TNT’s Dallas Scene of the Day: ‘I Don’t Know Who I’d Be Without You’

Dallas, J.R. Ewing, Larry Hagman, Revelations, TNT

Brotherly love

In “Revelations,” “Dallas’s” first-season finale, J.R. (Larry Hagman) enters Bobby’s hospital room, where a nurse (Gail Washington) stands nearby as Bobby (Patrick Duffy) lies in a coma-like state.

NURSE: Sir, you can’t be in here yet.

J.R.: Well, you can call security if you have to darlin’. But until they throw me out, I’m going to be talking to my brother. [The nurse leaves and J.R. approaches Bobby’s bed and takes his hand.] Come on. Wake up, you hear me? Wake up and you get better. You keep fighting. You keep fighting me. [Pauses] Now I’m going to tell you something you never heard me say before. I love you, Bobby, and I don’t know who I’d be without you.

Comments

  1. Art Kelly says:

    This was a very dramatic moment in the show. And it explains J. R.’s longtime immense popularity. Larry Hagman has effectively played him in such a way that viewers have always been able to relate to J. R. We admire and like his intelligence and toughness, while recognizing his vulnerability.

  2. Art’s comment is great. Just like the original show, J.R’s true feelings only seem to come out in intimate, private moments. When he’s alone and the camera pans to his face, you can see the fear, confusion, and even hurt there in those beautiful green eyes. (I’m watching ‘I dream of Jeannie’ now too and simply drowning in them! lol) Sue Ellen always had a knack for seeing his vulnerability and the poor woman was always trying to tap into that and make their lives work together. I would love to see how a scene between Sue Ellen and J.R would pan out if she were in that hospital bed, like when she had her first smash-up when she became alcoholic. He said something similar to this scene. Something like he needed her in his life and he wasn’t much without her, and for once, I truly believed J.R.

Trackbacks

  1. [...] down this line and looked at it, I realized it could be seen as Bobby’s response to J.R.’s admission last season, when he told Bobby, “I don’t know who I’d be without you.” The line [...]

  2. [...] brother, but it might be the first time Bobby has heard it. (In the past, Bobby was “dead” or unconscious when J.R. poured out his heart to him.) Anyone who has loved and lost a brother will find meaning [...]

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