Murder charges are filed as the families of Southfork are torn apart over the shooting of J.R. by his furious wife, Sue Ellen. Cliff finally comes face to face with Pam, as Bobby wrestles with his feelings about his ex-wife.
Cliff Barnes, resolving to get out of the oil business, offers Barnes-Wentworth to Bobby and Ewing Oil. Clayton Farlow, immersed in the running of Southfork, also offers to sell his oil refineries to Bobby.
To celebrate John Ross' return to Southfork, J.R. and Bobby take him and Christopher on a hunting trip to Haleyville. While there, J.R. becomes infatuated with a young waitress named Cally Harper, much to the consternation of her brothers.
While J.R. is imprisoned on a torturous chain gang, his long time nemesis, Cliff Barnes, joins Bobby as a new partner in Ewing Oil. Clayton suspects foul play when the river that runs across Southfork mysteriously dries up.
Carter McKay reveals his true intentions to the Ewings. To avoid bloodshed in the impending range war, McKay offers to buy two sections of the sacred Southfork and J.R. hires his own special brand of mercenaries in preparation for the battle.
The range war violently erupts as Bobby vows revenge after Christopher is caught in the brutal cross-fire. J.R., Bobby, Clayton, Ray, and their mercenaries mount forces to destroy McKay and his men and save Southfork.
There is a startling disclosure at the glamorous Oil Baron's Ball, Dallas' social event of the season. Cally Ewing, J.R.'s new bride, attempts to acclimate herself to the grandeur of Southfork, while he searches for a way to remove her from his life.
J.R. plans to double-cross Bobby and Cliff concerning the sale of the Ewing properties. Cally is finally making progress in getting John Ross to like her. Miss Ellie demands J.R. either accept Cally as his wife or divorce her.
It's brotherly war when Bobby furiously confronts J.R. for ignoring their agreement to consult one another concerning business. Tommy plans to smuggle cocaine from Colombia with the unwitting help of Carter and Tracey.
The Ewing brothers are back in business together and set their sights on the biggest oil deal in history at the expense of Carter McKay and Weststar. April comes between Bobby and Tracey after she tries to convince Tracey that her brother is dangerous.
The Ewings head off to Vienna in their battle for the coveted European oil contract. Bobby and April explore their blossoming relationship atop the famed Maria's Mountain in Salzburg. Meanwhile, back at the ranch, Clayton still can't retain his memory.