Critique: Dallas Episode 193 — ‘Rock Bottom’

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“Dallas” fans will always remember Sue Ellen drinking with the bag lady and winos at the end of “Rock Bottom.” Like J.R.’s shooting and Bobby’s “death,” this is a scene that sticks with us for the right reasons. Step back and consider what happens here. A beautiful and wealthy woman, dressed in soiled designer clothing, […]

Critique: Dallas Episode 192 — ‘The Family Ewing’

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“The Family Ewing,” the first episode of “Dallas’s” ninth season, chronicles the immediate aftermath of Bobby’s death. Miss Ellie, sad but sturdy, tries to plan the funeral while holding her family together — a task complicated by J.R.’s anger, Sue Ellen’s drinking and lingering questions about why Bobby and Pam were together when he was […]

The Dal-List: 19 Reasons to Love ‘Dallas’s’ Ninth Season

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Dallas Decoder will soon begin critiquing the original show’s ninth season, which aired from 1985 to 1986. Here are 19 reasons to love it. 19. Mama returns. We never needed her more. 18. J.R. says goodbye. Does anyone do the single tear thing better than Larry Hagman? 17. Sue Ellen relapses. Linda Gray’s tour de force. […]

The Best & Worst of Dallas: Season 8

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“Dallas’s” eighth season had its share of ups and downs. Here are the highs and lows. Performances Victoria Principal does her best work during “Dallas’s” eighth season, a.k.a. The Year Pam Gets Her Groove Back. The actress displays her old fire during Pam’s clashes with J.R., but nothing beats her performance during Bobby’s season-ending death. […]

‘Swan Song’: Making a ‘Dallas’ Classic

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Ask “Dallas” fans to name their favorite episode and many will say “Swan Song,” the 1985 segment in which Bobby dies heroically after saving Pam’s life. Although the death was later written off as a dream, the episode remains moving and memorable. To mark its 30th anniversary, I spoke to eight “Dallas” insiders who had […]

Dallas Scene of the Day: ‘Be a Family’

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In “Swan Song,” “Dallas’s” eighth-season finale, Bobby (Patrick Duffy) lies in a hospital bed, surrounded by Pam (Victoria Principal), Jenna (Priscilla Beaulieu Presley), J.R. (Larry Hagman), Miss Ellie (Donna Reed), Clayton (Howard Keel), Donna (Susan Howard) and Ray (Steve Kanaly). RAY: Bob. BOBBY: Hey, Ray. [Sees Ellie] Oh, Mama. I’m sorry. ELLIE: No. No, Bobby. BOBBY: All […]

Critique: ‘Dallas’ Episode 191 — ‘Swan Song’

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“Swan Song” is a masterpiece. This is the best “Dallas” episode ever made because it dares to set aside so many of the show’s conventions — wheeling, dealing, double-crossing — to focus on what matters most: the characters and their relationships. Mostly, “Swan Song” tells the story of Bobby and Pam’s long-awaited reunion, which is […]

Swoon Over ‘Swan Song’ During Our Sept. 18 #DallasChat

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You’re invited to a special #DallasChat on Twitter to mark the 30th anniversary of “Swan Song,” the classic episode that features Bobby and Pam’s tragic reunion and his famous “deathbed” scene. Let’s all watch “Swan Song” beginning Friday, September 18, at 8 p.m. Eastern. During the episode, share your memories and observations on Twitter using the […]

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 […]


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