Dallas: The Complete Sixth Season (DVD)
Dallas: The Complete Sixth Season
begins with a bang: Miss Ellie (Barbara Bel Geddes), Bobby (Patrick Ewing) and Lucy (Charlene Tilton) vote to remove J.R. Ewing (Larry Hagman) as president of Ewing oil. Big stuff, but J.R. soon lands a job running competitor Harwood Oil. Meanwhile, in this classic primetime soap, J.R. and brother Bobby find themselves on opposite ends of a titanic clash set in motion by patriarch Jock Ewings will once the latter is declared legally dead. And now that he is officially deceased, Jock's widow, Miss Ellie, becomes interested in a social life again. This results in some discomfort for J.R., who wants his mom to be mom, despite having almost blackmailed her in the first place to release the will. Ludicrous as it all might sound, Dallas
is always nothing less than absorbing, and the changes and surprises that come with the territory--the ever-shifting alliances, the come-from-behind victories, the constant scheming to tear down family and friends--are fascinating.
In Dallas: The Compete Fifth Season, J.R. won back his estranged wife, Sue Ellen (Linda Gray). Yet she seems to be having second thoughts about life as a Ewing, prompting J.R. to take another crack at convincing her to stay with him--while doing his bidding in unscrupulous business maneuvers, of course. Sue Ellen and sister-in-law Pamela (Victoria Principal) become unexpectedly close, and even more unexpected is Pamela's request to husband Bobby that he drop the fraternal competition with J.R. to run Ewing Oil for good. Abortions, tensions, and a chance for longtime, obsessive enemy of the Ewings Cliff Barnes (Ken Kercheval), so recently comatose, to get even with his nemesis are all on the menu. As usual, watching Dallas is like witnessing a car crash and being too mesmerized to leave. --Tom Keogh