Critique: ‘Dallas’ Episode 163 — ‘Battle Lines’

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Bobby has lost his eyesight in “Battle Lines,” but J.R. has lost his mojo. The eldest Ewing brother is unusually angsty in this episode: He’s guilty because he believes the bullets that blinded Bobby were meant for him, he’s nervous because his would-be assassin is still on the loose, he’s depressed because his scheme to […]

Critique: ‘Dallas’ Episode 162 — ‘Killer a Large’

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“Dallas’s” seventh season winds down with half the cast once again gunning for J.R. In the final scene, an unseen assailant enters the darkened Ewing Oil offices and fires three shots into the back of J.R.’s chair, except he isn’t sitting there — good-guy brother Bobby tumbles to the floor. It’s one of “Dallas’s” greatest […]

The Dal-List: 18 Reasons to Love ‘Dallas’s’ Eighth Season

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Dallas Decoder will soon begin critiquing the original show’s eighth season, which aired from 1984 to 1985. Here are 18 reasons to love it. 18. Whenever Pam throws shade. She does it a lot this season. 17. When Bobby stops wearing shades. Those things are as big as Southfork! 16. Dr. President David Palmer. Babe’s […]

Join the Next #DallasChat on Wednesday, May 20, at 8 p.m.

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Dallas Decoder’s next #DallasChat on Twitter will be Wednesday, May 20, from 8 to 9 p.m. Eastern time. Since this will be our first midweek chat — and since Dallas Decoder will soon begin reviewing the original show’s midpoint eighth season — our theme will be: “Do the Hump.” Are you new to #DallasChat? Here’s […]

Poll: Which ‘Dallas’ Episode is the Best?

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Here’s a list of some of “Dallas’s” most memorable episodes. Vote for your favorite or share other choices in the comments below.

Join Our Next #DallasChat on April 13

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Dallas Decoder’s next #DallasChat on Twitter will be Monday, April 13, from 9 to 10 p.m. Eastern time. The theme: “Two-timin’.” New to #DallasChat? Here’s how it works: During the hour-long discussion, I tweet 10 questions from my Twitter handle, @DallasDecoder. Fans respond to the questions and comment on each other’s answers, making each chat […]

The Dal-List: 37 Reasons to Love ‘Dallas’

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“Dallas” debuted 37 years ago today. Here’s why we still love the Ewings. 37. “Digger’s Daughter.” Bobby marries Pam, Lucy and Ray take a roll in the hay and Jock calls J.R. a jackass. Could this show have gotten off to a better start? 36. Southfork. To a lot of us, the white house on Braddock […]

You’re Invited to Our ‘Who Shot J.R.?’ Party on March 16

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Dallas Decoder is throwing a party to mark the 35th anniversary of the “Who Shot J.R.?” cliffhanger — and you’re invited! On Monday, March 16, at 9 p.m. Eastern, let’s all watch “A House Divided,” the classic 1980 episode that ends with J.R. getting shot. While we’re watching, let’s share our memories and observations during […]

Poll: Which ‘Dallas’ Character Should Have Stayed Alive?

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Here’s a list of “Dallas” characters who were killed off for a variety of reasons. Choose one character who should have stayed alive, even if it meant recasting the role with another actor. Share your comments below and vote in Dallas Decoder’s other polls.

Dare to Dream During Tonight’s #DallasChat

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Dallas Decoder’s next #DallasChat on Twitter will be Monday, March 2, from 9 to 10 p.m. Eastern time. Tonight’s theme: “What If? III.” Like the previous editions in our “What If?” series, this discussion will be devoted to imagining alternate outcomes and twists to “Dallas” storylines. Here’s how #DallasChat works: During each hour-long discussion, I […]

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