Sue Ellen is making the final preparations for the Cattle Baron's Ball when Elena shows up to ask her for a favor. She wants to drill for oil on the Henderson ranch, but the bank won't lend her the money. She asks Sue Ellen, who's on the board, to put in a good word for her. Instead, Sue Ellen offers to front the money herself. Sue Ellen goes on about how smart and independent and awesome Elena is. "I'd like to think if I hadn't met J.R., I could have been like you." Don't sell it so hard, writers. Sue Ellen also invites Elena to the Cattle Baron's Ball tonight. Elena tries out several different smiles.
Time for the ball. Everyone's got on their shiniest belt buckles, biggest hats and pointiest boots. John Ross shows up with his daddy, who gets out of the car with a wheeled walker. "A walker? What are you doing, Dad?" John Ross asks. He's walking, you chicken-fried dolt. "Watch and learn," J.R. says as excited paparazzi snap pictures. Inside, Sue Ellen is praising the assembled guests for the money they've raised for the American Cancer Society. J.R., seeing her for the first time in who knows how long, is visibly stunned. Rightly so, because she looks like a million bucks in her tastefully sexy black dress. People start shouting at her to run for governor. Bobby is surprised to see J.R. wheeling up to him. They have a sit and J.R. thanks Bobby for visiting at the home all those times. He lies that it was Bobby's last visit that snapped him out of his depression. When Bobby tells J.R. that he plans to sell Southfork, J.R. says he trusts him to do the right thing. Bobby buys it, the poor fool.
When Bobby and Ann leave to get several strong drinks, J.R. has a talk with Marta, who conveniently happens to be at the ball. He's getting pissed that her father still hasn't called. She makes some lame excuse. Luckily, J.R. is distracted by Sue Ellen's proximity and goes over to talk to her. "Look at you... and look at me," he says. "You won, honey." The freaking lottery, yes she did.
John Ross drinks and heads over to talk to Elena. She agrees to remain business partners, tells him about the new oil leases she's buying, but their romance is over. J.R. catches up with Mitch Lobell at the brisket bar and prods him about the contracts. Mitch tries to explain away the holdup, but J.R. is losing patience. "You know, there was always one person you prized above all others," J.R. says with just the right mix of congeniality and menace. "I hate to hit a man below the belt, but you know I will." Mitch looks like he just pooped himself a little. J.R., on the other hand, looks delighted with himself.