Dallas Round Table: "Family Business"

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The penultimate episode of Dallas' first season, "Family Business," featured the Ewing family scrambling, as old alliances were tested, new ones were forged and several lives were on the line.

TV Fanatic staffers Christine Orlando and Sean McKenna are joined in this Round Table edition by Mason and Melanie from the SoapChat Dallas Fan Forum as they debate who will live, who will die... and who better start to fight dirty.

Join in on our fun and share your answers in our comment section below.


What was your favorite scene?
Melanie: Sue Ellen giving JR a good bitch slap (can I say bitch slap?) and telling him that he did indeed have nothing. He always likes to ramble about how he's "back and better than ever" and like Sue Ellen, all I hear is "blah, blah, blah." A close second is the whole montage at the end with "The Man Comes Around."

Sean: Elena telling John Ross about Bobby's cancer. I love how honest she was with him.

Mason: I really loved when Sue Ellen slapped JR and tells him off for his part in the plot to get Southfork and for getting John Ross in so much trouble. The way she stormed inside after she found out he was at Southfork, you just knew there was going to be fireworks and thankfully it didn't disappoint.

Christine: Ann kicking J.R. out of Bobby's room. "Don't you darlin' me!" It was great to see someone kick J.R.'s butt. J.R. best watch himself. Wife #3 might just shoot him.

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Bobby going home: stupid or understandable?
Melanie: This is two-fold.  Stupid, yes, because he needed the immediate surgery for the best chance at survival and he's stubborn. But on the other hand, if you have to have an aneurysm, I guess your home is as good a place as any.

Sean: Maybe a bit of both, but I do understand it. Bobby just wants to do things on his terms... bad move this time.

Mason: Both stupid and understandable! It was stupid because he was going against doctor's orders (and you just knew when the doctor warned him what could happen that it would in fact happen) but at the same time, I totally get why he wanted to be back at home, in the comfort of his own bed, surrounded by family and the ranch he loves.

Christine: I guess we're all in agreement. Bobby is a stubborn Ewing man but if he thinks this might be the end, he wants his last days to be on Southfork, not in a hospital.

Is Ewing Energies a brilliant idea or a disaster in the making?
Melanie: Brilliant. John Ross has a tad bit more humility than his father.  I think they'll be able to make it work for the sake of becoming number one in the business again, but this family is never completely without disaster.

Sean: I think it's too soon to tell but it's certainly ambitious. However, knowing the Ewing family, there's no way things will go smoothly for long.

Mason: I think it's a brilliant idea on the part of the writers. The old series had lots of big business and wheeling & dealing. I think the next evolution for this show is to bring that side (the business side) of the Ewings in it. No doubt JR and Bobby will be on the sidelines with plenty of advice for each of their boys.

Christine: I love it! Ewing Oil was such a huge part of the original series that I can't wait to see how Ewing Energies fits in. Season two will hopefully be filled with John Ross, Christopher, Elena, and Bobby all trying to work together and J.R. trying to weasel his way in.

How should Sue Ellen handle Harris' blackmail?
Melanie: Surely Ann knows something dastardly about him?  And how did she get the info on the medical examiner anyway? Come on, Sue Ellen, you learned at the feet of the master!  Fight dirty!

Sean: Blackmail is a tricky situation and I hope she finds a way to get out of it. Maybe she'll go to J.R. for help?

Mason: It's a tough one. Sue Ellen is currently thinking in very black and white terms. She either has to stay completely honest for the sake of her political career, or she has to do what Ryland does and play dirty (which she learnt how to do when she was married to JR). I think she needs to embrace her bad side and get some dirt of Ryland, or she needs to get JR to do it for her (which I bet is what happens).

Christine: Oh, Sue Ellen needs to take a page from J.R.'s playbook and crush Ryland like a bug. I believe she can do it if she puts her mind to it.  She's learned at the feet of the master.

Bobby, Tommy, Rebecca? Who lives? Who dies?
Melanie: My fingers are crossed that Rebecca fired one good round at Tommy to at least incapacitate him. Ann is going to pull back the curtain in the ICU and Bobby is going to sit up in bed and say "good morning."

Sean: I bet Tommy was shot. So many people hang in the balance that that's what I love about this show. There's so many different directions it can head and I can't wait to see what happens in the finale.

Mason: I think probably Tommy dies. There's so much about Rebecca I'm dying to find out. I think her being a bit shady is a good thing, but I also think her having Christopher's kids is gonna bring so much more drama to the series because it will forever tie him to a shady character. And they can't kill Bobby off. We don't need another dream season! ;)

Christine: For Rebecca's sake, I hope Tommy is dead. It wouldn't surprise me if the twins end up in jeopardy which will only bring Rebecca and Christopher closer. And Bobby better be just fine. I cried the first time they killed him off!

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


This was such a neat thing to do, WendyK! Thanks so much. The first two photos are the ruin of Ardvreck Castle on Loch Assynt in the nowehresttrn Highlands. The ruin is haunted and incredibly atmospheric. You can climb inside see those dark arches and feel like you're in another time, once you get in there. I used this setting, including the loch, as inspiration for the villain's castle and the water horse thread in Until The Knight Comes.The other one is also very atmospheric and has a colorful history. It is all that remains of Fairburn Tower on the Black Isle. (near Inverness, in the Highlands)The tower is tied to one of Scotland's greatest seers, Kenneth Mackenzie, better known as the Brahan Seer. He made several prophecies of doom for the Mackenzies of Fairburn, including that a cow would give birth in the tower's uppermost chamber and also that a sow would bear a litter in the lady's chamber.Those (and other) prophecies for the tower all came true, which was why I drove there to see it. It was a dark and windy afternoon, which was perfect, considering the tales Thanks again for sharing these. It was a thoughtful way to wrap up my visit yesterday.See everyone next time!Remember to dream of the Highlands!

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I hope Rebecca and Bobby live, and the twins are fine! But I hope they'll have a miscarriage scare that will bring Rebecca and Chris closer together.. I used to want him with Elena but now I fin her annoying and scary thin so..good riddance to her and Jhn Ross


Blood on the monkeys does not bode well for the babies!


Sorry, my iPad freaked on me and posted early ... Harris is complete repugnant. And Mitch is fab! I want Sue Ellen to fight back. I know she probably will drop out...I think she would not want to go thru possibly destroying her good will. But I hope she then makes a point to annihilate him. AND she ought to utilize her most powerful weapon....JR...... She should slyly manipulate JR into going after Ryland...and she should not feel like it is a weakness on her part to get his help. After a lifetime of dysfunction with him, JR owes her big time. And we all know JR would enjoy a good dirty fight. Plus he would love a chance to get in Sue Ellen's good graces. Plus I think he will be pissed beyond belief when he finds out. He wiould relish trying to take Harris' money" Bobby lives... I wax and wane on the other 2. Currently feeling : tommy dead. Rebecca lives and temporarily is safe from her ugly secret coming out. Babies??? I am not sure.....blood on the monkeys does not bode well for the babies!!!


Favorite scene .....tie... Sue Ellen slapping JR and and trying to open his eyes to the truth. Bobby and JR first scene... Brilliantly nuanced performance from Both. I have watched it several times and amazed each time at the subtle restrained and total tender sincerity of the scene But for sure I have about 5 others that are in 1.5 place! Bobby ...at home totally understandable...and stupid..lol Ewing Energies......great idea and incredible source of future storylines. Sue Ellen and Harris.....god when watching that again, I am amazed at how flippantly cruel and cold he is to her...slimball


Sue Ellen slapping JR was just like old times. I want more of that.
Bobby has always been stubborn but what was great was Christopher telling him to write a note to his grandkids since he was going to be dead soon and wouldn't be able to tell them himself.
It's about time we got back to Ewing Oil..er..Energies.
Yes, Ryland needs to be crushed. Sue Ellen, JR, Bobby, someone has to do it.
I'll be shocked if Bobby survives. I hope Rebecca doesn't lose the twins. I want Bobby on the show as long as Patrick Duffy is alive.


I love Ewing energies and the fact that John Ross and Christopher are working together . I love John Ross he is one of my favorite characters . He's maybe jr Ewings son but he has more human in him then jr , but then angin a shred would be more then jr has . I loved when Ann threatens jr though I love bobby with Pam maybe it's for old times sake are maybe just cause of Christopher but to use hrs terms wife number three is pretty awesome . Bobby's aneurysm has me scared half to death can't wait for next week also to see if it was Tommy or rebbecca that got shot hopefully tommy I hate him .


This was such a great episode! I was torn between Ann telling J.R. she'd shoot him someplace more vital than his heart and the look on John Ross' face when Elena told him Bobby had cancer. As much as Bobby wanted to be home, it was kind of stupid. If you have a brain aneurysm, you need to be in the hospital. Ewing Energies...it's about time! Ryland's not about to go away quietly. Sue Ellen needs to woman up and put him in his place. If Bobby dies I'm not sure I want to watch any more. Maybe Rebecca loses the twins?

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Dallas Season 1 Episode 9 Quotes

The plans to Christopher's rig or I put a bullet in your little fairy tale.


I know you must be thinking how did I get so lucky to snag this guy, aren't you?

John Ross