Speaking of our favorite old devil. J.R., still in Vegas, gets a call from Bum to tell him the bad news.
Bobby pays a visit to the family plot and brings flowers to his mama's grave. He's decided to drill on Southfork in order to protect the family, as crazy and dysfunctional as they may be.
He announces his decision to the living members of the family, but Christopher has another idea. "Venezuelans want oil? Well, I can give them something better." Bobby tries to talk him out of it, but Christopher is determined to have his turn with taking care of the family. It's a noble gesture, but kind of dumb. Elena listens and cries. Why doesn't she offer to hand over some of that Henderson oil? That was last week's plan, wasn't it?
Next we have a subplot that illustrates the importance of communication. While Christopher is hatching is nobly dumb plan, Sue Ellen visits the county medical examiner. He tells her he can't talk to her about the case, but he doesn't try very hard to get her to leave. "That woman was highly unstable," Sue Ellen says of Marta. "It was a suicide, and your report needs to confirm that." The doctor looks wary. Sue Ellen offers him the post of Chief Medical Examiner like she's already got the governorship in the bag. She also threatens to expose him for writing bogus prescriptions, seeing as how all his patients are dead. See, I would have led with that. No need to offer a carrot when the stick will do.
Late at night, J.R. sneaks into John Ross's room. He pats his sleeping boy's hair and looks sad. Then he looks maybe a little angry. If I were Vicente, I'd be worried.
Back to Christopher's nobly dumb plot. He goes to Casa de Cano to offer Vicente a piece of his hot methane action. I think he just likes setting blocks of frozen methane on fire. Vicente is reluctant, but Christopher eventually manages to convince him that there's more untapped natural gas off the coasts of South America than there is oil under Southfork. Now he's going to be stuck doing business with these crooks for however long Ewing Alternative Energies is in business. He also gets Vicente to add the hotel video to the deal.
Sue Ellen visits her son to tell him she's spoken to the M.E. She doesn't say she bribed him, of course, and she nearly blows it when the detectives come in to tell John Ross the charges have been dropped. Sue Ellen: "Just when you're ready to lose faith in the system, somebody comes along and rules it a suicide!" Detective: "Uh, no, we found the camera." Sue Ellen: "Oopsie!" And that, kiddies, is why it's important to hatch your various dark plots with the entire family. Or at least send them a text now and then.