The Dallas Decoder Interview: Linda Gray

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Linda Gray’s eagerly awaited memoir, “The Road to Happiness is Always Under Construction,” includes her reflections on life, her memories of “Dallas,” and lots of fun anecdotes — like the time Elizabeth Taylor jokingly referred to her as “the bitch with the long legs.” I spoke with Gray recently about the book, which will be […]

Critique: ‘Dallas’ Episode 190 — ‘Deliverance’

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“Deliverance” is the next-to-last episode from “Dallas’s” eighth season, but if you didn’t know better, you might think it was the finale. By the end of the hour, the year’s two major storylines are resolved: Cliff and Jamie’s lawsuit to claim two-thirds of Ewing Oil ends in humiliating defeat, while Jenna gets out of prison […]

Dallas Scene of the Day: ‘I’m So Sorry’

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In “Deeds and Misdeeds,” an eighth-season “Dallas” episode, Sue Ellen (Linda Gray) enters a hospital room, where John Ross (Omri Katz) lies in bed. SUE ELLEN: Hello, sweetheart. JOHN ROSS: [Turns to face her] Mama. SUE ELLEN: [Strokes his hair] My poor baby. JOHN ROSS: Where were you? SUE ELLEN: Well, I’m here. JOHN ROSS: Were […]

Critique: ‘Dallas’ Episode 189 — ‘Deeds and Misdeeds’

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Sue Ellen’s scenes in “Deeds and Misdeeds” aren’t easy to watch. The previous episode ended with her taking her first drink in almost two years, and in this hour, she continues slipping back into her old habits. Sue Ellen leads everyone to believe her relapse was only temporary, yet she swipes a bottle of vodka […]

Critique: ‘Dallas’ Episode 188 — ‘The Ewing Connection’

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No matter how many times I see the “Dallas” characters come together during a medical crisis, it never seems to lose its dramatic punch. In “The Ewing Connection,” John Ross’s appendicitis produces one chills-inducing scene after another: Miss Ellie rushing upstairs after hearing the little boy screaming in pain, Ray bursting through the emergency room […]

Critique: ‘Dallas’ Episode 186 — ‘Sentences’

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Do you hate to see the judge send Jenna Wade to prison in “Sentences”? I do. Not because I think it’s unfair to punish Priscilla Beaulieu Presley’s character for a crime she didn’t commit. No, I’m sorry to see Jenna go to jail because I know she’ll be free by the end of the season. […]

Dallas Scene of the Day: ‘I’m Very Rich, and Very Determined’

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In “Dead Ends,” an eighth-season “Dallas” episode, Pam and Sue Ellen (Victoria Principal, Linda Gray) sit in a restaurant overlooking the Hong Kong skyline. PAM: Quite a view, isn’t it? SUE ELLEN: Oh, it’s beautiful. It’s almost a shame that we have to leave. Pam, I’m really sorry about how it turned out for you. […]

Dallas Scene of the Day: ‘Give Our Regards to Waco’

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In “Shattered Dreams,” an eighth-season “Dallas” episode, Sue Ellen and Pam (Linda Gray, Victoria Principal) are sitting in a Hong Kong restaurant when a man (Bruce Baron) approaches. MAN: Howdy. Did I hear that Chinese fellow call you ladies Ewing? SUE ELLEN: Why? MAN: Well, excuse me, ma’am. I’m forgetting all my manners. My name’s […]

Critique: ‘Dallas’ Episode 182 — ‘Shattered Dreams’

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It’s probably safe to say no “Dallas” episode would perform well on the Bechdel test, which some critics use to gauge sexism in movies. (To pass, a film must have at least one scene where two women talk to each other about something other than a man.) Nevertheless, there are times the series manages to resist […]

Dallas Scene of the Day: ‘I’m Going to Do It to Cliff’

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In “Sins of the Fathers,” an eighth-season “Dallas” episode, J.R. (Larry Hagman) is undressing in his bedroom when he notices a fur-clad Sue Ellen (Linda Gray) exiting hers. J.R.: Sue Ellen? SUE ELLEN: Oh, you’re back. Good. Have a nice dinner. J.R.: Where you going all dressed up like that? SUE ELLEN: I’m having dinner […]

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