Since this is a Sue Ellen and JR thread, it seems a bit odd to me to be giving my response to Karin's general question here. I apologize ahead of time to those of you who think that the discussion belongs elsewhere! My first episode was "Digger's Daughter" way back when! I loved Bobby and Pam's drive towards Dallas and their arrival at Southfork. I loved watching them being newly weds and making out all the time! Ray and Lucy in the barn was funny! Even more so later on, when I was able to put all the "pieces" together! My first impression of Miss Ellie wasn't very good (sorry). She didn't welcome her favorite son's new wife in a way that was appropriate (even though Pam was Digger's daughter). IMO, the Miss Ellie that we saw in this episode was quite different that the Miss Ellie we saw in the other pilot episodes and all the other episodes that followed! Anyway, I grew to LOVE and appreciate Miss Ellie! Dallas was never the same when she wasn't around! And it was all Barbara's doing, I think! Miss Ellie and Jock's marriage was rock-solid, and I came to appreciate their relationship a whole lot! However, in "Digger's Daughter", I somehow got the feeling that it was Jock who was "calling the shots", and Miss Ellie looked to him for "approval". Thank goodness, my first impression of their marriage quickly changed, because Miss Ellie was in many ways the one who had "the pants on" in their relationship! She really knew how to put Jock in his "place" - almost without saying anything at all! JR and Sue Ellen didn't interest me much at first in "Digger's Daughter"! Their relationship seemed completely loveless, and Sue Ellen came across as a "desperate housewife", whose only purpose was to look good and be JR's wife. She seemed so snobby to me in "Digger's Daughter"! Often, Sue Ellen was downright rude, and she didn't come across as someone that I would want for a friend! (My first impression changed later on, though!). Even though Sue Ellen enjoyed the "status" that came with being Mrs. JR Ewing, it didn't take me long to notice how unhappy she really was underneath the surface. Sue Ellen was so jealous of Pam and treated her like crap! I loved when Jock advised his eldest son to "go see his wife" (after they'd listened to all the giggling coming from the newly weds' bedroom). I loved Lucy from the very beginning! She was a sweet yet rebellious teenager who was looking for love in all the wrong places! I felt bad for her not having her parents around most of her childhood! Also, Lucy was feisty and spunky and very enjoyable to watch. Not your all typical American girl, that's for sure! The character of Ray took me a bit to figure out! I didn't like his relationship with Lucy ... he should have put his foot down, even if she was gorgeous and willing! If I put that aside, Ray was likeable and handsome! Ray grew on me episode by episode! He loved cattle and horses and was a great foreman of Southfork! Anyway, this was my first impression of Dallas!