Since we are saying Season Finale as opposed to Series Finale, the answer is Bobby in the Shower.
For those that don’t know the story of the star-crossed lovers in Dallas:
Bobby and Pam were the Romeo and Juliet. Warring families and all. Bobby wore the white hat in the family, where J.R. wore the black hat. J.R. tried a thousand things to try to break them up. Then after a season of Bobby and J.R. fighting for control of the family business, Pam decided that Bobby had turned to the Dark Side and left him.
My heart was broken.
So Bobby went back to his childhood sweetheart, played by Priscilla Presley, and Pam found a really nice guy. But it was all so wrong. They finally figured it out at the end of season…8 I think? They got back together for about ten minutes before Bobby was promptly run over by a car driven by Pam’s crazy half-sister, Katherine. Died. The actor wanted out.
Got all that?
So. Nightmare of a season without Bobby. At the end, Pam was back together with the nice guy. I think she might have even married him. The end of the season was Pam waking up one morning and going into the bathroom. Her man is in the shower. She opens the door to greet him….and it’s Bobby. He says, “Good morning.”
And that was it. Dude was dead one season ago today and now he is in her shower. Go to black. I screamed like a little girl.
I was a little girl, actually.
Forget the “it was all a dream” thing. The beauty of this one was how they seriously kept it a secret. The acress that played Pam didn’t know what was going on – they were filmed separately. The crew that filmed him thought it was a shampoo commercial or something. There were theories on WTF all summer long.
So many cliffhangers are…well….cliffhangers. Did he or didn’t he die? Or…how many people died? This was different. All hopeful. It was beautiful.
For one more season until Pam was gone.