Critique: ‘Dallas’ Episode 107 — ‘The Big Ball’

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No matter how often I see it, the next-to-last scene in “The Big Ball” always gives me goose bumps. Punk Anderson stands before a packed ballroom of tuxedo-clad oilmen and their gussied up wives and announces the establishment of the Jock Ewing memorial scholarship. “I don’t know what old Jock would have said about this, but […]

Dallas Decoder Asks: How Should J.R. die?

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J.R. Ewing’s funeral will be seen in the “Dallas” episode that airs Monday, March 11, TNT confirmed yesterday. But how should the legendary character die? And what’s the best way to honor Larry Hagman, the actor who portrayed J.R. for more than three decades? Dallas Decoder asked four members of the original show’s creative team to […]

Critique: ‘Dallas’ Episode 92 – ‘Head of the Family’

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In “Head of the Family,” J.R. is depressed over Jock’s death and getting drunk in his bedroom when Bobby barges in and tells him to snap out of it. J.R. all but ignores his brother, so Bobby yanks him off the bed, drags him across the room and makes him look at himself in the […]

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

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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 […]

The Dallas Decoder Interview: Howard Lakin

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Howard Lakin penned several “Dallas” episodes as a freelancer in the early 1980s, then returned to the series as a writer and producer for its final three seasons. To my delight, he agreed to share his memories of working on the show, as well as his thoughts on the TNT revival. You wrote some of […]

The Best & Worst of Dallas: Season 4

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“Dallas’s” fourth season was the show’s most-watched. Is it also the best? Performances In Season 4, J.R. recovers from an assassination attempt, learns to walk again and suffers a humiliating exile from Ewing Oil. Through it all, Larry Hagman never misses a beat. The actor takes us deeper into J.R.’s psyche, revealing vulnerabilities we never dreamed […]

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

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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 […]

The Art of Dallas: ‘The Fourth Son’

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Amos (William Windom), Ray’s long-lost daddy, turns up on the doorstep of his son (Steve Kanaly) in this 1980 publicity shot from “The Fourth Son,” a fourth-season “Dallas” episode.

Dallas Scene of the Day: ‘He’s Not Your Daddy. I Am.’

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In “The Fourth Son,” a fourth-season “Dallas” episode, Jock (Jim Davis) visits Ray (Steve Kanaly), who asks him to sit at the patio table outside his newly built home. JOCK: Your father came to see me today. RAY: My father? JOCK: Yeah. Afraid he put the squeeze on me. RAY: Jock, I’m sorry. I’m real […]

Critique: ‘Dallas’ Episode 61 – ‘The Fourth Son’

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In “The Fourth Son’s” third act, Jock tells Ray he’s his father, a fact the Ewing patriarch didn’t discover until earlier in the episode but a truth he’s probably always known, deep down. The scene is beautifully written and performed, and no matter how often I watch it, it always moves me. “Dallas” simply doesn’t […]