Dallas Scene of the Day: ‘Give Our Regards to Waco’

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In “Shattered Dreams,” an eighth-season “Dallas” episode, Sue Ellen and Pam (Linda Gray, Victoria Principal) are sitting in a Hong Kong restaurant when a man (Bruce Baron) approaches. MAN: Howdy. Did I hear that Chinese fellow call you ladies Ewing? SUE ELLEN: Why? MAN: Well, excuse me, ma’am. I’m forgetting all my manners. My name’s […]

Critique: ‘Dallas’ Episode 182 — ‘Shattered Dreams’

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It’s probably safe to say no “Dallas” episode would perform well on the Bechdel test, which some critics use to gauge sexism in movies. (To pass, a film must have at least one scene where two women talk to each other about something other than a man.) Nevertheless, there are times the series manages to resist […]

Slide Into #DallasChat on Thursday, July 30, at 8 p.m.

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Dallas Decoder’s next #DallasChat on Twitter will be Thursday, July 30, from 8 to 9 p.m. Eastern time. Our theme: “Super Summer Spectacular.” Expect lots of questions about swimming pools, bathing suits and sweaty Ewings. Are you new to #DallasChat? Here’s how it works: During the hour-long discussion, I tweet questions from my Twitter handle, […]

Dallas Scene of the Day: ‘This is No Gentleman’s Game’

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In “The Brothers Ewing,” an eighth-season “Dallas” episode, J.R. (Larry Hagman), Bobby (Patrick Duffy) and Ray (Steve Kanaly) stand in the Southfork living room. J.R.: Well, gentlemen, I don’t know what you two are thinking, but I figure we got a good chance of losing this lawsuit that’s coming up. RAY: It sure seems like […]

Critique: ‘Dallas’ Episode 181 — ‘The Brothers Ewing’

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In “The Brothers Ewing,” J.R., Bobby and Ray join forces to protect the family business from the increasingly dangerous Cliff Barnes. You’d think by now we’d all be used to seeing the Ewings unite against their enemies, and yet it never seems to lose its punch, does it? Consider how the events of this episode […]

Dallas Scene of the Day: ‘I’m Going to Do It to Cliff’

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In “Sins of the Fathers,” an eighth-season “Dallas” episode, J.R. (Larry Hagman) is undressing in his bedroom when he notices a fur-clad Sue Ellen (Linda Gray) exiting hers. J.R.: Sue Ellen? SUE ELLEN: Oh, you’re back. Good. Have a nice dinner. J.R.: Where you going all dressed up like that? SUE ELLEN: I’m having dinner […]

Critique: ‘Dallas’ Episode 180 — ‘Sins of the Fathers’

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You know J.R. Ewing is having a bad week when he gets kneed in the groin and it’s the least of his problems. Such is our hero’s fate in “Sins of the Fathers.” The assault-by-patella occurs when J.R. tries to force himself upon Sue Ellen and she strikes back as only she can. He’s also […]

Dallas Scene of the Day: ‘You’re Babbling Like a Lunatic’

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In “Legacy of Hate,” an eighth-season “Dallas” episode, Phyllis and Kendall (Deborah Tranelli, Danone Simpson) are in the reception area at Ewing Oil when Pam (Victoria Principal) storms off the elevator. PHYLLIS: Pam? PAM: Is J.R. in his office? KENDALL: Uh, yes, he is but — [Takes a step toward her] PHYLLIS: No, Kendall. J.R. […]

Critique: ‘Dallas’ Episode 179 — ‘Legacy of Hate’

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Who doesn’t love the first scene in “Legacy of Hate”? Pam storms into J.R.’s office and demands to know why he sent her on a wild goose chase for her presumed dead fiancé, Mark Graison. J.R. plays dumb and denies everything, which only infuriates Pam more. She vows to get even by joining Cliff and […]

Dallas Scene of the Day: ‘J.R. Ewing?!’

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In “Bail Out,” an eighth-season “Dallas” episode, Pam (Victoria Principal) stands in her office doorway and greets pilot Gerald Kane (James Cromwell), who has flown from Corpus Christi to see her. PAM: You’ve certainly come a long way for just a conversation. KANE: I figured I owed it to you to say what I have […]

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