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 […]

Drill Bits: TNT’s ‘Dallas’ Wins Cable Ratings Gold

“Dallas” brought ratings gold to TNT this week: Despite tough competition from the Olympics, “Family Business,” the show’s latest episode, debuted to 3.2 million viewers on August 1, becoming the evening’s most-watched cable program. The “Dallas” audience included more than 1 million viewers between the ages of 18 and 49, the demographic advertisers pay a […]

The Art of Dallas: ‘No More Mr. Nice Guy, Part 1’

Miss Ellie and Jock (Barbara Bel Geddes, Jim Davis) confer with Dr. Pearson (Peter Donat) about J.R.’s condition in this 1980 publicity shot from “No More Mr. Nice Guy, Part 1,” “Dallas’s” fourth-season opener.

Dallas Scene of the Day: ‘The Company Isn’t Worth My Family’

In “No More Mr. Nice Guy, Part 1,” “Dallas’s” fourth-season opener, Miss Ellie and Jock (Barbara Bel Geddes, Jim Davis) talk while leaving Dallas Memorial Hospital. ELLIE: Jock, now that Bobby’s back, you’ve got to find a way to keep him here. JOCK: I don’t know how. He was mad as hell at me when […]

Critique: ‘Dallas’ Episode 55 – ‘No More Mr. Nice Guy, Part 1’

The Ewings go through “No More Mr. Nice Guy, Part 1” not knowing who shot J.R. or whether he’ll survive the attempt on his life, and this uncertainty lends the episode a paranoid, almost Hitchcockian vibe. Poor Sue Ellen looks positively dazed. What frightens her more: the possibility that her husband will die – or […]

Drill Bits: For Patrick Duffy, Edits Go with the TV Territory

TNT’s “Dallas” has given audiences lots of great scenes this season, but some of the best moments – like J.R. and Sue Ellen’s dance at the Ewing barbecue in “The Last Hurrah” – have been left on the cutting room floor. As Patrick Duffy sees it, that’s showbiz. “Several of my favorite scenes didn’t make […]