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, […]

Dallas Scene of the Day: ‘Oh, Good Lord, Woman’

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In “Blow Up,” a seventh-season “Dallas” episode, Sue Ellen (Linda Gray) is sitting in her bed when J.R. (Larry Hagman) enters the room. J.R.: Sue Ellen, darlin’, I just wanted to tell you how sorry I am about what happened with Lucy tonight. SUE ELLEN: I was very touched that you came to my defense […]

Critique: ‘Dallas’ Episode 157 — ‘Blow Up’

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“Dallas” delivers its share of camp over the years, but “Blow Up” manages to pack more silliness into a single episode than virtually any other. Donna runs around the Southfork patio, snapping Polaroids of the Ewings; Lucy gets stewed to the gills and airs the family’s dirty laundry at a poolside soiree; and Lady Jessica […]

Poll: What is ‘Dallas’s’ Best Cliffhanger?

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Every “Dallas” fan has a favorite finale. What’s yours?   Share your comments below and vote in Dallas Decoder’s other polls.

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