Dallas (1978–1991)
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Conundrum 

J.R. is drunk and dejected; he has lost his business to Cliff Barnes, his son has moved to England, and the ownership of his beloved home was given to Bobby. He wants to end it all, when an... See full summary »

Director:

Leonard Katzman

Writers:

David Jacobs (created by), Leonard Katzman
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Cast

Episode cast overview, first billed only:
Patrick Duffy ... Bobby Ewing
Kimberly Foster ... Michelle Stevens (credit only)
Larry Hagman ... J.R. Ewing
Howard Keel ... Clayton Farlow (credit only)
George Kennedy ... Carter McKay
Ken Kercheval ... Cliff Barnes
Sasha Mitchell ... James Beaumont (credit only)
Cathy Podewell ... Cally Ewing
Barbara Stock ... Liz Adams (credit only)
Sheree J. Wilson ... April Stevens Ewing (credit only)
Mary Crosby ... Kristin Shepard
Linda Gray ... Sue Ellen Shepard
Joel Grey ... Adam
Steve Kanaly ... Ray Krebbs
Jack Scalia ... Nicholas Pearce
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J.R. is drunk and dejected; he has lost his business to Cliff Barnes, his son has moved to England, and the ownership of his beloved home was given to Bobby. He wants to end it all, when an otherworldly creature calling himself "Adam" offers to show him what a world where J.R. Ewing was never born would be like. In this alternate reality, Gary would be the first son and would run Ewing Oil -- into the ground but become a successful lawyer. Jock would kill himself over it, leading to Miss Ellie's death "from a broken heart" two years later. Sue Ellen would be a successful soap opera actress married to Nicholas Pearce. Kristin Shepard would be a con artist, while Bobby would be a divorced deadbeat dad with a gambling addiction. There would be a third Ewing son named Jason, a conniving, manipulative real estate broker who got into the business by selling off Southfork. J.R. sees more of what a world where he was never born would be like: Ray Krebbs does not know that Jock is his real ... Written by Attmay

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Drama | Romance

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Release Date:

3 May 1991 (USA) See more »

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USA See more »

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Lorimar Television See more »
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Sound Mix:

Stereo

Color:

Color

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1.33 : 1
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Trivia

This was the first episode of Dallas (1978) in which Joan Van Ark (Valene Wallace) appeared since Dallas: The Split (1981) almost ten years earlier. See more »

Quotes

Adam: Then why don't you just kill yourself?
J.R. Ewing: And send you back to Heaven a failure? You'll never become an angel.
Adam: [laughing] An angel. What makes you think I'm from Heaven?
[evil laugh]
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Features Dallas: End Game (1984) See more »

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Dallas deserved a much better ending
7 May 2017 | by KingslaaySee all my reviews

After years of memorable moments which included the iconic Who Shot JR? episode Dallas ended on a disappointing and bad note. The finale tried to have elements of 'Its A Wonderful Life' or perhaps even a 'A Christmas Carol' to show JR how life would have been had he been out of the picture. The burning question is why? Why do such a type of finale which ended up being hugely disappointing. Dallas had gone down in the ratings over the years but millions had tuned in for its finale due to its legacy and memorable moments, boy must have they been disappointed.

Many wanted to see a family reunion of some sort or perhaps some sort of twist as Dallas started shocking cliffhangers. With such a rich family history, the cast still being alive and talented producers it is bizarre to end this great show in such a manner. The large cast was not really included and it was painful to watch the villain everyone loves to hate swim in self-pity. The alternate realities of Sue Ellen and other characters was dull, lackluster and unimpressive. Why would be want to see completely different and non Dallas story lines? Ones that don't involve oil, backstabbing and revenge? This was the producers chance to end this show on a high note as millions would be tuning in. Conundrum has to be the most disappointing finale for a TV show. Gladly Dallas:JR Returns which was a TV movie gave us a Dallas and JR that we would have liked to see.


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