#WhoShotJR: A Twitter Tribute to ‘Dallas’s’ Biggest Moment

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Ever wonder what “Dallas” would have been like if the Ewings had the power of social media at their disposal? No? Well, I do. To honor the “Who Shot J.R.?” cliffhanger resolution — which a record-setting 90 million people watched on this day in 1980 — I took to Twitter to recreate the scene in which […]

Critique: ‘Dallas’ Episode 200 — ‘Close Encounters’

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“Close Encounters,” the 200th hour of “Dallas,” is the kind of episode only this show could produce. Most of the action takes place at a Southfork charity rodeo, where the characters wheel, deal and confront each other over their various romantic entanglements — taking occasional breaks to climb into a saddle and test their calf-roping […]

Dallas Scene of the Day: ‘Do You Want Anything?’

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In “Quandary,” a ninth-season “Dallas” episode, Pam (Victoria Principal) enters Bobby’s office, followed by J.R. (Larry Hagman). J.R.: What the hell are you doing here? Don’t you have any respect at all? This is my brother’s office. Nobody’s supposed to be here. PAM: Calm down, J.R. If you want me to go to another office, […]

Coming Nov. 12 at 4 p.m.: ‘The Best of #DallasChat II’

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Dallas Decoder’s next #DallasChat on Twitter will be Thursday, November 12, from 4 to 5 p.m. Eastern time. Our theme: “The Best of #DallasChat II.” Once again, I’ll ask some favorite questions from previous discussions. Are you new to #DallasChat? Here’s how it works: During each hour-long discussion, I tweet 10 questions from my Twitter […]

Dallas Scene of the Day: ‘I Cannot — I Will Not — Sell’

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In “The Wind of Change,” a ninth-season “Dallas” episode, Miss Ellie (Barbara Bel Geddes) calls Pam (Victoria Principal) to the stage at the Oil Baron’s Ball to accept Bobby’s posthumous Oilman of the Year Award. PAM: There’s a lot of wisdom in what Miss Ellie has had to say here tonight. I guess that’s where […]

Critique: ‘Dallas’ Episode 195 — ‘Resurrection’

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“Resurrection” brings Mark Graison back from the dead and Sue Ellen Ewing back from the brink. His revival is the more surprising of the two, although hers is more satisfying. In the episode before this one, Sue Ellen went through a harrowing detoxification after her drinking landed her on skid row. The audience never doubts […]

Dallas Scene of the Day: ‘Kill Me’

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In “Those Eyes,” a ninth-season “Dallas” episode, Sue Ellen (Linda Gray), lying in a hospital detoxification unit, covers her eyes when Dusty (Jared Martin) enters and sets on her bed. DUSTY: You have nothing to be ashamed of, nothing to be afraid of anymore. [Pulls her hands away from her face] Sue Ellen, I’m here […]

Dallas Scene of the Day: ‘You’re Just a Bad Memory’

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In “Rock Bottom,” a ninth-season “Dallas” episode, J.R. (Larry Hagman) is sitting alone on the Southfork patio when Sue Ellen (Linda Gray) approaches. SUE ELLEN: I shouldn’t have left after the funeral. It was wrong. J.R.: You should have thought about that before you deserted the family. SUE ELLEN: It was a mistake. J.R.: A […]

Dallas Scene of the Day: ‘Bobby’s Dead’

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In “The Family Ewing,” “Dallas’s” ninth-season opener, J.R. (Larry Hagman) is drinking in the Southfork living room when Sue Ellen (Linda Gray) enters the foyer and runs into Clayton (Howard Keel). SUE ELLEN: Hello, Clayton. It’s a lovely evening, isn’t it? CLAYTON: What? SUE ELLEN: Oh, I had the best day. J.R.: Oh, you had […]

Critique: ‘Dallas’ Episode 192 — ‘The Family Ewing’

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“The Family Ewing,” the first episode of “Dallas’s” ninth season, chronicles the immediate aftermath of Bobby’s death. Miss Ellie, sad but sturdy, tries to plan the funeral while holding her family together — a task complicated by J.R.’s anger, Sue Ellen’s drinking and lingering questions about why Bobby and Pam were together when he was […]


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