MADISON, Wis., April 14, 2013—Southfork Ranch will never be the same. The answer to the burning question of who killed J.R. Ewing is finally revealed. John Ross gets his answers, as does the rest of America.
The second season finale of “Dallas” is a two hour blockbuster that sees the Ewings engage in all out war with Cliff Barnes, Harris Ryland, and the Governor of Texas. Barnes holds the keys to Ewing Energies, but Bobby is implementing “J.R.’s masterpiece” with help from John Ross, Christopher, and Sue Ellen. Unlike 1980, the mystery of J.R.’s shooter will not be part of the cliffhanger. That answer will be revealed. Yet plots and subplots abound heading into the finale.
As the finale begins, the Ewings have figured out that Cliff, Harris, and the Governor were in cahoots in the plot to remove the Ewing family from Ewing Energies. Overconfident Cliff thought the Ewings were powerless to stop him, as he called in his loan and took over the family company. It turns out that Cliff was unaware of just how tenuous his position actually was.
Meanwhile, Cliff’s daughter Pamela discovered through John Ross that it was Cliff who had ordered the bomb that exploded on a ship and killed Pamela’s unborn children. Cliff knew his own daughter and future grandkids were on the ship, but coldly proceeded with his plot just the same.
Pamela initially refused to believe John Ross when he related the story, but learned that he was telling the truth. Pamela then conned her dad into giving her partnership rights in Barnes Global, and prepared to double-cross him.
John Ross and Pamela were married in a hasty wedding. If the Ewings can somehow gain her critical share of Barnes Global, they can overpower Cliff and initiate a counter-coup. On the personal front, John Ross and Pamela have not admitted they care for each other, and their marriage could turn out to be more business than personal.
Another shareholder in Barnes Global happens to be the original Pamela Barnes. Cliff’s sister and Bobby’s first wife may or may not be alive. If she were to be declared deceased, her shares would go to Christopher Ewing, further damaging Cliff’s ability to control the company. A surveillance photo that turned up was blurry, and may or may not have been a photo of the real Pam.
Harris Ryland may be running drugs, but he and Annie Ewing seem unable to stop their daughter Emma from indulging in them. Emma crashed her car while high and was arrested. Harris’s mother remains missing, and Emma suspects that Harris had his own mother harmed and perhaps killed.
Drew Ramos confessed to his sister Elena that he had planted the shipboard bomb. Elena told Bobby and Christopher the truth while Drew fled. Elena and their mother smuggled Drew money. Now, Elena and Christopher are on their way to Zurich to pursue potential leads regarding the whereabouts of the original Pam Ewing.
As this season draws to a close, Larry Hagman is gone, this time forever. Going forward, the biggest mystery will be if “Dallas” can survive on television without him. A third season of the relaunched show is likely to be approved, but it’s possible that this week’s extravaganza could be the real series finale.
In the same way the original “Dallas” witnessed J.R. constantly living his life through family patriarch Jock Ewing, now it is John Ross taking over as lead anti-hero while the ghost of J.R. is always shadowing him in the background.
So now comes the Dallas season finale. It will make J.R. proud. How proud? As he would say with that big grit-eating grin, “from tip to tail.”
Below: Promo for the “Dallas” season finale:
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