Critique: ‘Dallas’ Episode 62 – ‘Trouble at Ewing 23’

“Trouble at Ewing 23” is a decent “Dallas” episode until the fourth act, when everything falls apart. Or is blown apart, to be more precise. The episode starts off strongly when Ray runs into Miss Ellie in the stable, where he thanks her for welcoming him into the family. Ellie is gracious, but she also expresses concern […]

Drill Bits: For Patrick Duffy, Edits Go with the TV Territory

TNT’s “Dallas” has given audiences lots of great scenes this season, but some of the best moments – like J.R. and Sue Ellen’s dance at the Ewing barbecue in “The Last Hurrah” – have been left on the cutting room floor. As Patrick Duffy sees it, that’s showbiz. “Several of my favorite scenes didn’t make […]

Dallas Styles: J.R.’s Vest

Is there something symbolic about the vest J.R. is wearing when he gets shot at the end of “A House Divided,”“Dallas’s” famous third-season finale? The vest, which appears to be gray flannel with a silk paisley-printed back, goes with one of J.R.’s three-piece suits, a style that had been back in vogue for awhile when […]

The Art of Dallas: ‘A House Divided’

Vaughn (Dennis Patrick) gives J.R. one last shot at making restitution in this 1980 publicity shot from “A House Divided,” “Dallas’s” third-season finale.

Dallas Scene of the Day: ‘You’re a Drunk and an Unfit Mother’

In “A House Divided,” “Dallas’s” third-season finale, Sue Ellen (Linda Gray) follows J.R. (Larry Hagman) into the Southfork dining room, where Jock (Jim Davis) comforts Miss Ellie (Barbara Bel Geddes), who is seated at the table. SUE ELLEN: [To J.R.] You drove Gary away. And now Bobby. You tried to bribe Valene. You cheated your […]

Critique: ‘Dallas’ Episode 54 – ‘A House Divided’

One school night in 1988, when I should’ve been asleep, I stumbled across a late-night cable showing of “A House Divided,” the third-season “Dallas” finale that famously ends with J.R. getting shot. This was probably the first time I’d seen the episode since 1980, so I was overjoyed. I recorded the rerun on the living […]