I've just rewatched up to season 13 and am about to start season 14 where I know James remains in the show but Miss Ellie is "away" and BBG never comes back. My question is, does anyone know whether there a particular reason why we never got a James/Miss Ellie scene? Obviously Miss Ellie never went to California to visit on screen (or off?) with Bobby and Betsy in Knots Landing and her relationship with Lucas was strained by Jenna's awkwardness with Bobby and Ray so it's not the first instance of a lack of interaction with her grandchildren, but James was living at Southfork and the most we ever got was a scene with Miss Ellie and Clayton discussing meeting James off screen. It's very strange, they set it up as if Miss Ellie and Clayton were coming back from their mystery solving trip earlier in the season to a surprise, not just with the oil tanker crash but also JR's illegitimate first son, but that goes nowhere. Was it just lazy writing? Budget cuts to the point where there were a lack of big family scenes? It seemed weird to have a new main character join the family but never interact with his new grandmother.