Dallas Review: A Dangerous Dance

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Dallas writer Taylor Hamra wasn't kidding in his exclusive interview with TV Fanatic: Fans definitely need to buckle up for the remainder of this season.

"Collateral Damage" delivered on that promise by giving viewers plenty of new twists, as well as more time with some old favorites.

John Ross & Lucy

First off, how far does the thought behind a fruit basket go when you have to throw up in the recipient's bathroom. I think Rebecca may need to send Elena another apology gift.

But I'm still not understanding why the nose bleeds led Elena to believe Rebecca was pregnant. Pregnancy has lots of strange symptoms but show me someone with nose bleeds and nausea and I'd guess that they're very ill, not pregnant. 

I was surprised that Elena told Christopher about the baby, although it was certainly the quickest way to get him off her back. And what's up with Chris? One week he's telling Elena off and the next he swears he's going to fight for her. Both actions were based on the status of his relationship with Rebecca and it's making me like Chris less and less.

Christopher had the right to be shocked and upset by the news of the baby, but he came across sounding like a 12-year old again, shouting that Rebecca was nothing but a liar. Perhaps impending fatherhood will make him appear a little more manly.

Speaking of babies... That's my guess with Ann's back story. Perhaps there was a child that she lost or had to give up. The bigger issue is why won't she share any of it with Bobby, especially since she knows her ex is more than willing to spill all of her secrets.

I'm certain Bobby would have hit Ryland harder if he'd known he was going to be arrested for it. Back in the day, the Dallas police would have laughed at Ryland for trying to press charges over a slap in the face but it's a new world and times have changed.

I was proud of Bobby for not opening that envelope and immediately going to Ann with it. He's a good man and hopefully his wife will reward his trust with the truth.

I have one small complaint: Could they please stop showing the love tree and with Jock and Miss Ellie's names on it? Are the writers really trying to make me believe that only Bobby and Ann and Chris and Elena carved their names on it after that?!? What about Bobby and Pam? Wasn't he madly in love with Jenna Wade as a teenager? There have been so many couples over the years.

It just bugs the heck out of me every time they show that silly tree.

But back to our story. Sue Ellen stepped up to the plate for her son and gave Elena no illusions about whose back she'd have. That Sue Ellen went behind John Ross' back wasn't as much of a shock as her out and out intimidation. She may frown upon using those tactics with constituents but apparently strong arming her Elena wasn't a problem.

Hey! Lucy had an actual scene with real dialogue. That was awesome. Perhaps we could try that again next week. Seriously, though, it was great to see her interact with someone other than Ray and catching up with a grown Lucy Ewing would be intriguing. It also seemed fitting that if anyone would find a drunken little John Ross it would be Lucy. She'd snuck her fair share of liquor on that ranch back in her day.

I enjoy most of the characters on this show, both old and new but none as much as John Ross. Josh Henderson has really hit his stride. 

I admired John Ross' play to get Lucy on his side even though I knew it would never work. She won't go against her daddy and Gary will never side with J.R. over Bobby. 

John Ross' date with Lucy was a complete waste of time but since he was just a boy when most of that family history played out I'll agree that he may not have realized what he was up against. Besides, the scene was fun and it allowed Bobby to deliver this great, sarcastic Dallas quote

 I am glad that you took her out to brunch. It's nice to see you two staying so close. | permalink

I always look forward to John Ross' scenes but none as much as the ones he shares with Bobby. The sparks fly whenever they share the screen.

The moment Christopher showed up at Elena's door I knew she'd open it and that John Ross had been played. To his credit he figured it out fairly quickly. Unfortunately, his earlier play with the Venezuelans just landed him in a pile of trouble. 

Marta's death wasn't a shocker. I was expecting that after last week's episode but what I didn't see coming was the swan dive off of the balcony. Given Marta's love of sharp objects, I would have bet on a gruesome stabbing.

I loved the kiss John Ross gave Elena when he finally found her alive and well. He was so grateful and relieved. Unfortunately, that moment didn't last long.

With John Ross getting hauled off to jail will J.R. come home? Will Bobby let his nephew do the time or will the bonds of family win out? Buckle up because next week looks like another wild ride.


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C. Orlando is a TV Fanatic Staff Writer. Follow her on Twitter.


I knew immediately that Rebecca was pregnant when she had a nosebleed because that happened to me when I was pregnant. Before I had any other symptoms, I had a nosebleed and like Rebecca had no idea what it meant. I agree about Chris being wishy-washy. He's one of the heroes but I find myself liking John Ross more even though I am not on his side. I just think his character is stronger than Christopher's. At least he is clear about what he wants. And I am annoyed that Bobby's wife is still hiding things from him after he burned the envelope and told her he loved & trusted her. She needs to trust him.


John Ross & Elena -- yes! And like Miguel, I wish just once the writers would allow JR and John Ross to win. The "good guys" in this series are so boring ...


Wow! your line about that tree was so true..seriously, Pam and Bobby? Jenna & Bobby? those were his true loves for sure!


I just wish, for once, that JR/John Ross could win. Heck, they could drill for oil, then take the rigs out, and Southfork would look exactly the same.


Here is my theory...Ann did have children...two, whom she gave up...they are Rebecca and her brother. She married Bobby in the same way Rebecca married Christopher. This is why she is fighting so hard for the felon Rebecca. Take a look at the photo that was burning, that little girl in the picture looked an awful lot like a younger Rebecca. Hopefully John Ross rots in jail...where he belongs. Maybe now he will divorce Rebecca, take custody of the twins (she is a felon who can easily be proven as an unfit mother) and get back with who he belongs with - Elena. John Ross is a dirt bag who belongs in jail...hopefully Elena will see that and not his lies.


I love john ross!He is such a complex character and the actor who plays him is doing an amazing job portraying that.


I have to agree with you that Josh has really taken on the role of John Ross and made it stand up against DALLAS icons like Larry, Patrick, and Linda, with great strength and bravado. I love his character. And the fact that he truly does love Elena just makes him all the more likable, even if he is as shady a dealer as his father. LOVING JOHN ROSS.


Ok, I've figured out how they can exonerate John Ross from Marta's death!!!! Marta's recording device was still going when both John Ross was in her room AND when those thugs threw her off the balcony! The police will find this (if they're at all good at their jobs), review the recording, and see that John Ross did not kill her. Case closed. Of course, once this recording is reviewed by the cops and what was actually said between John Ross and Marta is revealed, this might come to negatively affect John Ross' dealings and also maybe his relationship with Elena. I can't remember word for word what was said between them, but at least the recording will free John Ross from jail. I also LOVE, LOVE, LOVE how so much happens in one single episode. Things actually get resolved in a REAL LIFE pace, not giving us ridiculous hang overs for ridiculous plots. It's amazing writing and Btw, I am LOVING both Josh and Jesse in this show. They can truly stand their ground against the DALLAS icons, Larry, Patrick, and Linda. I am just so damn happy DALLAS is back and that it's THIS GOOD! Woo-hoo!


I loved the Sue Ellen scene. I hope we see a lot more of her. I think she can be very ruthless and conniving so i want to see more of that.


Oh I love John Ross, star of This is the series and I love historical love affair with Elena, please do not break writers this story of love

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Dallas Season 1 Episode 7 Quotes

I'm sorry I threw up in your bathroom.


Don't you have some cows to go birth?

John Ross