#DallasChat Daily: Who Stayed Too Long or Left Too Soon?

Let’s face it: “Dallas” didn’t always know when to say goodbye. Some characters hung around long after their storyline possibilities were exhausted, while other favorites still had lots of untapped potential when they were written out. Consider the group pictured here: Lucy, Ray, Donna, Jenna, Kristin, Jeremy, Mickey, Holly and April. (I’ll let you decide […]

Dallas Scene of the Day: ‘Same Old J.R.’

In “Ray’s Trial,” a seventh-season “Dallas” episode, J.R. (Larry Hagman) is seated in a cocktail lounge, drinking alone, when Holly (Lois Chiles) approaches. HOLLY: [Smiling] J.R. J.R.: Oh, lord. HOLLY: I was hoping I’d run into you. J.R.: Would you please leave, Holly? HOLLY: I just heard the most astounding news — that you and Bobby […]

Critique: ‘Dallas’ Episode 138 — ‘Ray’s Trial’

I always remembered the mystery surrounding Mickey Trotter’s death as boiling down to a single question: Did Ray or Lil pull the plug on him? Last week, when I re-watched “Ray’s Trial” for the first time in a few years, I realized “Dallas” also poses a second, more complicated question: Did Mickey want to live […]

Critique: ‘Dallas’ Episode 126 — ‘Hell Hath No Fury’

Sue Ellen is the perfect wife, living the perfect life, when “Hell Hath No Fury” begins. She fusses over J.R. at breakfast, smiles when he brings Roy Ralston home for dinner and gazes at him adoringly during his latest appearance on Ralston’s TV show. Of course, this is “Dallas,” so Sue Ellen’s bliss doesn’t last. […]

Dallas Scene of the Day: ‘No, J.R.’

In “A Ewing is a Ewing,” a sixth-season “Dallas” episode, Holly (Lois Chiles) arrives in the darkened Ewing Oil reception area and finds J.R. (Larry Hagman) waiting for her. J.R.: Hello, Holly. HOLLY: Why the late-hour meeting, J.R.? I don’t understand why you couldn’t tell me what you wanted — J.R.: There are a number […]

Critique: ‘Dallas’ Episode 119 — ‘A Ewing is a Ewing’

The most unsettling moment in “A Ewing is a Ewing”: Holly Harwood arrives for an after-hours meeting at J.R.’s office, where he chastises her for telling one of Harwood Oil’s top customers that J.R. has become a silent partner in the company. Holly expresses regret — not for letting the cat out of the bag, […]

Critique: ‘Dallas’ Episode 116 — ‘Mama Dearest’

In “Mama Dearest,” Miss Ellie embarks on a quest to break Jock’s will and stop J.R. and Bobby’s contest for Ewing Oil. This causes the alliances within the family to shift, sometimes dramatically. J.R. and Bobby both oppose Ellie’s efforts, but when J.R. suggests the brothers join forces to defeat their mother, Bobby refuses. J.R. […]

The Art of Dallas: ‘Aftermath’

Holly and J.R. (Lois Chiles, Larry Hagman) are seen aboard her yacht in this 1982 publicity shot from “Aftermath,” a sixth-season “Dallas” episode.

Critique: ‘Dallas’ Episode 106 — ‘Billion Dollar Question’

“Billion Dollar Question” is dominated by the Ewings’ squabbling over whether to have Jock declared legally dead, but I find the subplot about Lucy’s abortion much more interesting. “Dallas” handles her situation with a good deal of sensitivity and care, making this one of those times when the show seems to want to make its audience […]

Dallas Scene of the Day: ‘To J.R. Ewing, Back in Power Again’

In “Changing of the Guard,” “Dallas’s” sixth-season opener, Holly and J.R. (Lois Chiles, Larry Hagman) sit at a table inside a darkened cocktail lounge. HOLLY: Well, what do you say? Do we have a deal? J.R.: [Leans forward] Well, it’s a very tempting offer. Especially coming from such a lovely young lady. HOLLY: It’s a […]