J.R. and Cliff testify about the death. J.R. tries to take advantage of Sue Ellen leaving the Southern Cross to arrange the funeral to kidnap John Ross back but is foiled by Dusty. Cliff has no luck finding a new job or convincing anyone to move against Bobby for ethics violations. Bobby and Pam start an attempt to adopt but find out the wait is long.
J.R. uses Miss Ellie to gain access to the Southern Cross and John Ross. Ellie and Clayton meet and agree the custody issues is not their fight. J.R. threatens Sue Ellen and when that fails tries to convince Ellie to kidnap John Ross.
Pam goes missing. J.R. starts a new plot to blackmail the Farlows into making Sue Ellen leave but buying up all the available crude to destroy their refinery. Bobby gets a letter with a picture of Kristin and her baby and an offer of more information for sale. After hours of searching the police find Pam...at the edge of a buildings roof.
Clayton Farlow stands firm against J.R. Pam begins psychiatric treatment. Kristin's lover sells Bobby the child's birth certificate and checks Kristin received from Texas. Pam meets her sister Katherine.
Bobby talks to Jordan Lee who denies being the father of Kristin's baby. Clayton refuses to throw out Sue Ellen, despite J.R.'s control of the oil.The price of oil starts to drop, making J.R.'s plan much riskier.
J.R. finds himself in financial hot water and must broker an extension of his loan. Cliff takes advantage of J.R.'s hot spot to get some concessions. Pam is allowed to leave the hospital and visit Southfork.
Miss Ellie decides to give Ray a loan to help him out and discovers what J.R. has been up to. Sue Ellen realizes Dusty won't be happy with her and leaves the Southern Cross. Bobby buys Kristin's baby, thinking J.R. the father and brings the baby home to confront. J.R. He lingers in the hall when he hears Miss Ellie arguing with J.R. and Pam comes downstairs, sees the baby and jumps to the wrong conclusion.
Miss Ellie calls the family together to vote on whether J.R. should continue as president of Ewing Oil. Bobby tries to figure out a way to adopt baby Chistopher without Pam figuring out who he is. Ray pulls out of his development deal, leaving Donna angry that he wouldn't confide in her or ask for help.
Miss Ellie plans the annual Ewing Barbecue to celebrate Jock's return from South America. Lucy invites Mitch to the party but is annoyed when he neglects her. Ray gets drunk and embarrasses Donna. Miss Ellie gets a shocking phone call.
Jock's death has a devastating effect on J.R. and Bobby has to cover for himself as well as his brother in running Ewing Oil. J.R. is unable to deal even with the simplest of business demands in his grief.
J.R., behind the scenes, gets a job offer for Cliff to get him out of Southfork so he can make a move to rekindle his relationship with Sue Ellen. Ray is caught with another woman by Donna and Lucy confronts Evelyn about Mitch.
J.R. has Ray arrested during one of his binges then shows up at jail and persuades a distraught Ray to sign over his ten voting shares in Ewing Oil. Cliff discovers J.R.'s plot to get him a phony job with Olco Industries.
J.R. returns to Southfork where the family is celebrating Christopher's adoption which serves to depress him further as he realizes he may be a long way from having his own son back. Ray cleans up his act and starts to put his life back together.
Katherine looks for J.R.'s help because Cliff has taken over Wentworth Tool and Dye. Donna uncovers a secret in the pasts of the Ewings and Culvers while Clayton does some investigating to find out if Cliff is good for Sue Ellen.
Bobby Ewing's worst fears are realized when Farraday is murdered but a much worse blackmailer takes his place, his brother, J.R. With copies of Christopher's adoption records in his possession, J.R. realizes that he is probably the real father and now he can force Bobby to do his will so that Pam will never find out.
Miss Ellie makes a decision on the book Donna is working on and comes to accept that Jock has died. The police recruit Bobby's help in setting up a plan to catch Farraday's killers and Cliff is fired by his mother for embezzlement.
Cliff is devastated by Sue Ellen's return to J.R. and when Afton visits him she makes a shocking discovery. Bobby comes clean and reveals Christopher's true parentage to Pam. Clayton makes a return to Southfork and Lucy admits to a terrible secret.