Dallas: The Complete Third Season
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Dallas: The Complete Third Season (DVD)
Dallas: The Complete Third Season, originally broadcast in the fall of 1979 through early 1980, surely represents one of the most raucous and tantalizing years in the life of any television series in history. Murder, banking fraud, kidnapping, adultery, alcoholism, cancer, vengeance, a miscarriage, extortion, bribery, and astounding levels of betrayal both in business and private lives are just part of the catalogue of sins that make season 3 particularly juicy. Actually, what makes the 25 episodes in this box set so much fun to watch is a viewer's gradual awareness that every crime committed, every ethical breach or personal tragedy is part of an overall design, reverberating in dozens of directions and affecting multiple relationships and numerous schemes. As enjoyable as each program is on its own terms, it's quite clear that by the 25th episode, "A House Divided," in which a major character receives a surprise-ending comeuppance, that all chickens were intended to come home to roost in the last show's very clever script.
A remarkable number of story threads found their way into season 3. Starting with a two-parter concerning the kidnapping of a newborn baby belonging to J.R. (Larry Hagman) and Sue Ellen Ewing (Linda Gray), problems just keep on sprouting like weeds. First, there's Sue Ellen's emotional deep-freeze and refusal to nurture her child as a healthy mom should, which in turn prompts the childless Pamela Ewing (Victoria Principal) to free her maternal instincts toward J.R.'s son, much to the chagrin of J.R.'s brother, Bobby (Patrick Duffy). Meanwhile, teenager Lucy (Charlene Tilton), abandoned daughter of missing Ewing son Gary (David Ackroyd), threatens to teach J.R.'s son, one day, to turn against the Ewing clan, inspiring J.R. to escalate plans to get rid of Lucy any way possible. (Gary, by the way, kicks into gear a famous Dallas spin-off by moving to Knots Landing, California.) Matriarch Miss Ellie (Barbara Bel Geddes) faces a mastectomy, making her worry that husband Jock (Jim Davis) will stop loving her, though he faces problems of his own when a skeleton found buried on Ewing property turns up near Jock's missing handgun. (Whoops.) Finally, J.R.'s almost Shakespearean manipulation of the sale of Asian oil fields to old family friends, just before those fields are nationalized, is brilliantly wicked stuff. His actions have enormous, grievous ramifications--not least of all for J.R. --Tom Keogh
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As with the previous box set, there aren't a lot of extras, but that's probably because the show is 20 years old and there's not much footage available. There are a few comentaries and a "Who shot JR: A Dallas Phenomenon " Documentary on the last disc.
The only major problem I had with this box set (which stoped me from giving it 5 stars) is the DVD Packaging. The way they have packaged the DVD's caused damage to a couple of episodes (they've laid one DVD ontop of another, causing the bottom one to scratch). I'd be watching a scene and then it would suddenly skip to the next scene, most of the time mid sentence! It was annoying at times.
Overall a good buy and a must for any true TV fan.
Season 3 episodes are:
1) Whatever Happened to Baby John? (1)
Sue Ellen returns home from the hospital and the family worries she is sinking into depression by not caring about her new baby. The rest of the family take frequent trips into the hospital to visit John Ross who is still too weak to come home. J.R. and Sue Ellen learn from reporters that John Ross has been kidnapped!
2) Whatever Happened to Baby John? (2)
J.R thinks some of his thugs may have taken the child, whilst Bobby suspects Cliff.
3) The Silent Killer
None of the Ewings are excited when Sue Ellen's sister and mother visit Southfork. J.R starts to take a deeper look at Sue Ellen's younger sister.
Valene returns to town, determined to have her daughter Lucy forgive her. It is not until Lucy overhears J.R try to railroad Valene out of town again before the mother and daughter finally come to terms with their past and make up.
5) The Kristin Affair
Pam tells Bobby about her pregnancy. But she says nothing about her disease. J.R. mortgages Southfork Ranch for his drilling in Asia. He's very interested in his sister-in-law Kristin (Mary Crosby).
6) The Dove Hunt
J.R. and Jock get wounded by sniper fire when two of Jock's enemies from the past catch up with them during a hunting trip to Louisiana.
7) The Lost Child
Sue Ellen is unhappy with her marriage to J.R. Pam has an accident and tells Bobby about her hereditary disease.
Sue Ellen meets cowboy Dusty Farlow during a Southfork rodeo event. He's the son of a rich oil tycoon. J.R.Read more ›
Perhaps one of the most famous seasons of "Dallas" for no other reason but the cliff-hanger finale where viewers all over the world were left with the million-dollar question, "Who Shot J.R.?".
Before we get to that milestone episode however, the Ewings and their friends and enemies have plenty of drama to endure.
The season begins with Sue Ellen's baby being kidnapped from the hospital; shortly after Pam gets pregnant a second time but loses the baby AGAIN, only to learn later in the season she may never be able to give birth to a healthy child due to a genetic disease she's inherited from Digger. As a result, she becomes strongly attached to baby John, until the neglectful Sue Ellen begins taking an interest in the child. Later, as Digger lay dying Pam discovers her real father was a ranch hand who was murdered and buried on Southfork thirty years prior. All of these emotional events take their toll of Pam and Bobby's marriage, and he pleads with her to help hold their union together.
Miss Ellie undergoes a mastectomy and grows distant from Jock when she learns he had a wife before her, whom he's been keeping in a mental hospital for the past 40 years.
Sue Ellen begins an affair with drifting cowboy Dusty whom she meets at the annual Ewing Rodeo. She begins trying to beat J.R. at his own game but only ends up back on the bottle with J.R. determined to have her re-comitted.
J.R. further alienates the family by mortgaging Southfork for a risky business deal and gets Cliff Barnes to resign from the Office of Land Management by secretly funneling cash into a phony campaign to get him elected to the State Senate.Read more ›
But, it's funny how you can see where weight became an issue. Between the seasons, both Sue Ellen and Pamela steadily lost weight. I also noticed that in season 1, when wearing bathing suits, they did not wear stockings. But, in seasons 2 and 3, they did.
Also, compared to now, lots and LOTS of smoking and drinking on TV back then, but not so much now.
All in all, I am very pleased with the Dallas series, and almost wish I could go back in time.
Bobby Ewing remains a hottie!
Most recent customer reviews
I thought this was the best show back in the 70's and would like to relive it again. I recommend this show to anybody who would like to watch J.R. I his earlier years.Published on Dec 16 2013 by Marianne
The original Dallas is still the best. The DVDs I received are great quality and arrived quickly. I couldn't be happier with my purchase.Published on Sept. 13 2013 by Anne Johnson
Got this quickly once I ordered it.. it was in good condition.. and most importantly it was a GREAT purchase. I loved watching this season. The finale was awesome!!!!Published on Sept. 2 2011 by Suzanne O'Shea
Ok I must admit I was very young when this season aired but I watched it with my mom as i was growing up. I saw a few episodes online last year and I got hooked. Read morePublished on Nov. 17 2009 by Chantale F
The dvd that you sent me recently is acting up again.
Discs 1 & 2 seems ok, but the 3rd and 4th disc keeps stuck and jumping scenes, I am thinking of returning them to you. Read more