Dallas (1978 TV series) (season 2)

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Dallas (season 2)
Dallas (1978) Season 1-2 DVD cover.jpg
Dallas: The Complete First & Second Seasons DVD cover art
Country of origin United States
No. of episodes 24
Original network CBS
Original release September 23, 1978 (1978-09-23) – March 30, 1979 (1979-03-30)
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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 ( 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 5, made her first appearance as Donna Culver. Additionally, Don Starr (Jordan Lee), Fern Fitzgerald (Marielee Stone), Paul Sorensen (Andy Bradley), Robert Ackerman (Wade Luce), Sherril 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 being played by Donna Bullock in Season 1, and briefly by Ann Ford and Nancy Bleier in Season 2, Jeanna Michaels finally joined the cast as Connie Brasher, Bobby's secretary, during Season 2, thus becoming the final and longest lasting actress in the role, playing her until Season 4.

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 Shackelford replacing Ackroyd, and continued to appear in Dallas until the mid 1980s. 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 of three actresses to play Jenna Wade, with Jenna later portrayed by Francine Tacker in Season 3, and by series regular Priscilla Presley from Seasons 7-11. Laurie Lynn Myers appeared as Jenna's daughter Charlie, later portrayed by Shalane McCall from Seasons 7-11. Martha Scott appeared in one 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]

Nielsen ratings[edit]

  • 1) "Reunion (Part 1)"
    • September 23, 1978 – #56 (N/A)
  • 2) "Reunion (Part 2)"
    • September 30, 1978 – #59 (N/A)
  • 3) "Old Acquaintances"
    • October 7, 1978 – #58 (12.9/22)
  • 4) "Bypass"
    • October 14, 1978 – #52 (N/A)
  • 5) "Black Market Baby"
    • October 15, 1978 – #42 (N/A)
  • 6) "Double Wedding"
    • October 21, 1978 – #48 (N/A)
  • 7) "Runaway"
    • October 28, 1978 – #35 (–/30)
  • 8) "Election"
    • November 5, 1978 – #48 (N/A)
  • 9) "Survival"
    • November 12, 1978 – #18 (21/38)
  • 10) "Act of Love"
    • November 19, 1978 – #41 (N/A)
  • 11) "Triangle"
    • November 26, 1978 – #39 (N/A)
  • 12) "Fallen Idol"
    • December 3, 1978 – #23 (N/A)
  • 13) "Kidnapped"
    • December 17, 1978 – #18 (N/A)
  • 14) "Home Again"
    • January 7, 1979 – #11 (25.7/39)
  • 15) "For Love or Money"
    • January 14, 1979 – #33 (N/A)
  • 16) "Julie's Return"
    • January 26, 1979 – #32 (N/A)
  • 17) "The Red File (Part 1)"
    • February 2, 1979 – #30 (N/A)
  • 18) "The Red File (Part 2)"
    • February 9, 1979 – #18 (N/A)
  • 19) "Sue Ellen's Sister"
    • February 16, 1979 – #23 (N/A)
  • 20) "Call Girl"
    • February 23, 1979 – #37 (N/A)
  • 21) "Royal Marriage"
    • March 9, 1979 – #20 (N/A)
  • 22) "The Outsiders"
    • March 16, 1979 – #28 (N/A)
  • 23) "John Ewing, III (Part 1)"
    • March 23, 1979 – #14 (N/A)
  • 24) "John Ewing, III (Part 2)"
    • March 30, 1979 – #11 (N/A)


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
Bobby and Pam go on a business trip to Las Vegas and are shocked to find brother Gary working at the hotel where they are staying. Meanwhile, Lucy is at a cattle auction with Jock and Ray, but she annoys Ray by leaving them for Pam's cousin Jimmy. Jimmy takes Lucy to the diner where her mother is working. Bobby talks Gary into returning to Southfork. When Bobby calls Ellie with the news, she warns both Jock and J.R. Jock reminds her that Gary is his son too. J.R. begins to plot Gary's downfall. While Lucy is attempting to seduce Ray in the stables, they see Bobby and Pam return with a stranger. They both realise who he 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. Gary talks Valene into returning to Southfork, which she does, but remains 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
J.R pretends to help his younger brother by including him in some Ewing Oil business with a company that is expected to fail, and Gary begins to feel the stress. Valene realizes what J.R. is up to, but is unable to stop it. Digger turns up at Southfork drunk, and while recovering he tells Pamela he will no longer acknowledge her as his daughter because she is married to a Ewing. Gary succumbs to the pressure and 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 by paying her off. Valerie and Gary leave Southfork and Lucy is again without parents.
8 3 "Old Acquaintance" Alex March Camille Marchetta October 7, 1978 (1978-10-07) October 17, 1978
Bobby's former love, Jenna Wade, re-enters his life needing 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 so encourages Jenna to go after Bobby. Bobby's help seems too much for Pam, who confronts Jenna and meets Charlie. Pam's fears prove to be unnecessary since Bobby loves her and decides that Jenna is only someone from his past.
9 4 "Bypass" Corey Allen Arthur Bernard Lewis October 14, 1978 (1978-10-14) October 24, 1978
Bobby doesn't like the way J.R. does business and questions his own role at Ewing Oil. Jock does not support this and confronts J.R. leading to a heart attack. Bobby deals with his father's illness by joining Ray at Southfork. Jock knows J.R. is not telling him everything, and wants Bobby back at Ewing Oil, the company he started. Jock needs open heart surgery and the Ewings gather round to support the patriarch of the family. The operation goes fine, and Jock wonders about Bobby's role in the company. Bobby does not give his dad the answer he wants meaning that J.R. has Ewing Oil all to himself yet again, exactly the way he wants it.
10 5 "Black Market Baby" Lawrence Dobkin Darlene Craviotto October 15, 1978 (1978-10-15) October 31, 1978
Sue Ellen is worried Pam will produce the next Ewing heir before her, so 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, so she decides to 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. J.R. finds out about the plan and has Rita transported out of 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
Pam's ex-husband, Ed Haynes, shows up in Dallas causing conflict in Bobby and Pam's marriage. Ed tracks down Digger, and gets him drinking. J.R. uses the opportunity to humiliate Pam. Ed was away in Vietnam when Pam got the divorce and claims he never got the papers. This would mean that he and Pam are still married. Bobby unravels the scheme by tracking down Haynes' partner and locating a copy of the annulment papers. Haynes and Digger leave town.
12 7 "Runaway" Barry Crane Worley Thorne October 29, 1978 (1978-10-29) November 14, 1978
Lucy wants to invite her mother to her birthday party. Jock does not want Valerie on the ranch, given the reason she left. Lucy tries to explain that J.R. lied and her mother never took the bribe J.R. offered, but Jock stands firm. Lucy leaves Southfork in the middle of the night, taking a guitar and J.R.'s car with her. She is picked up by a con man, Willie Guest, who initially includes Lucy in some of his schemes but Lucy does not co-operate and he kidnaps her. Bobby and the police track them down and Lucy returns safely to Southfork.
13 8 "Election" Barry Crane Rena Down November 5, 1978 (1978-11-05) November 21, 1978
Pam finds herself caught between her brother and the Ewing Family once again. Cliff Barnes is in a race for state senator and the Ewings, especially J.R., are not happy. Pam fully supports Cliff, but is tricked by J.R. into giving away damaging information. J.R. tries to convince Pam the media will have a field day if they find out Cliff is gay. Pam finds this ridiculous and shares information about a past girlfriend that Cliff had. It turns out the woman died having an illegal abortion. Cliff's reputation 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
During a storm, the Ewing Plane, with both J.R. and Bobby on board, crashes. The news gets to Ellie first, and worried about Jock's heart condition, she insists the news be kept from him. As J.R. and Bobby fight for survival, the Ewing women contemplate life without 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 her. Lucy taunts back that Sue Ellen will never have a place at Southfork without a child of her own. Miss Ellie confronts a reporter who comes to Southfork, Jock overhears the conversation and is furious that the news has been kept from him. News arrives of J.R. and Bobby's survival.
15 10 "Act of Love" Corey Allen Leonard Katzman November 19, 1978 (1978-11-19) December 5, 1978
J.R. goes to Washington, D.C. for lobbying and extra curricular activities. 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 between a Paris shopping trip and Bobby's party.
16 11 "Triangle" Vincent McEveety Camille Marchetta November 26, 1978 (1978-11-26) December 12, 1978
Pam, Bobby and Lucy join Ray for a night of country music. Ray has become serious about country singer Garnett McGee. When Jock leaves Ray some land at Southfork, he pops the question to Garnett. Lucy wants to follow Garnett's lead and become a country singer, but the family are not supportive. Garnett wants more than Ray can offer and hooks up with J.R., who negotiates a music contract for her. Lucy, looking for help with her own music career, finds the contract for Garnett and tells 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
Bobby's old friend Guzzler Bennett returns to Dallas wanting Bobby to join him in a construction venture. The plan is to build a shopping mall on Southfork. Ellie wants no part of a shopping mall and J.R. has other plans for the land. Guzzler's selfish ways strain Bobby's relationship with Pam.
18 13 "Kidnapped" Lawrence Dobkin Camille Marchetta December 17, 1978 (1978-12-17) January 9, 1979
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 without 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
Ellie's brother Garrison, presumed dead, 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. J.R. insults Garrison causing the old man, who does not want Southfork, to fight back. All the Ewings' fears about losing Southfork are unnecessary, because Garrison's nurse, Cathy Baker, explains to Ellie that Garrison is very sick. He only returned to the ranch to die there.
20 15 "For Love or Money" Irving J. Moore Leonard Katzman January 14, 1979 (1979-01-14) January 23, 1979
Sue Ellen's mother and sister arrive in Dallas. Sue Ellen catches J.R. with another woman, so she moves in with her family. She also hooks up with Cliff again 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
J.R. uses his father's heart attack to keep him out of Ewing Oil but Jock is tired of being treated like an invalid. Ellie attempts to keep all stress out of his life. Julie Grey, Jock's former secretary, arrives back in Dallas, and Jock is thrilled to spend time with her and they renew their relationship. Fearing Jock is having an affair with Julie, J.R. tells his mother. Ellie tries to stop what is going on, but Jock leaves to see Julie. He gives Julie 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
J.R. is not happy that Cliff is back in public office. He attempts to use Julie to get information about Cliff. She is tired of J.R. and decides she will help Cliff instead, offering him all the Ewing 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 her murder.
23 18 "The Red File, Part II" Leonard Katzman Arthur Bernard Lewis February 9, 1979 (1979-02-09) February 20, 1979
Pam is sure that J.R. is framing Cliff so she 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 that the only thing that can help, is if the real killers are caught. Bobby starts investigating and finds a key in Cliff's mail, which eventually leads Bobby to believe that J.R. killed Julie. J.R. shares with Bobby the name of the person who was taping Julie's phone for him. Through that 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
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
While still separated from Bobby, Pam makes friends with a model, Leanne Rees, from 'the store'. Leanne happens to be a former prostitute, which gives J.R. an idea. 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 this 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
When Lucy gets engaged to Kit Mainwaring J.R. is thrilled, the potential business merger with Mainwaring Oil could be beneficial for Ewing Oil. Unfortunately, Kit Mainwaring is gay. He eventually confesses this to Bobby and then to Lucy. Lucy is heartbroken, but stands by Kit and keeps 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
Ray meets a young lady, Donna Culver, in a bar and they are attracted to each other, but Donna is obviously not telling the truth about herself, which is that she is already 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. J.R. does not know that Ray is already 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
After her breakup with Kit, Lucy turns to drugs, despite the best efforts of Ray and Bobby. Sue Ellen's battle with the bottle continues, despite her pregnancy. One day, when Lucy and Sue Ellen 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
Sue Ellen is not happy in the sanitarium. Bobby visits her and thinks that Cliff is the father of the baby. J.R. also visits, which does not make Sue Ellen any happier. She bribes a nurse for alcohol and leaves the sanitarium, and is involved in a car accident. She ends up in the hospital with the baby's life in danger. Cliff, thinking he is the father, rushes to the hospital.


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