I really love these; they are the highlight of my daily online activities. Every analysis show how much love and time and skill and knowledge went into it. Thank you very much.
I couldn't put it any better. The experience was similar in Australia - exacerbated by the fact that the two shows were on different networks.Is is. It really, really is!!
I seem to remember watching these episodes back-to-back once, but the way you've pulled the chronology and continuity together here has wowed me. It feels like experiencing a long-lost extended episode.
As I'm sure you remember, by the time New Beginnings aired in the UK, the Dallas Ewings were separated not just by space but by time - four years of it. So not having experienced this crossover the first time round I'm grateful for anything that can demonstrate the sense of event, and synergy particularly the subtle little details you've highlighted (Bobby's shirt, for example) that have added to the experience without me even consciously realising.
Your analysis of each episode is excellent!
“Brothers & Sisters”
Like Clayton, Katherine announces her intention to relocate to Dallas in this ep, much to the delight of sister Pam. Katherine wastes little time in sneakily arranging for Bobby to see Pam and Mark Graison together at the Summerhill Restaurant. In keeping with the non-confrontational feel of the episode, Bobby flees the restaurant unseen, instead inviting Katherine to watch him drown his sorrows at the Cattleman's Club. She now has Bobby exactly where she wants him, lost and lonely:
Katherine: You are going back to Southfork tonight - aren't you?
Bobby: ... Maybe I should, but I don't want to. C'mon, Katherine, stay and finish your drink.
This is as close to a proposition from the man of her dreams as Katherine will ever get, but curiously she turns him down. Why? Well, it occurs to me that, as beautiful as Morgan Brittany is, there is something repressed, even sexually cold, about Katherine. Compared to Dallas's other ruthless sister-in-law, Kristin, she's almost prim. She maybe one of the most glamorously dressed women on the show (particularly during Season 6), but it's a hat 'n' gloves, blouse-buttoned-up-to-the-neck kind of glamour. She rarely gives it any cleavage. If she' a vamp, she's a cerebral, non-sexual one. True, JR manages to get her engine running briefly during Season 6, but Katherine only agrees to sleep with him as part of a deal, and afterwards can't even bring herself to admit that she enjoyed it. Her obsession with Bobby seems to be based on a Prince Charming type fantasy she has of him. When faced with the possibility of actually sleeping with that fantasy in this episode, it becomes too real for her and she instead retreats to the privacy of her hotel suite where she can scheme and scheme till her heart's content, without actually having to take her bra off.
I never felt that he - by inviting Katharine to stay - had any intention of taking things further than that! He never saw her "concern" as anything more than concern from a family member!
If the writers had made Katharine make a move on Bobby this "early", it would have changed the entire storyline for the next 25-40 episodes (because he - no doubt - would have turned her down and stopped seeing her altogether). Yes, Bobby was lonely, but no way near desperate! He just wanted company ... someone to talk to ... not someone to sleep with! The writers chose the route where they were able to "stretch" the storyline over 1,5 seasons! Just my opinion!Neither did I. My point was, with Bobby so vulnerable and lonely, it's surprising that someone as fixated and supposedly predatory as Katherine would decide not to take advantage of the situation.
Because Katherine wasn't in her right mind. I honestly don't know why people were so shocked at her actions. Expecting someone who is obviously extremely depressed and who was not handling the major changes (including the deaths of her parents, the only two people in her life she actually loved) in her life to just magically form a bond and love the sister she never knew, and not resent her for effortlessly obtaining everything she dreamed of having, is unrealistic. I think that Katherine became so hell-bent on being with Bobby because he was one guy who wasn't like: "You're beautiful, and you're only good for a quick screw!" Not to mention that she had to watch all of the other "happy" couples in Dallas frolic around while men pretty much ignored her! And for some reason, Katherine seemed to think that getting married to Bobby was the only way for her to start a family, which I think she really wanted. The fact that Bobby was her sister's husband or ex-husband was irrelevant to her since in her mind, Bobby was the one who could solve her problem and cure her loneliness.In general, I don't know why people believe it is wrong for someone to be with their sister or brother in law AFTER they are divorced from their husband or wife. It's not like it's incest, and if the two people really loved each other, that should be what matters.I love all of your detailed descriptions of the various business "transactions". It takes me right back there ... don't even have to re-watch it on-screen! Excellent!
So sad to read about the route that Bobby and Pam's relationship went this season! Bobby didn't pay attention to the needs of his wife and child and thus lost them. And after he came out on top in the contest for Ewing Oil, he didn't even hold on to his "price", but ended up splitting it with JR. Sometimes, I just don't get men! He lost his family for nothing?
I never understod why Pam supposedly found it okay to have meals with Mark, while still married to Bobby! She knew what Mark's agenda was, so it nevet made any sense to me! And I hated all of Katharine's meddling in Bobby and Pam's affairs. How could anyone in their right mind believe that it would be okay to go after the ex-partner of their sister (or brother, cousin, friend, etc. for that matter) under any circumstances?
Because Katherine wasn't in her right mind. I honestly don't why people were so shocked at Katherine's actions. Expecting someone who is obviously extremely depressed and who was obviously not handling the major changes in her life, (including the deaths of the only two people that she actually loved, her parents) to just magically be able to form a bond and love the sister she never knew existed, and to not resent her for being able to effortlessly obtain everything Katherine has ever dreamed of is unrealistic. I think that Katherine became so hell bent on Bobby because he was one guy who wasn't just like: "You're beautiful, but you're only good for a quick screw!" Not to mention that she had to watch all of these other "happy" couples in Dallas frolic around while she was pretty much ignored. And she seemed to think that getting married to Bobby was the only way to start a family, which I believed she really wanted. The fact that he was her sister's husband or ex-husband was irrelevant to Katherine because she became fixated with the idea that Bobby was the only solution to her loneliness. I don't why people think it is wrong to be with an in-law AFTER they have divorced the person they were with. It's not like it's incest, and if they really loved each other, then that is what matters.
Interesting how different we interpret this situation! I felt that Bobby didn't want to go home where he'd be reminded of the fact that he had lost his family. Instead, he opted to stay in town, drink and just be around people. I never felt that he - by inviting Katharine to stay - had any intention of taking things further than that! He never saw her "concern" as anything more than concern from a family member! Just my opinion ... from a woman's perspective!