Although Victoria Principal had left Dallas at the end of season ten, by the time the series' 11th season rolled around, Principal's character, Pamela Ewing, was still lingering about, swathed in bandages after being seriously injured in a car accident. As if to lead viewers to the conclusion that Pamela would suddenly make a complete recovery in the tradition of her husband Bobby Ewing's (Patrick Duffy) "return from the dead" at the outset of season ten, the ultimate fate of Pamela was left unresolved for several weeks -- and further complicated when the poor girl suddenly vanished from her hospital bed. Elsewhere, it appears as though ruthless oil tycoon J.R. Ewing will finally get his comeuppance when he loses control of Ewing Oil to his brother Bobby after proof of J.R.'s illegal maneuverings are made public. Setting up another oil firm, J.R. works hand and glove with Casey Denault (Andrew Stevens) to undercut Bobby and regain his power, which also involves our "hero" secretly buying up the stock of a rival firm, Westar Oil. At the same time, Casey has a brief fling with J.R.'s niece Lucy (welcome back, Charlene Tilton). In other developments, Bobby is tormented by Lisa Alden (Amy Stock), who claims to be the mother of his adopted son, Christopher. Meanwhile, Bobby's old flame Jenna Wade (Priscilla Presley) marries his half brother, Ray Krebbs (Steve Kanaly) -- a union that seems doomed from the start when Ray has a fling with a certain Connie Hall (Michelle Scarabelli). Newcomers to the cast include the aforementioned Andrew Stevens and Amy Stock, as well as Jack Scalia as banker Nicholas Pearce, who has an affair with J.R.'s estranged wife, Sue Ellen (Linda Gray), after helping her get her lingerie business off the ground -- and who turns out to have a hidden agenda that only April Stevens (Sheree J. Wilson) is fully aware of. Finally, this season marks the first appearances of recurring characters Harrison "Dandy" Dandridge (Bert Remsen) and Kay Lloyd (Karen Kopkins). In an echo of the celebrated "Who shot J.R.?" season finale of 1980, the 11th season of Dallas ends with another burst of gunfire -- and this time, it is Sue Ellen who is taking aim at J.R. ~ Hal Erickson
Cast & Crew
Larry Hagman - John Ross `J.R.' Ewing Jr.
Barbara Bel Geddes - Eleanor Ewing
Donna Reed - Eleanor Ewing
Jim Davis - John Ross `Jock' Ewing
Patrick Duffy - Bobby Ewing