Dallas - Season 7 [DVD] 
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The complete seventh season of the larger than life Ewing family. With 'Southfork' in flames, and Bobby (Patrick Duffy) and Pam (Victoria Principal) splitting up, nothing is running smooth for Dallas's first family. To make matters worse, J.R. has to share running the company with Bobby. It'll all end in tears. Episodes comprise: 'The Road Back', 'The Long Goodbye', 'The Letter', 'My Brother's Keeper', 'The Quality of Mercy', 'Check and Mate', 'Ray's Trial', 'The Oil Baron's Ball', 'Morning After', 'The Buck Stops Here', 'To Catch a Sly', 'Barbecue Four', 'Past Imperfect', 'Peter's Principle', 'Offshore Crude', 'Some Do... Some Don't', 'Eye of the Beholder', 'Twelve Mile Limit', 'Where Is Poppa?', 'When the Bough Breaks', 'True Confessions', 'And the Winner Is...', 'Fools Rush In', 'The Unexpected', 'Strange Alliance', 'Blow Up', 'Turning Point', 'Love Stories', 'Hush, Hush, Sweet Jessie' and 'End Game'.
Out of the fire, into the frying pan: Southfork in flames is just the start of a season of hot-blooded romance and sizzling schemes. Pam and Bobby split up and other folks team up: Miss Ellie with Clayton Farlow and Sue Ellen with a hunky Dallas darlin' young enough to be her son. Meanwhile, it seems the brothers Ewing may be sharing control of Ewing Oil, guiding the company to more and mightier millions. But sharing makes J.R. as happy as a wildcatter drilling dust, so you can just imagine the conniving to come. Yup, Season 7 is a web of backroom deals and courtroom drama, jealousy and treachery, blackmail and bourbon. And in the center sits J.R., hiding his guile behind a big ol' Texas smile.
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The producers decided to add some controversy and spice to the show with a May-December romance between Sue Ellen (Linda Gray) and her son's trainer, Peter (special guest Christopher Atkins). There is also the end of the beloved marriage of Bobby (Patrick Duffy) and Pam (Victoria Principal) and the rekindling of a romance between Bobby and old flame Jenna Wade, now played by Priscilla Presley. The third highlight of the season sees the marriage of Ewing matriarch Miss Ellie (Barbara Bel Geddes) and Clayton Farlow (Howard Keel).
Of course, of all the characters, the dominant character is still J.R. Ewing, superbly played by Larry Hagman. Hagman is given the best lines, indicative of his character's devilish persona, willing to do anything to keep Ewing Oil on top.
Woe to anyone that stands in his way...and that applies to family members, too.
Linda Gray has really grown as an actress and she gets many chances to show her thespian skills. Besides that, her distinctive walk, along with her marvelous figure, is presented in several key scenes around the Ewing pool.
With those three aforementioned major plot developments propelling much of the season, it would be easy to concentrate on those solely; however, this is "Dallas" and, like the state in which the soap takes place, is bigger and other story lines and characters routinely take center stage.
Steve Kanaly and Susan Howard (Ray and Donna Krebbs) are highlighted as their characters get embroiled in a case of euthanasia. Guest star Kate Reid is memorable as Ray's Aunt Lil.Read more ›
New additions to the cast include the beautiful Priscilla Presley and villain Morgan Brittany becomes a kind of female JR, trying everything she can to keep Bobby and Pam apart.
This show has such great re-watch value, with multiple cliffhangers and plenty of memorable scenes. There are some great battles this season between Sue-Ellen and JR as Sue-Ellen moves back to Southfork, but in a seperate bedroom. 'Seperate rooms, seperate lives.' she informs her husband. Peter is her new love interest, and you have to feel sorry for poor Lucy. The writers seem to have forgotten to give her any storylines this season, and she just lingers about in the background at Southfork most of the time.
It has to be said that despite the intricate plotting, the storylines get increasingly silly towards the end of the season. Would Cliff really be that stupid not to realise Sly is double crossing him? Bobby and Pam not realising what Katherine is up to... And JR blackmailing the government representive who attemps suicide is just a repeat of a storyline from last season.
But despite this the show is still hugely entertaining, with JR's antics at his worst, and another great cliffhanger ending (a kind of Whot Shot Jr 2, but with a twist.) Make the most of this season however, as Dallas reached its pinnacle around the mid 80s, and the show went rapidly downhill after this: Miss Ellie replaced by another actress and Bobby departing, leading to the absurd Dream season...
This was the height of 80s excess and escapism - they don't make television like this anymore.
This is the season that picks up after the Southfolk fire; Sue-Ellen takes a `toy boy' lover (in the shape of special guest star Christopher Atkins); JR comes close to finally ruining Cliff; Pam and Mark and Bobby and Jenna (the arrival of Priscilla Presley in the role) and Katherine's plotting; of course ending with the shooting of Bobby.
There are disappointments though, such as the shocking under use of Afton (the wonderful Audrey Landers, whatever happened to her?) and lack of Miss Ellie during the first half of the season. Also, the last two episodes feel incredibly rushed - storyline's carefully grown over the season seem to unexpectedly conclude, with JR being beastly to everyone, and the conclusions to these clever story threads don't always fit, almost as if the writers decided the cliff-hanger and worked backwards giving reasons why (which is apparently how they came up with the original JR shooting in 1980). However these small niggles aside, its great - as a serial show - to see a stronger and centred Sue-Ellen stand up to JR; the arrival of Jenna; and of course JR's many manipulations.
The transfer of DVD is great, making it hard to believe that these episodes were originally filmed over 25 years ago. The `bonus' features are abit of a let-down though, which is a shame.
I knew, but don't really remember the show (being too young at the time of original broadcast) but am truly having a wonderful time revisiting this classic show - I'm not even watching it in order, instead swapping around between seasons (see my other reviews) and enjoying this for what it is - a quality 80's show.
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unfortunately purchased a 'used' dvd but one cd in the collection did not work.Published 8 days ago by pbod
I love Dallas but a couple of CDs I'm this series didn't work very wellPublished 1 month ago by Amazon Customer
Really disappointed it appears to be a very poor copy of Series 8.Published 3 months ago by Susanna Taylor
Excellent series. Still watchable after all these years. Makes many of our current offering on TV, pretty poor.Published 18 months ago by Jl Powell
No matter how many ldouble crossing and ruthless villains are out there they will never beat J.R. Ewing.Published 18 months ago by Jill Charlton
Arrived when they said it would by Amazon. In good condition.Dvd works well my Son will enjoy them as I bought them as a xmas gift .Published 19 months ago by Mrs. K. Rayner