The Furious and The Fast
Original Air Date: Mar 4, 2013
Karen Belgrad – Senior Editor
This was a much promoted hour of Dallas. TNT hyped up Larry Hagman’s final episode, the last J.R. scenes, as if it would be a fitting tribute to his character and legacy. I’m sure they were hoping that it would help rebound the lagging winter ratings and draw in new viewers.
Unfortunately, what we actually got was some edited Larry Hagman scenes and a whole lot of the “how many times can they say methane” drinking game. I know the show’s hands were tied with the limited amount of episodes Larry Hagman filmed before his passing last fall, but certainly the show could have given us a little more J.R. related material this hour.
Bobby and Christopher are playing hard ball with Sue Ellen and John Ross. They’ve taken away drilling rights on Southfork unless Sue Ellen gives Elena back her shares in Ewing Energies. And that’s where my first issue really starts. Elena made a deal with Sue Ellen and, although John Ross pulled some maneuvers to expose Drew’s illegal activity, Sue Ellen was within her rights to take Elena’s shares. So I’m not a big fan of “independent” Elena getting her fiancé and future father-in-law to fight her battles.
In return, Sue Ellen and John Ross vow to shut down the methane (drink!) project, but Christopher is getting ready to get some big deal done after he wins a race with Ricky Rudd driving his methane (drink!) powered care. John Ross thinks he has Pamela’s votes on his side, but Christopher asks her to wait until after the race to figure out how she (and her father) will vote.
Meanwhile, Gary Ewing is paying Dallas a visit. Great nod to Knots Landing with John Ross’s “Who the hell let you off the cul-de-sac?” line. It seems Gary’s is facing some money issues after he fell off the wagon and Valene left him. He’s worried that the stopping of oil drilling on Southfork will leave him broke, so Bobby agrees to float him a loan. Sue Ellen takes it upon herself to flirt with Gary to try and sway him to her side of the boardroom.
Christopher has all his hopes pinned on this exhibition race, so John Ross pays off one of the pit crew to sabotage it. I know nothing about racing, so here’s what I garnered from the race… The cars all went in circles, and the methane (drink!) car got to keep going when the others had to stop for pit stops. It overheated once, but they swapped out a part, made up the lost laps, and won by a nose. Apparently barely winning over a gas-powered car is enough to convince the DCT to sign a contract with Christopher. And for Pamela to throw her votes behind Christopher.
Elsewhere, Emma starts to notice how controlling her grandmother and father are, so she spends a day bonding with Ann while horseback riding. Judith and Harris plan to ship her back to London, so she runs away (isn’t she over 18?) to Ann’s. Harris goes off on his mother, saying he only married Ann because she wasn’t like her.
At hour’s end, John Ross sits alone drinking in a dark office. J.R. calls from Abu Dhabi. He tells John Ross that he shouldn’t have to pay for J.R.’s sins, and he still is working his masterpiece. J.R. tells John Ross that he’s proud of him, from tip to tail. And then a horrified John Ross listens as gun shots ring out on the other end of the phone. “Dad? Dad!”
Next week is the tribute to J.R…. and I can only hope it’s a more fitting tribute than this hour was billed to be.
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