Critique: ‘Dallas’ Episode 148 — ‘Eye of the Beholder’

At the end of “Eye of the Beholder,” Miss Ellie tearfully tells Clayton that she had breast cancer and underwent a mastectomy years earlier. It’s another moving performance from Barbara Bel Geddes, although when I try to explain why she excels in scenes like this one, I always come up short. Is it her ability […]

‘Dallas’ 2013: Hail and Farewell to Those We Lost

In 2013, “Dallas” fans said goodbye to several people who contributed to the original series. Here’s a list of those we lost, along with a few notable deaths that occurred among the show’s extended family. Click on each person’s name to learn more about his or her career at Deanne Barkley Died April 2 […]

Dallas Parallels: Spousal Secrets

Jock and Miss Ellie have the most stable marriage on the original “Dallas,” often serving as role models for the younger couples at Southfork. Bobby and Ann continue this tradition on the new series, although they’ve also inherited Jock and Ellie’s penchant for keeping secrets from each other. During the old show’s third season, after […]

The Best & Worst of Dallas: Season 3

“Dallas’s” third season offers lots to celebrate – and a few things to curse. Performances Larry Hagman and Linda Gray do mighty impressive work in Season 3, but even they can’t touch Jim Davis and Barbara Bel Geddes. Since I began re-watching “Dallas,” the nicest discovery has been how good Davis is as Jock, especially […]

Dallas Styles: Miss Ellie’s Fur Coat

In “The Wheeler Dealer,” Jock and Miss Ellie visit the Colorado sanitarium where Amanda, his first wife, has lived for many years. The scene is beautifully written and performed, but whenever I watch it, I find myself a little distracted by the dark brown fur coat Barbara Bel Geddes wears. This is a decidedly un-Ellie-like […]

The Art of Dallas: ‘Mastectomy, Part 1’

Miss Ellie (Barbara Bel Geddes) lies in a hospital bed after having a breast removed in this 1979 publicity shot from “Mastectomy, Part 1,” a third-season “Dallas” episode.

Dallas Scene of the Day: ‘He’ll Turn Away From Me’

In “Mastectomy, Part 1,” a third-season “Dallas” episode, Pam and Miss Ellie (Victoria Principal, Barbara Bel Geddes) discuss Ellie’s medical problem over lunch at a restaurant. PAM: What do you do now? ELLIE: Keep going back for regular checkups. PAM: Well, that doesn’t sound too difficult. ELLIE: I don’t wanna tell Jock. PAM: Miss Ellie, […]

Critique: ‘Dallas’ Episode 38 – ‘Mastectomy, Part 1’

In the 1970s, Edith Bunker and a few other major television characters had cancer scares, but no one actually got the disease. “Dallas” upends this convention in “Mastectomy, Part 1,” when Miss Ellie learns a newly discovered lump in her breast is malignant. This storyline, like the second-season episode about Kit Mainwaring’s coming out, demonstrates […]