Critique: TNT’s ‘Dallas’ Episode 37 — ‘Victims of Love’

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“Victims of Love” puts the emphasis on corporate wheeling and dealing, but look past all the chatter about IPOs and SECs and you’ll see this is really an episode about the characters and their daddy issues. Pamela punishes Cliff by leaving him in prison, John Ross loses control of the family business by repeating one […]

Dallas Parallels: The Saboteurs

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J.R. Ewing is a man of many talents, but he takes special delight in the fine art of sabotage. During the original “Dallas’s” seventh season, after Cliff Barnes blackmails J.R.’s secretary Sly into spying on her boss, J.R. retaliates by turning one of Cliff’s employees against him. J.R.’s ultimate goal: to ruin Cliff, once and […]

Dallas Parallels: Teach Your Children Well

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J.R. imparts a lot of wisdom to John Ross over the years — and like all fathers, sometimes he has to repeat himself before the lessons sink in. In “Battle Lines,” one of the original “Dallas’s” eighth-season episodes, J.R. is leaving for work when he runs into John Ross on the Southfork patio. The little […]

Dallas Parallels: Rebels Without a Clue

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J.R. Ewing wouldn’t dream of betraying his beloved daddy, the mighty Jock Ewing. Unfortunately for J.R., his own sons have a bad habit of rebelling against their father. In “False Confessions,” one of TNT’s second-season “Dallas” episodes, John Ross meets with Cliff Barnes to tell him J.R. is plotting against Cliff’s daughter Pamela. Cliff is […]

The Best & Worst of TNT’s Dallas: Season 2

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The second season of TNT’s “Dallas” was even better than the first. Here are my laurels, along with a few darts. Performances She spent Season 1 on the sidelines, but Linda Gray became “Dallas’s” star player this year. After losing the election, Sue Ellen maneuvered her way into Ewing Energies, then fought tooth and manicured nail […]

Critique: TNT’s ‘Dallas’ Episode 17 – ‘The Furious and the Fast’

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We know it’s coming, but still it shocks us. “The Furious and the Fast” ends with the murder of J.R. Ewing, or at least what looks like his murder. It’s jarring, chilling, sad. It’s also a technological feat. The producers apparently created the sequence using recycled footage and audio clips, although the Hollywood trickery is […]

Drill Bits: ‘Dallas’s’ Ratings Rise Again

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“Dallas’s” audience has grown for the second week in a row. The TNT drama’s latest episode, “Trial and Error,” was seen by 2.5 million viewers on February 18, up from the 2.4 million who watched the previous week’s telecast. The “Trial and Error” audience included about 890,000 viewers between ages 18 and 49, a group […]

Dallas Burning Questions: Season 2, Week 4

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Here are the questions we’re pondering as we await tonight’s telecast of “Trial and Error,” TNT’s latest “Dallas” episode. • Will the police believe Ann or Harris? In last week’s episode, “False Confessions,” Bobby (Patrick Duffy) tried to protect Ann by confessing to shooting Harris. Meanwhile, as Harris lay in a coma, his mother Judith […]

Drill Bits: ‘Dallas’s’ Ratings Rise During Week 3

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More viewers made time for “Dallas” this week. TNT’s telecast of the latest episode, “False Confessions,” was seen by 2.4 million viewers on Feb. 11. The audience grew almost 10 percent from the previous week’s telecast. “Dallas” is also getting a healthy boost from DVR users. The two-hour season opener – comprised of back-to-back telecasts […]

TNT’s Dallas Scene of the Day: ‘You Got a Lot to Learn, Boy’

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In “False Confessions,” a second-season “Dallas” episode, J.R. (Larry Hagman) is standing at his bedroom window, ending a phone call, when John Ross (Josh Henderson) enters. JOHN ROSS: What’s going on? J.R.: Bobby got arrested for shooting Harris Ryland. JOHN ROSS: You serious? [Steps forward] You think that will help us get him out of […]