Critique: ‘Dallas’ Episode 198 — ‘The Wind of Change’

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Who doesn’t get chills at the end of “The Wind of Change”? Pam takes the podium at the Oil Baron’s Ball and delivers a stirring tribute to Bobby, then announces she’s decided to not sell Christopher’s share of Ewing Oil to Jeremy Wendell. As Pam exits the stage to applause, J.R. — who’s been desperately […]

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’ 2014: Remembering Those We Lost

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Several people who contributed to “Dallas” died during the past 12 months. Here’s a list of those we lost, along with notable deaths that occurred among the show’s extended family. Click on each person’s name to learn more about his or her career at   James Avery December 31, 2013 (age 68) Avery, who […]

Critique: ‘Dallas’ Episode 138 — ‘Ray’s Trial’

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I always remembered the mystery surrounding Mickey Trotter’s death as boiling down to a single question: Did Ray or Lil pull the plug on him? Last week, when I re-watched “Ray’s Trial” for the first time in a few years, I realized “Dallas” also poses a second, more complicated question: Did Mickey want to live […]

Critique: ‘Dallas’ Episode 132 — ‘The Road Back’

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With “The Road Back,” “Dallas” delivers the first hour of its seventh season and the most thrilling opening in its history. It begins with a nighttime shot of Southfork, which looks familiar against the dark sky except for the flames shooting out of the roof. Director Nick Havinga then brings us inside the house, where […]

Critique: ‘Dallas’ Episode 118 — ‘The Reckoning’

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Few moments on “Dallas” stir as many emotions for me as Miss Ellie’s testimony at the end of “The Reckoning.” Ellie, who is trying to overturn Jock’s will because it’s dividing her family, reads aloud one of the last letters he sent her before his death in South America. The words are sad and sentimental, written […]

Critique: ‘Dallas’ Episode 97 – ‘The Maelstrom’

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Oh, these Ewing women. How they confound me. Every time it seems like they’re about to find happiness on their own terms, they fall back into frustrating old patterns. This usually means falling back into the arms of men who are no good for them. In “The Maelstrom,” after Sue Ellen puts the kibosh on […]

Critique: TNT’s ‘Dallas’ Episode 4 – ‘The Last Hurrah’

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I like “The Last Hurrah,” but I can’t help but feel a little disappointed by it. This episode brings together more characters from the original “Dallas” than any TNT entry so far – in addition to J.R., Bobby and Sue Ellen, we get to see Lucy, Ray and Cliff – yet none of these old […]

The Art of Dallas: ‘Bypass’

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Jock (Jim Davis) suffers a heart attack and receives help from J.R. (Larry Hagman) in this 1978 publicity shot from “Bypass,”a second-season “Dallas” episode.

Dallas Scene of the Day: ‘We’ve Had a Good Life, Ellie’

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In “Bypass,” a second-season “Dallas” episode, Jock (Jim Davis) lies in his hospital bed, talking to Miss Ellie (Barbara Bel Geddes). JOCK: [Smiling] You know, Ellie, sometimes I worry I, I don’t think I’ve been a very good father. ELLIE: Yes, you have. JOCK: Gary pulling out. Drifter. Maybe I could’ve done better by him […]


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