The Dal-List: 18 Reasons to Love ‘Dallas’s’ Eighth Season

The middle

Middlin’ along

Dallas Decoder will soon begin critiquing the original show’s eighth season, which aired from 1984 to 1985. Here are 18 reasons to love it.

Side eye

Side eye

18. Whenever Pam throws shade. She does it a lot this season.

Metaphor much?

Metaphor much?

17. When Bobby stops wearing shades. Those things are as big as Southfork!

In good hands

In good hands with him

16. Dr. President David Palmer. Babe’s farmer shows up too.

Bitches be crazy

Bitches be crazy

15. This nut finally gets caught. Even better: She gets away.

Genus: Hipsterous precursorous

Genus: Hipsterous precursorous

14. Eddie’s wall of hats. Keep on trucking, dude.

Me, me, me

Me, me, me

13. Mandy’s wall of Mandy. Keep it classy, honey.

Be nice, J.R.

Be nice, J.R.

12. Jamie’s makeover. “What’s next? Are we going to cap her teeth?”

Poke an eye out!

Don’t poke out his eye

11. These lapels. All hail Sue Ellen, intergalactic space empress!

Never change, Ray

Never change, Ray

10. Ray’s workout gear. It’s also the outfit he wears to weddings, funerals, birthdays and bar mitzvahs.

Blonde ambition

Blonde ambition

9. This. I bet Jordan helped do her hair.

Groin show

Groin show

8. Sue Ellen’s parting shot. Who kneed J.R.?

Far out

Far out

7. Road trip! Best part of this storyline: Philip Chan guest stars as Edward Chan.

Stay

Stay. Please.

6. Jenna goes to jail. She also gets out. (Can’t have everything.)

Eat your heart out, Harv

Eat your heart out, Harv

5. Scotty Demarest. “It is a sy-lun-suh.”

Also: Schwing!

Swoon!

4. Cousin Jack. Best mole since Julie Grey’s.

Beats the sanitarium

Beats the sanitarium

3. “The Institute for Advanced Awareness.” Because if anyone needs their awareness advanced, it’s her.

Again with the metaphors

Again with the metaphors

2. We don’t like tomato juice either. But we never turn down eggs and toast.

Death is but a dream

Death is but a dream

1. “Swan Song.” Who cares if the last few scenes are a dream? This is “Dallas’s” finest hour. (Or its finest hour-and-a-half, if you want to get technical about it.)

Why do you love “Dallas’s” eighth season? Share your comments below and read more “Dal-Lists.”

Comments

  1. Anonymous says:

    Can’t wait for your critiques Chris – what took you so long? I love the actor who played Scotty Demarest (what a wonderful name).
    Season 8, though still good, is the first “silly” season of Dallas, by which I mean the moderate silliness that was always there but more than counter-balanced by the great drama is now the other way round.
    Nevertheless, bring it on!

  2. Dan in WI says:

    Bring on the critiques

  3. Season 8 is the first “silly” season of Dallas, by which I mean the silliness that was always there to an extent, but more than counter-balanced by the great drama, is now the other way around.

    Still, bring it on!

  4. Anonymous says:

    what about the new and really improved Miss Ellie?

  5. Love this season Can’t wait for your great reviews! VP shines in this season. She looks so beautiful and she has well grown into her role here. Swan Song is indeed Dallas finest hour. Travilla is great. The ball. This season is grand.

  6. Anonymous says:

    can’t wait for the critiques… indeed, season eight would have been the perfect moment to end dallas…it could have gone in a blaze of glory…best season for Dallas as a daytime TV drama as it was supposed to be…best costumes without the silliness of the next year’s plots…best costumes and consistent dressing up of the female characters…the return of BBG will bring two Travilla dresses and a sack on set on any given scene..In season 8 everything is as shouid be in terms of soapland parallel universes…loved them all including Sue Ellen herpes in Hong Kong. .bring them on Chris…

    • Herpes in Hong Kong? I don’t remember that storyline!

      • Anonymous says:

        not a storyline it’s just that if you look closely… Sue Ellen sports a big herpes during the hong kong expedition… or so i see it…maybe i’m wrong…:)

  7. Season 8 was certainly wonderful spectacle – I imagine the budget reached it’s all time peak this year, including an amazing trip to Hong Kong that was actually filmed in Hong Kong!
    I think this was the season the dreaded Dynasty nudged ahead of Dallas in the ratings, but if they had gone to Hong Kong there would have been some stock footage of Hong Kong with a caption saying “Hong Kong” and then cut to some obvious studio interiors in Hollywood – Dallas was still the classier of the two shows, even in this season where they were, to some extent, just coasting along.

  8. As the President of Ewing Oil Co. Lt.-Canada, I, R. J. Koopmans order you to do 36 seasons to love season 9, 72 to love season 10 & so on! Can u handle that boy? Brothers Bob & J.R. could!

  9. hello chris where is my comment

  10. Anonymous said Donna Reed was a better actress than BBG, what have you been smoking or drinking? Donna Reed was not a good actress maybe in her early days although I have never seen her act besides A Wonderful Life, but she was no way better, thank God BBG came back!!!!!

  11. These are great picks CB and funny, love it !!!!!

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