Discussion in 'Dallas - The Original Series' started by pete lashmar, Aug 23, 2017.
Like both of these!
Another great idea, and it goes to show that there were MANY storylines that would have worked better than "Jock comes back from the dead".
Katzman has the conch!
I hate to say this but Paulsen wasn't in charge of Dallas right the way through.
Steve Forrest could've stayed on as Jock Ewing if Patrick Duffy hadn't have come back as Bobby.
Bobby's Ewing's return effectively nixed the return of Jock Ewing as played by Steve Forrest.
I always thought that Ben Stivers was going to be Jock (he seemed to have had bypass surgery just like him, but not Wes), and the actor wasn´t liked enough by the audience (and I agree with them). Maybe Katzman didn´t want to discard a whole storyline for his return season, or take the risk of being taken to court by Forrest a la Donna Reed, and he chose the middle road: using him for half a season and then let the actor go to do that TVM. I don´t think that any member of the original crew and cast would have wanted Wes to actually be Jock. Jim Davis´ shadow was large, and that would have also implied to redo Jock´s picture! Can you imagine that...?
Jock and Kristin? Or was it a dream (=sex fantasy) of Wes Parmalee?
Reading that scene above is exactly what happens later in the episode. He talks to Miss Ellie in an exchange which is never shown on-screen & then vanishes never to be seen again.
So was Wes Parmalee really Jock Ewing or was he a con man & a fraud?
I don't think he was a con man. I don't believe he was Wyatt Haines either.
The blood tests & the X-rays had conclusive proof of who he was & that was as Jock Ewing.
Jim Davis was simply too distinctive a presence to ever be replaced. When Jock Ewing was killed off, it was with no body, so clearly they were thinking of perhaps bringing him back in the future with a different face. But it was a bad idea. You’d think they would have learned from the Donna Reed debacle when they conceived of the Ben Stivers plot.
They should've had Wes turn up in Conundrum, when JR was gonna shoot himself, along side the returning Barbara Bel Geddes and have Miss Ellie confirm what a lot of the fan's were dreading, she sent Wes away so as not to hurt Clayton when he admitted that he wasn't a conman he really was Jock Ewing.
JR would start scoffing until Wes as Jock finally tells him that there is a way he can prove who he is. JR stares open mouthed as Wes produces a copy of Jock's will that was written in South America. Taking it & studying it, it's in Jock's handwriting. But JR wants to know why he didn't produce this when he was first in Dallas & Wes admits that he had mislaid it or he would've. With JR convinced, there's the matter of getting Bobby convinced too. Bobby arrives home from the airport & is angry to see Parmalee, JR hands him the copy of Jock's will.
Bobby won't believe it. He's not Jock & demands to know where Clayton is. Clayton is apparently at the Quorum hotel.
"You're not my Daddy! And I've had it with the Oil Business!"
As Bobby is about to walk away, Wes asks, "You once wanted me to draw up a document where you had the power to run Ewing Oil! When our cash situation wasn't fluid enough for you to make deals & I'd taken money from the Ewing account!! You told me I'd given you power but I told you that Real Power is something you take, Bobby!"
Bobby stops in his tracks & turns round! His mouth dropping open, only one person could know that! There is tears on Wes's face.
Freeze frame, end of the series.
I suppose I've opened another kettle of worms!!
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