Meanwhile, John Ross and Elena (his drilling partner from the previous scene) celebrate at a bar with their wildcatting buddies. John Ross seems like a pretty great guy, offering to treat his workers and their families to a weekend trip. It doesn't last. He sneaks off to hand a wad of cash to some guy, saying, "That's for not telling my uncle about drilling on Southfork." The guy says, "Betting against J.R.'s son would have been like betting against the Dallas Cowboys -- downright unpatriotic." John Ross gets a call and goes out into the alley to meet some unseen co-conspirator in a fancy red car.
Bobby drops by an upscale nursing home to pay brother J.R. a visit. (Lord help me, but I thought Larry Hagman had died many years ago, so I was just a little confused when I heard he'd be on this show.) J.R. stares, unresponsive, out a window at the parking lot beyond. A nurse says he has clinical depression. Maybe he'd cheer up a little if he had a better view. Bobby makes an emotional speech about family and their times fighting each other and how he doesn't want Christopher and John Ross to be like they were. He tells the silent J.R. that he loves him and gives him a kiss on the forehead, just above his magnificent Lorax eyebrows. The whole thing has the flavor of a "goodbye" visit.
Everybody gathers back at Southfork for Bobby's birthday. Carmen, the Ewing family cook, is also Elena's mother. When Elena walks in on John Ross's arm, Carmen looks to Christopher and sighs, "See what you did?" Everything's all weird and awkward and Christopher stares at Elena and Rebecca has to introduce herself. Sue Ellen pulls up to the party in a hot white Porsche, looking like time forgot to have any effect on her. The Ewings need to forget about drilling for oil and methane and start prospecting for whatever it is that's keeping Sue Ellen in mint condition. Over chocolate cake, the birthday conversation turns to how Rebecca's family is all dead except for her brother and her bridesmaid can't make the wedding. John Ross decides the whole get-together wasn't quite awkward enough already, so he volunteers Elena to be Rebecca's bridesmaid. Everybody looks at him like he went to a Polaner party and asked someone to pass the jelly. Rebecca graciously accepts, but she's smiling just a little too hard. Bobby changes the subject and tries to get John Ross to go visit his father before it's too late, but John Ross would rather argue with Christopher about fossil fuels vs. alternative energies. Bobby interrupts them by announcing that he's decided to sell Southfork. He didn't want to bring everyone down with his cancer, but this was on the approved conversation list?