Dallas - The Television Series (1978 -1991)
The originally American primetime soap opera DALLAS ran fromSunday 2nd April 1978 to Friday 3rd May 1991. Dallas revolved around one weathly Texas family 'The Ewing's'. Jock Ewing was the patriarch of the Family, whom had made his weath through the cattle and oil industries, Throughout the fourteen-years the series ran,Dallas was famous for such cliffhangers as 'WHO SHOT J.R.?' and the'DREAM SEASON' where Pamela Barnes Ewing dreamt that the ex-and-future-husband Booby Ewing had died after being hit by a car only to find in the final episode of the series Booby alive and well in the shower.
Throughout it's fourteen years history the series won Four Emmy Awards.
The series ran in total for 357 Episodes and is still one of thee longest American Prime time dramas to-date in America's history.
The CBS Network originally aired the first episode of Dallas on Sunday 2nd April 1978 as a five-part miniserie. The show's producers - Leonard Katzman and Executive producers - Philip Capice and Lee Rich - hand no plans to expand the drama. However, due to the populatiry of the five-part Dallas miniseries, CBS Network commissioned more episodes of the show to be broadcast from Saturday 23rd September 1978 to Friday 3rd May 1991.
Dallas is well-known for it's huge shoulder pads. Intrigue, pwer struggles, sex and wealth. Through it's history, the main storyline was the long-time rivalry between two families - John Ross 'Jock' Ewing senior and his Family; the other family was Willard 'Digger'Barnes and his Children.
Background to the Ewing/ Barnes Feud
The background to the Ewing/Barnes rivalry went all the way back to the 1930s when Digger Barnes and Jock Ewing were 'partners' in Ewing Oil. Digger Barnes maintained and told everyone and anybody who would listen how Jock Ewing had stolen his half of Ewing oil and had also stolen his sweetheart and his only true-love Eleanor 'Miss Ellie' Southworth Ewing.
Miss Ellie's family the Southworth's were not in the oil business - the Southworth's raised Cattle and had a great deal of love for the land. Originally Miss Ellie married Jock Ewing to save her family home 'Southworth'. Once Miss Ellie had married Jock Ewing he paid off all the Southworth's Family debts; thus stopping the bank foreclosing on Miss Ellie's family home. Jock renamed 'SouthWorth' SOUTHFORK. Whilst Miss Ellie had initially married Jock to save her family home; she did grow to love Jock very very mucg; they had been married for over Forty Years when Jock Died in 1981. During their Forty-year marriage Miss Ellie and Jock had three sons.
The Ewing/Barnes rivally came to ahead in the very first episode of Dallas, when miss ellie's and Jocks youngest son Robert 'Bobby' Ewing married Pamela Jean Barnes - Digger Barnes daugther.
The Matriarch of the Ewing Family was Eleanor 'Miss Ellie' Southworth Ewing - Played by Barbara Bel Geddes. Miss Ellie throught the Dallas era was protrayed as a loving and strong mother to her family. Miss Ellie's marriage to JockEwing was central to her character for a few years until her husband died in 1981. Jock and Miss Ellie raised three sons at Southfork. Miss Ellie had a lot more influence over her second son Gary; as Jock had taken over the raising of John Ross 'J.R.' Ewing Junior from the age of five-years-old. Miss Ellie resented Jock's treatment of Gary, whom she regarded as being more a Southworth than a Ewing. Miss Ellie and Jock both spoiled their youngest song Robert 'Bobby' Ewing. Whilst married to jock, Miss Ellie was diagnosed with breast cancer, she made a full recovery with treatment. One year later, she discovered that Jock had an illegitimate son during a brief affair whilst sering in London during WW2. The revelation that Jock had fathered Southfork Ranch's foreman Raymond 'Ray' Krebbs caused tension between the couple. Miss Ellie and Jock separate, which nearly lead to them getting a divorce. However, they reconciled and had a second honeymoon in Paris, France. Shortly afterwards, she was widowed when Jock went to the jungle on an exploration mission for the U.S. Government in relation to oil. Although Jock's body was never recovered Miss Ellie went to court to try to overturn the terms of her late husband's will that put J.R. and Bobby indirect competition for Ewing Oil. Although unsuccessful Miss Ellie remained strong for her family. Miss Ellie forged a close friendship with Southcross Rancher Clayton Farlow. Eventually Miss Ellie and Clayton started dating and eventually married despite her son J.R and Clayton's sister Jessica Montfort trying to stop the wedding. Although happily married to Clayton a man claiming to be Jock Ewing appeared - Wes Parmalee. This put Miss Ellie andCLayton's marriage under pressure; Wes Paramlee eventually told Miss Ellie he was a fraud and disappeared. In 1990 Clayton and Miss Ellie decided to go to the Orient for a holiday, whilst away Miss Ellie decide that she would not return to Southfork and gifted Bobby the deeds to Southfork. Her reason for not returning to Southfork was she could no longer deal with the heartache and heartbreaking fights between her two sons; J.R. and Bobby.
The patriarch of the Ewing Family was John Ross 'Jock' Ewing Senior, whom founded Ewing ~oil. Jock Ewing was played by Jim Davis until his death in 1981; his character was never recasted. Jock started his business with older brother Jason and best friend Digger Barnes. Digger has a unique ability to smell out oil, whilst Jock was the brains of the company. Jock had previously been married to Amanda Lewis, who had suffered a breakdown not long after her and Jock had been married; so Jock committed her to a mental institution. When the family found out and visited she mistaken took Bobby for Jock. Jock married Miss Ellie to help her save her family home Southworth. Jock made Ray Krebbs 'Southfork's' foreman, although at this time Jock did know who Ray's mother was; but he was unaware that Ray was his illegitimate son. Miss Ellie had forgiven Jock for his affair during WW2. Miss Ellie and Jock had three sons; John Ross 'J.R' Ewing Junior, Gary Ewing and Robert 'Bobby' Ewing. Over the years, Jock built his oil company 'Ewing Oil' into one of thee most powerful and independent companies in Texas; he also became a very successful rancher. Jock decided to raise J.R., his eldest son with 'tough love', and made J.R. into a very powerful oil baron within the oil industry. Jock gave all his attention to J.R. and ignored his middle son Gary and when youngest son Bobby came along he spoiled him. One year prior to Dallas being shown Jock had retired from being Ewing Oil President and took a more active role in the ranch. In 1981 Jock and Miss Ellie separated and nearly divorced, but they reconciled and went on a second honeymoon to Paris, France. Prior to leaving for Paris Jock had given Ray a section of Southfork land for working for him for twenty-five years; shortly afterwards Jock found out that Ray was his illegitimate son, whom he welcomed with open arms into his family. Returning from their second honeymoon Jock and Miss Ellie stopped off in Washington D.C. where the U.S. Government asked Jock to go to South America to head a drilling operation that they were involved in. Jock remained in Washington D.C. for a conference, whilst Miss Ellie returned home to explain to the family why Jock had not returned with her, Jock did return to Southfork for a few hours to collect some gear prior to leaving for South America. However, when Jock was returning home, his helicopter collided with another plane and crashed into a lake. J.R.; Bobby and Ray all went to South America to search for Jock's body, they were unsuccessful. Jock Ewing was declared officially dead in 1982 and the fight for Ewing Oil between J.R. and Bobby commenced due to the terms of his will. The storyline of Jock Ewing was a necessitate for the writers of Dallas as Jim Davis had died in 1981. The episode 'The Search' was a tribute to Jim Davis and at the end of the episode the credits ran silently out off respect.
John Ross 'J.R.' Ewing Junior
John Ross 'J.R.' Ewing Junior - played by Larry Hagman was Miss Ellie and Jock's eldest son. Jock devoted all his time into making J.R. a very powerful oil baron within the oil industry by showing him 'tough love'. J.R. was the unscrupulous Ewing and was always plotting the subterfuges his enemies of their wealth. He runs Ewing Oil, the business his daddy built up - in the cut-throat and ruthless manner that Jock had done. Jock started to train J.R. to run the company from five-years-old. After doing a tour in the Vietnam war, J.R. returned home to work in Ewing Oil. J.R. had no interest in raising cattle - just oil; but he did have a special kind of love for his family's home Southfork. Although Jock had shown J.R. love, he knew that Bobby was Jock's favourite son . No matter how hard J.R. tried ti impress and show Jock how much a success he could make of the company; J.R. was never able to come to terms with Jock's favouritism towards Bobby. As they grew up J.R. could not help but feel jealous and this caused a major rift between him and Bobby, especially when Bobby married Pamela Barnes. Although J.R. was married to former Miss Texas Sue Ellen Shepard Ewing whom he had a son with John Ross Ewing III. Later on in the series we discovered J.R. had another two children - James Richard Beaumont (an off-screen affair J.R. had with Vanessa Beaumont). James was older that John Ross Ewing III. When J.R. and Sue Ellen divorced for the second time he married Cally Harper and had another child.. Throughout its fourteen year history J.R.'s actions did eventually catchup with him. Several times his first wife Sue Ellen divorced him and remarried him; before she eventually left for Europe, before going she promised to destroy him. J.R.'s second wife Call and his illegitimate son James had been the cause of him being put into a sanitarium. His second wife Cally left him by claiming their child was his son Jame's child. Eventually J.R. tracked Cally down to Florida; but discovered that Cally and their child were happy living with her new boyfriend, so decided to leave her alone. This was the beginning of J.R. losing everything. He lost Ewing Oil to arch rival Cliff Barnes; he lost control of Southfork. His son John Ross Ewing III disowned him and joint his mother Sue Ellen in London. Eventually all J.R. was left with was thanks to his younger brother Bobby - a room t Southfork to live in. J.R. was last seen contemplating suicide, roaming Southfork with a bottle of Bourbon and a loaded revolver; after a fantasy entitled 'It's A Wonderful Life' where it showed what life would have been like for the Ewing Family if he had never been born. The series ended with a single gunshot being heard from J.R.'s room and his younger brother Bobby running into the room shouting "Oh My God!!!!". What happened to J.R................................
Gary Ewing was Miss Ellie and Jock's second son. When Gary was younger Jock totally ignored him, although his mother Miss Ellie and younger brother Bobby totally loved him. Gary felt that he was never treated as an equal by his father Jock and older brother J.R.. Gary became an alcoholic and felt that he was regarded as the 'black sheep' of the Ewings. Garry married Valene Clements when he was just seventeen, they tried to make a home at Southfork but his father Jock and oldest bother J.R. were annoyed. Miss Ellie gave Gary the job as foreman at the ranch and bought the young couple a house. Nine months after they had married the couple had a daugther Lucy (Miss Ellie and Jock's first grandchild). However, even though the young couple had a child together; J.R. kept harassing them, till eventually it all became too much for Gary and he turned to alcoholic and fled Southfork leaving Valene and Lucy. His wife Valene took Lucy and went to Virgina where she thought her mother would help her raise her daughter - her mother rejected her. J.R. finally tracked Valene down and warned her to never return to Dallas - J.R. took Lucy back to Southfork where she was raised by her grandparents Miss Ellie and Jock. Many years later, Gary re-appers working in a hotel where his younger brother Bobby and his Wife Pamela are staying. Bobby and Pamela convince Gary to return to Dallas and Southfork. At the same time, Lucy had also found her mother Valene working as a waitress in Braddock. Gary and Valene were reunited again. However, J.R. knew that Gary would turn to alcoholic and leave Southfork; thus J.R. set out to ensure this would happen. J.R. set Gary up in a Office Equipment Machinery firm. Gary could not take the pressure of being a failure; especially to his father, Jock so decided to leave Southfork. As per usual J.R. tried to pay Valene to leave Southfork and Lucy; Valene rejected his offer. Though Valene does leave Southfork, she does not leave Dallas. Gary and Valene still meet up and decide to re-marry; they do so at the Justice of the peace in front of Bobby, Pamela, Mis Ellie and Lucy. While they are having a party to celebrate their marriage Jock visits to wish then all the best. However, after their marriage they know that in order for it to work they need to leave Dallas so J.R. cannot interfere. As a wedding present to Gary and Valene, Miss Ellie bought them a housse in the housing development that her youngest son Bobby was involved in in California.
Robert 'Bobby' Ewing
Robert 'Bobby' Ewing - played by Patrick Duffy was Miss Ellie and Jock's youngest son. Bobby married the Ewings' arch rival daugther's Pamela Jean Barnes. Although Bobby was very successful in the oil industry he was a reluctant oil baron, who was totally different to that of his brother. Bobby was kind-hearted or navive. When J.R. was shot Bobby was put in charge of Ewing Oil by is daddy Jock, however, when J.R. was well enough to return to Ewing Oil, Jock made J.R. president of the company. Whilst Jock was away in South America Jock gave Miss Ellie the balance of power and she re-instated Bobby as President of Ewing Oilafter she learnt that J.R. had been stock piling Farlow oil. However, when Jock was officially declared ded and his will read, Ewing Oil was to be divided fifty-fifty for one-year between J.R. and Bobby and the one who had the largest profit would gain 51% of Ewing Oil and the loser would get 19%. However, J.R. thinks he has won so whilst in the office of Harv Smithfield he tries to sweet talk himself out of a verbal deal he made with Bobby to divide Ewing Oil fifty-fifty regardless of the result. It looked like J.R. had won the contest until one of Bobby's deals come through in time with the help of his half-sister-in-law Katherine Wentworh, whom allowed him to test drill the 'tundra toque drill'. When the frozen oil fields in Canada came through. So Bobby should have got 51% of Ewing Oil and the loser J.R. would have got 19%. However, Bobby true to his word spilt the company 35% each. When Bobby and J.R. were not fighting with each other; they were working together against their enemies - for example Pamela's brother Cliff Barnes; Jeremy Wendell and Carter McKay (the successive heads of West Star Oil). Bobby was also interested in ranching at Southfork, so he decided to divide his time between the ranch and office. Bobby and his wife Pamela had a complex relationship, although they adopted Christopher (Sue Ellen Ewing's sister Kristen Shepard and Jeff Faraday's Chid) whom they adored; they did eventualy divorce - thanks to J.R. and Pamela's half-sister Katherine wentworth. Although Bobby and Pamela rmained deeply in love with one another they both went into other relationships. Bobby met up with his childhood sweetheartJenna Wade. However, Katherine Wentworth thought with the help of J.R. that she could marry Bobby. However, Bobby rejected Katherine after he found out she had slept with J.R. One night at Ewing Oil Bobby was working late and Katherine came in and shot him, she tried to kill Bobby again whilst he was recovering from the shooting in the hospital. Bobby asked Jenna to mary him, however; it was not to be and Bobby eventually remarried his ex-wife Pamela Barnes Ewing. However, on Bobby and Pamela's wedding day Ray Krebbs informs Bobby that Jenna is pregnant with his child; Pamela overhears this. Despite this Bobby and Pamela do get married. Jenna gives birth to Bobby's son Lucas (whom Ray later adopts). Bobby and Pamela remain happily married until disaster strikes and Pamela is severely burnt when her car crashes into an oil tanker. Whilst in hospital recovering Pamela leaves Dallas, Christopher and Bobby - she later on divorces Bobby again. Bobby remarries - April Stevenst. However, whilst they are on honeymoon disaster strikes - April is kidnapped and shot dead.
Lucy Ewing - played by Charlene Tilton, was raised by her grandparents Miss Ellie and Jock; due to her father being and alcoholic and J.R. taking her from her underaged mother Valene. Lucy when she was a teenager was a troublemaker, confused little vixen who was involved with Ray Krebbs. Lucy would skip school to spent time with Ray. However, Bobby's wife Pamela found out and made Lucy finish school in return for her keeping quiet about Lucy and Ray. Lucy eventually fell in love with Kit Mainwaring, but called the wedding off when she discovered he was gay. Lucy later developed and overcame a drugs problem. Eventually Lucy found happiness and wed medical student Mitch Cooper. However, the marriage was not to last as Mitch wanted to become a doctor, whilst Lucy wanted to have fun. Eventually they got divorced. Thanks to Pamela, Lucy got into modelling. Lucy was kinnapped by Roger, who had been a photographer on numorus shoots she was involved in; Lucy's uncle Bobby and Aunt Pamela rescued her. Later on Lucy had an abortion after finding out she was pregnant with Roger's baby. Lucy then became involved with Mickey Trotter (Ray Krebbs cousin). Mickey died after serious injuries that had been caused through a car accident whilst he was trying to stop Sue Ellen driving under the influence of alcohol. Lucy changed overtime and her and Mitch remarried in1985 after which they moved to Atlanta . Second-time round for Lucy and Mitch was unlucky, four years after remarrying they divorced again due to Mitch working all-the-time. In 1990, Lucy decided to take a more adventurous outlook on life and moved to Italy.
Sue Ellen Shepard Ewing
Sue Ellen Shepard Ellen - played by Linda Gray; is the long-suffering alcohol wife of J.R Ewing. Sue Ellen was a contestant in the 1967 Miss Texas pageant; she met J.R. their; he was one of the judges. After a three-year courtship Sue Ellen and J.R. married in 1970. However, their marriage deteriorates, due to J.R.'s disinterest in Sue Ellen and his numerous extramarital affairs. By 1978, Sue Ellen is lonely and has an affair with J.R.'s arch-enemy Cliff Barnes. During her affair with Cliff, SSue Ellen discovers she is pregnant and is totally convinved that Cliff is the father to her unborn child, as she has been married to J.R. for eight-years and hardly now have maritial relationship. Worried for Sue Ellen and the safety of his unborn child due to her depending on alcohol, J.R. put Sue Ellen into a sanitarium. Whilst in the sanitarium Sue Ellen contiuned to drink ad escapes drunk into a car, which she crashes endangering the life of herself and her unborn child. Whilst in hospital Sue Ellen gives birth to her son, John Ross Ewing III. Following the birth of her son, Sue Ellen shows no interest in him, which is caused through deep depression. Cliff Barnes sues Sue Ellen for a paternity test claiming John Ross is his. However; J.R. is John Ross's biological father. Soon after Sue Ellen has an affir with rodeo cowboy, Dusty Farlow. Dusty made Sue Ellen strong enough to decide to leave J.R., before she had the opportunity to leave it was reported that Dusty had been killed in an airplane crash. Sue Ellen turned to alcohol after hearing the news. Later on, Sue Ellen found out that Dusty was aive, but had been crippled in the accident; nevertheless Sue Ellen's love for Dusty, means that she takes John Ross and moves to Southern Cross with Dusty and his father Clayton Farlow. Sue Ellen and J.R. divorce and a bitter custody battle for John Ross follows, and Sue Ellen wins the battle. Sue Ellen returns to Dallas and starts an affair with Cliff Barnes When J.R. learns of this he romances Sue Ellen again, thus ensuring John Ross returns to Southfork 'where he belongs'. J.R. is successful and they remarry. Not long after re-marrying and catching J.R. having an affair with Holly Harwood Sue Ellen has an affair with Peter Richards (a college student and John Ross's counsellor). Shortly after the affair ends Sue Ellen learns that she had a miscarriage, but does not knw who the father of the child was. Sue Ellen and Peter's relationship ends thanks to J.R., arranging for Peter to be arrested on fake drug charges then blackmaails Peter to leave Dallas and the charges will be dropped. Sue Ellen shows how ruthless she could be when she found out J.R. was having an affair with Mandy Winger. Sue Ellen bought into Valentine's Lingerie and through a successfully advertising campaign lures mandy away from J.R. by promising her a career in modelling and eventually she becomes an actress and leaves J.R. and Dallas. After a brief reconciliation, J.R. has another affair with Kimberly Cryder and this destroys what every little relationship J.R. and Sue Ellen had left. Sue Ellen laves J.R. for the final time. To ensure that Sue Ellen can not find their son Joh Ross, he arranges for him to go to boarding school. J. R. is shot by Sue Ellen three times after he kills her new lover Nicholas Pearce were fighting in his penthous over where he had JOhn Ross; J.R. accidentally threw Nicholas over the balcony. J.R. nor Sue Ellen were indicated for there crimes. Sue Ellen eventually divorces J.R. for the second time. Howver, instead of trying to get her revenge on J.R. she decides to make a movie on what her life was like with him. Scriptwriter Don Lockwood helps her to make the movie. Prior to moving to London and mrrying Don, Sue Ellen plays J.R. at his own game and blackmails him, with threatening to release the movie, which inturn would destroy J.R. Ewing. Her son, John Ross evetually joins her in London.
Raymond 'Ray' Krebbs
Raymond 'Ray' Krebbs - played by Steve Kanaly, is the illegitimate son of Jock Ewing and World War Two army nurse Margaret Hunter Krebbs. Jock and Margaret had a brief affair whilst Jock was serving in the American Army in London; but was unaware that Margaret was pregnant when he returned home to his wife Miss Ellie. Ray came to work at Southfork at the age of fifteen when his mother died. Jock employed Ray as the ranches foreman. At the beginning of Dallas Ray's character was a bit of a rogue. He was dating Miss Ellie and Jock's granddaughter Lucy behind their backs. Sided with J.R. in trying to break up newly-weds Bobby and Pamela. Pamela had previously dated Ray. Despite being a rogue Ray had a very good heart, and the Ewing Family trusted Ray who was also their upstanding friend. In 1980, the man who helped raise Ray Amos Krebbs informed Ray that he was not his biological father. His biological father was Jock Ewing. When Jock learnt that Ray was his son, all the Ewing Family, apart fro J.R., welcomed him into the family. In 1981, Ray met and married Donna Culver. Five-years later Ray and Donna separated. Whilst separated Donna found out she was pregnant with Ray's child; althought the couple did try to reconcile they eventually divorced. Donna and Ray had a daughter - Margaret Krebbs. In 1988 Ray married Jenna Wade after she gives bth to Bobby's son Lucas. Ray and Jenna decide that Ray should adopt Lucas, this does not go down well with Bobby. After a brief dispute Ray and Bobby eventually get their brotherly relationship back. Jenna's daughter Charlie starts to cause trouble between Ray and Jenna; so they decide to sent Charlie away to boarding school. After Charlie leaves for boarding school the couple decide to move to Switzerland,
Clifford 'Cliff' Barnes
Clifford 'Cliff' Barnes - played by Ken Kercheval; was Willard 'Digger' Barnes and Rebecca Wentworth's son and the brother to Pamela Barnes Ewing. During Dallas Cliff evolved into a bumbling sad sack whom was his own worst enemy. Cliff was at heart a bureaucrat and a lawyer, Cliff really was out off his depth when it come to the oil business; every time Cliff attempted to deal for Barnes-Wentworth industries, his rival J.R. Ewing would either outsmart or outdo him. In Dallas's final season after fourteen years Cliff finally succeeded in bring J.R. down.. When Dallas was first shown, Cliff was working for the State of ~Texas as an Investigator of Corruption especially in the independent oil companies. Cliff did not hide the fact that whilst he worked in this department his investigations were often aimed at Ewing Oil. Cliff's career was on the up and he was appointed to 'Chief of the Office of Land Management'. J.R. Ewing had a hand in Cliff running for Congress and having to withdraw from the race. Cliff then became assistant to Dallas's District Attorney. Later in the series Cliff formed a relationship with Donna Culver but this quickly turned sour when Donna's step-son was appointed to the U.S Senate and the party decided to appoint Bobby Ewing to run for the seat. Bobby won the seat and asked Cliff to work as his Chief Senate Counsel; relationships between Cliff and Bobby turned sour when Cliff decided to start up a senate investigation against J.R. Ewing for starting a counter-revolution in South-East Asia. Thanks to his sister Pamela they were also to be reunited with their mother Rebecca Barnes Wentworth. Cliff eventually forgave Rebecca for deserting him and Pamela when they were children. Rebecca was a very wealthy woman and asked Cliff to run WentWorth Tool & Die and small subsidiary of Wentworth Industries. When Sue Ellen decided to remarry J.R; Cliff tried to kill himself. Rebecca bought a small oil company and re-named it Barnes-Wentworth and encouraged Cliff to use the compay to beat J.R.. Cliff made Barnes-Wentworth a success and was named 'Oil Man Of the Year. His mother Rebecca died in a plane crash and his long-term affair with Afton Cooper finished. In 1985 Cliff married Jamie Ewing (J.R. and Bobby Ewing's Cousin), for the main reason that she owned ten per cent of Ewing Oi; which Cliff believed was his birth right. Cliff and Jamie divorced, but when Jamie died Cliff claimed her ten per-cent of Ewing Oil. Cliff is not always trying to get the better of the Ewing Family. When his sister Pamela disappeared and divorced Bobby second-time around; Cliff became a loving and attentive uncle to Christopher.
Pamela Jean Barnes Ewing
Pamela 'Pam' Jean Barnes Ewing - played by Victoria Principal, was the oldest daughter to Rebecca Barnes Wentworth and only child to Hutch McKinney. Pamela grew up believing that her mother had died when she was a young child, and that her father was Willard 'Digger' Barnes. When Dallas first started she and Bobby Ewing had eloped to New Orleans to be married. When Bobby came home with his new wife; Pamela was met with a lot of hostility from the Ewing Family as she was Digger's daughter. J.R. accused Pamela of being a spy for her brother Cliff when an important file belonging to Ewing Oil went missing and a copy falls into Cliff's hand. Pamela claims she is innocent and Bobby is the only one to defend her vigorously. Eventually the Ewings' find out it was J.R.'s secretary who gave Cliff a copy of the file. Pamela discovers she is pregnant but loses the baby when a drunken J.R pushes her off a rafter in a barn. Prior to Pamela's second miscarriage she leans that her and Cliff are both carriers of 'neurofibromatosis', which can be fatal to young children, thus the specialist advises Cliff and Pamela to never have children. Whilst Digger is dying he informs Pamela that she is not his daughter, and was the result of her mother having an affair with Hutch McKinney. Pamela overwhelmed with grieve decided to hire a private investigator to see what happened to her mother. After J.R. was shot Pamela watched Bobby get more involved in Ewing Oil and loving the power, she started to realise that her marriage might be in trouble. Pamela grows more and more depressed over not being able to carry a baby full-term, whilst working at 'The Store' she tried to kill herself, but Bobby arrives just in time to stop her; realising she need psychiatric help Bobby convinced her to be admitted to a hospital so that she could get help. Bobby did not realise Pamela had left the hospital, when he was bringing Christopher home to to meet whom Bobby had been told was his daddy J.R. Pamela thought that the baby was for her and Bobby to adopt. Bobby kept it from Pamela the truth about Christopher, when he did eventually tell her the truth about Christopher, they searched for the truth together. Pamela would do anything to keep Christopher. Afetr Pamela and Bobby successful adopted Christopher, the fight between J.R. and Bobby for Ewing Oil and the death of her mother Bobby and Pamela separated. J.R. and Katherine Wentworth did all that they could to ensure the couple did divorce. Two-years later Bobby and Pamela realised that they should have never divorced; on the night of Lucy and mitch Coppers second marriage; Bobby goes for a drive and ends up at Pamela's house and proposed to Pamela, they got remarried. Pamela was phoning Bobby with the news that she could carry a baby full-term without any health risks, when she was involved in a car crash with an oil tanker that left her severely burnt due to the firs that followed. Whilst recovering in hospital from her injuries, she decided toleave her life in Dallas and divorces Bobby for a second time. Pamela re-appeared in a later episode after Cliff tracks her down, to discover she has had a lot of plastic surgery. Pamela reveals to Cliff that she is happy with her new life and is going to marry her doctor. After Cliff leaves the room, her doctor asks why she did not tell her brother the truth - she had a terminal illness and was only given one year to live. However, Pamela has never been officially declared dead on the show,