Critique: Dallas Episode 160 — ‘Hush, Hush, Sweet Jessie’

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What do I love about the final scene in “Hush, Hush, Sweet Jessie”? Oh, pretty much everything. The Ewings stand in the Southfork driveway, panicked because no one knows the whereabouts of Miss Ellie and Jessica, whose murderous past has finally come to light. Suddenly, Donna arrives in Ray’s pickup truck. She gets out, bloodied […]

Critique: Dallas Episode 158 — ‘Turning Point’

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Am I the only one who feels sorry for Katherine Wentworth in “Turning Point”? At the beginning of the episode, she’s elated when Bobby invites her on a tour of the property he bought from her father’s old company. After plotting for more than a year to make Bobby her own, it’s the strongest sign […]

Dallas Scene of the Day: ‘You’re the Dangerous One’

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In “The Unexpected,” a seventh-season “Dallas” episode, Miss Ellie (Barbara Bel Geddes), J.R. (Larry Hagman), Sue Ellen (Linda Gray), Bobby (Patrick Duffy), Ray (Steve Kanaly), Donna (Susan Howard) and Lucy (Charlene Tilton) are in the Southfork living room, awaiting Clayton and Jessica’s arrival. J.R.: Mama, would you relax? You look like you’re going to pounce on […]

Critique: Dallas Episode 155 — ‘The Unexpected’

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Lady Jessica Montford makes her memorable debut at the end of “The Unexpected,” sweeping into the Southfork living room on the arm of brother Clayton Farlow and introducing herself to her future in-laws as only she can. Jessica is brazen, asking which Ewing husbands “play around” on their wives, and a little baffling, gifting J.R. […]

Classic Critiques Return to Dallas Decoder

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Dallas Decoder is resuming its coverage of the original “Dallas” series, starting today. I’m picking up where I left off earlier this year — about two-thirds of the way through the seventh season. Look for a fresh episode critique and “Dallas Scene of the Day” transcript each Wednesday for the next few weeks. These are the […]

The Dal-List: 36 Experiences Shared By Longtime Dallas Fans

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Remember when “Dallas” ruled the world? Here are 36 experiences shared by fans who’ve loved the show since its heyday.   1. Getting together with the fam on Friday nights to watch the show.   2. Feeling excited when you saw this because it meant “Dallas” was up next.   3. Getting chills when the “Dallas” […]

Critique: TNT’s Dallas Episode 36 — ‘Hurt’

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Bobby Ewing is the steward of Southfork, but Patrick Duffy is the steward of Bobby Ewing. In “Hurt,” Duffy steps behind the camera and directs his first “Dallas” episode in more than two decades, demonstrating how well he knows both his character and the mythology that defines this franchise. This is an hour rooted in […]

Dallas Drinks: The Miss Ellie

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To honor Barbara Bel Geddes’ performance on “Dallas,” Dallas Decoder and Cook In/Dine Out offer Miss Ellie-inspired “Dallas Drinks” cocktail. Enjoy!

#DallasChat Daily: What Are Dallas’s Best/Worst Recasts?

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“Dallas” recast several roles over the years. Which ones worked? Which ones failed? Among the choices: Miss Ellie (played by Barbara Bel Geddes and Donna Reed), Gary (David Ackroyd, Ted Shackelford), Pam (Victoria Principal, Margaret Michaels), Digger (David Wayne, Keenan Wynn) and Kristin (Colleen Camp, Mary Crosby). There were also three Jennas: Morgan Fairchild, Priscilla […]

No Emmy Love for Dallas, Again

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The Primetime Emmy nominations were announced today, and “Dallas” was nowhere to be found. This comes as a surprise to absolutely no one, of course. Although the TNT series was eligible in several categories, it wasn’t regarded as a strong contender. Other prime-time soap operas fared better. PBS’s “Downton Abbey” received 12 nominations, including one […]

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