‘Real Power is Something You Take’ Turns 35

It’s another red-letter day in “Dallas” history. Thirty-five years ago today, CBS aired “Executive Wife,” the episode in which Jock famously schools Bobby on the Ewing creed: “Real power is something you take!” I ranked the scene fifth on my list of “Dallas’s” greatest moments a few years ago and also wrote about it when […]

The Dal-List: Jock Ewing’s 15 Greatest Moments

Last month, Dallas Decoder critiqued “The Search,” the episode where “Dallas” bids farewell to the great Jim Davis. Here’s a look at 15 memorable moments featuring the actor and his mighty character, Jock Ewing. 15. Naming John Ross. The Ewings are in a waiting room at Dallas Memorial Hospital, where Sue Ellen has gone into […]

Dallas Parallels: ‘Power’ Tips

Few moments during TNT’s first “Dallas” season made me smile as much as the scene where J.R. tells John Ross, “Real power is something you take.” This was more than a great line – it was also a tribute to one of the old show’s classic sequences. In the fourth-season episode “Executive Wife,” Bobby storms […]

Dallas Styles: Purple!

Pam is the focus of “Executive Wife,” and in all her scenes, she wears purple. It starts off subtly – in Victoria Principal’s first appearance in this episode, Pam sports a purple belt with a blue pantsuit – but the color becomes more prominent as the story progresses. Perhaps the purple suggests Pam is emotionally […]

The Art of Dallas: ‘Executive Wife’

J.R. and Sue Ellen (Larry Hagman, Linda Gray) are seen in this 1981 publicity shot from “Executive Wife,” a fourth-season “Dallas” episode.

Dallas Scene of the Day: ‘Real Power is Something You Take!’

In “Dallas’s” fourth-season episode “Executive Wife,” Bobby (Patrick Duffy) enters the Cattlemen’s Club and begins questioning J.R. (Larry Hagman) about Jock’s business deal, while Jock (Jim Davis) looks on. JOCK: Now, you just hold on Bobby. J.R. don’t discuss my business with you or anybody else unless I tell him. You understand? BOBBY: Okay, Daddy, […]

Critique: ‘Dallas’ Episode 64 – ‘Executive Wife’

In “Executive Wife,” Pam feels hurt by her mother’s rejection and needs Bobby’s support, but he’s too busy running Ewing Oil to notice. For a moment, Pam allows herself to be tempted by another man: magazine publisher Alex Ward. Sound familiar? It should. Pam and Bobby went through the same scenario in the third-season episode “Jenna’s […]

Dallas Styles: Jock’s Medallion

In the famous painting of Jock that hangs at Southfork (and later, Ewing Oil) after the character’s death, he wears his signature gold medallion. The lion’s head, which dangles on a chain around Jock’s neck, reminds the world of his role as father of the Ewing pride. When Jock was alive, sometimes his own family […]