The Best & Worst of Dallas: Season 2

Don’t mess with Mama

“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 […]

Dallas Isn’t ‘Brokeback Southfork,’ But It’s Pretty Gay

Our girl

By today’s standards, “Dallas” isn’t a “gay” show. Southfork never hosts a “Brokeback Mountain”-esque love story. There are no same-sex office romances at Ewing Oil. Dusty Farlow wears ascots to keep dust out of his face, not because he’s fabulous. Yet “Dallas” is very much a show with gay sensibilities. It regularly explores themes – […]

Dallas Styles: Cliff’s ‘Winner Look’

Dashing!

“Dallas’s” second-season episode “For Love or Money” establishes an interesting facet of Cliff’s character: He may be the show’s biggest cheapskate, but he’s willing to splurge on nice clothes. The first time we see Cliff in this episode, he’s being fitted for a new suit at The Store while his sister Pam, a Store employee, […]

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 Scene of the Day: ‘We’ve Chosen Our Sides’

Bobby Ewing, Dallas, Election, Pam Ewing, Victoria Principal

In “Election,” a second-season “Dallas” episode, Bobby and Pam (Patrick Duffy, Victoria Principal) are in their bedroom, discussing her decision to help Cliff’s campaign against a Ewing-backed candidate for state senate. BOBBY: [Walks toward Pam, who is seated on their bed] Pamela, do you understand what this election means to my family? PAM: Oh, I […]

Critique: Dallas Episode 13 – ‘Election’

Cliff Barnes, Dallas, Election, Ken Kercheval

If ever anyone questioned the politics of “Dallas’s” first families, “Election” should clear things up. Cliff runs for state senate on a pro-environment, anti-corruption platform. Martin Cole, the candidate the Ewings recruit to run against him, is described as a churchgoer who opposes gun control, abortion rights and higher taxes. Could it be clearer? When […]

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