Critique: Dallas Episode 194 — ‘Those Eyes’

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In “Those Eyes,” the Ewings finally take off their blinders where Sue Ellen’s drinking is concerned. She lands in a detox ward at the beginning of the episode, and one by one, Miss Ellie, J.R. and the people who love her most come to realize how destructive her alcoholism has become. Sue Ellen realizes this […]

Critique: Dallas Episode 193 — ‘Rock Bottom’

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“Dallas” fans will always remember Sue Ellen drinking with the bag lady and winos at the end of “Rock Bottom.” Like J.R.’s shooting and Bobby’s “death,” this is a scene that sticks with us for the right reasons. Step back and consider what happens here. A beautiful and wealthy woman, dressed in soiled designer clothing, […]

Critique: Dallas Episode 192 — ‘The Family Ewing’

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“The Family Ewing,” the first episode of “Dallas’s” ninth season, chronicles the immediate aftermath of Bobby’s death. Miss Ellie, sad but sturdy, tries to plan the funeral while holding her family together — a task complicated by J.R.’s anger, Sue Ellen’s drinking and lingering questions about why Bobby and Pam were together when he was […]

The Dal-List: 19 Reasons to Love ‘Dallas’s’ Ninth Season

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Dallas Decoder will soon begin critiquing the original show’s ninth season, which aired from 1985 to 1986. Here are 19 reasons to love it. 19. Mama returns. We never needed her more. 18. J.R. says goodbye. Does anyone do the single tear thing better than Larry Hagman? 17. Sue Ellen relapses. Linda Gray’s tour de force. […]

The Best & Worst of Dallas: Season 8

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“Dallas’s” eighth season had its share of ups and downs. Here are the highs and lows. Performances Victoria Principal does her best work during “Dallas’s” eighth season, a.k.a. The Year Pam Gets Her Groove Back. The actress displays her old fire during Pam’s clashes with J.R., but nothing beats her performance during Bobby’s season-ending death. […]

‘Swan Song’: Making a ‘Dallas’ Classic

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Ask “Dallas” fans to name their favorite episode and many will say “Swan Song,” the 1985 segment in which Bobby dies heroically after saving Pam’s life. Although the death was later written off as a dream, the episode remains moving and memorable. To mark its 30th anniversary, I spoke to eight “Dallas” insiders who had […]

Critique: ‘Dallas’ Episode 191 — ‘Swan Song’

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“Swan Song” is a masterpiece. This is the best “Dallas” episode ever made because it dares to set aside so many of the show’s conventions — wheeling, dealing, double-crossing — to focus on what matters most: the characters and their relationships. Mostly, “Swan Song” tells the story of Bobby and Pam’s long-awaited reunion, which is […]

Swoon Over ‘Swan Song’ During Our Sept. 18 #DallasChat

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You’re invited to a special #DallasChat on Twitter to mark the 30th anniversary of “Swan Song,” the classic episode that features Bobby and Pam’s tragic reunion and his famous “deathbed” scene. Let’s all watch “Swan Song” beginning Friday, September 18, at 8 p.m. Eastern. During the episode, share your memories and observations on Twitter using the […]

‘Road to Happiness’ Casts Linda Gray in a New Role: Teacher

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Start reading Linda Gray’s new book, “The Road to Happiness is Always Under Construction,” and you might be struck by how much the actress has in common with her most famous character, Sue Ellen Ewing. Each woman’s life was touched by alcoholism (Sue Ellen suffered from the disease, while Gray is the daughter of an […]

Critique: ‘Dallas’ Episode 190 — ‘Deliverance’

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“Deliverance” is the next-to-last episode from “Dallas’s” eighth season, but if you didn’t know better, you might think it was the finale. By the end of the hour, the year’s two major storylines are resolved: Cliff and Jamie’s lawsuit to claim two-thirds of Ewing Oil ends in humiliating defeat, while Jenna gets out of prison […]


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