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.


Yea I got hooked on Dallas with a new girfriend back in the first who shot JR season, which was season 3 I think. I am completely amazed how they've done without JR and now have an opportunity to really keep the show alive for another generation. As Cliff said third generation blood feud. John Ross is a great character, has the stare and the expressions and the tenseness (not Larry but very good). Very good, the show has the girls, drama and action to be a first rate series. TNT bring it on. Also TNT start showing the reruns of the old shows, I can watch them over and over. JR is definitely one of the most well known characters ever, up there with James Bond.


The scene at the grave site was a real tear-jerker for me. In spite of all the fighting between JR and Bobby, I always knew JR loved Bobby. I never stopped being amused when JR called Bobby - "Lil Brother". 1.I don't believe Cliff Barnes will stay in prison
2.Elena is no match for Christopher, much less the Ewing clan
3.I didn't care much for the last scene when John Ross ended up in bed with Emma. She's two kinds of crazy and wicked. I'm sure Pamela will find out about John Ross' infidelity.
Loved the finality - will miss the show and I hope there will be a Season 3. One of the best re-makes ever.


Christopher is such a baby!!! His character is so annoying!!!


@Miss Rozzie - Yes, there is one thing John Ross still needs to learn - how to take the long view. He's too impatient and doesn't see the forest for the trees. Also, when it comes to women, he's choosing too many with control issues. In season 1, Marta was a stalker. Now we have Emma. Jury is still out on her IMO. She brought down her daddy GOOD! But, I still think there is a screw loose in there.


I agree with everyone w/the "bait & switch" of John Ross towards his new wife. Do we have to have John Ross be just like J.R. every step of the way?? I know most apples don't fall far from the tree but seriously you writer-folks behind the pens at Dallas - you could have had him be the guy who adores his wife & didn't stray because SHE was enough for him. But, he'll do himself in - we could see it last night - Mr. antsy pants - come on Uncle Bobby this & that - let's not wait. Maybe he'll smarten up & maybe he won't & if he WON'T, let Pamela put tire tracks in him. His Mother warned him. He NEVER pays any heed ... aside from that, the 2-hr finale DELIVERED the goods!!


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@KansasGuest: And now all of a sudden Elena is going to stick it to you the Ewings over something that happened between her father and the Ewings DECADES ago. So much for her love of Christopher. I've always thought her claimed love for Christopher and even John Ross were incredibly weak and passionless. This woman loves just horribly, and Christopher would do well to find love again elsewhere. Besides, considering all the reviews from critics and fans alike, her character is the least liked one of all. I hated Ryland, but he was a damn good bad guy. Elena is just ridiculous. And how easy was it for her to get in to see Cliff in that Mexican prison? Don't you think anyone in that prison would have notified the Ewings that someone OTHER THAN A EWING was visiting Cliff in jail down there? They've got major connections in Mexico, no way can Elena seeing Cliff in jail stay quiet. Ugh. LOVED the finale. But nitpicking the little things makes it all the more frustrating when analyzed.


@KansasGuest, YES, I agree with you that I would love to see John Ross get his commuppance from Pamela. But I really don't want to see another disaster relationship like JR and Sue Ellen again. While I LOVE angst and drama, I would have loved to just revel in seeing John Ross and Pamela enjoy each other a bit more before all hell turned loose between them again. I love the pacing DALLAS has, but in some matters it's just too damn fast. I think John Ross fails to realize that while he may be married to Pamela and co-own (I guess?) her shares of Barnes Global, so does Pamela now co-own John Ross’ stake in SOUTHFORK! Damn, I just thought of that!


Wowww I was blown away.That finale was beyond everything I expected to be.JR killing himself!!!Finally we have got the answer of the great "Who killed JR?'question...after so many years.John Ross and Emma - well like father like son, but I didn't like it for sure.She is the devil for sure.Who the hell is that Joaquim character???And why do I think that Cliff is not going to stay in prison too long.Harris too???Sue Ellen was mindblowing with that drink in her hand.Love how smart she played her cards.But she was JR"s wife for a long time, she must have learned something from him after all.Watching a family fight together is undescribable.Dallas has always been amazing, and it always will be. Keep my fingers cross for season 3 :)


@Isabel - I am so with you on the John Ross infidelity. It makes no sense to me. BUT...I'm willing to go with it IF we can see Pamela stick it to John Ross in Season 3. In original DALLAS, the series began w/Sue Ellen on her way to alcoholism & mistrusting JR. She had a steep learning curve, and eventually paid back JR for his cheating ways. It would be sooooo satisfying to see Pamela, who has a crack legal & business mind, be one step ahead of John Ross. She was at a low point emotionally for much of this season. I'd love to see Mrs. Pamela Ewing come out of the gate next season like gangbusters. @jw - Businesses grow, adapt, buy subsidiaries, sell off assets, etc. over the years. I assume Barnes Global is a multinational corporation - what became of all those Wentworth companies after decades of business deals, mergers, sell-offs, buyouts & the like.


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So overall I loved the finale. And I am crazy about DALLAS. But those last damn 30 secs of John Ross and Emma ruined it for me, so sad to say. The writers better make it up to us. Poor Pamela (Rebecca). NEVER THOUGHT I'D BE SAYING THAT! Damn you writers!

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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.