Dallas Review: A Mean Martini

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"Venomous Creatures" had so much to love about it, mostly due to JR Ewing. He's the king of identifying enemies and allies and swapping them at will.  Never underestimate JR.

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There were certainly plenty of allies in this episode, but if you missed the set up of the first hour, check out our review of the Dallas season 2 premiere now. 

Christopher and Elena. Dallas' supposed new super couple was still together. Am I the only one hoping that they fail?

Elena's got a good heart but it still had to be difficult to watch the man she loved prepare for the babies he's having with another woman, even if he now claims to hate her. Add to it that Elena was stuck playing second fiddle to the big boys at Ewing Energies with her measly 10 percent and I questioned how long she'd be happy as Christopher's girlfriend and business sidekick.

But Elena's not one to wait for things to happen. The girl's got brains, business sense and enough guts to make something happen. That's why Christopher and Bobby agreed to up her shares in the company. And why John Ross took it a step further.

I loved that John Ross was the one to up the offer to make her an equal partner. He handed her what she really wanted and it's something that Christopher didn't give her. Unfortunately, while John Ross was offering it with one hand, he planned to steal it back with the other.  

 Love, hate, jealousy. Mix them up and they make a mean martini. | permalink

And this episode had so many highly entertaining Dallas quotes that you really should check them out.

Will John Ross go through with that plan? JR was right. Every time John Ross sees Christopher with his hands on Elena, it "makes you want to punch something, doesn't it?" But if he ever had the chance to win her back, I'm not sure he wouldn't take it, despite the fact that as JR put it, she carved his heart out with a spoon then licked it clean.

John Ross and Rebecca. Well, this was a fun. John Ross in bed with a Barnes, literally. What could go wrong?

Rebecca wanted controlling shares of Ewing Energies so she could hand them over to Cliff. John Ross was willing to give her Christopher's methane technology for those same shares. Those shares look like they're going to be the hot potato of the season.

Rebecca wasn't quite as smart as she thought she was. Stepping over Frank to get what she wanted was a rookie mistake. Even JR smelled the blood in the water when he asked the man how it felt to be a poodle. I'm hoping JR has a plan to use that to his advantage.

But JR's goals were clear. He wanted Pamela Rebecca Barnes gone. For good. 

JR: You're not the first Pam to fox her way into the hen house. I'm one for one on flushing out Pamelas and I plan on being two for two. | permalink

I love it when this show mines its rich history. JR used everything he had to get rid of the original Pamela Barnes Ewing and he won't hold back in trying to get rid of this one either.  Because JR may not hold a share of Ewing Energies, but he's a Ewing. And since Christopher isn't a Ewing by blood I doubt those unborn twins will factor into the equation, unless he's able to find a way to use them to his advantage.

There were many wonderful moments in this episode. All of the scenes between JR and John Ross popped off the screen. This father and son team have some serious chemistry when they're working together.  

When the two ran to Sue Ellen's rescue, I loved them all the more. This family will do whatever it takes to save one of it's own.  

JR and Sue Ellen. Some bonds can not be broken. This is one of them.

They've loved. They've hated. They've dragged one another to Hell and back so many times I've lost count but when the chips were down, somehow they could still count on one another.  

JR not only unwittingly saved Sue Ellen from diving back down into a bottle, he used his evil talents to keep her out of jail. That earned him a smile and and a cup of tea.  Surprisingly, he seemed happy with his prize.

Bobby, Annie, and Emma. One of the things I've grown to love about Dallas is how fast the stories fly by. Finding out what happened to Emma Ryland didn't take weeks.  We only had to wait one episode. 

For the great couple that Bobby and Annie appear to be, they seem to keep a lot of secrets from one another. I know Bobby was only trying to protect Annie until she was strong enough to hear the truth but it's bound to come back to bite him in the end.

The fact that Harris kidnapped his own daughter didn't surprise me. The man's an evil bastard. One day he will pay and I'll enjoy watching. 

In the meantime, Annie's going to have her hands full trying to unravel the lies her daughter's been told over the course of a lifetime.

I love that there are no angels on Dallas, only shades of devils. So let your evil smile out and enjoy a whole new season.

Venomous Creatures Review

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Dallas Season 2 Episode 2 Quotes

Makes you want to punch something, doesn't it.


Me and the old man are going to go over there to kick some ass and take some names.

John Ross