While pretending to help her shady brother look for a way to rip off the Ewings, Rebecca comes across a paper trail that uncovers Southfork's mineral rights. She turns Bobby and Christopher on to this trail, even if they aren't ready to forgive her for all the scamming and so forth. This eventually leads them to Jock Ewing's safe deposit box and the paperwork they need to stop the drilling. They triumphantly present this to John Ross, who's already got a heap of trouble to deal with. Vicente -- one of the Venezuelans behind the fake Del Sol deal -- comes knocking on his door, wondering why the first oil shipment is late. Without having to hear the words outright, John Ross knows his life is at stake here, and not just in a figurative sense.
Unable to reach his daddy for help, John Ross goes to mama Sue Ellen and uses his crappy childhood to guilt her into bailing him out. She's reluctant, but goes to meet with Harris Ryland. She offers him a cushy position with the Railroad Commission of Texas once she's governor, if he'll just send his tanker trucks back to Southfork. He declines the bribe, but agrees to do her the favor anyway. This worries Sue Ellen more than if he'd just taken the deal, because now she'll owe him one. Of course, it all ends up being for nothing, with the mineral rights in question and everything.
On the non-petroleum front: John Ross continues to pretend to be a decent human being with Elena, but his charade is threatened when Marta decides she really, really wants him back. J.R. has landed in Las Vegas to get a mani-pedi and some dirt on Cliff Barnes. It has something to do with gambling and maybe building casinos in Texas. It's not entirely clear, but it means a high-stakes poker match between the old coots in the near future, so yay. Also, Rebecca is pregnant, but who didn't see that coming from a mile away? Stay tuned for the full weecap.
Upon rewatching the episode and reading posts in the forum, it's clear I got the wrong end of the stick about some of the details in the recaplet. It wasn't Jock Ewing's safe deposit box, but Miss Ellie's father's. I think I blocked it out because the latter makes even less sense than the alternative. Also, it was really boring. I may have zoned out a bit. But here's the weecap, with what actually happened.
John Ross and Elena watch the cattle grazing in the fields beyond her cottage. John Ross remembers being a kid and looking forward to the day Southfork would be his. "It's funny how life always seems more complicated than you imagined it would be," he muses. "Especially in this family." Oh, boo-frickin'-hoo. You're the one who started the big complicated ball rolling, so quit complaining. He's also worried about Christopher doing something, but Elena's all, "You had nothing to do with the fraud, so what could he possibly do?" He seems to feel a little guilty, but not so guilty that he comes clean. He just reminds Elena that Christopher is a lying meanie who likes to say mean, lying things to her. As he heads off to work, Elena calls after him. "I don't believe in the war, but I believe in the warrior."
That puts him in a good enough mood to talk to Bobby. Things go from "I think I'll have some coffee" to "I'll kick you out of this house" pretty much instantly. They puff up their chests and trade a few insults, but before they can start pecking each other's eyes out, John Ross's foreman interrupts with bad news. When he hears that Ryland has ordered the tankers away from Southfork, John Ross immediately gets suspicious. "Ryland? Isn't that your wife's ex-husband's outfit, Uncle Bobby?" Bobby looks dyspeptic. John Ross accuses Bobby of sending Ann to do his dirty work for him. He walks away before Bobby can punch him in the eyes.
At the Condo of Impending Divorce, Rebecca hides a folder just as Tommy walks in. He complains about wanting to get out of the state because Texans are too nice. I'm a Texan and I just wanted to see a man get punched in the eyes. So shut the hell up, hon. Rebecca grabs the folder when Tommy's not looking and makes some excuse about needing fresh air. Tommy -- not used to his sister conning him -- doesn't notice anything suspicious.
Back at Southfork, Bobby confronts Ann about the miraculously disappearing tankers. She admits she's responsible. "I just saw how upset you were and thought it might help," she says. "I know you wanted to slow John Ross down --" He cuts her off. "Don't you think that's something we should have talked about first?" In the version of this scene that happens in my mind, Ann points out Bobby's being a big, annoying hypocrite seeing as how he sold off their family home and land without talking it over. Then she extends one fabulously long leg and kicks him in the groin from across the room. In the version that happens on the show, Ann is very contrite and near tears. Bobby dreads the day her deal with Ryland comes back to bite them in the ass. It cannot come soon enough.