- 1 Changing of the Guard
Miss Ellie, Bobby and Lucy vote to have J.R. removed as president of Ewing Oil. J.R. learns Christopher is not his baby. Rebecca, Afton and Pam visit Cliff who is in a coma in the hospital. Ewing Oil gets new offices. Bobby meets oilwoman Holly Harwood. Lucy learns she is pregnant with Roger's baby. J.R. accepts Holly's offer to run Harwood Oil.
Air Date: 1982-10-01
- 2 Where There's a Will
Pam gives Cliff some home truths. Bobby makes some needed cutbacks at Ewing Oil. J.R. is tries to see Jock's will by using Serena and blackmailing Harve Smithfield's son-in-law. Cliff recovers in the hospital and gets a visit from Sue Ellen. Ray gets a letter from Aunt Lilly about Amos Krebbs' ill health. Lucy tells Pam about her pregnancy. Cliff leaves the hospital. Sue Ellen is having second thoughts about marrying J.R. and visits Clayton at the Southern Cross Ranch. Marilee offers Cliff a job.
Air Date: 1982-10-08
- 3 Billion Dollar Question
The Ewings get an invitation for another Oil Barons Ball. Lucy has an abortion. Cliff cautiously accepts Marilee's job offer. J.R. pressures Miss Ellie to open Jock's will and tries to use an IRS agent to put pressures on Bobby. Miss Ellie decides to socialize again. Holly Harwood rebuff's J.R's sexual advances. Ray gets news of Amos Krebbs' death. J.R. visits Sue Ellen at Clayton's ranch. Clayton learns Dusty is coming back.
Air Date: 1982-10-15
- 4 The Big Ball
J.R. continues to secretly run Harwood Oil. Dusty questions Sue Ellen about her and J.R. Ray and Donna go to Amos Krebbs' funeral. Dusty introduces his new wife Linda to a shocked Sue Ellen. Ray meets his rebellious cousin Mickey Trotter. Sue Ellen leaves the Southern Cross. Pressured by J.R., Punk Anderson announces the Jock Ewing Scholarship at the Oil Barons Ball. Miss Ellie decides to have Jock declared legally dead.
Air Date: 1982-10-22
- 5 Jock's Will
Pamela urges Lucy to go back to work. Ray and Donna continue in Kansas. Ray learns Mickey is hiding a criminal conviction from his mother. J.R. and Sue Ellen set the wedding date. Ray brings Mickey to Southfork. Bobby testifies in court about the search for Jock in South America. The court declares Jock legally dead. The reading of Jock's will sets the stage for a year long battle between Bobby and J.R. for control of Ewing Oil.
Air Date: 1982-10-29
- 6 Aftermath
The battle for Ewing Oil begins, to Pam's concern. Mickey settles into Southfork ranch reluctantly. J.R. seeks a variance for pumping more oil. Lucy decides to go back to work. Rebecca buys Wade Luce's oil company for Cliff to run but he can't face dealing with J.R. again. Pam and Bobby get the date for the final adoption hearing.
Air Date: 1982-11-05
- 7 Hit and Run
Cliff starts work as the president of the new Barnes-Wentworth oil company. Miss Ellie meets an admirer. J.R. makes his move on Walt Driscoll by setting up his wife. The cartel decides not to work with Ewing Oil. Bobby makes a deal on the Canadian fields.
Air Date: 1982-11-12
- 8 The Ewing Touch
J.R. blackmails Walt Driscoll and gets his variance. Miss Ellie tries to make peace with Rebecca. Christopher's adoption becomes final and the family celebrates. Cliff gets mad at Pamela for helping Bobby secure the Canadian deal. J.R. pumps oil at full capacity despite a surplus. Ray finds Mickey in a bar instead of working and tries to teach him a lesson on responsibility. Miss Ellie brings Frank Crutcher to dinner at Southfork. J.R.tries to sabotage Bobby's operations.
Air Date: 1982-11-19
- 9 Fringe Benefits
Bobby's Canadian deal is delayed due to weather problems. J.R. ans Sue Ellen get ready for their wedding. Pam and Sue Ellen become closer despite the rivalry between their husbands. J.R. questions Miss Ellie about Frank Crutcher. J.R. tries to use Sue Ellen to get a refinery deal but the scheme backfires and it's Cliff who gets the deal in the end, with Afton's help. The cartel sides with Cliff. Pam tells Bobby that Jock's will is ruining the family and asks him to give up the battle.
Air Date: 1982-11-26
- 10 The Wedding
It's December 3, and J.R. and Sue Ellen remarry, but the cartel members stay away. Mickey and Lucy meet, but Ray warns Mickey to stay away from her. Jordan Lee pressures Bobby to stop J.R.'s uncontrolled pumping. J.R. makes an unsuspecting Holly sell some of her assets to his dummy corporation named Petro State. Punk Anderson, as administrator of Jock's estate, warns J.R. to play by the rules or he'll stop him. Miss Ellie tells Clayton he reminds her of Jock. Bobby accuses J.R. of using Jock's will to destroy Ewing Oil. Afton fears Cliff is still in love with Sue Ellen. Donna agrees to serve on the Texas Energy Commission and gets Miss Ellie's blessing to do so, even if it means she will be the one to stop J.R.
Air Date: 1982-12-03
- 11 Post Nuptial
Cliff makes a scene at the wedding and then fights with J.R. in the pool. Rebecca encourages the cartel to put the screws to J.R. Holly reveals to Bobby that J.R. owns 25 percent of her company. Another man tries to take advantage of Lucy. Donna fears her membership on the Texas Energy Commission will cause more problems in the family. Bobby suspects J.R. is selling oil to an embargoed country and confronts J.R. about it.
Air Date: 1982-12-10
- 12 Barbecue Three
Sue Ellen and Pam vow to remain friends despite the Ewing battle. Bobby investigates J.R's excess crude mystery. The Texas Energy Commission meets for the first time. Mickey asks Lucy out but is rebuffed. J.R. opens a chain of cut-price gas stations. Miss Ellie is distressed at how the brothers' battle is affecting the family and the company. The cartel gang up on J.R. at the barbecue.
Air Date: 1982-12-17
- 13 Mama Dearest
Miss Ellie's decision to contest Jock's will causes further divisions in the family as J.R. warns Miss Ellie he will fight her in court. Bobby reluctantly sides with J.R. Pamela sides with Miss Ellie. Harv Smithfield refuses to represent Miss Ellie because of his legal and moral loyalty to Jock. Bobby accuses Pam of fighting him on Miss Ellie's side. An angry J.R. confronts Clayton who visits with Miss Ellie at Southfork. J.R.'s cut-rate gas stations get more media attention. Miss Ellie's new lawyer suggests it might be necessary to question Jock's mental competency at the time the will was made. Cliff moves into a new place. Afton questions Cliff about marriage.
Air Date: 1982-12-31
- 14 The Ewing Blues
Miss Ellie is torn between her concern for the family and her love for Jock. The cartel refuses to allow Bobby to uncap the Wellington field wells so he decides to force a sale. J.R. puts pressure on Holly to beak her contracts. Miss Ellie and Pam meets Mark Graison about legal help. J.R. and Sue Ellen go on the TV talk show. Cliff continues to take Afton for granted. Ellie continues her plan to break the will.
Air Date: 1983-01-07
- 15 The Reckoning
J.R. and Bobby unite against Miss Ellie in her effort to overrule Jock's will. Pam's siding with Miss Ellie causes more tensions with Bobby. If Miss Ellie wins in court, the old will of 15 years ago shall become effective. Sue Ellen discovers Mark Graison's obvious interest in Pamela and tells J.R. Ray and J.R. have another confrontation. J.R. and Bobby try to convince Punk Anderson to be on their side in the court battle over the will. Sue Ellen questions Pam about her marriage and Mark. Miss Ellie testifies in court that Jock was mentally incompetent when he wrote the codicil to the will.
Air Date: 1983-01-14
- 16 A Ewing is a Ewing
Cliff plots to tempt J.R. with political office. Mark Graison continues to try to impress Pam. J.R. gets a visit from an Air Force general concerning Harwood Oil's cancelled military contracts. J.R. gets Sue Ellen to ask Clayton to refine his oil but the plans backfires. Bobby sees J.R. talking to George Hicks of the Texas Energy Commission and suspects Hicks has been bought by J.R. Miss Ellie goes to Galveston to get away from it all and runs into Clayton. J.R. tries to romance Holly but she threatens him with a gun. Bobby plots to play dirty with George Hicks.
Air Date: 1983-01-28
- 17 Crash of '83
J.R. gets suspicious of Clayton's intentions towards Miss Ellie. Hicks is questioned by Bobby about J.R. but Hicks denies knowing him. Ray is worried about Mickey's influence on Lucy. J.R. gets a visit from Walt Driscoll who offers him a deal. Bobby blackmails Hicks to make him change his vote on J.R.'s variance. Pam is disgusted when Bobby tells her about the plot. Afton receives news of a crash involving the Wentworth jet.
Air Date: 1983-02-04
- 18 Requiem
After the plane crash, Rebecca dies, with Pam at her bedside. Clayton accuses J.R. of being responsible for Rebecca's death. The Texas Energy Commission rescinds J.R.'s variance and J.R. gets mad at George Hicks who tells him he was blackmailed by Bobby. Cliff feels guilty for Rebecca's death and seeks consolation from Afton. Katherine arrives from New York and accuses Donna of being responsible for J.R.'s losing his variance. J.R. takes up Driscoll's Caribbean deal. Mark Graison attends Rebecca's funeral but J.R. stays away. Pam makes a big decision.
Air Date: 1983-02-11
- 19 Legacy
Pam leaves Bobby and Southfork, to J.R.'s delight, and moves into a hotel. The cartel celebrates J.R.'s losing his variance. J.R. tells Mark Graison that Pam and Bobby split up. J.R. vows to keep selling cut-rate gas, despite the loss of the variance. Mark visits Pamela at the hotel. Rebecca's will is read and Pam, Katherine, Cliff, and even Afton get their shares. Lucy and Mickey become friends. Cliff and Katherine reconcile. J.R. and Walt Driscoll continue collaborating on the Caribbean deal. Clayton tells Sue Ellen that he used to be in love with her but now he's seeing Miss Ellie. J.R. offers Bobby a "compromise solution" to the battle for Ewing Oil but Bobby rejects the offer. J.R. succeeds in making Bobby look in front of the family like he wants an all-out war.
Air Date: 1983-02-18
- 20 Brothers and Sisters
J.R. could go to jail for shipping oil to Cuba. Clayton sells the Southern Cross and gets closer to Ellie. Holly wants J.R. out of Harwood Oil. J.R. gets letters of support from TV viewers. Katherine arranges for Bobby to see Pam and Mark Graison together in a restaurant. J.R. is forced to pay $1000000 to Walt Driscoll's contract man. J.R. is very happy to see Katherine pursuing Bobby. Donna, Ray, and Dave Culver wonder whether J.R. could run for a seat in the US Congress if he wins the battle with Bobby. Miss Ellie helps Clayton find a Dallas home. Bobby tells Pam again that he's determined to win Ewing Oil. J.R. tells Walt Driscoll he's ready to sell 1 million barrels to Cuba.
Air Date: 1983-02-25
- 21 Caribbean Connection
Donna accuses Mickey of being interested in Lucy for her money. Katherine tries to persuade Mark to stay close to Pamela. Clayton continues to look for a house in Dallas. Bobby and Ray uncover J.R's illegal Caribbean deal. If the State Department finds out about the deal with Cuba, this could be the end of Ewing Oil. Mark continues to see Pam. Cliff finally recovers from his depression over Rebecca's death and buys a company from Mark. J.R. considers going into politics but Sue Ellen fears her past alcohol problems and affairs with Dusty might complicate things.
Air Date: 1983-03-04
- 22 The Sting
Bobby and Ray bust J.R's Caribbean deal and Driscoll gets arrested. Clayton Farlow meets Mark Graison. Ellie and Clayton wonder whether Pam is getting serious about Mark. J.R. continues his affair with Serena, even after being remarried to Sue Ellen. Pam tells Bobby she doesn't feel guilty about seeing Mark. J.R. learns he will have to go to Cuba to claim his $40 million. Walt Driscoll is left to rot in jail and vows revenge on J.R. Mickey kisses Lucy for the first time. Katherine offers to help J.R. fight Cliff. Mickey brings Lucy to a motel room. J.R. confronts Bobby and Ray about the sting. Ray bails Driscoll out of jail with J.R.'s money. Bobby has a fight with Mark over Pam. Cliff has big plans for Barnes-Wentworth. Holly learns that both her oil and her money is in Cuba and she vows revenge on J.R.
Air Date: 1983-03-11
- 23 Hell Hath No Fury
After suffering a $17 million loss, Holly Harwood tells Bobby that she's determined to get the Ewing brothers out of her life. Lucy enjoys modelling again and continues to see Mickey. Clayton Farlow keeps on seeing Ellie. Bobby runs into more weather problems on his Canadian deal. J.R. encourages Katherine to move in on Bobby. Holly declares a truce with J.R. and tries to seduce him. Bobby and Pam spend a night together but when he wants her to go back to Southfork, she tells him that the night was "just a moment", and so they break up again. J.R. tries to force Walt Driscoll to tell him the name of his contract man in the Caribbeans. J.R. and Sue Ellen appear on television again where he sets the stage for his Cuban trip. Ray offers Bobby his financial support in the battle with J.R. Mark Graison continues to see Pam. Bobby tells Donna and Ray that it's too late to save his marriage. Katherine urges Mark to take Pam to France. Holly tells Sue Ellen that J.R. is seeing her.
Air Date: 1983-03-18
- 24 Cuba Libre
J.R. goes to Puerto Rica and learns he'll have to go to Cuba to claim his $40 million. Mark Graison and Pamela vacation in France. Aunt Lil misses Mickey and decides to come over from Kansas for a visit but Mickey is not thrilled. Sue Ellen is in denial over J.R.'s relationship with Holly, and questions Bobby about it. Bobby and Cliff clash over the Canadian deal and Pam's marriage to Bobby. Punk Anderson questions Clayton Farlow about his intentions toward Ellie. Donna also asks Ellie about her feelings for Clayton. Sue Ellen confronts Holly. Aunt Lil is worried that Mickey and Lucy could be getting serious about each other. At the Riviera, Pam tells Mark she needs time alone. Katherine offers Bobby her help with the Canadian deal but Cliff interferes. Sue Ellen and Clayton reconfirm their friendship. Aunt Lil tells Mickey that he and Lucy have nothing in common. J.R. gets arrested upon arrival in Cuba.
Air Date: 1983-03-25
- 25 Tangled Web
J.R.'s Cuban contact teaches him a lesson, but pays him the money. Cliff refuses to let Bobby use the Tundra Torque drill bit. In France, Mark continues to charm Pamela. Miss Ellie is still helping with the neverending househunting with Clayton. J.R's gift to Bobby of some Cuban cigars tells him J.R. has won the Cuban deal. Miss Ellie questions Clayton about his relationship with Sue Ellen. Ray tells Aunt Lil that Jock is his father. Afton warns Pam that Katherine is after Bobby. Sue Ellen catches Holly and J.R. in bed.
Air Date: 1983-04-01
- 26 Things Ain't Goin' Too Good at Southfork
Sue Ellen starts drinking again and Clayton finds her in his bed. Pamela comes back from France and questions Bobby about him and Katherine. Walt Driscoll disappears. Ellie finds Clayton with Sue Ellen. Katherine tells Pam there's nothing going on between her and Bobby. Cliff tells J.R. he will not let Bobby have the drill bit. Clayton tries to persuade Sue Ellen to talk to J.R. about the incident with Holly. A drunk Sue Ellen tells Ellie that Clayton is the only man that she ever loved. Cliff asks Pam to side with him on the drill bit. Sue Ellen angrily confronts J.R. about Holly. Mickey and Sue Ellen are involved in a car accident.
Air Date: 1983-04-15
- 27 Penultimate
After the car crash, Mickey and Sue Ellen are taken to the hospital but Sue Ellen is released shortly afterwards. Mickey is in a coma and may have suffered neurological injury. Lucy blames Sue Ellen and her drinking for Mickey's condition. Pam tells Bobby that she still loves him even though she has feelings for Mark. Clayton accuses J.R. of driving Sue Ellen back to the bottle. Bobby blames Holly for Sue Ellen's condition. Mark keeps pressuring Pamela for a committment. Sheriff Washburn tells J.R. that Sue Ellen has three times the legal limit of alcohol in her blood at the time of the crash. Pam tells Christopher that she loves Bobby but that she can't live with him. J.R. makes Holly an offer to get out of Harwood Oil for $20 million. Sue Ellen regrets having remarried J.R. At the Cattleman's Club, Bobby asks Holly to pay the $20 million to J.R. in instalments so as not to put him too much ahead in the contest. Cliff encourages Pam to leave Bobby and be with Mark Graison. J.R. tells Sue Ellen that he still loves her.
Air Date: 1983-04-29
- 28 Ewing Inferno
Ray pressures Sheriff Washburn to find the hit-and-run driver. Holly wants to pay J.R. his $20 million in instalments but J.R. objects, rightly detecting Bobby's hand. J.R. gets a slap in the face from Pam during an argument over her French trip. Mark convinces Pam to vote with Katherine and give the drill to Bobby. Mickey's condition continues to be very serious and Aunt Lil even goes as far as to say that perhaps it would have been better if he had died on the spot. J.R. tells Bobby that they should consider stopping the fight for control of Ewing Oil. Pam wants a divorce. Clayton convinces Ellie to take a break from family problems and go away with him. Sue Ellen tells J.R. to stay away from John Ross. Katherine tries to console Bobby after he gets the news about the divorce. Ray learns that Walt Driscoll was driving the car that hit Mickey and Sue Ellen. Ray and J.R. engage in a terrible fight, causing a major fire at Southfork. Sue Ellen, J.R., John Ross and Ray are trapped as the fire engulfs the house.
Air Date: 1983-05-06