We were told that all that time he was away that he was in the shower, but maybe Irish Bobby Ewing was just retracing his roots.
Fans of Dallas will know that the Ewings patriarch and Bobby’s Daddy is Jock, the common parlance for a Scot.
But as with everyone American all roads lead back to Ireland.
And as the actor playing him carries his Irishness around in his name, Patrick Duffy was always going to seek out The Old Sod.
Along the way they are filming for the pilot episode of a new TV series which will air in the US in 2023.
The series, with the working title of Finding Ireland, will shine a spotlight on Ireland.
And it aims to encourage the Diaspora audience in the US to trace their Irish heritage.
They will film at various locations – including Kilmovee in Co Mayo, from where Duffy’s ancestors hail.
Both actors will also be sharing photos on their social channels, including Instagram and Twitter.
Mark Henry, Tourism Ireland’s Central Marketing Director, said: “Our aim is to encourage the Diaspora in the United States.
’To follow in Patrick and Linda’s footsteps and return to Ireland to trace their roots.
‘And to showcase the wonder of a visit to Ireland to fellow Americans, whether they have Irish DNA in them or not.’
Just take it from Irish Bobby Ewing.