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Dallas Review: Beautiful Enemies

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"Sins of the Father" juggled the players on Dallas in such a way that when they landed, former friends became enemies and enemies banded together.

Christopher's Evidence

Complications for Elena. When I'd heard that a family member would arrive in this episode I had high hopes for another Ewing to darken South Fork's doorstep.  Instead we got Drew.

Elena's big brother had a problematoc past and it appeared his future would be filled with disappointment if John Ross has anything to do with it.

Drew's out to avenge his Daddy's death after the man spent his life chasing oil that just wasn't there. And now a Ewing holds the title to his family's land, which he's bound and determined to get back. This left Elena in the middle of what could end up being a Ewing/Ramos feud.

Was I the only one seeing the similarities between Drew and Elena's story to that of the original Cliff/Pamela/Digger Barnes? I've always liked Elena but when she was cooing about Christopher being her soulmate while John Ross was still in the room I couldn't help but roll my eyes.

Mamma Bear. Once again J.R. was right. Hearing about John Ross' heartbreak and humiliation was just enough to get Sue Ellen riled. With the rest of her life in shambles, she could take her anger out on Elena.

Sue Ellen may know when she's getting played by J.R., but her son may be an entirely different matter.

Pamela or Rebecca? Are we now suppose to call her Pamela? Not that I don't love the history but didn't she legally change her name to Rebecca?  

It looked like Cliff's clean up crew could have done a better job, but then again he always did go cheap. J.R. was right. Frank's stealthy ninja skills were slipping. Or perhaps he just hoped to have a way of taking the spoiled princess down if he needed it.

Like a bloodhound, J.R. could smell a weak link a mile off and exploit it as he told Frank in this Dallas quote:

J.R.: It's a rare and beautiful thing when enemies share the same enemy. | permalink

Speaking of enemies, how wonderful was it to see Bobby go to J.R. to take down Ryland? When the chips are down, you go to your brother... and when you need to take down a piece of sleaze like Ryland, you go to the master devil himself.  

But J.R. may not have the chance to work his delightfully despicable magic. I knew Annie had a gun in her purse the moment she walked in the door. I knew she'd pull it on Harris. I just didn't think she'd actually shoot him. I cheered when she did.

A few side notes…

  • Hearing Ryland's mother call Annie the egg donor made me want to slap her. I can't imagine what Emma has turned out like being raise by those two arrogant, selfish bastards.
  • How funny was it to watch J.R. google himself and laugh over the results?
  • Does anyone else hate Christopher's sneaky secretary?
  • Where the heck is Cliff Barnes?

Will Annie have to pay the price for shooting Ryland? Is Ryland dead or alive? Will Tommy's death come back to haunt Pamela?  So many questions left unanswered leaving me already anticipating next Monday's Dallas.

Review

Editor Rating: 4.6 / 5.0
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Rating: 4.7 / 5.0 (43 Votes)

C. Orlando is a TV Fanatic Staff Writer. Follow her on Twitter.

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"I think we're supposed to root for Christopher and Elena, but honestly I get annoyed with them in almost every one of their scenes. Las season, Christopher jumped back and forth from Elena to Rebecca (Pamela) when it was most convenient for him to do so. He ended up with Elena only because Rebecca proved to be untrustworthy, not because he CHOSE Elena over her or his love for her. And ELENA? That ...woman went from accepting John Ross' proposal with tears in her eyes one minute, then declaring her love for Christopher the next. The truth that John Ross kept from her in real life would not warrant her complete abandonment of him forever. Punish the hell out of him? YES. Make him beg, grovel, all of it. But in the end she should have seen that he was completely sincere in his want to be a better man and not end up like his father. She completely betrayed her "supposed love" for John Ross in immediately jumping into bed with Christopher, and then so conveniently declaring her love for him again. Christoper and Elena are lazy, and John Ross' new ruthless personality is all due to their abandonment of him and his cry for help to become a better man. The show WANTS us to root for Christopher and Elena, but honestly I have no desire. I'm rooting for John Ross and hope that he will one day aim to be a good man again. JOHN ROSS all the way!See More"

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I hate Elena and Christopher together- that's all

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Tommy will likely be dead.
Ann would likely pay the price for the murder of Tommy

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Writers - Hire a legal consultant - First cousins can NOT be married in Texas (blood or otherwise) - The whole Pamela Rebecca - Chris Divorse story line makes no sense what so ever. There is no legal marriage!!!

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I had a bad dream that you gave Dallas five out of five stars. Then I woke up and realized that would be impossible. What would you give Mad Men, a thousand out of five?

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Well considering Mitch Pileggi's name is shown on the beginning theme as one of the main stars, I doubt he is dead. That being said, why was Bobby being hand-cuffed in the teaser for next week? I'm waiting for JR to find out what baby JR has been doing with Pamela, I dont think he will be pleased at all.

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Man am I going to miss JR. His scenes always are the most fun, especially since he always has plots within plots and you know that no matter how defeated he seems he's always gonna come out on top.
Could not believe Annie shooting Rayland. He totally deserved it, but I can't believe that she went through with it. It's probably a good thing that they went that route though instead of having JR go to war with him, since Larry Hagman's death probably would have stalled that one before it even began.
The only thing that could make this all better would be an appearance by the ORIGINAL Pamela. We still don't know her status, and her showing up would add a whole new dimension to the Ewing/Barnes feud.

Dallas Season 2 Episode 3 Quotes

She deserves to have you in her life. Fight for her.

Bobby

Keep those boys in line.

Ann
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