Dallas Review: Never Go Against a Ewing

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No other show has consistently made me laugh, cry, rail and cheer this year the way that Dallas Season 2 has. 

Mourning J.R.

As J.R. did his best to put down one family feud, another grew from its ashes in "Legacies."

It's hard to remember how many times J.R. crushed Cliff under his boot over the years. Is that how Barnes became this soulless monster we see now? Was it the hate Digger filled him with for all things Ewing? 

In the end, having revenge against one family became more important than his nephew, his daughter, his own grandchildren - and even his freedom. 

He deserved the Mexican prison J.R. sent him to from beyond the grave, but with Cliff's money I'll be surprised if he stays there for very long.

Everyone now saw Cliff clearly. Pamela knew he gave the order that murdered her unborn children and Christopher found out his uncle let him suffer for 24 years. Believing that his own mother didn't love him has certainly shaped the man Christopher has become. Somehow it was kinder to finally know that she died instead of the lie that she never wanted to see him again.

I couldn't blame Christopher for not readily forgiving Elena. He's been lied to by so many people in his life. His mother, his uncle and Pamela. Elena was the one person he believed he could trust.

I'd theorized for some time that J.R. could have engineered his own death. As John Ross said in this Dallas quote

The only person who could take down J.R was J.R. | permalink

The scene at J.R.'s gravesite was one of the best of the night. With Bobby breaking down and John Ross finally choking out the question, "Uncle Bobby, who killed my father?," the show had tears in my eyes once again. It was the perfect way to allow John Ross, Christopher and the audience in on the truth behind J.R.'s master plan to take care of his family before he left this world. 

And as an added bonus I loved that they tied it up with an incident between J.R., Bobby and Jock because that's what was at the core of the original series. It was the story of two brothers always vying for their father's approval. 

There were many other highlights in the two-hour finale.

Sue Ellen was nothing short of awesome as she played powerful men like a puppet master.  

When Ken Richards wouldn't take her protection willingly, Sue Ellen used what the governor had against him to her advantage as she told him…

 Just a little something I learned from J.R. If you can't count on someone to do the right thing, don't give them the choice. | permalink

Then she poured the governor a drink as she explained how the power had shifted and it was his turn to do her bidding.  

Sue Ellen's smile wasn't quite as gleeful as J.R.'s would have been in her place, but she's getting there.

Emma turned out to be more interesting than I ever would have predicted when she took her father down like a pro. The girl may look like an angel but that smile certainly has the devil in it.

Cliff played a card I didn't see coming when he pulled Elena into his web of vengeance. If he can't get back at the Ewings on his own, he'll use anyone he has to to do it for him.  

Finally, I love the quote on J.R.'s gravestone. "The Only Deal He Ever Lost." And even then he bent the end to his will.

There were a couple a disappointing moments as well:

  1. I'm not a fan of J.R.'s new portrait. 
  2. I wanted to smack John Ross for falling into bed with Emma. I love him and Pamela together. Damn him! Perhaps he's a little too much like his father.

So do you think this is the last we'll hear of the original Pamela Barnes? Will Cliff find a way out of prison? Who the heck is Joaquim? And how will Pamela react if she ever sees J.R.'s letter or finds out about her new husband's philandering ways?

Please TNT, pick up Dallas for season 3. I just can't get enough.


Editor Rating: 4.7 / 5.0
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C. Orlando is a TV Fanatic Staff Writer. Follow her on Twitter.


Okay I love Dallas. I had to catch up on the seasons. I like Christophers character with Elena. They may have seemed boring but they made a great couple. I also loved he relationship between John Ross and Pamela. John Ross is an ass but without him being an ass the show wouldn't be interesting. They need to pull out emmas character because she is just annoying. I don't know if I like the fact that they changed Elena's character to a bad girl but I am looking forward to seeing season 3 I just hope Christopher and Elena get back together.


I feel SO sorry for John Ross when Pamela finds out next season(you KNOW THAT'S WHAT WILL HAPPEN). This show could probably go ONE MORE SEASON without Larry Hagman,so next season will be the penultimate. Looking forward to see how it all ends.


Let's be honest. John Ross married her for her shares of Barnes Global. Yes he cares for her but replay that text...he wanted that 1/3 of Barnes and marriage seemed the only way. Also recall she married Christopher for his company..."what comes round goes round." Loved that JR took his own life in a way to stop Barnes and I agree Barnes will be back...but it is the man in the fortress that I suspect will wield the power to get even with the Ewings this time...for Elena. And as to Christopher...I agree he can be an ass. He blew it with her and now she knows what JR did to her father....Hope they do get a 3rd season...I think Larry Hagman would be happy to see Dallas carry on...and with the finale.


I agree with you the new portrait is rather ugly. In the original series Callie had painted a much better portrait of him. It would have been cool to see it again.
On the subject of paintings : While I love the modern decor at the new Ewing oil, J.R. always hung a picture of Jock at a prime place in the office. For continuity it would have been nice to see a picture if him hanging at the office also (he was after all the founder of Ewing oil)


this episode was fully of drama.... i love john ross and pamela together...
they have so much chemistry.. and i do hope that they can make it as a couple... they might even be the jr and sue ellen story where they are good together and are also mean to each other but deep down they love each other... but they also are blinded by the wrong that they do.,....
christopher storyline will elena is boring and the mummy story is getting trying to watch,,, get over it....
and bobby is now trying to be a bit more clever and ruthless...
dallas as a show is great..
enjoyed every twist and turn...

Anna maria

I was loving this season and the finale but UGHH the last 5 minutes ruined it for me! Elena to go against the Ewings for something a DEAD man did is just ridiculous, and WTF John Ross!!! I was finally liking his character! I love him and Pamela together, they made the show! I already didn't like Anne's slutty daughter, now she makes me sick, both of them! OK, it was in character for John Ross but I though he had changed for Pamela..seriously I think I won't even watch after this, and if I do, I hope Pamela finds the etter and takes him dowwn!


I understand why everyone is upset over John Ross and Emma because I love John Ross and Pamela together too...but I get the other side too. John Ross has been a player since the beginning. It's not like they changed the character at the last minute and it's not like he went out of his way to seduce Emma. The girl is all over him. I believe John Ross really cares about Pamela but their marriage was as much about business as it was love, maybe more so. I don't like the fact that he's still a player but I understand it and as long as John Ross and Pamela end up together I look forward to seeing how it all plays out next season.


Wow the episode has left me wanting more...
I really enjoyed this show...
I really love John Ross character and how they have made him lovable and also bad guy...
But why... John Ross and Emma...
I was so happy when I saw him with the flower but then I saw Emma and was no no no....
But I will only hope he settles on pam and throw Emma to the curve..
I don't like Christopher and his storyline it was bland...
Prefer more airtime on John Ross....
But I am sure they will make next season... More interesting with new twist and turns.....
Bring it on already....


Had to say I just loved the ending of the season and will probably set it up on my DVR to record for next season. The cast is great but I still miss J.R. I see the show maybe going on for one more season but face it this was a J.R. show.


I've read more of the comments. Come on all that are upset with John Ross and Emma, That's what makes Dallas Dallas. Now ladies, I know you'll be glued next year to see if Pam catches on, and to see that handsome John Ross do his deals and screw the others over just like Dad did. Come on at our age (we that watched the first round back in the 80s and 90s) we like it because it takes us back to our youth years. I think it's a great show and hope they keep it going. Also they should find ways to slip in clips from the old shows as the new story unfolds.

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Dallas Season 2 Episode 15 Quotes

I'm glad Drew is gone and Roy is dead. Now they can't hurt you.


Have other children. Forget your father. There was nothing unintentional about it.