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"Election"

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  1. Kenny Coyote

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    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.
     
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    ... later Cliff becomes corrupt and the real revenge against the Ewings will begin. Before then, I think Cliff was more sincere, although he had used Julie Gray.
     
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    When Cliff should have realized that his future in politics was an shambles upon his involvement in the illegal abortion that killed his girlfriend becoming publicized. Cliff did try to run for office again but he had no supporters. His reputation was already shot. JR alluded to that when he said "anyone fool enough to believe Barnes could be elected would believe anything." JR had been funding Cliff's campaign. Since Cliff had no supporters, when JR pulled his money out of Cliff's campaign, Cliff had nobody else to keep funding his campaign.
     
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    Of course, but here J.R. it was more irrational than anyone.

    He nearly broke Ewing Oil into bankruptcy and Miss Ellie unfortunately had to drill Southfork Ranch, having mortgaged it.

    As Miss Ellie said to her son "I will never forget what you have done, J.R".

    And in fact she wrote in the will that Bobby would inherit the ranch !!!!
     
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    Wasn't that when Cliff was running the OLM and had shut down every source of income Ewing Oil had? That was why they couldn't mortgage some of their oil wells. That was a crazy risk to take, but it seems like something the show always felt the need to do, to consistently put Ewing Oil in danger of being put out of business. It's not what a good businessman would do, but TV isn't based on what reasonable people would do. To his credit, JR made them billionaires by mortgaging Southfork.

    Did you get the idea that Miss Ellie loved the land more than her husband or sons? I got the impression that her top priority was Southfork and her family was somewhere lower down on the ladder of priorities. Her favorite sons was, of course, the one who loved the land the most.
     
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    Obviously each of them was a monomaniac.
     
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    I'm not familiar with that term, but given the context, is that someone who values objects more than people?
     
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    Not only that, rather all those people who have a major obsession with something ... pathologically.

    I am not very able to write in American / English language, so try to translate hoping not make many mistakes.
     
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    Do you mind if I ask your native language? I think your English is quite good! I am always impressed with the English skills of people who post here to whom English is a second or even third language. Some of them write at a level at or above that of some people here whose native language is English!

    The thing that I notice with Ellie is that she places her love of her land at or even sometimes above her love of people! It surprises me because the show portrays her in such a positive light, almost as an ideal woman. That's the feeling I get from the show - that we are supposed to think Miss Ellie is very close to being an ideal woman.

    With Jock I get the idea the show wants us to see him as a good, highly productive, hard working man but whose relationships with people make him somewhat less of an ideal man than Ellie is an ideal woman. Again, this is strictly how I think the show wants us to think of them and not as I think of them.

    I think they're both good people but I would place Jock above Ellie in terms of how close they are to being ideal. The difference maker here is a vindictiveness I see on Ellie's part that Jock doesn't have. Ellie tells JR: "I may never forgive you" because he mortgaged Southfork, even though they not only didn't lose Southfork, but JR made them billionaires in the process. She's furious because JR even put Southfork in danger. How furious was Ellie at Sue Ellen when she almost killed her son? Not even furious!!! Just "disappointed." I find that a very warped sense of priorities on Ellie's part. Almost losing her land made her despondent but her son being shot three times, barely warranted a five minute visit from Ellie to JR while he was in the hospital.

    Jock loved Ewing Oil and understandably so- it was the culmination of his life's work. Still, I never heard him say to JR or Bobby after a deal gone bad: "I may never forgive you." I got the sense he would be temporarily very angry but wouldn't hold a long term grudge against them for a business deal gone wrong.

    Miss Ellie didn't consider that what Ewing Oil meant to Jock as being as important as Southfork was to her, even though Southfork was something that was given to her - not earned. Jock saved Southfork from being auctioned off. Jock was the reason Miss Ellie had Southfork and I think she forgot that. She told Jock (when JR was recovering from being shot by Kristin) that she wanted Jock to keep Bobby at Southfork no matter what and she said she "I don't give a damn about what it does to Ewing Oil."

    Reverse the situations and suppose Jock said that he wanted JR to experience hitting the biggest gusher in Texas history, and proposed he accomplish it by drilling on section 40. If Jock had said: "I want JR to experience true success as an oilman and I don't give a damn about what it does to Southfork" can you imagine Ellie's reaction?

    Ellie said nasty things to Jock and JR like when she said: "You both sicken me." Jock never said anything like that to Miss Ellie or his sons.
     
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    Before publishing an answer, I verify the translation from Italian to English several times and this has discouraged me often, rather deciding to devote myself mainly to sharing Dallas caps.

    Who correctly defined Ellie's character was Digger ...I think it was quite similar to that of Barbara Bel Geddes.
     
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    I think you do a fine job with English. I have a question about that last sentence though. Are you saying Digger knew Ellie's character better than anyone else? If so, what leads you to that conclusion?

    I think Digger knew Ellie well and she knew Digger well. I think Ellie liked Digger as a friend but had no physical attraction to him. She probably thought of him more like a brother than a lover. Ellie was very attracted to Jock, even before she liked him because he was much more dominant and confident. As the kids would say: Jock was alpha and Digger was beta.
     
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    Digger says in 1951 and in the period 1978-1979 that "his" Ellie is unpredictable, sometimes romantic and kind, other times strong and determined as a bullet !
     
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    It looks like he knew her well. He may have been just as mad at Jock about ending up with Ellie instead of Digger marrying Ellie. I know that was at least a big part of it. Unfortunately for Digger, she didn't seem to be attracted to him. She thought of Digger as just a friend. The only way I see Ellie marrying Digger is if he could have saved Southfork and Jock could not have.
     
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    Someone in the creative department must have forgotten what she had already said, sometime around season 7 or 8. There is a scene where Miss Ellie is talking to someone, possibly Jessica, because I think they were talking about how Clayton had sold his ranch, instead of leaving it to Dusty. Ellie said words to the effect of: Some day, Bobby and JR are going to have to decide between themselves how to decide how to share Southfork. I'm glad I won't be around to see that.

    She was going to leave it to both of them and what else would she do? How can she leave it to one and not the other? I know she favored Bobby, but to completely leave JR out was out of character for her.
     

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