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Dallas Review: A Whole New Game

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The Dallas season finale tied the old and new together, as "Revelations" clarified the direction of things to come.

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The show opened with a solid one-two punch: Rebecca frantically mopped up the blood off her floor and had a clean up crew haul Tommy's body out of the way, prompting the obvious question: Who the heck is this girl? Who can place a phone call and make a murder scene and a dead body disappear? Government agent? Witness protection? Mobster's daughter?

SPOILER ALERT! If you have not watched this episode, read no further. OK, you've been warned.

Rebecca was Cliff Barnes' daughter! Damn. I didn't see that coming - and I should have. Once the reveal happened, all of the pieces fell into place. 

For those new to the series, Cliff fathered a child with long-time lover Afton Cooper. The girl's name was Pamela Rebecca, named after Cliff's sister and mother. I can only assume that Rebecca is that child.

Suddenly her detailed knowledge of the Ewings and her love of Chinese food all fell into place. 

The depth of Cliff's hatred of the Ewing clan has always astounded me. The fact that he'd use his own daughter in an attempt to take them down was both appalling and completely believable.

But the best twist of all is that with Rebecca pregnant with Christopher's twins, the Barnes and the Ewings will be inextricably connected for yet another generation. 

The reveal that Rebecca was a Barnes would be enough for most season finales but Dallas gave us so much more, starting with an uncharacteristic moment of sincerity for J.R. as he stood by his brother's bedside. J.R. told an unconscious Bobby that he loved him, that he didn't know who he was without him and that he needed to get up and fight, even if that meant continuing the battle between the two.

It's in moments like this that I'm reminded that J.R.'s over-the-top villainy works because we believe that he really does love his family, even if it is in his own uniquely warped way.

So much happened so quickly from there that it was almost hard to keep up. Bobby woke up and, instead of sending his brother to prison, used the information to take Vicente down... but it came at a hefty price for John Ross.

The relationship between John Ross and Elena has been a highlight for me all season. I loved his proposal even though I knew it was too good to last. When he begged her for a second chance with tears in his eyes, I felt his heartbreak.

Christopher's realization that Rebecca was not who she claimed to be was another blow. Not so much because I love these two as a couple but because I hated that it sent Christopher running back to Elena.

And in yet one more riveting storyline, Ann Ewing finally confirmed why she deserves to be the wife of Bobby Ewing. I was really concerned when she went to Ryland to try and help Sue Ellen. When she began to unbutton her blouse my stomach turned.

Bobby's Home

I practically fist pumped the air when I saw the listening device hooked to her bra. Then she punched the S.O.B. and did a better job of it than Bobby did week's earlier and she capped it off with this great Dallas quote

 The next time you ask me for a hug you'll be hugging the business hand of my shotgun. | permalink

Go Ann!

But my favorite scene of the night was John Ross showing Elena and then Christopher the new Ewing Energies office space. Having it be the renovated space of the former Ewing Oil was priceless. As John Ross showed Elena where Jock's office had been, and uncle Bobby's, and J.R.'s, I could have hugged him. 

It was a skillful way of melding the past and the present and hinting at the turmoil and greatness of what's to come.

In the end, John Ross and J.R. standing in that revered space as the son asked the father to impart all of his deviousness and experience brought everything full circle. Except this time John Ross is a little less naive about his legendary father and his heartache over his lost love will fuel his revenge. 

And that's before he knows that Elena's back in Christopher's bed!

I spent so much time waiting for the start of the new Dallas that I can't quite believe that season one is over. Season two returns in January 2013.  Will you be watching?

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who his biological parents are. They won't rewrite history on this. No chance because of too many longtime viewers. Annie, go on girl and get your gun! Loved John Ross renting the old Ewing Oil space. Those offices and that view are as central to Dallas' universe as Southfork. Can't wait for next season! I want to see more of ruthless JR and John Ross' manipulation of others. More Cliff Barnes after the Ewings. The struggle over the babies. Chris and Elena giving it another try with John Ross interfering. Finally, I hope two warring Ewings get trapped in that elevator for at least one episode. :)

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ten together like this because they both need time. And I believe she was finally opening herself to really loving John Ross. It could have done him wonders- to be the man she believed he could be. It is also too soon for Elena and Chris as they both have feeling and unresolved anger with their former flames. That being said, both Rebbeca and John Ross are manipulative liars, so I don't pity them all that much. Loved the Cliff Barnes reveal! He will go to any lengths to get the Ewings. I mean, to go after Chris, who was his sister;s beloved adopted son?? To use his own daughter to do it(yuck cousins, even if they lack blood ties). So so terrible. Next season will be crazy!!! Also, Bobby Ewing shows you can be a badass and still have morals. Hopefully he keeps trying to counteract JR's influence on John Ross. And to those who think Chris is Anne's son. As a viewer of the original Dallas, HE IS NOT ANN'S SON. His paternity is well established in the Dallas universe and we know who his parents are. Can't wait till 2013. Also, I adored how John Ross rented the old Ewing oil space. My wish list for next season is an epic struggle between John Ross and Chris, and a scene where two fighting Ewings get stuck in an elevator. :)

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What an episode! Amazing! I loved it. For one second I was almost fooled into thinking John Ross wasn't as morally bankrupt as JR but he showed his true colours! I don't know if he is truly as vile as JR, or if he is just striking out because he is hurt but this situation is of his own making entirely. HE lied to Elena repeatedly after she gave him numerous opportunities to confess the truth. I get why she left him. As to her and Chris, it has always been clear to me that he is first in her heart. They were parted by circumstance, other peoples lies and responsibility. They stayed apart because both of them try to do the right thing. Chris first by marrying Rebecca, then by trying to reconcile with her for the babies. Her by giving John Ross chance after chance wanting to believe there is good in him. They didn't get together until they realized they were fighting a losing battle with their significant others and they could actually have a chance again. I just wish they hadn't gotten together on the rebound like this. It especially stings because I believe John Ross actually loves her and that she was finally letting Chris go(over the last 2 episodes) and was opening herself to John Ross.

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Well I'm sorry for the fans of Christopher and Ellen but I don´t like these two as a couple,not or chemical, in a motel, xd writers Jonh Ross deserves the girl, if you know this love.
Team Jonh Ross. Elena is the only one who can bring it back,

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BTW, anyone else notice the way they're using the Jock-Ellie-Digger triangle as inspiration for the Christopher-Elena-John Ross triangle? A bit more incestuous perhaps. But, no less epic in how it's going to inspire generations of bad feelings.

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Regarding speculation that Chris is Anne's son - I believe the photo that burned had Anne holding a girl, not a boy. I thought the baby had a bow in her hair. Also, it was established on the original series that Chris' parents were Kristin Sheppard (She Who Shot J.R. & Sue Ellen's sister) and her sleazy drug dealing boyfriend. These two stellar characters (sarcasm!) had no qualms about selling their own son on two separate independent occasions. IMO, it would make it pretty interesting for some of Christopher's original DNA to come to the forefront in spite of Bobby's good parenting.

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Sorry about that, I forgot I have to break up my comments, so it read from bottom up.

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to stop shorted great scene for that. Other than that, this was a great show, and for some reason I didn’t want to watch it. Although I like the actors that play on the show, I thought that it would be too much about the history of the original, that it will feel as if we walk in on a conversation all ready in place. That we would have to go read up on the original series to understand what is going on. They didn't do it like that, they created such a balance that newer generation can get into all the fun and drama of a show; with such great history. I really enjoy it and cannot wait for the next seasons and more to come; if they keep up this great writing.

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Chris told her that it was Tommy and Rebecca who sent her the email and Chris never even apologize for blaming John Ross over it. I agree John Ross deserve it - side note ( I bet if John Ross didn't show an ounce of humanity we all will be attacking him and raising Chris on are shoulder as the hero).But it is what it is. The only thing that I want to know is, what happen to the woman who stood by John Ross when he was in jail, and the woman who now ex-boyfriend mother gave her lots of money to help her with she needed it? I hope when they come back, that we don't see a lot of this back and forth with John Ross and Chris. I mean what is this Sami, E.J., and Nicole/ Lucas- oops I'm missing my Days. I just want one show w/o the back and forth, my Single Ladies is doing it and others. Just for once can they make a decision on a love triangle in the first two esp. so we don't have to waste screen time hearing and watching about it. It would clear up more time for the edited dept. to stop shorted great scene for that. Other than that, this was a great show, and for some reason I didn’t want to watch it. Although I like the actors that play on the show, I thought that it would be too much about the history of the original, that it will feel as if we walk in on a conversation all ready in place. That we would have to go read up on the original series to understand what is going on. They didn't do it like that, they created such a balance that newer generation can get into all the fun and drama of a show; with such great history. I really enjoy it and cannot wait for the next seasons and more to come; if they keep up this great writing.

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So it's funny that we watch the last esp. last night and when it was reveal in the end, he say I told you- side note that is why I hate watching certain shows with him, he always figure out the plot line before anything happens. Anyway, I was happy that it turn out that there was a bigger secret to fake Rebecca. That's why I didn't jump on the I hate Christopher bandwagon, because I knew that she was holding something back, when she didn't tell Chris everything. When she came to their house and produce the deed. She have several chances to tell him the truth and she didn't. I do agree in other relationship that Christopher was being a brat and needed to grow up, especially when it was his ideal to start Ewing Energies with John Ross and Elena. Although I don't agree with Elena and Chris getting back together so soon, I do agree that I was sick of the back and forth. And her always throwing John Ross under the bus; remember the email. I mean she broke up with him, and it wasn't until Chris told her that it was Tommy and Rebecca who sent her the email and Chris never even apologize for blaming John Ross over it. I agree John Ross deserve it - side note ( I bet if John Ross didn't show an ounce of humanity we all will be attacking him and raising Chris on are shoulder as the hero).But it is what it is. The only thing that I want to know is, what happen to the woman who stood by John Ross when he was in jail, and the woman who now ex-boyfriend mother gave her lots of money to help her with she needed it?

Dallas Season 1 Episode 10 Quotes

Christopher: Old Ewing Oil space?
John Ross: Actually, new Ewing Energies space.

My life and everything I want it to be is better with you.

John Ross
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