Dallas Scene of the Day: ‘You Never Fail to Surprise Me’

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In “Odd Man Out,” an eighth-season “Dallas” episode, Bobby (Patrick Duffy) is seated at his desk at Ewing Oil when J.R. (Larry Hagman) knocks and enters, holding his hat. J.R.: Hey, Bob. Say, it’s time to go home. You’ve increased the family fortunes enough for one day. BOBBY: J.R., I’m not nearly done with the […]

Critique: ‘Dallas’ Episode 175 — ‘Odd Man Out’

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“Odd Man Out” is the 12th “Dallas” episode directed by Larry Hagman, who demonstrates once more that he’s as talented behind the camera as he is in front of it. The main storyline finds Bobby depressed because he believes Jenna dumped him to reunite with her ex-husband Naldo; little does Bob know Naldo is actually […]

Dallas Scene of the Day: ‘Maybe We Ought to Work Together’

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In “Déjà Vu,” an eighth-season “Dallas” episode, J.R. (Larry Hagman) enters a seedy bar and sits at a table where Cliff (Ken Kercheval) awaits him. J.R.: Your making money hasn’t improved your spending habits. Where’d you find this dive? CLIFF: I didn’t want to pick anywhere we’d be noticed. J.R.: Well, you got the right […]

Critique: ‘Dallas’ Episode 174 — ‘Déjà Vu’

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What could be unholier than an alliance between J.R. Ewing and Cliff Barnes? In “Déjà Vu,” the sworn enemies agree to work together to keep Bobby and Pam apart. The scene where J.R. and Cliff meet in a dive bar and toast their partnership is one of the episode’s highlights, and not just because it’s […]

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. […]

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