Critique: ‘Dallas’ Episode 151 — ‘When the Bough Breaks’

“When the Bough Breaks” marks another turning point in the life of Sue Ellen Ewing. In the episode’s final scene, Peter tells Sue Ellen how sorry he is about her recent miscarriage; he believes he was the unborn child’s father, and he had hoped they could raise it together. When Sue Ellen hears this, she’s […]

Critique: ‘Dallas’ Episode 145 — ‘Peter’s Principles’

Since I began re-watching “Dallas’s” seventh season for the first time in years, I’ve been surprised by how interesting I find Sue Ellen’s affair with college student Peter Richards. I used to dismiss their romance as hopelessly gimmicky — J.R.’s wife chases a younger man! — but now that I’m older and hopefully a little […]

Dallas Scene of the Day: ‘… Some Kind of Stud Service’

In “The Oil Baron’s Ball,” a seventh-season “Dallas” episode, J.R. and Sue Ellen (Larry Hagman, Linda Gray) are in bed, surrounded by darkness. J.R.: Where you going? SUE ELLEN: [Sits up, turns on the lamp] Back to my room. J.R.: Back to your room? [Rests his head on his hand] After tonight, we’ll be sleeping […]

Critique: ‘Dallas’ Episode 139 — ‘The Oil Baron’s Ball’

J.R. and Sue Ellen’s relationship takes a lot of twists over the years, but nothing fascinates me more than when she starts emulating him. It begins during Linda Gray’s final seasons on the original “Dallas,” when Sue Ellen becomes a wheeler-dealer in business, and it continues on TNT’s sequel series, when we see her reach […]