Critique: ‘Dallas’ Episode 160 — ‘Hush, Hush, Sweet Jessie’

What do I love about the final scene in “Hush, Hush, Sweet Jessie”? Oh, pretty much everything. The Ewings stand in the Southfork driveway, panicked because no one knows the whereabouts of Miss Ellie and Jessica, whose murderous past has finally come to light. Suddenly, Donna arrives in Ray’s pickup truck. She gets out, bloodied […]

Poll: Who is ‘Dallas’s’ Greatest Villainess?

“Dallas” has given us lots of great villainesses over the years. Time to choose your favorite!   Share your comments below and vote in Dallas Decoder’s other polls.

Dallas Scene of the Day: ‘You Have Too Damn Much Money’

In “Turning Point,” a seventh-season “Dallas” episode, J.R. (Larry Hagman) sits on a bed, putting on his boots, while Katherine (Morgan Brittany) lies nearby, wrapped in a sheet. J.R.: Well, that was definitely not terrific. A meeting with my tax accountant’s more exciting. KATHERINE: Your disappointment has really shattered me. J.R.: [Knotting his necktie] Well, […]

Critique: ‘Dallas’ Episode 158 — ‘Turning Point’

Am I the only one who feels sorry for Katherine Wentworth in “Turning Point”? At the beginning of the episode, she’s elated when Bobby invites her on a tour of the property he bought from her father’s old company. After plotting for more than a year to make Bobby her own, it’s the strongest sign […]

Critique: ‘Dallas’ Episode 157 — ‘Blow Up’

“Dallas” delivers its share of camp over the years, but “Blow Up” manages to pack more silliness into a single episode than virtually any other. Donna runs around the Southfork patio, snapping Polaroids of the Ewings; Lucy gets stewed to the gills and airs the family’s dirty laundry at a poolside soiree; and Lady Jessica […]

Critique: ‘Dallas’ Episode 155 — ‘The Unexpected’

Lady Jessica Montford makes her memorable debut at the end of “The Unexpected,” sweeping into the Southfork living room on the arm of brother Clayton Farlow and introducing herself to her future in-laws as only she can. Jessica is brazen, asking which Ewing husbands “play around” on their wives, and a little baffling, gifting J.R. […]

Dallas Scene of the Day: ‘A Bird in the Hand, Honey’

In “Fools Rush In,” a seventh-season “Dallas” episode, J.R. (Larry Hagman) is seated at his office desk when Katherine (Morgan Brittany) enters the room. KATHERINE: Hello, J.R. What’s this problem you called me about? I don’t have a lot of time. J.R.: The one thing I never thought you were was stupid. KATHERINE: Hey, look, […]

#DallasChat Daily: Who Deserved to Be in ‘Dallas’s’ Credits?

As much as we all love “Dallas’s” opening credits, they aren’t without their quirks. Linda Gray and Steve Kanaly weren’t added to the title sequence until the second season, while poor Ken Kercheval had to wait until Season 3 to get star billing. By the time the show was winding down, the credits had become a […]

#DallasChat Daily: What’s Your Favorite ‘Dallas’ Ball?

Few traditions on the original “Dallas” could match the grandeur of the annual Oil Baron’s Ball. Do you have a favorite? Was it Miss Ellie’s moving tribute to Jock at the 1982 ball? How about the 1983 affair, when the Ewing and Barnes women faced off in the powder room and Cliff won the Oilman […]

Dallas Scene of the Day: ‘Loving Always Makes Me Thirsty’

In “Where is Poppa?,” a seventh-season “Dallas” episode, Katherine (Morgan Brittany) sits in bed with a sheet wrapped around her while J.R. (Larry Hagman) sits at the foot, putting on his boots. KATHERINE: I don’t like this arrangement at all, J.R. J.R.: [Chuckles] Well, Katherine, there’s not a damn thing you can do about it. […]