I thought the storyline concerning Jock's will and how it created a one year long contest between JR and Bobby was brilliantly done. It created a situation pitting brother against brother in a contest that was to determine which of them would inherit majority ownership of Ewing Oil and the right for that brother to run it as he saw fit. The storyline dominated the show for the entire year the contest lasted and in many ways it was the year (early season 6 through early season 7) when Dallas was at its best. As great as the construction of the will and the contest it created was for dramatic purposes and making great television, it was brutally hard on the whole family - to the point Miss Ellie tried to get the will overturned by reason of Jock being declared not mentally competent at the time of his writing the codicil which contained the creation of the contest and the stipulations for it. Suppose that in a real life situation, you were a man who had a family very similar to the family Jock had and owned a company just like Ewing Oil. Also suppose you were on a business trip just like the one Jock was on, so that would be where you were when you wrote the codicil which would tell how it would be determined who inherited Ewing Oil. How would you have written the codicil? I wonder if the idea of putting my sons in a contest against each other would have even crossed my mind. If it did, I'd like to think it would be something I wouldn't have chosen to do. Knowing my sons' personalities, their highly competitive nature, and the willingness of each son to go to extremes in order to get his way, I would have viewed a contest as potentially too destructive to justify doing it to JR and Bobby and indirectly, to the rest of my family. To be clear, I'm referring to JR and Bobby specifically in the above description of my sons because even if the idea of a contest were something I'd consider, I'd leave Ray and Gary out of it for the same reasons Jock didn't include them in the contest. Neither Ray nor Gary would have the desire, the inclination, nor the aptitude to participate in a contest for the control of Ewing Oil. If I were to decide whom I leave Ewing Oil to based strictly on practical considerations I would leave it to JR because he was the one who had spent his whole life wanting to run and learning how to run Ewing Oil on the day I either couldn't or wouldn't run it myself any longer. Bobby also hadn't shown the consistency in remaining dedicated to one profession as JR had. Bobby had dabbled in construction and politics when he could have remained working for Ewing Oil instead. He quit each of those after a relatively short time. The one time he had been in full control of Ewing Oil he relinquished it and not because he realized that how he had retained control of it was unethical. After all, he began by acting as if he were just running Ewing Oil until JR would physically be able to return. Once he was handed the reigns he didn't just ask but demanded he receive full control of how to run Ewing Oil in writing. He emotionally blackmailed Jock into doing this by threatening to leave Texas if Jock didn't comply and didn't let him continue running Ewing Oil even after JR had recovered enough to return to running the company. Bobby knew how Miss Ellie would blame Jock if Bobby were to leave at that time for that reason and how she would take a long time to forgive Jock for Bobby leaving of she ever forgave him at all. Miss Ellie even told Jock at that particular time that she would never forgive him if Bobby left. So Jock grudgingly left Bobby in control even when JR had recovered and wanted his job back. Bobby only relinquished control of Ewing Oil when he felt overwhelmed by the demands of the job. When Bobby relinquished control he told JR that JR was much better at making the kind of tough moral and ethical decisions the man in charge of Ewing Oil had to make - "Much better at that kind of thing than I ever want to be", Bobby added. Despite that I wouldn't just leave JR the majority of Ewing Oil and thereby in sole control of running the company. Bobby was born significantly later than JR so he hadn't had as much time to learn the business or as much time to decide if running Ewing Oil was something he wanted. Bobby had clearly shown potential and aptitude for the business though. Jock had been proud of the way he'd run Ewing Oil during his tenure, such as acquiring a refinery. I'd be proud of Bobby for that too, and I'd also be concerned about JR's tendency to be reckless - especially when he mortgaged Southfork. Those things combined would lead me to believe there was not one son who was clearly the perfect choice to be my successor. Loving both sons very much, I also wouldn't want to hurt one by giving the whole thing to the other son. That would be an extremely important consideration to me if I were in Jock's position. So I wouldn't put them in a contest pitting my sons against each other and I wouldn't feel right about just leaving full control of Ewing Oil to one son or the other. So that would lead me to do this: I would give my sons JR and Bobby a choice between what I'll call options A and B. Option A: Ewing Oil would be divided into two equal portions. Each son would be able to take his half of the company, use it to form a new company and name it anything he wished except "Ewing Oil." Anything else including J.R. Ewing Oil or Bobby James Ewing Oil would be allowable. Of course they would be free to do as much business as they liked with each other, go in on projects together, etc. One obvious downside of this option would be that neither company would wield nearly the power Ewing Oil had wielded because each would only be half the size Ewing Oil had been. I believe the profit potential of each would actually less than half of the profit potential Ewing Oil had because it's the sort of situation where the whole is greater than the sum of its parts. Miss Ellie, Ray and Gary would each receive a 10% share of each company. Option B: if both sons decided they would like to work together and be co-presidents of Ewing Oil, then each would inherit 35% of the company, with Miss Ellie, Ray and Gary each receiving a 10% share of it. By doing this they get to run the company named "Ewing Oil" and their profits from running Ewing Oil would be considerably greater than the profits they would make running two half-sized companies. This would hopefully accomplish the goal of getting them to respect each other's capabilities and to realize they are stronger together than apart. That would be my greatest wish - to have JR and Bobby learn to run Ewing Oil together, to learn to get along with each other and to respect each others businessmen and as brothers which was Jock's original goal. Hopefully I'd be achieving Jock's goal of without the terribly destructive effects of pitting them against each other in a contest which would hurt the whole family and not be especially good for Ewing Oil either. Trying to show them they're better off working together than apart is what I'd do, while still giving them an option where they could run separate companies in case they found working together to be intolerable. What would you do if you were in Jock's position?