The Dal-List: Jock Ewing’s Greatest Moments

We still miss you, Daddy

Last month, Dallas Decoder critiqued “The Search,” the episode where “Dallas” bids farewell to the great Jim Davis. Here’s a look at 15 memorable moments featuring the actor and his mighty character, Jock Ewing. 15. Naming John Ross. The Ewings are in a waiting room at Dallas Memorial Hospital, where Sue Ellen has gone into […]

The Best & Worst of Dallas: Season 3

Can’t touch this

“Dallas’s” third season offers lots to celebrate – and a few things to curse. Performances Larry Hagman and Linda Gray do mighty impressive work in Season 3, but even they can’t touch Jim Davis and Barbara Bel Geddes. Since I began re-watching “Dallas,” the nicest discovery has been how good Davis is as Jock, especially […]

Drill Bits: Another Ratings Win for TNT’s Dallas

Dallas, Josh Henderson, John Ross Ewing, J.R. Ewing, Larry Hagman

The real test for new TV shows isn’t the number of people who tune in for the premiere – it’s the number who come back during the second week. If a series holds onto enough of its audience during week two, it’s a good sign viewers like what they see and will keep coming back […]

Critique: Dallas Episode 38 – ‘Mastectomy, Part 1’

Barbara Bel Geddes, Dallas, Mastectomy Part 1, Miss Ellie Ewing

In the 1970s, Edith Bunker and a few other major television characters had cancer scares, but no one actually got the disease. “Dallas” upends this convention in “Mastectomy, Part 1,” when Miss Ellie learns a newly discovered lump in her breast is malignant. This storyline, like the second-season episode about Kit Mainwaring’s coming out, demonstrates […]

The Art of Dallas: ‘The Dove Hunt’

Dove Hunt, Larry Hagman

J.R. (Larry Hagman) comes under fire during a hunting trip in this 1979 publicity shot from “The Dove Hunt,” a third-season “Dallas” episode.

Dallas Scene of the Day: ‘I Owe You, That’s All’

Dallas, Dove Hunt, Jim Davis, Jock Ewing, J.R. Ewing, Larry Hagman

In “The Dove Hunt,” a third-season “Dallas” episode, an injured Jock and J.R. (Jim Davis, Larry Hagman) come face to face with Tom Owens (Robert J. Wilke), the man who attacked their campsite, and Owens’ son Dan and friend Ben Masters (Thomas Callaway, Stefan Gierasch). JOCK: What do you want? OWENS: You still don’t remember, […]

Critique: Dallas Episode 35 – ‘The Dove Hunt’

Facing his past

“The Dove Hunt” is a western, plain and true. It drops the Ewing men into the Louisiana wilderness, but it might as well transport them to the 18th-century frontier. The themes scriptwriters D.C. and Richard Fontana explore here – honor, justice, redemption – are timeless. Throughout “The Dove Hunt,” we don’t know why craggy-faced Tom […]

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