The Best & Worst of Dallas: Season 5

“Dallas’s” fifth season was dandy, save for a few disappointments. Performances Barbara Bel Geddes delivers one tour-de-force performance after another as the grieving Miss Ellie. Everyone remembers the scene where Mama smashes the dishes in the Southfork kitchen, but Bel Geddes also shines in quiet moments like the one where Ellie takes that mournful stroll […]

Dallas Scene of the Day: ‘Good Luck, Ray’

In “Dallas’s” fifth-season episode “The Maelstrom,” Ray (Steve Kanaly) approaches Bonnie (Lindsay Bloom) at the Longview bar, then leads her to a booth where they sit across from each other. RAY: I want to straighten a few things out. BONNIE: Is that middleweight waiting outside? RAY: Look, I’m sorry about what happened. Honest. BONNIE: You’re […]

Critique: ‘Dallas’ Episode 97 – ‘The Maelstrom’

Oh, these Ewing women. How they confound me. Every time it seems like they’re about to find happiness on their own terms, they fall back into frustrating old patterns. This usually means falling back into the arms of men who are no good for them. In “The Maelstrom,” after Sue Ellen puts the kibosh on […]

Dallas Scene of the Day: ‘Let’s Haggle Over Your Fee’

In “Dallas’s” fifth-season episode “Adoption,” Donna (Susan Howard), wearing a fur coat, enters the Longview and approaches Bonnie (Lindsay Bloom), who is standing at the bar. BONNIE: Well, what brings you to the Longview bar? Slumming? DONNA: I wanted to see what the competition looked like. With clothes on. BONNIE: Now that you’ve seen me, […]

Critique: ‘Dallas’ Episode 96 – ‘Adoption’

“Adoption” is one classic scene after another, but my favorite moment is Donna’s showdown with Bonnie, the barfly who’s been sleeping with Ray. The dialogue from scriptwriter Howard Lakin is wonderfully bitchy, and Susan Howard delivers it with steely aplomb. I also have to hand it to guest star Lindsay Bloom, who manages to make Bonnie […]