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 […]

The Dal-List: Jock Ewing’s 15 Greatest Moments

Last month, Dallas Decoder critiqued “The Search,” the episode where “Dallas” bids farewell to the great Jim Davis. Here’s a look at 15 memorable moments featuring the actor and his mighty character, Jock Ewing. 15. Naming John Ross. The Ewings are in a waiting room at Dallas Memorial Hospital, where Sue Ellen has gone into […]

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 […]

Critique: ‘Dallas’ Episode 44 – ‘Love and Marriage’

In “Dallas’s” second-season episode “Black Market Baby,” Pam gets upset when Bobby declares he doesn’t want her to get a job. She memorably tells him, “Sometimes you show a lot of your daddy’s cussedness – and this is one of those days.” This is another. Throughout “Love and Marriage,” Bobby fights with Pam because he believes […]

The Art of Dallas: ‘Mastectomy, Part 2’

After her cancer surgery, Miss Ellie (Barbara Bel Geddes) is comforted by Jock (Jim Davis) in this 1979 publicity shot from “Mastectomy, Part 2,” a third-season “Dallas” episode.

Dallas Scene of the Day: ‘Jock, I’m Deformed’

In “Mastectomy, Part 2,” a third-season “Dallas” episode, Jock (Jim Davis) enters his bedroom to find Miss Ellie (Barbara Bel Geddes) on the floor, crying. JOCK: My God, Ellie. What’s wrong? ELLIE: Go away, Jock. JOCK: I wanna help. I can’t leave you like this. ELLIE: Nothing, nothing fits. JOCK: I’m telling you, it’ll be […]

Critique: ‘Dallas’ Episode 39 – ‘Mastectomy, Part 2’

In “Mastectomy, Part 1,” Miss Ellie gets breast cancer, probably becoming television’s first major character to have the disease. “Mastectomy, Part 2” is equally provocative, as the health crisis prompts the Ewings to ponder the meaning of beauty. Who says “Dallas” isn’t deep? In one of this episode’s best scenes, Sue Ellen and Pam debate […]