Slide Into #DallasChat on Thursday, July 30, at 8 p.m.

Dallas Decoder’s next #DallasChat on Twitter will be Thursday, July 30, from 8 to 9 p.m. Eastern time. Our theme: “Super Summer Spectacular.” Expect lots of questions about swimming pools, bathing suits and sweaty Ewings. Are you new to #DallasChat? Here’s how it works: During the hour-long discussion, I tweet questions from my Twitter handle, […]

Critique: ‘Dallas’ Episode 180 — ‘Sins of the Fathers’

You know J.R. Ewing is having a bad week when he gets kneed in the groin and it’s the least of his problems. Such is our hero’s fate in “Sins of the Fathers.” The assault-by-patella occurs when J.R. tries to force himself upon Sue Ellen and she strikes back as only she can. He’s also […]

Critique: ‘Dallas’ Episode 178 — ‘Bail Out’

Bobby springs Jenna from jail in “Bail Out,” while Sue Ellen liberates her own tongue. After discovering J.R. has cheated on her yet again, she stops playing the dutiful wife and begins speaking her mind, even if it means telling loved ones things they don’t want to hear. This isn’t the first time we’ve seen […]

Critique: ‘Dallas’ Episode 176 — ‘Lockup in Laredo’

Jenna Wade goes to jail in “Lockup in Laredo,” which is cause for celebration as far as I’m concerned. This is when Stephen Elliott arrives as Scotty Demarest, the high-dollar super lawyer who defended Jock Ewing against murder charges during “Dallas’s” third season and returns here to do the same for Priscilla Beaulieu Presley’s character. […]

Critique: ‘Dallas’ Episode 173 — ‘Do You Take This Woman?’

“Do You Take This Woman?” marks the moment “Dallas” turns into a Lifetime movie. The hour begins with Jenna Wade happily planning to marry Bobby, but by the time the closing credits roll, her daughter has been kidnapped and Jenna has been forced to leave her fiancé stranded at the altar. In the episodes that […]

Critique: ‘Dallas’ Episode 171 — ‘Charlie’

On “Dallas,” children are seen and heard. The series often involves its youngest characters in major storylines, unlike other 1980s prime-time soap operas where kids are treated as little more than props. (Does Krystina Carrington ever do anything other than smile sweetly at Mommy and Daddy?) Of course, even when “Dallas” puts kids front and […]

Critique: ‘Dallas’ Episode 167 — ‘Shadow of a Doubt’

Pam shifts into girl-detective mode in “Shadow of a Doubt,” searching for the truth about Mark Graison’s death. She leaves no stone unturned, seemingly questioning everyone who shared a connection with her onetime fiancé — his maid, his lawyer, even his florist — and ultimately concludes Mark might still be alive. Victoria Principal brings the […]

Dallas Scene of the Day: ‘To the Winner’

In “Family,” an eighth-season “Dallas” episode, Jamie (Jenilee Harrison) joins J.R. (Larry Hagman), Sue Ellen (Linda Gray), Bobby (Patrick Duffy) and Jenna (Priscilla Beaulieu Presley) for dinner at Southfork. SUE ELLEN: Well, I think it’s time that we welcomed Jamie officially. So I’d like to propose a toast to the newest member of the Ewing […]

Critique: ‘Dallas’ Episode 162 — ‘Killer a Large’

“Dallas’s” seventh season winds down with half the cast once again gunning for J.R. In the final scene, an unseen assailant enters the darkened Ewing Oil offices and fires three shots into the back of J.R.’s chair, except he isn’t sitting there — good-guy brother Bobby tumbles to the floor. It’s one of “Dallas’s” greatest […]

The Dal-List: 18 Reasons to Love ‘Dallas’s’ Eighth Season

Dallas Decoder will soon begin critiquing the original show’s eighth season, which aired from 1984 to 1985. Here are 18 reasons to love it. 18. Whenever Pam throws shade. She does it a lot this season. 17. When Bobby stops wearing shades. Those things are as big as Southfork! 16. Dr. President David Palmer. Babe’s […]