J.R.'s Masterpiece

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"J.R.'s Masterpiece"
Dallas episode
Episode no. Season 2
Episode 8
Original air date March 11, 2013
Guest actors
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"J.R.'s Masterpiece" is the eighth episode in the second season (2013) of the television series Dallas. The episode features the funeral of J.R. Ewing (played by Larry Hagman), who was killed in the previous episode The Furious and the Fast.


The plot of the episode featured the funeral service of J.R. Ewing, as well as the memorial service, held at the Dallas Petroleum Club.

Guests in attendance include Ken Kercheval as Cliff Barnes, J.R.'s longtime rival who comes to pay his "disrespects", Ted Shackleford as Gary Ewing,[1] the sober and divorced black sheep brother of J.R., Steve Kanaly as half-brother Ray Krebbs,[1] Charlene Tilton as niece Lucy Ewing,[1] Cathy Podewell as J.R.'s second wife Cally Harper Ewing, and Deborah Shelton as Mandy Winger, J.R's mistress during the 1984–1987 seasons of the original series.[2] Appearing as themselves are Dallas Mavericks owner Mark Cuban, Dallas Cowboys owner Jerry Jones,[3] and Dallas mayor Mike Rawlings.

As a result of Hagman's death, and therefore his character's, the remaining season's plot will focus on the same question raised in the original series, "Who shot J. R.?" dubbed into "Who killed J.R.?"[3][4]


Larry Hagman appeared in seven of the fifteen episodes slated for the season before his death. The plot of the season had to be retooled in order to compensate for the character's absence.[5] Producers were keen for Victoria Principal's character, Pamela Barnes Ewing to make a return appearance to the show, especially following the death of J.R.[6] In response to rampant speculation, Principal released a statement explaining the reason she would not be appearing any more as Pam.[7]


Hagman's sudden death from throat cancer had caught the writing team off-guard; it was revealed J.R.'s absence from earlier first-season episodes was written in to accommodate Hagman, who was being treated for cancer.[8] This was also not the first time J.R.'s absence from the show had to be written in. Cynthia Cidre's original pilot script included J.R. in a relatively important role to the series, but due to contractual disputes between Hagman and TNT, she was made to rewrite the script to utilize archive footage of the titular character,[8] as well as reduce characters Sue Ellen Ewing and Bobby Ewing to recurring characters.[9] As negotiations with the actors were completed, the roles of the series veterans were restored in the pilot and beyond.

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  1. ^ a b c Fitzpatrick, Kevin (15 January 2013). "‘Dallas’ Preview: J.R.’s Funeral To Bring Back Which Characters?". Screen Crush. Retrieved 8 March 2013. 
  2. ^ Jeffery, Morgan (16 January 2013). "'Dallas' stars confirmed to return for JR funeral". Digital Spy. Retrieved 8 March 2013. 
  3. ^ a b Moore, Frazier (8 March 2013). "'Dallas' funeral for J.R. honors Larry Hagman". AP (Yahoo News). Retrieved 8 March 2013. 
  4. ^ Jeffery, Morgan (March 11, 2013). "'Dallas' exec on JR murder plot: 'There's a delicious reveal'". Digital Spy. Retrieved 12 March 2013. 
  5. ^ "'Dallas' Season 2: TNT Soap Sets Date For J.R. Ewing's On-Screen Funeral". The Huffington Post. December 10, 2012. Retrieved 12 March 2013. 
  6. ^ Jeffery, Morgan (12 December 2012). "'Dallas' producers 'want Victoria Principal for JR Ewing funeral'". Digital Spy. Retrieved 8 March 2013. 
  7. ^ Andreeva, Nellie (1 March 2013). "Victoria Principal Won’t Appear On TNT’s ‘Dallas’ Series". The Deadline. Retrieved 8 March 2013. 
  8. ^ a b Andreeva, Nellie (4 November 2012). "How Will Larry Hagman’s Death Affect TNT’s ‘Dallas’?". Deadline. Retrieved 8 March 2013. 
  9. ^ Andreeva, Nellie (16 December 2010). "Good-Bye J.R.? ‘Dallas’ Ready To Move On Without Larry Hagman Over Money Demands". The Deadline. Retrieved 8 March 2013. 

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