Stars: Patrick Duffy, Brenda Strong, Linda Gray, Josh Henderson, Jesse Metcalfe, Jordana Brewster, Julie Gonzalo
Writer: John Whelpley
Director: Randy Zisk
Network: TNT, airs Monday nights
Original Telecast: April 8th, 2013
Deception and subversion are coming to a head on DALLAS as season two draws to an end. John Ross (Josh Henderson) finally gets Pamela (Julie Gonzalo) to believe him when he told her that her father Cliff Barnes (Ken Kercheval) is responsible for the Ewing rig explosion. She is a woman with a vendetta against her father now and she will stop at nothing to seek her revenge on her father for losing her twin babies in the explosion. Emotions are high, tensions are rigid as the family works together to block Barnes and Harris Ryland (Mitch Pileggi) from taking over Ewing Energies.
The show never ceases to try and out dramatize the previous week’s episode with even higher voltage drama. The cast is perfect, the suspense is nerve wracking and the outcome never seems to disappoint. Still, what the producers have now set up for next week’s season finale might be a little over-ambitious in terms of pleasing the DALLAS audiences. Christopher (Jesse Metcalfe) and Elena Ramos (Jordana Brewster) head out of the country in search of Christopher’s mother and in viewing the previews for next week, it seems like he finds her, or someone pretending to be her. Again, with all the talk of Pamela Ewing in the last few weeks if in the season finale we are led to an empty well, I can’t imagine that arc will have a satisfactory ending.
Same goes with the Drew Ramos (Kuno Becker, who is spreading his wings and flourishing in the role of the family’s black sheep) storyline. Can they possibly get Drew out of the hole he’s dug himself into without jeopardizing J.R.’s master plan? Maybe, but again, it won’t be easy. Everything is unspooling in front of our eyes as the big climatic and hopefully worthy finale is upon us. Hopefully it will also befit Larry Hagman as the clever plan that J.R. laid out before his death is still mostly under wraps.
But, the Pam story is one that worries me. After all, Bobby so gratuitously states to Christopher that Pam had a bad car accident and that she may not look like herself anymore. Oh please don’t let this be a ploy to replace the character of Pam with another actress! It seems as though we are sadly being led in that direction. And as Mr. Nice Guy Bobby Ewing begins to take on some of his brother’s traits, a more complex character emerges, one perhaps even more interesting than the Bobby pre J.R.’s death. It all comes down to this…next week’s finale. Let’s hope for the best and pray it’s not the worst!
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