Realizing they only have a 15 episode season commitment, here's mine.....
Episodes 1 - 5
Bobby realizes that running Ewing Global, now that they have absorbed Barnes Global into the Ewing umbrella, is more than he can handle with running Southfork, and John Ross doesn't take much interest in the ranch now that he has so much power in the office. Bobby places a phone call and says 'Brother....I need your help...how soon can you come home?' A day later, Gary shows up at Southfork, and Bobby convinces him, now that Valene has said no to 'another chance', and all his kids are grown, to come back to Dallas from California...no more J.R. tormenting him....just getting to know the ranch their Mama loved so much. Gary thinks it over, and after a heart to heart talk with Ann, agrees to stay on. After all, he does have mineral rights left to him as an inheritance..he might as well oversee how the ranch is being treated by the drilling from the next property over. John Ross overhears this from Gary and realizes he's going to have to distract his uncle so he doesn't discover that the drilling from the Henderson Property is damaging the water quality on the ranch.
A fire at Sue Ellen's house nearly claims her life, and leaves her temporarily homeless and rather than stay in a hotel, Bobby and Ann convince her to come to Southfork while she searches for a new house. Sue Ellen wanders around the ranch feeling uneasy about 'coming back after so many years'...and comes across Gary, feeling much the same way. They find a lot more in common than they ever thought they had, and Sue Ellen apologizes for 'tricking Val' into coming to Dallas just to lure Gary away. Gary and Sue Ellen begin an affair, realizing they may not be 'the' love of the other person's life, but they have much to bind them together in a relationship.
Sue Ellen can't help but notice the way John Ross's eye 'roves' to Emma Ryland when he thinks no one is noticing.....and she discovers that John Ross is having an affair with Emma, under his wife Pamela's nose....Emma is also dating Christopher, and Sue Ellen tears into her for causing a potential war between the boys by playing them both. Ann and Sue Ellen come to a confrontation over Sue Ellen blaming Emma for it rather than John Ross....which spills out into the family evening cocktail hours and dinners as tension brews between Gary and Bobby as well, when they both wish to support the woman they are involved with/married to. Pamela and Emma also clash at home when Pamela notices Emma's continued use of medication that everyone else thinks she's stopped taking. Pamela tries at first to help Emma, but then it turns to threats to simply reveal what she knows to Ann...but Emma stops her cold and tells Pamela that if she tells....Emma will reveal that Pamela's been getting letters from Cliff in jail and kept that from everyone...and if they find out, they'll throw her out on her ear as they won't be able to trust her. Pamela keeps her mouth shut.
Meanwhile...Elena Ramos returns to Dallas and finds she no longer has a place at Southfork.....she gathers her belongings and goes into town, stopping at a bar for a drink....where she runs into someone who, while she's drunk, feeds her growing anger at the Ewing Family, and convinces her to stay with him while she looks for a place to live. She agrees, having nothing to lose, and winds up in the house (and bed) of none other than Harris Ryland......turns out Cliff Barnes was having Elena followed ever since she came to see him, and he convinced Harris to 'keep tabs' on her. Elena, emotionally a mess and growing more and more dependent on alcohol to settle her anger at the Ewings, discovers that the richest pocket of oil under Southfork, the one they are slant drilling from next door, ......actually belongs to her father, rightfully....and J.R. cheated him out of it by making it appear worthless. She realizes that she cannot find the capital to put up her own rig to drill on her own...and that's where Ryland comes in...so she's using him as much as he is using her. Cliff sits back in jail and watches his scheme take shape, even in his absence.