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'Dallas' review: 'Truth and Consequences' - Have your shout

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Season 1, episode 5 | Aired Wednesday, Oct 3 2012 at 14:59 BST on Channel 5

Bad acting, random steamy sex scenes, punch-ups and some truly bizarre twists (in JR's blossoming eyebrows). 'Truth and Consequences' was a vintage episode of Dallas.

The big reveal after last week's mammoth cliffhanger didn't disappoint as Rebecca was forced to confess (in part) that she was involved in a set-up with her 'brother' Tommy to screw over the Ewings.

Dallas S01E05 - 'Truth or consequences'

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After much blubbering, wide-eyed, wobbly-faced, bad acting from Julie Gonzalo, Jesse Metcalfe managed to make her look like a potential Oscar winner, playing the betrayed man. He landed some lusty blows on Tommy, looked very grumpy and did his best 'I'm really mad face' (not too dissimilar to his confused face or his happy face - it just includes an exaggerated furrow of the brow).

The revelations about Rebecca and Tommy weren't the only big reveal in this evening's instalment as JR ripped off his friendly-face mask and showed his fangs to Bobby and Ann. His swindle to get his mitts on Southfork has been pulled off and his cold-hearted delight at Bobby's anguish was like watching a wild animal munching on a defenceless insect.

TV characters these days are usually presented as shades of grey. People aren't good or bad, they just go down the wrong path or make a bad decision. TV creates complex individuals that unravel across season after season, ever-changing. Dallas rips up that rule book and catapults it out of the ranch.

JR is a bad man. He will lie, cheat and smirk at anything that stands in his way. It's hilarious fun and a refreshing change from the slow-moving character development that has become the norm in the age of boxsets and HBO. Of course, it's trashy and silly, but sometimes it's good fun to know a character is a bad man. What keeps you guessing isn't whether JR will do something naughty, the real question is just how naughty he is going to be.

Dallas S01E05 - 'Truth or consequences'

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The finest scene in tonight's episode featured Brenda Strong's Ann Ewing expressing disbelief at JR's wheeling and dealing, claiming that he was far worse than she had ever imagined him to be. Unmoved by her slur, JR batted back: "Well Annie, you're just going to have to work on your imagination."

Strong came to the fore in this evening's episode, grabbing a plotline of her own for the first time in the season as she visited an ex-husband to do a deal. Ann's former partner can hold up JR's plans as he controls a massive haulage firm and she wants a favour from him. The only problem is that he's a disgusting slimeball, who wants a creepy hug in return.

Did Ann give him 'the hug' he wanted? Expect Patrick Duffy's Bobby to do even more husky heavy-breathing and angry pouting if she did.

The other big development this week was Leonor Varela's Veronica Martinez getting even more dark and ludicrously disturbing. If Bridlington Spa is looking for an evil Queen this panto season, she's the woman to hire.

Dallas S01E05 - 'Truth or consequences': Jordana Brewster as Elena Ramos and Josh Henderson as John Ross Ewing

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When not watching her own violent, druggy sex tapes, she's making threats to John Ross, doing some crazy-eye, head-wobbling manic acting and generally causing mayhem for the entire Southfork clan. If she makes it to the end of the series without killing someone or being killed, we'll eat our Stetsons.

Classic JR lines
Who else loved JR's dry voicemail message? "This is JR Ewing. After the beep, tell me what you know."

Other than that JR was on rather underwhelming form tonight. However, he did find time to devilishly cackle at his son. "What you don't know, you can't tell!" he snarled as he disappeared into the sky in a helicopter.

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