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Season 14, Episodes 22 & 23
Airdate May 3, 1991
Production Number 446172
Written by Leonard Katzman
Directed by Leonard Katzman
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Conundrum is the twenty-second and twenty-third episodes of the fourteenth season of Dallas, and the three hundred fifty-sixth and three hundred fifty-seventh episodes overall.

Starring in Alphabetical Order: Patrick Duffy (Bobby Ewing), Kimberly Foster (Michelle Stevens) (credit only), Larry Hagman (J.R. Ewing), Howard Keel (Clayton Farlow) (credit only), George Kennedy (Carter McKay), Ken Kercheval (Cliff Barnes), Sasha Mitchell (James Beaumont) (credit only), Cathy Podewell (Cally Ewing), Barbara Stock (Liz Adams) (credit only), Sheree J. Wilson (April Stevens Ewing) (credit only)

Mary Crosby (Kristen Shephard), Linda Gray (Sue Ellen Pearce), Joel Grey (Adam), Steve Kanaly (Ray Krebbs), Jack Scalia (Nicholas Pearce), Ted Shackelford (Gary Ewing), Joan Van Ark (Valene Wallace)

Guest Stars: Kim Johnston Ulrich (Bootsie Ewing), Leslie Beavis (Jeanne Lawrence), Patrick Pankhurst (Jason Ewing), Barbara Rhoades (Judy), Richard Lineback (Eli), James Callahan (Mr. Smith), Anthony Addabbo (Jeff Peters-Sue Ellen's Agent), Katherine Justice (Alice Kingdom), Tricia O'Neil (Barbara Barnes), Rosalind Allen (Annie Ewing), Denise Gentile (Courtney), Katherine Cannon (Beth Krebbs), Teri Ann Linn (Kimberly Kavanaugh)

Co-Starring: Herman Poppe (Wally Ford), Jerry Potter (Bartender), Tony Auer (Ted), Edson Stroll (Charlie Haas), James Newell (Walter Kingdom), Robert Neches (Bob), Brioni Farrell (Alice Anne), Virginia Watson (Secretary), Dan Livingston (Edgar), Sylvia Brooks (Carol), Deborah Marie Taylor (Debbie), Christine Joan Taylor (Margaret)

Featuring: Gregory White (Kleever), Stephen Held (Young Man), John Mueller (Harry), Kim Delgado (Stage Manager), Wayne Chou (Gary's Houseboy), Conor Duffy (Little J.R.), Kate Horton (Little Ellie), David Katzman (Bobby, Jr.) Kenyon Moad (Cally's 3 Year Old), Mike Simmrin (Andy Krebbs), Nicolas Read (Cliff Barnes, Jr.), Michael Gonda (Cally's kid #1), Jonathan Gonda (Cally's kid #2), Tim Eyster (Jock Krebbs)

Uncredited: Victoria Principal (Pamela Barnes Ewing) (archive footage)


Plot Overview

Late in the episode, J.R. is told Bobby had settled his gambling debts and is now in the money. But Adam tells him that Bobby's victory is short-lived: He is a chronic gambler, and by the end of the night, he will have lost everything. J.R. scoffs at the thought of others being successful, including Cliff Barnes as acting president of the United States, a sober Sue Ellen being a successful soap opera actress and so forth, and still is in self pity that he has nothing left.

Adam then suggests to J.R. that he should go ahead and take his life. J.R. balks at Adam's suggestion and doesn't want to give him the satisfaction of sending him back to Heaven. Adam chuckles at that thought and then asks what made him think he was dispatched from Heaven, before laughing evily and revealing that he is really an agent of Satan.

J.R. is jolted awake at this nightmarish ending, then realizes that he still has nothing left. He tries to laugh off his nightmare ... but is it really a nightmare?

Adam appears to J.R., this time in the bedroom mirror and wearing a red suit, becoming more and more demanding that he shoot himself right now and that everyone would be better off without him. Just then, Bobby arrives home, unknown to J.R., as J.R. is still focused on Adam and, having pointed the revolver at his head, pondering whether to pull the trigger. Adam, his eyes glowing red, finally screams out, "DO IT!"

There is a loud gunshot as Bobby is walking upstairs to his room to retire for the night, and then goes to J.R.'s suite. He is shocked at whatever he sees: "Oh my God!"

The aftermath is unseen to viewers, and since this is the last episode ... .


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