Dallas Parallels: Drama Mamas

When Emma began popping pills and chasing boys on TNT’s “Dallas,” a lot of fans were reminded of Lucy’s antics on the original show. The two women share at least one more similarity: Both have strained relations with their long-lost mamas. In the 1979 episode “Secrets,” Valene goes to Lucy’s college campus and approaches her […]

The Best & Worst of Dallas: Season 3

“Dallas’s” third season offers lots to celebrate – and a few things to curse. Performances Larry Hagman and Linda Gray do mighty impressive work in Season 3, but even they can’t touch Jim Davis and Barbara Bel Geddes. Since I began re-watching “Dallas,” the nicest discovery has been how good Davis is as Jock, especially […]

Dallas Styles: Lucy’s Pigtails

Pigtails were a fashion trend on television in the 1970s. Melissa Gilbert famously wore them on “Little House on the Prairie,” but the style wasn’t just for kids. Louise Lasser was almost always seen in tight braids on “Mary Hartman, Mary Hartman,” while Suzanne Somers sometimes sported double ponytails on “Three’s Company.” Lucy hops on […]

The Art of Dallas: ‘Secrets’

Valene (Joan Van Ark) turns to Bobby (Patrick Duffy) for help in this 1979 publicity shot from “Secrets,” a third-season “Dallas” episode.

Dallas Scene of the Day: ‘It Won’t Work Anymore, J.R.’

In “Secrets,” a third-season “Dallas” episode, Valene (Joan Van Ark) answers a knock on her motel room door. It’s J.R. (Larry Hagman). J.R.: Hello, Valene. I never thought I’d see you back here again. VAL: How’d you find me? J.R.: [Enters, closes the door behind him, looks around the room] Oh, it wasn’t too hard. […]

Critique: ‘Dallas’ Episode 33 – ‘Secrets’

“Secrets” is about the perils of motherhood. In this episode, Sue Ellen remains aloof toward her newborn son, Valene struggles to reconcile with Lucy, and Pam agonizes over her pregnancy. Poor Miss Ellie is left to fret over them all. If the eternally wise and loving Ellie is “Dallas’s” ideal mama, then Sue Ellen occupies […]