They offered Barbara the same contract for Season 14 DVD that Howard Keel was offered, for 4 episodes only. Howard accepted the offer, Barbara turned it down and retired from acting. It was Philip Capice, who remembered what Larry Hagman did in 1980 with his successful contract renegotiation. What Capice did in 1984 backfired, and he admitted so by asking Barbara back. Larry isn't to blame for what happened to Barbara in 1984. He didn't know about it until it was too late, although he did try to get his real-life mother Mary Martin to take over before Donna Reed was confirmed in the role. Larry Hagman and Philip Capice were rivals almost as much as Capice and Leonard Katzman by this point.