Dallas Scene of the Day: ‘Jock, I’m Deformed’

Barbara Bel Geddes, Dallas, Mastectomy Part 2, Miss Ellie Ewing

First, you cry

In “Mastectomy, Part 2,” a third-season “Dallas” episode, Jock (Jim Davis) enters his bedroom to find Miss Ellie (Barbara Bel Geddes) on the floor, crying.

JOCK: My God, Ellie. What’s wrong?

ELLIE: Go away, Jock.

JOCK: I wanna help. I can’t leave you like this.

ELLIE: Nothing, nothing fits.

JOCK: I’m telling you, it’ll be all right. It doesn’t matter.

ELLIE: Why doesn’t it matter? Because I’m not young anymore? Don’t you think I care the way I look? Don’t you care?

JOCK: I care for you, Ellie. You. I’m just so happy that you’re alive. Nothing else matters. Nothing at all.

ELLIE: Doesn’t it? Jock, I’m deformed. Doesn’t that matter?

JOCK: You are not deformed, Ellie. If you lost an arm or a leg, I’d suffer that loss with you, too. But it wouldn’t change anything between us.

ELLIE: I’m not talking about an arm or a leg. I’m talking about my breasts. What do you know about that?


  1. […] for the disease in real life. Davis is equally moving as Jock struggles to comfort his wife. In one scene, he tells her it “doesn’t matter” that she’s lost a breast. “Because I’m not young […]

  2. […] tries on dresses in her bedroom and decides none fit properly. She collapses in tears and Jock rushes to her side, telling her “it doesn’t […]

  3. […] the same feelings of inadequacy that she did in 1979. Her tearful scene with Clayton harkens to the memorable moment in “Mastectomy, Part 2,” when she comes home after her surgery and breaks down (“I’m […]

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