The Mamas Will Bring the Drama to Our May 2 #DallasChat

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Dallas Decoder’s next #DallasChat on Twitter will be Monday, May 2, from 8 to 9 p.m. Eastern time. Our theme: “Mama Drama II.” Like our previous discussion from two years ago, we’ll focus on the moms of “Dallas.” If you’re new to #DallasChat — or if you need a refresher — here’s how it works: […]

George Kennedy: ‘Dallas’ Villain, Real Life Hero

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George Kennedy was nothing if not versatile. The actor, who died last week at 91, brought to life such diverse characters as Joe Patroni, the everyman hero of the “Airport” disaster flicks, and Ed Hocken, the dimwitted police captain in the “Naked Gun” movies. Kennedy’s most famous role is the one that won him a […]

Celebrate Leap Day With #DallasChat

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Dallas Decoder’s next #DallasChat on Twitter will be Monday, February 29, from 8 to 9 p.m. Eastern time. Given the date, our theme will be “Leap Day.” If you’re new to #DallasChat — or if you need a refresher — here’s how it works: During each hour-long discussion, I tweet 10 questions from my Twitter […]

Critique: ‘Dallas’ Episode 200 — ‘Close Encounters’

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“Close Encounters,” the 200th hour of “Dallas,” is the kind of episode only this show could produce. Most of the action takes place at a Southfork charity rodeo, where the characters wheel, deal and confront each other over their various romantic entanglements — taking occasional breaks to climb into a saddle and test their calf-roping […]

Dallas Scene of the Day: ‘I Cannot — I Will Not — Sell’

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In “The Wind of Change,” a ninth-season “Dallas” episode, Miss Ellie (Barbara Bel Geddes) calls Pam (Victoria Principal) to the stage at the Oil Baron’s Ball to accept Bobby’s posthumous Oilman of the Year Award. PAM: There’s a lot of wisdom in what Miss Ellie has had to say here tonight. I guess that’s where […]

Critique: ‘Dallas’ Episode 198 — ‘The Wind of Change’

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Who doesn’t get chills at the end of “The Wind of Change”? Pam takes the podium at the Oil Baron’s Ball and delivers a stirring tribute to Bobby, then announces she’s decided to not sell Christopher’s share of Ewing Oil to Jeremy Wendell. As Pam exits the stage to applause, J.R. — who’s been desperately […]

Critique: ‘Dallas’ Episode 197 — ‘Mothers’

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“Mothers” brings back Patricia Shepard, who visits Southfork and is stunned to discover her daughter Sue Ellen is being treated for alcoholism. Patricia’s arrival allows “Dallas” to delve into Sue Ellen’s past, drawing a connection between her troubled childhood and the addiction that now overwhelms her. The episode also examines the prickly relationship between Miss […]

Critique: ‘Dallas’ Episode 196 — ‘Saving Grace’

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No one will ever accuse Mark Graison of being an interesting character, but you can’t deny the man knows how to make a comeback. In “Saving Grace,” Mark re-enters Pam’s life and reveals he faked his death a year earlier to focus on finding a cure for his fatal disease. Yes, the explanation is absurd, […]

Critique: ‘Dallas’ Episode 195 — ‘Resurrection’

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“Resurrection” brings Mark Graison back from the dead and Sue Ellen Ewing back from the brink. His revival is the more surprising of the two, although hers is more satisfying. In the episode before this one, Sue Ellen went through a harrowing detoxification after her drinking landed her on skid row. The audience never doubts […]

Dallas Scene of the Day: ‘Bobby’s Dead’

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In “The Family Ewing,” “Dallas’s” ninth-season opener, J.R. (Larry Hagman) is drinking in the Southfork living room when Sue Ellen (Linda Gray) enters the foyer and runs into Clayton (Howard Keel). SUE ELLEN: Hello, Clayton. It’s a lovely evening, isn’t it? CLAYTON: What? SUE ELLEN: Oh, I had the best day. J.R.: Oh, you had […]

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