Another suspect in the shooting, Cliff Barnes (Ken Kercheval), brother of Bobby's wife, Pam (Victoria Principal), tries to jumpstart his return to Texas politics by making trouble for the Ewings in the Texas legislature. Bobby himself, burned out on the family business, tries his own hand at the state senate, a useful place to be once Jock and Ewing matriarch Miss Ellie (Barbara Bel Geddes), mired in a personal conflict that heads toward divorce, find themselves on opposite sides in a land dispute. Other story threads include a rocky marriage between granddaughter Lucy (Charlene Tilton) and a medical student (Leigh McCloskey), and extramarital distraction for lonely Pam and Sue Ellen. Perhaps the biggest scandal of the season is J.R.'s manipulation of a counterrevolution in the Southeast Asian country where Ewing Oil fields were disastrously nationalized--a crime that could come back to haunt him. --Tom Keogh
1) No More Mister Nice Guy (Part One)
J.R. lies close to death as the Ewing family awaits news of his fate and the police search for clues and suspects. All hope for J.R. to regain consciousness and that he will be able to shed some light on the identity of his assailant.
2) No More Mister Nice Guy (Part Two)
J.R. undergoes the helplessness of paralysis as Bobby takes over Ewing Oil with Jock's blessing. Sue Ellen feels guilty that she may have shot J.R. in a drunken stupor and the list of suspects grow.
While Bobby tries to run Ewing Oil, he feels J.R.'s influence even from his hospital bed. Sue Ellen is arrested after the gun used to shoot J.R. is found with her fingerprints on it.
4) Who Done It?
Sue Ellen is released after bail is posted by an anonymous source. She then seeks solace from her sister Kristin and her psychiatrist, after being ignored by the Ewings. The shooter confesses in front of the family and the Ewings apologize to Sue Ellen.
5) Taste of Success
As Ewing Oil's president, Bobby finds the power intoxicating and J.R. tries to sabotage his plans to buy a refinery, something Jock has always wanted and which J.R. could never accomplish.
6) Venezuelan Connection
The relationship between Bobby and J.R. deteriorates when Bobby refuses to step down as President of Ewing Oil. Jock finds himself caught in the middle of the conflict, especially as Bobby seems to be doing a better job.
7) The Fourth Son
The sinking of an oil tanker could have disastrous financial consequences for Ewing Oil. Family matters change forever when Ray Krebbs' presumed father shows up with news that Ray is really Jock's son. Jock shocks his family when he welcomes Ray into the family, much to Miss Ellie's and J.R.'s dismay.
8) Trouble at Ewing 23
An extortionist threatening to blow up Ewing 23 gives J.R. opportunity to put a halt to his fading fortunes with the company and the family by out-maneuvering Bobby.
9) The Prodigal Mother
Pam believes she has at last found her mother, but all hopes of a reconciliation are dashed by the woman. Lucy proposes marriage to Mitch and J.R. plans to put Bobby in trouble with Jock.
10) Executive Wife
J.R. encourages Jock to clinch a business deal aware that it will cause serious problems for Bobby. Pam is feeling neglected by her husband. The Ewings are against Lucy marrying Mitch.
11) End of the Road (Part One)
J.R. continues to try to discredit Bobby in the fight for Ewing Oil, as well as showing an interest in Mitch's sister which upsets Sue Ellen. J.R. asks his secretary to continue to spy on Bobby and his deals for him.
12) End of the Road (Part Two)
Lucy and Mitch's wedding proves eventful when Sue Ellen makes a play for an old boyfriend so as to get even with J.R. Bobby resigns as President of Ewing Oil, and Miss Ellie accuses Jock of unforgivable behavior.
13) Making of a President
J.R. hires a high-pressure public relations woman when he regains control of Ewing Oil. Sue Ellen discovers Pam meeting a male business associate. Jock continues to keep secret the Takapa project from wife Ellie.
14) Start the Revolution with Me
J.R. goes ahead with plans to topple the foreign government which confiscated his oil fields. Bobby's ambitions at work alienate him from Pam, and Sue Ellen resumes an old friendship with Clint.
15) The Quest
J.R. refuses to acknowledge the fact that Sue Ellen is being followed, so she decides to take things into her own hands. J.R. is determined that Cliff Barnes does not get chosen to run for public office.
16) Lover, Come Back
Fortune favors J.R. as his foreign coup brings the cartel back to Ewing Oil. Sue Ellen is shocked to find Dusty Farlow still alive, and Mitch discovers that Lucy has been lying to him.
17) The New Mrs. Ewing
Donna and Ray tie the knot, and Bobby's jealousy over Pam results in a confrontation with Alex. Miss Ellie, unaware that Jock is involved with Takapa, announces to the family that she has legally stopped the Takapa development and is stunned with Jock's angry outburst "I AM TAKAPA!".
18) Mark of Cain
Leslie Stewart (Susan Flannery) has J.R. right where she wants him and has secret tape recordings of him. Bobby is caught in the middle of Jock and Ellie's feud, and Sue Ellen continues to seek comfort from Clint.
19) The Gathering Storm
Jock threatens to sell the company if Miss Ellie divorces him, thanks to J.R.'s manipulations. Cliff doesn't know that it was his real mother who visited him and he told off. Jock stays at a hotel while Miss Ellie is alone at home and cries.
20) Ewing vs. Ewing
Donna and Ray try to reconcile Jock and Miss Ellie, who has already taken advice about a divorce. J.R. accelerates his efforts to sell off Ewing Oil. Bobby resents his father ordering him to vote in his favor.
21) New Beginnings
Jock and Miss Ellie's reconciliation results in a second honeymoon and the end of J.R.'s scheme to sell Ewing Oil. Donna angrily comes to J.R.'s office and confronts him about getting Ray involved in high-stakes business.
22) Full Circle
Kristin returns from California to reveal another scheme. Sue Ellen meets Dusty again; Lucy moves out on Mitch; Cliff uses Westar's help to build a case against J.R. in connection with the South-East Asian coup and hands the materials over to Bobby's Senate committee.
A triple-edged crisis for J.R. as he faces the possible loss of Ewing Oil and a prison sentence, a blackmail plot by Kristin and threats by Sue Ellen to take John Ross away from Southfork. Cliff finds a dead body floating in the Southfork pool with J.R. looking down from the balcony. Who is the dead woman? Did J.R. push her off the balcony?