Kenny Coyote and I were having a discussion about how cell phones and social media have replaced a lot of the face to face conversations we all have together. It brought up an interesting idea: There are many plot lines that only worked before cell phones and the internet were invented. Here's one that jumped out at me: Bobby was able to do something that J.R. never could. He bought a refinery. Bobby charted an oil tanker to ship much needed oil to his new refinery. As an audience, we were able to watch as J.R. worked behind the scenes to have Bobby's ship sink after secretly unloading the oil into one of J.R.s tankers. In addition to this, J.R. even made money twice-- selling Bobby's oil as his own, and then also cashing in on the insurance for the wrecked oil tanker, which was a junker anyway. It was great fun to watch J.R. manipulate everything behind the scenes, including a great scene where Bobby tells Mr. Eugene that his young and beautiful wife was behind the fraud. Mr. Eugene's reaction was that no matter what his wife did, he intended on keeping her. "What God and money have joined together, let no man put asunder". A great plot and it was fun to watch J.R. behind the scenes. But here is what would happen today: 1) Bobby would charter the oil tanker to haul his crude and double check the departure online. 2) He would have Phyllis double check the insurance online 3) And that simple, Bobby would have discovered any fraud. And we would have missed out on the fun of watching J.R. pulling the strings behind the scenes of the oil tanker deal. Can you all think of any other plot points that only worked because they took place before cell phones and the internet?