Discussion in 'Dallas - The Original Series' started by KayLloyd, Aug 26, 2017.
IMHO, the first blow to the show was PBP joining the show, next was the Miss Ellie switch, then Bobby's "death," the HUGE blow was the dream, but I believe the final and fatal one was Pam's accident.
There was no going back after that.
Although DALLAS could have survived Pam's crash and disappearance if only they'd dealt with it dramatically as they had Jock's and Bobby's deaths. But by the point Victoria left, the show didn't do that sort of thing anymore -- nor was it creatively viable any longer.
In fact, when she left, one of the producers said: "we don't kill people anymore" (in the wake of the dream fiasco, one assumes) so if VP was misled -- which I doubt -- the brass were stating their intentions in the press.
But let us not forget that cryptic exchange between Bobby and Pam years earlier just after he'd brought Christopher home, and she inquired as to the child's background. Bobby said, uncomfortably, that Christopher's parents were from New Orleans and were killed in a car crash.
Bobby and Pam were driving in from New Orleans in the pilot. Bobby was killed (albeit temporarily) when he was run over by a car, and just afterward, a distraught Pam was almost killed when she nearly crashed into an earthmover, and two years later she crashed into a butane/propane tanker and was never seen again.
So somebody, presumably Katzman, had planned the duo's deaths well in advance, likely assuming that DALLAS' Romeo & Juliet would probably be the first to jump the Southfork ship, and indeed they were (even though Patrick was lured back). So the conversation about Christopher's parents was some kind of foreshadowing.
Christopher's biological parents were both killed essentially over drugs, so it was no reference to them.
And there's something vaguely poetic about that, because what do cars run on?
Oil. Oil and gasoline.
After Victoria Principal left, Dallas never recovered from that.
However, it wasn't just the fact she left, but the way they handled her exit via the storylines.
All that gumph of her surviving the accident, the bandaged mummy Pam in the hospital & her disappearing were detrimental to the character. The way the other cast members didn't seem to care, apart from Miss Ellie, was just insulting to the viewers.
I'm not sure if Victoria would've wanted to stay, maybe if they had came to a salary agreement. However with Patrick Duffy's return, they effectively just sidelined her, so she was probably quite right to go. Who wants to play second fiddle to Duffy? If they had upped the ante writing wise & given her a decent wage then she maybe would've stayed. Personally I think she went at the right time.
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