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Would You Have Enjoyed A Dallas Thanksgiving Episode?

Discussion in 'Dallas - The Original Series' started by Kenny Coyote, Nov 23, 2019.

  1. Kenny Coyote

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    I would have. It wouldn't necessarily been high in drama, but it wouldn't have had to have been. Seeing them celebrate Thanksgiving, even if maybe just on a few of the years Dallas was on, or maybe every other year, would have been fun and kind of unique.

    They were clearly a family that loved each other or they wouldn't have all chosen to live together! I found that my favorite episodes were often ones where the Ewings united against an outside threat. I think that's what I liked best about them - that for all their differences, they would still get together and help each other when it really mattered the most.
     
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    DALLAS usually ignored holidays and birthdays and things like that, the Ewingverse was so inward-looking.

    But Season 12 (per DVD count) smells right for an American Thanksgiving. And maybe Season 13 could do Christmas (with Ellie and Clayton dressed up as Santa and Mrs Claus). But no earlier in the program's run.
     
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    There’s an episode in the dream season (can’t remember the episode title), where Sue Ellen decides to move back to Southfork. All the family are together and there’s a very ‘Christmassy, holiday vibe’ about it. And i think it was transmitted just before Christmas
     
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    I think it's such a shame Dallas missed out on all the holiday themes- obviously it would look incredibly dated to watch back but that's half the fun of old episodes:p
     
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    They probably would have made something up about Miss Ellie’s stuffing being legendary when in reality it was Teresa doing the work.
     
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    I've always been curious why Dallas didn't celebrate festive seasons or touch on religion. It was like a conscious decision was made from the get go not to entertain those themes.

    I would have preferred if Christmas was celebrated...with a side serving of Ewing drama.
     
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  7. Kenny Coyote

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    Do you think that maybe the reason was that they couldn't quite figure out how to offer a "side serving of Ewing drama" on a Thanksgiving or Christmas episode? That maybe they figured that having the Ewings be nice to each other on a holiday would be boring but have them be mean to each other, especially on Christmas, would be in bad taste?
     
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    We may have missed the major holidays like Christmas and Thanksgiving, but the show made up for it in a way.

    The barbecue. the rodeo, and the Oil Barons’ Ball were holidays in their own right, and let’s not forget smaller celebrations like the traditional 9th Anniversary Surprise Party.

    [​IMG]
     
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    Unlike daytime soaps that would devote weeks around the holidays, nighttime soaps only had 20 plus weeks to tell a story. Really no time for a holiday episode.
     
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    only if we got to see the Ewings throw stuffing and turkey legs at each other!
     
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    Not at all. Little John Ross is annoyed because daddy is away on business ;) Sue Ellen is sipping on eggnog because she knows exactly where JR has unwrapped his Christmas present. Miss Ellie gives Sue Ellen a good telling off because her mood is dragging the whole family down. Christopher vomits on Pam so she uses the excuse to join Bobby in the shower. That's his Christmas gift taken care of. Lucy is working at the Hot Biscuit because she wants to appreciate how the working class do Christmas. Ray steps in cow dung so he is happy as a pig in sh#t.
     
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    Thankfully, the British soaps never balked at such an idea...



     
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    There is a Thanksgiving video lurking around somewhere of the cast wishing the viewers Happy Thanksgiving. Sue Ellen is dressed in the outfit she arrived home in after being kidnapped by BD Calhoun. It's a really fun scene.
     
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    Probably one of those old Macy Thanksgiving Day parade ads when CBS would have the cast of their shows wish everyone a Happy Thanksgiving.
     
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    How I miss Larry's laugh.
     
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    Christmas can bring out the best and worst in people. Thankfully my family gatherings on Christmas morning are a dull affair. I do remember on my late mothers side of the family the extended family would meet at my grandmothers home every Christmas afternoon. It was often the only time I would catch up with aunts, uncles and cousins. Then the juicy gossip would begin. My aunt would fill me in on all the latest gossip. "Those two brothers over there have stopped talking to each because their respective wives had a spat."

    Though Christmas should be about peace and goodwill it also has the ability to heighten emotions. It's why it can make for good television.
     
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