Critique: ‘Dallas’ Episode 115 — ‘Barbecue Three’

In “Barbecue Three,” J.R. finally reveals his plan to win the contest for Ewing Oil: He begins flooding the market with cut-rate gasoline, hoping to drive up his half of the company’s profits. This ignites a firestorm within the cartel, prompting Cliff and a band of angry oilmen to come to the annual Southfork barbecue […]

Critique: ‘Dallas’ Episode 100 – ‘Blackmail’

In “Blackmail,” J.R., armed with newly obtained evidence that suggests Christopher is his biological son, comes home to Southfork and enters the nursery. It’s a dark and stormy night, and the little boy is whimpering in his crib as thunder crackles outside. J.R. doesn’t comfort the child, though. He merely watches him. “Hello Christopher,” J.R. […]

The Dal-List: 15 Great ‘Dallas’ Scenes Featuring Larry Hagman

Larry Hagman made magic every time he appeared on “Dallas,” so coming up with a definitive list of his greatest scenes feels like an impossible task. Instead, let’s just call this a list of 15 performances I love. 15. Welcome to the family. On the day Bobby brings Pam (Victoria Principal) home to Southfork and introduces […]

Critique: ‘Dallas’ Episode 79 – ‘Gone But Not Forgotten’

At the end of “Gone But Not Forgotten,” Sue Ellen and John Ross are gliding cheerfully through a Love Field airport terminal when they’re suddenly approached by two of J.R.’s goons. While one man distracts Sue Ellen, the other snatches the child. Is this the end of our heroine’s bid for happiness? No, because seconds […]

Dallas Scene of the Day: ‘No One’s Made a Ewing Back Down’

In “Paternity Suit,” a third-season “Dallas” episode, Miss Ellie and Lucy (Barbara Bel Geddes, Charlene Tilton) are shopping for dresses when Marilee and Linda (Fern Fitzgerald, Joan Lancaster) approach. LUCY: [Walks toward Miss Ellie with a red boa around her neck] Grandma? Grandma, what do you think? ELLIE: Well, I think it has a rather […]

Critique: ‘Dallas’ Episode 46 – ‘Paternity Suit’

“Dallas” creator David Jacobs has called the final scene in “Paternity Suit” – when J.R. picks up his son for the first time – his favorite moment during the series. I understand why. Nothing humanizes J.R., Jacobs’ most famous creation, quite like this. In the scene, J.R. – clad in a tuxedo because he’s on […]