In just under a month now, TNT is set to return “Dallas” to TV for a season that has already drawn plenty of headlines … though unfortunately most of them have revolved around the tragic death of Larry Hagman (best known for J.R. Ewing) than the actual story of the show.
Perhaps as some sort of late Christmas gift, the network has also released already a good many details about the first six episodes (via SpoilerTV) that gives us reason to be excited. It should really go without saying, though, that the following does contain some major scoop on the plot for the drama, and you should stop reading now if you want to be surprised by what you see on TV.
Episode 2.01, “Battle Lines” (January 28) – “The battle for Ewing Energies heats up as Christopher and John Ross clash over opposing visions for the company. As Christopher seeks to gain the upper hand in his divorce from Rebecca Sutter, a game-changing revelation turns everything on its head, causing the entire family to put their differences aside and rally together — except for John Ross, who uses J.R.’s dirty little tricks to take revenge on Christopher and Elena. Meanwhile, Ann is blackmailed by her ex-husband, Harris Ryland, forcing her and Bobby to confront a shocking secret from Ann’s past.”
Episode 2.02, “Venomous Creatures” (also January 28, part of 2-hour premiere) – With Christopher and Bobby at the helm of Ewing Energies, and Elena working to gain a stronger foothold within the company, J.R. and John Ross strike a deal to wrestle control of Ewing Energies away from them. Meanwhile, Pamela Rebecca Barnes schemes with John Ross to take half of Christopher’s shares in Ewing Energies to fulfill her father’s desire for revenge against the Ewings. And Ryland’s mother, Judith, (guest star Judith Light) proves to be just as evil as her son.
Episode 2.03, “Sins of the Father” (February 4) – “When new evidence mysteriously surfaces pointing to foul play in Tommy’s disappearance, Christopher aims to connect Pamela to the crime. J.R. and John Ross maneuver on two fronts to reclaim their birthright, including poisoning one family member against another. Pamela continues to push her father’s agenda to gain control of Ewing Energies. As a new member of the family arrives at Southfork, Ann is pushed to the brink by Ryland’s sadistic games and finally takes action.”
Episode 2.04, “False Confessions” (February 11) – “With the future of Ewing Energies in jeopardy, Christopher does everything possible to keep a key deal alive. J.R. works to undermine Pamela, forcing John Ross to choose between a Ewing and a Barnes. Cliff Barnes (guest star Ken Kercheval) returns to meet with an unlikely visitor.”
Episode 2.05, “Trial and Error” (February 18) – “Ryland continues his onslaught of Ann, exposing secrets from her past that threaten to destroy her. Meanwhile, John Ross’ plot to take over Ewing Energies solidifies; Christopher changes tactics with Pamela Barnes; and an enemy from the Ewings’ past resurfaces.”
Episode 2.06, “Blame Game” (February 25) – “John Ross continues to persuade Sue Ellen to help him take control of Ewing Energies. Christopher and Pamela Rebecca work with their lawyers to settle their divorce. With Drew’s help, Christopher makes a startling revelation that could change the fate of Ewing Energies. And the whole family comes together when an outsider tries to undermine them all.”
For those curious, Hagman’s death will be addressed in the episodes immediately following this one, as the show will stage a funeral for J.R. during the March 11 installment. Much is still unclear about this episode at the moment, but we will have more information for you as soon as it becomes available.
If you want to see a new promo for “Dallas” season 2, you can do so over here.