01/29/2013 05:05 am ET Updated Jan 29, 2013

'Dallas' Premiere: In Larry Hagman's Final Episodes, J.R. Helps Out Sue Ellen One Final Time (VIDEO)

"Dallas" returned to kickstart the swan song for the late Larry Hagman's J.R. Ewing. But in these first two hours, J.R. was just as devilish and spry as ever. Plus, he proved his genuine feelings for Sue Ellen after her devastating loss in the gubernatorial campaign. The doctor she'd bribed came forward, leaving Sue Ellen with no political office and facing criminal charges.

But her old beau swooped in to help as only J.R. could. He pulled a few strings, and used a little blackmail to get the charges dropped. But for all his dark misdeeds that are so fun to watch, J.R. knows who he is. Hagman's performance balanced thoughtful regret with his character's unending machinations and ambition.

This week, J.R. said to Sue Ellen, "Darlin’, I’m gonna say this only once, and I’ll deny it the minute I leave this room, but the best decision you ever made was the day you walked away from me."

Hagman passed away halfway through filming this current season. Current indications are that the show will update the classic "Who Shot J.R.?" storyline from the original series with a new "Who Killed J.R.?" mystery.

Come back for Larry Hagman's final performances as J.R. Ewing on "Dallas," Mondays at 9 p.m. EST on TNT.

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