Dallas Buries J.R. Ewing



Dallas laid J.R. Ewing (Larry Hagman) to rest on Monday and by time the episode was over there wasn’t a dry eye in the house. Ok, so my eyes are the only set in the house, but they weren’t dry I assure you.

From John Ross’ (Josh Henderson) sorrow-filled anger, to Bobby’s (Patrick Duffy) grief stricken discovery that J.R. wasn’t killed by a random mugger, Dallas gave television's ultimate villain a stunning sendoff. However, it was Sue Ellen’s (Linda Gray) grave side eulogy that broke me down in “J.R.’s Masterpiece”.

What was your favorite moment from J.R.’s Masterpiece”?

The cameos by Dallas alum.
8% (62 votes)
Bobby’s grief and determination to get J.R.’s killer.
11% (85 votes)
Cliff Barnes dancing on J.R.’s grave.
3% (25 votes)
John Ross’ grief.
6% (45 votes)
John Ross and Christopher’s brawl.
2% (16 votes)
John Ross and Emma in the Land Rover.
1% (8 votes)
Sue Ellen’s graveside eulogy.
66% (493 votes)
Something else.
2% (17 votes)
Total votes: 751

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I don't have cable or satellite, so I wasn't able to watch this last night, but I will DEFINITELY be buying the DVD series when it comes out! EVERYBODYYYYYYY and their mammy on Twitter was blogging about this show last night. My timeline was CLOGGED with #DallasTNT mentions. I am sure it's everything that they all claimed it was.

RIP, JR. Sad( Sad( Sad( Sad(

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I thought the brawl at the wake was really cheesy and stupid and I could have done without it. But the rest of it was awesome.

Notice how Gary and Lucy didn't even have a SCENE together? Probably because she looks more like his mother than his daughter. (I think he was only about 17 when she was born, so I guess that makes sense).

What branch of the armed service was JR in? I couldn't figure out why he had a military service.

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I haven't seen it yet but predict it will be a 4 hankie event.

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Coffee_Junkie wrote:
I thought the brawl at the wake was really cheesy and stupid and I could have done without it. But the rest of it was awesome.

Notice how Gary and Lucy didn't even have a SCENE together? Probably because she looks more like his mother than his daughter. (I think he was only about 17 when she was born, so I guess that makes sense).

What branch of the armed service was JR in? I couldn't figure out why he had a military service.

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The Air Force of course, he was a major was he not. Big smile Wink

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Sue Ellen killed me. It was so obvious she still loved that man. I cried as soon as it started. They changed the music at the opening that sounded like funeral music. Everyone was raw with real life emotion and you can see they were really crying at their personal loss. I hope this show keeps getting renewed cause it is excellent.

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The episode was very well done. As a whole I'm more emotionally invested with the prime time shows I follow than my daytime counterparts.

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Good one Noway.

Someone on EW.com said there was a mention in the original series that JR served in Vietnam.

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While I didn't cry or anything, I made sure my husband didn't say a word while the show was on so I wouldn't miss anything. Loved Cliff! Loved Bobby when he went off on Annie. Don't know why Annie's daughter was there. I don't think she should have been. And, I fear for Sue Ellen!

And, Noway, loved your reference to him being a Major in the Air Force because I was wondering why the military presence. Great nod to I Dream of Jeanne. Too bad "Jeanne" wasn't there to extend her condolences to the family because she did appear towards the end of the original series.

This is an excellent show fast paced for today's viewers and I'm loving it!

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Wikipedia says J.R. returned from Vietnam in 1962 and started working with his daddy at Ewing Oil.

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Yes, Cynthia Cidre is doing OUTSTANDING work on this show.
Where has this woman been hiding all this time?
Primetime needed her 10 years ago.
Beer

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It was excellent. Where was his other son? I loved the scene with his 3 ex-wives. Who is the actress with the dark hair in that scene? I cannot remember. Also, Sue Ellen and Bobby were outstanding. I heard them say that this was the second burial for them. They actually buried their dear friend Larry. I was not happy though that they had Sue Ellen fall off the wagon. I just did not care for the that. The cliffhanger ending was out of sight! Was Val Ewing in the previews? It went too quickly for me to tell for sure.

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It was an excellent episode and a fitting tribute to a legendary character. Beautifully written and acted. Patrick Duffy and Linda Gray were fantastic. This was the hands-down best episode of DALLAS yet. RIP Larry Hagman.

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I watched it twice and bawled the ugly cry both times and it started when I saw Jock's grave marker. Sue Ellen just broke me. All I can think of now is what is in that letter that Bobby got. I loved when Bobby called Ann on her stuff. I think all the music was appropriate. This was the best send-off episode of any show I've seen in a long time. This was by far the best episode of the reboot. I hope it stays around for a long time.

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Quote:
Yes, Cynthia Cidre is doing OUTSTANDING work on this show.
Where has this woman been hiding all this time?
Primetime needed her 10 years ago.

She did this great little show on CBS a few years back, called "Cane." I loved that show and it worked some of the same themes as "Dallas" - intergeneration rivalry and family vendettas; good vs. evil. I think it was Jimmy Smits and Ken Howard...

Cidre is awesome. And I LOOOVED what she did last night to memorialize J-to-the-R Ewing.

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So far I thought this was the best episode of this very well done rebooted series. J.R.’s passing was handled quite well and also introduced some very intriguing questions. Linda Gray stole the show. Her words, and performance, at J.R.’s burial really touched me. It brought back so many memories of the old series and reminded me why J.R. and Sue Ellen Ewing are one of the most famous couples in TV history.

As for Sue Ellen falling off the wagon, on the one hand I’m sorry that happened. On the other hand nobody played drunk like Linda Gray so before she gets sober, let’s go back to the 80s and have her show up drunk at an event or two. The only thing missing is the 80s sky blue eye shadow.

I'm thinking J.R. trying to bring back my Pammy has something to do with his death. I wonder if Victoria Principle is psyching us out and will show up after all. I will scream with joy if that happens.

I wonder why there weren’t any scenes with Gary and his daughter Lucy.

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^^ "80's blue eye shadow" = LMAO!

Linda Gray & Patrick Duffy nailed their each and every scene.

I have to admit, my favorite of the exceptional episode was when Bobby lit into Ann. He was dead-on and I think Ann is such a whiny, pathetic wimp and a hypocrite.

I haven't loved this season of Dallas but last night's episode may get me to tune in regularly (I gave up watching after the season premiere and the episode that followed.)

Would love to see Victoria Principal return as the real Pamela!

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It was a fantastic episode. And both Patrick Duffy and Linda Gray reminded viewers what first-rate actors they are with those performances(have to say Josh Henderson was damn good too). The show's been a little uneven this season; like many, I wasn't overly fond of the Ann/Harris/Emma story and as much as it pains me to say this Judith Light's performance has been painfully overripe in the worst possible way as Harris' mother(that is one fucked up relationship--when she referred to Emma as "our daughter" it made me wonder if there actually was something incestuous going on there). Still, last night's episode seemed to get things back on track. And bonus points for having as few Elena scenes as possible Smile .

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I found the episode to be amazing and well written. While the brawl was cheesy it was there to bring Christopher and John Ross closer. I feel they will be close for sometime this season and then probably drift apart as John Ross will more than likely become more like his father as time goes on.

I did not understand the whole landrover sex scene but feel that it was there to setup the eventual feud between Harris and John Ross. Harris is a creep and needs to get his just due.

I was so over joyed with the announcement that Judith Light was coming on to Dallas but am not sure how I feel about her character. I think it would have been more interesting had they told us that she and JR were lovers many moons ago and Harris was a love child JR never knew about from when they were in high school or something like that. That could explain a lot about her relationship with Harris.

I just don't see the point of her character and pray they don't go the incest route with the two of them. Other than that somewhat week storyline I find the whole show well balanced and good. I like the idea of Pam coming back and am intrigued to see what Cliff does next.

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@ ChrisGa: You are absolutely right about Josh Henderson who has been phenomenal. Sadly, both Elena and Christopher are bland to the point of being obnoxious. Jesse Metcalf is so pretty but a terribly flat actor. Besides being a weak actress, Jordana Brewster is distractingly thin. The young woman who plays Rebecca/Pamela Jr. is very good but I hated that she was written to be Cliff Barnes' daughter who would swindle her adopted first cousin into a consummated marriage and got away with it scot-free!

The Ann/Harris/Emma has not added anything interesting or necessary to the show. I hate to agree with you but I have no choice when it comes to Judith Light's performances. The young woman playing Emma is lacking in both charisma and sex appeal so at least her acting should be good (and it's not.)

Last night's episode went a long way in reinvigorating me about the show!

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By the way I was sort of hoping that we'd be treated to some nice Larry Hagman flashbacks. They certainly had plenty of material they could have drawn from. I guess TNT has an agreement with CBS that no footage would ever be shown from the "old show." Still, it would have been nice.

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Did someone say the Elena character wasn't shown in last night episode? In that case, I WILL be watching it. That actress and her character has kept me from enjoying the show. I don't have DVR so whenever the actress is on screen, I just get up and go to the kitchen.

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^^ She was on but very little screentime.

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I liked the special opening credits.

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Patchworks wrote:
Quote:
Yes, Cynthia Cidre is doing OUTSTANDING work on this show.
Where has this woman been hiding all this time?
Primetime needed her 10 years ago.

She did this great little show on CBS a few years back, called "Cane." I loved that show and it worked some of the same themes as "Dallas" - intergeneration rivalry and family vendettas; good vs. evil. I think it was Jimmy Smits and Ken Howard...
Cidre is awesome. And I LOOOVED what she did last night to memorialize J-to-the-R Ewing.

I loved Cane! It was canceled way too soon. I have been hoping since Dallas started that she would sweet talk Jimmy Smis into coming on the show.

And Sue Ellen broke me down with her eulogy. Here's hoping she and Gary become drunken sex buddies just in time for Valene to come to town.

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"Cane" was indeed outstanding!

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Did someone say the Elena character wasn't shown in last night episode?

She was, but I don't think she had any lines.

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^^ Elena spoke at JR's funeral.

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I thought that last night's episode of Dallas was just wonderful! It was so true to the original. I also thought that Sue Ellen getting drunk was sadly, very appropriate. If ever Sue Ellen had an excuse to drink, J.R.'s passing was it. How quickly life passes and last night's episode was a reminder of that in so many ways. Look at how much the actors had aged. I loved the episode but it was painfully bittersweet.

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soapbaby wrote

Elena spoke at JR's funeral.

That's right, she did.
That was my 1 minute, 27 second nap.

Thanks!

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I'm still not understanding why Elena spoke at JR's funeral. That was odd.

This season has not been very good but that's because they focused way too much on Ann/Harris/Emma storyline. I didn't care about them at all.

There should have been more John Ross and Pamela. I love them.

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Loved every minute of the show. Wonderful tribute to Larry Hagman's iconic character JR Ewing!

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The episode is free on iTunes to download.

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petitejolie wrote:
The episode is free on iTunes to download.

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I enjoyed "ALL" of these so it was very difficult to pick just one this eppy rocked from beginning to end "they got it right." ..I've seen it more than once...rhe tribute having Larry's JR walk in the twilight said more than words ever could..I read Larry's son and Patrick was heavily consulted/involved in this eppy and it shows.

but I chose Bobby’s grief and determination to get J.R.’s killer.
Because Bobby was generally the "good Ewing" ... "Dudley Do-Right" and he has evolved into his brand of ruthlessness

he's no JR but he's a force to be reckoned he's a lot like Ellie Mae but he'll have to be like his father..What I liked about this eppy showing when all was said and done JR loved his brother.