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SUE ELLEN EWING'S ALCOHOLISM, DALLAS
J.R. Ewing could drive anyone to drink, but when Sue Ellen headed for the bottle again last season, the story threatened to be a tiresome retread of past years. Instead, a well-motivated plot had a desperate Sue Ellen pushed over the edge by her curelly manipulative husband. Masterfully performed by Linda Gray, Sue Ellen hit bottom in a Texas drunk tank then fought for her sanity as she dried out and had to once again face the problems she'd used alcohol to escape. Taking one day at a time, she turned away from J.R. and put her time to good use raising money for medical research. Sue Ellen's decline and gradual emergence as an intelligent, assertive business woman was believeable, the product of fine acting and good storytelling.
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