The Dal-List: Jock Ewing’s 15 Greatest Moments

Last month, Dallas Decoder critiqued “The Search,” the episode where “Dallas” bids farewell to the great Jim Davis. Here’s a look at 15 memorable moments featuring the actor and his mighty character, Jock Ewing. 15. Naming John Ross. The Ewings are in a waiting room at Dallas Memorial Hospital, where Sue Ellen has gone into […]

Dallas Styles: Jock’s Bathrobe

Is it a coincidence Jim Davis wears a bathrobe during some of Jock’s most vulnerable moments on “Dallas?” In “Survival,” Jock is clad in a beige terrycloth robe when he overhears Miss Ellie’s confrontation with a Dallas Press reporter and learns the plane carrying J.R. and Bobby has crashed. The usually rock-like Jock crumbles upon […]

Dallas Styles: Miss Ellie’s Pearls

The second-season episode “Survival” features one of my all-time favorite “Dallas” moments: the scene where Miss Ellie points a shotgun at a snoopy newspaper reporter and orders him off Southfork. The confrontation demonstrates how the Ewings, a thoroughly modern family, cling to old values like defending their land. The shotgun, a symbol of the American […]

Dallas Scene of the Day: ‘Ray, Get Me the Shotgun. …’

In “Survival,” a second-season “Dallas” episode, Miss Ellie and Ray (Barbara Bel Geddes, Steve Kanaly) are chatting in the Southfork foyer when someone knocks on the door. Ellie opens it and finds Dallas Press reporter Ken Jackson (Andy Jarrell) on the stoop. JACKSON: Mrs. Ewing? ELLIE: Who are you? JACKSON: Ken Jackson. I’m with the Press. […]

Critique: ‘Dallas’ Episode 14 – ‘Survival’

Larry Hagman and Patrick Duffy appear three times in “Survival:” twice in the first act, when J.R. and Bobby board the Ewings’ private plane and when the aircraft begins its descent into Louisiana swampland, and again in the final scene, when the brothers return to Southfork, battered and bruised. It’s a testament to the strength […]