Vegas. Cliff's driver, Frank Ashkani, drops by J.R.'s hotel room to find out why he's been making inquiries about his boss. J.R. wangles himself an invitation to one of Cliff's poker games, even though the buy-in is a staggering $1 million. After Frank leaves, J.R. tells Bum to get the money from Carlos Del Sol and do some digging on Ashkani. He doesn't buy that Ashkani is just a driver. He's also a starship captain.
Southfork. Fearing for Elena's safety, John Ross sets Bum on Marta's trail, although what he expects Bum to do about it is kind of a mystery. He's not evil enough to have her killed and anything short of that will probably just drive her even crazier. Meanwhile, a bouquet of freesias arrives for Ann. At first she thinks it's a gift from Bobby to apologize for their fight, but then she sees the card. It's from her ex. There's also a small antique-looking locket, the sight of which brings Ann immediately to tears. She sobs and crumples to her knees. Bobby sees this and rushes over to her, but she pushes him away. He finds Harris Ryland's card lying on the ground and fumes.
He's still fuming when he charges into Ryland's office and backhands him right in the middle of a meeting. He even shoves a guy who tries to intervene. "You stay away from Ann," Bobby says to Ryland. Instead of calling the cops or even fighting back, everybody just watches Bobby charge back out the way he came.
Christopher and Rebecca cross paths just long enough for him to tell her the info she gave them was legit. He's not ready to forgive her, but he does seem to have softened a bit. At least he doesn't cartoon shout at her.
Sue Ellen puts on a tight little zipper dress and has a chat with Ryland. She promises him a post on the Texas Railroad Commission if he agrees to send his tankers back to Southfork. She looks like she's swallowing razor blades the whole time, but manages a smile at the end. Surprisingly, he does not take her up on the offer. "I can't allow you to compromise yourself like that," he says. He says he'll reinstate his trucks. At first, Sue Ellen is terribly relieved, but then he writes a big fat check for her campaign and she realizes she'll be compromising herself in some even bigger way in the future.