‘Dallas’ episode recap: 'Battle Lines'

By Sari N. Kent,

We open on the campaign trail. Sue Ellen is drumming up support with Ann’s help while John Ross watches from a bar. He gets a bachelorette from a party to sleep with him and in the morning she asks him to go out the back so her dad won’t see him. Instead, he walks right to her father’s office. The girl’s father is a trucking owner and John Ross blackmails him with video of his tryst with his daughter to get his fleet of trucks. The girl’s father accepts the deal.

Shoot to Christopher showing off the power of methane to driver Ricky Rudd and Texas Motor Sports President Eddie Gossage at the speedway. He and Elena hope they will try out their methane car in order to get on the map to acquire the Dallas fuel contract.

Shoot to Ewing Energies. John Ross gets a jump on the day but JR is there to see if his plan to get the fleet worked. JR tells JR that he heard that Christopher is trying to get the city fuel contract and he wants to make sure it won’t happen and he says that crippling methane will drive Bobby back to oil. Then, JR runs into Bobby, Christopher and Elena on his way out. While heading into the conference room, they accuse John Ross of going behind their back with the trucking contract. Bobby thinks they need both oil and methane and now that people have heard of Christopher, they are chasing it. Alone, Christopher tells John Ross it’s only a matter of time before he gets him out of the company. John Ross then texts his investigator to tell him Christopher is leaving the building.

Shoot to Christopher meeting with the real Rebecca Sutter at his lawyer’s office. She’s his secret weapon to get his annulment but she’s worried about Tommy and makes Christopher promise not to put him in jail. He tells her that his babies are more important to him and agrees. He then adds that once they get fake Rebecca on the stand, they will compel her to reveal her identity. The real Rebecca leaves but is followed by John Ross’ PI.

Shoot to Ann picking a painting for Bobby at a gallery. Harris sneaks up on her and tells her he found their daughter. If she gives him back the tape she made for Sue Ellen of him talking about money laundering money he will tell her where she is. He adds that she has 48 hours.

Shoot to John Ross’ PI giving him pictures of the real Rebecca Sutter in his car.

Shoot to Ann going home to Southfork and crying over the picture of her daughter. She then composes herself and goes inside. She is finally ready to tell Bobby that 22 years ago her 18-month-old daughter Emma was snatched from her stroller at the fair. She was never found and that Harris just found her, but Ann has to give him a tape she made of him admitting to laundering money. She then tells Bobby that she needs to have her DNA tested and Bobby supports her.

Shoot to Elena and Christopher making out in the pool. He tells her that he finally feels like everything is falling in place. She replies that she wants to be his partner at work too, not just in bed.

Shoot to Pamela Rebecca Barnes meeting with her dad’s right-hand man Frank on the roof of Barnes Global. She tells him that they need to prevent Christopher from getting an annulment so she gets part of Ewing Energies in a divorce. She then says that she’s ready to make an entrance.

Shoot to Southfork. Maria takes a call, it’s Rebecca’s lawyer and he wants to see Christopher. Bobby goes with him and they are surprised to arrive at Barnes Global. Rebecca then introduces herself as Pamela Rebecca Barnes…Cliff and Afton's daughter. She then says that she would have done anything for Christopher but that’s over now. She adds that she wants primary custody of the kids but that Christopher can see them every day. She also wants 30 percent of Ewing Energies and says that she’s willing to fight with all of Barnes power. Christopher then assures her that he will take her down with all he has.

Shoot to Elena meeting with an oilman to buy his tapped out oil platforms in the Gulf. She knows they need to tear down the rigs at $5 million apiece if not and is offering him nothing but a win-win.

Shoot to JR, Christopher, John Ross, Bobby, Elena and the lawyer meet about fighting the Barnes’ at Ewing Energies. John Ross gets a call from his PI that makes him very happy.

Shoot to Southfork. Ann gets a call confirming her DNA matched the girl in the picture. She then goes to see Sue Ellen but Harris is already there. They give him the tape and he hands over the address.

Shoot to Christopher going back to the Speedway where Ricky loves the car and tells him that he’s is all in.

Shoot back to Southfork. Ann tells Bobby what happened. He’s upset that she negotiated with Harris but agrees to go with her to see Emma. They get to the stables and Emma knows who Ann is and then says that she was hoping she would never see her again. Ann breaks down and Bobby leads her off.

Shoot to the campaign headquarters. Sue Ellen is confident of her impending win as Governor until the doctor she bribed gives a press conference about Sue Ellen’s misdeed. Elsewhere, JR watches and turns off the TV.

Shoot to John Ross meeting Pamela at her place. He tells her that he wants to team up with her to destroy Christopher and Elena. She wonders what he could possibly offer her and then he brings in the real Rebecca Sutter and tells Pamela that she’s Christopher’s secret weapon but if she is in, she will be theirs instead.



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