SACRAMENTO, March 6, 2013 — J.R. Ewing is dead and this time it’s final.
In 1980, the original “Dallas” Season 3 finale gave the world the “Who shot J.R.?” episode that was at the time the most watched television program in history. J.R.’s sister-in- law Kristin Shephard pulled the trigger. She would drown in a swimming pool one year later under suspicious circumstances as J.R. watched from the balcony.
A few years later J.R. was shot three times point blank by his estranged wife Sue Ellen in retaliation for a fight that led to J.R. killing her mobster boyfriend.
In the 1991 series finale, J.R. fires a gunshot that is believed to be a suicide. Viewers find out five years later that he shot his mirror believing the devil was there.
In the 1996 movie “J.R. Returns,” he faked his own death, only to return triumphantly back to Dallas in the end.
In 2012, Dallas returned. The first season of the reboot saw his brother Bobby’s wife Annie Ewing threaten to shoot him. She settles for shooting her ex-husband Harris Ryland instead.
Yet in 2013, J.R. finally met his maker. At the end of Season 2, Episode 7, J.R.’s nine lives ran out. At the end of the episode, he is seen giving his son John Ross the praise and approval that John Ross has always craved. J.R. tells his son over the telephone, “I’m proud of you. You’re my son from tip to tail.” We then see J.R. look shocked as somebody enters his room and fires two shots point blank. John Ross screams “dad!” into the phone.
This time it is for real. Larry Hagman created the greatest anti-hero in television history. While fans of J.R. probably wanted him to die peacefully in his sleep a winner, Larry Hagman may not have.
He worked on the show until his final moments, and he wanted his character’s ending to be done right.
So 32 years after Kristin Shephard put the first bullets into him, J.R. has taken his final slugs. Episode 8 is the funeral, and TNT is pulling out all the stops.
Episode 7 saw the return of Ted Shackelford as Gary Ewing. Gary never liked Dallas or J.R. Deborah Shelton reprises her role as J.R.’s former mistress Mandy Winger. As for other guest appearances, TNT is being more secretive than J.R. himself.
Starting in Episode 9, the cast will learn if the show can survive without J.R. Yet for now, one of the biggest television extravaganzas takes place.
Subplots and betrayals abound, but Southfork will never be the same again. The self-proclaimed “greatest oil man in the history of Texas” has been killed. No matter who ended up doing the dirty deed, one thing is clear. March 11 at 9pm EST will be epic television at its finest from tip to tail.
Brooklyn born, Long Island raised, and now living in Los Angeles, Eric Golub is a politically conservative columnist, author, public speaker, satirist and comedian. Eric is the author of the book trilogy “Ideological Bigotry, “Ideological Violence,” and “Ideological Idiocy.”
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