Critique: ‘Dallas’ Episode 182 — ‘Shattered Dreams’

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 […]

The Best & Worst of Dallas: Season 5

“Dallas’s” fifth season was dandy, save for a few disappointments. Performances Barbara Bel Geddes delivers one tour-de-force performance after another as the grieving Miss Ellie. Everyone remembers the scene where Mama smashes the dishes in the Southfork kitchen, but Bel Geddes also shines in quiet moments like the one where Ellie takes that mournful stroll […]

Dallas Scene of the Day: ‘Let’s Haggle Over Your Fee’

In “Dallas’s” fifth-season episode “Adoption,” Donna (Susan Howard), wearing a fur coat, enters the Longview and approaches Bonnie (Lindsay Bloom), who is standing at the bar. BONNIE: Well, what brings you to the Longview bar? Slumming? DONNA: I wanted to see what the competition looked like. With clothes on. BONNIE: Now that you’ve seen me, […]

Critique: ‘Dallas’ Episode 96 – ‘Adoption’

“Adoption” is one classic scene after another, but my favorite moment is Donna’s showdown with Bonnie, the barfly who’s been sleeping with Ray. The dialogue from scriptwriter Howard Lakin is wonderfully bitchy, and Susan Howard delivers it with steely aplomb. I also have to hand it to guest star Lindsay Bloom, who manages to make Bonnie […]