Dallas Scene of the Day: ‘Then Go Get Him’

Barbara Bel Geddes, Dallas, Miss Ellie Ewing, Old Acquaintance, Pam Ewing, Victoria Principal

Don’t forget the miracle whip

In “Old Acquaintance,” a second-season “Dallas” episode, Pam (Victoria Principal) is brushing a horse’s mane when Miss Ellie (Barbara Bel Geddes) approaches.

ELLIE: Where’s Bobby?

PAM: I don’t know. He’s probably with Jenna.

ELLIE: You’re taking it well.

PAM: You think so? It doesn’t show then. It’s awful watching somebody you love slide away. Bobby’s known Jenna a lot longer and a lot of different ways. But I can handle Jenna. It’s the little girl that worries me. The child could tip it. There, I may be outmatched, Miss Ellie.

ELLIE: If you take that attitude, you are. Jenna was never stoical about anything in her life. When she goes down, she goes down kicking and screaming.

PAM: I don’t think kicking and screaming would help.

ELLIE: [Smiling] I knew a woman once. Her man couldn’t decide whether or not to do right by her. So she took a horsewhip to him. Helped him make up his mind fast.

PAM: I don’t think a horsewhip would work with Bobby.

ELLIE: I don’t see why not. It worked on his daddy all right.

PAM: [Smiling] Miss Ellie!

ELLIE: [Chuckles] Of course, I really wanted his daddy.

PAM: [Serious] I really want Bobby.

ELLIE: Then go get him.

PAM: Yeah. [She turns and walks toward the house.]


  1. Kyle Willson says:

    I remember watching Dallas The Early Years for the first time and hoping that the screenwriters included the horse whip scene described here..and then right near the end…SLAP! I was rewarded…funny that Miss Ellie left out the small detail of her spitting in Jocks face after the horse whipping (I guess BBG didn’t have a crystal ball to see into 1986) lol.


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