Dallas Review: Crazier Than an Outhouse Rat

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The love quadrangle on Dallas has me spinning, as "The Last Hurrah" makes it clear that no one is getting out of this mess unscathed.

In a nutshell, Rebecca is in love with Christopher... who loves both her and Elena. Elena has feelings for both Christopher and John Ross and even John Ross seems truly smitten. In the end, everyone's hearts are on the line here and there's no way someone doesn't get hurt.

Rebecca's Secret

Unfortunately, it looks like Elena's the first victim. I'm fine with Christopher making a decision to stay with his wife but can't he just tell Elena he's not comfortable with them working together anymore and end it honestly?

Handing her that check was damn cold. Telling her she's untrustworthy because she's always been out to prove she's more than just the help's daughter? That was downright cruel. It's not as though Elena's pushing for more from him. He's the one who went to her for help on his project.

If he ever cared about her at all it seems he could have found a kinder way of distancing himself than to attack her character and self esteem. I suddenly think much less of Christopher.

On the flip side it looks like Rebecca fell in love with her mark. At this point I'm not sure if she's more scared of getting caught in her lies or that the consequences will lead her to lose Christopher.

And what is her and Tommy's end game here?  Two years is a pretty long con to be fishing and Christopher's patent could just as easily be worth nothing as it could a fortune. Tommy's searching through boxes hoping to find... what? What's the big payoff?!?

There's obviously an attraction between John Ross and Elena and I like how she stands up for him with his father. I wonder when John Ross' dyslexia was diagnosed. I find that little tidbit about his background rather fascinating. 

After this episode I might be rooting for a reconciliation between John Ross and Elena but just like his daddy, John Ross isn't about to turn down a beautiful woman. Little does he know what a nut case she is.

The scary part is that his father does, as J.R. noted in this Dallas quote:

 I'd say when it comes to jealousy our girl is crazier than an outhouse rat. | permalink

J.R. is setting up his son to be ambushed by a crazy woman and I'm not sure why. Given her previous penchant for knives, this dalliance with Marta might just get John Ross skinned. 

J.R. is right. John Ross didn't' exactly win the lottery when it came to parents. I'm surprised we haven't seen more of Sue Ellen up to now but I do find it amusing that she still has Cliff and J.R. buzzing around her. Some things don't change.

Of course it doesn't sound as though Christopher has shared a lot with Bobby over the last few years either. Bobby looked blindsided by the news that his son almost married Elena and isn't it funny how no one questions that it was John Ross who sent the e-mail.

The packing up of Southfork was sad and I wish we had gotten to see more family history during those scenes. I kept wondering if Jock's portrait was going to pop up somewhere.

So what will Rebecca really tell Christopher? Does John Ross plan to call her out at the barbecue? And what will John Ross do when he finds out Daddy's been keeping him close just to cut him out of the deal. John Ross can wait his turn. Now that's the J.R. I know and love.


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......love this Dallas.....treats the 'old Dallas with respect.......now bring back Pam to turn the show on it's head!


I was really pissed at chris as well! That was truly unnecessary and ridculous! I wanted to smack him!


I'm loving the revival of Dallas......just like the old days. Wonder how long before Dynasty is revived??? LOL And please SOMEBODY DO SOMETHING WITH LARRY HAGMAN'S EYEBROWS!!!!!!!!!!!!!


I am falling gradually Jonh Ross and Elena someone feels the same, my Christopher bores me.


@KansasGuest, My thought on the fence repair was "don't you have a nailgun" -- fence would have been up in 20 mins.. :)


...Part II: My least favorite part about this episode was the quick-as-lightening move out of Southfork. Bobby just signed the papers to what he thought was a conservancy, and he didn't put in a provision about being allowed to remain on the estate for the rest of his life? Or at least a few more years to downsize 150 years worth of Miss Ellie's family possessions? Seriously? I know it's a plot point to drive some storylines. But, COME ON! Oh, and also the calf birthing. Could have done without that clumsy metaphor of Bobby sacrificing his past to give birth to the future. He should have been helping Anne go through all HIS stuff. Don't they have plenty of ranch hands to deal with the cows and repair fences?


Why does John Ross hate Sue Ellen so much? Obviously, she's been living in Dallas for a while, as has her son and ex-husband. Why isn't she getting along better with her son after all these years? She doesn't have any other children. My favorite part about this episode was watching John Ross' other sides come out. He can certainly turn on the charm when he wants, and he obviously respects Elena a great deal. I totally agree about Christopher. My opinion of him gets lower with every episode. His accusation of Elena using him to overcome her humble roots is like the pot calling the kettle black. His entire motivation to make HIS project succeed is to overcome his non-Ewing blood, and prove to himself he's as worthy as John Ross...cont'd


Great show on June 27th, really intrigued with the sale of Southfork and will Bobby really move out? Did anyone see the satchel/tote Rebecca was carrying in this episode? It appeared to be green with leather trim. If so, does anyone know who makes it?

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I'd say when it comes to jealousy our girl is crazier than an outhouse rat.