Sue Ellen was never meant to be a major character. She was to stand in the background, stroke JR's earlobe and ask, "Would you like me to freshen your drink dear." But I've never accepted this line over the years. Go back to the original mini series run and both JR and Sue Ellen have prominent screen time.I guess I can see why they left Ray off the credits being just the ranch foreman and not part of the immediate family but Sue Ellen is quite puzzling to me.
I personally would have kept Mickey alive but is confined to a wheelchair for the remainder of his life. I also would have kept Lucy and Mickey together...forever. Firstly I think it would have offered the viewers a different view of Ray and how he helps Mickey to lead a fulfilled life despite his handicap.What more could they have done with Ray? I thought they gave him some pretty good storylines.