These are excerpts from a Patrick Duffy interview I found on ultimatedallas.com It's a very long interview so I quoted the parts where he specifically talked about how his character changed after he returned to to Dallas compared to before he left. UD - What was different when you went back? Was the part different? Patrick - Interestingly enough I did not leave the show thinking, well if I leave the show I will get a lot of press and when I come back I'll have more attention. I left and died, I wanted to die because I didn't want people to think I may come back. But when I did come back on the show it almost became an ensemble cast with two, although Larry was always top of the pinnacle, I went up another couple of notches just because of the press that was generated when I came back on the show. They had to write to it which was my great fortune, I was the benefactor of the added attention that came to the resurrection of the character of Bobby. They devoted more time in developing the character of Bobby once he came back on the show. So the last five years were quite different for me as a character, there was more to do, the character of Bobby was more pivotal. It really was a JR/Bobby kind of format. So in that sense it was even more beneficial the last five years than the first seven years for my character and for me. Two weeks following the cancellation of Dallas I had a new television series, which was Step by Step. It happened the way I thought it would happen but happened five years late (laughs). UD - Bobby was far more macho post dream. Patrick - Yep, that's what happened and became a Leonard Katzman decision. It wasn't ever discussed with me. It was never part of any arrangement for me coming back. Leonard is extenuating those parts of the character it was very nice for me. I don't know if I enjoyed the second part of Dallas more than the first, but it was different, so it was refreshing. (later in the interview) UD - It was that season. The season you returned. Patrick - Yes, it was just the way things worked out. The Bobby character ascended a bit. Its show business, a lot of that is not decided on personal whim but what those people in charge decide will add another year longevity, another ratings point. If it hadn't worked in year nine I would have been back to wimpy Bobby. They call it show business for a reason, ultimately its the business.