never heard of such a thing. Are you sure?”

“Positive. He manages my money too. So, you’re suppose to get back Ewing Oil. And Barnes Global owns the name. Which is now Ewing Global. West Star was merged into The Trident Corporation, so it owns the original assets of Ewing Oil. I know our trusts are large shareholders in Trident. Large enough to give Carlos a board seat. But the name stayed with Barnes Global. You get that back and the company is yours. That’s what dad told me. And something about Southfork being held in trust with Uncle Bobby as trustee for you. But he’d tried to sell it out from under you. Grandma had him agree to set it up that way. Essentially dad left you Ewing Oil and Southfork. Right?”

“No. I mean, yes, I’m suppose to get control of Ewing Global and start Ewing Oil up as an oil services company subsidiary, but it didn’t work out that way. And I did get half of Southfork.”

“Right. Half now and the other half when Uncle Bobby dies. And John Ross, the money they borrowed to buy control of Ewing Global wasn’t from Carlos. It was from your trust fund and mine. All we have to do is call in the loan.”

Emma runs up to John Ross as he walks in the back door of Southfork. “Where have you been?”

John Ross introduces Ellie as his sister.

“I tried calling you,” Emma in a fit of panic ignores Ellie.

“I figured I shouldn’t answer a call from you. Not until I can figure things out with Pamela.”

“Chris. He’s in the hospital.”

“What! What happened?”

“His car exploded. Bobby’s yelling that it’s got something to do with Nicholas Trevino and Elena.”

“Is he OK?”

“No. Non stopped surgeries. He’s critical. They don’t even know what brain damage could have been done.”

John Ross begins to make a call.

Emma asks, “Who are you calling?”

“You know those associates of your dads, that helped me in Mexico?”

“You’re calling them?”

“I put together a company with them. Like a paramilitary business. And your dads files. And my family’s files.” He looks at Ellie, “That’s my real inheritance, those files.” He then looks back at Emma, “They’ve both got all sorts of information on Trevino. I’ll handle him.”

Ellie says, “And Elena?”

John Ross says unto his phone, “Yes. We need to meet . . . Yes about Christopher . . . You did. OK . . . OK. I’m on the way to the hospital. I’ll meet you there.”

Emma asks, “They’re already on it?”

“No. Earlier, I asked them to take care of someone else. Nasser. Pamela had an affair with him. They sent him home.”

“Really. That’s good.”

“He’s gay. In his county the penalty for being gay is death.”

“Oh John Ross.”

“I didn’t know he was gay. So then they, they didn’t. Oh my God. And Pamela. Is she here?”

“I don’t know.”

“OK. I’ve got to get to the hospital. Do me a favor. Get a hold of your grandmother for me. I’ve got some news for her.”

John Ross with Ellie following run out of the house.

John Ross meets up with Bobby, Ann, Sue Ellen and Pamela at the hospital. He asks about Christoper. They ask about Ellie.

Elena comes into the hospital next and as Bobby approaches her she hands him a paper saying “This is why you can’t get rid of me.”

Bobby looks at it. “Chris married you?”

Opening Theme and Credits:

Dallas starring:

Jordana Brewster as Elena Ewing
Rose Byrne as Ellie Ewing
James Dornan as J. Dorian Wendell
Patrick Duffy as Bobby Ewing
Julie Gonzalo as Pamela Ewing
Linda Gray as Sue Ellen Ewing
Josh Henderson as John Ross Ewing
Jesse Metcalfe as Christopher Ewing
Brenda Strong as Ann Ewing
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Harris Ryland finds John Ross sitting at his desk in his office, the skyline of Dallas behind him. “Actually I have something to share with you. While your mother’s involved in politics her and Emma’s trust funds have been turned over to me as executor. That’s includes a controlling interest in this company as well as your house.”

He laughs. “You’re over your head boy.”

“Did you ever wonder why the CIA let you out of jail? Took care of everything for you. That’s because they own you. You’re a valuable asset. And now, you’re a valuable asset to me. You run Ryland trucking as I see fit. Or you’ll find yourself right back where you belong. Don’t believe me? Try calling your friends.”

Elena walks into the offices of Ewing Global. She says to Bobby, “I’m here

to let you know, I represent Christopher’s share in Ewing Global.”

“Sue Ellen and I have a controlling interest. You can remove me from my son’s hospital room, but you can’t do anything here.”

“I have enough of an interest to be kept well informed of what’s going on. And from what I’m told you and Sue Ellen have some hefty payments to make. I need to make sure my husband and our child’s interests are protected. You’ll forgive me if I don’t trust any of you.”

“You’re pregnant? Is it Chris’s baby?”

“How dare you.”

“How dare I? You were in a relationship with Nickolas Trevino. We know how you got the information about Cliff Barnes from John Ross. Anyone else I should know about?”

“If you want me and this child back on Southfork I want the cottage back.”

“You’ll have to discuss that with John Ross.”

“I’ll leave that to you as well as keeping me informed about this company.” Elena walks out.

Ellie watches her as she approaches Bobby. “She’s a piece of work.”

“You have no idea.”

“Oh Uncle Bobby, I’m sure I have more of an idea than you do. Do you know the police linked her brother’s death to that same drug cartel she was dealing with?”

“No. And how do you know that?”

“Well, if I’m going to live here it’s my business to know what goes on in my town. In fact I’m told the news made it to Carman in Mexico. Your former house keeper. She’s apparently inconsolable. Her sister, Teresa, has her on suicide watch. She also gave away to an orphanage all that blood money, as she calls it.”

“You know an awful lot about things.”

“I also know that Ewing Global owns the name Ewing Oil. I want it.”

“It’s not for sale.”

“Of course it is.” She hands him a piece of paper. “That’s Cliff Barnes’s share of Ewing Global.”

“How the hell did you get this?”

“Everything’s for sale. So now my brothers and I each own ten percent of Ewing Global. And you and Sue Ellen sit on a heavily financed thirty-five perfect each. Let’s just make sure we know the score.”

“This why John Ross brought you here? As an ally?”

“I’d like Ewing Global to form a fully owned subsidiary, Ewing Oil. With a friend of mine in charge of it. He’ll turn it into a fully functioning field services company. I’d also like to introduce you to a few other friends of mine, consultants, I think you’ll find them very valuable. As for the money you raised to help develop Christopher’s Ewing Process, I know some other people for you to talk to as well. No I’m not looking for a position with the company. Just to be of help. I also heard John Ross has resigned. Kinda of leaving this burden all to you, at the worst possible time.”

“I’m not going to let anything happen to Christopher’s life work.”

“No of course not. Neither am I. He’s my brother too, remember Uncle Bobby?” Ellie goes off and explores the offices.

From the balcony off the back of Southfork Ann and Emma watch a moving truck, followed by Elena, arrive at the cottage. “I can’t believe he married her.”

Ann says, “Neither can I.”

“What’d Pamela say about moving into the house?” Emma asks.

“Just that she wants a separate room from John Ross.”

“I try and avoid her as much as I can.“

“Thank you for moving back to your father’s.”

“Of course. Thank you for not holding what happened against me.”

“Bobby explained it was a business marriage, between Pamela and John Ross. I’m not sure what she’d expect, agreeing to something like that.”

“She owns ten percent of Ewing Global. I feel bad for John Ross. Because in the end he has nothing.”

“He owns a share of Southfork’s oil.”

“No. He told me a year after his father dies that his share of Southfork’s oil goes to set up a charitable foundation. When Sue Ellen dies, her share goes to the same foundation. John Ross only has a year to work on some plan of JR’s. If he doesn’t pull it off, he gets nothing.”

“Oh my god. I wonder if Bobby knows that.”

“I don’t know.”

“I don’t understand. What’s he got to do and what’s he get if he does it?”

“Take control of Ewing Global I guess.”

“JR left him a company he doesn’t even own? What the hell was wrong with that man? Bobby said the whole reason JR gave him back Southfork was he knew what Miss Ellie set in place, John Ross getting half of Southfork at his father’s death and the other half at Bobby’s. I don’t get the foundation though. Or keeping this daughter from everyone. Bobby told me she bought out Cliff Barnes and now no one can find him.”

“He’s not in jail in Mexico?”

“No one knows where he’s at.”

Pamela sits in a lawyers office. “I don’t understand, if my Aunt Katherine is dead how can she have sold her share of what’s now Ewing Global to anyone?”

“The claim is she sold her share before she died. From what I’ve seen everything looks in order.”

“So where’s the money.”

“According to this your father took the money out of the trust. What he turned over to you is about two million dollars.”

“We’re fighting this.”

“We can, but we’ll loose.”

“Find out who owns Lone Star Investments. I want to know who’s behind this. And we’ll keep this held up in court for years to come.”

“We’re trying. But it’s owned by a Cayman Islands company.“

“Just figure it out. And keep this in court as long as possible.”

6 months later . . .

Bobby and Sue Ellen sit down in the offices of Ewing Global facing a man behind a desk. “As near as I can figure out you have a few options to move forward, but you’ve got to pay down your debt. My best advise would be to sell shares back to Ewing Global itself. The company has the cash on hand.”

Sue Ellen says, “But what you’re proposing is giving up control. I’m not doubting you. I realize Ellie recommended you, and then took off for Morocco, but you’ve done a fine job with the company. We’re solvent. I’m just not sure giving up control is a good idea.”

“Christopher’s part of the business has been put on hold,” Bobby says. “And he’s coming home today. We’ll need that money.”

“I understand how much this means to you. And how important your son is. But we need to proceed with the Ewing Process with caution. I’ve spoken to Wentworth Tool and Die about special manufacturing of drilling equipment and we can move forward. We’ve got the cold oil rigs. Still we do need to proceed with caution, not throwing money at it.”

Sue Ellen says, “I still can’t believe that Wentworth is a Ewing subsidiary. Or that the two of you agreed to set up Ewing Oil as a filed services business. Or that someone we don’t even know owns ten per cent of this company.”

Bobby says, “Do we know anything about who owns Katherine Wentworth’s shares?”

“No. And Pamela’s out of legal options faster than she though.”

Sue Ellen says, “This smells like JR. Ellie showing up with the money to buy out Cliff. Some dummy company holding shares taken from Pamela. And what the hell is this foundation? When was JR so charitable?”

“I don’t know. What are our other options?” Bobby asks.

“Work something out with your creditors.”

The family welcome home Christoper. Everyone full of smiles. Christoper obviously very sore and stiff. Elena obviously very pregnant. Pamela coming into the room, also very obviously pregnant.

Chris says, “So Ellie I have to know. How did you get Roger Cook to come work for Ewing Alternative?”

“Well. You’re an engineer. He’s an engineer. I’m sure you can figure it out. What are you engineers always looking for? People with money. I know a lot of people with a lot of money.”

“He sounds like he’s made a lot of progress. We’re ready to take off running.”

Ann says, “Well you’re not. So take it easy. There’s a lot of people working on this. Let them do their jobs and you keep taking it easy.”

“No. I’m ready to get back to work. Elena tells me she’s running Ewing Oil now. I can’t believe you set up the company in business again. And you couldn’t have hired a better geologist to head it up. I’m glad to see everything’s working out.” He offers his hand to John Ross. “Brother.”

John Ross shakes his hand.

“I know it was you who donated part of your kidney for me. Thank you.”

“Of course.”

“I hear you gave up on business. Just been working the ranch with my dad.”

“Something like that.”

“I’ve had a lot of time to think. Well and Ellie here in my ear everyday. I swear half of what she said was subliminal. And I’m sorry for what went down between us with the business and with Elena.” Christopher hugs John Ross.

In the early morning Ellie sits and have breakfast by the pool when Christopher walks out. “You’re up early?”

“I haven’t gone to bed yet. I just got home. You know when you were gone I had a run way installed on Southfork. Makes life so much easier. So why are you up?”

“I don’t sleep well.”

“No I can imagine.”

“I’ve been trying with Pamela here. This isn’t going to be easy.”

“You still have feelings for her?”

“God no. I can’t stand looking at her. And John Ross deserves better.”

“I’m not disagreeing. And do do you by the way. Give me the word and she’s gone. But I guess we don’t get to pick the person our sibling marries.”

“No I guess not.”

“You said Pamela’s working for Barnes Entertainment?”

“Yes, a subsidiary of Ewing Global. Bobby gave her the job.”

“Do you know anything about this person who owns ten percent of the company?”

“No. Nothing. And that’s unusual for me.”

Bobby and John Ross work with the cattle in the barn. “I’m glad you agree with my plan, what to do with Southfork.”

John Ross says, “I’ve given up on business. Selling it to Ewing Global makes sense. I’m surprised you’re giving the oil to the foundation.”

“I’m more surprised your father set it up. Giving the land to the foundation is a good idea too. Leasing it the Southfork Cattle Company will protect it in perpetuity. You think we’ll be able to share the house?”

“I think so.”

“No more grand additions.”

John Ross laughs. “No. I’ve given up living my father’s dream.”

“I’m glad the house is full again. Though I’m not sure how to take your sister. I’m pretty happy about having Sue Ellen here.”

“Well she needs a place with family.”

“Listen. I’m just gonna ask this once more and let it go. Are you sure you know nothing about who owns Katherine’s shares.”

“No idea. I gave up on JR’s masterpiece. I was suppose to put down Barnes and Ryland. I don’t know where Barnes is, though I’m sure Ellie does. And Ryland out free. And was suppose to take control of Ewing Energies, Ryland Transport and Barnes Global, as well as start up Ewing Oil. This was inheritance and it wasn’t worth the cost. I’ve got half of Southfork and that’s enough.”

“And you and Pamela.”

“I’m sure you won’t believe me, but I do love her. Sad thing is, I finally believe she loves me. I never thought she would. But her stunt proved one thing to me. That she loves me. But what’s it matter. The whole thing only proved to her that I don’t love her. But the truth is, I do.”

“Your mother and I worked out a way to deal with our debt over Ewing Global. We’re going to sell shares to the company. It’ll mean we all own twenty percent. Your mother’s putting her shares in a trust for you. And I’m going to put my shares in a trust for Lucas.”

“Lucas Krebs?”

“He’s my son. I was with Jenna before, well before I left her and she ended up with Ray.”

“Oh I see.”

“Your father sent a letter to Lucas explaining everything. I’ve tried to speak to Lucas but he’s not interest. The least I can do is give him an equal share to Christoper, you and Ellie.”

“And who ever this third person is.”

Sue Ellen and Anne join Ellie and Chris for breakfast talking about days tasks. Pamela and Elena join them last. Pamela says Emma’s moves Virginia and that Judith’s bought a horse ranch there, having been appointed a U. S. Senator.

Ellie rolls around in a hotel bed with a handsome young man, unabated and masterful, neither one seeding control, rolling into the floor.

Bobby sits with his phone in his hand. Ann walks into the kitchen. “Are you OK.”

“I just got a call from Lucas.”

“He’s coming to Dallas?”

“No. He sold the shares I gave him in Ewing Global.”

“How can he? You put them in trust.”

“Which I turned over to him. He sold them to Jeremy Wendell.”

“No. Oh Bobby I’m so sorry.”

“What have I done?”

Pamela stops John Ross in the upstairs hall. “So Sue Ellen turned over her share of Ewing Global to you. Nice to be able to rely on your mother.”

“Better than not being able to count on your father.”

“You plan on doing anything with it, or you still in this self imposed exile from business.”

“What would you like me to do? The people Uncle Bobby and my mother brought in are doing a fine job. They even hired you to run one of the divisions.”

“Does it bother you your father left you nothing? He left Ellie a trust fund, big enough to buy out my father. I heard he even left to your brother James and his kids. But nothing for you, except some hair brained scheme you failed at.”

Ellie says, “Why do you talk about things you simply know nothing about?”

John Ross says, “Stay out of this, Ellie.”

“Why? So she can put you down, be little you? For your information he did exactly what our father wanted. He took control of Ryland Logistics. He created Ewing Oil. The only thing he didn’t do was take it from Uncle Bobby and Sue Ellen, and he could have at any time.”

“Oh yeah right? John Ross is hopeless at business.”

“Carlos DelSol used our trust funds to loan them the money. That’s right my father left me a trust fund as well and our grandfather set up one for John Ross, which he inherited upon our father’s death. John Ross could have called in the loans, but he didn’t want to do that. He wanted us to all get along.”

“What trust fund?”

John Ross says, “Thats enough Ellie.”

“He also turned over control of the foundation to his mother. He didn’t have to that either. He did it because he thought it was best. But you stand her talking like he’s a failure. He created Branch Water, a mercenary company and . . .”

“What’s Branch Water?”

“Stop Ellie.”

Ellie says, “You need to stand up to her. You’re not a failure.”

“Thank you Ellie.”

Ellie looks at Pamela with disgust and leaves.

“Why didn’t you tell me any of this?”

“You don’t speak to me. How was I suppose to tell you anything that’s going on in my life? We had a business arrangement, so I thought.”

“We did.”

“Fine. But then you lost your share of Ewing Global.”

“You cheated on me, with Emma.”

“We had an arrangement. You wouldn’t even go out to dinner with me. So how was I suppose to take this seriously as a real marriage?”

“I told you I fell in love with you?”

“Yeah I’ve heard that from a lot of people. People who want something from me. And you also said it long after we were married. Said it. But never acted like it.”

“I married you in front of everybody.”

“I don’t give a damn about I’m front of everybody. Listen I’m sick of this Pamela. Sick that everything is all my fault. I’ve loved you since the moment I meet you. Meet you, not Rebecca, you. When you took control in that board room of Barnes Global. How you managed to take from Christopher a share of his company. I fell for you. I tried to get you interested in me. You never were. Now you’re standing here having my baby and can’t even stand to look at me. Let alone talk to me.”

“Do you have my share of Ewing Global?”

“That’s all you’ve got to say to me? No. I have in a trust fund my mother’s share. I don’t know who has your share. But now I’ve got to deal with Uncle Bobby giving away his share and Lucas selling it, to a Wendell. So that’s forty percent in the hands of someone other than a Ewing. I didn’t do that, but I’m a failure!”

Ray approaches Bobby in the Barn. “Bob, I’m sorry. I heard what Lucas did.”

“It’s not his fault. I was stupid enough to believe JR.”

“Believe JR?”

“He left me a letter saying I needed to mend things with Lucas.”

“Yeah he sent Lucas a letter telling him you’re his son. He’s not spoken to Jenna since.”

“He blames her?”

“Of course he does. He’s angry that Charlie knew I adopted her but wouldn’t tell him I wasn’t his real father, but we worked it out.”

“I spoke to Gary. JR bought the Westfork Ranch and offered it as a trade for donating his Southfork mineral rights to the foundation.”

“You’re kidding. JR is dead, isn’t he?”

“Yes. I saw his body. It was him. But I suppose he had plenty of time to arrange everything.”

“He’s all over the news as this great humanitarian who left the world billions in Southfork oil.”

Bobby laughs, “Yeah they don’t mention the leases for that oil are enriching Ewing Energy.”

“I heard you started up Ewing Oil again too.”

“John Ross and Ellie’s idea but I think it came from JR. It’s a field services company now. John Ross is working with it on that big find out in West Texas.”

“What are you going to do about Wendell’s son? Doesn’t he run Trident? Is he making a play for acquiring Ewing Global?”

“Yes he does and I’m sure he is. But I’m washing my hands of everything to do with business.”

An office door reads, ‘Jeremy Dorian Wendell, III. Chairman and CEO The Trident Corporation.’ Elena walks through the door. “Good afternoon Dorian.”

J. Dorian Wendell

“Elena. So good to see you.”

“It doesn’t seem like you had any trouble getting Lucas’s shares.”

“Not a bit. Thank you for the tip.”

“And the money. Don’t forget the money.”

“I really should be thanking Nick Trevino for the financing, shouldn’t I?”

“We as he’s in hiding, I’ll just have to do instead.”

“Or did you kill him off and take his money?”

“That’s not funny.”

“I wonder what the Ewing’s will say, if they find out you not only tipped me off, you provided the financing?”

“They won’t think any less of me. Except now I control forty percent of Ewing Global.”

“I was kind of suspecting you were behind buying Katherine Wentworh’s shares. That would give you control of sixty percent. Speaking of such. How is your husband doing?”

“Resting. He’s hoping to go back to work sometime soon. But I keep pushing it off.”

Dorian caresses her shoulder.

Elena smirks.

A truck drives up to John Ross working on a fence in a secluded part of the ranch. Bum gets out and approaches him. “Not sure your dad would approve but I’d say an honest days work is a good idea.”

“Hey bum. How are ya doing? Ya I’m finishing up. Headed out to west Texas to help with an oil find. Ewing Energy has some options they want my in put on.”

“Well at least you’re keeping one foot in the oil business. Gotta say, not what your father expected.”

“I did what he wanted. I control Ryland Logistics. Just sold Judith and Emma’s shares to Ewing Global earlier this week. Judith was holding her consent until she locked down the Senate seat.“

“I heard through the grape vine. Ole Ryland can’t be happy. I hear they’re forcing a take over.”

“Yes they are. He’ll be bought out by the end of the day. And just like JR wanted, I’ve locked Ryland down. Ellie and I should be able to get Ryland in as President of the company. Except for a missing twenty percent share would be helpful. Oh and Ewing Oil is back up in business again.”

“But you’re not running that division.”

“And I have no intention to.”

“I see. Well you don’t have to worry about the missing ten percent. JR arranged it to be turned over to your brother Bo. Cally’s boy.”

“You’re kidding me.”

“You were also suppose to act upon his buying Pamela’s shares.”

“Yeah well I’m not going to. Those belong to Chris.”

“Your father bought those for you.”

“Where is Pam?”

“I’m sorry John Ross. I promised your daddy I’d help her stay hidden. I’m not gonna break my word.”

“Well, I’m not taking Chris’s shares then. So we’re done. I did everything he asked of me, everything I’m willing to do. My brother, sister and I control Ewing Global. That’ll have to be enough.”

“I suppose it will have to do.” No hands him an envelope. “You’ve got JR’s red files and Ryland’s black box. And you control Ryland and have his company as well as that of Cliff Barnes. So we’re done. I’d say you completed JR’s masterpiece. This is what your father promised you. Your inheritance.”

John Ross holds the thick packet. “I’m not sure if this was worth it.”
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A taxi pulls onto Southfork and a young woman gets out. Sue Ellen approaches the young girl. “Can I help you?”

“I’m looking for John Ross Ewing.”

“He’s not here. I’m his mother. Maybe I can help you.”

“I don’t know. I’m Jaden. Jayden Ewing, his daughter.”

Jayden Ewing, John Ross’s daughter (that JR kept hidden away) when he was 19.

John Ross walks down out of a private plan to find Ellie waiting. “What did Bo have to say?”

“He’s not coming.”

“You said that. But what’d he say about it?”

“Apparently our father spent a lot of time with him growing up. He doesn’t want to spoil that by living at Southfork.”

“I guess I can understand that. So what are we going to do to get him here?”

“Nothing. Let’s just respect what he wants.”

“Oh come on. This is where our father’s children live, and Chris. I get James, he’s a Beaumont, but not Bo.”

“Leave it Ellie.”

“You said before you left you spoke with Bum about your inheritance, now that you e really completed most everything.”

“I got another task. Something called the Ewing Network.”

“What’s the Ewing Network.”

John Ross tosses her the packet Bum gave him from out of his jacket inside pocket. “I’m suppose to get involved with these organizations. They’re all political. Foundations. Think tanks. PAC’s.”

“Well it’s not a bad idea.”

“I’m sort of sick of jumping through hoops,” John Ross says. “I’m done.”

“Well, I can see that. Let me help you.” She looks over the pages and pages of notes. “Look at these. No wonder he’s influenced politics so much in the last couple decades. You know the year he died, there was no federal inheritance tax?”

“Are you saying our father was behind eliminating the federal inheritance tax?”

“Look at these organizations and you tell me.”

In his room Chris struggles with his bandaged hands to open a pill bottle. Elena goes to help him. Chris seems depressed and defeated. He takes his pills while Elena starts the shower. She removes his robe, his body covered with several prominent scars.

Alone in the shower, the door closed, Chris begins to cry. Sliding down the wall of the shower until he sits on the floor balling.

Sue Ellen greets her guess for lunch out in the Southfork patio. She introduces Pamela. “It’s not easy to get her to take the afternoon off. But, she’s Rebecca Wentworth’s granddaughter. That means she can join the DOA.” Pamela doesn’t look all that thrilled about socializing with the old guard of Texas.

Pamela meets Amy Wendell, Punk and Mavis’s granddaughter. Amy’s married to J. Dorian Wendell, Jeremy’s son.

Whispers of women off to the side spread about how John Ross was with Amy all those years ago.

As lunch is served and Pamela makes her way to the table, she grabs onto the back of a chair. Her water breaks around her feet. Sue Ellen notices and takes care of her. All the women are excited.

Sue Ellen pulls John Ross aside as he rushes into the hospital. “Pamela’s fine but before you gone in there we have to talk about Jayden Ewing.”

John Ross’s face hardens.

“She showed up at Southfork, right before the DOA. When are you gonna stop lying to Pamela?”

“When was I suppose to tell her I had a daughter at nineteen?”

“You sure could have told me. She said she knew JR.”

“When did you want me to tell you? Over Christmas break? Summer vacation?”

“I wasn’t too busy to know I had a grandchild.”

“Seemed too busy to have a child.”

“Do I know her mother?”

“No. She’s a bit older than me.”

“How much older?”

“Ten years.”

“Oh John Ross.”

“Look it I don’t have time for a lecture on the morality of teenage sex. My wife is having a baby.”

In the delivery room John Ross helps in the birth of his son. He cuts the cord and then sits next to Pamela in bed holding him. She cries. “Jay, right?”

“Right,” John Ross says.

Pamela cries and tries to hold her baby. “I love you.” She then begins labor again. The nurse takes the Jay with her.

Another baby is born. John Ross holds his son and cuts the cord, bring him to her. “Blake?”

“If that’s what you want.”

The baby is taken away by one nurse and the other returned wrapped in a blanket.

Out side the glass window the family looks on at ‘John Ross Ewing, IV’ and ‘Clifford Blake Ewing.’ Bobby holds Sue Ellen from the side. “I wish JR were here to see this.”

Ellie says, “Clifford Blake. You’re kidding me.”

Bobby says, “Thats Pamela’s father’s name.”

“It’s an awful name. Who wants to be named after a man who ended up in a mental institution?”

“Cut it out Ellie,” Bobby admonishes. “Cliff had his problems. But he was an alright guy.”

Sue Ellen says, “He left Texas the Barnes-Wentworth Foundation. And they’ve done a lot of good.”

“You’re all stretching. I heard he was a termite.”

Bobby chuckles, “Consider the source.”

Elena flinches.

Sue Ellen asks, “Are you OK?”

“Just Braxton Hicks Contractions, they say. I went in two weeks ago. I’m fine.” Then another contraction.

Bobby says, “Still, while you’re here, let’s get you looked at.”

Sue Ellen asks, “When’s your due date?”

“Two days ago,” Elena says pushing through another contraction.

“Let’s get you looked at,” Bobby insists.

Chris sits in the corner in agony as Elena delivers their child. Two nurses help him to his feet and to cutting the cord. Taking everything out of him, he’s helped back to his seat. A tear runs down Elena’s face as she hears her baby crying as he’s cleaned up. Eventually she’s handed her child and she holds him tight.

Outside the window Sue Ellen and Bobby look at the baby placed in his bassinet. ‘Andres Ramos Ewing.’

A man who looks just like Drew Ramos steps up to them. They’re shocked. It takes Bobby a second and then he hugs the man. “Baldo. How are you? It’s been way to long. Sue Ellen this is Baldo, Teresa’s son. Elena’s cousin. You remember Teresa?”

“Of course. How are you Baldo. How’s your mother?”

“I’m good. I just finished up twenty years in the Navy. And my mom’s great. Retired and relaxing up in the mountains.”

“Please tell her I said hi.”

“I will.” Looking at Bobby, “So how’s Chris? I heard about the explosion.”

“He’s getting better. Sore. But he’s home.”

“Good. Good to hear.”


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Bobby and Sue Ellen walk in the back of Southfork with Baldo, Bobby saying, “Look who we found.”

Thrilled to see him John Ross hugs him yelling, “B-Ray.”

Baldo yells, “J-Roe,” abc the two oat each other on the back.

“You here to see my boys?”

“You know it. Na man, just retired. Looking for a job.”

“You got. Anything you want. You um, up on everything with Elena and Drew?”

“Yeah. I can’t believe they didn’t lock her up. Far as the rest of the family’s concerned she killed Drew. We don’t need a court of law to tell us that. My Aunt Carmen’s bad off, worse than anything I ever saw and I’ve seen guys cone back from combat pretty messed up. And you and Elena.”

“We walk around each other.”

“Holy shit,” Baldo says with Jayden, walking into the room in a bikini.

John Ross punches him in the gut. “That’s my daughter man.”

Doubled over. “Sorry bro. Sorry. Just reflex action man. Sorry.”

“Jayden this is my oldest friend in the world, Baldo Ramon Rodriguez the third. Baldo this is my daughter Jayden.”

They exchange pleasantries and Jayden makes her excuses to leave.

“Sorry bro, but she his one fine looking girl, and yes I had that punch comin’”

“About to get another. And this is my sister, Ellie.”

“Ellie? Since when do you have a sister?”

Ellie says, “Some time now.”

Elena sits in a law office with Chris waiting. “I just don’t want you family to find a way to screw over our son after all these years and your hard work.”

“But they . . .”

“Won’t even let you see what’s being done at Ewing Alternative. This way your shares are in trust to our son. Just like John Ross’s shares are in trust and Pamela can’t get at them in a divorce, forcing her to stay with him after Ellie stole your Uncle Cliff’s shares and JR stole your Aunt Kathryn’s and give them to Bo. A cousin you’ve never even meet. And your father, Bobby just up and gave away everything to Lucas. That what you want for your son?”

“No of course not, but . . .”

The lawyer walks in the room. “I’ve got the papers to sign. They’re really straight forward putting your shares in trust to your son, avoiding taxes and protecting them for the future.”

Dorian Wendell eats lunch at the Oil Baron’s Club with some associates. Ellie stops by, “Gentleman. Enjoying lunch?”

“Ellie. How are you. Here alone?”

She sits down with them, “No my friends held the extra seat for me.” She sips the Champaign. “Thank you.” She hands him a USB drive. “So if would seem your investors have reason to be concerned about how you manage our money.”

“I don’t know what you’re talking about.”

“Trident’s deals in Mexico. Bribing state officials to get at off shore leases. Then there’s your personal financing and the question of your borrowing?”

“So you’re really here to question me about my shares in Ewing Global.”

“I’m here to give you this gift. I believe in being honest with the people who work for me.”

“Since when do I work for you?”

“Since my trust fund is a five percent of Trident. So does John Ross’s, and so does my brother Bo’s. Not to mention the shares these fine men represent. My friends. Getting adding real quick.”

“What do you want?”

“Nothing. Just to pass on a little information to you. Make sure we’re all on the same page.”

“Try this on for size, I don’t give a damn what you’ve got to say or what you own. The Ewing’s are nothing but a pestilence in the oil industry in Dallas. I owe everyone of you a debt, I intend to pay.”

Ellie chuckles, “Your father gets burned trying a dirty trick on my family and we’re to blame. You’re too funny Dorian. Justify anything you want, just remember, I know the score.”

Harris Ryland steps up, “Ellie.”

“Oh Harris. Yes I’m ready for lunch. Gentleman please enjoy.”

At Southfork Anne and Pamela work on dinner in the Kitchen with Sue Ellen cutting carrots, sitting at the counter. The two talk about having three baby’s in the house. Anne mentions with Elena back to work so soon, Pamela must feel like she’s got triplets.

John Ross talks to Jayden in the horse barn. “I agree college isn’t for everyone, but you need to have something to do. Some purpose.” John Ross moves bales of hay while she watches. Bobby steps in, “John Ross. What the vet say . . . Oh sorry.”

“No it’s ok. He put her on antibiotics. Jayden and I were just talking about purpose in life. Uncle Bobby here was a former oilman himself. Lot longer than I was.”

“They say your daddy could smell the oil in the ground.”

“I’m not saying business isn’t important. You gotta keep your eye on your money, but there’s more to life. Family.”

Bobby smiles. “We could always use the help around here.”

“I don’t see me lugging hey around.”

“Well they are a bit heavy but you could clean our the stall, right John Ross? Maybe take an interest in the horses. Anne’s daughter Emma loved working with the horses. She’s an Olympian jumper. You ride?”

“A little bit.”

“Then let me help you get started. I think you’d love it. We don’t keep the horses for work but for tradition and breeding. You get up every morning with us and work the ranch and we’ll show you everything you need to know about this place. Ranching’s a hard life, but we’ve been fortunate enough that oil’s got us through the lean years. What’d ya say?”

Jayden smile. “Well I guess so.”

In the back of a limousine Ellie says to Harris. “Well seeing us have much together sure was enjoyable. Dorian’s squirming right about now.”

“Way it’s set up he can’t betray Elena and now he can’t betray you. You better leave the man a way out.”

“Don’t you worry about him. I’ve it under control. You just worry about Ewing Global. Next week there’ll appear an opening as Chairman and CEO. I want you in it. Then I want you buying mine and my brother’s shares in Trident. Keep the pressure on Dorian.”

“Problem is, Elena is going to go after filling that position with her control of Chris’s shares, and her assuming she’s got control of Wendell’s shares. That man’s gonna be in a no win situation.”

“I said don’t worry. I’ve got him covered.”

“And Bo. Elena gets ahold of control of Bo’s shares and it’s done. She controls sixty percent of Ewing Global.”

“That’s not gonna happen. I’m gonna send that whore out of here in a hand basket. Them I’m gonna deal with that Barnes girl and Lucas Krebs. One thing at a time. You handle Wendell for me and I’ll handle getting Bo to Texas.”


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In the living room before dinner John Ross and Baldo get the bar ready. Ellie, Sue Ellen and Bobby sit playing cards when Elena walks in. “I’ve got an announcement. As we’re looking for a new CEO.”

“There’s no talk of business at dinner.”

“This is important. John Ross needs to hear it. I want the job. In fact I’m taking it. I have Christopher’s shares. I brought Wendell out. And Bo signed over control of his trust to me. So this is happening.”

“Don’t do this Elena,” John Ross pleads and motions for Ellie to sit.

“It’s done.”

“So that’s it? I loved you Ellen. I never did anything to hurt you or your family. Don’t do this.”

Pamela enters the doorway.

John Ross continues. “Chris loves you. Don’t hurt him. Please.”

“That’s up to you. You can accept things as they are. You and Ellie will get a large check to buy you out. Or you throw me and my child out.”

“Our child.”


“Don’t mistake my silence for ignorance.” Baldo leaves the room. “That boy will never leave this house. I promise you that.”

“The fight is your choice.”

“No. It’s yours. I write up Bo’s trust. He doesn’t have the power to turn over anything to you. I’m the trustee. Uncle Bobby did the same with Chris and Lucas. What we did and wait you out.”

Baldo enters the room. “There on their way.”

John Ross continues, “There’s a plane gassed up ready to take you away. But I’ve sent the FBI what they need. You and Trevino are going to prison. There’s no fight Elena.” John Ross then takes papers from Baldo and hands them to Pamela. “This is control of my trust, and Bo’s, and Ellie’s. Carlos DelSol is waiting your call. He’ll finance you buying us out. 60% of Ewing Global or Barnes Global or what ever you want to call it is yours. You’ll have to share it with Chris and Lucas. But I’m sure Uncle Bobby will be happy to sell you Chris’s share. It’s also my half of Southfork and the other half I get in the future. You’ve won. Pamela.”

They all watch John Ross walk out of the house. Baldo leads Elena out the back. Pamela sits down, stunned and amazed. Sue Ellen covers her mouth. Bobby grins from ear to ear. Ellie says, “I wouldn’t take my fifth of Ewing Global if I were you.”


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Pamela opens the package of papers and out pours her grandmother’s emerald and diamond earrings.


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Bobby meets John Ross our in the barn finding him caring for a sick calf. “When I agreed to put Lucas’s trust with you, I thought I made a big mistake. Then I doubled down and advised Chris to do the same. I knew I couldn’t trust Elena. I wanted to trust you. And you haven’t let me down. It takes a real man to walk away from a fight.”

“I feel bad for Chris. All he’s been through. Then I give away his life’s work to Pamela. His son isn’t his. His wife’s, I don’t know what the hell happened to Elena.”

“Thank you.”

“She blackmailed Bo.”

“Elena did?”

“It’s why he won’t cone to Dallas. Why he agreed to turn his shares over to Elena.”

“Something he wants kept secret.”

“From us. From his mother’s family.”

“And you know the secret?”

“I do. You need to go to Lucas and work things out.”

“I’m going to. I don’t have a problem with getting Wendell back his money and then financing the shares myself, if Pamela doesn’t want them. It’s not something I should have done in the first place. He’s Ray’s son. The money’s one thing, but he’s not interested in being a Ewing despite what your father might think.”

“Did Pamela say something?”

“She doesn’t want Ewing Global or the ranch. She wants to find her father. I told her you’ve been seeing him. That he’s very disturbed.”

“He thinks I’m his son. He thought Chris’s babies were mine and I’m his son.”

“I can only imagine what he’s going through.”

“Well you and Chris have been going back and forth to visit Aunt Pam. You get it.”

“I can’t see Pamela. She thinks I’m dead. Last time I tried she had a breakdown. She thinks Chris is Cliff. Don’t ask me why. I saw Katherine last time. She thinks we’re married. I can’t believe what’s happened to all three of them.”

“I’m terrified for Pamela and our boys.”

“What are you gonna do about Drew.”

“Raise him as mine with Pamela. Pray a lot.”

“They’ll be like triplets.”

“Already are.”

Pamela says, “Can I speak to John Ross?”

“Sure.” Bobby stops by her on the way out. “You know he loves you, right?”


“Just be kind to him. He’s tryin’ his best.” Bobby leaves.

“I don’t want Ewing Global. I don’t even want the job I have. I certainly don’t want Southfork.”

“You did at one time.”

“That’s when I thought I could offer it to you. I thought I could take Chris’s patent and give it to my father and give you Southfork.”

“Give it to me? Why?”

“I fell for you a long time ago. You probably don’t even remember when we first meet.”

“Of course I do. Long before you pretended to be Rebecca Sutter. I’m done with all of that. I’d like to see my father.”

“The courts awarded your father Kathryn’s heir and trustee. I suppose you’ll need to take care of her and your father. Chris has been trying with his mother.”

“I do like the fact that you’re in charge of all trusts for Ewing Global, well except Ellie. She’s a bit frightening.”

“Isn’t she. If Bobby’s ok with it, I’m gonna buy Lucas’s shares, divide up forty percent of Ewing Global four ways for my four children. I’m gonna try and get Bo to Southfork as well. And, I’ve got a lot to sit down and talk to Chris about.”

“Ellie’s gonna run the company?”

“I don’t think there’s a way to stop her. She wants Harris Ryland.”

“Is that such a good idea?”

“He’s well respected in the oil industry.”

Pamela gives him an incredulous look.

He gives her a devilish boy smirk. “You know I love you.”

“Yeah I suppose I do.”

“That all you gotta say?”

“You’re not expecting me to say I love you?”

“It’d be nice.”

“Well I’m not here to stroke your ego so you’ll just have to tough it out.”

“How about a kiss?”

“If you’re waiting for me kiss you, you’ll be waiting a long time.”

“I just don’t want to do something you don’t want me to do.”

“Well, you’ll just have to take a chance. If I don’t want you do, I’ll knee you in the goin.”

Hesitantly he approaches her and takes her in his arms, gently.”

“You tryin’ to put me to sleep?”

“No. Of course not.”

“Well then.”

John Ross grabs her up in his arms, pulling her tight to him. He kisses her passionately. She collapses into his body and kisses him back.


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Ellie walks in on Chris in Harris’s office at Ewing Global. “Harris says he’ll leave you alone with Ewing Alternative, so I’m hoping we’ll all get along.”

Chris looks put off at bring interrupted. “I’m hoping so. John Ross worked hard to put together Ewing Global, didn’t he? Last thing he needs is us tearing it apart. But I am confused. Harris is President of Ewing Global. What role do you play?”

“I’m like a fly on the wall.”

“A fly who’s interested in my budget?”

“Exactly. So please. Sit with Harris and iron out the details.”

“From what he’s telling me a lot of money is going into software companies.”

“Diversification. Ewing Alternative is a long ways from profitability.”

“Not gonna get there without money to it off the ground.”

“I get you’re in a hurry, but honestly we’ve got plenty of time. Right now we’re focused on bulking up the company. You just need to be patient Christopher.”

John Ross works the ranch with Bobby, rounding up cattle to push to another pasture.

Pamela and Anne cook dinner with Sue Ellen looking on.

Jayden walks up out of the pool in her bikini, surrounded by her friends, music and horseplay.

Walking back into the barns after a hard days work John Ross says, “You never finished telling me what happened with Lucas?”

“Nothing. He didn’t want to even talk to me. Ray tried to help but Lucas won’t even speak to Jenna. Ray says he’s pretty close to his sisters, Charlie and Maggie. I just left it. Told him the money was his and gave him your number to discuss it.”

“And that’s it?”

“That’s it. He’s had a good life with Ray and Jenna. I guess I was only causing problem. I just wanted him to know my side of things and that I didn’t forget about him.”

“Not much more you can do.”

“Any news from Bo?”

“Nothing. I offered to buy his share of Ewing Global. Got a text back with the letter K. You know he doesn’t even go by Ewing. He’s Boaz Harper the third, named after Calley’s dad and brother. I don’t know what my father was thinking. Neither one want anything to do with us. Maggie and I have always been friends. I gave her a call, ‘bout Lucas.”


“Just she thinks Lucas will eventually understand. It’s just right now you’re coming between him and Ray. That’s how he sees it. Ray means everything to him. And he’s proud to be a Krebs. Ray adopted Charlie and as far as Lucas is concerned the three of them are Krebs’s and that’s very important to him. Lucas started up that chain of grocery stores in Europe they’re bringing to America, using the name Krebs. Maggie’s a high powered lobbyist. Charlotte’s a fashion designer. You can see how the name means something to him.”

“I suppose so.”

“In a way he sees you as trying to take that away from him.”

“Maybe one day, he’ll wanna talk.”


John Ross and Bobby walk in to the kitchen from the outside and gush over how great it smells. “Momma, you weren’t helping were ya?”

Anne says, “She’s got some great chopping skills.”

Ellie walks in from the front. “Why are we all in the kitchen?”

Anne says, “We’re making dinner. You do, cook don’t you Ellie.”

“God no. I find it best to hire professionals for the things I need doing. I’d be happy to arrange for a chef to stay at Southfork.”

“No I’ve got this. We’ve got this.” Anne motions to Pamela and Sue Ellen.

John Ross asks, “We’re not having in all those kids out there are we?”

Pamela answers, “No. I told Jayden they have to go by six.”

“Well it’s almost six now.”

Sue Ellen asks, “What happened to her working with you two.”

“Like a field hand?” Ellie blurts out. Everyone ignores her.

“I don’t know,” Bobby answers. “She seemed to be interested but then maybe not everyday.”

John Ross says, “Ranching doesn’t get weekends and holidays.”

“I just don’t understand you people,” Ellie says. “Anyway, did you set an extra place?”

Anne says, “Yes but you never said who you’re bringing to dinner.”

“My brother Bo.”


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Bo is shown in to the living room during cocktails. Ellie introduces the talk, handsome blond young man. Bobby shakes his hand. “So I hear you’re a rancher.”

“More a vet with a few head of cattle on the side.”

“We could always use a vet around here. Are you interested in taking a look for me?”

“I suppose I could. But I’m sure you have a competent vet.”

“Sure but always like a second opinion. We’ve got a sick calf right now.”

“I guess I could.”

Ellie huffs. “What is it with this family and their obsession with work?”

Very early in the morning John Ross gathers his team in the study. Drew sits to the side watching. Chris, Ellie and Harris walk in with a couple of others. John Ross hands Harris a packet. “These are the changes I made to Chris’s budget.”

Ellie says, “Changes?”

“Yes. Ewing Alternative Energy is more than a profit piece.”

“Good thing as there’s no profit to be seen for sometime.”

“Along with the foundation it makes the family look good. Right now I’m interested in our reputation so we can move forward with investing in politics..”.

“What you’re running for office.”

“Hell no. Though I think Chris might make a good candidate. But right now I’m just vetting those we’re will to put our support behind. Just change the budget. We’ve got to get through everything, quick. I want Harris out of here before Aunt Anne gets up.”

“The pipeline. Someone’s gonna have to sell me on it. I think were better off letting another company do the dirty work and then buying them. The software stuff is great. Matches other areas of the company like logistics management. I want to talk about an investment in Krebs soon as they do public.”

Ryland says, “That’s still only a rumor.”

In the entry way, on his way out the door Harris runs into Bo coming down the stairs. “I don’t know you, do I?”

“I’m Bo Harper.”

“Oh JR’s son from Florida. Heard all about you. I’m Harris Ryland. President of Ewing Global.”

“Hello Mr. Ryland.”

“Harris, please.”

“Nice to meet you. You start awfully early for office work.”

“Monday mornings. John Ross needs to meet before he starts working on the ranch.”

“So he’s not just a rancher?”

“No. Not in the least. He’s a son of a bastard who ranches on the side.”

“You don’t think highly of my brother?”

“I don’t think highly of any of the Ewing’s.”

“Why work for them?”

“I’ll buy you a drink sometime and explain it.”

“Sounds good. I’d like to hear an honest assessment of these people.”

Harris hands him his card.

At a honkytonk Harris sits at a bar next to Bo. “Just so you know. The Ewing’s will be well aware of us meeting here, but I wouldn’t say there’s a place we could meet they wouldn’t know about.”

“They have you followed.”

“I can guarantee they have you followed. So you don’t know any of them?”

“Met John Ross on and off over the years. My father when I was older, here and there. Met Chris’s wife a few years ago. Not impressed.”

“She was a piece of work. I guess she’s on the run. Involved with money laundering. Nearly got Chris killed.”

“You don’t say.”

The door to a hotel room swings open and Harris and Ryland stumble in, in each other’s arms, kissing passionately, pushing the door closed.

On the beach in Mexico Dorian Wendell approaches Elena. “I’ve got the pardon.”

“Good. I’ve got the money.”

“All of it?”

“Every last dime of the Mendez-Ochoa Cartel, minus trust funds I set up for Joaquin‘s children.”

“And where is your friend?”

“That I can’t tell you.”

“I expect once we’re married to know everything you know.”


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The Ewing’s show up at the Oil Barron’s Ball. Bobby and Anne get out of the limousine first. Then John Ross and Pamela, Chris and Ellie and then Jayden and her date. Under the clamor of local paparazzi the eight of them walk into the hotel.

John Ross runs into Marilee Stone and says, “I’m glad your grandson is joining us at our table. A nice young gentleman.”

“Derek? He is. He told me he asked Jayden. Last year his date sat with us.”

Ellie says, “Well this year he gets an up grade.”


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Harris Ryland shows up with his mother, Senator Ryland, but the real stir is when Dorian Wendell shows up with Elena. The Ewing’s are all stirred up, all but John Ross and Ellie. John Ross informs them of her pardon, and then marriage to Dorian Wendell. That last fact takes Ellie by surprise.

Sue Ellen takes the podium and welcomes everybody. She announces the mayor, the governor and Senator Judith Brown and very special guest President Bush and his wife Laura, all sitting at the Ryland table.

John Ross walks up to an older woman and says, “Mrs. Wendell.”

“John Ross. Please, Janet. How are you?”

“Doing well.”

“I see your son has remarried.”

“Not at all to my likening. She was apparently married to your cousin.”


“And you have a child with her.”

“Yes. I’ve git full custody but I’m guessing with a full pardon.”

“That man in the White House is certainly daft. Well I hope what ever your son is up to this time, you don’t let it come between our friendship.”

“No of course not. I must say Harris on the board of Trident was an interesting choice. How in the world did the Ewing’s end up getting along so well with him?”

“Oh, we found common ground.”

“I bet you did.”
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John Ross excuses himself and ends up over at the Ryland table welcome all the politicians. He exchanges kisses with Judith on both cheeks. She tells him Emma sends her best. “Please tell her I do as well. So did Harris tell you about his meeting with my brother Bo?”

“Bo? That’s your half brother from Texas?”

“Yes. We tried to get him to come tonight but he just wasn’t interested.”

“What’s this business with Bo.”

“There’s no business,” Harris says.

“No he just meet to tell him gossip about the family. Bo’s curious to get the opinions of others. He’s skeptical of us. But he seems like Harris.”

“Really? Well Harris, if you’ve made a friend you better hold onto him.”

“I believe he is. Wouldn’t you say?”

Harris responds uneasily, “He just needed an honest rendition of the Ewing legion. People are even going around talking about how great a guy JR Ewing was.”


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Ellie walks up to Elena, “Look who’s back from licking her wounds.”


“And married. Now at least when you have money, you can say you came by it honestly.”

“I going to make every last one of you pay for what you’ve done. You can’t just discard me.”

“No I guess not. Like my daddy always said, where there's a way, there's a will. And here you are.”

“I’m going to get revenge on your family and this time, no one will forget me or mine.”

“Revenge for what? Your daddy being to stupid to know he’d been swindled? Revenge for you getting your brother killed. How about revenge for making you a slut? Which one of your delusions do we pay for.”

“Be patient Ellie. Your time will come. Nothings going to stop me.”

“Well good. Anything worth having is worth going for - all the way. Something else my daddy taught me. To bad your daddy didn’t stick around and teach you a little something. Like how to dress.”

“Elena,” Chris says. See you got married the second the ink was dry on our divorce.”

“How would you know? John Ross sent your family lawyers to settle everything.”

“Did you expect me to fight for you?”

“I did everything for us. We would have had all of Ewing Global. Instead what are you left? To fight with this bitch?”

“She’s my sister.”

“Since when?”

“Since I was born. Listen. I don’t want to talk to you anymore. We don’t share a child. We aren’t married. So just enjoy your new husband and stop making threats to my family.”

“I owe you and your family a great deal.”

“Yes you do, but not in the way you think.”

“We’ll see.”

“Oh we will see,” Ellie says, “and I’m so looking forward to it.”

Bobby says, “Dorian.”


“Congratulations on the marriage. I hope you’ll be very happy.”

Dorian shakes his hand. “Make you a bit nervous, two people who have it out for your family getting together?”

“Not at all. The Ewing’s have broke anybody who’s come up against us. I only get concerned when it’s Ewing against Ewing.”

“We’ll see about that.”

“That we will.”


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Bo meets Harris Ryland in a hotel lobby bar. “Did you have a good time?”

Harris orders a Scotch. “Interesting. Elena Ramos, I told you about her. She’s not only back in Dallas, she’s married to a Wendell.”

“Now I get she’s Chris’s x-wife and tried to steal control of the company out from under John Ross, but what’s the issue with Wendell?”

“That goes back to before you were born.”

John Ross dances with Pamela. “She’s going to try and take Drew from us, isn’t she?”

John Ross holds her tight, “She can try.”

She lies her head on his shoulder.


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Note: I tend to stick more with the business and politics stuff but I would assume other things are going on at the same time like stories about Jayden and trials and tribulations as John Ross’s oldest child, and between Bo and Harris dealing with feelings for each other they’re too ashamed to make public and Pamela and John Ross falling in love and settling down as the head of the family.

Walking off the elevator and through the c-suite offices of Ewing Global Ryland comes across Ellie, waiting for him. “Took you long enough to get here.”

“We were just at Southfork, together. How’d you get to town so fast?”


“Oh. I see. Was there something you wanted to discuss you couldn’t in our weekly meeting in front of your brothers?”

“A few things. Elena’s Executive Vice President of Exploration and Development for Trident. How the hell does that happen? I’m assuming the news has something to do with their share price taking a nose dive.”

“It’ll be addressed at the board meeting, I can assure you of that. Trident isn’t Wendell’s personal business.”

“No it’s not. But some Mexican company, Somar, has been making a very large investment. I’m assuming that’s Ramos.”

“And Trevino’s money.”

“You mean drug money.”

“I heard a rumor. The murders of the members of the cartel in prison wasn’t Trevino. It was your brother.”

“Who’d you hear that from?”

“My mother.”

“That’s more than a rumor.”

“I’d say so. As for Elena, she’s already stolen a few leases out from under us up in the Bakken. She’s got contacts we don’t from when she was working with John Ross up there. I’ve also heard some of these deals aren’t so friendly. Like she’s squeezing people. Most of those mineral rights have all been gobbled up of course, but she’s got Trident acquiring some independents.”

“Ones we were going after.”

“One’s everyone was going after. I’ve got to guess she’s just sticking herself in the way so long term she can make a play for us. But Ewing Global is way to strong right now. Trident’s still depressed in its share price but we’re independent. We don’t have to worry about that.”

“Our balance sheet is very strong.”

Pamela and Anne cook in the kitchen. “It must be awful for you seeing Harris. And now he’s working for John Ross.”

“I don’t know. I mean with Emma I should have known. His mother always had control of him. I’m sure she’s capable of much worse.”

“You think his mother was behind him kidnapping Emma?”

“I have no doubt. I know she’s friends with John Ross, but don’t trust her for a second.”

“No I won’t. I’m worried about Elena. John Ross says she’s planning on visiting Drew. I know she’s his son, but I don’t trust her either.”

“No, I wouldn’t. You’ve done pretty good by that kid.”

“It’s not his fault what his parents did.”

“And Jayden?”

“She’s something else. I’ve yet to meet her mother. And, I keep wonder if John Ross has any other kids out there.”

“I hear she a bit older than him.”

“More than a bit.”

“How are you with Emma and Elena.”

“I don’t want to see either one of them, but as far as I’m concerned out marriage started after them. I suppose it wasn’t fair to expect a real marriage when it was a business deal. And then when I told him it was over. He’s a lot more fragile then you think.”

“John Ross, yes he is. He desperately wants someone to love him, always has. JR hurt him pretty bad when he found out he had another son, James. Sue Ellen always had a project going, if she wasn’t drunk or fighting to keep dinner, she was working. Amazing he’s has a lot of friends, but girls have usually not been very good to him. I remember the first summer he was home, after if married Bobby. He was failing his classes at college. School was really hard for him. His tutor was sleeping with him, cheating on her fiancé.”

“He told you that?”

“He was crying. He couldn’t figure out what was wrong with him that she wouldn’t leave her fiancé for him.”


“I’m tell you, John Ross is a lot more fragile then you think. I can only imagine the pain he went through with Elena and Chris.”

“I can’t believe she’s call off their marriage because he lied and then turn around and do everything she did. How’s she even live with the fact that the people she was dealing with killed her brother?”

“I don’t know what happened to her. It’s like she just gets deeper and deeper in this mess. I mean married to Dorian Wendell. That’s insane.”

“That little boy deserves better than that. But how do you protect a child from his own mother?”

“You can’t Pamela, you can’t.”

Jayden sleeps with two ranch hands in the bunk house of Southfork when two security guards break in the door, Balto following. He points at the boys, “Get then off Southfork. They’re fired. Let ‘em try and collect their severance. You. What do you think your father would say about this this?”

“My father? My father hasn’t hardly said anything to me since I got here.”

John Ross and Bo jump off their horses to tend to a sick cow laying in the field. John Ross seems desperate for Bo to fix him. Bo says, “Considering in the end you slaughter them, you seem awfully worried.”

“I want them to have a good life before that you know. I don’t like to see them suffer.”

Bo gives her an injection to calm her down. John Ross rubs her tenderly as Bo takes care of her. “Something she ate, I’d say. She’s all boated.”

“Thank you. Thank you.” They stand and John Ross says, “I been meaning to talk to you. It’s no of my business it’s just I though there’s a few thing you should know. About Harris Ryland.”

“Harris? Why would I need to know anything about him?”

“It’s my town Bo. Ain’t nothing goes on here I don’t know about. First off, there ain’t no worries here about how anyone will react, other than maybe surprised. But it’s you're business, not mine. Don’t thing Ellie don’t know either. You’re welcome to be who ever you are around us. But Harris. He might work for me, but on a short leash. I don’t trust him as far as I could throw him, in business and after what he done to Aunt Anne with Emma.”

“From what I hear that was more Senator Brown and you seem to trust her.”

“That’s different. Judith and I have an understanding.”

“I also heard tell Aunt Anne was pretty messed up on drugs at the time. Even while she was pregnant with Emma.”

“Don’t mean you steal her baby away from her like that?”

“Wouldn’t you do anything to protect Drew from Elena?”

“I don’t know what I’m gonna do about that.”

“Listen John Ross, Harris isn’t as bad as you think. That mother of his, wow. Talk about controlling.”

“Yeah, she’s something else. So you gonna stay?”

“For a while.”

“Well I don’t care what’s got ya stayin’, just as long as ya are. We’re family in some weird way, you and me and Ellie and even Chris. We belong here on Southfork. Now about your name.”

Bo laughs. “Save that for another time.”

Jayden comes out of the common shower among the bunk houses all cleaned up and dressed. “You want me to talk to your father,” Balto says startling her.

“What? No. No, what good would that do.”

“You said he hadn’t really talked to you since you been here. I thought I’d talk to him about it. Let him know he needs to step up.”

“No. Why should he? All my life I barely saw him but a few times. I get it. He was a kid, younger than me now when I was born.”

“Yeah but we all deserve a dad.”

Jayden gives him a devilish grin.

Ellie looks at Derek Stone sitting up in bed, the sheet barely covering his naked body from the waist down. “Well I’ll agree you certainly lived up to the hype.”

He holds out his hand. “The flash drive.”

“I never said I was giving you that. No. I’m keeping it. And you keep my number. In case I text you. I’ll be seeing you. No need to show me out.”

Chris works late at night in his lab on a computer simulated drilling apparatus. A young woman walks in. “Mr. Ewing.”

“Cindy. Everything all set?”

“Yes sir. EA 1 is ready for its second test off the coast of Central American.”

“Thank you. Are you coming down with me?”

“Someone’s got to handle the business for you.”

Chris smiles. “I appreciate it. Let’s go.”