Dallas Review: Who Has Your Back?

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Everyone plays the "Blame Game" on Dallas. But did anything really change this week? As Sue Ellen said, J.R. is bad. Bobby is good and the game goes on.

And thank goodness, too. Who would want it any differently?!?

John Ross Makes a Play

We'll start off with Annie, who takes responsibility for shooting Ryland yet tries to make the jury understand why she did it. Apparently her words had affect. Even the judge thought Ryland deserved a bullet! 

I was still a bit shocked that Ann could walk into the man's house, shoot him in his chest, walk out again and only get probation - but it sure made me smile. There are few characters who deserve it more than Harris Ryland... except maybe his mother.

Bobby's tact with Emma was perfect and just so in character for Bobby. Instead of pleading with her or badgering her, he offered up an olive branch. She has a whole other family she never knew about and they are there for her even if she isn't ready to accept them. 

Something tells me that girl will end up on their doorstep before long. How long could anyone live with Ryland and his loony parent once they were given another option?

Pamela and Christopher finally ended their marriage. She got 10% of Ewing Energies. He got joint custody of the kids and his annulment. Oh goody. He and Elena can have that big, romantic church wedding. 

In case you missed my sarcasm, no I'm not looking forward to that. Somehow I don't think it's going to happen. The fact that Elena didn't tell Christopher anything about the problems with Drew spoke volumes about the flaws in their relationship, despite all of the hand holding and goo goo eyes. 

Although suddenly I'm not so sure I want Elena back with John Ross either. Her character has fallen considerably in the course of Dallas Season 2. Maybe it's the fact that she jumped from Christopher's bed to John Ross' and back to Christopher's in record time.

And although I'm enjoying the chemistry between John Ross and Pamela, there's that minor detail that she's carrying his cousin's twins. There's an ick factor there that I'm not sure I can get past no matter how much I'm enjoying the two characters. Perhaps I'll feel differently after the kids are born.

But wasn't it telling how quickly John Ross jumped to Pamela's defense when her life was threatened... and Christopher didn't despite the fact that she's carrying his twins. 

I wished the hostage situation had gone just a little longer but it did pack in some great exchanges. One of my favorites was when John Ross told Elena in this Dallas quote

 The day you stopped seeing the good in me is the day that it died. | permalink

She truly broke his heart and having to watch her hang all over his cousin only makes it worse.

John Ross' conversation with Pamela was equally telling. The bond these two are forging - thanks to their powerful, dastardly daddies - has proven to be an interesting one and I hope it continues.

And for the brief moment we got to see J.R., he still got to have the last laugh. Literally. 

First, it was great thinking that J.R. was using his new grasp of technology to send his brother stupid dog videos to cheer him up, but it was even better knowing that somehow that video managed to install a virus that would delete Bobby's evidence against him.

My hat is off to you, J.R. You always were full of surprises. 


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I think something happens to the babies too! And also, what is it with them killing off all the great characters? Marta, Frank, and Vicente were my faves...I hope they don't continue to keep adding these disposable characters. puppybunny...I agree! Elena has to go! There is no way John Ross and Christopher would both be madly in love with her...


It's pretty bad that I bet Hagman's last scene was that computer scene.. He died before this episode was shot last year so I figure that computer scene was possibly cut from some earlier episode... I think the only thing next week we'll see is flashback and shadows.. I wonder if the producers will get any rights to some old footage of JR when this all comes down??? I also like it that the producers and network are admitting that this is the end of JR in the previews.. Everybody knows the actor is dead and they previously announced that they were killing of JR.. It's a bit different than when Jim Davis died 30 years ago... They kept Jock alive for a while to see see if they might recast him but ultimately didn't... Miss Ellie had a worse fate when Donna Reed came in during the dream season... thankfully that's all washed away except for the interesting collision we'll have next week when Gary and Bobby get together when on Knots Landing, Bobby is dead... But I guess like the Dallas movies, those KL stories were still dreamt..


Who shoots JR? That's the question! Cliff, Sue Ellen, Bobby? A little Cain & Abel thrown in for good measure.


I love this show and although it was completely unrealistic that Anne would get off scott free it definitely made me smile! Is it me or is anyone else waiting for something to happen to Pamela's babies??


I love John Ross and Pamela/Rebecca scenes. These 2 have chemistry.
Jordana Brewster/Elena cannot act. She is so wooden in her scenes. I like her brother better. The judges was so correct.


Loved last night's episode! Saddest part...seeing J.R.'s room all empty and knowing he is really gone. Cute scene between Bobby and J. R. with the email...didn't see that one coming. Any thoughts on what will happen? Does anyone think Cliff will be involved? And can we please replace Elena!

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Dallas Season 2 Episode 6 Quotes

I shouldn't have to keep asking for something that's mine.

Sue Ellen

If you think you're getting tired of that just think how I feel.

John Ross