Down at the county jail, John Ross is in the middle of making a phone call when two fellow inmates approach him. "We got a message from Vicente," one of them says. "He doesn't like liars." A stunningly brutal fight ensues. John Ross is a scrappy little thing, but he's outnumbered. As he lies bleeding on the floor, one of his attackers leans down over him. "Tell your uncle he better get Vicente his oil, or next time we kill you." He adds one final punch as punctuation.
Bobby meets with the most useless lawyer in the world. It's the same guy who told him that the fraudulent sale of Southfork was somehow totally legit. He basically tells Bobby he's screwed with Vicente now, too. Bobby rails and flails and offers up some avenues they might explore, but his lawyer remains steadfastly useless. Ann interrupts to tell them that John Ross is in the hospital. Everyone rushes over to find Sue Ellen already there. "They beat him senseless!" she tells them. He was halfway there when they started. Bobby, realizing that Vicente is behind the attack, urges Sue Ellen to contact John Ross's lawyer and get him out on bail. Even Christopher looks distraught.
Sue Ellen and Ann have a chat in the waiting area. Ann tries to be reassuring, but Sue Ellen feels like she hasn't done all she can for her own son. When she says she's going to have to cross moral lines like J.R. does, Ann all but cheers her on. Perhaps Ann has crossed a few lines in her past, in the name of maternal duty.
John Ross wakes up to find Christopher sitting at his bedside. He thinks his cousin has come to lecture him, but Christopher offers his support. Christopher tells him he should tell the police, but John Ross refuses. "I've already put our family through enough. These men are dangerous, Christopher." He also tells Christopher about the video that Vicente is holding hostage. John Ross seems truly regretful for what he's done. "If I wasn't so damned desperate to drill that oil...To measure up to J.R."