The Best & Worst of Dallas: Season 4

“Dallas’s” fourth season was the show’s most-watched. Is it also the best? Performances In Season 4, J.R. recovers from an assassination attempt, learns to walk again and suffers a humiliating exile from Ewing Oil. Through it all, Larry Hagman never misses a beat. The actor takes us deeper into J.R.’s psyche, revealing vulnerabilities we never dreamed […]

Critique: ‘Dallas’ Episode 66 – ‘End of the Road, Part 2’

“End of the Road, Part 2” aired three days after President Reagan’s inauguration, and as if on cue, the episode ushers in a bigger, glossier version of “Dallas.” The show has always been about big things (big homes, big business, big egos), but this hour seems to mark the moment the producers decide even bigger […]

The Art of Dallas: ‘Trouble at Ewing 23’

Bobby (Patrick Duffy) confronts J.R. (Larry Hagman) over the botched handling of a ransom demand in this 1980 publicity shot from “Trouble at Ewing 23,” a fourth-season “Dallas” episode.

Dallas Scene of the Day: ‘You’re a Ewing now’

In “Trouble at Ewing 23,” a fourth-season “Dallas” episode, Ray (Steve Kanaly) finds Miss Ellie (Barbara Bel Geddes) with her horse in the stable. RAY: Miss Ellie, I’m very grateful to you. ELLIE: Oh, Ray. RAY: No. You accepted me into your family. That’s very important to me. ELLIE: Ray, Jock told me about his […]

Critique: ‘Dallas’ Episode 62 – ‘Trouble at Ewing 23’

“Trouble at Ewing 23” is a decent “Dallas” episode until the fourth act, when everything falls apart. Or is blown apart, to be more precise. The episode starts off strongly when Ray runs into Miss Ellie in the stable, where he thanks her for welcoming him into the family. Ellie is gracious, but she also expresses concern […]