I am doing a rewatch of season 6 and I am amazed at how divisive Miss Ellie dared to be at that time and especially with recruiting Pam to be on her side to break Jock's will. That's hell of a thing to do - to try to break her late husband's will. How could she justify breaking Jock's will? A person's will is literally their last request! I bet she wouldn't have liked the idea of someone in the family one day breaking her will and thereby denying her the chance to make her last request. How could she even let Pam help her break Jock's will when she knew that would divide Pam and Bobby??? She was allowing Pam to help her which meant that Pam was doing her best to see to it that Bobby would never get his chance to prove that he was the brother most capable of running Ewing Oil. That's just a brutal thing to do to Bobby, especially after he told Pam how much it meant to him that Jock had the confidence in Bobby to give the the opportunity to be in a contest with the much more experienced JR to see which of the two brothers was the best suited to run Ewing Oil. Bobby sounded incredibly proud that Jock saw enough in Bobby that he thought Bobby was competition for JR, despite JR having spent his whole life learning the business from Jock so that one day he would be able to take Jock's place inuring Ewing Oil. Bobby was playing football and being a playboy while JR was studying the business while working under Jock. Still, Jock saw fit to give Bobby the opportunity and Bobby was just so grateful to Jock and so proud that Jock thought Bobby might be able to win the contest. That meant the world to Bobby! So of course when Bobby found out that Pam was going to try to take that golden opportunity away from him by helping Ellie break the will, their marriage wasn't going to withstand that! It's like you tell your wife you've just been given the opportunity of a lifetime and then behind your back she tries to make certain that you lose that opportunity! If Bobby had done something like that to Pam, can you imagine Pam's response? Imagine Pam was trying to adopt and Bobby tried to prove that Pam wasn't mentally stable enough to adopt, potentially costing Pam the chance to adopt! How betrayed do you think Pam would feel if she found out Bobby tried to make it so she wouldn't be able to adopt and then when she asked him why, he replied: "I really don't think that adopting a child would be good for your the child because you can't handle such a big responsibility." Pam would have been livid! Yet somehow when Pam told Bobby that a reason she wanted to stop the contest is because she was afraid he'd get hurt (the contest was too much for him) Bobby was upset but still stayed reasonably cool instead of blowing up and asking her how she could think so little of him that he couldn't be allowed make his own choices because he just didn't have the mental wherewithal to realize how bad he would get hurt. That's so insulting to Bobby. When Bobby asked Pam why she was helping Ellie, one of the reasons she gave him is: Money doesn't mean that much to me. I just want to live a nice ordinary life." Well imagine Bobby telling Pam "Another reason I tried to prevent you from adopting is because children don't mean that much to me. I want us to be able to spend our marriage spending romantic times with each other and not having the stress and the interruptions a baby creates." Bobby asked Pam why she was taking Miss Ellie's side against him and Pam replied: "I'm not taking sides and I'm not against anyone; I'm for what I think is right." Whatever she says, a court hearing would pit Bobby and JR against Ellie and Pam so Pam would be taking sides! She would be on the side against her husband. She'd be trying to make sure that Bobby never got the opportunity Jock wanted Bobby to have, the opportunity that Bobby was so thrilled about. That doomed their marriage and Ellie has to take some of the blame because she was bright enough to know that if she and Pam together caused Bobby to lose his chance to participate in the contest because she and Pam won out over Bobby's side, that would put Bobby and Pam's marriage in danger. Ellie should never have accepted Pam's help. She should have said something like: "I appreciate you wanting to help me, but if I let you help me, I could be contributing to some terrible consequences to your and Bobby's relationship." I also found it very hard to believe that Ellie was so monumentally distraught over her sons being in a contest against each other. Well, it was a contest between her two sons that didn't need to have anything at all to do with Ellie! She should have stayed out of it entirely, especially since watching it seems to upset her so much. If it bothered her, why didn't she just not watch? Instead of not watching, she just had to sick her nose in something that was none of her business. Bobby and JR had a troubled relationship many, many times - not just during the contest. It didn't tear up their relationship as brothers though; it wasn't like a brutal fistfight! Neither Bobby nor JR was going to get killed or crippled because it was just a business contest - not a physical fight. Besides, there had been so many times when Bobby had actually physically attacked or physically threatened JR that seeing them in an adversarial situation was hardly new for her! Ellie shouldn't have gotten involved at all. At the end, one son would have won and the other would have lost. She could have congratulated the son that won and consoled the one that lost. Wouldn't that have been a far more sensible approach? That wouldn't have gotten Pam and Bobby in such a divisive situation where Pam was helping to take away something so precious to Bobby. Didn't Miss Ellie care if she damaged their marriage by allowing Pam to take her side against Bobby? Then in another moment that really makes you realize that Ellie was never a very good mother, she was talking to Donna and Donna said something like she (Donna) might have to stop JR. Miss Ellie gave Donna her blessing!?!? That's unreal. Ellie basically gave Donna a green light to join Bobby's side so Bobby and Donna could gang up on JR: Two against one. Ellie okayed that! Wouldn't you think she'd have said something like: "No, then you and Bobby would be ganging up on JR and I won't permit that. I won't allow any group of people to gang up on one of my sons like that"! At that point it became clear to me that the winner in the contest would not necessarily be the one that deserved the job the most; the winner would only be the one that had gotten the most people to gang up with him against his brother. What horrible sportsmanship! Didn't Ellie have any sense of fair play? The winner of the contest should have been the better suited man for the job - not the one with the biggest gang! Predictably, Bobby did win the contest, with the extensive help Donna provided him with, and with Rebecca also doing things to help ensure Bobby won, and with Ray helping him double cross Walt Driscoll and with the help that he got from Katherine voting for him to have the Tundra Torque drill bit.