The Ewings are stunned to hear that JR, assumed still on business trip in Abu Dhabi, was fatally shot in a rather sleazy Mexican drug town hotel, apparently shot by a common thief while biding with an 'escort lady'. His legacy and last letters arouse surprising eulogies while Sue Ellen relapses in alcoholism, John Ross is consumed by the lust for revenge, Bobby plans to get it with JR's detective once things have cooled down. The oil barons club wake gets out of hand when Cliff Barnes barges in vindictively, only to be dragged out by Pamela, whom John Ross now completely rejects. To Harlan's horror, Emma decides to stay indefinitely on Southfork, Bobby spoils Anne's joy by bitterly scolding she had no right to withhold the truth from him so long and completely. Written by
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The original draft of JR's Memorial had scenes featuring Deborah Rennard as Sly, JR's secretary from the original series. Later drafts of the script cut her out of the episode. Also, the producers invited Priscilla Presley and Susan Howard back to the show for the episode, but they were too busy to take part at the time. See more
John Ross Ewing
[reading J.R.'s final letter to him aloud
John Ross, if you're reading this, it means I'm dead. And if I'm dead, that means Barnes is coming after you. You must crush him before he can win. I promised your Uncle Bobby that taking down Harris Ryland would be my masterpiece. I bet my last nickel Barnes'll join forces with Ryland to destroy us. Use what I've given you to take from them what they want to take from us. When you've done that, Bobby will know what to do.
John Ross Ewing
And remember, you're ...
A slower arraignment of the theme is used in the opening titles, with J.R.'s smiling face in place of Larry Hagman's credit. See more