Critique: ‘Dallas’ Episode 141 — ‘The Buck Stops Here’

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“The Buck Stops Here” memorably ends with Pam Ewing and Jenna Wade competing against each other in a mechanical bull-riding competition. It’s an appropriate metaphor for these characters, whose lives go up and down but rarely move forward. For example, during the course of this episode, we learn Pam is still hung up on ex-husband […]

Critique: ‘Dallas’ Episode 47 – ‘Jenna’s Return’

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Bobby’s first love resurfaces in “Jenna’s Return” – and so does his chauvinistic streak. In this episode, Pam’s boss is so impressed by her performance at The Store, he invites her on a business trip to Paris, but instead of being happy for his wife’s success, Bobby sulks. Making matters worse: While Pam’s away, Bobby […]

Critique: ‘Dallas’ Episode 21 – ‘Julie’s Return’

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Julie Grey is “Dallas’s” most aptly named character. She inhabits a world with no absolutes, where nothing is only black or only white. Julie is all gray. In “Julie’s Return,” J.R.’s onetime mistress and secretary blows back into town and renews her friendship with Jock. Like she did with J.R., Julie becomes Jock’s confidante, giving […]

Critique: ‘Dallas’ Episode 13 – ‘Election’

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If ever anyone questioned the politics of “Dallas’s” first families, “Election” should clear things up. Cliff runs for state senate on a pro-environment, anti-corruption platform. Martin Cole, the candidate the Ewings recruit to run against him, is described as a churchgoer who opposes gun control, abortion rights and higher taxes. Could it be clearer? When […]

The Art of Dallas: ‘Old Acquaintance’

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Jenna and Bobby (Morgan Fairchild, Patrick Duffy) shop in this 1978 publicity shot from “Old Acquaintance,” a second-season “Dallas” episode.

Dallas Scene of the Day: ‘Then Go Get Him’

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In “Old Acquaintance,” a second-season “Dallas” episode, Pam (Victoria Principal) is brushing a horse’s mane when Miss Ellie (Barbara Bel Geddes) approaches. ELLIE: Where’s Bobby? PAM: I don’t know. He’s probably with Jenna. ELLIE: You’re taking it well. PAM: You think so? It doesn’t show then. It’s awful watching somebody you love slide away. Bobby’s […]

Critique: ‘Dallas’ Episode 8 – ‘Old Acquaintance’

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“Old Acquaintance” should not be forgotten. This isn’t one of “Dallas’s” all-time best episodes, but it includes one of my all-time favorite “Dallas” scenes: the pep talk Miss Ellie gives Pam when it looks like her marriage to Bobby is on the rocks. The conversation begins with Pam lamenting Bobby’s preoccupation with his old flame […]

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