Dallas Scene of the Day: ‘A Bird in the Hand, Honey’

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In “Fools Rush In,” a seventh-season “Dallas” episode, J.R. (Larry Hagman) is seated at his office desk when Katherine (Morgan Brittany) enters the room. KATHERINE: Hello, J.R. What’s this problem you called me about? I don’t have a lot of time. J.R.: The one thing I never thought you were was stupid. KATHERINE: Hey, look, […]

Critique: Dallas Episode 154 — ‘Fools Rush In’

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One reason Larry Hagman is so damn good is because he knows what the audience wants and how to give it to us. Take “Fools Rush In’s” most entertaining scene, when J.R. chews out Katherine for inadvertently making a Bobby/Pam reconciliation possible. It’s somewhat ridiculous to see a grown man so consumed with his brother’s love life, […]

Dallas Decoder’s Persons of the Year: The Fans

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Let’s face it: This wasn’t an easy year to be a “Dallas” fan. Oh, we enjoyed the show plenty. In its third season, the new “Dallas” delivered great moments worthy of the original, including John Ross and Sue Ellen’s instant-classic kitchen-counter confrontation, Pamela’s heartbreaking jailhouse farewell to Cliff and Patrick Duffy’s triumphant return to the […]

Celebrate Dallas’s VIPs, Tonight on #DallasChat

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You’re invited to Dallas Decoder’s next #DallasChat on Twitter, which I’ll hold Monday, December 15, from 9 to 10 p.m. Eastern time. Our theme: “The VIPs.” We’ll discuss the individuals who made the most significant contributions to “Dallas” this year — including my choice for Dallas Decoder’s Person of the Year, which I’ll announce during […]

Dallas Scene of the Day: ‘You’re In Over Your Head, Barnes’

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In “And the Winner Is …,” a seventh-season “Dallas” episode, Cliff (Ken Kercheval) is at the Oil Baron’s Club when he spots J.R. (Larry Hagman). CLIFF: What are you doing here? J.R.: Curiosity. I wanted to see if the biggest idiot in the oil business was really going to show his face here tonight. CLIFF: […]

Critique: Dallas Episode 153 — ‘And the Winner Is …’

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Is Cliff Barnes the most lovable jackass in television history? I can think of no other character who manages to remain so endearing despite being such a jerk. Exhibit A: “And the Winner Is ….” In this episode, Cliff wins the auction for the government’s offshore oil leases, but only after J.R. has tricked him […]

The Best & Worst of TNT’s Dallas: Season 3

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“Dallas’s” third and final season was a thrill ride, even if our beloved Larry Hagman wasn’t around to take the trip with us. Here’s a look back at the highs and lows. Performances Josh Henderson was a revelation this year. As John Ross struggled to follow J.R.’s boot steps, he kept getting sidetracked by his […]

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 […]

Dallas Scene of the Day: ‘… The Rest is a Piece of Cake’

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In “True Confessions,” a seventh-season “Dallas” episode, Edgar (Martin E. Brooks) approaches J.R. (Larry Hagman), who is seated in a French restaurant, eating. J.R.: Oh, hello, Edgar. You were late so I decided to start without you. EDGAR: I wouldn’t eat with you anyway. I’m only here because you demanded it. J.R.: Well, I can […]

Critique: Dallas Episode 152 — ‘True Confessions’

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In “True Confessions,” Pam brings Christopher to Southfork to visit Miss Ellie, who bends down and greets the child with a hug and kiss. If I had watched this scene a few months ago, I probably wouldn’t have given it a second thought. Seeing it now, with Christopher’s recent death on the “Dallas” sequel series […]

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