Dallas Scene of the Day: ‘You Ought to Know That, Miss Ellie’

Dallas, Jim Davis, Jock Ewing, Reunion Part 1

Mr. Ewing, tear down those walls

In “Reunion, Part 1,” “Dallas’s” second-season opener, Jock (Jim Davis) is on the Southfork driveway with J.R. and Sue Ellen (Larry Hagman, Linda Gray) when Miss Ellie (Barbara Bel Geddes) comes rushing out of the house.

ELLIE: He’s coming home!

JOCK: Who’s coming home?

ELLIE: Gary.

JOCK: Gary?

ELLIE: He met Bobby and Pam in Las Vegas, and they talked – and Jock, he’s just fine – and they’re all flying home this morning. Did you hear, J.R.?

J.R.: [Smiling] Yes, Mama, I heard.

ELLIE: So you just forget about the office this morning. And Sue Ellen, you won’t wanna be going into town, either.

SUE ELLEN: Of course not, Miss Ellie.

ELLIE: Because I think we should all be here when he arrives. [Serious] I don’t want anything to go wrong. Nothing. Do you hear, Jock? Whatever is done is done. Leave it that way. He’s still our son. [To J.R.] And your brother. You give him what he needs to fit back in. [To Jock] Don’t go putting up walls – either of you.

Jock begins walking away.

ELLIE: Jock? Jock, did you hear me?

JOCK: [Stops and faces her] What kind of a man do you think I am? My son’s coming home. I hardly know him. I’m not thinking about putting up walls – I’m thinking about tearing them down. You ought to know that, Miss Ellie.

He continues walking. She follows him.

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