Critique: ‘Dallas’ Episode 119 — ‘A Ewing is a Ewing’

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The most unsettling moment in “A Ewing is a Ewing”: Holly Harwood arrives for an after-hours meeting at J.R.’s office, where he chastises her for telling one of Harwood Oil’s top customers that J.R. has become a silent partner in the company. Holly expresses regret — not for letting the cat out of the bag, […]

Critique: ‘Dallas’ Episode 98 – ‘The Prodigal’

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“The Prodigal” marks the triumphant return of Pam Ewing. What’s that you say? You didn’t realize she had gone away? Well, consider this: The Pam who emerges during “Dallas’s” third season – the one who cries a lot and obsesses over having children – doesn’t bear much resemblance to the strong-willed, independent-minded heroine we meet […]

The Best & Worst of Dallas: Season 2

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“Dallas” was still figuring itself out during its second season, which means there was plenty to hail and heckle. Performances Although every member of the ensemble has great moments this season, no one is as consistently wonderful as Barbara Bel Geddes. Miss Ellie becomes a somewhat frustrating character as “Dallas” progresses – she too often […]

TNT’s Dallas Styles: Bobby’s Pajamas

Dead men don’t wear plaid. Right?

In “Family Business,” TNT continues an old “Dallas” tradition: using the Ewings’ sleepwear to telegraph their vulnerabilities. The practice can be traced to “Spy in the House,” the original show’s third episode, when a sexually neglected Sue Ellen buys a negligee, hoping to arouse J.R.’s interest. Her plan doesn’t work: J.R. calls the nightie “cheap” […]

Critique: ‘Dallas’ Episode 59 – ‘Taste of Success’

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“Dallas” ties up the “Who Shot J.R.?” saga’s loose ends within the first 10 minutes of “Taste of Success.” Kristin confesses her crime to the Ewings, J.R. and Sue Ellen send her packing, and Miss Ellie breathes a big sigh of relief at the Southfork breakfast table. “Well, it’s over,” she says. Indeed, it is. […]

Critique: ‘Dallas’ Episode 44 – ‘Love and Marriage’

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In “Dallas’s” second-season episode “Black Market Baby,” Pam gets upset when Bobby declares he doesn’t want her to get a job. She memorably tells him, “Sometimes you show a lot of your daddy’s cussedness – and this is one of those days.” This is another. Throughout “Love and Marriage,” Bobby fights with Pam because he believes […]

Critique: ‘Dallas’ Episode 37 – ‘Rodeo’

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Rodeos pit man against beast and on “Dallas,” no one is more beastly than J.R. In “Rodeo,” Sue Ellen, having failed to tame her savage husband, considers climbing in the saddle with a man who seems far less brutish: Dusty Farlow. Sue Ellen meets the dashing cowboy when she enters a Braddock café with an […]

Dallas Styles: Sue Ellen’s Pins

‘Black Market Baby’

Sue Ellen sports some interesting accessories during “Dallas’s” second season, particularly during her scenes with Cliff. She meets him in “Black Market Baby,” when she has a big fabric rose pinned to the lapel of her burgundy jacket. The fake flower is an ideal symbol for the beginning of Sue Ellen and Cliff’s relationship, when […]

Dallas Styles: Pam’s ‘Pants Dress’

Up close …

Pam Ewing becomes one of television’s most stylish women during “Dallas’s” second season, but she misses the mark with the wacky “pants dress” she sports in “Black Market Baby.” Victoria Principal is first seen wearing the outfit during the episode’s third act, when Pam walks into The Store. She then wears it in the next […]

The Art of Dallas: ‘Black Market Baby’

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Rita (Talia Balsam) and Sue Ellen (Linda Gray) shop in The Store’s maternity department in this 1978 publicity shot from “Black Market Baby,” a second-season “Dallas” episode.

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