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  1. stevew

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    I always got the impression the stuff with Chris was phony. I never bought it. But at this point Chris hates her as he believes she nearly got him killed. And then Mateo and her own family - they despise her for Drew's death. Chris has been learning how to run Ewing Oil as JR would have done and Mateo isn't the kind of man you want angry with you, let alone hating you.

    I'm guessing about 10. Kids grow up fast on soaps. He is leaning to be protective of his mother. And while his parents haven't filled his head with anything bad about Elena, the Ramos's have. And it would be difficult for him not to listen to them as she is their side of the family.

    Chris might want to worry - what if Jack wants Ewing Oil?

    Lucy is the head of the family and it's not going to be easy to find a place for Mitch and keep this crew together.
     
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    The board of Trident begins to gather and Pamela says to Elena, "You don't really think getting into this company gets at John Ross do you?"


    "He loves his businesses."


    "No he doesn't. He loves his family. And I'll admit someplace inside him he still loves you."


    "Don't worry I don't want him back."


    Pamela laughs. "Oh I'm not worried about that. It's not his love for me that keeps him faithful. It's my love for him. He won't risk that for you or anyone else."


    "I wouldn't be so sure with John Ross about something like that."


    Pamela chuckles. "I'm as certain of it as I am that you regret what you did to him, and that if I died tomorrow, it'd make you very happy."


    "I don't want him back."


    "You're either lying to me or yourself. Maybe both. You did a good job all those years pretending to love Chris. I'd watch his wife if I were you."


    "I'm not worried about her."


    "Didn't say you should be. I said watch her. But you and Chris. You two deserve each other."


    "What's that mean?"


    "Bitter, disillusioned and foolish."


    "Whatever."


    "You know you hurt him, right?"


    "Who?"


    "John Ross. I mean you're just one in a long list of people who hurt him, but you did hurt him."


    "That doesn't mean he should keep my son from me."


    "No it doesn't. And if Jack wanted to see you, he'd support him. Your problem isn't me or John Ross. It's Jack. We only told him of your existence and that you associated with some bad people and were in the wrong place at the wrong time. Your family made you out to be evil. Not the Ewings."


    "I know. I spoke to Mateo."


    "So what's the point in investing in Trident? You're only gonna pass off Chris."


    "Just business. Everything John Ross touches turns to gold, doesn't it?"


    "Listen, you give me time and I'll get Jack to speak to you. He is curious. But right now he thinks he's being loyal to me."


    "I guess I can see that."


    "Jack won't let you hurt me. And I won't let you hurt him."


    "I just want to know him. I want him to know I love him."


    "You're not capable of love," Chris says approaching the two of them. "You're a drug pushing, addle-brained tramp."


    "Christopher!" Pamela admonishes.


    "It's true. They going through her boy Nick's finances. Billions in drug laundered money. How much drug money you get in your hands Elena?"


    "This isn't going to get us anywhere." Pamela says.


    Chris adds, "Oh and let's not deny tramp. I hear you and old Weston, well they say he died in the sheets."


    Elena says, "But addle-brained? That's a new one. I've never been accused of being addle brained." Elena walks to her place at the table.







    The ranch is alive with a South Fork barbecue. Everyone's eating, drinking, chatting.


    Lucy says to Elena who's walked up from the driveway, "Watch your self."






    Mateo approaches John Ross at the bar, "You know I respect you and he is your son."


    "I know where you stand Mateo. And he's your nephew. And I respect that. What I need is you to kept close tabs on Elena. Nicholas finally got a hold of her?"


    "Yes he did."


    "Dumb move on his part," John Ross smirks.


    "Last move."


    "You're nothing if not patient. And yes he's my son. And yes I agree with you, but Pamela doesn't. She just thinks, what if this was her and Chris had taken her children away from her, like he threatened to do."


    "Chris is going after some huge leases we've gotta talk about."


    "What do you mean?"


    "Chris is gambling everything. Now he's good. And I'm sure it'll pay off, but it's a huge risk. My guess is he's looking for huge returns to get at Trident."


    "What for? We already control Trident."


    "You do. He doesn't. He's using Ewing Oil to prop up some of his plays. This don't work out, your cousin is broke."


    "But with Chris we know it'll work."


    "As long as you don't have me get in the way, or somebody else doesn't decide to get in the way."


    "You make sure no body gets in the way."


    "Will do." Mateo pats John Ross's shoulder than says, "I'll respect you and Pamela over Elena, but she still isn't family as far as I'm concerned."


    "And I respect that." John Ross holds up his glass and nods.





    Elena sits with Pamela watching the kids play tag in the yard.


    "He is happy isn't he?" Elena notes.


    "I think so. He likes being big brother."


    "I can't get over how smart he is. I mean high school math."


    "Well I've heard you were pretty smart yourself."


    "Well couldn't have been too smart. Look where I ended up."


    "Bad company that's all."


    "I blamed John Ross for lying and cheating just like JR and then . . . I end up going to Nicholas for help."


    "We've all done things we shouldn't have."


    "Yeah, but I lost everything. If I'd had stood by John Ross, been there for him like he'd always been there for me, I'd be sitting where you're at. Instead my own family hates me. My child doesn't even know me and when I go home tonight, I'm alone."


    "But now you can start over."


    "No I can't. No matter who I go home with now, I won't trust them. Probably never will. So I've got nothing, but maybe a chance that boy will care about me."


    "You can't make it about him living you. It's about you living him. That's it. Unconditional. You and Mateo speaking?"


    "He won't even look at me except to stare me down. I don't know if I'd be any different in his place."


    "I saw you speaking to Lucy when you got here."


    "She was reminding me to watch myself."


    "What do you plan on doing now that you're on the board of Trident?"


    "I spoke to Dia afterwards. I want to be involved. Apparently Trident is leasing Chris's methane extraction technology. I told him I can make it happen. I showed him I understand the technology. Maybe better than Chris. Chris always got the mechanics, not the geology. He's made me Executive Vice President in charge of Alternative Extraction."


    "Impressive."


    "I told him I want his job, one day."


    "What'd he say?"


    "If I can pull off this methane extraction he said once he's ready to step down, he might just recommend me."


    "Well see you're putting your life back together, one step at a time."


    "I made Jack my sole heir and John Ross his trustee. I want to leave him something of the oil business. Something big."


    "Well, you've certainly got a lot of money to do that. But I don't think money is going to solve your problem with Jack."


    "No. But it's something. Better than what my parents left me. You know Bobby me through college."


    "Yes I do. Do you know it was because John Ross asked him to?"


    "No I didn't know that."


    "That's what Bobby told me. It hadn't dawn on him until John Ross brought it up."






    Lucy approaches Dia by the pool. "Why have you given Elena Ramos a job?"


    "Well, she knows what I need and she's a major stockholder, and John Ross agreed."


    "Agreed? Why?"


    "Like I said she knows the technology she'll be working. I really don't think you have anything to worry about, with the Ewing shares your family is firmly in control of the company."


    "What's this I hear about a merger with Ewing Oil."


    "Not so much a merger as working out the details of control. Ewing Oil controls Trident, in addition to its operations in alternative energy R and D and oil field services. The Ewings in turn control Ewing Oil. We're just putting the finishing touches on the arrangements."


    "So you work for Chris?"


    "Yes. You could say that."


    "And Elena works for you?"


    "Not directly, but yes."


    "Just keep an eye on her. I don't want anymore of her scheming causing this family harm."


    "Of course not."




    Pamela holds John Ross's hand as they walk away from the family gathering into the yard. He says, "You're shaking."


    "I've got something to tell you?"


    "What is it?"


    "They found a mass."


    "What? Jack? Does he know?"


    "Not Jack. He's fine. Doctors couldn't be more happy . . . Me. My breast."


    John Ross holders her tight.
     
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    Finally an update! :)
    I'm glad Pamela's helping Elena patch things up with her son. Even though I can see why she's doing it. She's afraid she won't live and if she doesn't she wants John Ross to have someone... :(

    But well Pamela's gonna pull through. She just has to. She and John Ross has been through too much to have it all end like that!
     
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    Thank you. The Ewings are headed for a business fight over Ewing Oil, but John Ross will have to show he cares more family than business. If he looses her it certainly won't be with her wondering if he loves her. And no Elena could never replace her.
     
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    There's a lot of yelling around the Southfork. Chris and Mateo are at it over Ewing Oil. Lucy can't believe he's been so risky with their company. Chris refuses to be questioned. Mateo tells him that Pamela put him in charge of LoneStar and as long as he is, Ewing Oil is his business and he'll question him.


    Up stairs John Ross says, "No! Both of them. I don't want you taking the risk for your boobs!"


    "No." Pamela cries. "No. You think I could stand you looking at me like that?"


    "Like what?"


    "I know you. I know how you are. I can't."


    "Oh my God. Please. Please Pamela. Whatever you think it's wrong. I don't care. I love you. Not them." Tears well up in his eyes.


    "You say that but you're a man. You think this won't effect you?"


    John Ross sits on her bed and sobs.


    "I understand you have needs," she tells him. Her hand in his shoulder.


    He shoves her off, "I can't loose you Pamela. I can't. Please. Dear God. Please believe me. I don't care." His gave on her cheek. "You're all I care about. You. Please. Please Pamela."


    She searches his eyes. "With them both gone. With my hair gone. With all that will happen to us."


    "I can't do this. I can't. I can't watch you die because of this. Of who you think I am." He gets up and stomps out of the room.


    Barbara looks in on Pamela. Pamela says, "I'm sorry. The whole house must have heard us."


    "No the kids are out back. And Chris and Lucy are in the middle of their own fight. But forgive me for saying so but you're being very unfair to him. And to your children. You've got a lot to go through and this bullshit about worrying if that man will need another woman. I've never seen a man so in love with a woman as that man is with them. Just take care of it. There's reconstructive surgery. And let him be with you. I'm sorry. I just had to say something. You're killing him when what you should be doing is letting him hold you."


    Pamela looks at her stunned.





    John Ross sits and holds her hand with an iv in the other.




    A television news anchor says, "Ewing Oil's creditors have closed in on the company. Wendell Industries says that it intends to break up the company now that it owns the majority of Ewing Oil's debt. David and Andrew Wendell are the majority investors in Wendell Industries."





    In her room Pamela stumbles into the bathroom and throws up. John Ross helps her to her feet.



    Jack helps his father get her into bed.






    Elena rolls in bed with David Wendell.






    Lucy looks in on Chris sitting alone in his cottage. "Where's Emily?"


    "She left me."


    "Why?"


    "We had a fight about her father."


    Lucy sits next to Chris, her arm him. "It's only money Chris. We'll recoup what we need. It'll work out."


    "I lost Ewing Oil."


    "Right now what matters is Pamela. We can figure that out later."




    In the master bedroom of South Fork Pamela lays down with her husband and kids. Chris and Emily sit on the sofa. Lucy comes in with Mitch and a lot of pop corn. Mateo and Barbara bring the drinks. John Ross pushes play on the remote control and Gone with the Wind begins.
     
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    That was suppose to be Gone with the Wind BEGINS.
     
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    I've edited the last word for you. Love that they were watching that movie. It's one of my favorites. :)

    The scene with John Ross and Pamela Rebecca was very raw and sad.
    The whole thing reminds me a bit about how Miss Ellie felt like she wasn't enough woman after her mastechtomy in the show. :(
     
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    Thank you. I figured it would be one of Pamela's favorites. That was the idea - going back to the same issue and the same bedroom by the way. But now with a new generation. Pamela will have to still confront such feelings but these Ewings are united. She couldn't face it alone if she wanted. That room was full of family. And no one is letting her go this alone.

    I noticed you didn't mention Ewing Oil is gone. That was my idea - that the rest would be too much to care about the business. They could care less. And even Chris seems to careless. This is finally a family. Beat the shit out of each other but come together family. Lucy must have always wanted such a thing. Seems like she has it now.
     
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    True I thought "Oh no" when I read that they'd lost Ewing Oil. But well I've always been more interested in the characters relationships and what they are going through than the business side of Dallas anyway so I'm not surprised it slipped my mind when I commented. ;)
     
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    And now the Ewings are more worried about the family than the company. :)
     
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    John Ross walks into the offices of Wendell Industries and brushes off the secretaries. Security is called as he walks through. Mateo follows and says don't bother. The phones aren't working.


    John Ross approaches David in the middle of a meeting. "I'm here to tell you to stop using the Ewing Oil name. I own it. The business you took over was given permission to use it. I'm taking back that permission." He tosses a thick file folder at him and says, "And these are the other assets, patents and such owned by Lone Star. I'm also pulling them. Look at the contracts. You'll see I'm well with in my rights. By the way, this means the debt you bought was way more than the value you acquired. You might want to go into panic mode with your creditors."







    Elena floats face down in her pool.







    A gaunt looking Pamela applies make up and then straightens her wig. John Ross kisses her cheek. "I just got a call from Mateo. Elena's dead. They found her floating in her pool."


    "What? What happened?"


    "Mateo's working on it. He thinks it's someone from the a Mexican drug cartel."


    "Did you tell Jack?"


    "I thought we would tell him together."






    Jack sits in the living room a bit shocked at the news his parents tell him when Mateo enters the room. John Ross steps out into the Entry. I'm afraid there's more.



    Out in the back porch of South Fork Mateo introduces John Ross to a mid twenties young man, "Sebastian Sanchez. Sebastian. This is John Ross Ewing. Your father."




    In their bed room Pamela says, "I don't understand, you slept with her once when she was a kid. And she kept him from you all these years?"


    "He was raised in Mexico by an aunt. I had no idea. Really I didn't. I was sixteen."


    "How didn't Mateo know?"


    "He stayed away from the family as much as he could. I remember him staying that year Elena went back to Mexico. He just though the kid was his cousin."


    "So why tell the kid the truth now?"


    "Mateo said his aunt felt guilty when she heard Elena died. The family fought over it but she told him anyway. Sebastian called Mateo and he brought him here."






    John Ross walks into his study. "Let's make this brief. I'm headed into Dallas with Pamela to meet with her doctor." Chris and Mateo sit in the room. "Liam will be staying in New York. Long Dia's in Hong Kong. Both are heading up investments for Lone Star. And Amanda Welser's in London. Mateo, I want you to stay running Lone Star. And Chris. I'm going to back you taking over Trident. You shed all the debt of Ewing Oil onto Wendell and we kept the valuable assets within Trident. Couldn't ask for more. Mateo. I want you to take those assets and make the arrangements with Trident. Chris. I want the name Ewing to replace Trident. Since oil doesn't market so well, I want it to be the Ewing Corporation. And the first thing I want is for you to take over Wendell Industries. Speak to Andrew. See what he owns and is willing to sell." Looking at Mateo, "And I want information on Rosnova and Sergei Vaino. How's he factor into Wendell Industries? And what happened to scare off Juan De La Vaga?" John Ross leaves the room as quickly as he walked in.





    Lucy and Mitch enter the room as Pamela announces she got another clean bill of health. Everyone is thrilled. The kids jump up and down. Emily and Chris both hug her. The twelve of them walk across the hall and into the dinning room. Gathering around the table as happy as can be.



    That evening out on the patio Mitch asks Lucy, "Have you ever thought about moving out of South Fork?"


    "No. Why?"


    "I mean just to have your own place."


    "I have my own place in New York."


    "I mean here."


    "Beau offered me his apartment in the Rec House. I thought about it. Take Jeremy with me. Why?"


    "It's just. We're here more than my place and I never feel comfortable staying the night. But if you had your own place."


    "If you want to spend the night, you're more than welcome."


    "This house doesn't set well with me."


    "You're silly. But I suppose. If you wanted. I don't see why I could move out back. You looking to move in?"


    "I don't think I could just invite myself like that. But if we were married I guess so."


    "Are you asking me to marry you?"


    "I think I am. Again anyway."


    "Oh Mitch." Lucy slides into his arms. They kiss.






    In his office David says to Juan, "Naming the company Ewing is going to make this all the sweeter."


    Arliss than hands David a thick manuscript. He reads the title, "The Trickster of Texas: A Biography of John Ross Ewing the third." He smiles. "Excellent."


    David then hands Sebastian a check, "And this is for you and your brother's share of the Ewing Corporation, that your mother left in your control."
     
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    Oh I love the Lucy & Mitch getting properly back together and talking marriage. :)

    Glad that Pamela's rid of her cancer too.

    Why did you have to kill Elena for though?
    That just killed some potentially good storylines. Also who is the mother of this kid John Ross fathered at 16 and how old is John Ross supposed to be now in the story?
    Sorry but I'm confused about that. :(
     
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    Yes the idea was to always be talking about being together. Love to have a third marriage with Mitch like her parents.

    Not rid off her cancer yet but looks good. Of course Pamela was never gonna die.

    I figured Elena would be better to move on and set up a lot more story lines with what follows. Sorry - Elena is Sebastian's mother. John Ross is late 30s. No worries. Sebastian brings a lot of issues and a lot of comfusion for the family - especially as he sells out to David Wendell. He's a Ramos raised in Mexico with a huge check in his hand to start new. I suppose it seems that a character as big as Elena (Dallas 2012) died in such a unworthy way, but is she dead? And what is Wendell up to now that he's back and working with America's enemies?
     
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