- Seasons of Change examines the most famous dream sequence ever - Dallas' ninth season - and also looks back to season eight to examine the effect of Barbara Bel Geddes departure for a year, and then her eventual return
The infamous ninth season of Dallas begins with Pamela Ewing (Victoria Principal) grieving over the death of her ex-husband Bobby, who was killed saving Pamela from her vengeful half-sister, Katherine Wentworth. To Pamela, the whole situation seems like one horrible nightmare -- and as it turns out, she may be right! In other developments, Barbara Bel Geddes returns to the role of Miss Ellie, mother of the redoubtable J.R. Ewing (Larry Hagman) -- a bit of retrospective casting that prompted Donna Reed, who'd taken over as Miss Ellie during Bel Geddes' absence in season eight, to sue the series' producers. Also back is Dusty Barlow (Jared Martin), whose millionaire father, Clayton (Howard Keel), has become Miss Ellie's husband. Now an embittered paraplegic, Dusty becomes deeply involved in a custody battle between his former lover Sue Ellen Ewing (Linda Gray) and her husband, J.R., over their son, John Ross. In the midst of this courtroom intrigue, J.R. pulls strings to have the alcoholic Sue Ellen committed to a sanitarium, but her mom, Patricia (Martha Scott), bails her out. Another returnee to the series is Mark Graison (John Beck), who hopes to offer love and comfort to his disconsolate ex-sweetheart Pamela. Newcomers to Dallas include Dack Rambo as cousin Jack Ewing, to whom Bobby's onetime inamorata Jenna (Priscilla Presley) turns after Bobby's death; Barbara Carrera as ruthless shipping magnate Angelica Nero, who aligns herself with J.R.'s sworn enemy Cliff Barnes (Ken Kercheval) -- who in turn is romancing Jack's sister Jamie (Jenilee Harrison); and Marc Singer as Matt Cattrell, a childhood friend of Pamela who talks her into financing a dangerous mining venture in South America. That the viewers sorely missed Patrick Duffy was painfully evidently in the fact that Dallas ratings were rapidly plummeting. Both the series' producers and star Larry Hagman approached Duffy, offering him all sorts of attractive incentives to get him to return to the show. The results of their entreaties are revealed in the season finale, when, after a horrific explosion that apparently kills half the cast, the action suddenly shifts to Pamela, who is aroused from her slumbers by a familiar voice emanating from her bathroom.... ~ 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