I think Election was one of the better stand alone episodes and one of the best episodes of season two (their first full season). It starts with Jock holding a meeting at Ewing Oil where he announces: "Boys, we've got a problem. That's why we called you here. We've got to find somebody who can beat Cliff Barnes in this election." Cliff's agenda is to try to ruin Ewing Oil. Cliff doesn't claim it's his official platform, but it is his life's primary objective and he spends the majority of his time complaining about the Ewings and scheming against them. Wade Luce suggest Martin Cole - a city councilman in Fort Worth who moved to Dallas about two years ago. Wade describes Cole as "a churchgoer, married to Senator Orloff's niece, the father of two daughters and has a good law practice. He just came out against gun control. He's as clean as they come; even Barnes couldn't get anything on him." Jock asks Bobby his opinion and Bobby says Cole is"dull but he's clean and honest." Jock says Bobby will be their "inside man." Bob will handle the campaign funding just like he did with Wild Bill Orloff. So this is actually Bobby's job to se to it that Cole gets elected. It's asked if it will cause Bobby any trouble at home and Bobby says no because his wife is entitled to her opinion and that is the American way. Jock says "Bobby can take care of his wife. He knows where his first loyalty begins. He's a Ewing, first and last. He's with us all the way." I would hope so, considering Bobby lives at Southfork - his parents' home. Meanwhile Cliff is being offered funding from a group who is very interested in him and impressed with his stand against oil industry corruption. Cliff says he hopes they're aware that if he's elected,he's going to stop "wasteful oil drilling, no matter who's responsible." Their rep tells Cliff: "They know you're a reasonable man and feel sure that you would put their small gift to good use." Their rep wants to show Cliff the check they would be willing to donate to him and Cliff raises his voice and says: "See, I don't think you're getting my drift, so I wanna make it plain to you. I've spent a lot of time lately fighting the small independent oil companies, but that doesn't mean that I'm gonna hop in bed with the big guys. That is who you represent, right"? Their rep replies: "Don't be foolish, Barnes. They're prepared to make a generous contribution to your campaign, generous enough to make a major difference." Cliff gets angry and snarls "They can afford to be generous because their profits are obscene. You know, Jock Ewing, at least he doesn't pose as a patron of the arts and humanities. He's a barracuda and he doesn't pretend to be anything else." That may be the nicest thing Cliff ever said about Jock. There's integrity in not pretending to be something you are not. However, it's stupid for Cliff to use that tone of voice when he says about these others guys: "their profits are obscene." Profit is the name of the game in business. It's what allows a business to remain in business so that they can keep providing all those jobs they provide. The more money they make the more taxes they pay. These types of companies are the backbone of the American economy. If Cliff were to manage to put them all out of business, or drastically reduce their profits, the government would be able to collect the tax money that goes to support all those idealistic ecological concerns Cliff's platform is built on. The ecology is a lot stronger than people think. The Earth was here long before humans were and it will continue to be here long after we're gone. The Earth doesn't need protection - people need protection. Earth is far tougher than we are! Cliff foolishly turns down the check and the rep walks out of the office very calmly saying "call me if you change your mind. I can assure you there are no strings attached." After turning down the donation, Cliff goes out on a picnic with Pam and tells her he has a job in mind for her. He wants Pam to run a fashion show to raise money for his campaign. She looks worried and says she had hoped to keep a low profile. Cliff tells Pam"you can't keep a low profile in politics." Pam isn't "in politics." She works for a clothing store. He tries to convince her to go ahead and do it. Then he blatantly tries to make his sister feel guilty by telling Pam: "You know, you're the only one I've got to count on." Gee, I wonder why that is? Because anyone with any sense wouldn't choose to get involved with his campaign! The people who were the lone exceptions and did want to help him; Cliff refused their money! Bobby and Pam are in their bedroom talking about what they're doing. Bobby says he knew it was going to be hard when she was just stuffing envelopes, but with her doing this, Bob just doesn't know. Pam says "There's no one else to do it." Did she ever wonder why Cliff has no support? What about all the companies and organizations that think Cliff would do a fine job? There aren't any. Doesn't that tell Pam something? Nobody believes in him! Bobby says "There is a Ewing candidate and you are a Ewing! Have you figured out how you're gonna handle that?"? Pam doesn't even pause before saying "yes, I'm going to help my brother." Now we know where Bobby ranks in Pam's priorities. Bob will rue the day he ever married this woman. Delightful woman that she is, Pam then venemously directs the following at Bobby: "If he doesn't do something, the Ewing family is going to control everyone and everything." Pam goes on to say how proud she is to be against exploitation, corruption and greed." If that's what Pam thinks of Bobby and what he stands for, why did she marry him? Later at dinner Pam tells everyone that Peter Larsen, a media specialist, is volunteering his services to run Cliff's campaign. JR asks:"Isn't that unusual? Above and beyond the call of ordinary friendship"? Lucy looks dismayed and says "You mean to tell me that gorgeous Cliff Barnes is..."? JR says ihe thinks it's strange that a man past the age of thirty has never been married." Pam loses her temper and explains that Cliff was engaged to be married to a woman in New York, but she died in an accident." The Ewings hire a private investigator to look into it. He eventually finds out that Cliff's fiance died because she decided to have her baby aborted and even though abortions were illegal at the time, the law didn't stop her from having it done or stop Cliff from financially helping her do it. It is publicized and because it exposes Cliff as being a man who is willing to do whatever suits him whether it's legal or not, he realizes it takes away any possibility that he could win the election. Cliff drops out of the election.