Critique: ‘Dallas’ Episode 143 — ‘Barbecue Four’

Mama’s back! In “Barbecue Four,” Barbara Bel Geddes returns to “Dallas” after being absent from the previous 11 episodes. In real life, the actress was recovering from heart surgery, so the producers temporarily wrote her out of the show by having Clayton whisk Miss Ellie away so she could distance herself from J.R. and Bobby’s […]

Critique: ‘Dallas’ Episode 138 — ‘Ray’s Trial’

I always remembered the mystery surrounding Mickey Trotter’s death as boiling down to a single question: Did Ray or Lil pull the plug on him? Last week, when I re-watched “Ray’s Trial” for the first time in a few years, I realized “Dallas” also poses a second, more complicated question: Did Mickey want to live […]

Dallas Scene of the Day: ‘Southfork Should Be Yours’

In “The Quality of Mercy,” a seventh-season “Dallas” episode, John Ross (Omri Katz) is lying in bed when J.R. (Larry Hagman) enters the room. J.R.: You still awake? JOHN ROSS: Yes, Daddy. J.R.: Want me to tuck you in? JOHN ROSS: Yes. J.R.: [Kneels beside the bed, adjusts the blanket] You had a good day […]