Critique: TNT’s ‘Dallas’ Episode 32 — ‘Like a Bad Penny’

John Ross has never reminded me of J.R. as much as he does in “Like a Bad Penny.” To salvage a botched business deal with a powerful sheik, John Ross competes against him in a high-stakes poker game and deliberately loses, even though it means gambling away his prized “J.R.” wristwatch. Except the watch is […]

Drill Bits: ‘Dallas’ Gets a Slight Ratings Boost

“Dallas” experienced an uptick in the ratings this week: “Playing Chicken,” the latest episode, debuted to 1.985 million viewers on March 10, including 512,000 adults between ages 18 and 49, the demographic that advertisers pay top dollar to reach. The total audience grew by roughly 50,000 viewers, or about 2.6 percent. The previous episode, “Trust Me,” debuted […]

Dallas Burning Questions: Season 3, Week 3

Here are the questions we’re pondering as we await tonight’s telecast of “Playing Chicken,” TNT’s latest “Dallas” episode: • Is Harris telling the truth? In “Trust Me,” last week’s episode, Bobby and Ann (Patrick Duffy, Brenda Strong) were stunned to discover Harris (Mitch Pileggi) was released from jail. When Bobby and Ann began investigating the circumstances […]

TNT’s Dallas Styles: ‘Trust Me’

The crowd may have been smaller than in days gone by and no one got dunked in the pool, but there’s one area where this week’s Ewing Barbecue lived up to tradition: the clothing. The Southfork shindigs on the original “Dallas” always allowed the characters to dress a little more playfully than usual, and so […]

Say What?! This Week’s Best Dallas Sound Bites

“Dallas” delivers the most delicious dialogue on television. The best sound bites from “Trust Me,” this week’s episode, come from a single source: Judith Ryland (Judith Light). What are your favorite lines from “Trust Me”? Share them below and read more “Say What?!”

TNT’s Dallas Scene of the Day: ‘Mama Like’

In “Trust Me,” a third-season “Dallas” episode, Harris and Judith (Mitch Pileggi, Judith Light) meet Luis (Antonio Jaramillo) in an equestrian center in Nuevo Laredo, Mexico. LUIS: Harris, my friend. Good to see you out of jail. HARRIS: [Shakes his hand] Thanks to you, my friend. LUIS: The least I can do for a man […]

Critique: TNT’s ‘Dallas’ Episode 27 — ‘Trust Me’

Is “Trust Me” the most audacious episode in “Dallas” history? It’s hard to think of another one that shocked me more. Judith Ryland seals a deal with a Mexican drug lord by snorting a few lines of coke, Harris Ryland is revealed as a CIA informant — these are not the kinds of things we’re […]

Trust Me, We Have Lots to Discuss Tonight on #DallasChat

You’re invited to join Dallas Decoder’s next #DallasChat on Twitter, which I’ll hold Tuesday, March 4, from 9 to 10 p.m. Eastern time. We’ll discuss “Trust Me,” TNT’s latest “Dallas” episode. Leave your suggested questions about “Trust Me” in the comments section below, tweet them to me @DallasDecoder or post them to my Facebook page. I’ll […]

The Dal-List: Classic ‘Dallas’s’ 8 Ewing Barbecues, Ranked

The Ewings throw another Southfork barbecue in “Trust Me,” TNT’s latest “Dallas” episode. Here’s a list of every barbecue from the classic show’s era, ranked in order of preference. (Please note: The two rodeo episodes aren’t included. Don’t worry; they’ll get their own list one day.) 8. Barbecue VIII (1987). The original “Dallas’s” final barbecue feels a little […]

Dallas Burning Questions: Season 3, Week 2

Here are the questions we’re pondering as we await tonight’s telecast of “Trust Me,” TNT’s latest “Dallas” episode: • What’s Elena and Nicolas’s next move? In “The Return,” last week’s third-season premiere, Elena (Jordana Brewster) formed a secret alliance with Cliff (Ken Kercheval) and agreed to help him prove the Ewings framed him. She lied to […]