I really wish the Dallas writers had picked a different name for Elena. I could understand if The Vampire Diaries had premiered around the same time, but the show will be in its fourth season come fall, and now we have yet another drama with an Elena romantically caught between two relatives. With TVD, there’s Stelena or Delena, but what can we call the ships on Dallas? Christena and Jelena Ross? Have you heard anything that sounds better?
This week both Ewing cousins tossed their second string ladies aside, pushing themselves back into the triangle. Despite her conversation with Ann, I don’t think Christopher should ever forgive Rebecca because she knew about the scam regardless of the email. But of course, he probably will because we can’t say goodbye to Rebecca and Tommy just yet, even though they’ve got information about the methane extraction. Then there’s Marta. Erm, I mean Veronica, who has had us fans agonizing over what she’d do with the sex tape she made of John Ross. We see her watch the tape, then take it out of the DVD player and walk off with a sly smile on her face, yet the outcome was anticlimactic, to say the least, as she just leaves it on John Ross’ pillow for Chris to find. What kind of sociopathic villain-temptress is she? This episode had me ripping my hair out, as I expected either her or Christopher to show the tape to Elena, which would have burned that bridge forever had she known about both his romance with Veronica and his involvement in the Southfork deal. Even if Elena did see the tape, I doubt she would have gone running back into Christopher’s arms after he so smugly paid her off. Therefore, Jelena Ross is back on, as she so willingly rips her clothes off the second he tells her that he wasn’t a part of the Southfork deal.
Though JR can be quite convincing (it’s the eyebrows, I’m sure), I can’t believe Bobby fell for that story about Marta trying to sell the ranch to Cliff Barnes! That was a good cover up on the writers’ part though, I didn’t see it coming at all! I am a little disappointed that Christopher went to the dark side, but I can’t say I didn’t expect it. He crawls as low as the oil-Ewings to blackmail John Ross into proving that the deal was fraud to get the ranch back. So much for avoiding a war.
This week’s second unexpected low down, dirty schemer was Ann, who convinces her ex-husband to back out of a deal to transport oil from Southfork for JR, in exchange for a “hug.” Then there’s Rebecca, who we already know is a backstabbing tramp, but redeems herself a little bit by hiding what seems to be a very important paper from Tommy at the end of the episode.
It’s now time to share my favorite JR quote of the night: “Well, Annie, you’re just gonna have to work on your imagination.” Not his best, but we didn’t see very much of him this week.
What I don’t understand is why John Ross isn’t more upset that JR stole Southfork from him as well. Not only would I like to know where JR is going, but also why are they so obsessed with the Dallas Cowboys? It’s getting a little ridiculous. Don’t even get me started on their portrayal of the Dallas Police Department, who can’t find Veronica, even though she’s still in Dallas, but living under a different name. JR’s private investigator Bum (what in the world did he do to get that nickname?), found her instantly, as well as her impressive criminal records. I doubt we’ll see any more of Lobell, who’s probably sipping margaritas down in Mexico by now. He seems to be the only one who hasn’t gotten completely screwed over, as he just took what money he was able to extort and ran, though JR can still leak the photos of Rick doing drugs. To my knowledge, Mart-onica hasn’t gotten any money from JR or John Ross, and now the only leverage she had is in Christopher’s hands.