Dallas Parallels: Breaking Bad

On “Dallas,” J.R. and John Ross are the bad guys and Bobby and Christopher are the good guys, right? Not always. During the original show’s sixth season, when Jock’s will pits J.R. and Bobby against each other in a contest for control of Ewing Oil, Bobby becomes obsessed with beating his oldest brother. Bobby’s preoccupation […]

Dallas Scene of the Day: ‘You’re Not the Man I Married!’

In “Crash of ’83,” a sixth-season “Dallas” episode, a sullen Bobby (Patrick Duffy) enters his bedroom late at night and sits in a chair while Pam (Victoria Principal) reads in bed. PAM: [Unsympathetic] You look terrible. BOBBY: Nothing like a celebration to really depress me. PAM: I don’t understand. BOBBY: You know that guy, Hicks? […]

Critique: ‘Dallas’ Episode 120 — ‘Crash of ’83’

At the beginning of “Crash of ’83,” the corrupt energy commissioner George Hicks tells Bobby he’ll “never” vote to revoke J.R.’s permission to pump more oil than anyone else in Texas. Bobby’s response: “Hicks, never say never.” The line, which Patrick Duffy delivers with his trademark breathy seriousness, sets the tone for the rest of […]