Conundrum into After All

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Dallas’s last finale opens with an extend credits and ending with the ranch and the words “10 Years later . . .” (which would have been 2001)

Bobby hugs his mother out back of the South Fork house. “Take care of each other,” he says.

Tears fill Miss Ellie’s eyes. “We almost lost you in that car accident, and now you’re leaving us.”

“Please try and understand momma. California isn’t that far. Gary and I bought the West Fork ranch and we’re gonna run it together, and you’re always welcome. But Pam won’t come back to Texas. It’s a chance for us and Christopher and Lucas to be a family.”

“I do understand. I just wish . . . I wish you’d stay. But I get it. You have to go. I love you.”

“I love you too. I won’t be a stranger. I promise. I’ll bring the boys back often. And you’ll come out to California. I promise, momma.” They hug again.

Bobby then hugs JR. “I know you’ll take care of momma. But, remember your word with South Fork.”

“I’ll slant drill from the Wade Ranch. You know I bought it for you and your boys.”

“Thank you JR. Thank you.” They hug again and Bobby says, “It’s all yours now. Just as you always wanted it.”

“I never wanted you to leave.”

“But I have to.”

Christopher and Lucas hug their grandmother good bye and then their Uncle JR and then get in the car with their father.

Miss Ellie hugs JR from the side and says, “We have to let him go.”

“I thought after Jenna died and he got Lucas, I thought my buying the Wade Ranch for him, he’d stay. I wanted South Fork, but not like this. I guess somethings never turn out the way you want.”

“It’s not our life to live.” They wave good bye. Miss Ellie say “Now that you’ve got South Fork and Ewing Oil to yourself, now that you’ve taken West Star private, and Wentworth Tool and Die is yours, are you finally happy?”

“No momma. No I’m not. I suppose I never will be.”

“I wish I knew how to help you JR. I wish I knew how to make you happy.” She rests her head against her eldest sonand watches Bobby’s car leave South Fork.





A limousine pulls up in front of a tall glass office building in downtown Dallas. JR gets out and walks in. The sign on the building says, “JRE Industries:” and lists “Ewing Oil. West Star. Wentworth Tool and Die. CMB Financial. South Fork Cattle Company.”



Up stairs in the impressive executive offices JR is welcomed by the secretaries of years gone by while making his way into a big board room with the oil painting of Jock prominently displayed. He shakes Harv Smithfield’s hand and says, “Where do I sign?”

Harv directs him to a set of papers on the table. “So we’re clear, there’s no going back. This puts all of JRE and the South Fork house in John Ross’s hands. He doesn’t control it. But there’s no going back.”

“I got all that, Harv. I promised my boy that I’d see to it and I’m doing just that.” JR signs.

Donna walks in the room. “I heard you were here, JR.”

“Just singing some papers, I’m still retiring.”

Harv says, “I’d have never believed you were turning over the reigns to Donna, but an excellent choice. Former Secretary of Energy. Widow of a U. S. Senator, completed his term. Widow of Governor Sam Culver. Ain’t no one more capable of leading JRE and the Ewing political network. But she’s no puppet, JR.”

“I know that. I don’t need a puppet. I’m retiring, remember?”

Donna say, “Just as long as you remember, JR.”

JR laughs and offers his hand, “Contracts were made to be broken, honey, but a handshake is the law of God." The two shake hands.




Bobby rides the land with Gary, talking about all the work ahead of them and Christopher, Lucas, Bobby and Betsy.




Lucy attends a fundraiser in New York City where someone comments behind her back on her entering her fourth marriage and another person says, “Fifth. She was married to that doctor twice.” She has a commanding presence in the room. Another group talks about Lucy heading up the “Eleanor and Clayton Farlow Foundation.”




JR’s limousine pulls up to Ray Kreb’s old place. “Well Ray, I hear you got McKay to sell to you. Shame that fancy house of yours done burn down.”

“I’m OK with it JR. I like this place better anyway.”

JR holds out a check, “Tell me if this ain’t enough.”

Ray looks at it. “It ain’t for sale.”

“Common on now, Ray. Everything’s for sale. Figuring what you paid for this place a couple days ago, that’s there’s more than double your cost.”

Ray tears up the check. “I’m not interested.”

“You really moving back here?”

“You’re the one who brought my little girl back to Texas. What do you think?”

“I think you’re a fool if you think you’re gonna get Donna back. Too much water under that bridge. She’s grown past you, I mean you know she always was passed you. That woman is a force to be reckoned with. That’s why I hired her.”

“I just want to be part of my little girl’s life.”

“Well that I can respect. I don’t like it Ray, but I suppose I can live with you next door.” Just make sure your cattle says off my property.” JR gets back in his car.



Donna has lunch at the Cattlemen’s Club as Cliff Barnes stops by her table. “Well what’s this? Donna, I just can’t believe you’re working for JR.”

“Hello Cliff.”

“And Marilee, selling out too. After Jordan Lee’s kids sold out. JR’s gonna have gobbled up all the old independents.”

“I’m selling to Donna, just like the others did. And with her share of Canadian oil, JR is giving her sixteen percent of his company. If she feels she can handle JR, then who am I to question.”

Cliff says, “I don’t believe it, JR giving away sixteen percent of his daddy’s precious company. Donna, I never took you for a fool, until now, that is.”

“Cliff, aren’t you retired?”

“I am. I’m done with the oil business and sharks like JR Ewing. You’d be wise to do the same, cause right now you’re using your good name to do his bidding.”

JR steps up behind Cliff and says, “Well Barnes, Like my daddy alway's said, where there's a way, there's a will.”

Cliff says, “Ain’t you retired?”

“I am. I ain’t here for Donna’s meeting. I got a table over there. But what are you doing here? Donna already gobbled up Wade Luce.”

“I’m here to meet with Senator Neally over there. You take care JR. And Donna, remember what I said.” Cliff leaves.

JR says to Donna, “You don’t suppose Barnes is gonna run for Neally’s seat while Neally runs for governor, do you?”

Donna says, “I’m guessing Cliff is gonna run for Governor.”

“You don’t say.” JR leaves to sit with a group of old Texas oilmen including Punk Anderson.

Marilee says, “Not that I’m agreeing with Cliff, I do think you can handle JR, but aren’t you curious as to why JR would retire and hand over his company to you of all people?”

“I’m not curious at all. I know full well the answer. But, that has nothing to do with this deal. The offer’s on the table. The fact is it’s a good offer because Stonehurst isn’t big enough to weather the next down turn in which case either I’ll grab it up cheaper or one of the Seven Sister will.”

“Yes but your offer doesn’t take into account Stonehurst’s Canadian property.”

“But it does. That’s this figure. It’s based on geology figures minus the Wentworth bit, which you won’t be getting, so you can’t get at the oil. But Ewing Oil can. And we can ship it down a West Star pipeline to a West Star refinery and truck it out to a West Star gas station. All of that is out of your reach. But what I am most interested in, and you’ll see I’m paying most handsomely for, is Stonehurst’s oil field services business.”




Sue Ellen attends a DOA meeting where old friends greet her. “We’re so sorry to hear about Don.” “Does this mean you’re moving back to Dallas?” “Since he was the Earl of Maitland after his father died, do you get to keep the title?”

“I’m just here to see Clayton and visit old friends. I don’t really see me moving back.”

“How is he doing?”

“He’s fine. They think they removed all the cancer but he’s still got chemo. He and Miss Ellie moved back into South Fork for the time being.”

“Give her our best.”

“I will.”

“And the title?”

“Dowager Countess. My stepson’s wife is the Countess Maitland.”

“Oh how grand. Dowager Countess. Your mother must be thrilled.”

“Do you see Patricia much?”

“No so much as never. She does spend her summers in England.”

“And John Ross?”

“He’s twenty-two.”

“Oh he must be so handsome. Where did he go to college?”

“Well that’s a long story. He’s working on an oil field right now up in Canada.”

“Really? For Ewing Oil?”

“No Merilee’s company, Stonehurst.”
 
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Intrigued! Great start!
It was just a one off to show how I’d have done that last episode of the original on the anniversary of the last show. I can finish the episode if you’d like. And thank you very much.
 

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JR sees to a memorial to John Ross “Jock” Ewing put in among the Southworth headstones under a tree on South Fork. Sue Ellen walks up with a very handsome young man and a toddler in tow. JR hugs the young man. “John Ross. I’m glad you came for this.”

“Of course I did. How are you holding up?”

“I’m fine.” He picks up the little boy. “Jay. How’s my little man.”

“Grandpa!” The boy hugs JR around the neck.

John Ross says to his mother that it’s surreal to see your name and your son’s name on a monument.

JR, holding his grandson hands papers to John Ross and says, “It’s all there. The company is on trust to you and it’s safe. I hired Donna Dowling to run it. She’s got sixteen percent, but you’ve got first option on it. I don’t know anyone’s hands it would be safer in right now. Me, Gary and Bobby get the oil revenue off South Fork but we’re slant drilling from the Wade property. The house is yours too. That’s separate. It’s all tied up and safe.”

Both look speechless. Sue Ellen manages to say, “You e worked your whole life for this.”

“I worked my whole life for my daddy and then for my son. I’m retiring today, haven’t you heard?” He looks at his grandson and says, “You remember no matter what you hear about your grandpa that he loves you very much, and he did what he had to do, and he’s strong . You hear me?”

The little boy nods.

He looks at John Ross and says, “We’re good?”

“We’re good.”

He looks at Sue Ellen and hands him the boy. “I’ve got just one regret. I never once felt you loved me. I guess I know you do in my mind, but I never felt anyone loved me. Maybe if I had things would have been different. But, I’ll always love you. I hope you’ll stay in the house with John Ross. Jay needs a mother figure and I’m sorry Amy Anderson didn’t work out. Just another example of ole JR trying to make things work as he sees fit. Just please Sue Ellen, know I always loved you, you’re the only woman I’ve ever truly loved, the only woman who ever terrified me because of it, my only regret, hurting you.” JR walks to his limousine.

Sue Ellen says, “But you finally have everything you ever wanted.”

“Frankly my dear, I don’t give a damn,” getting in the car and shutting the door. The limousine rolls away.





Lucy walks in a New York art gallery looking over the Herbert and Rebecca Wentworth Collection. She’s impressed, commenting on Katherine’s pardon, and then seeing Katherine.

Katherine says, “Nothing much money won’t buy.”





Christopher turns out of bed and walks to the bathroom. “Amy, you’re an Anderson, you deserve to be treated better than just tossed aside. And I’m a Ewing, I deserve something. John Ross has the company and the ranch, he’s got everything and I’ve got nothing. It’s not right. And I’m gonna see to it that things are set right.”




Ray welcomes Donna and Margret to his ranch.




John Ross sets Jay up on a horse and a beautiful young girl says, “John Ross,” with a giggle.

“Pamela Rebecca,” John Ross says a bit flirtatious. She then says to Jay, “You ready?”

“Yippy,” the toddler says and they walk out of the stable.

Afton approaches John Ross, “Watch yourself.”

“What do you mean.”

“Your flirting with my daughter.”

“She’s just a kid.”

“Who’s got a crush on you.”

“Don’t be silly. She’s Chris’s little cousin.”

Afton gives him a stern look.





Chris walks in a high rise office and Jeremy Wendell turns around from looking out the window.





Clayton walks out on the back patio of South Fork, and outs his hand on John Ross’s shoulder. “How are you doing?”

“Taking it all in.”

“A lot to take in.”

“I can’t turn it down for my son, but it just feels like I didn’t earn it.”

“You didn’t, but your dad and grandad and great granddad did. You know, you’re the closest I’ve had to a grandson and I’m proud of you.”

“A college drop out who works on oil rigs, a teenage father, who’s not got five bucks I can put together.”

“A young man who’s had his own crosses to bear who’s been a single father taking care of his son, earning an honest living on his own. If not for my dad, I don’t know if I’d have been half the man you are.”

“Thank you, that means the world to me.” They watch the sun setting.





JR walks up into a private plane.

The plan rises into the air, flying into the setting sun with JR saying (and small clips on the screen in different places of scenes and people over the last 14 years), “After all daddy, it’s done. Bobby’s settled down with Pam and his boys. Gary’s got his three kids with Val. I don’t like it, but I put Ray and Donna back in each other’s path. That dumb cowboy thinks Carter McKay just happen to think of sellin’ him the ranch all on his own.” JR laughs. “They got a girl, Margret. Mamma’s doing well. Clayton’s still hanging in there, but that can’t be much longer. I don’t know how to fix things with Sue Ellen, but you know, like I always say, can’t be glum, rich folks are always happy.” JR laughs. “But I did right by John Ross. And, you’d love to see John Ross the forth. So many have come and gone, Patricia, Kristen, Mitch Cooper and Afton, April and her sister, that Mickey Trotter kid, Muriel Gillis, that friend of Lucy’s, Lady Jessica Monford, you’d have got a kick out of that bat crap crazy woman. Jason’s kids, Jamie and Jack, were here for a bit too. I also left a lil’ something for James and Bo, Calley’s boy, too. We took care of Amanda for you until her last breath. Then the Barnes, Digger, Cliff, that termite, Cliff Barnes, his momma, Rebecca, and Katherine. They all come and go. You remember Julie Grey and Sky. The cartel. Punk and Mavis. Jeremy Wendell. Holly Harwood. Teresa. Raoul. Peter Richards. Mark Garrison. Carter McKay, LeeAnn De La Vega, Mandy. Dora Mae. Wes Parmelee. They come and go but one thing lasts, John Ross Ewing at the helm Ewing Oil. Thank you daddy. I miss you.”
 
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Thank you ♥️
Anytime. Glad you liked it. Kind of my tribute to the 30 year anniversary. I think if I had see what I just wrote, I would have been on cloud 9. I'd have been thinking the story isn't over (and that the movies which followed would have had a strong basis) and yet I would have been happy with everyone being back together and living their happily ever after. I also think I would have smiled, remembering along with JR all the people who came and went. I also think it would have been fitting as tying up everything following Jock's death that Jock so prevalent in the story. And with JR, was he retiring, heading off into the sun set, or was he just about to start something new (every sun set is just a sun raise for another place on planet Earth). Everything would be good again with Knots Landing, they believing Bobby died would have been some where in the skipped 10 years at least, so no worries. And for KL they could rest assured that Val and Gary would be together in 10 years and back on West Fork. The only think I left off is a tie in to Falcon Crest I always wanted to see. Ah, what could have been.
 
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