I have just added a new video tribute on my usual thread that I´m reposting down there. This time it´s a Top 12 (+1...) of best scenes without dialogues (except some "oh", or "um", maybe). I´ve tried to be a bit more informative here, and added the name of the scene´s writer and the episode´s airdate too. Also I´ve made this compilation a bit more dynamic and easier to watch as well. Any comment will always be welcome. I thought it could be fun discussing this plot device here, and try to remember more scenes without dialogues that you may like...or not. That´s why the thread says "for or against them?" Although the "Dallas" writers weren´t so keen on doing this kind of scenes as the "Knots Landing" ones, in the show´s heyday a scene without dialogue would imply: a) there was an issue that was going to be dealt with seriously in the episode, and b) Barbara Bel Geddes and, less often, Victoria Principal, Linda Gray and Susan Howard, would be showing off their acting chops. So the first discussion point would be: was a soap opera like "Dallas" in need of this kind of scenes, or they belonged somewhere else (again, maybe "Knots Landing", or a less soapy "nighttime drama")? I myself have always loved them and found they were substantial to the show´s success. Ellie´s post-mastectomy "silent" scenes spoke tons not only for BBG´s Emmy-awarded talent, but also for how in-depth the depiction of the character was, at least in the first half of the show. Quite understandably, when some of the "Knots" writers came aboard for the Dream Season, there were more and more scenes without dialogues (and monologues too, about which I´ll make another video), especially but not exclusively for women. Actually, I think that, if she hadn´t just been written out, even Lucy would have had that kind of scenes in that season. Little things like Donna putting on her fur coat to meet and punch her rival Bonnie, or Mark kissing goodbye Pam before allegedly committing suicide, raised the level of the show´s writing from super-soap to big melodrama. I don´t think the writers of the other 2 3 big series (you know, the ones whose theme was composed by Bill Conti) had in mind they needed to bring some kind of subtext to their stories. Actually I honestly think that Jane Wyman and Joan Collins gave to their shows all the subtext they needed, though in the latter years that wasn´t enough for none of them. So what do you think? You don´t care about them as long as the guy is shirtless? You only get excited when someone falls downstairs or crashes a car? You tuned in just to watch the Nolan Miller or Travilla fashion catwalk?