'Dallas' recap: Trial of the … month
"Dallas" -- "Trial and Error"
Let's start this week's recap with special kudos to "Dallas" writers for making the most, the absolute most, of a single setting. The majority of this week's episode, "Trial and Error," takes place in the Dallas courthouse, inside a courtroom, the hallways, the corridors that lead to holding rooms, large meeting rooms, outside on patios and little hideaway corners, and, yes, even in the courthouse bathrooms.
If you're going to pay those location filming fees, make the most of them, so well played, "Dallas" writers and producers, for getting the most bang for your buck.
The episode begins with a brief visit to the hospital, where that rascal Harris gets a visit from Ann. She furiously demands to know why he lied to the police and told them Bobby shot him. "You've taken my daughter, you want my husband now, too?" Ann asks.
"We've all made our choices now, haven't we?" Harris replies. "This is the price you have to pay for yours, for thinking you could live in a world without my tender loving care."
Harris's supercreepy mama, meanwhile, is calling for security, afraid her Norman Bates will be harmed by the evil Ann, while Harris and Ann's daughter Emma is out in the hallway taking in the entire exchange.
"If your heart weren't so small, you'd be dead," Ann says before leaving. "I wish you were dead."
Well, she certainly tried to make sure that happened, but now a frustrated Ann stomps out of the hospital. She's so upset that when she gets to her car, she drops her keys on the ground. And when she bends down to pick them up, she sees her boots. Her blood-splattered boots. Splattered with Harris's blood -- the proof she needs to convince cops she, not Bobby, shot Harris, which she does by walking into Dallas PD and dropping her boots, and her confession, on the desk.
Convalescing with the Creepy Creepersons
One more quick trip back to the hospital, where Harris, still in his hospital bed, is being fed by Mama Ryland, and it's a scene straight out of a Gerber commercial. Seriously. Emma, standing at her dad's bedside, looks just as skeeved as we are, and she has a question. If her dad knew Ann was the one who shot him, why did he lie to the cops and say Bobby did it?
Well, uh, I, uh, that is, I uh … Harris makes a quick recovery and tells his daughter he'd just awakened from his coma and was fuzzy on who'd tried to murder him. She pretends to buy it, but we can see the seeds of doubt have been planted in her kidnapped little brain.
And more parental issues: Cliff is scolding BeckyPam, telling her that she's letting her emotions rule her again, this time in her dealings with John Ross, who, Cliff proclaims, is as Machiavellian as his father. True dat.
Cliff also reminds BeckyPam that three people are dead (Frank, Tommy, and Real Rebecca, for those keeping score) because of the mistakes she's made already, and he'll have no more of it. She promises not to let emotions get in the way again (as she's crying … yeah, we know).
Over at Southfork, Lou says now that Bobby's off the hook for the Ryland shooting, he's going to mount a sudden passion defense for Ann, focusing on the many ways Harris's evil machinations pushed her to the breaking point (also commonly known as the Harris Ryland Is a Massive Tool defense).