#WhoShotJR: A Twitter Tribute to ‘Dallas’s’ Biggest Moment

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Ever wonder what “Dallas” would have been like if the Ewings had the power of social media at their disposal? No? Well, I do. To honor the “Who Shot J.R.?” cliffhanger resolution — which a record-setting 90 million people watched on this day in 1980 — I took to Twitter to recreate the scene in which […]

Dallas Scene of the Day: ‘… Why is She the Mistress?’

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In “Close Encounters,” a ninth-season “Dallas” episode, Sue Ellen (Linda Gray) is at the Ewing Rodeo when she approaches Mandy (Deborah Shelton), who turns away. SUE ELLEN: Mandy. [Mandy turns back to face Sue Ellen.] I’m Sue Ellen Ewing. MANDY: I know. SUE ELLEN: May we talk? MANDY: Why? SUE ELLEN: [Steps closer] I have […]

Critique: ‘Dallas’ Episode 200 — ‘Close Encounters’

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“Close Encounters,” the 200th hour of “Dallas,” is the kind of episode only this show could produce. Most of the action takes place at a Southfork charity rodeo, where the characters wheel, deal and confront each other over their various romantic entanglements — taking occasional breaks to climb into a saddle and test their calf-roping […]

Dallas Scene of the Day: ‘Do You Want Anything?’

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In “Quandary,” a ninth-season “Dallas” episode, Pam (Victoria Principal) enters Bobby’s office, followed by J.R. (Larry Hagman). J.R.: What the hell are you doing here? Don’t you have any respect at all? This is my brother’s office. Nobody’s supposed to be here. PAM: Calm down, J.R. If you want me to go to another office, […]

Critique: ‘Dallas’ Episode 199 — ‘Quandary’

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In “Quandary,” expectant parents Ray and Donna Krebbs deal with the news their child will be born with Down syndrome. Donna wants to have the baby, believing it would be wrong to terminate the pregnancy just because the child will be abnormal. Ray has strong feelings too: He candidly admits he isn’t ready to raise […]

Coming Nov. 12 at 4 p.m.: ‘The Best of #DallasChat II’

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Dallas Decoder’s next #DallasChat on Twitter will be Thursday, November 12, from 4 to 5 p.m. Eastern time. Our theme: “The Best of #DallasChat II.” Once again, I’ll ask some favorite questions from previous discussions. Are you new to #DallasChat? Here’s how it works: During each hour-long discussion, I tweet 10 questions from my Twitter […]

Dallas Scene of the Day: ‘I Cannot — I Will Not — Sell’

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In “The Wind of Change,” a ninth-season “Dallas” episode, Miss Ellie (Barbara Bel Geddes) calls Pam (Victoria Principal) to the stage at the Oil Baron’s Ball to accept Bobby’s posthumous Oilman of the Year Award. PAM: There’s a lot of wisdom in what Miss Ellie has had to say here tonight. I guess that’s where […]

Critique: ‘Dallas’ Episode 198 — ‘The Wind of Change’

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Who doesn’t get chills at the end of “The Wind of Change”? Pam takes the podium at the Oil Baron’s Ball and delivers a stirring tribute to Bobby, then announces she’s decided to not sell Christopher’s share of Ewing Oil to Jeremy Wendell. As Pam exits the stage to applause, J.R. — who’s been desperately […]

On Nov. 5, ‘The Road to Happiness’ Leads to #DallasChat

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Dallas Decoder’s next #DallasChat on Twitter will be Thursday, November 5, from 8 to 9 p.m. Eastern time. This chat will be about Linda Gray’s new memoir, “The Road to Happiness is Always Under Construction.” (If you haven’t read the book yet, don’t worry: You’ll still be able to participate in the discussion.) Are you […]

Dallas Scene of the Day: ‘Who Would You Like to Blame?’

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In “Mothers,” a ninth-season “Dallas” episode, Sue Ellen (Linda Gray) stands in the office of Dr. Gibson (Bibi Besch), who is seated in a chair. SUE ELLEN: Why do I drink? Now that’s a good question, doctor. And it’s been a good question every time someone asks me. Even when you’ve asked me. [Sits on […]


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