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Dallas Conundrum (1978–1991) HD online
Language: English
Category: TV Episode / Drama / Romance
Original Title: Conundrum
Director: Leonard Katzman
Writers: David Jacobs,Leonard Katzman
Released: 1978–1991
Duration: 1h
Video type: TV Episode
J.R. is drunk and dejected; he has lost his business to Cliff Barnes, his son has moved to England, and the ownership of his beloved home was given to Bobby. He wants to end it all, when an otherworldly creature calling himself "Adam" offers to show him what a world where J.R. Ewing was never born would be like. In this alternate reality, Gary would be the first son and would run Ewing Oil -- into the ground but become a successful lawyer. Jock would kill himself over it, leading to Miss Ellie's death "from a broken heart" two years later. Sue Ellen would be a successful soap opera actress married to Nicholas Pearce. Kristin Shepard would be a con artist, while Bobby would be a divorced deadbeat dad with a gambling addiction. There would be a third Ewing son named Jason, a conniving, manipulative real estate broker who got into the business by selling off Southfork. J.R. sees more of what a world where he was never born would be like: Ray Krebbs does not know that Jock is his real ...
Episode cast overview, first billed only:
Patrick Duffy Patrick Duffy - Bobby Ewing
Kimberly Foster Kimberly Foster - Michelle Stevens (credit only)
Larry Hagman Larry Hagman - J.R. Ewing
Howard Keel Howard Keel - Clayton Farlow (credit only)
George Kennedy George Kennedy - Carter McKay
Ken Kercheval Ken Kercheval - Cliff Barnes
Sasha Mitchell Sasha Mitchell - James Beaumont (credit only)
Cathy Podewell Cathy Podewell - Cally Ewing
Barbara Stock Barbara Stock - Liz Adams (credit only)
Sheree J. Wilson Sheree J. Wilson - April Stevens Ewing (credit only)
Mary Crosby Mary Crosby - Kristin Shepard
Linda Gray Linda Gray - Sue Ellen Shepard
Joel Grey Joel Grey - Adam
Steve Kanaly Steve Kanaly - Ray Krebbs
Jack Scalia Jack Scalia - Nicholas Pearce

Victoria Principal refused to appear in the final episode because there was a good chance the show would return the next season. She said she would only appear if she were 100% sure that the show wouldn't return.

Several former cast members returned for the final episode including Linda Gray, Jack Scalia, Ted Shackelford, and Joan Van Ark. Victoria Principal was also invited to participate but declined.

Larry Hagman (J.R. Ewing), Patrick Duffy (Bobby Ewing), Ken Kercheval (Cliff Barnes), Linda Gray (Sue Ellen Ewing) and Steve Kanaly (Ray Krebbs) are the only actors to appear in both this episode and the first episode Dallas: Digger's Daughter (1978).

This was the first episode of Dallas (1978) in which Joan Van Ark (Valene Wallace) appeared since Dallas: The Split (1981) almost ten years earlier.

When on the verge of suicide, J.R. is shown what the world would have been like if he had never been born. This is a reference to the storyline of Tai nuostabus gyvenimas (1946). The female lead of that film was Donna Reed, who played Miss Ellie in Season Eight of Dallas (1978).

This is the first episode since Dallas: Jock's Will (1982) to feature all four of Jock's sons: J.R., Bobby, Ray and Gary.

Conor Duffy (Little J.R. Ewing) plays the son of his real life father Patrick Duffy (Bobby Ewing).

Valene (Joan Van Ark) tells Gary (Ted Shackelford) that he was recommended to her after he handled her friend Esther MacKenzie's divorce. The use of the surname MacKenzie is a reference to the Knots Landing (1979) characters Karen Fairgate MacKenzie (Michele Lee) and M. Patrick "Mack" MacKenzie (Kevin Dobson), who are close friends of Gary and Valene.

Of the characters brought back for the series finale, Nicholas Pearce (Jack Scalia) is the only one who made his debut after Season Two. He first appeared in the Season Eleven episode Dallas: After the Fall: Digger Redux (1987). Although neither Ted Shackelford nor Mary Crosby appeared in Dallas (1978) until Season Three, their characters, Gary Ewing and Kristin Shepard, made their debut appearances in the second season, in which they were played by David Ackroyd and Colleen Camp respectively.

In the alternate reality, Gary (Ted Shackelford) and Valene (Joan Van Ark) meet for the first time when they are middle aged and arrange to have dinner with the suggestion being that the two of them will eventually end up together. This episode aired only eight days after Knots Landing: The Last One Out (1991), the 300th episode of Knots Landing (1979), in which Gary and Valene got married for the third time.

The actress playing Kimberly Kavanagh in the soap opera "Top of the World" says, "Well, I've gotta change. I've got the shower scene next." This is an in-joke referring to the final scene of Dallas: Blast from the Past (1986) in which Pam awoke to find Bobby in the shower. The following episode, the tenth season premiere Dallas: Return to Camelot: Part 1 (1986), revealed that Bobby's death in Dallas: Swan Song (1985) and all of the events of the ninth season were nothing more than Pam's dream.

In the alternate reality, when Valene (Joan Van Ark) suggests that she and Gary (Ted Shackelford) discuss her case over a drink, he replies, "Don't drink. Never have" and suggests that they have dinner instead. This is an in-joke as a major part of the normal version of Gary's backstory in both Dallas (1978) and Knots Landing (1979) is that he is an alcoholic.

Jock Ewing was born in 1915. In the alternate reality, he committed suicide in 1978 after Ewing Oil went bankrupt under Gary's leadership.

Miss Ellie Ewing was born in 1917. In the alternate reality, she died of a broken heart in 1980, two years after Jock committed suicide.

The episode begins with a montage of the major characters from the series over the years.



Reviews: [3]

  • avatar

    Binthars

    I have ticked the spoiler but i guess it's that old now that everyone will have seen it that cares. What an absolutely dreadful ending to what was my favourite soap.In it's heyday Dallas walked all over Dynasty without ever really needing to try to hard, but for the devil to visit JR Ewing and show him what life would be like in a world without him was bizarre to say the least,was it a dream? Was it a psychosis induced hallucination? I don't know but what i do know is i wanted to see him getting the better of all his enemies one last time,to stitch up all those who crossed him was a must.JR needed to go out in a bang of glory not an episode that looked and felt pointless. For those who haven't seen it,stay away.As i said JR is visited by the devil when drunk alone on the ranch one night after saying everyone would be happier if he's never been born.Sure enough the devil gives him an insight into what this would be like,sure enough everyone is different and no one is happier.At the end of this the devil encourages JR to kill himself,at this time Bobby Ewing returns to hear a gun shot and when he bursts into JR's room his face has that look of anguish we've seen before on Dallas.But is JR dead. Well in 1996 JR returned came out,so there's your answer.
  • avatar

    Bad Sunny

    I was a Dallas viewer from beginning to end.

    This ending, was an extremely disappointing, and inappropriate ending, to what was a wonderful series.

    A more fitting ending, would have been something such as.. someone showing JR how he hurt people. Family, friends, business people, and such is why he ended up alone.

    The whole. "Everyone in the Ewing family would have been so different without you", does not take into account JR's actions, and how he affected others.

    While the reunion movies in 1996 and 1998 were far better than this final episode, I still never would have ended the series in the manner that it was ended.
  • avatar

    Makaitist

    After years of memorable moments which included the iconic Who Shot JR? episode Dallas ended on a disappointing and bad note. The finale tried to have elements of 'Its A Wonderful Life' or perhaps even a 'A Christmas Carol' to show JR how life would have been had he been out of the picture. The burning question is why? Why do such a type of finale which ended up being hugely disappointing. Dallas had gone down in the ratings over the years but millions had tuned in for its finale due to its legacy and memorable moments, boy must have they been disappointed.

    Many wanted to see a family reunion of some sort or perhaps some sort of twist as Dallas started shocking cliffhangers. With such a rich family history, the cast still being alive and talented producers it is bizarre to end this great show in such a manner. The large cast was not really included and it was painful to watch the villain everyone loves to hate swim in self-pity. The alternate realities of Sue Ellen and other characters was dull, lackluster and unimpressive. Why would be want to see completely different and non Dallas story lines? Ones that don't involve oil, backstabbing and revenge? This was the producers chance to end this show on a high note as millions would be tuning in. Conundrum has to be the most disappointing finale for a TV show. Gladly Dallas:JR Returns which was a TV movie gave us a Dallas and JR that we would have liked to see.