Stars: Larry Hagman, Patrick Duffy, Brenda Strong, Linda Gray, Josh Henderson, Jesse Metcalfe, Jordana Brewster, Julie Gonzalo
Writer: Cynthia Cidre Warner Horizon, David Jacobs
Director: Steve Robin
Network: TNT, airs Monday nights
Original Telecast: Jan. 28th,  2012

Larry Hagman and Josh Henderson on DALLAS "Venomous Creatures" | (c) 2013 TNT/Skip Bolen

Larry Hagman and Josh Henderson on DALLAS "Venomous Creatures" | (c) 2013 TNT/Skip Bolen

Heartbreak opens episode two of DALLAS with recovering alcoholic Sue Ellen (Linda Gray) about to pour herself a drink, Annie (Brenda Strong in a very solid performance) bedridden because of a harsh rejection from her now 22-year-old daughter and John Ross (Josh Henderson), though not one to admit it, seething with anger while watching the love of his life Elena (Jordana Brewster) be affectionate with Christopher (Jesse Metcalfe).

Christopher is dealt his own blow when because of a bribed witness he loses his annulment hearing, leaving him no choice other than to get a divorce from Pamela (Julie Gonzalo), opening a grandiose vault of possibilities for Ms. Barnes.

We are reminded that the core of the show is built on great casting. The actors embrace their characters with vigor and we quickly become engrossed into the world’s greatest nighttime soap opera once again. If anything, the actors seem more comfortable in their roles now that they have a whole season under their belt. Henderson, in particular, illuminates on screen as if a make believe spotlight is following him whenever he appears on camera. Strong, too, shows off some impressive acting chops, it’s a shame we never got to see them on DESPERATE HOUSEWIVES when she was more or less relegated to narrator.

The slimier the show gets the juicier it becomes and John Ross is just the man to take us there. He beds Pamela in business and pleasure and we are sure to see the two of them battle it out with Bobby and Christopher, together and apart. We have been teased of things to come and it all looks good.


Related: Interview with DALLAS star Julie Gonzalo

Related: TV Review – DALLAS – Season 2: “Battle Lines” – season premiere

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  1. The amount of backstabbing and getting the upper hand by the time the second episode aired was ridiculous. I was reminded by my DISH co-worker that this is the norm for Dallas and that I shouldn’t expect anything less. I just thought that it was a little crazy that John Ross and Pamela end up sleeping together in order to gain advantage over Christopher. There truly is no shame in this family.


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