Critique: ‘Dallas’ Episode 170 — ‘Shadows’

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The final scene in “Shadows” trembles with tension. Miss Ellie summons J.R. and Bobby to the Southfork living room, where she tells them she’s going to take down the painting of Jock that has hung there since his death. Ellie wants to make her new husband, Clayton Farlow, feel more comfortable in their home by […]

Critique: ‘Dallas’ Episode 167 — ‘Shadow of a Doubt’

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Pam shifts into girl-detective mode in “Shadow of a Doubt,” searching for the truth about Mark Graison’s death. She leaves no stone unturned, seemingly questioning everyone who shared a connection with her onetime fiancé — his maid, his lawyer, even his florist — and ultimately concludes Mark might still be alive. Victoria Principal brings the […]

Critique: ‘Dallas’ Episode 166 — ‘Family’

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I want to like Jamie Ewing. Really, I do. She arrives at Southfork at the end of the eighth-season episode “Jamie,” but we don’t get to know her until the following installment, “Family.” The character has a lot of potential: She’s a fresh face when the show badly needs one, and the fact that she’s […]

Critique: ‘Dallas’ Episode 165 — ‘Jamie’

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Jamie Ewing arrives and Katherine Wentworth departs in “Jamie.” Is this a fair trade? I’ll reserve judgment on Jamie’s end of the exchange until I’ve revisited more episodes that feature her character, but there’s no doubt in my mind Katherine is leaving at the right moment. A little camp goes a long way on “Dallas,” and […]

Dallas Scene of the Day: ‘… Until Our Scores Are Settled!’

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In “If at First You Don’t Succeed,” an eighth-season “Dallas” episode, J.R. (Larry Hagman) arrives at the Ewing Oil building, where Pam (Victoria Principal) is waiting for him. J.R.: Well, you got a lot of nerve coming around here after what your brother did to mine. PAM: What were you doing there yesterday when my brother […]

Critique: ‘Dallas’ Episode 164 — ‘If at First You Don’t Succeed’

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The final scene in “If at First You Don’t Succeed” is another example of how music helps tell the stories on “Dallas.” As Bobby sleeps in his hospital bed, Katherine enters the room, fills a syringe with poison and prepares to inject him. This is supposed to be the moment the audience realizes Katherine fired […]

Poll: Which ‘Dallas’ Episode is the Best?

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Here’s a list of some of “Dallas’s” most memorable episodes. Vote for your favorite or share other choices in the comments below.

The Dal-List: 37 Reasons to Love ‘Dallas’

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“Dallas” debuted 37 years ago today. Here’s why we still love the Ewings. 37. “Digger’s Daughter.” Bobby marries Pam, Lucy and Ray take a roll in the hay and Jock calls J.R. a jackass. Could this show have gotten off to a better start? 36. Southfork. To a lot of us, the white house on Braddock […]

Poll: Which ‘Dallas’ Character Should Have Stayed Alive?

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Here’s a list of “Dallas” characters who were killed off for a variety of reasons. Choose one character who should have stayed alive, even if it meant recasting the role with another actor. Share your comments below and vote in Dallas Decoder’s other polls.

Poll: Who is ‘Dallas’s’ Second Greatest Character?

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J.R. will always be “Dallas’s” greatest character, but who’s the runner-up? Vote for your choice or share other options in the comments section. Share your comments below and vote in Dallas Decoder’s other polls.

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