Season 14 Episode 21

The Decline and Fall of the Ewing Empire

Aired Friday 12:00 AM Apr 26, 1991 on CBS
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Episode Summary

J.R. becomes increasingly despondent over the loss of family at Southfork, and is forced to partner with Cliff at Ewing Oil; Michelle faces charges in Hillary Taylor's murder; Carter and Dusty serve up some long-awaited payback; Bobby lends a shoulder to Jory Taylor

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  • Michelle is arrested for Hillary Taylor\\\'s murder.

    This episode starts off typical but then tries to rush a concept to get J.R. to the brink of personal despair. As of the start of the episode, J.R. does not believe he\\\'ll be the head of weststar (even with Clayton\\\'s shares), does not own any part of Ewing Oil, and knows that Bobby is the owner of Southfork and that James has left Southfork to go back east, yet he acts like a typical J.R. (moving on excitedly). Yet at the end of the episode, he doesn\\\'t have any of these things (plus John Ross bails on him) and it\\\'s a tragedy for him and he\\\'s ready to end it all.

    Also, I never understood why Phyllis was so bitter toward J.R. OK, they hadn\\\'t been the best of friends, but J.R. had offered to hire her back at his new company after Michelle fired her from Ewing Oil and was willing to make her his secretary after Sly left. I thought Phyllis was a little rough.

    It just seems like too much happens too fast. J.R. tried to get it all and failed in one episode. I know they were running out of time for the series and needed to set up their \\\"wonderful life\\\" ending, but still out of character.

    J.R should have known that Dusty wouldn\\\'t have wanted him to have the voting rights, and he knew that Dusty owned the shares.

Richard Eastham

Richard Eastham


Guest Star

Rob Youngblood

Rob Youngblood

Robert MacCubbin

Guest Star

Doug Franklin

Doug Franklin


Guest Star

Jared Martin

Jared Martin

Steven "Dusty" Farlow

Recurring Role

Deirdre Imershein

Deirdre Imershein

Jory Taylor

Recurring Role

Buck Taylor

Buck Taylor

Detective Bussey

Recurring Role

Trivia, Notes, Quotes and Allusions


  • TRIVIA (1)

    • In this episode, Dusty Farlow says he sold his stock in Weststar to Carter McKay. However, in the previous season, it was stated that, per Atticus Ward's will, there was a five-year waiting period before Dusty could sell his stock.

  • QUOTES (6)

    • J.R.: (to Michelle) Now why do you insist on blaming poor ole J.R. for everything?

    • (Jackie is having the "Ewing Oil" sign removed)
      Cliff: What are you doing?
      Jackie: It's your company. Don't you want to change the name?
      Cliff: No. Not only do I want it to remain "Ewing Oil," but right under that sign in big bold letters I want it to say, "Cliff Barnes, President." Then we're gonna take a picture and send it to J.R.

    • Phyllis: J.R., I've been waiting to tell you this for a long time. Hell would have to freeze over before I would ever work for you.

    • J.R. and Cliff: (in unison) You and I are partners?!

    • Carter: You do remember Dusty Farlow?
      J.R.: Like I remember athlete's foot.

    • Dusty: So long, J.R. Give my regards to Sue Ellen. Oh, that's right, I forgot. She dumped you!

  • NOTES (3)

    • Jock's original portrait makes its final appearance in this episode. The one that is featured in "J.R. Returns" is a different one. The original portrait is seen again in the 2004 reunion "The Return to Southfork."

    • This episode features the final appearances of Kimberly Foster (Michelle), Jared Martin (Dusty), Jeri Gaile (Rose McKay), Deborah Rennard (Sly), Omri Katz (John Ross), Joshua Harris (Christopher), Deoborah Tranelli (Phyllis), Sherill Lynn Rettino (Jackie), and Danone Simpson (Kendall). Deborah Rennard and Omri Katz reprise their roles in the TV movie "J.R. Returns"

    • Cathy Podewell (Cally) does not appear in this episode.


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