Egged on by his father, Digger, and a reporter, Cliff Barnes initiates a lawsuit to be acknowledged as the father of Sue Ellen's baby.



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Ray Krebbs (credit only)
Alan Beam (as Randolph Powell)
Harv Smithfield (as George O. Petrie)
Stanley Grover ...
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After his senate campaign dies, Cliff is down in the dumps. He knows J.R. is somehow involved but can't prove it. A reporter comes by hoping to get a raw, uncensored interview with him, but instead talks to Digger, who mentions that he believes John Ross Ewing III is actually Cliff's baby. Cliff, seeing yet another chance to humiliate J.R., concurs and lets the story go to press. J.R. and Sue Ellen hide the true facts from Jock and Miss Ellie, as do Bobby and Pam. J.R. gets a judge to acknowledge the birth certificate, so Cliff sues for paternity instead as it will force a blood test to confirm who the real father is. The simple blood test is inconclusive because J.R. and Cliff have the same blood type. A more advanced test is done. Meanwhile, Allen Beam continues to court Lucy, while playing coy with his real girlfriend. At a party at Southfork, Harve Smithfield comes to the house and reveals that J.R. is the father. As the family heads out to a charity dinner, J.R. stays behind and,... Written by Gregory Marshall Smith

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Drama | Romance




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11 January 1980 (USA)  »

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Jock Ewing: We'll take care of Cliff Barnes. Noboby is gonna talk about the Ewings and get away with it.
Sue Ellen Ewing: What are you going to do about it?
Jock Ewing: I know one thing for sure: we can't kill him. But I'll guarantee you one thing: before we get through suing him, he'll wish that he'd never messed with us.
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