In “Whatever Happened to Baby John, Part 1,” “Dallas’s” third-season opener, J.R. (Larry Hagman) sits next to Sue Ellen (Linda Gray), who is lounging near the Southfork pool, reading Texas Homes magazine.
J.R.: Darling, I wish you’d try and take a little more interest in things.
SUE ELLEN: Interest? In what?
J.R.: Well, to start with, our child.
SUE ELLEN: [Flips a page] I don’t think he’s exactly suffering from lack of attention.
J.R.: You wanted that child so much, and now you just don’t seem to care at all.
SUE ELLEN: [Flips a page] Of course, I do.
J.R.: Well, it doesn’t look like it. That’s what I’m saying.
SUE ELLEN: Appearances can very often be deceiving.
J.R.: Honey, I know how – I know how hard this has been for you. How difficult the time it was to quit drinking and go cold turkey and I just want you to know that I admire you for it, Sue Ellen.
SUE ELLEN: [Looks up from the magazine] My drinking was never a problem. I kept trying to tell everybody that.
J.R.: And what I’m saying is, if we try, if we really try, we can solve all our other problems – and I want you to know I am going to try. I really am. [Takes the magazine from her, pulls a ring box out of his pocket] Sweetheart, I got a little present for you this morning. I dropped in a store downtown. [Opens the box] Jeweler calls it a maternity ring. [He holds open the box, smiling.]
SUE ELLEN: You bought me once, J.R. – and you can’t do it anymore. I am no longer for sale.
She snaps shut the box, gets up and walks away.