Ewings do battle.
Season Eight of "Dallas" had classic Barnes and Ewing conflict, classic Ewing and Ewing conflict, and best of all, Ewing working with Ewing to take down Barnes. There was even Ewing and Barnes working together to take down Ewing. Got that? Other than that, Bobby was torn between his first true love Jenna, and Pam, who spent much of the season on a JR-orchestrated wild goose chase. Also this season, Miss Ellie was switched from role originator Barbara Bel Geddes to television star Donna Reed. Fans rebelled and Reed only lasted this season. Bel Geddes returned to the role until she retired from acting. And finally, another classic cliffhanger killed off one of the main characters - or was it all a dream?
Killer At Large.
Afton found Bobby’s body in his office and called for help, and while he lived he was left blind. When Ray told JR that Randolph was back in town, he soon realized that he was the target, not baby brother Bobby. Cliff struck oil and Marilee blamed JR for talking her out of teaming up with Cliff before the big hit. Randolph shot at JR and later he and Bobby realized his assailant was still out there.
Bobby found out his office phone was bugged. He also told Jenna that the wedding was off until he could see again. Clayton promised not to tell Miss Ellie about the shooting until they returned from their honeymoon. Sly continued to spy on JR for Cliff – only to report everything right back to JR. Donna set up digs at Bobby’s office while he recovered, which angered JR. And when the cops found the gun that shot Bobby at Cliff’s place he was arrested for attempted murder.
If At First You Don’t Succeed.
JR revealed he set Cliff up and Pam promised to take him down. Later, Cliff’s alibi came through. Bobby opted for a risky procedure to save his sight. The family learned Jock’s estranged brother died. Later, a crazy nurse attacked Bobby in the hospital with a syringe.
Bobby woke up in time to catch his assailant – Katherine! JR rushed to his rescue and she revealed she was the one who shot Bobby. After his procedure Bobby’s sight returned and he went right back to work at Ewing Oil. There, Donna told him she invested some of her own money into a small oil company without telling Ray. Ray found Lucy waiting tables at the same place her mom had worked at and made him promise to keep quiet. Jason’s daughter Jamie descended on Southfork.
Jamie revealed she had a brother and their dad died a pauper. JR demanded she prove she was a Ewing and she produced a photo of Jock and Jason together. Bobby couldn’t shake thoughts of Pam. Cliff agreed to consider an offer by Wendell that involved Weststar's acquisition of Barnes-Wentworth. Jamie told Jenna that her father liked Jenna’s father, which was the opposite of what she had grown to believe. Later, Pam and Jackie saw Mark’s car.
Shadow Of A Doubt.
JR instructed Sly to make Cliff believe he was behind the Weststar deal so Cliff would back out. It worked and Cliff turned Wendell down. Pam learned she needed to maintain Mark’s stuff until the estate was settled, but when she got flowers from him later she doubted he was even dead. Bobby moved forward on wedding plans with Jenna.
JR warned Bobby of the repercussions if Pam and Cliff aligned. Pam hired an expert to look into Mark’s plane crash. She also agreed to go out with David who was more interested in work. Later, JR refused to let Bobby take down Jock’s portrait before Clayton and Ellie returned. At the restaurant Eddie realized that Lucy was more than a waitress – she was a Ewing.
Oil Baron’s Ball III.
Bobby couldn’t convince Pam to give up on finding out what happened to Mark, and Cliff worried about her mental health. Later, she was devastated to learn Bobby and Jenna were to marry in a month. Sly took some time off from spying on JR and Ellie surprised Clayton with new bedroom furniture – bye, bye Jock! Someone caught JR’s eye at the ball but he was not pleased to see Mandy with Cliff.
Bobby lambasted JR for announcing the wedding and he promised Bobby he did not intend to hurt Pam. Later, he looked into Mandy. Lucy agreed to a date with Eddie and Ellie gave Jock’s portrait to Ewing Oil out of respect to Clayton.
Cliff, convinced JR and Wendell had conspired against him, insisted Mandy accept JR’s offer for a date and report back to him. Bobby thought Jenna should tell Charlie that Marchetta was her father, but then Charlie disappeared. Ray found Charlie in her horse's stall and she later told Jenna and Bobby she had seen Bobby listed as her father on her birth certificate.
Mandy had lunch with JR, a psychic told Pam that Mark lived, and Marchetta intended to remarry Jenna. Cliff confronted Wendell about his deal with JR, but Wendell assured him he was only being paranoid. JR loved that Mandy provided a new way to get at Cliff but when JR tried to throw Jamie off the ranch she provided a document that shocked everyone – Ewing Oil was jointly owned by Jock, her father Jason, and Digger Barnes!
Do You Take This Woman?
JR and Bobby decided to buy the Weststar fields. JR told Mandy he hoped Cliff got caught up in trying to prove Jamie’s document true, and she passed that on to Cliff. Jenna panicked when she learned Marchetta picked up Charlie and was a no-show at her wedding to Bobby. Later, Bobby found a note from Jenna that stated she loved another.
Bobby and JR looked for Jenna and Marchetta. Pam was ecstatic to hear of the cancelled wedding and JR and Cliff each worked to keep Bobby and Pam apart. New evidence in Mark’s death, instigated by JR, sent Pam to the Caribbean while Cliff sought to substantiate Jamie’s claim. Jenna told Bobby that she and Marchetta were married.
Odd Man Out.
Bobby drank his sorrows over Jenna, who was actually being held against her will by Marchetta. He forced her to go to Laredo where she was eventually drugged and set up for Marchetta’s murder. Meanwhile, Mandy teased to Cliff that she was falling for JR, but she may have been serious. Pam continued her wild goose chase in the Caribbean.
Lockup in Laredo.
Jenna was denied bail but when Bobby learned the truth tried to track Charlie down in Rome. Jenna told her lawyer that she may have been drugged. Jamie saw JR cuddled up with Serena and later Sue Ellen witnessed JR and Jamie fight about it - and her document.
Winds Of War.
Jamie left Southfork to team up with Cliff against JR, who got booted from the bedroom by Sue Ellen. A diary entry gave credence to Jamie’s document, and Clayton predicted she would use the document to divide the company. Bobby learned Jenna’s prints were all over the gun and when Marchetta’s associate arranged to meet about Charlie’s release, Bobby paid the $50,000 she asked for.