Dallas Scene of the Day: ‘We’ve Chosen Our Sides’

Bobby Ewing, Dallas, Election, Pam Ewing, Victoria Principal

Running mates

In “Election,” a second-season “Dallas” episode, Bobby and Pam (Patrick Duffy, Victoria Principal) are in their bedroom, discussing her decision to help Cliff’s campaign against a Ewing-backed candidate for state senate.

BOBBY: [Walks toward Pam, who is seated on their bed] Pamela, do you understand what this election means to my family?

PAM: Oh, I understand exactly what it means to your family. It’s a way to get back at my brother!

BOBBY: Now you’re being simplistic Pamela, and you know it. Besides, your brother hasn’t exactly had a hands off policy when it comes to us, now has he?

PAM: Well, what do you expect him to do? If he doesn’t do something, the Ewing family is going to control everyone and everything!

BOBBY: Oh stop it, Pamela! You’re starting to sound like that knee-jerk radical brother of yours. [Begins to leave the room]

PAM: If being a knee-jerk radical means being against exploitation, corruption and greed, I’m proud to be one!

BOBBY: [Walks back toward Pam] Exploitation and corruption of who, of what? Look, my daddy built an empire here because he was smarter than the next guy, and he worked harder – and he was luckier. But anybody with the same qualifications can do the same thing.

PAM: [Stands and faces Bobby] That’s easy to say when you’re born rich. It’s the others Cliff’s worried about!

BOBBY: Oh, Cliff talks a great game but when it comes right down to it, he can play just as dirty as the rest of them.

PAM: [Pauses, then lowers her voice] Well, we see things differently, don’t we?

BOBBY: What I see, Pamela, is what this is doing to us.

PAM: [Sits back down] Well, we’ve chosen our sides.

BOBBY: No. No, not this time. This time, I think we were born into them.

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