Dallas Parallels: Turning Tables

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Who says you can’t beat a Ewing? As the original “Dallas” neared its end, two Westar board members invited J.R. to become the company’s new chairman. J.R. found the offer too good to refuse, so he sold his share of Ewing Oil to Cliff Barnes and accepted the offer to join Westar — only to […]

Dallas Scene of the Day: ‘You Needed Slapping Down, Cliff’

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In “End Game,” “Dallas’s” seventh-season finale, Cliff (Ken Kercheval) pours a drink in his office for Vaughn (Dennis Patrick), who sits in front of the desk. CLIFF: Vaughn, now look, we’re two civilized human beings. [Hands him the drink] We’ve made money before and we’ll make money again. I’m just asking you for a little […]

Critique: ‘Dallas’ Episode 161 — ‘End Game’

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The “End Game” cliffhanger is still powerful, especially when you watch the entire episode. In scene after scene, we’re led to believe everyone is gunning for J.R., just like they were four years earlier. The momentum builds until the final moments, when an unseen figure steps off the Ewing Oil elevator, enters J.R.’s office and fires […]

Pop Up for Tonight’s #DallasChat

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Dallas Decoder’s next #DallasChat on Twitter will be Monday, February 2, from 9 to 10 p.m. Eastern time. Our theme: “Groundhog Day.” In the spirit of the Bill Murray movie, we’ll discuss “Dallas’s” repeating patterns, recurring themes and reappearing characters. Here’s how #DallasChat works: During each hour-long discussion, I tweet 10 questions from my Twitter […]

The Dallas Decoder Quiz: Third-Season Trivialities

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Now that you’ve watched “Dallas: The Complete Third Season” on DVD, this quiz should be a piece of cake. The correct answers appear at the end. 1. What was the first line of dialogue spoken during the first third-season scene? a) “Well, we did it.” b) “How do I look?” c) “John Ross!” 2. What […]

Critique: ‘Dallas’ Episode 160 — ‘Hush, Hush, Sweet Jessie’

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What do I love about the final scene in “Hush, Hush, Sweet Jessie”? Oh, pretty much everything. The Ewings stand in the Southfork driveway, panicked because no one knows the whereabouts of Miss Ellie and Jessica, whose murderous past has finally come to light. Suddenly, Donna arrives in Ray’s pickup truck. She gets out, bloodied […]

Dallas Parallels: Caught!

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History repeats itself during “Dallas’s” third season when Pamela finds John Ross cheating with Emma. It’s not unlike the classic scene from the original show’s sixth year, when Sue Ellen walks in on J.R. in bed with Holly. There’s one major difference, of course: Sue Ellen flees the scene of J.R.’s crime in tears — […]

Dallas Scene of the Day: ‘That’s What Brothers Are For’

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In “Love Stories,” a seventh-season “Dallas” episode, Bobby (Patrick Duffy) enters the Southfork living room, where J.R. (Larry Hagman) is fixing himself a drink. BOBBY: Is there some reason you didn’t come into work today? I wanted to talk to you. J.R.: And a good evening to you too, Bob. Want a drink? BOBBY: No. […]

Critique: ‘Dallas’ Episode 159 — ‘Love Stories’

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I don’t remember how I felt about Mark Graison’s death when I saw “Love Stories” as a kid, but I’ll be damned if it doesn’t move me now. John Beck’s character was never one of my favorites; his shameless pursuit of Pam while she was still married to Bobby was a turnoff during Mark’s earliest […]

Dallas Scene of the Day: ‘You Have Too Damn Much Money’

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In “Turning Point,” a seventh-season “Dallas” episode, J.R. (Larry Hagman) sits on a bed, putting on his boots, while Katherine (Morgan Brittany) lies nearby, wrapped in a sheet. J.R.: Well, that was definitely not terrific. A meeting with my tax accountant’s more exciting. KATHERINE: Your disappointment has really shattered me. J.R.: [Knotting his necktie] Well, […]

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