Dallas Scene of the Day: ‘I Never Stopped Loving You’

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In “Deliverance,” an eighth-season “Dallas” episode, Bobby and Pam (Patrick Duffy, Victoria Principal) sit on her sofa after dinner. BOBBY: The evening was perfect. PAM: Yes, it was. I’m just sorry it had to be this way. BOBBY: What do you mean, this way? PAM: Well, under these circumstances. Our being together because Jenna’s in […]

Dallas Scene of the Day: ‘Pam, I’m Sorry’

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In “The Ewing Connection,” an eighth-season “Dallas” episode, Bobby and Pam (Patrick Duffy, Victoria Principal) sit and drink on her living room sofa. PAM: You know, right now, I can’t help but think about all those times we talked about moving away from Southfork. BOBBY: [Sighs] It is peaceful here. PAM: I think things would […]

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. […]

Critique: ‘Dallas’ Episode 183 — ‘Dead Ends’

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The title “Dead Ends” refers to Pam’s fruitless search for Mark Graison, but it also describes “Dallas’s” final batch of eighth-season episodes. This show is now killing time. The writers don’t have enough story to fill 30 hours of television, and so the material they’ve come up with is getting stretched thin. There are occasional […]

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 […]

Critique: ‘Dallas’ Episode 181 — ‘The Brothers Ewing’

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In “The Brothers Ewing,” J.R., Bobby and Ray join forces to protect the family business from the increasingly dangerous Cliff Barnes. You’d think by now we’d all be used to seeing the Ewings unite against their enemies, and yet it never seems to lose its punch, does it? Consider how the events of this episode […]

Critique: ‘Dallas’ Episode 180 — ‘Sins of the Fathers’

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You know J.R. Ewing is having a bad week when he gets kneed in the groin and it’s the least of his problems. Such is our hero’s fate in “Sins of the Fathers.” The assault-by-patella occurs when J.R. tries to force himself upon Sue Ellen and she strikes back as only she can. He’s also […]

Dallas Scene of the Day: ‘You’re Babbling Like a Lunatic’

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In “Legacy of Hate,” an eighth-season “Dallas” episode, Phyllis and Kendall (Deborah Tranelli, Danone Simpson) are in the reception area at Ewing Oil when Pam (Victoria Principal) storms off the elevator. PHYLLIS: Pam? PAM: Is J.R. in his office? KENDALL: Uh, yes, he is but — [Takes a step toward her] PHYLLIS: No, Kendall. J.R. […]

Critique: ‘Dallas’ Episode 179 — ‘Legacy of Hate’

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Who doesn’t love the first scene in “Legacy of Hate”? Pam storms into J.R.’s office and demands to know why he sent her on a wild goose chase for her presumed dead fiancé, Mark Graison. J.R. plays dumb and denies everything, which only infuriates Pam more. She vows to get even by joining Cliff and […]

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