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Dallas Review: A Whole New Game

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The Dallas season finale tied the old and new together, as "Revelations" clarified the direction of things to come.

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The show opened with a solid one-two punch: Rebecca frantically mopped up the blood off her floor and had a clean up crew haul Tommy's body out of the way, prompting the obvious question: Who the heck is this girl? Who can place a phone call and make a murder scene and a dead body disappear? Government agent? Witness protection? Mobster's daughter?

SPOILER ALERT! If you have not watched this episode, read no further. OK, you've been warned.

Rebecca was Cliff Barnes' daughter! Damn. I didn't see that coming - and I should have. Once the reveal happened, all of the pieces fell into place. 

For those new to the series, Cliff fathered a child with long-time lover Afton Cooper. The girl's name was Pamela Rebecca, named after Cliff's sister and mother. I can only assume that Rebecca is that child.

Suddenly her detailed knowledge of the Ewings and her love of Chinese food all fell into place. 

The depth of Cliff's hatred of the Ewing clan has always astounded me. The fact that he'd use his own daughter in an attempt to take them down was both appalling and completely believable.

But the best twist of all is that with Rebecca pregnant with Christopher's twins, the Barnes and the Ewings will be inextricably connected for yet another generation. 

The reveal that Rebecca was a Barnes would be enough for most season finales but Dallas gave us so much more, starting with an uncharacteristic moment of sincerity for J.R. as he stood by his brother's bedside. J.R. told an unconscious Bobby that he loved him, that he didn't know who he was without him and that he needed to get up and fight, even if that meant continuing the battle between the two.

It's in moments like this that I'm reminded that J.R.'s over-the-top villainy works because we believe that he really does love his family, even if it is in his own uniquely warped way.

So much happened so quickly from there that it was almost hard to keep up. Bobby woke up and, instead of sending his brother to prison, used the information to take Vicente down... but it came at a hefty price for John Ross.

The relationship between John Ross and Elena has been a highlight for me all season. I loved his proposal even though I knew it was too good to last. When he begged her for a second chance with tears in his eyes, I felt his heartbreak.

Christopher's realization that Rebecca was not who she claimed to be was another blow. Not so much because I love these two as a couple but because I hated that it sent Christopher running back to Elena.

And in yet one more riveting storyline, Ann Ewing finally confirmed why she deserves to be the wife of Bobby Ewing. I was really concerned when she went to Ryland to try and help Sue Ellen. When she began to unbutton her blouse my stomach turned.

Bobby's Home

I practically fist pumped the air when I saw the listening device hooked to her bra. Then she punched the S.O.B. and did a better job of it than Bobby did week's earlier and she capped it off with this great Dallas quote

 The next time you ask me for a hug you'll be hugging the business hand of my shotgun. | permalink

Go Ann!

But my favorite scene of the night was John Ross showing Elena and then Christopher the new Ewing Energies office space. Having it be the renovated space of the former Ewing Oil was priceless. As John Ross showed Elena where Jock's office had been, and uncle Bobby's, and J.R.'s, I could have hugged him. 

It was a skillful way of melding the past and the present and hinting at the turmoil and greatness of what's to come.

In the end, John Ross and J.R. standing in that revered space as the son asked the father to impart all of his deviousness and experience brought everything full circle. Except this time John Ross is a little less naive about his legendary father and his heartache over his lost love will fuel his revenge. 

And that's before he knows that Elena's back in Christopher's bed!

I spent so much time waiting for the start of the new Dallas that I can't quite believe that season one is over. Season two returns in January 2013.  Will you be watching?

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I really loved the very end of the final episode where John Ross finally moves over to that place where he goes from greedy to maniacal. You see such a transformation in him as the music plays and the camera focuses steadily on his face. He has undergone such a metamorphosis, that he is even willing to sacrifice his father. I think he has gone beyond a point of no return.

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I really loved the very end of the final episode where John Ross finally moves over to that place where he goes from greedy to maniacal. You see such a transformation in him as the music plays and the camera focuses steadily on his face. He has undergone such a metamorphosis, that he is even willing to sacrifice his father. I think he has gone beyond a point of no return.

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Perhaps losing Elena will send John Ross down the same path as his mother.....become an alcoholic! Bitter + alcohol = a very mean John Ross!! And agree that the baby in Ann's picture was a girl. I also wondered about how Cliff getting Christopher's methane project (which is what he groomed Rebecca to do) would get him Southfork??!!! Overall, I am enjoying this show and am looking forward to January!

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@Trixee - You bring up another point that puzzles me. Why did Cliff think that getting his hooks into Christopher, by using his daughter, would give him an edge into getting Southfork? There are numerous other Ewings out there that could pop up, like James (J.R.'s older illegitimate son), Lucas Wade Krebbs (Bobby's son by Jenna Wade, but adopted by Ray Krebbs - he should have been at the wedding), and Gary's four kids by Valene. Kind of makes me sad because Cliff was such a good uncle to Christopher on the original show. If he was interested in Chris' energy tech, why didn't Cliff just invest in it when no one else would? As for Southfork, they're tinkering w/history. It was never part of the Jock-Digger feud because it came from Miss Ellie's side of the family. It was the Southworth family ranch that she inherited. Jock & Digger fought over their oil discovery & Miss Ellie; not her ranch.

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Cont'd from below...."You can still have drama, comedy & romance without resorting to cheap, sleazy thrills that insult the actors and the audience watching."

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I'm surprised that no one gave kudos to Sue Ellen's announcement that she's running for governor. Linda Gray was great in it. The way Sue Ellen's dialogue tied all the action together was so well-structured it heightened the emotion of nearly every scene that followed. Instead of a cliffhanger, the audience was treated to a rocket-fueled preview of next season - Sue Ellen's election, the *next* Barnes/Ewing generation being born in strife, Cliff gunning for Southfork, a murder to be solved, maybe the appearance of Afton Cooper, awesome new offices for Ewing Energies & the love triangle of John Ross/Elena/Christopher succeeding the previous triangle of Jock/Ellie/Digger. Finally, I want to commend the creators of this show for proving that an exciting, well-written nighttime soap can exist & attract viewers without resorting to vulgar language & explicit sex scenes (looking @ you, POLITICAL ANIMALS, which I do enjoy). You can still have drama, comedy & romance without resorting to cheap, sleazy thrills.

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I just stoked we only have to wait till Jan. for new episodes.

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I grew up watching the original series and I've rewatched the entire series on DVD. I love the balance thy achieved in this series : they give a bit to the old crew but a lot of the action is taken over by the younger generation. I love how they are staying true to the original series (like bringing up Cliff's daughter by Aften)... I wonder if we'll eventually see Lucas or James return.
The actor who plays John Ross is my stand out of the show.
Can't wait for January!!!

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Jonh Ross about feelings has never lied to Elena, all acts of reconciliation should want to have Elena to her. For me if more painfu see Elena ran into the arms of Christopher, when he had given if I want to Jonh Ross to a few hours, but it appears that he acted as if annoyed with Martha Ross Jonh. Sorry I do not like the character of Christopher, not should empathize with him for being the good guy but I do not get he and his passionate love for Elena.

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I want to know what the significance of that necklace is to Ann and Harris. It obviously has something to do with a child but that's all I can tell.

Dallas Season 1 Episode 10 Quotes

Christopher: Old Ewing Oil space?
John Ross: Actually, new Ewing Energies space.

My life and everything I want it to be is better with you.

John Ross