Bobby Ewing

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Bobby Ewing
Patrick Duffy as Bobby.jpg
Patrick Duffy as Bobby Ewing
Dallas character
Portrayed byPatrick Duffy
Duration1978–85, 1986–91, 1996, 1998, 2012—
First appearanceApril 2, 1978
Digger's Daughter
Created byDavid Jacobs
Spin-off appearancesDallas: J.R. Returns (1996)
Dallas: War of the Ewings (1998)
Knots Landing
Profile
OccupationRoadman for Ewing Oil (1970s)
Executive at Ewing Oil (1978, 1980)
CEO of Ewing Construction (1978-80)
CEO of Ewing Oil (1980, 1982-87, 1988-90, 1996-98)
Senator for the State of Texas (1981)
CEO of Petrol Group Dallas (1987-1988)
Owner of the Southfork Ranch (1991-)
 
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Bobby Ewing
Patrick Duffy as Bobby.jpg
Patrick Duffy as Bobby Ewing
Dallas character
Portrayed byPatrick Duffy
Duration1978–85, 1986–91, 1996, 1998, 2012—
First appearanceApril 2, 1978
Digger's Daughter
Created byDavid Jacobs
Spin-off appearancesDallas: J.R. Returns (1996)
Dallas: War of the Ewings (1998)
Knots Landing
Profile
OccupationRoadman for Ewing Oil (1970s)
Executive at Ewing Oil (1978, 1980)
CEO of Ewing Construction (1978-80)
CEO of Ewing Oil (1980, 1982-87, 1988-90, 1996-98)
Senator for the State of Texas (1981)
CEO of Petrol Group Dallas (1987-1988)
Owner of the Southfork Ranch (1991-)


Robert James "Bobby" Ewing[1][2] is a fictional character in the long-running TV soap opera Dallas. The youngest son of Jock and Miss Ellie Ewing, he was portrayed by actor Patrick Duffy between 1978 and 1991, although both the actor and the character left the show briefly during 1985-1986. The show was originally planned to center around Bobby's Romeo and Juliet-style marriage to Pamela Barnes (Victoria Principal), who was from the rival Barnes family. However, the show ended up being centralized around his older brother, J.R. Ewing (Larry Hagman), as it became clear that he was the breakout character. Still Bobby retained his central role as the show's primary hero, and the Abel to J.R.'s Cain.

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Character

He was born February 16, 1949 on Southfork Ranch, according to his gravestone in season 8's "dream-season". The original series went back and forth on whether his full name was "Robert" or just "Bobby", but the new series has appeared to settle on Robert.

Bobby was a successful (though reluctant) oil baron, like his father and brother, but he lacked J.R.'s ruthlessness and insisted on playing fair which resulted in his limited success against Wendell and Carter McKay, successive heads of huge oil conglomerate Westar.

The oil industry was not Bobby's only interest. From time to time, he also took part in the raising of cattle on the family ranch, Southfork. He was also a state senator in Austin for a while. For several years, Bobby drove a red third generation Mercedes-Benz SL with the license plate EWING 4. In 1987, J.R. replaced Bobby's destroyed Mercedes with a black Maserati Biturbo cabriolet (the Mercedes was driven by Pam on the day of her fateful crash). After that, Bobby owned a bronze-colored Jaguar XJ-S convertible. In season 13, he once again drives a Mercedes-Benz SL-Class in bronze of the fourth generation from 1989.

Bobby's most defining character trait was his altruistic desire to do the right thing. This almost always put him in the cross-hairs of his older brother J.R., who was far more ruthless. Yet Bobby did on many occasions use ruthless tactics in order to attempt to beat J.R. Bobby was one of the few characters on the show to openly take a stand against J.R. on numerous occasions (at times physically), yet the two never forgot they were brothers.

In addition to the differences between their treatment of others, as well as their conflicting views on morality, another reason for JR and Bobby's rivalry was their father's preference for Bobby (their mother, Miss Ellie, favored middle son Gary). Growing up, and even into adulthood, Jock made no secret of the fact that Bobby was his favorite son. This caused a major rivalry with J.R., who was jealous of the unearned favoritism Bobby got from Jock.

Patrick Duffy leaves and returns

1985-86: At the end of the 1984-85 season, Patrick Duffy expressed his desire to leave the series. Thus, his character of Bobby died when he was run over by a car driven by his former sister-in-law, Katherine Wentworth. This proved to be a mistake as it left the show without one of its most popular characters. Larry Hagman persuaded Duffy to return to the series the following season. Dallas scriptwriters created a storyline which featured Pam waking up to find Bobby in the shower (in the May 1986 cliffhanger episode) - with the realization that the storylines of the preceding season, including the accident, were nothing more than a lengthy dream sequence (thus invalidating the entire 1985-1986 season of the show).

Patrick Duffy and Victoria Principal didn't appear in the same scene when he returned at the end of Season 8. Principal had her scene shot on her own whilst Duffy had footage of a soap commercial merged into the scene.[3]

Season 10

1988-89: Season 10 saw Pam leave Bobby after she was involved in a car crash which resulted in her suffering severe burns. She disappeared from the hospital and Bobby never saw her again.

Series finale

1990-91: In the final episode, Bobby is first on the scene after hearing a gunshot from J.R.'s room uttering the words "Oh my God." The camera never shows what Bobby actually saw and it was thought J.R. committed suicide, although in subsequent films it was explained J.R. shot a mirror.

Other romances

Bobby also had a long time on off relationship with Jenna Wade and the two were briefly engaged. In 1990, Bobby married April Stevens but in the last season, April was kidnapped on their honeymoon in Paris before being shot dead.

In the fifth season, Bobby adopted a boy named Christopher, who was the son of J.R's deceased sister-in-law, Kristin Shepard. He also fathered a son from his relationship with Jenna Wade that is known as Ray Krebbs' step-son, Lucas Krebbs.

Bobby always had an interesting relationship with his on again-off again sister-in-law Sue Ellen Ewing. They kissed on several occasions, but a relationship never materialized. They were shown romantically involved in an alternate reality viewed through a dream of JR's in which he saw a mirrored version of the shower scene from the premier episode of season ten, except instead of Pamela with Bobby, it was Sue Ellen. This is seen in the 2nd TV movie, Dallas: War of the Ewings.

The movies of "J.R. Returns" and "War of the Ewings"

1996-98: When Dallas released the films J.R. Returns and War of the Ewings, Bobby had a relationship with Julia Cunningham (J.R. Returns) before taking over Ewing Oil. In the follow-up film War of the Ewings he is no longer with Julia and the reasons are not even explained. He eventually starts a relationship with European oil heiress Jennifer Jantzen, who was a business associate of his brother J.R. and whose father's company Jantzen Oil was saved from bankruptcy by J.R.[4]

Reunion films and New Series (2012)

2012: Bobby returns in the 2012 TNT sequel series. He has remarried again, this time to a woman named Ann Ryland, and is the owner of Southfork Ranch, according to the terms of Miss Ellie's will. In the new series' pilot, aired June 13, 2012, Bobby has retired from the oil business, believing that alternative energy is "the future," a belief he shares with his now grown adopted-son Christopher, and is content to raise cattle on the ranch. He has decided to sell Southfork, due to his contracting a Gastrointestinal stromal tumor (GIST) and resulting fears that he will not be around to keep the ranch safe, and that Christopher is not yet ready to take over from him. This once again brings him into a conflict with his older brother J.R. and the latter's son, John Ross (who has discovered oil on the ranch), which will play out in the new series.

Knots Landing Appearances

Season One
Season Two
Season Four

Trivia

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