With some carefully crafted editing of unused footage from Larry Hagman as JR Ewing, Monday night on TNT’s “Dallas” witnessed the very last time viewers would see the iconic television character. Tampa Bay viewers subscribing to Bright House Networks saw it on channel 33. It’s truly the end of an era when the original “Dallas” premiered in the late 1970s, and coming full circle in the 21st century.
JR Ewing was featured in a couple of scenes in “The Fast and the Furious” episode. For starters the opening is significant as John Ross gets a call from JR at the office. His father is on a business trip in Abu Dhabi working out a lucrative oil deal. Later on JR is on another call at some bar talking to Bum, his ever trusted private investigator, inquiring about Ryland Harris. The P.I. informs JR “The pieces are falling into place,” while J.R. ends the conversation with “See you soon.”
The time comes when this episode is in its final minutes. John Ross receives another call while he’s at Ewing Energies. This time the location is unknown of JR’s whereabouts. It’s as if JR is making a deathbed-like confession over the phone to his son. His last words are: “I’ve got a plan,” J.R. continues. “This is gonna be my masterpiece. You shouldn’t have to pay for my sins. Just remember, I’m proud of you. You’re my son, tip to tail.”
After that we see JR Ewing (Larry Hagman) for the very last time. In the background there are two gunshots heard, while John Ross cries out “Dad!” three consecutive times.