Dallas Scene of the Day: ‘It Won’t Work Anymore, J.R.’

Dallas, Joan Van Ark, Secrets, Valene Ewing

No tell motel

In “Secrets,” a third-season “Dallas” episode, Valene (Joan Van Ark) answers a knock on her motel room door. It’s J.R. (Larry Hagman).

J.R.: Hello, Valene. I never thought I’d see you back here again.

VAL: How’d you find me?

J.R.: [Enters, closes the door behind him, looks around the room] Oh, it wasn’t too hard. Once I heard you were back in town, I just had some of my friends check out some of the cheaper motels. Figured you’d be living you’ve been accustomed to and sure enough, here you are.

VAL: [Opens the door, stands next to it] Get the hell out of here.

J.R.: Now, what do I have to do to get you to stay away from us? I warned you not to come back to Dallas.

VAL: [Steps away from the open door] I just wanna see Lucy.

J.R.: I bet you do. I’ll bet you I know why, too.

VAL: Oh, no. You would never understand why. Not in a million years.

J.R.: [Sits on the edge of the bed] Well, I do understand that you and that drunken brother of mine would do just about anything to live in Southfork again. Get a slice of the pie, before it’s too late.

VAL: You think money’s the answer to everything, don’t you?

J.R.: I think it’s an answer to you. And I think you’re using Lucy to get at it.

VAL: Well, I don’t care what you think – because you’re wrong! And I’m not leaving here until I do see Lucy!

J.R.: No, honey. You’re wrong. You’re leaving here before nightfall.

VAL: Get out of here, J.R. I swear I’ll call the police if you don’t!

J.R.: [Grins] Well, I like your sense of humor. Now, go on, pack your little bags. You’ll be out of here in about five minutes.

VAL: All right. And if I don’t?

J.R.: Well, if you don’t, I’ll have a friend of mine escort you out of town and keep you out. Permanently.

VAL: It won’t work anymore, J.R. I have run from you for the last time. There’s nothing left for you to do to me. I’ve got nothing left to lose – except Lucy, and I’m not gonna lose her again!

J.R.: You’ve already lost her. You just don’t know it.

Bobby and Lucy (Patrick Duffy, Charlene Tilton) appear in the doorway.

BOBBY: I don’t think so, J.R.

J.R.: [Stands up] I was doing it for you, Lucy. I couldn’t stand to see her hurt you again.

LUCY: Thank you for standing up to him, Mama. [Walks to Val, embraces her]

BOBBY: Lucy, you just stay and talk to your mama as long as you want. When you’re done, you can bring my car home. [Tosses keys on the bed] J.R. will be glad to take me home. We have a lot of things to talk about, don’t we, J.R.? [Grabs him by the arm, moves him out of the room, shuts the door behind them]


  1. […] back in town, I just had some of my friends check out some of the cheaper motels.” – J.R.’s greeting to Valene in “Secrets.” I could watch Hagman and Joan Van Ark go at it all […]

  2. […] at the end of “Secrets” is a little pat, although Joan Van Ark is so good in the scene where Val stands up to J.R., I’m willing to overlook the tidiness of the […]

  3. […] both daughters learn to forgive their drama mamas. Lucy’s icy demeanor melts when she sees Val stand up to J.R., just like Emma has a change of heart after she hears her mother defend herself against Harris’s […]

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