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John Ross was on fire as he handled every provocation thrown at him with equal measures wit and guile in "The Enemy of My Enemy."

I love Dallas because every character is more complex than they first appear. John Ross possibly most of all.

Where Christopher was still getting schooled by his Daddy on how best to handle this challenge to the ownership of Southfork, J.R. took a different route with John Ross, as he explained in this Dallas quote

 I tossed him in the briar patch so he could learn how to get out of it. | permalink

That shouldn't come as a surprise. J.R. and Sue Ellen have spent as much time using their son against one another as they have parenting him. And throwing his child in the deep end to see if he could swim certainly seems like a tactic J.R. would use.

J.R.'s Winning

But John Ross seemed to be coming into his own. First, he was planting the seeds of doubt in Elena concerning Christopher in case Chris came forward with that DVD. 

I'd say John Ross was able to make Christopher look like the bad guy but, really, Chris has done that to himself. Telling Elena she couldn't be trusted and then trying to pay her off isn't something that girl is going to forget anytime soon, especially if John Ross is there to remind her.

Then John Ross stood up to uncle Bobby. It looked like Bobby wasn't completely above getting his hands a bit dirty since he'd convinced the rigging crew to call a sick out. 

When John Ross figured out that Annie must have pulled some strings with her ex to have the tanker trucks stopped he was quick to throw it in Bobby's face.

John Ross: I just never pegged you as the type to have his wife do his bidding. | permalink

That's when I knew John Ross was really on a roll.

Bobby took the news of Annie going behind his back better than I expected. He seemed more hurt that she hadn't come to him first. 

Did anyone have any ideas about the significance of that necklace? It must be something serious and devastating for Annie to drop to the ground in tears the way she did but then later she chose to wear the piece of jewelry. Obviously it's something very distressing but close to her heart. I wonder if Bobby knows the whole story.

That Bobby stormed off to find Harris didn't surprise me. That he only back handed the man did. I was expecting a punch but perhaps he's mellowed in his golden years.

The story surrounding the safety deposit box bothered me. I found it hard to believe that no one would have opened that box over that many decades, especially since the bank had probably changed hands multiple times.  It all seemed a little far fetched to me.

I loved how John Ross bluffed his way through Christopher's threats to have him sent to prison. Even when he's on the losing end he never backed down. Perhaps he picked that up from his Daddy.

But when Bobby and Christopher showed up to claim their right to Southfork's oil I kept waiting for John Ross to let them in on the rest of the story. If their Venezuelan friends don't get that oil, they'll be the ones owning Southfork's land. That's quite a standoff.

John Ross certainly had a lot on his plate. He's had to deal with unhappy and possibly dangerous investors, he's guilted his mother into helping him get his oil tankers back, and kept crazy Marta at bay, at least for now. I doubt we've seen the last of her. It wouldn't surprise me if J.R.'s private investigator and right hand man ends up with a knife in his back soon.

Rebecca's pregnancy wasn't a complete shocker but what was up with the nose bleed? I've never heard of that as a sign that someone is expecting. I'm wondering if there's more to that story and I can't wait to see Christopher's reaction when he hears the news. 

Finally, we had J.R. enjoying himself in Vegas. J.R. toys with Cliff like a cat toys with a mouse. He can't help himself and that's one of the best things about Dallas. The more things change, the more they stay the same.

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john ross sexier than ever.

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It is unbelievable how good this show is. J.R. has to be the best ever character for Larry Hagman. He plays that part so well and he has the best one liners. The Dallas story has so much intrigue and depth. I'm glad this show has been resurrected with a new generation and will no doubt garner a host of new fans.

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I do not care who is the bad guy, I love John Ross struggle between business and love for Elena, I'm sorry but Christopher always angry with that face I fail to empathize with him.

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Nose bleeds can symbolise an ectopic pregnancy. So who know where they are going with that story line.

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I don't think Rebecca's nose bleeding was a symptom of pregnancy. I think the stress of her situation with Christopher and her brother made her light headed and have a nosebleed. So her doctor just ran blood work and saw she was pregnant. And that Marta is batshit crazy! I'm excited to see how John Ross approaches her about the knife thing.

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I don't think Rebecca's n

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I foresee big trouble on Southfork. I predict Elena, in a fight will say how much more honest john ross is than Chris and Chris will react by throwing the truth in her face. John Ross won't tell her to be on her guard from Marta because he won't want to risk losing her, she will be in danger and Chris will save the day. They will confess their lingering feelings to one another just in time for Rebecca to drop the pregnancy bomb. Finally, Sue Ellen has gotten herself in some hot water with Anne's ex- husband. How great was that scene of Bobby storming the office and then hitting Harris? Classic Dallas.

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John Ross is certainly complex but just like his daddy he really is a dirtbag. As much as he seems to care about Elena, he loves Southfork, oil and himself much more.
I don't know how much we can blame him for the vile man he is when you look at his parents. I mean, in contrast we are all still pissed at the one horrible thing Christopher did because he is a good man and we expecting him to be good because of who he is. John Ross we forgive for being a lying snake because that is what we expect of him. I love that Bobby and Chris share things with each other and work together. Bobby has always tried(and sometimes failed) to keep his actions on the side of right with JR. it only seems fitting that he would try to teach his son the same.
I foresee big trouble on Southfork. I predict Elena, in a fight will say how much more honest john ross is than Chris and Chris will react by throwing the truth in her face. John Ross won't tell her to be on her guard from Marta because he won't want to risk her, she will be in danger and Chris will save the day. They will confess their lingering feelings to one another just in time for Rebecca to drop the pregnancy bomb. Finally, Sue Ellen has gotten herself in some hot water with Anne's ex- husband. How great was that scene of Bobby storming the office and then hitting Harris? Classic Dallas.