Dallas Burning Questions: Season 3, Week 4

Dallas, John Ross Ewing, Josh Henderson, Julie Gonzalo, Pamela Rebecca Barnes Ewing, Playing Chicken, TNT

Mama sees all

Here are the questions we’re pondering as we await tonight’s telecast of “Lifting the Veil,” TNT’s latest “Dallas” episode:

What will Sue Ellen do about John Ross? In “Playing Chicken,” Sue Ellen (Linda Gray) continued to plan a traditional Southfork wedding for the recently eloped John Ross and Pamela (Josh Henderson, Julie Gonzalo), even though she harbored lingering doubts about her son’s fidelity to his bride. Sue Ellen told Ann (Brenda Strong) she feared John Ross was sleeping with Emma (Emma Bell); Ann then shared Sue Ellen’s suspicions with Harris (Mitch Pileggi) and asked him to help her reign in their daughter. Meanwhile, Sue Ellen met with Bum (Kevin Page) to determine if he told her the truth about John Ross being faithful to Pamela. After Sue Ellen laid a major guilt trip on Bum, he confessed everything. “I lied to you, Sue Ellen. You were right about John Ross and Emma. I’m sorry,” Bum said. Sue Ellen’s response: “Not nearly as sorry as I am.” How will she deal with the truth about her son?

What will Judith do about John Ross? When Harris told Judith (Judith Light) that Emma and John Ross are sleeping together, Judith was nonplussed. “Good for her. John Ross is a nice-looking young man,” she said. But Judith changed her tune when Harris told her John Ross now possesses Harris’s secret files, which he said contains “unflattering” information about her. She told Harris, “I’m sure we can find something to compromise young Mr. Ewing enough to convince him to return those files. And by ‘we,’ of course I mean ‘me.’” What should worry John Ross more — the fact that Judith thinks he’s cute or the fact she wants those files back?

Will John Ross and Pamela say, “I do”? Emma seemed determined to undermine John Ross’s marriage. She buddied up to Pamela during a shopping spree and then ruined her plan to surprise John Ross with new lingerie: Emma bought the same outfit and wore it for John Ross first; when he saw Pamela wearing it, he was rattled and lost interest in having sex with his wife. Given all the turbulence in John Ross’s life, we wonder: Will his wedding to Pamela go off without a hitch?

What will Elena and Nicolas do next? Nicolas (Juan Pablo Di Pace) tracked down Rhonda Simmons (Emily Kosloski), the woman whose testimony helped convict Cliff (Ken Kercheval) of J.R.’s “murder,” and offered her $25,000 to admit she lied, but Rhonda refused to betray the Ewings. Meanwhile, Elena (Jordana Brewster) came up empty-handed when she searched for surveillance video to prove Cliff’s gun was stolen from the firing range. The setbacks frustrated Elena, but Nicolas confessed his love for her and they had sex — unaware that Christopher (Jesse Metcalfe) was digging into Nicolas’s past in Mexico, where he met a beautiful woman named Lucia (Angélica Celaya), who introduced herself as Nicolas’s wife. Should Elena continue to trust Nicolas — and should Christopher trust Lucia?

What will the Ewings do about their business? John Ross blackmailed Bo (Donny Boaz) into joining his Southfork drilling venture by threatening to expose the ranch hand’s drug-dealing past. But John Ross’s scheming was for naught: Bobby (Patrick Duffy) shut down the project when he revealed the state would refuse to issue John Ross a drilling permit because the project endangered the lesser prairie chicken, a threatened species in Texas. If the Ewings can’t tap the oil under the ranch, how will they finance their Arctic drilling plans?

Will our old favorites have much to do? John Ross and Pamela’s wedding will bring three stars from the original “Dallas” back to Southfork: Lucy (Charlene Tilton), Ray (Steve Kanaly) and Afton (Audrey Landers). When Kanaly spoke to Dallas Decoder before production on this episode began, he told us Ray and Lucy don’t have big roles in this episode, but suggested Afton will be featured more prominently. If nothing else, will we hear the divine Miss Cooper sing?

What “Dallas Burning Questions” are on your mind? Share your comments below and watch TNT’s “Dallas” tonight.


  1. Dallas weddings are always big events, so I expect tonight will be a fun episode. I’m hoping for some surprise guests, the most interesting of which would be if Cliff Barnes manages to get out of Mexican prison to see his little girl get hitched (not that he’d be too excited that it’s to a Ewing, but that could make his appearance all the more unnerving). And will anyone go for an unexpected dip in the pool? I sure hope so!

  2. Dan in WI says:

    My burning question: Aren’t we a bit overdue for someone to end up in the pool. Granted it didn’t happen in the CBS show as often as a faulty memory might suggest but since it is yet to happen on TNT and I think it is time.

  3. I wonder how Elena and Drew grew up on Southfork and grew up as brother and sister with this Joaquin person?

    • Dan in WI says:

      I think I know the answer to this one. It wasn’t spelled out but some comment somewhere (I don’t remember the specifics off the top of my head) was made leading me to believe some unspecified period of time elapsed with this family of Elena, Drew and Joaquin in Mexico. Then the Ramos family moved to Texas but Joaquin did not make the move with the rest of them.

      • Right, I get that. So the met Joaquin when he was 7 or 8 years old and he became part of their family. Raised as a son and Elena and Drew grew up on South Fork too? Like when was that? You are only a child growing up for so many years. I just do not get it. I feel the entire Ramos storyline is awful and poorly written. I am sure the lady who plays Camen is a great actress, but the story does not add up. Yes I know I have to suspend disbelief and skepticism while watching a soap opera. I feel whole entire Ramos storyline is a result of laziness and lack of interest and knowledge of the show. We are, as an audience, not only asked to suspend disbelief, we are asked to forget about the original show altogether.

  4. My burning question DALLAS Decoder readers is will Chris & Andrew renew their wedding vows at Southfork? I’d supply an entire case for the event off J.R. Ewing Bourbon if they did so! Mint Julips anyone?

  5. please renew Dallas or a new home. I’m 59 years old so I’ve watched every season in the early years and now again. It’s still a wonderful show and Larry Hagman will and is truely missed but I know the show has many more exciting and back stabling, love triangles to come. We love you. Please don’t leave, your like my extended family and hey I’m lived in Houston Texas all my life. There is something for everyone on the show and all different story lines, word of advise though keep it simple and more about the story lines between the charactors first. Oil business second. Great new cast was added. I didn’t know before u started but now I know you instantly got my
    Attention. Trust me your fans will help fight for you if we have the contacts and petitions to do it. I love you all and the stories. Sending positive energies your way. I really don’t pick up a sense it will go off the air. Sousa Larry Aka JR. But yes I feel he is there on the site and with you, cast he will help from the other side , please listen to the voices in your ear, psyhic myself and I just know. Xxoo to you all. A Dallas fan forever. Ann

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