In Memoriam: Our 2016 ‘Dallas’ Tributes

Dallas Decoder remembers the “Dallas” actors, crew members and other contributors who died in 2016. Click on each person’s name to learn more about his or her career at IMDb.com.   Anthony Addabbo Died October 18 (age 56) In the 14th-season episode “Smooth Operator,” Addabbo played John, a Hollywood wannabe who pitched Bobby on a […]

Critique: ‘Dallas’ Episode 102 – ‘Acceptance’

The scene everyone remembers from “Acceptance” is the one where the grieving Miss Ellie goes on a rampage in the Southfork kitchen, smashing every dish in sight before tearfully collapsing onto the floor. This is a big, dramatic moment and it never fails to give me chills, but it’s not the only great performance we […]

The Best & Worst of Dallas: Season 2

“Dallas” was still figuring itself out during its second season, which means there was plenty to hail and heckle. Performances Although every member of the ensemble has great moments this season, no one is as consistently wonderful as Barbara Bel Geddes. Miss Ellie becomes a somewhat frustrating character as “Dallas” progresses – she too often […]

Critique: ‘Dallas’ Episode 18 – ‘Kidnapped’

New rule: If you’re watching “Dallas” and a Ewing becomes a crime victim before the second act, chances are it’s going to be a lackluster episode. So far, crooks and lowlifes have been front and center in three installments: The first-season episode “Winds of Vengeance” (two working Joes hold the Ewings at gunpoint and threaten to […]

Dallas Scene of the Day: ‘I Hate This Family!’

In “Runaway,” a second-season “Dallas” episode, Pam (Victoria Principal) enters her bedroom and finds the dresses she brought home for Lucy on the floor. Lucy (Charlene Tilton) stands at the window, pouting. PAM: Well, I guess you didn’t like them. [Lucy doesn’t respond.] Honey, Miss Ellie or Sue Ellen will probably bring you into town […]

Critique: ‘Dallas’ Episode 12 – ‘Runaway’

“Runaway” is one of “Dallas’s” weakest episodes. Almost everything about it – the writing, the directing, the acting, the music – is bad. The episode treats Lucy, who was so daring during “Dallas’s” first season, like just another bratty TV teenager. She spends the beginning of “Runaway” whining about how the Ewings are ignoring her. […]