Ken Richards, Sue Ellen's ex on the investigating state board, not only retracts his findings of a bomb but is forced by governor Sam McConaughey to resign while Ewing Oil is slapped with a crushing fine. It's part of a plan to ruin the Ewings operated by Harris, covertly the governor's major campaign contributor, presumably in league with Cliff. Drew refuses to be blackmailed further, but is beaten gruesomely to subject lover Emma again to Harris. JR's 'master piece' progresses slowly, but the key seems finding Pamela senior or claiming Christopher's third of her shares of Barnes Energy. John Ross stands by grieving Pamela, Christopher seems to loose his self-control.