Many thanks to @Toni, who managed to retrieve this thread for me. (I can't remember how long ago I wrote this gubbins, and I don't necessarily agree with myself anymore.) "Missing Heir". When people talk of DALLAS in terms of being the kind of quality television that no longer gets made, I can't help but feel cynical and think back to (albeit enjoyable) episodes like this, where I find hard to believe that all those involved were exactly striving for excellence. The opening scene of this season is set on the studio Southfork set, (which looks faker than ever) with JR and Cliff each accusing the other of murder. It's enjoyably clunky. The DVD transfer may not be the best in the world, but you can still see the reds of JR's eyes and Cliff's pool matted hair in more detail than ever before. Perhaps it's the absence of Jock and Miss Ellie to provide a suitably alarmed response, but there is a distinct lack of urgency in this episode. Kristin mysteriously dying in the family pool, possibly at JR's hands; JR's son being kidnapped by Pam--these should be huge events, but everyone seems to carry on as normal. A couple of days after Kristin's death, there's Pam breakfasting by the scene of the crime, the broken railing of the balcony still visible. JR comes out and throws a few empty threats her way; otherwise, their relationship continues the way it always has. One notable difference is that, during his spat with Pam, JR refuses to be physically intimidated by Bobby. "I'm not gonna lay down for you this time," he says, and for the first time it looks like he might be ready to throw a punch, until Ray intervenes. Even by her own standards, Victoria Principal comes across as pretty vacant in this episode. Bobby helpfully explains to Donna that Pam is "troubled" because of her "obsession" with having a baby, which is all news to us. Sure, she was kinda mopey towards the end of Season 3, but the idea that she might be mentally disturbed comes out of nowhere. There is an interesting parallel between JR attempting to wield power in Braddock regarding the investigation into Kristin's death and the influence Clayton Farlow has over the sheriff of San Remo County. "You also mow his lawn on your day off, sheriff?" enquires JR in the episode's best scene, a showdown at the Southern Cross Ranch (which looks far swankier than Southfork) between JR and McSween on one side and the Farlow gang on the other. This is the first time JR and Clayton, and only the second time JR and Dusty, have come face to face. ("You're that rodeo rider, made a pass at my wife.") Sue Ellen gets a great entrance. "John Ross stays with me. I'm suing you for divorce," she announces, striding into the scene. JR leads her over to the gazebo and breaks the news of Kristin's death. The accusations fly and the continuity goes haywire--thanks to the Texas winds, Sue Ellen suddenly acquires four different hairstyles and every time the camera cuts to her, she looks completely different: unkempt and windblown one minute, perfectly groomed the next. It's really funny. And while she appears shocked and upset over Kristin's death, she seems perfectly happy and content during a scene with Dusty a short while later. Lucy, meanwhile, seems to have fallen through a hole in the space/time continuum. In the penultimate episode of Season 3, she found Mitch with another woman and stormed out of their condo, heading for Southfork. She did not show up there during the season finale, which covered a period of at least two weeks. Finally, in this episode, she reaches her destination. Having got to Southfork, she then immediately arrives back at the condo to tearfully break the news to Mitch that their marriage is definitely over and it's all her fault. (No mention of the other woman.) She's then back at Southfork talking to Bobby, (happily taking a dip in Kristin's watery grave) and tells him, in their last ever one-to-one scene of the series, that she does want to get back together with Mitch, but doesn't know how. In the midst of all this, Leigh McCloskey finally gets to bring a bit of edge to Mitch, and there's a nice scene between he and Afton, where she suddenly emerges as the savvier sibling.