In “Bypass,” a second-season “Dallas” episode, Jock (Jim Davis) lies in his hospital bed, talking to Miss Ellie (Barbara Bel Geddes).
JOCK: [Smiling] You know, Ellie, sometimes I worry I, I don’t think I’ve been a very good father.
ELLIE: Yes, you have.
JOCK: Gary pulling out. Drifter. Maybe I could’ve done better by him but just didn’t know how.
ELLIE: Jock, don’t. Look at J.R. He may get on your nerves once in awhile, but he’s done wonders for Ewing Oil – a natural born businessman. And Bobby’s working the ranch. I like that. Maybe that’s the way to solve the whole problem.
JOCK: Maybe. [Serious] Ellie if, if anything happens to me, you keep the family together, you hear?
ELLIE: Nothing’s going to happen.
JOCK: Promise me. It means a lot.
ELLIE: [Smiling] To me, too. [Chuckles] Remember when my daddy didn’t give us five years together? [Jock laughs.] Sometimes I think he was right. We’re both so headstrong. Well, we’ve raised a family – and we’re still together.
JOCK: [Pushes a tray table away and Ellie moves closer] We’ve had a good life, Ellie.
ELLIE: We still do.
She kisses him.