The Storyline that never happened

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  1. Lastkidpicked

    Lastkidpicked Soap Chat Active Member

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    Watching the episodes surrounding "Jock's Will". It never hit me until this viewing:

    "Ewing Oil can have only one man a the helm, and that's the man who wants it most . . . At the end of one year, whichever son has managed to create the greatest gain for his half share of Ewing Oil will win 51% of stock of Ewing Oil to run whichever way he sees fit. . .
    In the unfortunate event that before this year is up, one son pre-deceases the other, the remaining son will automatically inherit his share, and he will take over the company."

    That last part seemed like a pretty strong thing to say. Do you suppose the writers were setting up a storyline that never happened?

    Especially interesting since they killed Bobby off a few seasons later.
     
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  2. 'V'

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    It's possible but I think it more likely that the writers just wanted to show that Jock was thorough and covered all possibilities.
     
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  3. Majorfanofshow

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    Sometimes producers writers will plant seeds of stories and they could ignore it or run with it. Just have a dangling thread. That happens. Someone mentions a crazy relative or ex spouse - they put that out there so if they want fresh drama they could do something with it.
     
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  4. James from London

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    Nah, it just was a fun tease. When JR then toasts Bobby with, "To your good health and very long life", it's pointed and ironic and perhaps we're meant to wonder if JR would actually kill his brother to get control of the company, but no way was the show about to go there.
     
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  5. Lastkidpicked

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    The history of Dallas shows that you are right.
    I love the toast-- Hagman was thoroughly enjoying himself and you could tell by watching him play J.R.
     
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    Another storyline that never happened is the one about Lucy and her daughter. Lucy has problems getting older and dresses younger and sexier than she should. At first, Lucy's daughter likes the way her mother acts. Going partying with her, acting like one of the girls... But as time goes by, Lucy - although looking good, but no longer being the spoiled baby of the family - starts dressing too sexy and even flirts with her daughter's male friends. Daughter feels ashamed and this causes friction between mother and daughter.
     
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    That early in the series -- it had only been on for 4 and 1/2 years, and JR's villainy was still considered edgy and shocking for TV -- some viewers weren't quite sure JR might not plot his brother's demise from behind the scenes. But of course that's not how JR operates. Not all sociopaths are coldblooded killers, after all.

    Even when JR learned of Pam's fiery crash years later, he seemed genuinely shocked. And while probably not terribly concerned about his sister-in-law's welfare, he had at least brief moment of sympathy for his brother.
     
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    The writers and Larry Hagman were careful not to make JR too evil. He was a lovable rogue if anything.
     
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    True. And his actions always had a motivation - trying to please Jock, or - later, trying to ensure John Ross’ inheritance. The writers never had J.R. do something evil just for the sake of it.
     
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