In “Ellie Saves the Day,” a third-season “Dallas” episode, Bobby (Patrick Duffy) finds Jock (Jim Davis) sitting alone on the Southfork patio at night.
BOBBY: It’s not good for you to be out here like this all night.
JOCK: You’re a fine one to talk.
They stare into the distance and are silent for several seconds. Bobby turns back to face his father.
BOBBY: Look, families have suffered setbacks before. We start over again, that’s all. And you can do it, Daddy. You’re a respected man. You’re trusted.
JOCK: Not enough time left for me to do that.
BOBBY: Well, I’m here to help you.
JOCK: I appreciate that, Bobby. It’s not the oil business that I’m worried about. There’s just no way that you can build another Southfork. Not in six lifetimes.
BOBBY: Mama said something, huh?
JOCK: Not a word. But she hurts and she hurts bad. I was just beginning to get things patched up between us, and all this had to happen.
BOBBY: Daddy, there has to be a way out of this. We can get an extension on the loans. We can buy more time.
JOCK: We’ll try, Bobby. We’ll try. But this feels like the end of 40 years of sweat and hopes and dreams.
Jock sighs, and Bobby turns again to face the distance.