Wow Lastkid, you're coming up with some damn good original storylines that I think would have been great for Dallas. The alternative storylines for Wes Parmalee you wrote were good and I like this storyline even better. For Miss Ellie to tell the wildcatting stories of Jock and Digger to inspire JR and Bobby is right in character for Miss Ellie. I can definitely picture her doing that. J.R. borrowing a pickup from Ray and then allowing himself to be seen driving a pickup is harder to imagine but the storyline of JR doing that and spending time in bars talking to good ol' boys and making lots of little oil deals as his method of rebuilding Ewing Oil is compelling! I would love to be able to see that story acted out by Larry, Patrick and the rest of the original Dallas ensemble. If there's a downside to it, it's that it's such a big change from how the audience was accustomed to seeing the Ewings that there's a chance they might not accept it. There would have been a certain amount of risk involved to show them in such a different light. I think it would have been worth the risk though. Too bad they didn't decide to go in that type of direction. It also would have made sure that Dallas didn't get stale by repeating the same thing over and over again. JR and Sue Ellen fighting over marital problems, breaking up and reconciling every season got so stale! Of course here we're talking about Ewing Oil being on the cusp of bankruptcy as a change from them always being very well of financially. Seeing the Ewings endure some economic hard times was done in season 10. It was a reflection of what was really happening in the American oil states. To the credit of the producers of Dallas at the time, they took what was actually going on in the economy of the real world and made the characters in the show have to deal with the economic situation that real people were living through! It's my understanding that Dallas and other shows with a serialized style have a handbook in which the major storylines they're going to use are planned out well in advance. For them to react to the drastic drop in the price of oil and its effect on the economy and adjust the storylines to reflect that in such a timely manner, so that when we saw it happening in Dallas was when it was happening in the real world is impressive. So it's not as if we never saw the Ewings in financial peril. It took a lot of financial peril for JR to be desperate enough to hire B.D. Calhoun to blow up Saudi oil fields! Still, we never saw the hard times manifest themselves in a change in their lifestyle beyond J.R. driving a Cadillac Allante instead of his usual Mercedes Benz. The storyline you're proposing would enable the viewers to actually see a drastic change in the lifestyle of the Ewing family. We never saw them in anything remotely close to what you're proposing and while that makes it risky, it also makes it compelling!