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 […]

Critique: ‘Dallas’ Episode 61 – ‘The Fourth Son’

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In “The Fourth Son’s” third act, Jock tells Ray he’s his father, a fact the Ewing patriarch didn’t discover until earlier in the episode but a truth he’s probably always known, deep down. The scene is beautifully written and performed, and no matter how often I watch it, it always moves me. “Dallas” simply doesn’t […]

Dallas Styles: Ray’s Plaid Suit

Good guys wear plaid

When “Dallas” begins, J.R. isn’t the only shady character at Southfork – so is his buddy Ray. The two men try to break up Bobby and Pam and go carousing in Waco, all while Ray is secretly having trysts in the hayloft with Lucy. Perhaps realizing two cads are two too many, “Dallas” turns Ray […]

Dallas Scene of the Day: ‘What’s Your Excuse?’

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In “Triangle,” a second-season “Dallas” episode, country-western singer Garnet McGee (Kate Mulgrew) nibbles from a plate on her dining room table while J.R. (Larry Hagman), stretched across her bed, pours himself a drink. J.R.: You hungry again? GARNET: Honey, I am always hungry. J.R.: Were you very poor? GARNET: Uh-huh. You want some of this? […]

Critique: ‘Dallas’ Episode 16 – ‘Triangle’

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“Triangle” is an episode about a country-western singer, and it plays out like an old-fashioned country-western song. Hearts are broken, dreams are dashed and before all is said and done, Ray nearly tells the Ewings to take their job and shove it. Kate Mulgrew is mesmerizing as Garnet McGee, the rising star who gets caught […]


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