It's all gone. I figured I'd restart the thread and repost what I had so far, in case anyone wants to take a look. I miss all the responses! Well, here we go. EPISODE 1: AFTER THE FALL/EWING RISE So, here we are: The P.P. Era. So far, so good. An unremarkable, but otherwise solid beginning to season 11. Bobby learns of Pam's horrific car accident and Patrick Duffy is given perhaps the most challenging material he’s ever had to play. When Principal had to mourn Bobby's accident and death, she was gut-wrenching. In this case, Duffy’s limitations are exposed and he is left turning his gaze upwards in silent prayer to God every few words, in a movement that every high schooler does when they want to convey pain and sadness. The emotional weight is left to be carried by Miss Ellie first, and then Cliff, who is rehashing all the ancient Digger history once more now that he feels he’s disappointed his father. It helps the show tremendously to go back to that place now that Pamela Barnes is gone. Kercheval gives a wonderfully subtle but effective performance when he learns of his sister’s accident and, to his credit, Bobby becomes very protective of Cliff in those moments. Bobby's level-headedness, however, robs us of the chance to see some raw emotion on his part. DALLAS is not the show that kind of thing usually happens, but this is a massive event. It feels underplayed, possibly on purpose. Furthermore, Bobby is out of character. Had Principal been around to be able to act in the scenes, there is no way Bobby would allow anyone to keep him away from her, much less calmly deal with anyone else who wants to see her. Seeing Pam bandaged up was bizarre. It turned out to feel both funny and tragic. The sight of that wrapped up mummy was comical, but the idea of what is happening is utterly heartbreaking. I can’t escape that pit-in-my-stomach feeling. I loved the way Miss Ellie dealt with finding out about Clayton by not telling him at all, yet subtly manipulating him into taking it easy. It’s sweet that this elderly couple is given lines about afternoon nap-sex. Later on, Miss Ellie brings perhaps the best moment of the episode, when she overhears J.R. making arrangements to view office space. "I had hoped [losing Ewing Oil] would really hurt you," she tells him, explaining she wanted him to change. J.R. gives her a chilling look when he tells her he’s never giving up. So, on goes J.R., looking for new offices, kissing Sue Ellen, playing daddy and buying Bobby a new car. Admittedly, the door to his office is beyond fabulous. And that’s pretty much it. One expects some twist at the end: Yes, we know J.R. is going to start over, but how great would it be if we found out he’s already made a major step towards achieving that and he’s not only looking at empty spaces? Alas, no such thing happens. Jenna, Ray, Charlie and Lucas go home. They’re happy and content and barf. April's run-in with Wendell's assistant, Wilson Cryder, was interesting (perhaps because precious little else happened). It’s his male assistant, which I find curious in the world of DALLAS. "Are you the top man," April asks with a straight face, "or does Wendell call all the shots?" To make it ‘worse,’ Cryder keeps referring to him and Wendell as ‘we.’ Oh, Wendell. The scene definitely had a creepy vibe to it, although I don’t trust it was anything else than wasting time. We’ll see. When J.R. and Bobby meet at the end of the episode, Bobby can no longer hold his tears back. Here, finally, Duffy displays some emotion and his voice breaks as he says he doesn’t understand how all this could happen. It’s a high, sad note to end the episode. As always, please no spoilers whatsoever, including hints, clues, innuendo, etc! Unless, of course, I ask for it!