Okay, sure, no one wanted DALLAS to start doing all those OTT contrived catfights that DYNASTY did. I mean, Pam slapped Sue Ellen once, and Marilee seemed like she might have popped Jamie or vice versa before someone fell into a pool. But would it have been interesting for Mama to kick some female butt on occasion, just so she could display some of the "Texas frontier strength" Esther Shapiro felt Miss Ellie was lacking? I liked Ellie demure, too, mostly. But where was that matriarch who demanded Ray get her shotgun out of the closet? Should Ellie have beaten Lady Jessica's arse once the latter showed up again and started killing folks? Or perhaps BBG could beat the hell out of Donna Reed's body double in the same way Krystle did her evil twin, Rita...? And how about the guys?? Frankly, I always want to see Mama slap J.R. down after Sue Ellen grabs his keys and runs for the Mercedes at the end of "Things Ain't Going to Good at Southfork". Miss Ellie: "Sue Elllllennnn...!" J.R.: "...Mama..!" Miss Ellie: "So -- you've destroyed her again!" J.R.: "Stay outta this, Mama!" Miss Ellie: (rushing her son) "Don't you ever learn?!?" J.R.: "Mind yer own damn business, Mama!" Ellie then slaps him, giving Larry the opportunity to do one of his classic IDOJ reaction shot falls against the grandfather clock in the foyer, knocking it over to a massive crash of chimes (which Mickey and Lucy can hear from the patio just as Sue Ellen makes her drunken exit thru the sliding glass doors). I wonder if DALLAS went to too great a lengths to make Miss Ellie overly tasteful. "I'm going to kill you. And I'm going to kill you right now."