Roughly 85 percent of the season's story line remains intact, she said, supplemented by the death of J.R. and the "Who Killed J.R.?" mystery surrounding it.
"The mystery has all the machinations of a great J.R. business deal, as opposed to a whodunit," said Duffy. "Cynthia constructed a really interesting plot, of which I know Bobby's portion" — including whodunit — "but I don't know other stuff."
"We all know, up to a point," Gray said. "But they've got secret pages that we've not seen."
"I hope that we have come up with something really wonderful and enticing," said Cidre, "and by the time you're done watching episode 208, which I call the Funeral Episode, I hope you're saying, 'Omigod, I didn't see that coming, and I can't wait to watch the rest of the season.'"
The mystery, she said, will continue through episode 15, "with a giant, delightful, delicious climax in the season finale."
To get there, shooting continues until April on the Dallas set, where, even two months after Hagman's passing, "I'm lonely because my best friend isn't there to play with," Duffy said. "I was with him from 1978 until his final hours in the hospital. But I have no regrets. Every day I think of him and smile."
"I keep expecting him to walk in the door," Gray said. "He's so missed. But his presence is everywhere!"
Frazier Moore is a national television columnist for The Associated Press. He can be reached at fmoore(at)ap.org and at http://www.twitter.com/tvfrazier
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