Dallas: Season 9, Episode 31

Blast from the Past (16 May 1986)

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The happiness on Pam and Mark's wedding day soon fades as J.R.'s attempt to outwit Angelica may have come too late to save Jack's life and jeopardizes Sue Ellen's life as well.



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Jenna Wade (as Priscilla Beaulieu Presley)
Ben Stivers


The happiness on Pam and Mark's wedding day soon fades as J.R.'s attempt to outwit Angelica may have come too late to save Jack's life and jeopardizes Sue Ellen's life as well.

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Instead of Bobby's shower scene cliffhanger, the original cliffhanger for Season Nine involved the revelation that Ben Stivers was supposedly Jock Ewing. In the Season Nine finale, Miss Ellie and Sue Ellen are shown searching Southfork for Clayton. Sue Ellen leaves to go to Ewing Oil and gets caught in the subsequent explosion intended for JR. The original plan was to then cut back to Ellie, who has stumbled into Ben's quarters in her search for Clayton. There, she discovers her letters to Jock and some of his other belongings. Ben arrives and tells her that the items are "his." This is basically the same scenario used in Season Ten for the scene between Ellie and Wes Parmalee when Wes first hints that he is Jock. See more »


J.R.: [Angelica secretly arms the bomb in her suitcase and hands it to J.R] This stuff looks authentic...
Angelica Nero: I guarantee you it is!
J.R.: You had me worried there for a while,
Angelica Nero: About what?
J.R.: About doing business with the woman wanted for murder...
Angelica Nero: I'm not wanted for murder... I am wanted for questioning.
J.R.: Same difference! If you weren't guilty. you'd answer those questions,
Angelica Nero: Let's just say that if I did not kill them, somebody else would have... they deserved to die! As do you and Jack!
J.R.: Does that mean you're going ...
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7 October 2006 | by (Camilla, GA) – See all my reviews

The powerhouse nighttime soap's ratings were down and much of the blame could lie in the departure of "good" son Bobby Ewing (Patrick Duffy) a year earlier. Seeking a way to bring some life back into the show, the producers came up with an "ingenious" way of bringing him back: let everything that happened this season be part of a highly detailed "dream" by Pam (Victoria Principal).

Thus, everything that occurred in this episode from Angela Nero (Barbara Carrera) blowing up the Ewing Building with Sue Ellen (Linda Gray) in it to Jamie Ewing (Jennie Lee Harrison) expiring in an exploding car were other "figments" of Pam's vivid nocturnal images.

The last scene when Pam awakes and goes to the shower to meet Bobby standing, saying "How are you doing?" is one of television most memorable surprises and has been parodied by other shows, especially the final installment of "Newhart," ever since.

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