I have mentioned this in lots of place but let me make my case here. I believe this show needs a strong woman - and a central character - a Ewing. Dallas 1.0 had Miss Ellie, Knots Landing has Abby, and Falcon Crest had Angela Channing - you don't mess with them or you get burned (I am wiling to argue the KL one but that's who I saw and really like and like with Miss Ellie gone from Dallas when Abby left KL it was over with for me). These women did have their counter weight - JR, Greg Sumner, Richard Channing but they held their own.
I also believe it should be someone of the younger generation and if it is to be a Ewing that only leaves Betsy who would be about mid to late twenties - I'm thinking 27 - so just a bit younger then John Ross and Christopher. I'd want her to be well educated, maybe in finance and law. I'd want her to be well connected, maybe she worked for Greg Sumner for a while. I'd want her to be John Ross's counter weight - but more like Miss Ellie - be his support as well as the one to keep him in check - and the one to remind everyone "we are all Ewings" - like Miss Ellie. I see no one like this. Elena and Rebecca seem at best support. Angela and Abby could fight Richard and Greg and could be their biggest supporters.
He's the scene: John Ross and Christopher are fighting at Southfork - a good old slug fest near the pool but not in it yet.
Betsy comes up for the drive and says "what the hell are you two going."
Looking at Christopher, "I get text from you about all hell breaking loose around her," then looking at John Ross, "and then from you. We are going to sit down and figure this out like rational adult without your father's interfering and Elena is off the table - I never like that girl in the first place."
John Ross, "don't talk about."
Betsy, "I don't intend to. Not yet."
She sits down with them and Christopher agrees that drilling won't hurt the land and John Ross agrees they have to invest in alternative energy - after a lot of yelling which she manages to control just by her personality. Betsy says, "so you're partners." They look at each other cautiously. "How about Bobby and I put some money into this deal? He's even worked on IPO's, when we're ready to raise some real money. So can we end this?" She waits, stands, they stand, she waits, "shake." They do. "Hug." They do, tentatively.
She walks out of the study, "now about this Elena thing."
John Ross, "don't start."
Betsy, "come one I've got Christopher telling me she's just a friend one minute and the next he can't live without her and you telling me she's the love of your life and you're on the phone crying. We have to talk about it."
They walk back out to the pool deck.
Christopher to John Ross, "you were crying?"
"Thanks a lot Betsy."
Betsy, "cool off John Ross," and she shoves him in the pool.
Now they can really get to business - Ewing Oil will be back up and running with 4 young Ewings - and lots of people to come out of the woodwork - Wendell, Lucas, Cally's son, Meg McKenzie, how about Greg Sumner and Abby Ewing Sumner. So much character development to happen with three or four strong willed cousins and so many new plots.
Anyway just my idea - I stand behind the fact that this show needs a strong woman to play off of John Ross and she should come from the younger generation.