Film and TV

Dallas: "I Crossed A Line I Promised Myself I'd Never Cross"

Family comes first.

The various schemes of John Ross have led to various decision points for many in the Ewing clan. He himself is about to be set up for Marta's murder, while Bobby is soon to butt heads with the Venezuelans who own the lien on Southfork. J.R. and Sue Ellen will have to make some hard choices when it comes to their son's future as well (okay, maybe not so much J.R.). Even Christopher, who's attempted to distance himself from the craziness, finds himself pulled back in, Michael Corleone style, by the widening gyre of his cousin's machinations.

But family comes first. As Season One of Dallas draws to a close, the common thread among all the [real] Ewings (hi, Rebecca!) will be their willingness to do just about anything to protect their own.

At the police station, we find John Ross (Josh Henderson) in the unenviable position of explaining to Elena (Jordana Brewster) what she was doing in Marta/Victoria's apartment. Naturally, he leaves out the whole "sexing her up for the last few weeks" part. In any event, the cops don't like what they hear, and place him under arrest for murder.

Sue Ellen (Linda Gray) hires the "best criminal defense attorney in the country," yet John Ross is still in general population. I'd have thought the best criminal defense yadda yadda yadda would've swung a bail hearing by now. She sniffs out that J.R. is somehow involved, but John Ross won't spill the beans about the affair (he doesn't want to hurt Elena, fine time to think about that), and insists he's handling it. Yeah.

Christopher (Jesse Metcalfe) and Rebecca (Julie Gonzalo) have an awkward post-sonogram conversation. He says he'll try to be a good father, but Rebecca would rather know if he'll ever find it in his heart to forgive her for the e-mail thing, and he's unable to give a straight answer. Dude needs to make up his mind. Hold a grudge or don't, but this emo Ewing shit is getting old.

Bobby's old friend Sheriff Mack gives him and Ann (Brenda Strong) the rundown on Marta/Veronica, then Christoper shows up. Then Elena. Christopher predictably unloads on John Ross's indiscretions (wow, he really is tiresome). Then, for added flavor, he asks the departing sheriff to run a background check on Rebecca. The more I think about it, the more I wonder if Christopher is going to end up the Bad One.

Cano (Carlos Bernard) visits John Ross in jail and reminds the younger Ewing it was he who brought Marta's betrayal to his attention. And when John Ross threatens to come clean, he not-so-subtly mentions his men have Marta's video camera. They dither about the oil -- again -- and Cano tells him time's up. That sounds...ungood.

Christopher gets a visit from one Paul Jacobs, VP of Upstream Research for Exxon/Mobil. IF THAT'S WHO HE REALLY IS. Anyway, Exxon wants exclusive rights, Christopher says he's coming along fine on his own, thanks. Hmmm, this may factor in later.

Rebecca and Ann have a heart-to-heart about the former's unborn babies, when -- he's back (guess who's back?). Brother Tommy (Callard Harris) returns in time to make a cryptic comment about "fresh starts," and Ann offers to get him a job in Oklahoma to get him the hell out of their hair once and for all.

Cano and his boys pay Bobby (Patrick Duffy) a visit at Southfork. Jesus, can anyone just wander up and ring the bell? Get a rent-a-cop for the main driveway, at least. Anyway, the Venezuelan informs Bobby about his loan and lien arrangement, while Bobby lets him know about the mineral rights thing. That's bad news for John Ross, who gets a not-so-social call from some fellow prisoners who end their beat-down with a message from Cano: Get Uncle Bobby to open the wells or John Ross is a dead man.

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Peter Vonder Haar writes movie reviews for the Houston Press and the occasional book. The first three novels in the "Clarke & Clarke Mysteries" - Lucky Town, Point Blank, and Empty Sky - are out now.
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