Great post, I agree with every word. It's a real shame that the producers decided against Wes being declared legally as being Jock because it would have created so many more interesting storylines in Dallas. Ellie would be genuinely conflicted between whether to go back to Jock or to remain with Clayton but instead we got to see her gallivanting around solving murder mysteries like a poor man's Jessica Fletcher. Going back to when Ben Stivers was introduced to the show, it was at a time when the producers knew that Patrick Duffy was leaving the show and JR had total control of Ewing Oil so there was limited scope for internal family conflict. What better way of creating that dynamic than by re-introducing Jock, someone to fight JR for Ewing Oil and then later to unite with him to get Ewing Oil back from Westar.