Dallas Conundrum (1978–1991) HD online
|Episode cast overview, first billed only:|
|Patrick Duffy||-||Bobby Ewing|
|Kimberly Foster||-||Michelle Stevens (credit only)|
|Larry Hagman||-||J.R. Ewing|
|Howard Keel||-||Clayton Farlow (credit only)|
|George Kennedy||-||Carter McKay|
|Ken Kercheval||-||Cliff Barnes|
|Sasha Mitchell||-||James Beaumont (credit only)|
|Cathy Podewell||-||Cally Ewing|
|Barbara Stock||-||Liz Adams (credit only)|
|Sheree J. Wilson||-||April Stevens Ewing (credit only)|
|Mary Crosby||-||Kristin Shepard|
|Linda Gray||-||Sue Ellen Shepard|
|Steve Kanaly||-||Ray Krebbs|
|Jack Scalia||-||Nicholas Pearce|
Victoria Principal refused to appear in the final episode because there was a good chance the show would return the next season. She said she would only appear if she were 100% sure that the show wouldn't return.
Several former cast members returned for the final episode including Linda Gray, Jack Scalia, Ted Shackelford, and Joan Van Ark. Victoria Principal was also invited to participate but declined.
Larry Hagman (J.R. Ewing), Patrick Duffy (Bobby Ewing), Ken Kercheval (Cliff Barnes), Linda Gray (Sue Ellen Ewing) and Steve Kanaly (Ray Krebbs) are the only actors to appear in both this episode and the first episode Dallas: Digger's Daughter (1978).
This was the first episode of Dallas (1978) in which Joan Van Ark (Valene Wallace) appeared since Dallas: The Split (1981) almost ten years earlier.
When on the verge of suicide, J.R. is shown what the world would have been like if he had never been born. This is a reference to the storyline of Tai nuostabus gyvenimas (1946). The female lead of that film was Donna Reed, who played Miss Ellie in Season Eight of Dallas (1978).
This is the first episode since Dallas: Jock's Will (1982) to feature all four of Jock's sons: J.R., Bobby, Ray and Gary.
Conor Duffy (Little J.R. Ewing) plays the son of his real life father Patrick Duffy (Bobby Ewing).
Valene (Joan Van Ark) tells Gary (Ted Shackelford) that he was recommended to her after he handled her friend Esther MacKenzie's divorce. The use of the surname MacKenzie is a reference to the Knots Landing (1979) characters Karen Fairgate MacKenzie (Michele Lee) and M. Patrick "Mack" MacKenzie (Kevin Dobson), who are close friends of Gary and Valene.
Of the characters brought back for the series finale, Nicholas Pearce (Jack Scalia) is the only one who made his debut after Season Two. He first appeared in the Season Eleven episode Dallas: After the Fall: Digger Redux (1987). Although neither Ted Shackelford nor Mary Crosby appeared in Dallas (1978) until Season Three, their characters, Gary Ewing and Kristin Shepard, made their debut appearances in the second season, in which they were played by David Ackroyd and Colleen Camp respectively.
In the alternate reality, Gary (Ted Shackelford) and Valene (Joan Van Ark) meet for the first time when they are middle aged and arrange to have dinner with the suggestion being that the two of them will eventually end up together. This episode aired only eight days after Knots Landing: The Last One Out (1991), the 300th episode of Knots Landing (1979), in which Gary and Valene got married for the third time.
The actress playing Kimberly Kavanagh in the soap opera "Top of the World" says, "Well, I've gotta change. I've got the shower scene next." This is an in-joke referring to the final scene of Dallas: Blast from the Past (1986) in which Pam awoke to find Bobby in the shower. The following episode, the tenth season premiere Dallas: Return to Camelot: Part 1 (1986), revealed that Bobby's death in Dallas: Swan Song (1985) and all of the events of the ninth season were nothing more than Pam's dream.
In the alternate reality, when Valene (Joan Van Ark) suggests that she and Gary (Ted Shackelford) discuss her case over a drink, he replies, "Don't drink. Never have" and suggests that they have dinner instead. This is an in-joke as a major part of the normal version of Gary's backstory in both Dallas (1978) and Knots Landing (1979) is that he is an alcoholic.
Jock Ewing was born in 1915. In the alternate reality, he committed suicide in 1978 after Ewing Oil went bankrupt under Gary's leadership.
Miss Ellie Ewing was born in 1917. In the alternate reality, she died of a broken heart in 1980, two years after Jock committed suicide.
The episode begins with a montage of the major characters from the series over the years.