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.
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