Dallas Scene of the Day: ‘Be Nice to the Little Orphan’

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In “Do You Take This Woman?,” an eighth-season “Dallas” episode, J.R. (Larry Hagman) is ranting in the Southfork living room, where Miss Ellie (Donna Reed), Clayton (Howard Keel), Bobby (Patrick Duffy), Sue Ellen (Linda Gray), Ray (Steve Kanaly) and Donna (Susan Howard) are gathered. J.R.: I knew it. I knew that girl was trouble the […]

Critique: ‘Dallas’ Episode 173 — ‘Do You Take This Woman?’

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“Do You Take This Woman?” marks the moment “Dallas” turns into a Lifetime movie. The hour begins with Jenna Wade happily planning to marry Bobby, but by the time the closing credits roll, her daughter has been kidnapped and Jenna has been forced to leave her fiancé stranded at the altar. In the episodes that […]

Dallas Scene of the Day: ‘Here’s to Picnics, Ewing Style’

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In “Barbecue Five,” an eighth-season “Dallas” episode, J.R. and Mandy (Larry Hagman, Deborah Shelton) are seated in a private box at Texas Stadium, where a waiter fills their champagne glasses. MANDY: Oh, J.R., it’s beautiful. J.R.: Better than some little old park, isn’t it? WAITER: There you are, sir. Will there be anything else, Mr. […]

Critique: ‘Dallas’ Episode 172 — ‘Barbecue Five’

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“Barbecue Five” ranks among “Dallas’s” best barbecue episodes because it delivers almost everything we expect from a Ewing hoedown. There’s a fight, a dunking in the Southfork swimming pool and a dramatic revelation, along with crowds of people dancing, drinking and sweltering under the Texas sun. The only thing missing is a scene of two characters […]

Dallas Scene of the Day: ‘Does That Ring Any Bells?’

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In “Charlie,” an eighth-season “Dallas” episode, J.R. (Larry Hagman) is seated in a restaurant, where Mandy (Deborah Shelton) walks from table to table, modeling her dress. J.R.: Uh, Miss? MANDY: Yes, sir? J.R.: That’s an awful nice-looking outfit. What’s the material in that? MANDY: This is lavender matt jersey with a silk rosette, available in […]

Dallas Scene of the Day: ‘You Can’t Do It, Mama’

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In “Shadows,” an eighth-season “Dallas” episode, Miss Ellie (Donna Reed) stands in the Southfork living room, where J.R. (Larry Hagman) is seated and Bobby (Patrick Duffy) stands. ELLIE: Bobby, J.R., ever since Clayton and I returned from Greece, I’ve been doing a lot of thinking. It’s not easy for him to move into this family. […]

Critique: ‘Dallas’ Episode 170 — ‘Shadows’

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The final scene in “Shadows” trembles with tension. Miss Ellie summons J.R. and Bobby to the Southfork living room, where she tells them she’s going to take down the painting of Jock that has hung there since his death. Ellie wants to make her new husband, Clayton Farlow, feel more comfortable in their home by […]

Dallas Scene of the Day: ‘That Blue Thing’

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In “Oil Baron’s Ball III,” an eighth-season “Dallas” episode, Miss Ellie and Clayton (Barbara Bel Geddes, Howard Keel) exit their car in the Southfork driveway, where Raoul (Tony Garcia) is signing a deliveryman’s paperwork. ELLIE: That’s for me, Raoul. RAOUL: Yes, ma’am. ELLIE: Thank you. [Signs paper] Thank you. Uh, for us. CLAYTON: Hm? ELLIE: […]

Critique: ‘Dallas’ Episode 169 — ‘Oil Baron’s Ball III’

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“Dallas’s” Oil Baron’s Ball episodes are fan favorites, and for good reason. Not only do they show the cast dressed to the nines, we also get to see the actors together in one place. (The Southfork barbecue and wedding episodes are pretty much the only other occasions where this happens.) The balls often are remembered […]

The Dallas Decoder Interview: Patrick Duffy

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Patrick Duffy is everything you would expect him to be: smart, thoughtful, funny and above all, kind. I was honored to interview him recently, and I’m excited to share our conversation with my fellow “Dallas” fans. It’s been eight months since “Dallas” was canceled. How’s life treating you? Well, it’s been more than a year […]

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