Christopher is at his office when he gets a video call from a team member in China. The guy tells him they triggered an earthquake while tapping into a cache of methane and warns him their methods aren't safe. Perhaps they should try dropping a little Beano down in there first. One of Chris's employees overhears the convo with interest.
John Ross pays his daddy a visit in the nursing home and makes an impassioned plea for help. And by "impassioned," I mean "whiny and desperate." He complains that Bobby's selling Southfork in order to fund Christopher's project. J.R. sits there without moving, seemingly having heard not a word. Then with a quiet rumble, he pronounces Bobby a fool and calls Christopher a "foundling." J.R. gets a gleam of fire in his pale, old eyes and commands his son to fetch them up some fried chicken and red Jell-O. There's bellies to be filled and plots to be hatched!
John Ross convinces Elena to go check up on Christopher. When she resists, he plays on her insecurities by telling her she'll always be just the cook's daughter to the Ewings. He reminds her Christopher just used her and threw her away. So she drops by Chris's office, makes him some coffee, chats about the old days, notices the news article on his laptop about the earthquake... He explains the whole disaster to her. She asks him if he's happy with Rebecca and they make hurt eyes at each other. She gives him back her old engagement ring and leaves near tears.
Later, she lies to John Ross that they didn't talk about Christopher's work. How is an entire earthquake a secret? Why wouldn't it be on the news?
Bobby's tumor wakes him up in the middle of the night. Ann, thinking it's nothing more than a bit of indigestion, goes to fetch him some Tums from the kitchen. That's when she hears someone rustling around in Bobby's office. She grabs a gun from the kitchen cabinet and chases away a masked intruder instead of shooting him in the face. What kind of Texan is she? When she goes back to Bobby's office, she finds his cancer meds on the floor.
The masked intruder shows up at Christopher's office, where he hands one of the workers an envelope of money. In exchange, the worker lets him download a bunch of files off the computers. In this job market, you'd think it'd be easier to hire loyal employees.