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

Bobby Ewing, Dallas, Pam Ewing, Patrick Duffy, Victoria Principal

“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’

Bobby Ewing, Dallas, Francine Tacker, Jenna's Return, Jenna Wade, Patrick Duffy

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’

Dallas, Jim Davis, Jock Ewing, Julie Grey, Julie's Return, Tina Louise

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’

Cliff Barnes, Dallas, Election, Ken Kercheval

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’

Art of Dallas - Old Acquaintance

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’

Barbara Bel Geddes, Dallas, Miss Ellie Ewing, Old Acquaintance, Pam Ewing, Victoria Principal

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’

Bobby Ewing, Dallas, Jenna Wade, Morgan Fairchild, Old Acquaintance, Patrick Duffy

“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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