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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. 

Review

Editor Rating: 4.7 / 5.0
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Elena sucks no matter who she's with. John Ross and Elena weren't any better than Chris and Elena, a fact proved by the fact after like 3 eps people are rooting for Pamela and John Ross. Regarding Christopher not 'defending' Pamela, it's okay to not like the character or actor but statements like that just make people sound like they're running low on their meds. Was Chris suppose to shout over John Ross? Sue Ellen and Bobby didn't jump up either so obviously they hate babies and hoped Pamela would die! (Sarcasm). I like John Ross better too and think Henderson is a better actor than Metcalfe but you can't hate Chris without reaching for reasons to do so.

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Who's ready for tonight? I am excited, but sad...I have been a Dallas fan since the beginning when I watched it with my mom. I LOVE Knot's Landing...wonder if there is any chance of that show coming back?

Sookie00

Is it for sure that this episode was the last for J.R ? Or will he appear again in the next episode ? Lary Jagman was a wonderful wonderful actor, and I will really miss J.R.

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Love this show with the exception of Christopher/Jesse Metcalfe and Elena/Jordanna Brewster, they need to be recast, it is difficult to watch them individually and even harder in joint scenes. Recasting these roles would make this show much more enjoyable. John Ross/Josh Henderson is perfection in this role.

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love John Ross and Pamela, the scene at the end where he kisses her forehead was amazing.

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i want elena and john ross back together. she was making him a better person

Terrie

Yes indeed I think next week will address the death of JR..........Gary Ewing will also appear next week........
Loving this Dallas reboot!.

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I love JR (Larry Hagman) as well and fear the computer scene was his last! =/ It will be very interesting to see how they work his passing into the storyline...I actually thought they would use Vicente for that purpose. I only question if the babies will survive due to the lawyer making a clear point in saying that that the agreement only holds if they come to term. Perhaps they will battle over the legality of the contract? Anyway, good TV no matter what! :)

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Bobby and J. R. with the email was so funny and realistic. That's how my dad looks at me when I try to explain modern technology to him:)))) I agree with everybody that JR and Pamela are great together. The scene after it's all over when he hugs her was my favorite. I know JR is cunning and he is suppose to be the bad guy but I can't help but root for him. I think Josh is doing excellent work, he can look vulnerable at times, sweet and funny and ruthless when need be. I can't say the same for Christopher, Jesse simply cannot act, he has the same facial expression no matter what scene he is in. He is no young Bobby that for sure. The only thing I like about Elena is her brother. I've always been a fan of Kuno Becker and I'm happy to see him on Dallas. Overall it was a great episode and as everyone else I'm sad to know we won't be seeing Mr. Hagman anymore. RIP.

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I don't think anything will happen to the babies. Think about it: Their existence offers too much dramatic potential to get rid of them now. Imagine the conflicts through the years -- between Pamela/Rebecca and Christopher, their potentially pitting one parent against another, the complications they would add to Pamela and Christopher's subsequent romantic relationships ... with JR gone (God rest his gleefully diabolical soul!), the writers will need good, fun sources or drama.