Six episodes into the revamped Dallas and the pace finally relented on the Southfork soap tonight.
Maybe it was because JR was busy gambling away cash and getting saucy massages in Vegas or perhaps it was because John Ross and Christopher's over-acting, furrowed brows and pouts were toned down, but some of the show's usual spark and (unintentional) humour was missing this evening.
Having said that, any episode of a TV show which ends with the cliffhanger line, "... and I'm pregnant", and the put-down, "You're all hat and no cattle", can't be all bad.
JR left Southfork last week and he only paid us a brief visit to reveal that he's planning to swindle Cliff Barnes in a big money game of poker. Trying to keep a poker face with those eyebrows must be quite the challenge.
So while JR was being pampered by a bevy of beauties in a Vegas suite, his son was left to look after the delivery of oil on Southfork. A big mistake.
While John Ross can pull an impressive scowl and has the perfect goatee beard of a villain, bad luck and coincidence follows him around like a bad smell. First, Ann Ewing's ex-husband pulled out all his trucks to hold up the drilling.
Then his crazy former lover/business partner/crazy-eyed date raper Veronica Martinez broke into his house and started stabbing knives through pictures of him and Elena.
And then to top it all off, Chris and Bobby found a legal loophole that means that they actually still control the oil on Southfork, even if they don't own the land. It was almost enough to wipe the smugness off John Ross's face. Almost.
John Ross's biggest worries look like they may be coming from south of the border. His family quarrels and romantic problems don't look half as important as when you've got dodgy Vicente the Venezuelan menacing around your house, demanding oil and money.
Aside from Vincente's threats this was a week of minor plot developments and tweaks that just about kept things ticking over as we head into the final stretch of the season.
Ann Ewing is all in a pickle after giving her ex a hug last week. Sue Ellen may just have got into a similar pickle with the same man after she compromised her election campaign to do her snivelling son a favour.
Rebecca is pregnant, she's fallen out with Bobby and thinks she's genuinely in love with Christopher. When does the point come when you switch from double-crossing someone, attempting to ruin their family's fortune and lives, to suddenly realising that you may actually quite like them?
And finally, Bobby and Christopher proved they were both as stupid as each other. Bobby punches Ryland over his advances on Ann, despite him being twice his size. And Christopher decided to hand back the sizzling sex tape to John Ross, despite the fact that he still wants to get back in Elena's knickers. So foolish.
A special mention has to go to Jesse Metcalfe's "shouting" acting this week. Every time he yells, we give out an excited squeal of excitement because you can tell that it stretches every basic acting skill he has to its very limit. You can see the effort it takes him in his eyes. It's like watching a child trying to walk for the very first time. Incredible viewing
Best JR Line Of The Week
He may have only made the briefest of cameos this week, but Larry Hagman still had time to unleash one Sid James-esque cackle and the snappy aside: "For the chance to take money from me, Cliff Barnes would push his mum in a puddle of piranhas."
However, Patrick Duffy's Bobby may have pipped JR to the best line this week. His "you're all hat and no cattle" put-down to John Ross was one part barmy, one part brilliant. And no, we're still not sure what it really means.
Dallas continues on Channel 5 every Wednesday at 9pm.
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