(Please note: spoilers follow) (This is a long one, so please bear with me)
After all the hype and the hope, the dream of having Pam Ewing (Mrs Bobby Ewing no.1) back on Dallas ended last night with the character’s, seemingly permanent, death confirmed.
Though admittedly just about anything can happen on a soap opera (Fallon’s abduction by aliens anyone?) it does seem that this time (rather unlike Bobby’s ‘death’ on the original Dallas) it’s for good.
In episode 14 we see Christopher go to the house in Zurich where he believes he will find his mother. Instead he finds Dr. David Gordon -the plastic surgeon who worked on Pam on Dallas 1.0 following her horrific car crash-Dr Gordon tells Chris that his mother isn’t home, but he hears a noise and barges in anyway, hastily followed by the doctor who really does almost nothing to stop him.
On entering the kitchen Chris finds an unknown woman doing a spot of washing up. ‘You’re not my mother!’ Chris exclaims (more for our benefit than his-just so there’s no confusion over a recast).
Dr. Gordon sits him down and proceeds to tell him a pack of lies (unethical surely?) saying that he and Pam fell in love and got married following his surgery on her (No way! I was thinking at this point). He also says that she never wants to see Christopher again (ouch!)
Anyway, Chris leaves very upset. He gets a telephone call the next day saying that his mother is clearing out her bank account. Racing to the bank he sees Dr Gordon leaving the premises with a woman in a 1920s style hat. Thinking she’s Pam he approaches saying ‘mom?’ and spins her round, but of course it’s not Pam but the same lady who was doing the washing up (cleaning, fraud, forgery, is there no end to her talents?)
Back at the house Dr Gordon lays the whole story on the line. Pam (and I still can’t quite believe it) died in July, 1989 of pancreatic cancer.
Dr Gordon told Chris that she did love him and Bobby and did want to get back to Dallas to see them. The reason she was in Abu Dhabi, he says, was so that she could try an experimental treatment which didn’t work.
The woman, who turns out to be a a nurse who helped Pam, Karina, then gives Christopher a copy of Pam’s will, in which she leaves him her third share of Barnes Global (wow! Pam was psychic, though Barnes Global NEVER existed in 1989 she knew she’d one day have a third share of it to leave her son. I’m impressed, I must get in touch for those Lottery numbers)
Cliff supposedly knew all along (Obviously nonsense, he would NEVER ever, ever do something like that to Bobby or Christopher especially in 1989 when he was close to both). He apparently (rubbish!) did it so that he could retain control of Pam’s shares of their mother’s fictional company Barnes -cough never existed cough- Global.
Christopher leaves and goes back to Dallas. When he arrives it’s hugs all round from Bobby and Ann (now out of Pam’s shadow).
Sue Ellen offers her condolences to Chris and Bobby to which Bobby replies ‘Thanks but I mourned Pam a long time ago’ Eh? No he didn’t! He’d accepted that she’d moved on with her life and didn’t want to see him or Christopher but he didn’t know she was dead, he had no reason to think she even could be and now he knows the truth, that she did love him all along, he still acts like a person with no feelings-sorry, I don’t buy it.
personally, and I know it isn’t popular with everybody, I would have liked to have seen a recast Pam rather than her being dead, (I actually thought the woman in the bank was Lesley Ann Warren-bizarre I know) but I can see why it’s been done and, for once, I think the producers have done the character justice and it makes sense. In a way the mistakes made by the production team on Dallas 1.0 have been reversed (Pam not dying in the car accident because they didn’t want to kill off the character, supposedly in case Victoria Principal decided to come back and they couldn’t afford to have two ‘dreams’).
So on the one hand it feels fitting that the character, though dead and I’m not sure any Pam fans really wanted that to be the outcome, did love Bobby and Christopher and would have returned to Dallas had she not died. On the other hand with Pam dead, Katherine dead and JR dead-what’s left to look forward to? When Larry Hagman died and I read some people saying they were going to stop watching, I thought ‘but there’s still a chance Pam could return!’ now that, it seems, that won’t be happening I can’t see any reason to continue to watch either, but in closing I would just like to say, RIP Pam Ewing, we’ll -choke- miss you!