If the decision of whether or not to bring Patrick Duffy back to Dallas for season 10 was yours, what would you have chosen to do? Do you rehire Patrick Duffy so that Bobby can come back (whether you explain it with the dream explanation or something else equally ridiculous) because the fans will be so happy to see him return, or do you say: "No, we can't kill the credibility of the show by bringing back a character they saw die." I can understand why they did it; I really can. After JR, Bobby and Pam were approximately tied for "second most popular character." They also happened to be the most popular couple on the show. The story I've heard is that David Jacobs actually wanted to center Dallas around them instead of JR. He viewed Dallas as more of a romance style show, and thought they should be the centerpiece of the show. JR was going to be a smaller part of the show according to Jacobs' idea for the way he wanted the show to be. When the executives in charge of Dallas saw that JR was the most entertaining character on the show and that he was quickly gaining popularity with the fans as the character they were predominantly tuning in to watch, they realized they could still keep the Romeo and Juliet style story of Bobby and Pam while expanding Larry Hagman's role so that JR became the integral character and the character who got the most screen time. Since Bobby and Pam were the most popular couple on the show, do you hurt the credibility of the show to bring Bobby back, making it possible to reunite Bobby and Pam? Is the fan interest it would create to have them together again worth what it would do to the credibility of the show? You know Victoria Principal is planning to leave the show after season 10, so they won't be a couple for too long. Does that affect your decision? Bobby is the more versatile of the two - he can do more. He and Pam have their romance, but unlike Pam, Bobby can also be a central figure in the business oriented storylines - the ones that appeal most to the male demographic of your show. Bobby can interact with JR in ways that Mark won't be able to; Mark's not a Ewing, he's a Graison. Mark could potentially have storylines where his company Graisco competes for deals with Ewing Oil. The only problem with that is Mark never seems to work. We've never once seen him in his office or even seen Graisco's building from the outside. Mark seems so desperate to make Pam happy, that the only work we've even seem him do is sell Cliff one of Graisco's subsidiaries. Why'd he sell Cliff that company? To make Pam happy. So, yeah, I can understand why some will say that only Bobby is going to have the kind of head-to-head competition with JR that makes the business related storylines so good. With anyone else, it's strictly business, but with Bobby it's business and it's also personal at the same time. Who else but Bobby can compete against JR in one storyline, and then join together with JR to compete against some outside threat in the next storyline? If you're like me you say:"All that's great, but the thing is, Bobby died. We made our bed and now we're gonna have to lie in it. I'm not gonna kill our show's credibility by resurrecting Bobby from the dead, and wiping out a whole season by saying it was just a dream...that's what I'd do if I was trying to turn our show into a joke!"