#DallasChat Daily: Which Sister-in-Law Belonged with Bobby?

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Bobby would never steal one of his brother’s wives, but I bet some of those gals wish they had married him instead. So how about we play a little fantasy matchmaking? Should Sue Ellen or Cally have married Bobby instead of J.R.? If Valene and Abby hadn’t married Gary, would they have been better off as […]

Critique: ‘Dallas’ Episode 126 — ‘Hell Hath No Fury’

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Sue Ellen is the perfect wife, living the perfect life, when “Hell Hath No Fury” begins. She fusses over J.R. at breakfast, smiles when he brings Roy Ralston home for dinner and gazes at him adoringly during his latest appearance on Ralston’s TV show. Of course, this is “Dallas,” so Sue Ellen’s bliss doesn’t last. […]

Critique: ‘Knots Landing’ Episode 59 — ‘New Beginnings’

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“New Beginnings” is chockablock with trivia. Larry Hagman and Patrick Duffy both guest star in this “Knots Landing” episode, the only time two marquee players from “Dallas” appear in the same hour of the spinoff series. (Eric Farlow, who was little Christopher Ewing on “Dallas,” pops up too, along with Philip Levien, who had two […]

The Art of Knots Landing: ‘Daniel’

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J.R. and Abby (Larry Hagman, Donna Mills) have a meeting of the minds in this 1982 publicity shot from “Daniel,” a fourth-season “Knots Landing” episode.

Knots Landing Scene of the Day: ‘The Crown Stays in Dallas’

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In “Daniel,” a fourth-season “Knots Landing” episode, Abby and J.R. (Donna Mills, Larry Hagman) are in his hotel room, where she gives him the missing chapters of Val’s book. ABBY: As promised, chapters 2, 5, 6, 11 and 18. [Places each chapter on a table] J.R.: [Pouring two glasses of champagne] Good, good. ABBY: Now, […]

Critique: ‘Knots Landing’ Episode 55 — ‘Daniel’

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J.R. Ewing is sitting across from Abby Cunningham in his hotel room, where he’s invited her to join him for a seafood lunch. Of course, J.R. wants more from Abby than her company. She promised to sneak him a copy of Val’s soon-to-be-published novel about the Ewings, but Abby sent only a handful of chapters. […]

The Dallas Decoder Guide to Surviving a Hostage Crisis

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In “Blame Game,” TNT’s latest “Dallas” episode, Vicente Cano ambushes Southfork and holds the Ewings captive. Dumb move, Vicente. These people are experts at surviving hostage crises, as they demonstrated time and again on the original “Dallas” and its “Knots Landing” spinoff. Let them show you how. Beware of cute boys with shaggy hair. The best way […]

The Dal-List: Classic ‘Dallas’s’ 5 Most Meddlesome Mamas

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Judith Light is making quite a mark on TNT’s “Dallas,” where her cunning character, Judith Brown Ryland, exerts enormous influence over equally sadistic son Harris. Of course, Mrs. Ryland isn’t this franchise’s first meddlesome mama. Here’s a look at five others from the original “Dallas” and its “Knots Landing” spinoff, ranked in order from least […]

After ‘Dallas’: 7 Shows That Aired in TV’s Best Time Slot

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Stick around after “Dallas” tonight and you’ll see the debut of “Monday Mornings,” a weekly medical drama that – in the words of TNT’s press release – “follows the lives of doctors as they push the limits of their abilities and confront their personal and professional failings.” Back in the ’80s, the post-“Dallas” time slot […]

Knots Landing Scene of the Day: ‘You Won’t Cheat Old J.R.’

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In “Knots Landing’s” second-season episode “Designs,” Abby (Donna Mills) meets with J.R. (Larry Hagman) in his hotel room. J.R.: Now, you see? You didn’t need Gary after all, did you? ABBY: No, but I wanted him. J.R.: Disappointed? ABBY: I’ll live. [Rises from her seat, shows J.R. a legal document] J.R.: What’s this? ABBY: A […]