Dallas Round Table: Series Premiere

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Welcome to the first-ever edition of the Dallas Round Table!

The new Dallas roared back to TV on Wednesday night more than two decades after the original series ended. With J.R., Bobby and Sue Ellen returning and their kids all grown up and more than capable of causing their own trouble, did the Dallas premiere live up to the expectations of all the fans of the classic? And for those that never saw an episode of the original, did this version live up to the hype?

Our TV Fanatic Round Table of Jim Garner, Dan Forcella, Sean McKenna and Christine Orlando have gathered here to hash out whether Dallas deserves a place on your must-watch list.


What was your favorite scene?

Jim: I have to go with the opening credits. When that music kicked in I was taken back to being 10 years old, sitting with my mom and siblings in our living room watching Bobby and JR slug it out every week. I'm so glad they kept the music score.

Dan: My favorite scene was Elena and Rebecca sizing each other up just before the wedding. These two are in for some major cat fights, and as a red-blooded American male, I couldn't ask for more.

Sean: Honestly, everything with JR. The character is so cooly clever in his endeavors, from pretending to need the walker to even pretending he wasn't okay. The guy has so many tricks up his sleeve that I can't wait to watch him play his hand.

Christine: I agree with Jim about the music. It brought me right back, but my favorite scene was at the oil well when John Ross told Bobby in this Dallas quote: You don't think we're long past caring about Miss Ellie's precious little wishes. You don't 'dis Miss Ellie!  That's the moment I knew this was going to be really good.

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Can you picture Sue Ellen as governor?

Jim: Absolutely, once Sue Ellen quit drinking she was a force to be reckoned with. Not much has changed.

Dan: Sure. As a Dallas newbie, I don't know much about her yet, but she seems like she has the chops.

Sean: Sure. I mean we haven't really seen too much of her in the political world, but she seems like she'd be up to the task.

Christine: I can still remember the mousy lush and washed up beauty queen we met in the original. Of course, 13 seasons later, she had quit both drinking and J.R. and become a powerful business woman. I'm looking forward to her running for governor.

Any ideas on who sent Elena that e-mail?

Jim: I thought Annie might have done it right up until Rebecca and Tommy turned out to be con men who have been working Chris for two years. So one of the Sutters, Rebecca or Tommy sent it to get the ball rolling.

Dan: With every twist and turn we saw in just the first two hours, I wouldn't be surprised no matter who sent the email. I will make a guess that it was Elena's mom.

Sean: I know who it is, but let's just say it's a great twist for when finally revealed. I mean, this is Dallas after all.

Christine: Sean has insider information? So not fair! Seriously, though, my guess is Rebecca or her brother but that means they've had lots of inside information. Whoever it is, I can't wait to find out.

Which twist surprised you the most?

Jim: That John Ross didn't send Elena the email... while not an intentional twist, him paying an investigator to find out who did shows a bit about how much he really does care about her.

Dan: Rebecca conning Chris. I should have seen that one coming, I know, but she seemed so sweet and innocent that she lulled me in just as she did Chris.

Sean: I'd agree about John Ross not sending the email. I mean everything seemed to fit perfectly that he would be the one and his character certainly seems like the type.

Christine: I'm with Dan. Rebecca conned me too but I should have known something was off when she volunteered to give up their honeymoon in Tahiti. What woman does that?

Did you think it lived up to the original?

Jim: Let's see... John Ross is attempting to cheat JR and Bobby out of Southfork; only JR is wise to him; and John Ross's partner in crime will now be blackmailing him - and that was only one storyline! YEAH, it lived up to the original.

Dan: Having never seen the original, but hearing about it time and time again, my expectations were as high as anyone's. This version of Dallas, with all of its twists and reveals, met those expectations.

Sean: While I'm new to the Dallas world but have a good grasp of the original series, I felt like as a show simply on its own, there's plenty of great drama and story just waiting to be explored. And I love that both the original and new characters have shared time to be explored and not simply just cameos. It's a great crossover and allows the show to work as something fresh and new with those older elements that made the show entertaining in the first place.

Christine: I was a huge fan of the original and thought this new version captured the fun and then some. The mix of new and old characters felt seamless.Plus it used all of that great history to create new, compelling stories. I couldn't have asked for more.


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I enjoyed watching the new Dallas and the new cast members.


I loved it..I too saw almost all of the original show..Just hope that the Youger folks become attached to it as us-oldies-did.All the twist & turns is just like the old show was--yeah!!!


Well, it is quite obvious that JR sent that email. I mean who would suspect him, he was supposed to be catatonic.I love JR, he is still as awesome as ever.The grifters are working for him.


I have watched Dallas from the very beginning. That was my Friday night, I never missed an episode. It is my all time favorite TV series. I was thrilled to hear that it was coming back. I watched all the previews on On-Demand over and over, I couldn't wait until June 13th. I loved the new show and all the new faces as well as the original characters. I am still watching the former shows on On-Demand and I know why I loved that show so much. I hope this will last as long as the first DALLAS. I don't care what the critics say this show is a breath of fresh air. Thank you for bringing it back!


Part 2 - all those years he was just horrible to people & he started with SueEllen. Biggest surprise: Bobby really standing up to John Ross & acting like he hates that kid. John Ross is surely driven by revenge & hatred for his parents & Christopher ... wow! Next biggest surprise? Christopher's new wife wheeling & dealing with her brother against Christopher - wow!!! John Ross is going to cross that line with his Father & I will be shocked if J.R. did not go after his own kids' throat. He's going to teach his son that if he can't run with the big dogs, he best park his ass on the porch!!


The very familiar opening music was just so wonderful to hear again - like no amount of years have gone by - they changed the buildings & all but so happy that they kept the original score. I love the way old & new school has been inter-twined & glad that they still have the Cattle Barron's Ball. J.R. hasn't changed. He is STILL a conniving S.O.B. & we wouldn't want him any other way - Larry Hagman has already portrayed his character to perfection. Bobby is still a tender-hearted guy & is a great dad to Christopher. As for the very cleaned up SueEllen - a possible run for governor-ship. Good for her - she already has my vote. When J.R. told SueEllen she was the prettiest girl at the Cattle Barron's Ball, she fell for it AGAIN!!! Let's NOT be too naive to think J.R. would NOT try to bribe her office & if he was not successful would would get her thrown out of office ... did I mention he really IS an S.O.B.? God, all those years he was just horrible to people & he started with her. Biggest surprise: Bobby really standing up to John Ross & acting like he really HATES that kid ... John Ross surely is driven by revenge & hatred for his parents & Christopher ... wow! Glad to see Bobby show much more strength than he did all those years ago. Next biggest surprise? Christopher's new wife wheeling & dealing with her brother against Christopher - wow, wow, wow!!! They are all trying to do each other in!!! Well, things haven't changed A BIT at Southfork I see ... nor should they. It was great to see Lucy & Ray Krebbs at the now sham wedding .... It will be interesting to learn who did send that e-mail. Not Pam ... One last thing - John Ross is gonna cross that line with his own Father & I will be shocked if J.R. doesn't go after his own kids' throat. J.R. is going to show that kid that if you can't run with the big dogs, ya better park your ass on the porch ... oh boy!


What was your favorite scene? Anything JR Sr. his one liners are priceless! Can you picture Sue Ellen as governor? This is going to be interesting but Sue Ellen can get down and dirty with the best of them. Any ideas on who sent Elena that e-mail? I'm going to go out on limb and say Sue Ellen...John Ross seemed to obvious and so do the con sibs. Which twist surprised you the most? Marta (or however you spell it!) is not the real Marta now that was a twist! Did you think it lived up to the original? The "new" Dallas lives up to the original and then some! Great television an what we have been missing!

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Dallas Season 1 Episode 1 Quotes

I ain't a virgin but i ain't a whore either.


I've got family business to attend to before anybody knows I'm dying.