Dallas Scene of the Day: ‘J.R. Ewing Doesn’t Get Ulcers’

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In “Strange Alliance,” a seventh-season “Dallas” episode, J.R. (Larry Hagman) is sitting with his boots propped up on his office desk, eating pizza, when Vaughn (Dennis Patrick) enters. VAUGHN: J.R. J.R.: [Chewing] Picked up some pizza. You want some? VAUGHN: Oh, no thanks. I think my ulcer’s been acting up lately. [Sits] J.R.: Oh, hell, that’s […]

Critique: Dallas Episode 156 — ‘Strange Alliance’

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“Dallas” is at its best when J.R. is at his worst. In “Strange Alliance,” our hero schemes against virtually everyone: Sue Ellen, whom he wants to punish for cheating on him; Bobby, whom he wants to keep from reconciling with Pam; and Cliff, whom he wants to teach a lesson for having the nerve to […]

Dallas 2014: Remembering Those We Lost

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Several people who contributed to “Dallas” died during the past 12 months. Here’s a list of those we lost, along with notable deaths that occurred among the show’s extended family. Click on each person’s name to learn more about his or her career at IMDb.com.   James Avery December 31, 2013 (age 68) Avery, who […]

Dallas Scene of the Day: ‘You’re the Dangerous One’

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In “The Unexpected,” a seventh-season “Dallas” episode, Miss Ellie (Barbara Bel Geddes), J.R. (Larry Hagman), Sue Ellen (Linda Gray), Bobby (Patrick Duffy), Ray (Steve Kanaly), Donna (Susan Howard) and Lucy (Charlene Tilton) are in the Southfork living room, awaiting Clayton and Jessica’s arrival. J.R.: Mama, would you relax? You look like you’re going to pounce on […]

Critique: Dallas Episode 155 — ‘The Unexpected’

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Lady Jessica Montford makes her memorable debut at the end of “The Unexpected,” sweeping into the Southfork living room on the arm of brother Clayton Farlow and introducing herself to her future in-laws as only she can. Jessica is brazen, asking which Ewing husbands “play around” on their wives, and a little baffling, gifting J.R. […]

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: […]

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