Dallas returns with a new Miss Ellie in the form of Donna Reed,star of classic Christmas movie "Its A Wonderful Life."
At the time,it was said the orginal Miss Ellie(Barbara Bel Geddes)had left for health reasons,Larry Hagman recently said it was over a pay dispute.
It really was madness to recast such a loved character,Donna Reed is a much more glamorous,kindly Miss Ellie and doesn't have Bel Geddes' fiery spirit or the down to earthness of the orginal Miss Ellie.
Barbara Bel Geddes makes a welcome return to Dallas the following year,Donna Reed sued Lorimar for breaking their contract,won the case and sadly died in 1986.
Lucy(Charlene Tilton)doesn't really have much of a storyline,in her last Dallas season for a few years,she strangely becomes a waitress like mother Valene(Joan Van Ark spunoff to the highly successful Knots Landing)
Priscilla Presley(Jenna Wade)joins the opening credits and has a large storyline,kidnapped by deranged ex husband Naldo,then accussed of his murder.
Newcomers this season are: long lost cousin Jamie(Jenilee Harrsion)and the lovely Mandy Winger(Deborah Shelton)both are soon caught up with the Ewing dramas.
Victoria Principal as Pam is great throughout,in one of J.R.'s nastiest schemes,he pays someone to take Pam on a wild goode chase,to the Carribean to look for the missing Mark.
The shocking ending featuring the "death" of a beloved character is heart breaking,and a lot of Dallas fans felt letdown when it was all revealed as a dream,to bring the character back!
Still enjoy this great season with the added padded shoulders of designer Travilla!