Critique: ‘Dallas’ Episode 104 — ‘Changing of the Guard’

“Dallas” shakes things up in its sixth-season opener, “Changing of the Guard.” Miss Ellie ousts J.R. as president of Ewing Oil and installs Bobby in his place, the company’s executive suite gets a much-needed makeover and Sue Ellen suddenly begins sporting shorter hair. This episode also introduces an intriguing newcomer: Holly Harwood, played by Lois […]

Dallas Scene of the Day: ‘You’re a Cold and Insensitive Man’

In “Goodbye, Cliff Barnes,” “Dallas’s” fifth-season finale, Miss Ellie (Barbara Bel Geddes) is in the Southfork living room when Rebecca (Priscilla Pointer) arrives. ELLIE: Rebecca, what a surprise. REBECCA: This is not a social call, Ellie. ELLIE: Rebecca, what’s the matter? REBECCA: Maybe Digger was right. When I was married to him, I was too […]

Critique: ‘Dallas’ Episode 103 – ‘Goodbye, Cliff Barnes’

“Goodbye, Cliff Barnes” leaves the title character’s fate up in the air after he tries to kill himself, making this the most literal of all “Dallas” cliffhangers. For a long time, I also considered it one of the show’s least satisfying season finales. Was there ever any doubt Cliff would survive? I now realize that’s […]