Hey, that was very informative. Thanks! I don't remember too many names of writers but I noticed sometimes characters were named after people who worked in Dallas. For example there was a Camille Marchetta in the credits before there was ever a Renaldo Marchetta in the story. I think there is somebody in the credits named Eric Farlow. There more examples too. Did you notice that also? Anyway, in the case of a staff writer like Camille Marchetta, someone who didn't have as high of a position as David Paulsen, would a staff writer or a freelance writer ever get to actually create a storyline from scratch? As far as I know Paulsen was the head writer, and so I guess he would have supervised the rest of the writers and had the final say in cases where there was a disagreement over which direction in which to take a story. Is that correct? You referred to the "bible" of plotlines. Would any staff writers or a freelance writers contribute to creating the "bible" or do only the head writer, Paulsen, and the producers - Capice and Katzmann - get to create things that would be meant for the show's "bible"? BTW, I agree with you that season 7 was one of the best seasons Dallas ever had. It was excellent. Seasons 6 and 7 are probably my two favorites. A big part of that was they were the seasons which contained the contest as per Jock's will for Ewing Oil. The two brothers each doing their best to try to beat the other and win the company and all of the collateral damage which ensued really led to some remarkable drama.