The Best & Worst of Dallas: Season 5

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“Dallas’s” fifth season was dandy, save for a few disappointments. Performances Barbara Bel Geddes delivers one tour-de-force performance after another as the grieving Miss Ellie. Everyone remembers the scene where Mama smashes the dishes in the Southfork kitchen, but Bel Geddes also shines in quiet moments like the one where Ellie takes that mournful stroll […]

Critique: ‘Dallas’ Episode 97 – ‘The Maelstrom’

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Oh, these Ewing women. How they confound me. Every time it seems like they’re about to find happiness on their own terms, they fall back into frustrating old patterns. This usually means falling back into the arms of men who are no good for them. In “The Maelstrom,” after Sue Ellen puts the kibosh on […]

Critique: ‘Dallas’ Episode 93 – ‘The Phoenix’

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Two great scenes bookend “The Phoenix.” In the first, J.R. brings John Ross to Ewing Oil on a Sunday morning so the little boy can see where Daddy works. This is Larry Hagman at his most charming – and mischievous. As J.R. carries his son through the reception area, he points out where “Daddy’s pretty […]

J.R. Ewing, Larry Hagman and Me

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Like his famous alter ego, Larry Hagman dodged death so many times, I assumed he was going to live forever. Waking up to the news last Saturday morning that Hagman was suddenly gone left me feeling a little dazed. Without putting much thought into it, I grabbed an old J.R. Ewing publicity shot, scanned it […]

Dallas Scene of the Day: ‘I’m Sorry, Mama’

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In “Dallas’s” fifth-season episode “The Search,” Miss Ellie (Barbara Bel Geddes) is seated alone at the the Southfork dining room table when Bobby (Patrick Duffy), Ray (Steve Kanaly) and J.R. (Larry Hagman) enter. Each man holds his hat. BOBBY: I’m sorry, Mama. ELLIE: Did you find him? BOBBY: No, ma’am. RAY: Miss Ellie, we found […]

Critique: ‘Dallas’ Episode 90 – ‘The Search’

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With “The Search,” “Dallas” says goodbye to Jim Davis but not to Jock Ewing. This memorable episode sends J.R., Bobby and Ray into the jungle to find their missing father, but the only thing they recover is his medallion, which Bobby retrieves from the lake where the old man’s helicopter crashed. By the end of […]