Dallas (1978 TV series) season 2

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Dallas (season 2)
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Country of origin United States
No. of episodes 24
Original channel CBS
Original run September 23, 1978 (1978-09-23) – March 30, 1979 (1979-03-30)
Home video release
DVD release
Region 1 August 24, 2004 (2004-08-24)
Region 2 November 1, 2004 (2004-11-01)
Region 4 October 22, 2004 (2004-10-22)
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List of Dallas (1978 TV series) episodes

The second season of the television series Dallas aired on during the 1978–79 TV season.



In alphabetical order:

Also starring[edit]

Guest Star[edit]

  • Tina Louise as Julie (1 episode) first credited as Guest Star after the opening credits, the following episode with Also Starring status

Special guest stars[edit]

Notable guest stars[edit]

Several long running Dallas cast members debut during the second season. Most notably Susan Howard, who became a series regular in season five, made her first appearance as Donna Culver. Additionally, Don Starr (Jordan Lee), Fern Fitzgerald (Marielee Stone), Paul Sorensen (Andy Bradley), Robert Ackerman (Wade Luce), Sherill Lynn Rettino (Jackie Dugan), Barbara Babcock (Liz Craig), James Brown (Harry McSween), Karlene Crockett (Muriel Gillis), John Zaremba (Dr. Harlen Danvers), and Meg Gallagher (Louella Caraway Lee) all appeared for the first time. Also: after several short-lived casting attempts, Jeanna Michaels finally joined the cast as Connie Brasher, Bobby's secretary, becoming the final and longest lasting actress in the role.

David Ackroyd and Joan Van Ark appeared as Lucy's parents Gary and Valene Ewing. In 1979, both characters returned in their own series, Dallas spinoff Knots Landing, with Ted Shackleford replacing Ackroyd, and continued to appear in Dallas until the mid '80s. Colleen Camp appeared as Kristin Shepard, a character recast by Mary Crosby the following year, receiving an "also starring" billing. Morgan Fairchild appeared as the first actress to play Jenna Wade, portrayed by series regular Priscilla Presley in later seasons, and Laurie Lynn Myers appeared as Jenna's daughter Charlie, later portrayed by Shalane McCall. Martha Scott appeared in one sole episode as Patricia Shepard, but returned for recurring episodes during seasons 3 and 9.


Series creator David Jacobs writes the first two episodes of the season, introducing the characters of Gary and Valene, and continues as creative consultant until halfway through the season, when he left Dallas to create Knots Landing. Producer Leonard Katzman writes and direct his first episodes, and replaces Jacobs as showrunner, remaining on the show until its closure in 1991.

Additional writers include the returning Camille Marchetta and Arthur Bernard Lewis, as well as newcomers Darlene Craviotto, Jim Inman, Worley Thorne, Rena Down, D. C. Fontana and Richard Fontana. Lee Rich and Philip Capice continue to serve as executive producers. Katzman serves as producer, and Cliff Fenneman as associate producer. Arthur Bernard Lewis was promoted executive story editor, with Camille Marchetta serving as story editor.

DVD release[edit]

The second season was released, alongside season one, by Warner Bros. Home Video, on a Region 1 DVD box set on August 24, 2004. The box includes five double-sided DVDs, and, alongside the two seasons' 29 episodes, it also include a Soap Talk Dallas reunion featurette, and three commentary tracks, by actors Larry Hagman and Charlene Tilton, and series creator David Jacobs.[1]


Dallas season 2 episodes
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Title Directed by Written by U.S. original air date UK original air date
6 1 "Reunion, Part I" Irving J. Moore David Jacobs September 23, 1978 (1978-09-23) October 3, 1978 (1978-10-03)
Bobby surprises Pam by asking her join him on a business trip to Las Vegas. During the trip they are shocked to find brother Gary working at the hotel they are staying at. Lucy has been busy as well. While at a cattle auction with Jock and Ray, she ditches out with Pam's cousin Jimmy, Ray is not pleased. It turns out Jimmy is just her drive, he takes her to the diner her mother is working at. Lucy has been secretly visiting Valene. As Lucy and Val catch up, Bobby talks a reluctant Gary into returning to Southfork for a visit. Pam understands his reasons not to, but Gary eventually agrees. When Bobby calls Ellie with the news, she gives a stern warning to both Jock and J.R. Jock is not pleased with her words and says that 'Gary is his son too." J.R begins to plot Gary's downfall even before he returns. While attempting another seduction of Ray in the stables, they see Bobby and Pam return with a 'stranger'. Both trigger in to who the man is, and Lucy runs to the house to be reunited with her father. Lucy surprises both her parents by bringing them together at the diner. After a lengthy discussion, Gary talks Valene into returning to Southfork as well. Valene does, but is still fearful of J.R, remembering how he ran her out of Texas many years ago.
7 2 "Reunion, Part II" Irving J. Moore David Jacobs September 30, 1978 (1978-09-30) October 10, 1978 (1978-10-10)
J.R's efforts to rid the family of Gary...again, begin to work. J.R pretends to help his younger brother, by including him in some Ewing Oil Business. The business however is with a company doomed for failure, and Gary begins to feel the stress. Valene realizes what J.R. is up to, but is unable to stop it. Pam has trouble of her own. A drunken Digger showed up at Southfork, while recovering from his binge, he tell Pamela he will no longer acknowledge her as his daughter because she is married to a Ewing. Gary falls victim to J.R.'s plan, and can no longer take the pressure. He leaves Southfork early in the morning. Valene catches him before he goes, but cannot talk him into staying, not even for Lucy. J.R. attempts to blackmail Valene into leaving as well by paying her off. Both depart Southfork, leaving Lucy without parents once again
8 3 "Old Acquaintance" Alex March Camille Marchetta October 7, 1978 (1978-10-07) October 17, 1978 (1978-10-17)
Jenna Wade, Bobby's former love, returns to his life. She is in trouble, and she and her daughter need his help. Bobby believes her daughter, Charlie might be his, but Jenna will not confirm. J.R sees this as an opportunity to rid Southfork of Pam, and encourages Jenna to go after Bobby. Bobby's help seems a little too much for Pam, who confronts Jenna and meets Charlie. Pam's fears prove to be unfounded as Bobby loves her, and decides Jenna is only someone from his past.
9 4 "Bypass" Corey Allen Arthur Bernard Lewis October 14, 1978 (1978-10-14) October 24, 1978 (1978-10-24)
Bobby questions his role at Ewing Oil, J.R.'s way of business does not sit well with him. Jock does not support this, and confronts J.R. During the discussion, Jock suffers a heart attack. Bobby deals with his father's illness, by joining Ray working at Southfork. Jock knows J.R. is not telling him everything, and wants Bobby back to keep things on the straight and narrow at Ewing Oil, the company he started. While in the hospital, Jock finds out he needs open heart surgery. All the Ewings are there to support the patriarch of the family. The operation goes fine, and when Jock is conscious, he wonders about Bobby's role in the company. Bobby does not give his daddy the answer his father would have wishes. J.R. has Ewing Oil all to himself once again, just exactly the way he wants it.
10 5 "Black Market Baby" Lawrence Dobkin Darlene Craviotto October 15, 1978 (1978-10-15) October 31, 1978 (1978-10-31)
Sue Ellen is fearful Pam will produce the next Ewing heir before her. Sue Ellen is desperate, and decides to adopt. When she encounters obstacles, she decides a quicker method is required, and goes to extremes with a 'black market' baby. This deal is going to cost Sue Ellen cash, and decides she should meet the mother. Sue Ellen forms a maternal relationship with Rita Briggs, the mother of the unborn child. Sue Ellen's plan is almost ruined by a meeting between herself, Rita and Pam, but Pam is only worried about Sue Ellen. The plan falls apart of course by the doings of J.R. He finds out about the deal and ships Rita out of the state. He wants an heir as much as Sue Ellen, but tells her it has to be "our child, not somebody else's."
11 6 "Double Wedding" Paul Stanley Jim Inman and Arthur Bernard Lewis October 22, 1978 (1978-10-22) November 7, 1978 (1978-11-07)
Ed Haynes shows up in Dallas, causing conflict in Bobby and Pam's marriage. Pam was married to Ed, something she failed to tell Bobby. Ed tracks down Digger, and gets him drinking, using some of the info from the old man in his con. J.R., of course, uses the opportunity to stick it, again, to Pam. Ed was in the Vietnam war when Pam got the divorce, and claimed he never got the divorce papers, and claims that he and Pam are still married. Once Bobby and Pam are on to the scam, they convince Haynes that Pam was kicked out of the Ewing family, at the same time, Bobby tracks down Hayne's partner, and gets his hands on a copy of the annulment papers. Both men leave town.
12 7 "Runaway" Barry Crane Worley Thorne October 29, 1978 (1978-10-29) November 14, 1978 (1978-11-14)
It's Lucy Ewing's birthday. Sue Ellen is planning the music, Pam brings her home dresses, and J.R. is planning the guest list. Lucy is not pleased. She tries to convince Grandaddy Jock to let her invite her mother. Jock says he does not want Valene on the Ranch given how she left the last time. Lucy tries to explain that J.R. lied, and her mother never took the bribe J.R. offered, but he stands firm. Lucy leaves Southfork in the middle of the night, taking a guitar, and J.R.'s car with her. Eventually she is picked up by a con man, Willie Guest, who includes Lucy in some of his thefts and scams. He is thrilled to have latched on to one of the rich Ewings. Lucy wants out, but Guest kidnaps her, forcing her to stay with him. Bobby, and the police track them down, and eventually Lucy returns safely to Southfork.
13 8 "Election" Barry Crane Rena Down November 5, 1978 (1978-11-05) November 21, 1978 (1978-11-21)
Pam finds herself once again in the middle, between her brother and the Ewing Family. Cliff Barnes is in a race for state senator, and the Ewings, especially J.R. are not happy. Pam puts her full support behind Cliff, but is tricked by J.R. into giving damaging information away. J.R. attempts to convince Pam the media will have ball if they find out Cliff is gay. Pam argues back about how ridiculous that is and shares information about a past girlfriend that Cliff had. It turns out the woman died having an illegal abortion, and J.R. is confident the voting public will not look to favorably on this. Cliff is ruined, and Pam vows to make J.R. pay for what he did to her brother.
14 9 "Survival" Irving J. Moore D. C. Fontana, Richard Fontana November 12, 1978 (1978-11-12) November 28, 1978 (1978-11-28)
During a storm, the Ewing Plane, with both J.R. and Bobby on board, crashes. The news gets to Ellie first, who worried about his heart condition, insists the news be kept from Jock. As J.R. and Bobby fight for survival, the Ewing women contemplate life with them in it. Sue Ellen is worried her place at Southfork is not secure without a Ewing heir. She comes across Lucy trying to get in touch with Gary, and argues with the young girl. Lucy taunts back that Sue Ellen will never have Southfork without a child of her own. Miss Ellie confronts a reporter who comes to Southfork, and Jock overhears and is furious that the news has been kept from him. News of J.R. and Bobby's survival comes to the family.
15 10 "Act of Love" Irving J. Moore D. C. Fontana, Richard Fontana November 19, 1978 (1978-11-19) December 5, 1978 (1978-12-05)
J.R. goes to Washington, D.C., for lobbying and extracurriculars. Jock, recuperating, takes on temporary leadership duties at Ewing Oil, but finds himself with little to do. Bobby organizes a business party to schmooze some "old-line eastern money" conservatives as potential investors. Lucy angles to get a car of her own. Sue Ellen spends more time with Cliff Barnes, then receives an important call from her doctor. Offered a promotion at the store, Pam debates a Paris buying trip versus Bobby's party.
16 11 "Triangle" Vincent McEveety Camille Marchetta November 26, 1978 (1978-11-26) December 12, 1978 (1978-12-12)
Pam, Bobby and Lucy join Ray out for a night of country music. Ray has become serious about country singer Garnett McGee. When Jock leaves Ray some land on Southfork, he pops the question to Garnett. Lucy wants to follow Garnett's lead and become a country singer, but the family acts like she wants to be a hooker! Garnett wants more than Ray can offer, and hooks up with J.R. who puts together a music contract for her. Lucy comes to Ewing Oil, in the hopes of getting J.R to help her with her own music career. She finds the contract for Garnett, and spills the beans to Ray. Ray is furious and heads for Garnett's. He finds J.R. with her, and a fight begins. Lucy, fearing what might occur, tells Pam and Bobby about what she did. Pam sends Bobby to save the day, and he stops Ray before he can kill J.R.
17 12 "Fallen Idol" Vincent McEveety Arthur Bernard Lewis December 3, 1978 (1978-12-03) December 19, 1978 (1978-12-19)
Bobby Ewing decides a new venture in is order. His old buddy Guzzler Bennett returns to Dallas, and wants Bobby to join him in the construction business. Hitch is, they want to bid a shopping mall on Southfork. Ellie wants no part of a shopping center on Southfork, and J.R. has that land in mind for future oil drilling. Guzzler's selfish ways also put a strain on Bobby's relationship with Pam. Bobby is out of luck all the way around on this one.
18 13 "Kidnapped" Lawrence Dobkin Camille Marchetta December 17, 1978 (1978-12-17) January 9, 1979 (1979-01-09)
Kidnappers going after J.R. end up taking Bobby instead. The kidnappers want to use Cliff Barnes as the go-between, but J.R. cannot stay out of it. J.R. overhears Cliff setting up a time to do the switch and he and Ray try to save Bobby. They do, but not before shooting the kidnappers, and almost killing Cliff in the process.
19 14 "Home Again" Don McDougall Arthur Bernard Lewis January 7, 1979 (1979-01-07) January 16, 1979 (1979-01-16)
Ellie's brother Garrison, presumed dead, shockingly shows up at Southfork. Ellie, knowing the ranch was supposed to be his, tells the family she will be giving Southfork to Garrison. The family is not happy, an J.R., of course insults Garrison causing the old man, who does not want Southfork to fight back. All the Ewings' fears about losing Southfork are not grounded, for Garrison's nurse, Cathy Baker, explains to Ellie that Garrison is very sick, and only returned to the ranch to die.
20 15 "For Love or Money" Irving J. Moore Leonard Katzman January 14, 1979 (1979-01-14) January 23, 1979 (1979-01-23)
Sue Ellen's mother and sister arrive in Dallas, and just in the nick of time. Sue Ellen catches J.R. with another woman, and moves in with her family. She also hooks up again with Cliff for support. J.R. is not happy, but finally decides he wants his wife home, even if the baby she is carrying is not his!
21 16 "Julie's Return" Leslie H. Martinson Rena Down January 26, 1979 (1979-01-26) January 30, 1979 (1979-01-30)
Jock is getting tired of being treated like an invalid. J.R. uses his father heart attack to keep him out of Ewing Oil. Ellie attempts to keep all stress out his life. When Julie Grey, Jock's former secretary arrives back in Dallas, Jock is thrilled to spend a lot of time with her. She does not treat him like the family, and two renew their relationship. Fearing Jock is having an affair with Julie, he tells his mother. Ellie tries to stop what is going on, but Jock leaves to see Julie. He gives her an expensive gift, and says that it will have to be a going away present. Once Jock leaves, J.R. shows up at Julie's door. Julie promises to keep causing trouble for J.R., but he tells her not to count on it.
22 17 "The Red File, Part I" Leonard Katzman Arthur Bernard Lewis February 2, 1979 (1979-02-02) February 13, 1979 (1979-02-13)
J.R. is not happy that Cliff is back in public office. He attempts to use Julie to get info about Cliff. She is tired of J.R, and decides she will actually help Cliff. She calls him and leaves him a message that she will fill him in on all the Ewing's secrets. Cliff heads to Julie's but does not find her. After a run in with Ames and Garr from the cartel, Julie ends up dead, having fallen from the roof of her building. J.R. uses his influence to have Cliff booked for the murder.
23 18 "The Red File, Part II" Leonard Katzman Arthur Bernard Lewis February 9, 1979 (1979-02-09) February 20, 1979 (1979-02-20)
Pam is sure that J.R. is framing Cliff, and leaves Bobby and Southfork. Bobby holds J.R. responsible, and promises to get to the bottom of things. Bobby goes to see Cliff, to see if he can help. Cliff is not happy to see any of the Ewings, and tells Bobby the only thing that can help is if the real killers are caught. Bobby is on the trail, and finds a key in Cliff's mail which was sent from Julie before her death. The key leads Bobby to Julie's file of Ewing information. One of the things Bobby finds is a fake codicil to Jock's will. Bobby thinks that J.R. killed Julie. J.R. shares with Bobby the name of the person who was taping Julie's phone for him, and through this man, they are led to Willie Joe and Jeb. Once the real killers are identified, Cliff is released. Bobby hopes this might bring Pam home, but she is not ready.
24 19 "Sue Ellen's Sister" Irving J. Moore Camille Marchetta February 16, 1979 (1979-02-16) February 27, 1979 (1979-02-27)
Cliff tries to get Ewing information out of Sue Ellen, but she is not interested in helping him. He then tries Pam, who is hurt and angry about being used by her brother in the Ewing/Barnes feud. Meanwhile, with Pam away from Southfork, Kristin makes a play for Bobby. Lucy sees right through Kristin, as does J.R., but he encourages the relationship.
25 20 "Call Girl" Leslie H. Martinson Rena Down February 23, 1979 (1979-02-23) March 13, 1979 (1979-03-13)
While still separated from Bobby, Pam makes friends with a model from 'the store', Leanne Rees. Leanne happens to be a former prostitute, and J.R. smells a plan. He creates a photo opportunity in which Pam looks like she too is into the world's oldest profession. Bobby finds out about J.R.'s scheme, and although not in J.R.'s plan, it actually brings Pam and Bobby back together. Bobby brings Pam back to Southfork, which does not please his brother
26 21 "Royal Marriage" Gunnar Hellström Camille Marchetta March 9, 1979 (1979-03-09) March 20, 1979 (1979-03-20)
J.R. is thrilled when Lucy becomes engaged to Kit Mainwaring. It will mean a potential business merger with Mainwaring Oil, which would be beneficial to Ewing Oil, and J.R. Unfortunately, Kit Mainwaring is gay. He eventually confesses this to Bobby, and then to Lucy. Lucy is heartbroken, but stands by Kit, and holds the secret. Only she and Bobby know the truth. But, of course, J.R. knew all along.
27 22 "The Outsiders" Dennis Donnelly Leonard Katzman March 16, 1979 (1979-03-16) March 27, 1979 (1979-03-27)
Donna Culver, a young lady whom Ray meets in a bar, are attracted to each other but Donna is obviously not telling the truth about herself, especially the fact that she is married. J.R. seeks another solution to stop Cliff's harassment of Ewing Oil by soliciting the support of Jock's old friend Sam Culver, a former powerful politician, not knowing that Ray has already gotten himself involved with Culver's wife, Donna.
28 23 "John Ewing III: Part 1" Leonard Katzman Camille Marchetta March 23, 1979 (1979-03-23) April 10, 1979 (1979-04-10)
Lucy's a wreck after her breakup with Kit, and turns to drugs. Sue Ellen's battle with the bottle continues, despite her pregnancy. Despite efforts from Ray and Bobby, Lucy keeps on using, and one day when the addict and drunk are alone at Southfork, they have a meeting in which Sue Ellen ends up falling down the stairs. Lucy seems to have learned her lesson, but J.R. decides to put Sue Ellen, against her wishes in a Sanitarium.
29 24 "John Ewing III: Part 2" Leonard Katzman Arthur Bernard Lewis March 30, 1979 (1979-03-30) April 17, 1979 (1979-04-17)
Sue Ellen is not happy in the sanitarium. Bobby visits her, and thinks that Cliff is the father of the baby. J.R. visits, which does not make Sue Ellen any happier. She bribes a nurse for alcohol, and leaves, only to end up in a car accident. Sue Ellen ends up in the hospital with the baby's life in danger. Cliff, thinking he is the father, rushes to the hospital!


  1. ^ Lambert, David (May 10, 2004). "'Dallas' DVD news: Video Business reports DVD date and content". TVShowsOnDVD.com. Retrieved December 7, 2013. 

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