Dallas Burning Questions: Season 3, Week 7

Bryan Pitts, Dallas, Kenneisha Thompson, Like a Bad Penny, Linda Gray, Sue Ellen Ewing, TNT

Gone, darlin’, gone?

Here are the questions we’re pondering as we await tonight’s telecast of “Like a Bad Penny,” TNT’s latest “Dallas” episode:

• Where’s Sue Ellen? In “Like Father, Like Son,” last week’s episode, John Ross (Josh Henderson) blackmailed a judge into ordering Sue Ellen (Linda Gray) to have a mandatory psychiatric evaluation. The last time we saw our heroine, paramedics were placing her in the back of an ambulance while John Ross watched. Later, he told Bobby (Patrick Duffy), Ann (Brenda Strong) and Christopher (Jesse Metcalfe) that he was forced to call the police after having a huge fight with his mother. “What have you done, John Ross?” Bobby asked. Good question, Uncle Bobby, but a better one is this: Where is Sue Ellen, and will she get the help she needs?

• Will John Ross take Ewing Global public? John Ross and Sue Ellen’s fight began after she voted against his proposal to take Ewing Global public, an idea given to him by his childhood friend Hunter McKay (Fran Kranz). John Ross pitched the idea to the Ewing Global co-owners as a way to raise money for their Arctic drilling venture; Pamela and Nicolas (Julie Gonzalo, Juan Pablo Di Pace) supported John Ross, but Bobby and Christopher accused him of wanting to put everyone’s shares in play so he can buy up the controlling interest for himself. With Sue Ellen incapacitated, John Ross has control of her piece of the company, which means his plans for an “initial public offering” are probably back on. Will he succeed?

• Will Elena bust John Ross? To get Nicolas’s support for an IPO, John Ross offered him a 3 percent royalty on all oil produced by the Arctic leases. Nicolas agreed, but he had another plan in mind: He told Elena (Jordana Brewster) he was going to take control of the company before John Ross could. She told Nicolas he was playing “a dangerous game” and set off on her own scheme, hiring private eye Jasper (Cynthia Addai-Robinson) to follow John Ross and determine if he’s cheating. Elena’s plan worked all too well: With Jasper’s help, she watched surveillance video that showed John Ross having sex with Emma (Emma Bell). Will Elena tell Pamela what she saw?

• Will Bobby make Nicolas’s life miserable? After Bobby gave Christopher control of his Ewing Global shares, he settled into his new job as one of the state’s powerful railroad commissioners. First order of business: abusing his office. Bobby had a run-in with Nicolas and suggested he was going to use his newly obtained political muscle to put the squeeze on Treviño Industries’ Texas holdings. Nicolas wasn’t fazed, telling Bobby, “Take your best shot, Mr. Ewing.” Will Nicolas feel so cocky once he’s messed with badass Bobby?

• Will Christopher keep smiling? Ever since Heather (AnnaLynne McCord) entered his life, Christopher has been uncharacteristically chipper. In “Like Father, Like Son,” he even seemed to enjoy babysitting Heather’s son Michael (Dallas Clark) when Bo (Donny Boaz) left her in a childcare lurch. The good vibrations seem destined to end, especially since Drew (Kuno Becker) will appear in tonight’s episode. What will happen when Christopher sees him again?

• What’s next for Harris? Although Harris (Mitch Pileggi) didn’t appear in “Like Father, Like Son” (boo!), we saw Candace (Jude Demorest) receive a text from him, demanding to know why she hadn’t succeeded in seducing John Ross. The message prompted Candace to slip into the blue dress Harris gave her and try to seduce John Ross, but he rejected her, saying, “Look, I appreciate your enthusiasm, but you’ve got to start taking ‘no’ for an answer. I’m a married man. I’m sorry, but it ain’t ever going to happen.” Will Harris give up? If so, will Judith (Judith Light) let him?

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


  1. Art Kelly says:

    Surely you realize that what John Ross ACTUALLY said was, “Look, I appreciate your enthusiasm, but you’ve got to start taking NO for an answer.”

    He did NOT say, ““Look, I appreciate your enthusiasm, but you’ve got to start taking KNOW for an answer.”

  2. Jennifer Irons says:

    My question is: When will be seeing Sheriff Derrick again? I love Akai Draco as the sheriff! He is terrific and it is nice to see Dallas using an African American actor which they did not do in the original series!

  3. Glad to see we’re focused on the “important” things, Art.

    Great article Chris, you must realize that there are some people on Earth who are grammatically infallible.

    Appreciate the time you put into the website, been watching the series since 1985, and I even give your website the nod over websites like Ultimatedallas.com simply because they only feel the need to post something new every 2-3 weeks – during a season for gosh sakes. Your site is well done and with interesting insight. Good job.

    Now, if you’ll excuse me, I need to spend a minute checking my grammar before I send so Art doesn’t attack me.

    • Jennifer Irons says:

      I totally agree with you on this! Of course, Art is the guy who still(erroneously) believes that JR should have been recast with another actor after Larry Hagman passed away!

      • Thanks, ghent32 and Jennifer, for your kind words. I really appreciate them.

        Thanks also to Art for pointing out the error. If anyone sees mistakes on the site — no matter how small — please let me know. I proofread all posts before they’re published, but mistakes happen. I place a premium on accuracy and want to make this site as error-free as possible. “Dallas” fans deserve nothing less.

        And, of course, all viewpoints are always welcome at Dallas Decoder. I only ask that you express your opinions in a polite and constructive manner.

        Thank you again!


    • Art Kelly says:

      Thanks, Chris, for acknowledging the fundamental difference between the words, “no” and “know.” Those persons who think these two words are interchangeable desperately need to take a basic English course at their nearest community college.

  4. Last week’s episode was really good. The best of season 3 so far. So I’m really pumped for tonight’s episode!

  5. Is there going new season this fall season 4

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