The Most Irresponsible Thing Bobby Ever Did

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  1. Kenny Coyote

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    Bobby did some irresponsible things, but there's one thing that stands out - something he did where he was basically gambling with Pam's life. The gamble paid off but was a crazy risk to take. Bobby brought Christopher to Southfork, believing that JR was Christopher's father. He fully intended to hand Christopher over to JR, but then Pam walked down the stairs and saw Bobby holding Christopher. She looked incredibly happy and asked "You got us a baby"? At that moment Bobby had a choice to make. He could have told the truth, knowing that Pam would be disappointed for a while but that she would understand that the baby belonged to JR (based on what was believed at the time). Instead Bobby chose to tell a huge lie, one that could have ended with Pam confined to a sanitarium indefinitely or worse.

    He told Pam that yes, he had gotten them a baby. Since he had every reason to believe Christopher belonged to JR, how could he possibly have thought this would work out well for Pam? Supposing what Bobby believed about Christopher to be true (that he was JR's baby), he had no reason to realistically believe he and Pam would be allowed to keep the baby. The most reasonable outcome to expect would be that after Pam had become used to the idea of being Christopher's mother, she and Bobby would have to hand him over to JR. How would Bobby possibly expect that to turn out well? However disappointing it would have been to Pam if he had simply replied, "No, this is JR's baby from Kristen", it would have been exponentially more disappointing to Pam to have to give up Christopher and the idea that she was going to become his legal adoptive mother after several weeks or months of becoming closer to Christopher by the day and becoming increasingly used to the idea of being Christopher's mother.

    Pam was suicidal before, which is why she was supposed to still in be the sanitarium that day. So considering she was already suicidal, imagine how devastated she'd be if maybe after a couple of months of taking care of Christopher and feeling that she was his mother, she were to find out that she couldn't keep Christopher because Bobby had lied to her and the baby belonged to JR? Pam might never have mentally recovered from that. She may have taken her own life. As if all that isn't bad enough, Bobby would have been found guilty of trying to steal his brother's child. That's a felony and that means prison.

    It would have been absolutely disastrous for Bobby and Pam as a couple. They were only saved by the incredibly unlikely twist of fate that it turned out that Christopher was Kristen's son from another man who had the same blood type as JR and she had the baby very prematurely which made the time frame work out convincingly. The odds of Kristen miscarrying JR's baby, then becoming impregnated by a man with the same blood type as JR, and then have that man's baby prematurely enough to make it realistic that it was the child she was pregnant with when she left Dallas for California were astronomical!
     
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    Yes, that was irresponsible of Bobby, but understandable in the moment. I couldn't believe he let Katherine walk out of the hospital without calling the police after Pam's car accident. That was probably the dumbest thing he ever did. Katherine could have come back at any time and kidnapped or killed Pam, or go after Bobby and his family. Dumb, dumb, dumb!
     
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    Agreeing to go halfsies with JR when the battle over Jock's will was over when it was obvious JR had no intention of abiding by Jock's letter.

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    Not listening to Miss Ellie and Pam about the danger ahead with the Battle for Ewing Oil against J.R.
     
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    Asides from marrying insipid, simpering gold digger April??

    Turning into a JR when it came to the fight for Ewing and oil and blackmailing George Hicks/ setting up Walt Driscoll
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    getting over Pam so quickly
     
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    Not moving heaven and earth to find his wife, the love of his life, after she disappeared from hospital. And grieving for her. Very out of character. He was Not being responsible to Christopher either by not at least trying to find his sons mother
     
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    His marriage to that Barnes woman?
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    Having phone sex with Pam, resulting in her crash into that 18-wheeler and leading to the destruction of the series.
     
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    Not making an active effort into finding Pam, especially after seeing Katherine, who not only tried to kill Bobby years earlier but also had a massive grudge against her sister and the Ewings as a whole.

    I hated how he just gave up on her and was dismissive toward her in front of Christopher, he played right into JR's hands
     
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    Letting Pam vanish and not getting Katherine arrested.
     
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    I believe the reason they spend more screen time having Bobby search for Pam is that the majority of the audience had heard the realize news that Victoria Principal had left Dallas. So there wouldn't have been much excitement for the audience in watching Bobby search for Pam, knowing that Bobby wouldn't be able to find Pam and bring her back to Southfork because Victoria Principal had left Dallas for good.

    So while I agree that it was out of character for Bobby to not have looked harder to find Pam, I understand why they made the storyline the way they did. If the makers of the show, including the writers, were interviewed by an entertainment magazine and asked about it now, I would guess that along with the reason I'm supposing is why they didn't have Bobby look harder for Pam, they may also have justified it the following way: This was the third time Pam had left Bobby. She left Bobby shortly after Cliff was arrested for the murder for Julie Grey and stayed with LeeAnn until she was set-up by LeeAnn and ended up with a picture of her in bed with Ben Maxwell standing over her with an unbuttoned shirt, then Pam left Bobby after her mother died and she blamed Bobby for her mother's death (extremely unfairly in my honest opinion), and then she left Bobby because of her burns after her collision with the oil tanker truck. The makers of the show may very well have tried to justify Bobby not looking harder for Pam as being because Bobby had just gotten so sick of Pam leaving him again and again that he felt like if he hadn't convinced her yet that he loved her no matter what, whether she could have babies or not and whether she was still beautiful or not, then there was nothing more he could do to convince Pam of his true, undying love for her.

    Personally, I believe Bobby should've done an awful lot more to find Pam than he did and had Victoria Principal stayed with Dallas, and they had run the disappearance storyline, I believe we would have seen Bobby "move Heaven and Earth" to find Pam! Furthermore, I believe that Pam, having sustained tremendous scarring as a result of her burns, would have gone through an incredibly difficult time emotionally having lost much of her once gorgeous looks. It would have been a very serious, dramatic storyline which would have been quite challenging for Victoria Principal to act out. It would have been very challenging for any actress to pull off that storyline convincingly and I would have liked to have seen how Victoria Principal would have done with that storyline. I think she would have risen to the occasion and turned in an excellent performance!
     
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    OK, then not having Katherine arrested.
     
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    Bobby acting completely out of character in the late years obviously. Bobby also had a very short temper when riled.

    In regard to the Pam controversy, here are some questions.

    1. Why didn't they kill off Pam in the Season 10 DVD finale?
    2. Why didn't they have the Ewing family all devastated, or showing some emotion, after what had happened to Pam?
    3. Why didn't they have Bobby search all over when Pam disappeared and Katherine showed up?
    4. Why did Bobby denounce Pam to Christopher soon after Katherine's appearance?
    5. Why didn't Pam's disappearance then remain a mystery, instead of having the Margaret Michaels cameo and adding a "Pam is dying of cancer" moment?
    6. Why have Bobby have an affair with a Pam lookalike?
    7. Why make Bobby mourn April like the true love of his life, in contrast to denouncing or forgetting Pam?

    The Dallas brass under Leonard Katzman sure did love to keep digging that hole that they had gotten themselves into by not giving Victoria Principal a good sendoff.

    It's obvious that what David Jacobs said is true in regards to how the brass' dislike of someone should never appear on screen, but it sometimes does. It's also very obvious that somewhere along the line, starting with the dream revelation and massively intensifying after making a dog's breakfast of Pam's storyline, was that the brass forgot to take the plots, characters and storylines seriously and it became an ever greater parody by Season 12-14 DVD. Philip Capice as Executive Producer obviously stopped a lot of rubbish ending up on screen, and made use of the positives of people like Larry Hagman and Leonard Katzman. With Katzman and Hagman running the whole show on the Executive Production side, especially after David Paulsen left for good, the writing and plot structure fell apart.

    It's funny because there was very little political controversy behind the scenes on Dallas before 1983, with the only prominent one being Larry Hagman's new contractual demands after the Who Shot J.R.? cliffhanger. Starting with Barbara Bel Geddes' heart surgery in 1983, politics was rife behind the scenes on Dallas, sometimes as entertaining as the show itself.
     
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    I agree with your analysis but it must be stated that if it was known that VP had not really left then that outcome would also have been a forgone conclusion.
     
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    Planting guns on Walt Driscoll when he could have just taken the money out of the briefcase. Ultimately, his irresponsible action lead to Mickey's paralysis and death.
     
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    That's a good point, Angela. I believe Bobby was very irresponsible in that situation as well, especially because he posted the money for Driscoll's bail! Had Driscoll not been bailed out of jail he never would have had the opportunity to commit the hit and run which ultimately resulted in Mickey's death. Bobby even admittedly knew Driscoll being free was a threat. He said that in the episode where he walked into JR's office and said "Did you hear about Walt Driscoll? He's jumped bail and disappeared. He may be on his way to The State Department right now. If he is, there might not be a Ewing Oil left to fight for." The safest place for Driscoll to be, for everyone - Driscoll included - was in jail.
     
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    The safest thing would have been if Bobby and Ray had kept their noses out of the whole business to start with. Ewing Oil and Walt Driscoll would have been very rich, and Mickey would be fine. I thought Bobby's behaviour during that whole period was worse than J.R.'s, and certainly more hypocritical.
     
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    Sharing a hot tub and beers with Hagman in early 1986 when he ought to have remained dead.
     
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    Letting Pam drive his red Mercedes at the end of Season 9/10. Period. So many disasters might have been avoided...

    - Bobby, may I take your car today? Mine is sounding funny...
    - Come on Pam, that fantabulous red Mercedes is mine and only mine. And the safest car in the market, especially the wheel and brakes...
    - Honey, do you know that someone´s contract expires today...? (Pam winks at the viewer)

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    Maybe they could have done it in an off-screen storyline, and Patrick Duffy would not appear in, say, 3 or 4 episodes. And after his last off-screen episode (but only if it wouldn't sabotage the other storylines) they could have done a little time-jump to make it look even more convincing.

    Nevertheless, the most baffling thing about this storyline is: why couldn't he find her? A completely burned person needs a lot of treatment, it's not like she could have hidden just *anywhere*.
    It seems like such a no-win situation, but oh well, at least it worked for TNT Dallas.
     

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