Dallas Review: The Prodigal Son Falls

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"False Confessions" lived up to its name as not one but two confessions kept the police spinning their wheels and the guilty parties out of jail.

Bobby's Confession. I expected nothing less from Bobby. He's incredibly loyal and protective of those he loves. Always has been and he was right. If Emma found out that Ann shot her father, she might never forgive her.

Will Annie Confess

It was a shame that the thought never occurred to Ann. Plus, did she really want Emma stumbling over her father's body? Ann obviously wasn't thinking clearly.

The down side of the whole debacle was that Bobby looks lousy in orange. He really needs to stay away from prison jumpsuits.  

The best moment was the conversation between Bobby and J.R. First, Bobby brought up how times had changed. How they used to knock back drinks for no reason at all. So true.

Then J.R. asked his brother whether he was protecting his "trigger happy wife." Bobby didn't even have to answer. The smirk on his face told the story. But J.R. knew better than to argue with his little brother. As he said in this Dallas quote…  

 Try to talk Bobby Ewing out of what he believes is right. I got a better chance with winning the good samaritan award. | permalink

I'm really going to miss the scenes between these two powerhouse characters.  

To Pamela's Rescue. John Ross' desire to save Pamela surprised me. J.R. was right. There's more to it than their business deal. I think John Ross feels a kinship to Pamela. They've both spent their lives trying to gain the approval of their less than stellar daddies.

Sue Ellen was smart to warn John Ross. If he ever wanted to get on his father's bad side, going with Cliff Barnes was definitely the way to do it, no matter what his reasons. I'm not sure John Ross knows that the full weight of his father's fury really is.

Who would have thought that Frank would be the one to rescue Pamela? The problem I had with this plot twist goes back to my problem with Frank. I just don't buy that cheap, selfish, self-absorbed Cliff Barnes picked an orphan up off the street and took him under his wing. It's never rang true to me. The man barely made time for his own daughter.

I only began to feel sorry for Frank at the end. In feeling like he was Cliff's son, he forgot he had a daughter. The quickest way to destroy a 25-year relationship is to threaten someone's child.  

The best part about the entire tale was that it cleared Pamela and drove Christopher crazy.

Whiny Christopher. I wanted to like Christopher from the beginning of the show. He's Bobby's son and I've always loved Bobby, but Christopher never stops whining. I really hoped they'd haul him out in cuffs for making such a scene in the courtroom.

He and Elena managed to annoy me and they barely had a scene together. Something about the way she hugged him when he found out that they'd found Tommy's body and thought Pamela was truly a murderer made me cringe.

A few quick side notes…

  • John Ross needs to ditch the black socks when he stumbles out of bed in his boxers. It's ruining that rumpled, sexy image.
  • Pamela is the thinnest pregnant women I've ever seen. How is she possibly having twins?
  • Ryland's momma is seriously twisted. How much of that looniness has rubbed off on Emma?
  • Thrilled that John Ross knows that Christopher's secretary is playing him.  
  • I wonder what Lou's retainer is. The Ewings certainly keep him busy.

With Ryland accusing, Bobby recanting, and Ann confessing, where does that leave them all in this horrible mess? One more week until we find out on the next.


Editor Rating: 4.5 / 5.0
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I read somewhere it was Josh Henderson singing that song...makes sense since he is a singer...Wish we could find it!


Great Episode so loving John Ross and Pamela!!! They super hot! Can anyone tell me what song played when they found the gun and the police were coming up the elevator to arrest Frank!


This show is just SO MUCH FUN! I just find the character of Elena plain boring and I also wonder what's the age difference between Judith Light and Grandpa Campbell?? They look more like siblings!
I am a bit pissed that I haven't been able to find the song that plays at the end of the episode. It's not on tunefind nor anywhere. Come on TNT- Dallas! Give some info! The song was totally amazing!


Loving this show so much! I remember watching it years ago and was thrilled when it returned! Question? Does anyone know the titl of the song at the end of Monday's episode? I am wondering if it was Josh Henderson singing? Thanks!


Christopher acts five in every scene. Elena and Christopher together are the worst but she was tolerable when she was with John Ross


Obviously they wrote these episodes originally not knowing that Larry was going to drop dead and they'd have to kill of JR.. The word is out there is that JR is going to be murdered.. It must be some sort of outsider we haven't seen yet that will be developed... I don't see anyone so far mad enough to gun him down... I so agree that even though Hagman's scenes were limited because of his ill health, they are still great.. This was the 4th hour last night so it was said they had 5 hours done before his death so will this week coming up be his swan song???


This was an AWESOME recap!! hysterical! loved the side notes! and yes Christopher & Elena are extremely annoying...the Elena character has to go...she looks like a skeleton! and has zero chemistry with everyone! it suxs that they gave her a brother! and yes Christopher does whine tooooooo much! please DAllAS TNT realize this and do some major recasting! Older men in late thirties would have been more befitting of the JohnRoss Chris roles! and more believable!


I love Dallas - however, I did not enjoy this episode as much as the previous ones. I didn't expect Frank to be framed so easily for Tommy's murder. I wanted Pamela to spend at least a couple of hours in jail. The reveal that Barnes raised Frank as his son was difficult to believe for me also. I didn't really feel a lot of sympathy for Becky either. Chris gave her more than enough warnings about Pamela.
Ann, Ann, Ann what kind of trouble have you brought to Bobby? I don't know what I'm going to do without those JR and Bobby moments - I love it when JR calls Bobby his "little brother". Poor Chris is no match for John Ross. That boy has JR's cunning and backstabbing ways for sure.


Seriously, is it only me, or does anyone else think any and all scenes of Christopher and Elena are beyond annoying? I might not have a problem with Christopher alone if he wasn't constantly whining (like this review cited). But Elena? Nope. Her character is perhaps the most poorly written on the show. She waffles between loving John Ross and accepting his marriage proposal with tears in her eyes one moment, then declaring Christopher her soul mate the next. She's just very unlikable. I'm honestly rooting for John Ross in almost every matter. My only quip with John Ross is that he seems too okay with having repeated sex with the woman who is CURRENTLY CARRYING his cousin's twins. The ick-factor on that is honestly disturbing. Especially when no one seems to even point that out. I don't mind John Ross having a relationship with Pamela. In fact I think it's kind of exciting since they seem oddly very much alike. But the whole 'carrying Christopher's twins' thing while they're rolling around in bed is frankly gross. I just hope John Ross at least addresses this in one way or another asap. ICK.


I loved the old Dallas and I'm loving the reboot. Does anyone have an idea of the episode JR dies? I'll need my box of tissue and a bottle of wine ready for the waterworks that will ensue *sob*

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Dallas Season 2 Episode 4 Quotes

What do father's say? I'm not mad I'm just disappointed. Well I am both.


You found high velocity blood splatter in her condo. How much more obvious does it need to be?