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."
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.