Ewing -The reprehensible oil millionaire (played by Larry
Hagman) on the prime time soap opera DALLAS/CBS/1978‑91 was shot
by an unknown assailant on the final episode of the 1979-80
season. Bookies around the world took bets on the burning
question "Who Shot J.R.?"
On November 21, 1980 at 10:00 PM, CBS revealed who pulled the
trigger. It was
Kristin Shephard (Mary Crosby), Sue Ellen's Sister. Pregnant
with J.R.'s illegitimate child, Kristin shot J.R. in an act of
revenge for trying to force her out of Dallas and attempting to
frame her for prostitution. The program broke records by drawing
a 53.3 rating and 76 share.
J.R. survived his
death plot and went on to terrorize even more people for another
ten years until his character was terminated via TV cancellation
in 1991 (he supposedly committed suicide in the final episode,
but returned in later DALLAS made-for-TV movies).
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