Poll: Who is ‘Dallas’s’ Greatest Villainess?

Alexis Smith, Angelica Nero, Barbara Carrera, Dallas, Hillary Taylor, Jessica Farlow Montford, Judith Light, Katherine Wentworth, Kristin Shepard, Mary Crosby, Morgan Brittany, Sheila Foley, Susan Lucci, TNT

“Dallas” has given us lots of great villainesses over the years. Time to choose your favorite!

 

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No Rest for the Wicked During Tonight’s #DallasChat

Dallas, Emma Bell, Emma Ryland, Kristin Shepard, Mary Crosby, TNT

Double trouble

Dallas Decoder’s next #DallasChat on Twitter will be Monday, January 26, from 9 to 10 p.m. Eastern time.

Our theme: “Witchy Women.” We’ll discuss Kristin Shepard, Emma Ryland and all the other great “Dallas” villainesses.

Here’s how #DallasChat works: During each hour-long discussion, I tweet 10 questions from my Twitter handle, @DallasDecoder. Fans respond to the questions and comment on each other’s answers, making each chat a fun group conversation.

Here’s a sample exchange:

Q1. Who is “Dallas’s” most dangerous villainess? #DallasChat

A1. Kristin gets my vote. She didn’t need a gun; she could shoot daggers with her eyes! #DallasChat

Here are three tips:

• Each #DallasChat question is numbered (Q1, Q2, etc.), so your responses should include the corresponding number (A1, A2, etc.).

• Include the hashtag #DallasChat in your tweets.

• During the discussion, enter #DallasChat in Twitter’s search field. This will help you watch the search results so you can follow the conversation. Click “All” to see all the related tweets.

I hope to see you tonight!

Got suggestions for #DallasChat questions? Leave them in the comments section below.

Dallas Parallels: Caught!

Dallas, Julie Gonzalo, Linda Gray, Pamela Rebecca Barnes Ewing, Sue Ellen Ewing, Tangled Webs, Where There's Smoke, TNT

History repeats itself during “Dallas’s” third season when Pamela finds John Ross cheating with Emma. It’s not unlike the classic scene from the original show’s sixth year, when Sue Ellen walks in on J.R. in bed with Holly. There’s one major difference, of course: Sue Ellen flees the scene of J.R.’s crime in tears — unlike the smiling Pamela, who joins John Ross and his mistress in a shocking threesome.

Why do J.R. and John Ross cheat? Both men justify their extramarital activities by claiming they sleep around for business, and in J.R.’s case, it might be that cut and dry. He treats Holly as nothing  more than a pawn in his quest to beat Bobby in the contest for control of Ewing Oil. Similarly, John Ross begins his affair with Emma to gain access to Ryland Transport’s shipping fleet, although he comes to genuinely care for Emma, even risking his life to rescue her when she’s kidnapped by the Mexican drug cartel.

No matter the reason for their behavior, J.R. and John Ross are both humbled by their actions. After Sue Ellen catches J.R. with Holly, she falls off the wagon and is almost killed while driving drunk. Meanwhile, Pamela’s discovery that John Ross is cheating prompts her to overdose on pills — an ill-conceived attempt at revenge that almost costs Pamela her life.

Two scenes show J.R. and John Ross coming face to face with the consequences of their choices. In the 1983 episode “Penultimate,” J.R. sits on Sue Ellen’s bed, apologizes and begs for forgiveness. It’s similar to the scene in the 2014 episode “Dead Reckoning,” when John Ross sits near Pamela’s hospital bed and makes a similar declaration. Larry Hagman and Josh Henderson’s performances are also similar: J.R. tells Sue Ellen he’s sorry and stumbles over his words (“I can’t, I can’t tell you how sorry I am”), then concludes by saying, “I truly love you.” John Ross also trips over his words (“I will, I will be different”) after telling Pamela, “Look, I love you, okay?”

It’s somewhat startling to hear J.R. and John Ross pour out their hearts like this. Both scenes leave “Dallas” fans wondering what’s more shocking: seeing these master manipulators caught with their pants down, or seeing them caught being human?

 

‘I Truly Love You’

Dallas, J.R. Ewing, Larry Hagman, Penultimate

A game?

In “Penultimate,” a sixth-season “Dallas” episode, J.R. (Larry Hagman) enters his bedroom, where Sue Ellen (Linda Gray) sits in the bed.

SUE ELLEN: I waited up to talk to you.

J.R.: All right.

SUE ELLEN: I want you to explain to me why this nightmare happened.

J.R.: [Walks toward the bed] Sue Ellen, it was a terrible, terrible mistake.

SUE ELLEN: Mistake? If you wanted to be with other women, why didn’t you just go ahead and do it, instead of playing this silly charade?

J.R.: What charade?

SUE ELLEN: Our marriage, J.R. Why did you want me to marry you again? Why did you chase me like you did? Do you find some kind of perverse pleasure in hurting me?

J.R.: You know I don’t want to hurt you, Sue Ellen. [Sits on the bed]

SUE ELLEN: Then what is it? Is it the game? Is that what it’s all about, J.R.?

J.R.: What happened between Holly and —

SUE ELLEN: [Shouting] Stop it! Stop it! I don’t want to hear any more from you!

J.R.: Listen to me, please. I can’t, I can’t tell you how sorry I am about what happened. But I promise you it was a direct result of the battle for Ewing Oil. Winning the company means everything to me. When we got married, the second time, I vowed I would never hurt you again. But things got out of hand, Sue Ellen — and I don’t blame you for hating me. But I hope you can reach down in your heart and believe me when I say that I love you. [She closes her eyes and turns away.] I truly love you.

 

‘I Love You, Okay?’

Dallas, Dead Reckoning, John Ross Ewing, Josh Henderson, TNT

An excuse?

In “Dead Reckoning,” a third-season “Dallas” episode, John Ross (Josh Henderson) enters the hospital room, where Pamela (Julie Gonzalo) sits in bed, waiting for him.

JOHN ROSS: I don’t want to be like this anymore. I don’t want to be the guy that … I don’t want to be the guy that could have done this to you. I know it’s going to be hard for me to convince you of that right now. All I can do is try to prove it to you, every single day of my life. [Sits on the bed] Pamela, I’m so sorry. For everything.

PAMELA: I didn’t call you in here so you can try to fix us, John Ross. I called you in here to tell you to stop sitting out there, because it’s over.

JOHN ROSS: Pamela, don’t say that.

PAMELA: Look, I spent my entire childhood trying to get my father to love me. And all I’ve done in my adult life was continue that pattern by falling for a man who would put greed and ambition before me. And just like with my father, I was willing to do anything to get you to love me, John Ross. But I see now: Our marriage was just an excuse to get my shares of Ewing Global. You didn’t put your mother away to get her help, but to push the IPO through. I see now that there will never enough success, enough money, to fill that hole where your heart should be.

JOHN ROSS: Pamela, please. Look, I love you, okay? I swear, from now on it’s going to be different, okay? [Voice cracks] I will be different. I will, I will be different for you. I’ll be different. I promise.

PAMELA: You ask me what I want. I want you to leave because our marriage is over.

Did J.R. and John Ross deserve forgiveness? Share your comments below and read more “Dallas Parallels.”

‘Dallas’s’ Third-Season DVD is Now Available

Ann Ewing, Bobby Ewing, Brenda Strong, Christopher Ewing, Dallas, Dallas: The Complete Third Season, Elena Ramos, Jesse Metcalfe, Jordana Brewster, Patrick Duffy

They’re back

“Dallas: The Complete Third Season” arrives on DVD today. You can purchase the three-disc set from Amazon and other retailers.

Dallas Decoder shared an exclusive deleted scene from the DVD yesterday, along with a review of the extras and a poll on the third season’s best scene.

Also, if you were unable to join the DVD discussion during last night’s #DallasChat, visit Dallas Decoder’s Twitter page to read the my questions and the fans’ responses.

Happy viewing!

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EXCLUSIVE: See a Deleted Scene From ‘Dallas’s’ Third Season

Before Sue Ellen (Linda Gray) learned the truth about J.R.’s death in “Hurt,” she asked John Ross (Josh Henderson) for answers. Find out what he said by watching this deleted scene, a Dallas Decoder exclusive, from the “Dallas: The Complete Third Season” DVD set.

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Poll: What is ‘Dallas’s’ Best Third-Season Scene?

Bobby Ewing, Cliff Barnes, Dallas, John Ross Ewing, Josh Henderson, Ken Kercheval, Linda Gray, Patrick Duffy, Sue Ellen Ewing, TNT

The “Dallas: The Complete Third Season” DVD set arrives Tuesday, January 13. Time to choose a favorite moment!

 

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You’re Invited to Dallas Decoder’s DVD Drop Party

Bobby Ewing, Dallas, John Ross Ewing, Josh Henderson, TNT

Party boys

Dallas Decoder is throwing a party — and you’re invited!

Our next #DallasChat on Twitter will be Monday, January 12, from 9 to 10 p.m. Eastern time. To celebrate the release of the “Dallas: The Complete Third Season” DVD, this chat will be a “DVD Drop Party,” complete with games and treats — including the world premiere of a deleted scene from the three-disc set.

Here’s how #DallasChat works: During the course of each hour-long discussion, I tweet 10 questions from my Twitter handle, @DallasDecoder. Fans respond to the questions and comment on each other’s answers, making each chat a fun, freewheeling group conversation.

Here’s a sample exchange:

Q1. What’s your favorite third-season “Dallas” episode? #DallasChat

A1. I love the one where John Ross and Bobby fought. Wait, that’s every episode, isn’t it? #DallasChat

Here are three tips:

• Each #DallasChat question is numbered (Q1, Q2, etc.), so your responses should include the corresponding number (A1, A2, etc.).

• Include the hashtag #DallasChat in your tweets.

• During the discussion, enter #DallasChat in Twitter’s search field. This will help you watch the search results so you can follow the conversation. Click “All” to see all the related tweets.

This is one #DallasChat you won’t want to miss. See you tonight!

Got suggestions for #DallasChat questions? Leave them in the comments section below.

‘Dallas’ on DVD: The Ewings Have a Few More Surprises For Us

Ann Ewing, Bobby Ewing, Brenda Strong, Dallas, Dallas: The Complete Third Season, Patrick Duffy, TNT

Cheers

“Dallas: The Complete Third Season” arrives on DVD tomorrow, and for many fans, the highlight will be the three-disc set’s 31 deleted scenes. This previously unseen material comprises an impressive 48 minutes of screen time; if you watch it all in one sitting, it’s almost like having a brand-new episode to enjoy.

Whether you binge or savor the fresh footage, you’ll likely love it every bit as much as the stuff that aired last year. In one deleted scene, when Bobby wonders if he should use his new position as a railroad commissioner to stop Nicolas, he receives unexpected advice from Ann, who urges her husband to get in touch with his inner J.R. In another scene, which I’ll post to Dallas Decoder tonight and share during our #DallasChat on Twitter, Sue Ellen presses John Ross to tell her the truth about J.R.’s death — and John Ross’s response might surprise you.

You’ll also get to see Sue Ellen compare Emma to Kristin, a scene cut from last year’s wedding episode but included in a TNT promo. Hearing Emma’s snappy comeback makes seeing the complete conversation worth the wait. There’s also a lovely moment where Bobby comforts Pamela after she discovers John Ross is cheating on her, along with several nice exchanges between Sue Ellen and Ann, whose I’ve-got-your-back bond gave them “Dallas’s” most stable relationship.

Not everything you’re hoping to see is here. The most notable omission: John Ross’s serenading of Pamela at their wedding, which Julie Gonzalo discussed during our interview last year. I would have much preferred seeing that moment instead of the one that explains why Judith was absent from a few episodes during the second half of the season. It turns out Dallas’s unlikeliest madam had to fly to Paris to remind some misbehaving French prostitutes who’s boss. Who knew the Rylands operated a chain of international whorehouses?

Besides the deleted scenes, the DVD will give fans an opportunity to revisit — and in some cases, to reassess — the 15 episodes that aired during “Dallas’s” third year. “Dead Reckoning,” the darkly absorbing hour that chronicles the fallout from Drew’s death, is even better than I remembered (Emma Bell is particularly good), while “Lifting the Veil” is still weighed down by the silliness at Judith’s brothel. Overall, I find the third-season episodes as entertaining as I did last year, which makes the DVD’s release bittersweet. Traditionally, the show’s DVDs come out a few weeks before each new season starts, and I wish that were the case here too. This should be a prelude, not a punctuation mark.

“Dallas: The Complete Third Season” is available from Amazon and other retailers. Buy it, watch it, share your comments below and read more opinions from Dallas Decoder.

Dallas Parallels: The Puppeteer

Cliff Barnes, Dallas, Ken Kercheval, TNT

Cliff Barnes may be “Dallas’s” biggest loser, but give the devil his due: He has a knack for pulling the strings of women who’ve been wronged by J.R. Ewing.

On TNT’s “Dallas,” after the Ewings framed Cliff (Ken Kercheval) for J.R.’s “murder,” he summoned Elena Ramos (Jordana Brewster) to his Mexican jail cell and made a shocking revelation: J.R. once swindled Elena’s father out of oil-rich land. After Elena confirmed Cliff’s claims, she accepted his offer to help him get out of jail and join forces against the Ewings — an alliance Elena came to regret after it triggered a chain of tragedies that included the deaths of brother Drew and true love Christopher.

Elena — perhaps the new “Dallas’s” smartest character at one time — became the latest in a long line of ladies who foolishly sought revenge against J.R. by getting into bed with Cliff (only figuratively in Elena’s case, thank heavens). Cliff previously manipulated Sue Ellen, Julie Grey and Afton Cooper, although the strongest parallel between him and Elena might be his relationship with Mandy Winger (Deborah Shelton). During the original show’s ninth season, after Cliff stunned Mandy by telling her that J.R. was sleeping with Angelica Nero — cheating on his mistress with another woman, the nerve! — Mandy agreed to spy on J.R. for Cliff.

The scene where Many and Cliff form their alliance is not unlike the one between Cliff and Elena 29 years later: Each woman sits across a table from Cliff and tells him she’s confirmed his claims, and then she expresses anger over J.R.’s betrayal and declares she’s ready to fight back. Later, Mandy’s scheme spirals out of control — especially after she flushes expensive jewelry from J.R. down the toilet — and she ends up feeling guilty and disillusioned, just like Elena does many years later.

The parallels aren’t perfect, of course. Unlike Mandy, who makes J.R. the target of her revenge, Elena decides to make all the Ewings pay for J.R.’s sins. Also, only Mandy’s story has resolution: She eventually draws the wrath of Sue Ellen, who forces her to leave town.

I can’t help but wonder: How many “Dallas” fans wish they could have seen Sue Ellen do the same thing to Elena?

 

‘J.R.’s Betrayed Me for the Last Time’

Curiosity Killed the Cat, Dallas, Deborah Shelton

Seeking revenge

In “Curiosity Killed the Cat,” a ninth-season “Dallas” episode, Mandy (Deborah Shelton) sits across from Cliff (Ken Kercheval) at a sidewalk cafe.

MANDY: I went to Angelica Nero’s hotel last night and waited. It was 5 o’clock in the morning when J.R. came out.

CLIFF: He didn’t see you, did he?

MANDY: [Shakes her head no] When he came over to my place this morning, I asked if he’d worked very late. He said he was back at Southfork by 11. You were right, Cliff. Sue Ellen was right. Everyone was right.

CLIFF: I’m sorry you had to find out this way. But since you did, are you ready to take me up on my offer?

MANDY: [Determined] Yes. You just tell me what you want me to do. J.R.’s betrayed me for the last time. Now it’s my turn.

 

‘His Betrayal Cost My Father His Life’

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Seeking justice

In “The Return,” a third-season “Dallas” episode, Elena (Jordana Brewster) sits across from Cliff in a Mexican jail cell.

ELENA: I don’t like you. You’re scheming. [Sighs] But I researched the land records. What you told me is true. J.R. switched my father’s land with a worthless deed. His betrayal cost my father his life. I came back here to accept your offer to be your proxy at Barnes Global.

CLIFF: Good. I spent my life building that company. I’d be loath to think that the Ewings could destroy it before I get out of prison.

ELENA: You’re getting out?

CLIFF: Yeah. And you’re going to help me.

ELENA: Why would I do that?

CLIFF: Because you want to hold real power over that family. And to do that, you need leverage — leverage in the way of evidence that they framed me for J.R.’s murder. My plane, without me in it, was moved to Nuevo Laredo the night that J.R. was killed. And that American woman in Nuevo Laredo — the dancer, Rhonda Simmons or something — you know, she lied to say that I was in the club when I wasn’t. And the gun that killed J.R. they stole out of my locker at the gun range. Together, we can take back Barnes Global, and then Southfork. Take from them what’s most important — what they took from us. But I need to know that you have the strength to exact revenge.

ELENA: They kicked me out of a company I helped start. They took away my oil leases. They accused me of helping my brother when they would have done the same to help their own, and now all this? I’ll find the strength — because I’m not thinking of this as revenge. I am thinking of this as justice.

What do you think of Cliff’s manipulation of Mandy and Elena? Share your comments below and read more “Dallas Parallels.”

Poll: What is ‘Dallas’s’ Best Cliffhanger?

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Every “Dallas” fan has a favorite finale. What’s yours?

 

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