201 «Suffer the Little Children»
At the hospital, Ray waits to see Donna. J.R. reassures Mandy when she wonders if he's really over Sue Ellen. Sue Ellen refuses to discuss her personal life with Patricia and tells a disappointed Dusty that she wants his companionship but isn't ready to live with him. Mark suggests that a suspicious Pam talk to Angelica before deciding that J.R. was operating behind her back. Ray tells Donna that they lost the baby. Phyllis agrees to stay on as Pam's secretary.
Ellie dashes Patricia's hopes of saving the J.R. and Sue Ellen relationship. Angelica is relieved to hear that J.R. leveled with Pam about the pending deal. Angelica stresses that she has full authority when J.R. indicates he wants to personally discuss the arrangement with reclusive Dmitri Marinos. Surprising Sue Ellen, Patricia supports her daughter's life apart from J.R. and then wonders how Sue Ellen can stand being separated from John Ross. Purposely late for a lunch date, J.R. explains to Mandy that he wants to give Jack a chance to get acquainted with Angelica. When Jack persuades Angelica to delay business discussion until J.R. arrives, she comments that Jack's involvement in the deal might be very important. Cliff makes amends with Pam.
At the hospital, Ray finds Donna withdrawn and unresponsive. Sue Ellen hires a lawyer, having decided to seek full custody of John Ross. Cliff and Jamie reconcile. Ray dissolves into tears as he prepares to dispose of the baby items Donna had accumulated. Vowing there'll be no deal unless he knows what's really going on, J.R. falls into a passionate embrace with a seductive Angelica.
Sue Ellen visits with John Ross. J.R. instructs his private detective to provide background information on Dmitri Marinos and Angelica. After learning that she's seeking custody and legal separation, J.R. confronts Sue Ellen and swears that she'll never be safe if she somehow succeeds in taking John Ross away from him.
202 «The Prize»
Sue Ellen has a nightmare in which J.R. foils her attempt to take John Ross from Southfork. When Angelica's associate Nicholas reports that J.R.'s detective is snooping around in Athens, she feels pressured to quickly close the deal with J.R. A grieving Donna tells Ellie that she won't try to have another baby but doesn't elaborate.
Though she's frightened, Sue Ellen assures a worried Clayton that she's prepared to press her suit for custody of John Ross. Calling from Athens, the detective suggests that J.R. hold off on closing the deal while he checks out some odd activity at Marinos. J.R. talks to John Ross about the custody suit. Though she tries to explain, Sue Ellen realizes that John Ross is still confused about his parents' custody fight. Jack's expression of love for his late mother moves Jenna. Ellie discovers that John Ross is missing from his room.
The family, including Sue Ellen, scours the ranch in search of John Ross. The detective calls from Athens and leaves a message for J.R. to meet him at the Dallas airport in the morning. Nicholas and two goons watch the detective as he exits the phone booth and drops a manila envelope into a mailbox. Pam tells a surprised Angelica that she is opposed to the co-venture. A loving Cliff and Jamie plan to work closely together so she can learn about the oil business. Ellie finds John Ross and tries to alleviate his fears about the custody dispute.
The judge who will rule on the custody case talks to John Ross, Sue Ellen, and J.R. individually and then together, promising to make his decision as quickly as possible. Angelica and Grace agree that Pam can be taken care of if she becomes too much of a problem. J.R. is annoyed when a cautious, reluctant Jack wants to talk to Pam before committing to the Marinos deal.
Cliff and Jamie tell Pam/Mark that they're going to have a proper traditional wedding ceremony and honeymoon. At the airport, J.R. spots the detective's suitcase but the man is nowhere to be found.
J.R. and Sue Ellen are both stunned when the judge announces his decision in the custody case.
The judge speaks to John Ross and each of his parents separately before making his ruling.
"I must say that while your abilities and qualifications are distinctly different, I’m convinced that both of you love your son. My decision is no reflection on the depth of feeling you each have for him, or he for you. But it falls to award custody of John Ross to only one parent ,and I have therefore made my decision to award that to Mrs. Ewing."
203 «En Pasant»
While awaiting court approval to appeal the custody ruling, Harv cautions an impatient J.R. not to tamper with the judicial system. Having decided to leave John Ross at Southfork until the custody issue is settled, a worried Sue Ellen discusses J.R.'s pending motion for appeal and her future with Pam and Mark. A listless Donna aggravates Ray. J.R. tells John Ross that he's fighting to keep him at Southfork. After talking to Pam, Jack realizes he'll be caught in the middle if she and J.R. disagree about closing the Marinos deal. Angelica instructs Nicholas to hold J.R.'s detective captive in Greece until Grace intercepts the manila envelope the detective mailed. Through an unsuspecting McSween, J.R. hopes to find a way to bribe the judge who will preside if the appeal is granted. Cliff is pleased to have an enterprising Jamie working with him at Barnes/Wentworth. Posing as a temporary secretary for J.R.'s detective's partner, Grace and her cohorts in Greece arrange a phone conversation in which the captive detective tells his partner to give J.R the go-ahead to close the Marinos deal. Jenna sympathizes when Donna explains that her extreme grief over the lost baby can't be shared with Ray. Sue Ellen plans to get a job and is unconcerned about the social scene she continues to worry about J.R.'s appeal. The judge's son is grateful when J.R. offers to find a job for him at Ewing Oil. J.R. tells Pam that her decision re the Marinos deal is required tomorrow when they are due to meet with Angelica. Donna silently observes as a frustrated Ray tears down the construction on the new house.
At J.R.'s request, the detective's partner has Grace messenger over the Jason/Nancy Ewing file to J.R. Grace finds the detective's manila envelope in incoming mail and tucks it in her purse. Dusty tells Sue Ellen to have faith that she'll win out if J.R. is allowed to appeal. Unable to forget Bobby, Jenna flees Jack's romantic advances. In consideration of J.R. hiring his son, the judge promises to award custody to J.R. if the appeal is granted. Finally realizing that Ray is suffering as much as she is, Donna apologizes to him for ignoring his pain.
J.R., Jack, and Angelica are pleased when Pam decides in favor of the co-venture. Sue Ellen makes a surprising decision that significantly affects J.R. and John Ross' future. Sue Ellen realizes it would be a mistake to take her son from his home. To everyone’s total shock, she announces that she’s not taking John Ross after all.
204 «Goodbye, Farewell, and Amen»
Harv Smithfield, the family attorney, advises JR. that even though Sue Ellen is allowing John Ross to stay at Southfork, she still has custody of the boy and can claim him at any time. If, however, Sue Ellen were to move back to the ranch, she would forfeit custody. J.R. then asks Sue Ellen to come back to Southfork, for John Ross s sake.
Sue Ellen tells Patricia that she is not going to try to control John Ross’s life the way Patricia did hers. She confides to her mother that she is considering moving back to Southfork, because John Ross keeps telling her in nonverbal ways that he needs her there. Patricia begins to pack her things to leave Dallas. The two women work out their differences and Patricia begins to understand that she can no longer manipulate her daughter.
Jenna tells Jack that they should stop seeing each other. Jack, dismayed, asks Ray for advice; Ray suggests that he just slow down a bit, that perhaps Jenna isn’t ready for romance so soon after Bobby’s death.
Sue Ellen moves back to Southfork. Mandy, upset by the news, seeks out Cliff Barnes for Chinese food and a chat. Barnes suggests revenge.
205 «Curiosity Killed the Cat»
When a ruptured water main floods their house, Ray and Donna move into Southfork. Clayton tells his lawyer that he’s having financial problems and needs to sell off some of his smaller companies to keep his refinery going, but he doesn’t want Ellie to know about his problems. Everyone in the family has noticed how distracted Clayton has been, but he is not aware of any difference in his behavior.
Pam opens a package addressed to Bobby from his friend Matt Cantrell and is surprised to see it holds a huge uncut emerald and the promise that there’s more to come from his South American mine. When Pam tells J.R. about the emerald, he scoffs and tells her that it must be fake, since Cantrell is a loser.
J.R. and Angelica continue to do business. Cliff has been telling Mandy that the two are involved in more than business, but Mandy has refused to believe it. Cliff gives her a tip-off that sends her to Angeliea’s hotel, from which she sees JR. emerge in the early morning, thus confirming Cliff’s accusation and her own suspicions. Furious at JR.’s betrayal, Mandy flushes the diamond bracelet he gave her down the toilet, Jack, upset by Jenna’s jilting him, takes off for places unknown so that he can clear his head. JR. is annoyed when Jamie says even she doesn’t know how to locate her brother.
206 «The Missing Link»
Angelica is concerned about Jack’s disappearance because she has an opportunity to put her secret plan into action in Caracas shortly. JR. assures her that Jack will be back when needed, but both he and Angelica are anxious.
Matt comes to Dallas to meet with Bobby and is shocked to discover his friend has died. He and Pam chat about Bobby’s dreams and how Matt has lived out all their boyhood fantasies, and Pam decides to back Matt in the mine. JR. agrees to sell his interest in Cantrell’s mine since he thinks the whole thing is a waste of time. Mark Graison is not thrilled at Pam’s enthusiasm for the mine; he feels that Pam is becoming too involved with Bobby and his ghost.
Mandy leaks information about Ewing Oil to Cliff which results in his cancellation of all equipment orders to make sure that JR. doesn’t get the items he needs for his drilling with Marinos Shipping. J.R can’t understand how this has happened to him, but soon discovers that Mandy is the spy. He sadly vows revenge.
Jamie, who has been working with Cliff at Barnes Wentworth since they got back together, goes on a site inspection and is crushed by an avalanche of oil barrels. She’s rushed to the hospital, where blood tests reveal that she has a very rare type of blood. The doctor urges the family to locate Jack, who might make a suitable blood donor. Without the right blood, Jamie will die.
207 «Twenty-Four Hours»
As Jamie lies unconscious, the doctor stresses the urgency of finding a compatible blood donor. While Mark Graison and Sue Ellen try to find other possible donors, JR. offers a $25,000 reward to anyone who can locate Jack Ewing. J.R. claims to be acting out of concern for his cousin, hut the truth is that he needs Jack for Angelica to produce in Caracas in a matter of days.
Jack has gone to an isolated fishing lodge to be alone to think about his problems with Jenna and has no idea that he is being sought. Jenna, distraught and blaming herself for his disappearance, goes to Jack’s apartment to find clues to where he may have gone. Some photographs trigger her memory of his fishing cabin. Jenna and Ray fly out in the Southfork plane to New Mexico and return with Jack.
According to Angelica, Jack was so important to her plans because he was the illegitimate son of Dimitri Marinos. When the doctor announces that Jack’s blood is an exact match to Jamie’s, J.R. is left with serious doubts.
208 «The Deadly Game»
J.R. uses Graison Research’s computers to analyze Jack’s blood and discovers that Jack and Jamie did indeed have the same parents. He realizes that Angelica has been lying to him, but he’s not certain why.
Angelica, having missed her chance to use Jack in Caracas, now wants him to appear at an oil conference in Martinique. Smelling a rat, J.R. decides to sell part of his share of the Marinos deal to the cartel.
Matt Cantrell gives Pam a brooch set with emeralds from their mine. Pam decides to go down to Colombia to see the mine for herself, even though Mark is furious at the thought. Pam is saddened by his refusal to understand her need to go to Colombia.
Ellie secretly buys up the companies that Clayton has for sale.
"You can’t keep buying everything Clayton is selling," Punk Anderson advises her. "You’ll go broke if that keeps up"
209 «Blame It on the Bogota»
Matt and JR. meet secretly to confirm their deal: J.R. has been providing Matt with the money, the loose stones, and the brooch for Pam in order to eon her into sinking money into the mine. He plans on using her incompetence in this deal against her in his legal campaign to oust her from Ewing Oil. Then JR. feeds Cliff some phony information about the mine, enticing him to contribute $2 million of his own money to be Pam’s partner.
J.R.‘s satisfaction with his progress on the mine and the Marinos deal is marred by his discovery that his mother has put up her 10 percent of Ewing Oil as collateral to buy a business through an unnamed Houston broker. JR. begins work to find out why. Pam is so excited about her upcoming jungle adventure that she forgets a dinner date with Mark. Mark confides to Sue Ellen that Pam and Bobby were planning to remarry and his feelings that he and Pam may not have a future together after all.
210 «Shadow Games»
By Joel J. Feigenbaum
In Los Gatos, Colombia, Matt scans the post office, desperate to get a package of emeralds that JR. is sending him for their con. The chief of police, Luis Rueda, reveals to Matt that he has the package and that he considers Matt to be a very suspicious character.
J.R. has noticed that Grace has befriended Jack and that the two are beginning to be an item J.R is certain this is a ploy on behalf of Angelica to gain control over Jack, and he is still not certain why Jack is so vital to Angelica’s plans.
Sue Ellen, who has blossomed in her position as the Fund raiser for Graison Research, has so impressed JR. that their relationship begins to take a new turn. JR. asks her if he may escort her to the fundraising auction she is hostessing for Graison Research.
Clayton discovers that it was Ellie who was behind his buyouts, and while angry at first, he comes to realize what a loving gesture she made. He decides to sell all of Farlow Industries and devote himself to the ranch, horse breeding, and Miss Ellie.
Matt and Pam leave Los Gatos for the mine, a few days’ trek into the jungle. Matt leaves camp to take a swim in the river after everyone goes to bed. Pam’s screams bring him racing back to camp, where he is knocked unconscious and left for dead.